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Did you know you can mount a muskie without killing it?

The studio of Lax Reproductions is walled with trophy fish, mostly muskies, that are still swimming in the lakes where they were caught.

While they appear as natural as any traditional piece of taxidermy — scales, eyes, teeth like X-Acto knives — the mounts aren’t the actual fish but plastic replicas, based on measurements and photographs taken during the few adrenaline-injected minutes spent with a fish of a lifetime. The fish was released; months later, the replica was completed.

This is the norm today in muskie fishing, a realm of strict possession limits (54 inches is the statewide minimum keeper size in Minnesota) and a pervasive culture of catch-and-release intended to protect the larger but less-common cousins of northern pike. The result is a time-consuming, often pricey passion where the goal is not a fish fry, but the thrill of a rod-and-reel battle with an acrobatic, 50-pound torpedo which they will — following high-fives, measurements and photos — promptly release back into the water whence it came.

With the approach of fall — trophy muskie season — anglers casting big lures for big fish will be heading out on lakes from the metro to northwest Ontario knowing that if they want a keepsake muskellunge, they’ll have to commission someone to make a replica.

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The contrasting color combinations provide easily readable measurements to decrease time for a quick release.  Photo friendly graphics for photo and release. The Release Ruler is the ruler to measure not only the length of your Pike & Muskie, but also provide the estimated weight based on scientific data for the average sizes of Pike & Muskie. Stop guessing! Use the Release Ruler today. The ruler is a durable PVC coated vinyl which is built to stand up to the toughest fishing conditions. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Best Practices for Catch and Release Fishing

Catch and Release Fishing

release ruler fish_billfishFishing is an incredible sport, hobby, and way of life for many people. In recent years, it has become less about survival and more about fun. There is an issue of fish becoming depleted and many anglers are now employing the practice of catch and release fishing. Catch and release fishing is a great theory, but many people are doing it incorrectly and as a result many fish are dying.  A few steps should be followed when trying to catch and release a fish. This is at the heart of our Release Ruler product.

Once you get the hang of how to do it correctly, you will be able to enjoy your hobby and keep the population of fish full in your favorite stream, lake, or ocean.

The best place to start is with the hooks you use. A fish that has a hole through its mouth is going to be more likely to survive than a fish with a hole in its lung or gill. If you happen to hook a fish in the gut, the best thing to do is to cut off the hook as much as you can then release the fish. Many times the hook will dissolve and the fish will spit it out, but they can also live with a rusted hook hanging from them. Whatever you do, do not tug on your line to pull a hook out or you will severely hurt the fish. If you are able to easily remove the hook, use a pair of needle nose pliers. The process of pulling the hook out is easier if you remove the barbs from the hooks, but try not to wiggle while you pull the hook out. Offshore folks love the circle hook.

Fish are obviously unable to survive outside of the water. Therefore, the longer that it takes you to release them, the more it becomes as if you are suffocating them. The way that a fish is gripped when out of the water will make a big difference. For instance, avoid touching a fishes body with your bare hands. The most ideal place to grab many fish is inside the gills. This way makes it very easy to take the hook out and it enables the fish from biting you. The fish have a slimy protective coat that will be stripped if you touch them with your hands. If you have to touch a fish, make sure that your hands are wet. You may want to wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts or permeating fish smells.

Part of the fun in fishing is to play out the fish. The struggle can be what some anglers wait all day to do. Fish are like humans; when they work out, they build up lactic acid. When you are fighting a fish, they are fighting too. Just like when someone works his or her body out and it feels sore, a fish experiences the same thing. The build up of lactic acid can be toxic to a fish even days later. Therefore, if you are going to practice catch and release, try to keep the struggle to a minimum.

Try not to let a fish flop around when you catch them. A fish that flops around can bruise or damage its internal organs, causing them to die later from the injuries that are incurred. You can also revive a fish if you need to do so. A fish is likely to run out of oxygen and pass out, so to speak. In order to revive a fish, you place the fish in the water with their belly down and gently grasp their tail. Start to slowly move their tail back and forth until they give you the signal that they are ready to take off into the water. Sometimes you will need to repeat the process more than once, but don’t let a fish go until they are ready. A fish that is not ready to swim could get carried away and swept into rocks or embankment and cause serious injury.

More than anything, when you are practicing catch and release, have everything ready to go. Make sure that your camera, pliers, gloves, and Release Rulers are in reaching distance. Try to take the precautions necessary to preserve fish and one of America’s favorite pastimes.

Have you seen the Release Ruler Fish Gripper yet? It’s a great tool to hold your fish safely.

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The Release Ruler Fish Gripper is a new fishing accessory added to the Release Ruler brand. Designed to help anglers successfully land a fish with minimal stress. Easy to use handles help secure a fish’s lower jaw making the fish more controllable when caught and released.

  • Over center locking – grip to lock, flip to open
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45-Pound Tarpon Travels Over 400 Miles in a Month

A fish tagged in the Florida Keys was reported off Port Orange, in northeast Florida, less than a month later.

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust began to acoustically tag tarpon this past May in an effort to expand on knowledge of tarpon habitat use and movement at different life stages. We just received report of the first tarpon detection from BTT’s acoustic tarpon tagging program, and it has provided fascinating new insight on tarpon movement.

Helios is an approximately 45-pound tarpon sponsored by Perk Perkins, CEO of The Orvis Company. It was caught on a live crab and tagged in late May in the Lower Florida Keys by BTT scientists from UMass Amherst and Carleton University, and was the second fish ever tagged as part of the program.

This underscores the importance of acoustic tagging to provide new insight into tarpon movement and habitat use during different life stages, and will provide information that is critical to BTT’s conservation efforts. Stay tuned for more recaptures and fascinating new insights on these amazing creatures; www.btt.org

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Estimating Tarpon weight has never been easier using the Original Tarpon Release Ruler. The ruler measure 2″ x 90″ and is made from a durable waterproof PVC coated vinyl and easily stowed in the convenient carrying case. With new regulations prohibiting taking tarpon out of the water, the Release Ruler is the perfect tool to weigh your Tarpon quick and easy. Simply lay the ruler across the tip of snout and identify the fork in tail measurement. That measurement will provide and estimated weight range. If you want to get the weight within a 3-5% probability, simply measure the dorsal girth. Utilizing the modified Babcock 1936 formula(Length x Girth(2)/800= weight and then adding 13% to the overall calculation, you can identify your Tarpon weight. The ruler is a must have for the Tarpon enthusiast. Keep it as a personal Tarpon log for your biggest catch, your first catch or to simply measure a trophy fish for the taxidermist. 2 x 90-inches


 

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Quick Tips For a Healthier Largemouth Bass Release

nick_bass2_c A great article from the Fishing Wire about keeping your bass healthy includes:

Quick Tips:
“Waters offers anglers other tips to keep a largemouth bass alive:

Wet your hands before you touch a fish;
Return the fish quickly to the water if you do not plan to keep it or place it in a livewell; and,
Use a knotless nylon or rubber-coated net instead of a knotted nylon net.

Anglers participating in fishing tournaments can minimize fish mortality by maintaining healthy oxygen and water quality in their livewells. A few ways to do this are:

Knowing the capacity of the livewell and not exceeding a ratio of more than 1 pound of bass per gallon of water;
Running a recirculating pump continuously if more than 5 pounds of bass are in the livewell;
Using aerators or oxygen-injection systems to keep the water’s oxygen level above 5 parts per million (ppm); and
Keeping livewell water about 5 degrees below the reservoir or river temperature by adding block ice.”

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When you weigh-in at the doctor, we all have an optimal average weight based on height. The same principle applies for the Largemouth Bass Release Ruler. The weights are the benchmark from biological data. The only way to get the exact weight is to measure your Largemouth with a certified scale. Even then you’ll want to measure the overall length of your once in a lifetime fish. You might be lucky enough to reach the HUGE section. The Release Rulers contrasting colors were designed to photograph for an easy to read measurement and allow for a quick release. If needed, the Release Ruler is equipped with a nose bracket- just fold and measure. It’s made of a durable, dimensionally stable, waterproof PVC to be used for many years to come. The ruler rolls up easily in any tackle box or boat and needs no batteries. Don’t tell a fish story about your big trophy bass- show your friends and family a Release Ruler fish story. The Release Ruler measures 3 inches by 32 inches. 100% Satisfaction. E-mail us with any questions- info@releaseruler.com

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First Muskie Catch-and-Release Record Set in Minnesota

muskie record fishFirst state muskie catch-and-release record set; flathead mark bested record catch and release muskie

It may be called “the fish of 10,000 casts” but on June 25 it took five casts for an angler to set Minnesota’s first catch-and-release state record for muskellunge.

Andrew Slette of Hawley was fishing with a top-water lure when he hooked the huge muskie that measured 56-7/8 inches long with an estimated girth of 25-1/2 inches on Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County. Fishing with him was Josh Karch, who not only witnessed the record, but also himself caught and released a 52-inch muskie and one smaller muskie that day.

“We now have our first muskie catch-and-release state record, and it certainly sounds like it came out of a memorable day of fishing for both these anglers,” said Mike Kurre, who manages the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ record fish program.

Anglers can set state records for certified weight for most fish species, or catch-and-release length for muskie, lake sturgeon and flathead catfish. Guidelines differ for each type of record and application forms are available at www.mndnr.gov/recordfish.

In addition to the DNR’s record program, anglers have the option to participate in the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame’s Master Angler Program, which recognizes 60 fish species. Information about that program is available at www.fishinghalloffamemn.com/master-anglers.

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  • Boat/Kayak friendly
  • Will not dent or ding
  • Lightweight
  • Rolls up for storage
  • Premium quality
  • Can fit in a backpack
  • Foldable nose bracket for accurate measurement
  • Provides patented estimated weight
  • Designed to aid photo & release
  • Made in USA
  • 3 x 60-inches
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The contrasting color combinations provide easily readable measurements to decrease time for a quick release.  Photo friendly graphics for photo and release. The Release Ruler is the ruler to measure not only the length of your Pike & Muskie, but also provide the estimated weight based on scientific data for the average sizes of Pike & Muskie. Stop guessing! Use the Release Ruler today. The ruler is a durable PVC coated vinyl which is built to stand up to the toughest fishing conditions. Satisfaction guaranteed.

 

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FWC and Partners offer $500 grant to encourage high school fishing teams and clubs in Florida

Partnership focuses on increasing high school participation in fishing and conservation efforts by offering funds for fishing teams

bartpwchamps3Participation in rough-and-tumble sports is a great way to get high schoolers exercising. But there are many students who want a different type of adrenaline rush than getting tackled on the football field or tossed in the air while cheering for their team. For those students, I strongly suggest fishing — and there is even funding available to get a team started or add members to an existing team.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with its partners the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation and The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation, are offering a grant from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation to encourage the creation and success of high school fishing teams and clubs in Florida. This partnership places a particular emphasis on establishing new high school angling teams and supporting existing ones in schools with diverse student populations.

The program will provide grants of up to $500 to assist with expenses related to fishing team or club-sponsored tournaments, team jerseys, insurance, and education for novice anglers. Supported teams and clubs will also partner with the FWC, FLW Foundation and The Bass Federation to complete a conservation project. The program not only benefits the students, but program participants and their families will receive education on conservation programs, aquatic and marine biology, and boating and angler safety.

There is still ample grant funding available, so interested parties are encouraged to apply soon for consideration. Online applications should be submitted at www.flwfishing.com/foundationExternal Website

For more information about this program, email Amber Nabors at Amber.Nabors@MyFWC.com. For more information about the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation, go to http://www.flwfishing.com/External Website For information about The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation, go to http://www.highschoolfishing.org/External Website Information on the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is available at http://www.takemefishing.org/External Website select “Corporate” at the bottom of the page.

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Rules Stay the Same for the Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon

“A federal proposal to designate portions of coastal rivers in North Carolina as habitat essential to the survival of the endangered Atlantic sturgeon will not add another layer of regulations for fishermen, boaters, dredgers and others using those rivers, federal officials say.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a proposal earlier this month to designate critical habitats for sturgeon in coastal rivers along the East Coast. About 915 miles of waterways in the Yadkin-Pee Dee, Waccamaw, Cape Fear, Northeast Cape Fear, Black, Neuse, Tar-Pamlico and Roanoke rivers in North Carolina are included in the designation.”

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Snook stock is on the rise, aligns with FWC goals

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took immediate action to help the snook population rebound after a prolonged cold spell in January 2010. The cold snap, which led the FWC to close the fisheries, had a much greater effect on the snook population on the Gulf Coast than it did on the Atlantic Coast. The Atlantic fishery was closed for nine months while the Gulf fishery remained closed until September 2013.

The latest stock assessment shows that catch rates for the snook populations have returned to pre-cold event levels. The quick recovery demonstrates that the FWC’s conservative management strategies resulted in abundant snook populations prior to the cold snap and that this large biomass was useful in population resilience. During the closure, spawning occurred without the threat of fishing mortality. As a result the number of young snook multiplied and adult snook grew larger.

On the heels of the 2016 Snook Symposium, FWC research administrator Luiz Barbieri explained, “Stock assessments provide objective, quantitative metrics on the status of stocks. They represent the main tool the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute uses to provide scientific advice for management of Florida’s fisheries stocks.”

The FWC manages snook in the Gulf differently than it does snook in the Atlantic because of their genetic differences and separate life history patterns. Snook from the Gulf typically inhabit a single estuary for their entire lives, while snook from the Atlantic migrate much greater distances. Snook species found in Florida are located at the northern limit of their thermal range. They can experience thermal stress when water temperatures decline in the winter months. Because snook is one of Florida’s most popular recreational fisheries, the FWC works with the fishing community to help develop management options.

For more information about snook research, go to MyFWC.com/Research, select “Saltwater” then “Saltwater Fish” and then click on “Snook.”

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The high quality Snook Release Ruler is the perfect tool for the pursuit of Snook. Each ruler is clearly marked with the slot measurements for both Atlantic Snook and Gulf Snook. Also, current regulations and bag limit details are displayed in a user friendly format. The patented weight estimating feature provides a scale for Gulf or Atlantic Snook. The ruler is made from a durable waterproof PVC coated vinyl. The vinyl ruler is easily stowed and can be moved from boat to boat.

 

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Do I need a license to fish?

Fishing is just one of the many forms of relaxation people do these days with friends and family, and often while on vacation. It is a time for bonding and a great escape from the pressures of daily life.

If you are planning to fish, please check and follow local laws and regulations. Obtain the proper licenses, and always ask if you aren’t sure. Requirements by law and the regulations regarding fishing varies from one state to the other.

In some states, 2 licenses are needed. One is called the Conservation license which is a prerequisite before one can obtain a fishing license.

Getting a license to fish is quite different from the time a person needs to get a drivers license. You do not have to take an exam or attend classes.

The fishing license allows a person to fish or possess any aquatic creature as long as it is authorized by the states fishing regulations. This license is neither non-transferable nor non-refundable and is usually only valid for one year or season. Lifetime licenses can also be bought in some states.

Since fishing licenses vary from state to state, a fishing license can either be a resident license or a non-resident license. For one to qualify for a resident license, that person usually must have resided in that certain location for a period of time such as 6 months, should be a local tax payer, must be a registered voter, purchased a vehicle and have a valid drivers issued from that state. In addition, one must not possess or apply for any resident hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges in another state or country.

There is no age limit for anyone to acquire a fishing license. People both young and old can obtain it, and if you are a senior citizen, discounts might pply for you. Usually a person who is below 11 years of age can get a fishing license for free. People who are older than that have to pay a certain fee to acquire it.

With your fishing license, you can now just grab the proper gear and start having some fun being close with nature.

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8 Tips About Fishing For Beginners

If you are new to the sport of fishing, here are some of the basic rules of fishing. Like other forms of hunting, fishing involves both your environment and those around you. Be respectful of every one and every thing. You can responsibly enjoy this treasured pastime in several ways.

Fishing is an ancient practice. It dates back nearly 10,000 years. A number of various techniques and traditions have been used during fishing’s progression. Modern technological developments have changed the way people fish, but many of the same rules, regulations, and social norms involving fishing remain.

Always practice good stewardship of our waterways when you are fishing. Remember that these waterways were around thousands of years before you and will remain long after we are gone. You can make a conscious decision to leave the areas in which people fish in better condition than when you found it. Take care of our lakes, rivers, and other waterways so that others will enjoy these areas for years to come. Practicing certain behaviors will ensure that you are taking good care of the places where people fish.

Never litter when you are fishing. Always bring a trash bag or other receptacle to use for the collection of your trash. You can easily deposit it in a nearby trash receptacle, or hen you return to the dock. Dump your refuse in properly assigned dumping stations instead of tossing it in the water. You do not need to spend much time figuring out the many ways in which this hurts the environment.

As you fish, always use the correct type of bait and fishing gear. Certain areas allow for certain bait and gear. You will also encounter limits on the number, size, and kind of fish that you can keep. Become familiar with what these limits are and pay attention to them. Your local tackle store is a great resource for what’s biting, and what the fish are biting. Do not wait until you are at your fishing spot to search for what is allowed and what is not. Check with your destination before you head out on your fishing trip to see what the local regulations allow. If you plan on using a boat while fishing, research to see what kinds of watercraft are allowed where you are going to fish.

Every fishing location is different, so pay special attention to local procedures and cautions. This also applies when you decide to clean your boat after you leave the water. You do not want to spread non-native species to another body of water.

Never fish where it is not permitted. There is always a reason why it is illegal. Some reasons include the protection of certain wildlife, the proper care of vegetation, and the safety of you and others who want to fish. Follow the law.

Follow a number of cautionary behaviors to ensure your safety. As with all forms of hunting, safety is first. If you will be using a boat while you fish, always bring life jackets, water, and other necessities. Make sure that your passengers are aware of boating and water safety. Make sure that you never fish on unauthorized waterways. Follow the posted speed limits and wake warnings that accompany the use of a boat. Bring with you all relevant safety items, such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cell phone.

Fishing continues to be a favorite pastime. 2001 saw nearly 16% of the U.S. population over the age of 16 spend 16 days fishing. You enjoy the sport of fishing, so follow the rules that allow for the continuation of fishing. Be responsible and courteous of others and your environment. Take time to discover how you can be both a better and safer angler by having our patented Release Ruler as part of your fishing arsenal.