Angler News
Spring 2014

Thumbnail photo of Stephen BrowningMembership Matters

You have a chance at LIVETARGET Elite Pro-angler Stephen Browning taking you fishing for the day, showing you one his favorite lakes this fall if you’re the lucky winner of the “Target Bass with Browning” contest, sponsored by BoatUS ANGLER and LIVETARGET lures


Thumbnail photo of channel marker BoatUS Is Fighting To Make Sure Fishermen And Boaters Can Stay On Course

At a hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to review the future of the federal government’s navigation programs and aids to navigation, BoatUS urged the federal agencies faced with lower budgets to keep the needs of recreational boaters in mind when looking at future savings and efficiencie


Thumbnail photo of an 18-ft oarfish Real Serpent Of The Sea

Sea serpent? Maybe. Deep-water oddity? Clearly. Amazing discovery? Definitely. And for the folks at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, it was just plain cool.


Thumbnail photo of a shark caught and released during a tournament I Think I’ll Name My Shark... Mitsy

Saltwater anglers catch nearly 3 million sharks every year in the U.S., but about 96 percent of sport-caught sharks are now released alive.


Thumbnail photo of a monofilament recycling bin at a dockFishing Line Recycling Makes History

One of the 2,000-plus bins the BoatUS Foundation has provided to local groups to gather used fishing line for recycling is itself being recycled, in a manner of speaking. It’s a featured artifact in the redesigned Oceans exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.


Thumbnail photo Mark Carlson with his record musky catchBig Musky Biting In St. Lawrence

Big musky were biting on the St. Lawrence River in early December. Two anglers caught fish, two days apart, that are potential IGFA All-Tackle Length World Record catches.


Thumbnail photo Trey ZoellerOver A Barrel

We all know boating and alcohol don't mix, but for one bourbon maker, mixing alcohol aboard is proving successful, if slightly cumbersome.


Thumbnail photo of Capt Al AndersonTag Him A Top Tagger

IGFA Hall of Fame Inductee Capt. Al Anderson has probably tagged more Atlantic bluefin tuna than any other individual. The NMFS Pelagic Game Fish Tagging Center in Miami has tracked his tagged bluefin tuna for well over five decades now, starting in the late 1960s.


Taking Saltwater Anglers’ Temperature

NOAA graphic of fishermen's attitudes and preferences

Late last year, NOAA Fisheries conducted its first-ever national survey of opinions and attitudes held by more than 9,000 saltwater anglers in 22 coastal states.

Insights to anglers’ motivations, trip successes, and preferred management objectives will help NOAA Fisheries better understand what makes saltwater anglers tick – or at least fish. Look for details and regional breakdowns at

The Boater’s Pocketbook


That’s the amount of money from boaters and anglers that went into building and maintaining boating access sites in fiscal year 2012. That money, which comes from excise taxes you pay on fishing equipment, gasoline for motorboats and other small engines, plus certain import duties, is collected in the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

From there the dollars go back out to each state to pay up to 75 percent of the costs to build and maintain boat launching ramps, trailer parking areas, loading docks, and related infrastructure.