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Help May Be on the Way for Florida Bay

From the Coastal Conservation Association, Florida Chapter: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has proposed a plan which could bring near-term relief to Florida Bay. The District has applied for permits to make some rather minor changes to existing infrastructure in Miami-Dade County which, when complete, will provide additional clean fresh water to the […]

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Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam Part 2 Tournament Results

Despite some of the roughest conditions since 2012, the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament Summer Slam Part 2 turned out to be an incredible event with some some epic fish weighed in. The tournaments recorded the biggest single fish ever weighed in since Extreme began in 2011. A 52.3lb wahoo caught by Carl Slagle from North Carolina. Adrenaline […]

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Help Support Louisiana Strong with Egret Baits

Egret Baits, makers of the incredible Vudu Shrimp, Vudu Mullet, and Mambo Mullet,  have put together a great program to help support victims of the recent Louisiana floods. Egret will donate 100% of all monies earned through the sales of their Louisiana Strong Kit to charities supporting those impacted by the recent floods. The Louisiana […]

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Governor Rick Scott, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Offer License-Free Saltwater Fishing on Saturday, Sept. 3

On Saturday, Sept. 3, Florida residents and visitors will be able to fish in state saltwater fisheries without having to purchase a license. The day is part of eight total license-free fishing days offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) each year. “As summer comes to a close, this license-free fishing day […]

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Obama Announces a Vast Expansion of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument

Today, President Obama announced a vast expansion of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, known as Papahanaumokuakea, out to 200 miles or the limits of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. In 2006, President George W. Bush created the monument with a boundary which extended to 50 miles […]

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Maverick Boat Group Sponsors Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Program

Maverick Boat Group, builders of the Maverick brand of flats skiffs, announced today its sponsorship of a major new research program by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, which seeks to unlock the mysteries of tarpon movement and habitat use, and help ensure conservation of the valuable tarpon fishery. The Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Program is a five-year […]

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Welcome to Inventive Fishing

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Inventive Fishing strives to provide new ways of thinking about and practicing fishing that are unavailable in other venues. To be inventive is to think toward the next fish, to think toward the new. Inventive Fishing espouses innovation but respects tradition and history, providing readers with new ways to think about fishing while still acknowledging […]

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2016 Gulf Recreational Red Snapper State Season Opens Weekends Starting May 7

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. The season will also reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for a […]

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Recognizing 40 Years of the Legislation That Established U.S. Fishing Boundaries

Recreational and commercial fishing representatives, Members of Congress, and key former and current individuals from the administration gathered on Capitol Hill in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation that established a framework to manage domestic, federal saltwater fisheries. “We take many things […]

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Cassidy-Rubio Bill Will Safeguard State Fisheries Management Authority

A coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bill, S.2807, that will safeguard the role of state fisheries management agencies and help prevent unwarranted fishing closures like what recently occurred at Biscayne National Park. Led by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on […]

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11-Year-Old Angler Triumphs in Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff

Eleven-year-old Thomas Green bested several dozen adult anglers to earn top honors in multiple categories of the Key West Fishing Tournament’s Kickoff 2016 that ended April 10 in the Florida Keys. The young angler, who lives in Bokeelia, Florida, scored the challenge’s heaviest kingfish at 22 pounds and the heaviest mackerel at 7.75 pounds. Both […]

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2016 Gulf Recreational Red Snapper State Season Set

At its April 13 meeting in Jupiter, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters. The 2016 season will open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season […]

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NOAA Fisheries Announces Cobia Closures Beginning June 20, 2016

The recreational harvest of Atlantic migratory group cobia (from Georgia to New York) will close at 12:01 a.m. on June 20, 2016. Recreational harvest of cobia will reopen on January 1, 2017. The Atlantic migratory group includes cobia from Georgia through New York. Cobia off the east coast of Florida are part of the Gulf […]

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Sportfishing Industry Encourages Long-term Solutions for Everglades Restoration

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) supports efforts being made on the federal and state levels to address Florida’s water quality issues that can have an impact on fisheries habitat and management. A record-breaking amount of rainfall this past January required that a large amount of water be released from Lake Okeechobee by the U.S. Army […]

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Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Advances to Senate Floor

The sportfishing industry applauds the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for advancing the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. This bill, which will improve fisheries conservation and recreational fishing access throughout the country, has now cleared all committees of jurisdiction in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and now awaits action on the […]

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Gulf Anglers Meet to Set Future Course on Red Snapper Management

Representatives from the recreational fishing community recently met for their second in-person meeting to plan strategies for addressing current and future Gulf of Mexico red snapper management challenges. The two-day meeting, facilitated by Florida State University’s FCRC Consensus Center, produced constructive discussion on Gulf red snapper and reef fish management as a whole, as well […]

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New Barracuda Bag & Vessel Limits in South Florida

New recreational and commercial bag limits for barracuda go into effect November 1, 2015 for state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties in Florida. The new limits include: Two fish per person daily recreational and commercial bag limit. Six fish per vessel daily recreational and commercial limit. The […]

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2015 Gulf Red Snapper Season Closes after this Weekend

Halloween (Oct. 31) and Nov. 1 are the last days the recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters will be open in 2015. State waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end out to about 200 nautical miles. This year’s 70-day state-waters season […]

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Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act Moves Forward

A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community applauded the House Resources subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans for its hearing on H.R. 3094, the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act.  The bill, sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) and 28 bi-partisan co-sponsors, will grant legal recognition to the plan adopted by the […]

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Recreational Catch Rate of Dolphin Decrease in SC

Based on a study conducted in Charleston, SC, by the Dolphinfish Research Program (DRP), the recreational catch rate of dolphinfish decreased dramatically from 2014 to 2015.The overall average number of fish caught per trip for the three-month period of May, June, and July 2015, was 15.7 percent lower than recorded for the same period in […]

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