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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.”

Read the FULL story over @ Coastal Review Online

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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.

The Release Ruler is the perfect solution to obtain an accurate length measurement of your fish, and an estimation of weight to aid in your following of laws and regulations. Click links for more information about Custom Release Rulers, or our 20+ species specific Release Rulers.

 

 

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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.

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4 Tips To Help Plan Your Next Fishing Vacation

Fishing while on vacation is a popular activity. Some vacationers travel with the sole purpose of landing that trophy fish. Others see it as a bonding experience. Whether you are a fisherman with the dreams to fish all over the globe or just want to have fun activity while on a relaxing vacation, there are a few things you should look into before taking that first cast.

  1. You should do a little research on the area you will be vacationing. There are forums and websites dedicated to just about every fishable area. These forums are loaded with useful information on where to go, what to use as bait, and how to use it.   You will also get a good idea of what species of fish you should target along with the difficulty of catching that species.
  2. You should decide on whether your fishing is a do it yourself excursion or guided adventure. There are a lot of factors when making this decision. You should fall back on how successful you want your trip to be.   Usually a guided trips are always productive. Guides have the knowledge and expertise to produce for their client’s day in and day out. So there is a good probability that you will catch your target fish. Do it yourself fishing, in areas that are uncommon to a fisherman tend to be less successful than a guided fishing trip. That being said, when a do it yourself fishing adventure is successful there is no better feeling. Most do it yourself fisherman start with a guided trip to gain general and local knowledge of the area.
  3. When choosing a guide, take the time and call the area bait shops and get the names of all the local recommended captains for the area that you will be visiting. Then do some research and you will realize that all captains have their specialties. With a little bit of information you can choose a captain that would best fit your expectations of your fishing trip.
  4. Now that you have chosen the captain for your trip, the real fun starts. From the first time you step foot on the boat to the moment you say your goodbyes it is a learning experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions like regulations and patterns of the fish. Also observe how the guide handles the fish and approach to catching the fish. The more that you take away from your guided fishing trip the closer you are to being able to do it yourself.

A successful fishing trip is always a positive addition to a vacation. Whether you looking for a trophy or a relaxing time on the water there are many options to consider. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself and the ones around you.

 

 

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Family Fishing Is Fun

Is the sport of fishing right for you? Surveys say that more than 40 million Americans love to go fishing and make it their primary leisure activity as opposed to other sports.

In Alabama, fishing represents a substantial impact on the state economy. Hundreds of millions of dollars are represented and about 20,000 people list fishing as their source of livelihood. However, most people consider it as a form of relaxation and a family activity.

In the book titled The Incomplete Psychology of Everyday Fishing psychologist Paul G. Quinnett dedicated an entire chapter about fishing as a source to relieve stress.

Anytime to interact with your children is time worth investing. Fishing is a way to connect. All children can experience the excitement and adventure of fishing. You will always remember the very first time you caught a fish, and the parent or guardian who showed you how to catch it. You gain enjoyable time outdoors and learning experiences from fishing which makes it a great family activity.

Alabama promotes its lakes and open banks as places best for fishing. You don’t need a boat. Stop in a local tackle store and ask for help if you don’t know which tackle to choose.. You will be on your way to enjoying the fun of fishing and understanding why its the best family activity you could enjoy. You’ll be hooked.

Release Ruler wants to help you experience the best possible time when fishing. From hooking your first fish to releasing it safely. If you have a question about fishing, give us a shout. We’ll do our best to help. info@releaseruler.com

 

 

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New Black Bass Regulations (Florida) Go Into Effect July 1, 2016

Today’s feature comes to us from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and it would surely act as a good template for all states to follow regarding management of recreational fish species.

By Bob Wattendorf, with Amber Nabors

Fish don’t talk – even if they are referred to as largemouths. But we can and should. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) mission is “To manage fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.” The latter aspect of that mission makes it critical that FWC staff and stakeholders, such as freshwater anglers and boaters, collaborate to ensure the use of the most appropriate fisheries management practices.

The FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management has a long history of prioritizing the desires of anglers along with those of other stakeholders including recreational users, riparian owners, fishing-related businesses and destination marketing groups. The FWC’s scientists often collaborate with other researchers and universities to ensure conservation measures are sustainable for affected fish populations.

Fisheries management is a delicate art the FWC continually strives to perfect when managing species and crafting programs to optimize fisheries for people, while ensuring long-term health and survival of vibrant fish populations. An excellent example is the way the Division approached creating a Florida Black Bass Management Plan. More than 7,500 anglers provided input during the plan’s development, as did a technical assistance group representing a variety of anglers, fishing-related businesses, university experts, professional anglers and outdoor media. The goal is to use this plan to ensure Florida is and remains the Black Bass Fishing Capital of the World.

The FBBMP was adopted in June 2011 and produced numerous initiatives that have been previously reported. Here, we’ll focus on two.

The first inititative, the TrophyCatch citizen-science program, was initiated in 2012 to reward anglers for providing data on bass caught and released in Florida that weigh at least 8 pounds. By developing partnerships with businesses such as Bass Pro Shops and Phoenix boats, the FWC continues to expand this program. More than 4,000 eligible bass have been successfully documented and released to date. The data collected allows biologists to determine which programs and natural conditions foster trophy bass, such as habitat enhancement, regulation management or stocking efforts (see TrophyCatchFlorida.com).

The second initiative is the development of simplified black bass regulations to help achieve optimum sustained use of these fisheries statewide. The FWC conducted an extensive review of existing rules and analyzed their effects on fisheries enhancement. Then anglers and other stakeholders provided their input through online surveys sent to 170,000 freshwater fishing license holders, 9,400 mail-in surveys distributed at various locations and 10 open-house events hosted throughout the state. More than 3,500 anglers provided responses.

Following the preliminary input, FWC biologists worked with other experts to determine a range of rules that could accomplish the requested changes. These proposals were evaluated in public meetings during 2014, and several additional surveys were distributed and advertised, garnering 3,000 specific responses.

Florida Sportsman Magazine, BASS Times, Outdoor Life and The Fishing Wire each provided detailed articles. Several television shows favored by Florida anglers, including Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report with Capt. Rick Murphy, and One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby, provided coverage.

“This effort to solicit public input and keep them informed will culminate in rules that make it easier for anglers to understand the law and participate, and will encourage harvest of smaller bass and enhance catch-and-release opportunities for larger, quality-size bass,” said Tom Champeau, director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management.

Below is a summary of new black bass regulations that were approved by Commissioners in February 2016 and go into effect July 1, 2016 (see bit.ly/BassRegs). There are no longer separate zones, and more than 40 special regulations or specific Fish Management Area rules for black bass were eliminated.

Daily Bag Limit for Black Bass: All species (largemouth, Choctaw, shoal, Suwannee and spotted) are included in the five fish daily aggregate black bass bag limit. This is the same as the previous statewide rule.

• Largemouth bass: Only one may be 16 inches or longer in total length per angler per day, with no minimum length limit.
• Suwannee, shoal, Choctaw and spotted basses: 12-inch minimum size limit, only one may be 16 inches or longer in total length.

Shoal Bass Conservation Zone: In the Chipola River between Peacock Bridge and Johnny Boy Landing, shoal bass must be released immediately. This conservation zone for shoal bass further protects this relatively rare species that depends on a limited area of unique habitat.

Tournament Fishing: The bass-tournament permit program will allow anglers participating in permitted tournaments temporary possession of five bass of any size. This program has been ongoing for more than 20 years and allows delayed-release bass tournaments to take place while ensuring proper care, handling and release of all bass caught during the tournament, including those that could otherwise be harvested legally.

Through these inititives, anglers, biologists and other stakeholders shared ideas and collaborated to try something different.

“This new approach is very innovative and I anticipate many states will follow suit,” said Dr. Michael Allen, professor of freshwater fisheries ecology at the University of Florida.

Instant licenses are available at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Report violators by calling 888-404-3922, *FWC or #FWC on your cell phone, or texting to Tip@MyFWC.com. Visit MyFWC.com/ and select “News,” then “Monthly Columns,” or bit.ly/FishBusters for more Fish Busters’ Bulletins. To subscribe to FWC columns or to receive news releases, visit MyFWC.com/Contact.



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Largemouth Bass Release Ruler Wins New Product Showcase at ICAST

largemouth-bass_fishing rulerOrlando, FL—The all-new Largemouth Bass Release Ruler has taken a top spot in the FishSmart category of the 2015 ICAST New Product Showcase. The Freshwater Release Ruler provides the estimated average weight of largemouth bass based on length. The contrasting color combinations provide easily readable measurements for a quick release and the ruler is made of durable PVC to stand up to the toughest conditions bass fishermen frequently encounter on the water. The Release Ruler measures 3 inches by 36 inches, is easily stowed, can be moved from boat to boat or taken on a trip.

“The purpose of this product, as with all Release Rulers, is to allow anglers to gain an accurate estimation of a fish’s weight so they can be released to fight again,” says Release Ruler founder Dale Wills. “And while we have rulers for all the popular saltwater species, we believe that the Largemouth Bass ruler may surpass them all in terms of popularity with anglers around the world.” Wills says the rulers are based on scientific growth charts and are also customizable for easy branding and photo verification.

The ICAST New Product Showcase recognizes the top products in the marine industry in a variety of categories. It’s the world’s largest annual trade show for the marine industry.

For more information visit www.releaseruler.com or email info@releaseruler.com.

 

Contact: Dale Wills

Phone: 561-301-3841

Email: info@releaseruler.com

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Rough Weather Tennis Ball Release Ruler Tip

Based on early user feedback and our own field testing, we have found a great solution for keeping the Release Ruler steady in rough windy weather.  A tennis ball attached to the end of the Release Ruler via a snap swivel works amazingly well. Using a larger size snap swivel with a small section of mono and a bead inserted into the tennis ball is very effective. Carefully cut a 1/2 section of the tennis ball and insert a bead crimped to your mono (we used #300 and a small bead so the mono will not pull back thru the cut) and attach a snap swivel to the mono as pictured. Your final step is to squeeze the tennis ball closing the cut and apply super glue.

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