Public opinion sought on proposed bass fishing regulations

boy holding a bass on Lake St. ClairIn order to get public input on proposed regulations to expand Michigan’s bass fishing seasons, the Department of Natural Resources has announced an online survey and public meetings throughout the state in July. For the past year the DNR’s Fisheries Division has been working with the Warmwater Resources Steering Committee (a public advisory group) to discuss possible expansion of bass seasons.

The regulation expansion options being discussed would increase fishing and harvest seasons. Under all options, bass populations would still be protected and include a winter no-harvest season, 14-inch minimum size limit and daily possession limit.

To gauge public opinion, both anglers and non-anglers (particularly lake property owners) are encouraged to complete the DNR’s bass regulations survey, available here: The goal of this survey is to determine the level of support for increasing angling opportunities for largemouth and smallmouth bass through changes to existing fishing seasons.

Additional public input will be gathered via a series of public meetings. Dates, times and locations include:
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Missouri Corn Growers Push for More Ethanol at the Fuel Pump

GW:  A friend has a new boat motor and the owner’s manual states Seafoam fuel treatment must be added to counter-act the alcohol level in the fuel.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Are wise consumers of gasoline being pushed to use a fuel that doesn’t work in their boats, lawn equipment, and other small engines? A June 24 statement from the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) blames current high gasoline prices on volatile markets and calls for more ethanol at the gas pump to lower gas prices. However, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says that smart consumers have learned that corn-based ethanol has not lived up to its expectations as America’s green fuel and that higher ethanol blends – those being encouraged by the MCGA – are incompatible with outboard boat motors, generators, lawn mowers, motorcycles, and so many other engines. Read more

After Recreational Fishing Protests Feds Adjust Misleading Economic Information

Corrected figures show commercial sector shrank by $2.3 billion in 2012

Washington, D.C. – After significant objection from the recreational fishing and boating community, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has taken steps to correct a key fisheries economics report that misleadingly indicated that the domestic commercial fishing industry in the United States was significantly larger than the recreational fishing industry. When imported seafood, which is not regulated or managed by NMFS, is removed from the equation, the corrected data show that the recreational fishing industry is actually $7.9 billion dollars larger than the commercial fishing industry. Furthermore, the corrected data show that the domestic commercial fishing industry actually decreased by $2.3 billion in 2012. Read more

Beat those Mosquitoes

By Glen Wunderlich

If you have that outdoor bug – a hankering for fresh air and sunshine – there’s one ready to have you, too:  the mosquito.  Here are a few options to keep them from biting and  bugging you.

Years ago, the rage was bug zappers.  They did a fine job killing flying insects at night, but the trouble was that only about 2 percent of them were mosquitoes.  Turns out that mosquitoes are not attracted to light.

Then came the Mosquito Magnet® powered by a 20-pound propane cylinder that produces carbon dioxide and a secondary attractant and sucks the buggers into a trap.  It’s effective and expensive costing from $400 to over $1,000 and is as portable as a boat anchor.  Anyway, rumor has it that they’ll be outlawed soon by the government as a contributor to global warming, climate change or for causing mosquitoes to be doomed to endangered species status.

Popular choices are lotions and sprays containing DEET.  Just how safe this stuff is on our skin remains questionable at best, however.  Do you really trust a concoction of chemicals that will literally melt plastics and painted surfaces?  Yuk!

A safer alternative for the skin is Natrapel, which contains no DEET, but frankly it doesn’t last as long as DEET and is not recommended for clothing.

Spending time on the patio or in the garage, where the wind can’t blow the bugs off course, I’ve relied on a totally effective, inexpensive appliance called ThermaCELL.  It’s used as a mosquito repeller in your backyard or away from home and creates a 15 x 15-foot zone of protection.

  • Repels mosquitoes, black flies, no-see-ums and other flying insects
  • Registered with the EPA
  • No open flames or hot wax; safe to use
  • Comfortable: No smelly lotions, sprays, or oils
  • Convenient: Compact, portable, and easy to carry

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ThermaCELL..a Great Gift For Father’s Day

Got skeeters?  Make ’em go away!

Bedford, MA- It’s not too late to shop for a Father’s Day gift, so quit “bugging” your dad, and go out and buy him a ThermaCELL mosquito repellent appliance.

ThermaCELL has a variety of perfect gift ideas ranging from $25-$40 that has kept millions of satisfied customers depending on their products in order to enjoy the outdoors.

ThermaCELL’s line up of mosquito repellent lanterns, backyard torch or the repellent appliance is sure to be the perfect gift for your dad whether he’s in the field hunting, on the water fishing or in the comfort of a lawn chair in his own yard.

The repellent in ThermaCELL is a synthetic copy of a naturally occurring insecticide found in certain types of chrysanthemum flowers. The repellent is virtually odor free and does not spook game. Read more

When Rig Comes Crashing Down, Rental EPRIB Calls for Help

SOUTHPORT, NC — Last Saturday morning, the 36-foot catamaran “Cata-Tonic” was 80 miles southeast of Southport, NC in a 20-knot breeze when without warning, the boat’s mast and rig suddenly crashed down on deck, dangerously spilling sails, mast and rigging into the sea. While none of the three sailors aboard were injured, the tangled mess soon became more than a simple inconvenience when it began to drag underneath the boat, its sails catching the sea, threatening to capsize the boat or punch a hole in the hulls.

The loss of the mast also meant the loss of the boat’s VHF radio antenna. The captain then did what most sailors hope they never have to do: he activated the BoatUS Foundation rental Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), and grabbed a handheld VHF to call a mayday, knowing that the little radio may not have the power or range to be heard from so far out to sea. “Redundancy is essential for offshore passagemaking,” said owner Jon Rodnon. “But we didn’t see any vessels on the horizon, and we were 40 miles offshore and 80 miles to the nearest port.” Read more

Brunswick Boat Group, Mercury Marine Lend Support to E15 Fight

FOND DU LAC, WI – Brunswick Boat Group and Mercury Marine are encouraging boaters and dealers to follow the lead of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as they continue to advocate the “Look Before You Pump” campaign aimed at the prevention of E15 in marine engines. E15 is gasoline that contains 15 percent ethanol and is extremely harmful to marine engines. Read more

Browning Featherweight Knives

Morgan, UT –New for 2014, Browning’s Featherweight Knives offer heavyweight performance. The line of Featherweight Knives will include seven different models to meet the needs of virtually every hunter and outdoorsman. All of the models feature a stylish retro design.

Models in the Featherweight line include a Fixed Drop Point, Fixed Semi-Skinner and Fixed Drop Point with Guthook. A Large Folder, Small Folder, Big Game and Multi-blade with scissors are also offered. The Big Game model features a drop point blade, guthook blade and saw. Read more

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