Buried Treasure in that Old Tackle Box

A Heddon Midget River Runt, one of the best fishing lures ever made. Photo by Chris Landsberger

A Heddon Midget River Runt, one of the best fishing lures ever made. Photo by Chris Landsberger

Ed Godfrey writes about antique fishing lures in The Oklahoman.  Heddon advertises itself as the world’s oldest lure maker, having started in 1894. The company was started by James Heddon in his family kitchen in Dowagiac, Mich and recently a set of 89 Heddon lures sold for $125,000.

Tarpon Tune-Up Angling Workshop

Tarpon Tune UpLearn the tackle, techniques, and get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to know about tarpon at the IGFA Tarpon Tune-Up on April 5th, presented by the IGFA School of Sport Fishing and Hells Bay Boatworks.

Scott Deal and Johnny Morris to Speak at the National Press Club on Fisheries Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Congress moving forward quickly to revise the federal act that governs our nation’s marine resources.  Maverick Boats President Scott Deal, and Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris will present their vision for managing America’s saltwater recreational fisheries to the National Press Club later this month.

The sportfishing and boating  industries, along with recreational saltwater anglers, are stepping up efforts to ensure that their economic, social and conservation priorities are well represented.

As the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act reauthorization advances on Capitol Hill, Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris and Maverick Boats President Scott Deal, leaders in the recreational angling industry and co-chairmen of the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, will present “A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries” at the National Press Club on March 26, 2014, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The report, introduced to fishing and boating industry stakeholders on February 13, 2014, at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show, is receiving critical acclaim as an important step toward commonsense saltwater fisheries management. Now, with strong support from the boating and fishing community, the commission is taking the report to the Hill to work with Congress as the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization proceeds.

The Morris-Deal Commission assembled an expert panel of state and federal agency administrators, researchers, industry representatives and economists to promote a proactive vision for saltwater fisheries management. The current Magnuson-Stevens Act does not sufficiently address this important use of our nation’s public fishery resources. The commission’s report addresses recreational fishing specifically and differentiates the economic, social and conservation needs from those of commercial fishing.

According to NOAA Fisheries, 11 million Americans recreationally fish in saltwater each year.  These sportsmen and -women contribute more than $70 billion to the nation’s economy and $1.5 billion for on-the-ground conservation of aquatic resources and habitats.

Who: Johnny Morris, founder and CEO, Bass Pro Shops
Scott Deal, president, Maverick Boats

When: Wednesday, March 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m. EDT

Where: Fourth Estate Room, The National Press Club
529 14th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20045

RSVP to Lauren Dunn, National Marine
Manufacturers Association, at ldunn@nmma.org; or Mary Jane Williamson,
American Sportfishing Association, at mjwilliamson@asafishing.org.


2014 East Cape Lostmen

2014 LostmenKevin Fenn of East Cape Skiffs takes us on a walkaround of a 2014 Lostmen skiff just finished for a new customer.


Students Learn Skiff Building

Students Learn Boat Building

Students Learn Skiff Building

Students in Gananoque Ontario on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River are building a St. Lawrence River skiff as a class project.

Minn Kota Program Offers Bonus to Tournament Anglers

Minn Kota has announced that their Anchor Down with Talon Rewards program will offer bonus money to tournament anglers who own and use a Talon shallow water anchor during competition. [Read more…]

ENP Report Shows 2012 Tourism Dollars Exceeded $103 Million

HOMESTEAD, Florida – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,141, 906 visitors to Everglades National Park in 2012 spent approximately $103 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,402 jobs in the local area. [Read more…]

Gulf Coast Snook Season Re-Opens March 1

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier game fish, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

River of Glass

River of Glass

River of Glass

River of Glass is a short documentary filmed in the Florida Everlgades as part of the Philip Bloom Eco Documentary experience.

River of Glass (www.RBLFILMS.com) from Anthony Sarracco on Vimeo.

Islamarine Workshop Photos

Islamarine WorkIslamarine has added some new photos to their workshop album.  They did a great job taking care of this little ding.  It also looks like Tom Gordon has left Islamarine and begun a new venture entitled Islamorada Boatworks.