Snook and Gamefish Foundation Joins Gill Net Fight

gil-net-redThe Snook and Gamefish Foundation is participating in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s litigation against the Wakulla Fisherman’s Association attack on Florida’s long standing net ban.  The Court officially granted the Foundation’s right to participate in the case on Jan. 29, which  means the court will give full consideration to its brief in support of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s position in defense of the net ban and related administrative rules.

IGFA to Auction 2014 Hells Bay Marquesa

MarquesaOn Friday January 31st, 2014 the IGFA will hold the 30th Annual International Auction & Banquet at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. Among the many great items available is this 2014 Hells Bay Marquesa donated by Chris and Wendi Peterson of Hells Bay Boatworks.  It comes with a 90HP Mercury engine donated by Mercury Marine and a Stiffy push-pole donated by Kevin Shaw.

Free Entrance to Everglades National Park on Monday

If you’re lucky enough to have Monday off in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, treat yourself with a visit to your nearest national park.  Monday is the first of nine days this year when entrance fees to the parks will be waived.

Atlantic Coast Snook Season Closes Tomorrow

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and
federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will
remain closed through Jan. 31, 2014, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Snook can
continue to be caught and released during the closed season.

Founder of Umpqua Feather Merchants Dennis Black Passes

An avid angler and gifted fly designer and tyer, Dennis had a profound impact on many of us here at Umpqua, as well as on the entire fly-fishing industry as a whole. [Read more…]

Boat US Speaks Up for Boat Owners at Ethanol Hearings

“We believe in a national renewable fuels policy, but one that is both safe for boaters and sound for the environment,” says BoatUS Government Affairs Program Manager Nicole Payla Wood.

Biscayne National Park GMP Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) announces that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Biscayne National Park’s General Management Plan (GMP) is available for public comment. All interested parties are invited to attend public meetings scheduled for December 9th, 10th, and 11th.   The 90 day public comment period continues through February 20, 2014.

Gary Jennings Joins Hells Bay Boatworks

Gary Jennings is the new general manager of Hell’s Bay Boatworks.

Gary Jennings is the new general manager of Hell’s Bay Boatworks.

Respected veteran fishing magazine publisher, avid angler and conservationist Gary Jennings has joined Hell’s Bay Boatworks, taking the helm as its general manager.  After more than a decade with Bonnier’s Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Jennings left the popular publication for an opportunity to join the boat company he has held in high esteem, having owned one of its early boat models for over a dozen years.   [Read more…]

Fishermen Cited for Undersized Catch

Two men in the Coral Creek area of Placida, Florida were cited for possessing a tarpon without a kill tag, possession of undersize snook, and over bag limit snook.

Maverick Boat Company Joins Coastal Conservation Center as Corporate Sponsor

The Center for Coastal Conservation recently announced that four new boat builders have joined as corporate sponsors. They include major marine industry players Grady White Boats, Maverick Boats, Regulator Boats and Sea Hunt Boats.  Read the extended press release. [Read more…]