Week of July 18, 2011

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Sportfishing Industry awards 2011 "Best of Show" Honors

Best of Show Goes to Pure Fishing
This year the Berkley Nanofil fishing line by Pure Fishing was voted by buyers and outdoor journalists as the most innovative product in the ICAST 2011 New Product Showcase in both the Line category and the overall "Best of Show."

This year's New Product Showcase winner's also included first-time ICAST exhibitors VestPac in the Fly Fishing Accessory category and 3D Picture Store, Inc. in the Giftware category.


2011 Award Winners


ICAST 2011 Overall Best of Show - Pure Fishing, Inc., Berkley Nanofil
Apparel - Frabill, Inc., Frabill Suit
Boat - Hobie Cat, Hobie Mirage Revolution II
Boating Accessory - JL Marine Systems, Inc., 10 Ft Power-Pole Blade Edition
Combo - Daiwa Corp, Daiwa D-Shock DSH-4Bi Combo
Electronics - Johnson Outdoor Marine, Humminbird 1158c DI Combo
Eyewear - Costa, Women's Collection
Fishing Accessory - G. Pucci & Sons, P-Line Sparrowhawk

Fly Fishing Accessory - VestPac, DriftPac
Fly Fishing Reel - Temple Fork Outfitters, BVK Fly Reel

Fly Fishing Rod - G. Loomis, Pro4x
Freshwater Reel - Pure Fishing, Abu Garcia Revo MGX
Freshwater Rod - G. Loomis, GL2
Giftware - 3D Picture Store, 3D "Exploring Smallmouth" Picture
Kids' Tackle - Pure Fishing, Casting Game & Sound Fishing Kit
Line - Pure Fishing, Berkley Nanofil
Hard Lure - Pure Fishing, Sebile D&S Crank
Soft Lure - Koppers Fishing Tackle Corp, LIVE TARGET Hollow Body Mouse
Saltwater Reel - Daiwa Corp, Saltiga SATG5000H
Saltwater Rod – Shimano Corp, Terez Rail Rod
Tackle Management - Plano Molding, 674 Hydro-Flo Tackle Bag
Terminal Tackle - VMC, Spinshot

Making up a special section of ICAST's 400,000-sq ft show floor, the New Product Showcase provides special visibility for the industry's latest innovations in gear and accessories. ICAST 2012 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., July 11-13, 2012

 


Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues

Bushnell Elite Tactical Scopes

Professional Grade

The new Bushnell Elite Tactical series scopes are built to withstand the rigors of the field, whether in military and law enforcement situations, three gun competition or countless rounds at the range. The Elite Tactical series features the best Bushnell has to offer - optical excellence, precision engineering and rock-solid reliability.

 

With fully multi-coated optics and the new anti-reflective Ultra Wide Band (UWB) Coating, Elite Tactical riflescopes deliver light transmission across more of the visible light spectrum than before. What that means for shooters is enhanced clarity, exceptional brightness and true color from dawn to dusk.

 

The 100 percent waterproof, fog proof and shock proof Elite Tactical series is now more reliable than ever, thanks to the newly introduced Argon-purging process. Argon provides added resistance against corrosion, longer seal life and reduced chances of fogging. Another benefit of Argon is that it conducts heat at a slower rate, drastically reducing thermal conduction within the scope to provide long-lasting performance.

Bushnell takes all-weather performance a step further with its patented RainGuard® HD lens coating. The permanent,

water-resistant finishes causes moisture from rain, snow, sleet and condensation to bead up and scatter less light, giving shooters a clear view when weather conditions become a challenge.

 

Elite Tactical scope tubes are hammer-forged from high-quality, rugged T6061 aluminum. The scopes feature target turrets for rapid adjustment to range and windage.

 

The Elite Tactical Series product line includes seven riflescopes, including one fixed 10x magnification scope and two first focal plane riflescopes with illuminated reticles and .1 Mil adjustments. Backed by the Elite Bullet-Proof Warranty - a no questions asked one-year replacement warranty - the Elite Tactical series is one of the finest lines of riflescopes on the market.

 

For more information about the Elite Tactical series, visit the product section online.

 

About $399.95 – 1, 595.00

 

800-423-3537

 

www.bushnell.com .


National

Reporting requirements updated for boats entering Canada

ONTARIO, Canada — While the law has not changed, the Canada Border Services Agency says it has modernized its reporting requirements for pleasure craft entering Canadian waters, in an effort to make it easier for private boaters to comply with reporting requirements.

 

All recreational boaters are required to present themselves upon their arrival in Canada as per the Customs Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. This includes all foreign boaters entering Canada, as well as private boaters who depart Canada and enter foreign waters, and subsequently return to Canada.

 

However, certain private boaters may now present themselves to the CBSA by calling the Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) from their cellular telephones from the location at which they enter Canadian waters. The following groups of individuals may report by cellular phone:

 

— Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have not landed on U.S. soil; and

— U.S. citizens and permanent residents who do not plan on landing on Canadian soil.

 

Owners/operators of private boats that are strictly weaving in and out of Canadian waters, but are not in transit, will be required to call the center only once, at the time of their initial entry into Canadian waters.

 

All other private boaters, including those without cell phones, must proceed directly to a designated marine telephone reporting site and place a call to the center to get Border Services Agency clearance. That includes all vessels carrying foreign nationals (other than U.S. citizens or permanent residents).

 

Failure to report could result in detention, seizure or forfeiture of the vessel and/or monetary penalties, the agency said. The minimum fine for failing to report to the Border Services Agency upon entry to Canada is $1,000.

 

The full fact sheet and updated requirements: Simplified cell phone reporting for private boaters

 


Regional

Great Lakes Water Levels for July 15, 2011 

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Storms moved through the Great Lakes basin on Monday, hitting some southern areas of the region with strong, damaging winds.  The middle of the week saw mostly clear skies as the temperatures dropped on Wednesday.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to move through the basin this weekend.  Temperatures across the basin are currently near seasonal averages but are expected to heat up over the weekend.  Lake Superior has received above average precipitation during the first 2 weeks of July, but the other Great Lakes basins have received below average precipitation. 

LAKE LEVEL CONDITIONS

Currently, Lake Superior is 2 inches above its level of a year ago and Lake Michigan-Huron is near last year's level.  Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 6, 9, and 8 inches, respectively, higher than they were at this time last year. Over the next thirty days, Lake Superior is projected to rise 2 inches and Lake Michigan-Huron is expected to remain at its current level.  The water levels of Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are forecasted to decrease 6, 5, and 8 inches, respectively, over the next month. 

FORECASTED MONTHLY OUTFLOWS/CHANNEL CONDITIONS

Lake Superior's outflow through the St. Mary's River is projected to be below average for the month of July.  The outflows from Lake Huron into the St. Clair River, and from 

Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River, are expected to be below average throughout the month of July.  Lake Erie's outflow through the Niagara River is predicted to be above average and the outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River is predicted to be above average.

ALERTS

Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels.  Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings.

 

 

Superior

Mich-Huron

St. Clair

Erie

Ontario

Level for July 15

601.21

578.28

574.9

572.47

246.59

Datum, in ft

601.10

577.50

572.30

569.20

243.30

Diff in inches

+1

+9

+31

+39

+39

Diff last month

+5

+2

0

-3

-7

Diff from last yr

+2

0

+6

+9

+8


General

Sportfishing Industry awards 2011 "Best of Show" Honors

Best of Show Goes to Pure Fishing
This year the Berkley Nanofil fishing line by Pure Fishing was voted by buyers and outdoor journalists as the most innovative product in the ICAST 2011 New Product Showcase in both the Line category and the overall "Best of Show."

This year's New Product Showcase winner's also included first-time ICAST exhibitors VestPac in the Fly Fishing Accessory category and 3D Picture Store, Inc. in the Giftware category.


2011 Award Winners


ICAST 2011 Overall Best of Show - Pure Fishing, Inc., Berkley Nanofil
Apparel - Frabill, Inc., Frabill Suit
Boat - Hobie Cat, Hobie Mirage Revolution II
Boating Accessory - JL Marine Systems, Inc., 10 Ft Power-Pole Blade Edition
Combo - Daiwa Corp, Daiwa D-Shock DSH-4Bi Combo
Electronics - Johnson Outdoor Marine, Humminbird 1158c DI Combo
Eyewear - Costa, Women's Collection
Fishing Accessory - G. Pucci & Sons, P-Line Sparrowhawk

Fly Fishing Accessory - VestPac, DriftPac
Fly Fishing Reel - Temple Fork Outfitters, BVK Fly Reel
Fly Fishing Rod - G. Loomis, Pro4x
Freshwater Reel - Pure Fishing, Abu Garcia Revo MGX
Freshwater Rod - G. Loomis, GL2
Giftware - 3D Picture Store, 3D "Exploring Smallmouth" Picture
Kids' Tackle - Pure Fishing, Casting Game & Sound Fishing Kit
Line - Pure Fishing, Berkley Nanofil
Hard Lure - Pure Fishing, Sebile D&S Crank
Soft Lure - Koppers Fishing Tackle Corp, LIVE TARGET Hollow Body Mouse
Saltwater Reel - Daiwa Corp, Saltiga SATG5000H
Saltwater Rod – Shimano Corp, Terez Rail Rod
Tackle Management - Plano Molding, 674 Hydro-Flo Tackle Bag
Terminal Tackle - VMC, Spinshot

Making up a special section of ICAST's 400,000-sq ft show floor, the New Product Showcase provides special visibility for the industry's latest innovations in gear and accessories. ICAST 2012 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., July 11-13, 2012

 


Ohio

Governor promotes Lake Erie Sport Fishing during Annual Fish Ohio Day

PORT CLINTON, OH – Governor John R. Kasich was on Lake Erie last week during the 33rd Governor’s Fish Ohio Day. The annual event promotes the positive impacts of Lake Erie sport fishing and tourism on the region’s economy. Participants included members of the press, tourism industry, conservation leaders, and local and state officials, according to the Ohio DNR.

 

Fish Ohio Day is sponsored by the Lake Erie Shores and Islands-West, the ODNR Division of Wildlife, and the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association.

 

An impending storm that morning chased the 14 charter boats back to safe harbor ahead of schedule, and many anglers, including Governor Kasich, came up short on a walleye catch. Kasich, who reeled in two sheepshead

(freshwater drum), was enthusiastic about Ohio’s Great Lake during a post-fishing event.

 

“Each time I visit Lake Erie I am in awe of what it means to Ohio,” said Governor Kasich. “It’s the crown jewel of the state – it’s an amazing recreational destination, economic generator, and environmental treasure.”

 

ODNR Director David Mustine, who also fished that morning, reiterated the governor’s commitment to Lake Erie. Mustine mentioned the reconvening of the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorous Taskforce as an important step in reviewing the long-term health of the lake. Mustine also thanked the Division of Wildlife for its efforts to strengthen fishing opportunities for popular game species such as walleye, smallmouth bass, yellow perch and steelhead in the state.

 


Ohio DNR Lake Erie-related fishing and boating projects

• Scheduled removal of the Ballville Dam on the Sandusky River in 2012. Fisheries biologists say the dam’s removal will restore the natural flow of the river and open up additional walleye spawning habitat. The Sandusky River is a tributary of the Maumee River, which flows into Lake Erie.

 

• Renovation of the Castalia State Fish Hatchery supports continuation of the Division of Wildlife’s steelhead program,

which annually stocks 400,000 steelhead fry in rivers

across northern Ohio. The state’s popular steelhead fishery draws anglers from around the state and across the country.

 

• New boat-launch facility on the Huron River in Erie County. This successful project between the divisions of Watercraft and Wildlife provided critically needed public boating access to Lake Erie’s western basin; the site officially opened this summer with four launch lanes and 135 parking spaces.


Wisconsin

13 year-old catches state record golden shiner

MADISON - It's official: Maxfield Jonas Krueger of Madison is Wisconsin's latest and youngest current state record holder for a fish caught with a hook and line.


Maxfield Jonas Krueger of Madison is Wisconsin's youngest current state fish recordholder

 

Jonas Krueger, 13, caught a .30 pound, 9.75 inch golden shiner with a rod and reel on July 7, 2011, at Fowler Lake in Waukesha. His record bested the 8.5-inch, 3.4 oz fish caught in 2009 from Dexter Lake in Wood County by John Kubisiak of Rhinelander.

Anglers who think they or someone they know has caught a fish that might be a state record, there are a number of steps to take:

  • Don't clean or freeze the fish

  • Keep the fish cool - preferably on ice

  • Get the fish weighed as soon as possible on a certified scale (found in grocery, hardware stores, etc.) and witnessed by an observer.

  • Contact the nearest DNR office to get the fish species positively identified and to find out whether the fish is a state record.

  • Obtain and complete a record fish application, available online at Wisconsin's Record Fish .

 

An official record fish application must accompany all prospective record fish entries.

 


Other Breaking News Items

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COMMENTARY: Continuing the fight against Asian carp
In the long term, permanent ecological separation of the Mississippi River Basin from the Great Lakes must be our ultimate goal

 

Group to push for new border laws
An organization hopes to get all parties involved in border regulation — border patrols on both sides of the river, Canadian MPs and U.S. congressional members — to update laws regulating cross-border recreation in the Thousand Islands.

COMMENTARY: A voice of reason amid the Asian carp hysteria
More than 30 potential pathways have been identified where Asian carp could migrate into the Great Lakes basin, and the CAWS is one of the few that is protected because it has an electronic fish barrier. More time and resources need to be spent on securing these other possible avenues of entry

 

Asian carp: How deadly would it be to Great Lakes?
The question of how deadly an Asian carp invasion would be to the Great Lakes has led to a fierce debate among researchers, environmental groups and governments, who disagree on the answer.

 

Congress considers limiting states’ ability to regulate ballast water

The House is considering legislation to discourage states from regulating ballast water more strongly than federal rules. The amendment, proposed by Steven C. LaTourette (R-Ohio), would particularly affect New York, as it is the only state that currently exceeds EPA’s standards

 

Who owns the fish? How tribal rights could save the Great Lakes
The tribe has always been deeply connected to the lakes economically and culturally. The latest threat to that connection is environmental degradation, particularly invasive species. But the tribes are forming unexpected alliances with old enemies to fight the threat.

 

COMMENTARY: Fight against Asian carp begins with prioritizing
It’s a matter of weighing one dilemma against another. Shut down the canal and cause economic hardship or allow carp to get into the Great Lakes and cause what could only be considered a natural disaster

 

Michigan's largest wind farm starting to take shape
About 150 construction workers will begin building the first of 133 wind turbines at the new Invenergy wind farm in the northeast corner of Gratiot County, west of Saginaw

 

Plight of Lake Michigan’s Yellow Perch

Once a staple of sport and commercial fisheries in communities from Kenosha to Manitowoc, perch numbers have dwindled to modern-era lows, according to recent estimates.  Perch have suffered from years of extremely poor recruitment, or survival of young fish, since the early 1990s

 

 

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