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St. Croix Mojo Salt series blends durability and design consistency for top performance
Park Falls, WI (November 15, 2017) – Florida Keys guide and co-host of Saltwater Experience, Capt. Tom Rowland knows that hosting clients with varying degrees of angling skill is the ultimate testing ground for new products like St. Croix’s Mojo Salt series. After extensive field experience, Rowland grades this lineup of conventional and spinning rods a solid A+.
“Mojo Salt is perfect for the rigorous nature of a guide boat,” Rowland said. “With nine models in the series, Mojo Salt applies to so many techniques, and the wide variety of species I chase.
Anderson and Curt Winbourne with a wahoo that topped the scales at 81 lbs. The fish was caught on 20 lb. test line and light tackle king mackerel gear. They were live bait fishing on the east side of Cape Lookout.
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Vinita, of Surf City Pier, reports that anglers have been catching a number of large mullet. The biggest fish have been coming in off live shrimp, while the rest are going for Fishbites. The trout and bluefish bite have both been impressive, though the fish have generally been small.
Joe, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports a strong presence of mullet, trout, black drum, and bluefish. Anglers are using live shrimp and dead shrimp on jig heads to pull in most of the fish. Winter anglers can expect to find puffers and even more mullet deep into the colder months.
Chadwick, of South End Anglers, reports that trout are continuing to bite in great numbers, with MR18s, Trout Tricks, and Fathom Inshore jigs providing the most action. Boat basins, bridges, and creeks are where most of the fish are congregating, with a few coming from area inlets.
Bluefish are biting both inshore and off the beach, while a few flounder have been pulled in with Z-Man soft plastics on jig heads. Both red and black drum are still going strong, biting jigs and both live and dead shrimp. You’ll find the drum around oyster rocks, docks, and bridges.
Bottom fishing has been productive in the 3-10 mile range, with good catches of sea bass, grunts, and grouper coming in on metal jigs and squid. Just about any nearshore AR, ledge, or live bottom area should produce fish.
Over the winter months, expect the speck bite to stay strong as long as the water temperature stays above 50 degrees. Areas along the mainland that have dark mud bottoms will hold the most trout, but they will also school around boat basins, canals, mainland creeks, and docks out of heavy current. Use long, light leaders and 1/8 oz. Fathom Inshore jigs to pull them in, and try to fish during the middle of the day when the water is warmest.
Both red and black drum will continue to feed throughout the winter, and they should be fished for with the freshest shrimp that you can find on light Carolina rigs with 2/0 circle hooks.
Sea bass and tautogs will provide good action through the winter on nearshore structure. Use squid baits around ARs, hard bottoms, and ledges. You may also find a grey trout or two.
Mike, of Native Son, reports that while the trout bite has been good, unfortunately the small specks are the ones showing up in the biggest numbers.
Every school will have bigger fish in it, and using a bigger bait like the MirrOlure MirrOdine XL or a Z-Man diesel minnow may help you pick them out of the mix.
Red drum are still thick in the marsh, but a lot of the bigger fish have begun to move to the surf zone. The inshore drum are being caught while sight fishing. Cruise quietly and look for the reds around oyster beds and points. When surf fishing, look for the reds hiding in sloughs. It may be hard to locate them, but once you do, they’re aggressive and biting in good numbers.
Landmark Legislation to Benefit Saltwater Anglers Advances in U.S. House
House Natural Resources Committee Approves Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill
Washington, D.C. - December 13, 2017 - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen. A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community endorsed H.R. 200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provisions into the nation's primary law governing federal fisheries management.
On April 6, 2017, Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.), a leader on recreational fishing issues, introduced H.R. 2023, the Modern Fish Act, to address the challenges facing recreational fishermen in the federal fisheries management system. He was joined by a bipartisan list of 24 cosponsors. Original cosponsors include Congressmen Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.). The Modern Fish Act's legislative language was ultimately included in H.R. 200.
"We owe great thanks to Chairman Rob Bishop, Congressman Don Young and Congressman Garret Graves for working together to bring meaningful change to recreational fisheries management through the reauthorization of the nation's marine fisheries law," said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. "This is a major step forward in implementing the vision set forth by the Morris-Deal Report for the future of saltwater recreational fishing. The importance of this legislation to the recreational fishing and boating community was made clear by tens of thousands of advocates who have made their voices heard by contacting their elected officials in recent months."
Through years of hard work, the priorities of the recreational fishing and boating community were identified and presented to federal policy makers by the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management. This group is also referred to as the Morris-Deal Commission, named for co-chairs Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boat Group. In 2014, the Morris-Deal Commission released "A Vision for Managing America's Saltwater Recreational Fisheries," which included six key policy changes to produce the full range of saltwater recreational fishing's social, economic and conservation benefits to the nation.
Many of the recommendations of the Morris-Deal Commission are addressed by the Modern Fish Act and now included in H.R. 200. This legislation addresses many of the challenges faced by recreational anglers, including allowing alternative management tools for recreational fishing, reexamining fisheries allocations and improving recreational data collection. The bill aims to benefit fishing access and conservation by incorporating modern management approaches, science and technology to guide decision-making.
On December 8, the coalition requested in a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources that the Modern Fish Act be included in the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and moved to the House floor for final passage.
Furthermore, 135 marine recreational fishing and boating industry executives signed a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on December 11, in support of the Modern Fish Act and its inclusion in the final reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The saltwater fishing economy spans the entire United States not just the U.S. coastline, as demonstrated by the list of signatories.
"America's 11 million saltwater anglers have a $63 billion economic impact annually and generate 440,000 jobs," said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association. "However, recreational fishing has been treated as an afterthought in the federal fisheries management system for decades. If enacted, H.R. 200 would finally give saltwater recreational fishing the attention it deserves in the Magnuson-Stevens Act."
"The need to revise the one-size-fits-all approach of the Magnuson-Stevens Act has been abundantly clear in recent years as anglers face unreasonably limited access to public marine resources," said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. "Stakeholders of the recreational boating industry, a uniquely American-made industry with an economic footprint of more than $121 billion annually and more than 650,000 American jobs, are encouraged by the Committee's action today, and we hope to see final passage by the House very soon."
"We commend the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources for taking the next step in reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act," said Patrick Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. "The need to update our nation's fisheries management system to ensure the conservation of our public marine resources and reasonable public access to those resources is abundantly clear. We look forward to the full House consideration of the bill."
"The provisions of the Modern Fish Act included in H.R. 200 would provide parity for federally-managed recreational fisheries, while continuing to safeguard the conservation of our fisheries resources," said Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. "In addition to Chairman Bishop, Congressman Young and Congressman Graves, a big thanks to the bipartisan House leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus for their co-sponsorship of these important measures on behalf of America's anglers."
"We thank Chairman Rob Bishop for expediting this Committee markup and moving the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill forward," said Jim Donofrio, president of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. "We also commend Congressman Don Young and Congressman Garret Graves for drafting this landmark legislation that will increase angler access while continuing to rebuild recreational fisheries."
"Recreational fishing and commercial fishing are two fundamentally different activities needing distinctly different management tools," said Angers. "Since 1976, recreational anglers have been shoehorned into a management regime that was never designed to manage recreational fishing. H.R. 200 would make critical changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act to better manage recreational fisheries."
Following today's vote, the coalition encourages House leadership to quickly bring H.R. 200 to the floor for https://www.joinrfa.org/final passage. Marine recreational anglers and boaters are eager to see this landmark legislation move through the House and Senate and signed into law.
About Recreational Fishing Alliance
The Recreational Fishing Alliance is a national, grassroots political action organization representing recreational fishermen and the recreational fishing industry on marine fisheries issues. The RFA Mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our Nation's saltwater fisheries. For more information, call 888-JOIN-RFA or visit www.joinrfa.org.