Fall 2013

Photo of David Gnewikow, BoatUS Pro Staff member and Bassmaster anglerMembership Matters

BoatUS ANGLER Pro Staff David Gnewikow and the BoattUS ANGLER "Weigh-to-Win" Tournament Incentive Program, plus feedback from a satisfied BoatUS ANGLER Member.

Photo of a man fishing at an oil rig Reviving Rigs To Reefs Programs

Under federal law, when an oil rig surpasses its useful life span, or the well is no longer producing oil or gas, the operator must remove it from the water. Alternatively, and much to the delight of Gulf Coast offshore anglers, the structure may be turned over to a state-operated artificial reef program.

Photo of cobia food at the University of Maryland Corn Fed Cobia?

Scientists at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science have hit on a possible solution to the problem of how to feed farm-raised carnivore fish such as cobia— make the cobia go vegetarian. To try it in the lab, they replaced the fishmeal with a mixture of corn, wheat, and soy; and soybean or canola oil stand in for the fish oil.

Drawing of a Chinook Salmon If You Fix It They Will come - Fast!

Things are looking up — upstream, that is — for Puget Sound salmon. One example is a habitat restoration project started in 2006 that’s already spawning results.

Photo of lightning striking the groundFishing Tops Activities For Lightning Deaths

Since 2006, lightning has killed 152 people engaged in outdoor leisure activities and, no, golfing is not at the top of the list; it’s fishing, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Photo of an Asian Carp jumping out of the waterExporting Asian Carp

A processing plant in Wickliffe, Ky., began shipping to overseas customers this summer. The product: processed Asian Carp, a nuisance fish caught nearby and headed for China, where it’s considered a delicacy.

Logo of a lighthouseVirginia Passes Boater-Friendly Title Law

The state of Virginia became the first state in the nation to adopt a boat-titling law instigating consumer protection mechanisms already commonplace for motor vehicles. In passing the Uniform Certificate of Title for Watercraft Act in February, lawmakers gave Virginia boaters a tool that makes it easier to identify previously damaged boats, recognize the legitimate owner in a boat sale transaction, and prevent the sale of stolen boats.

Photo of Steve McDonald holding a peacock bassPeacock Bass in Miami Offer A Bit Of The Amazon

Trolling in the heart of Miami, Steve McDonald waits for a bite. His target is a rare fish known for its bright colors, a fish that in the U.S. can only be found in this huge canal system.

Photo of the 885-ft replica Titanic IIWhat Could Possibly Go Wrong?

China Daily reported in February that a state-owned shipyard there was gearing up to build a ship for Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer. The 885-foot ship, scheduled for a maiden voyage in 2016, is a replica of its famous namesake, and will be christened Titanic II.

Photo of a tarpon swimming near a pilingTarpon and Bonefish Now Catch and Release Only

Because of the economic and fishing value of bonefish and tarpon, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made the species catch-and-release only, while also proposing to modify gear used by anglers when targeting tarpon in Boca Grande Pass. The changes go into effect Sept. 1 in state and federal waters off Florida.

Photo of the Hanna M. BellCentury-Old Wreck Identified

Maritime archeologists got a positive ID on a shipwreck off Key Largo popularly known as “Mike’s Wreck,” thanks to some sub-surface sleuthing by members of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers. The wreck, now confirmed as the Hannah M. Bell, is popular with snorkelers as well as scuba divers because it’s in only 25 feet of water on Elbow Reef, six miles offshore.

Photo of a man holding a giant amberjack caught in the Sea of CortezReel Powerful Lunch

Kevin Shiotani and a Mexican crew weren’t thinking record when they landed an amberjack that might have rivaled the 156-pound IGFA world record. No, they were thinking lunch. Lots of lunch.