November 13, 2017
Jay Gunn scoops up another speck caught on live shrimp under a popping cork on the Eastern Shore. Photo Credit: David Rainer

Inshore Anglers Enjoying Banner Trout Year

By David Rainer | Outdoor Alabama Weekly As far as Capt. Bobby Abruscato and Capt. Jay Gunn are concerned, speckled trout are almost jumping in the boat along the Alabama Gulf Coast. A mild winter and good weather for most of the spring have created a trout bonanza that inshore […]
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November 13, 2017
David Thornton landed a trophy-sized whiting at the pier recently.Photo Credit: David Rainer & David Thornton

Gulf State Park Pier Offers Fishing Fun, Education

By David Rainer | Outdoor Alabama Weekly The frenetic activity on the tip of the Gulf State Park Pier last weekend is more proof the northern Gulf of Mexico’s premium fishing and education pier is reeling with action. Fishing on the Octagon at the end of the 1,542-foot pier that […]
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November 2, 2017
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REEF Releases New App for Invasive Lionfish Sightings for iPhone & Android

Divers and lionfish hunters can now view and report lionfish sightings and removals in real-time throughout the invaded region. By Amy Lee, REEF Trips Program and Communications Manager Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is pleased to announce the official release of “REEF Lionfish Sightings,” a map-based app that will allow […]
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December 19, 2016
New Orleans Fish House with John Fallon and Julianna Mullen of ANI and Chris Bergon May 16, 2013. Photo by Paul Morse..

Louisiana Blue Crab Fishery First to Receive G.U.L.F. Responsible Fisheries Management Certification

Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) continues its mission to ensure the viability of Gulf of Mexico fisheries by certifying Louisiana blue crab under its new certification program. The G.U.L.F. Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification is a regionalized model measuring the responsible practices for the sustainable harvest of […]
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December 16, 2016
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Steve Lessard Takes Home the Crown 2016 Hobie® Fishing Worlds Championship

By Hobie Fishing Oceanside, California – December 12, 2016 – After yielding fish, fun and friendships over a few cold ones combined with shrimp and crawfish, eleven North American World Championship Team members have just returned to their respective states from the Leeville area of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.  There they […]
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December 16, 2016
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President Obama Signs Outdoor REC Act into Law

Bill recognizes that the outdoor recreation industry is a significant economic driver Alexandria, VA – December 9, 2016 – In a significant step forward for the outdoor recreation industry and the sportfishing community, yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016. The bill, known […]
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December 16, 2016
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Hobie Fishing Worlds 6 Competitors Hit the Water

By Hobie Fishing An international field of 49 anglers took to the water at Leeville, Louisiana for the first time at the Hobie Fishing Worlds 6 presented by Rhino-Rack® for Lowrance Navigation and Pre-Fish Day. Lead by local guides, groups of five anglers scattered across the tournament zone, on the […]
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December 15, 2016
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Team North America Set for Hobie Fishing Worlds 6

By Hobie Fishing The crew of elite anglers representing the US and Canada is a diverse one The North American qualifying spots for the prestigious 2016 Hobie Fishing Worlds 6 are filled! Teams USA and Canada are stacked with a diverse crew of anglers from every corner of the continent. Eric Harrison is a […]
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November 14, 2016
Ricky Cole of FRIB demonstrates how the British company’s 9-foot foldable rigid inflatable boat unfolds. (Steve Waters/Staff)

Foldable inflatable a recreational and rescue craft

By Steve Waters | Sun Sentinel As an Arctic Warfare Specialist for the British military, Steve Bruce taught soldiers how to survive in extreme conditions. That experience in saving lives eventually led to Bruce developing a foldable rigid inflatable boat for sailors, cruisers and anglers that performs in emergency situations. […]
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October 26, 2016
From left to right David Chouinard announcing, Dr. Lloyd Wruble, Chairman of the Herman Lucerne Memorial; winning Captain Jared Raskob, who guided Frank Delucas the tournament’s grand champion angler to seven species of fish, and trophy artist David Wirth.

With seven species of fish Plantation’s Frank Delucas wins 17th Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Tournament

ISLAMORADA, In the Florida Keys —  Frank Delucas, Plantation, Fla., a first time participant in the Herman Lucerne tournament but no stranger to Florida Keys backcountry fishing, won the 17th annual two-day event, as the only angler to catch all seven required saltwater species. The unique competition, which attracted 118 […]
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October 24, 2016
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Lions on the Line Illustrates Impact of Lionfish on Reefs

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently. The reason for the public declaration was to coincide with the Lions on the Line […]
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October 18, 2016

This 100-pound-plus fish lures saltwater fly anglers to the Florida Keys

By Richard Morin | Washington Post “I’ve got a fish at two o’clock. Seventy feet. Coming fast. See him?” Fishing guide Bill Houze spoke with quiet urgency from atop the platform suspended four feet above the stern of the 17-foot skiff. “I see him,” said my friend Mike Traugott, scanning the […]
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October 17, 2016
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2016 Anglers for Conservation Orlando Gumbo Wars, October 22, 2016

The sixth annual AFC Gumbo Wars is less than a month away.  Yes. it’s time once again for the Anglers for Conservation Orlando Gumbo Wars scheduled on October 22, 2016 at the Fish on Fire Restaurant in Orlando, Florida with the gates opening to 2 pm. The AFC Orlando Chapter and many of it’s Orlando area community […]
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October 3, 2016
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New Reef Off Alabama Reveals Partnership Possibilities

By David Rainer Another artificial reef was deployed off the Alabama Gulf Coast this week in Alabama’s vast artificial reef zone. While a reef deployment may not seem like news, this was indeed special because it could change the way industrial and corporate entities view options for recycling materials. The […]
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September 22, 2016
Although lionfish have no controlling predators in the invaded range, diver removals are an effective method of reducing lionfish populations. ©REEF

Seventh Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby Pulls in Hundreds of Invasive Lionfish

By Emily Stokes | REEF Lionfish Program Assistant At the break of dawn on September 10th, 42 dedicated lionfish hunters braved unfavorable weather conditions to compete in the Seventh Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby. Vying for more than $3,500 in cash prizes, 11 teams brought in 323 lionfish during the […]
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September 9, 2016
Courtesy of Bradley Wetherbee. This satellite transmitter is similar to one that was attached to a 6-foot mako shark off Ocean City, Maryland, on June 15. The shark was presumably caught by a fisherman off Martha's Vineyard, and researchers who are trying to get the transmitter back have traced it to North Falmouth.

Reward offered for return of shark satellite tag

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz | Cape Cod Times NORTH FALMOUTH — The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that conducts scientific research and holds educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment, is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the satellite tag attached to a mako shark caught […]
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September 8, 2016
A satellite tag on the fin of a shark. Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Nonprofit offers reward for missing shark tag off Cape Cod

By Dylan McGuinness | Boston Globe Commercial fishermen off Cape Cod may have caught a shark this month that was carrying an expensive piece of tracking technology, and a nonprofit organization is offering a $1,000 reward for the equipment’s return. The satellite tag had been placed in May on the […]
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September 8, 2016
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“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” No-Yelling School Comes To FL Everglades Nov. 19-20

Experience the Jurassic Park of Fishing! Deadline is Oct. 1 for overnight lodging FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – 9/2016 ─  The award-winning Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing nonprofit series ventures to the Florida Everglades Nov. 19-20 for a wilderness fishing adventure. The Everglades program includes a Saturday class on specific fishing in 10,000 Islands, a home cooked potluck dinner […]
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