The name ‘STELLA MARIS’ is latin for ‘Star of the Sea’, an ancient name for the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the sea. Within the store a statue stands in a glass case overlooking an ice chest containing frozen bunker (bunker – see the embedded video) plus a bucket of live clams.
Six brothers, Mike, Salvatore, Anthony, Tony, Neal and Joseph Lauro started “STELLA MARIS” 70 years ago.
Within… every surface is stocked with gear and supplies, including fishing poles, filet knives, tackle boxes, traps, nets, burlap sacks, sunglasses and Stella Maris T-shirts (Bill Murray wore one in the film “St. Vincent.”) and fishing hats. At the counter, a worker with a shark and an octopus tattooed on one arm and an anchor tattooed on the other hand-plucked from a tangled clump of sea grass a half-dozen wriggling, red-bristled sand worms: bait for bottom feeders.
Chris Rivera 16, an employee, puts fishing line onto reel. Nearly every available surface is stocked with gear and supplies, including fishing rods, filet knives, tackle boxes, traps, nets, burlap sacks, sunglasses and T-shirts. Photograph by Dave Sanders for the “New York times.
Six brothers — Mike, Salvatore, Anthony, Tony, Neal and Joseph Lauro — started Stella Maris about 70 years ago. The last of the brothers, Neal, died in 2011, at 86. Today, the shop is run by his grandnephew Salvatore’s son, Thomas Lauro, 66, a lawyer in Staten Island, who manages the property.
“If they don’t have it, you don’t need it,” Captain Lind an old customer remarked.
With her “Stella Maris” rig, a novice angler caught (and released) two fish. She’d like to believe this miracle was occasioned by the store’s patron saint.
“Look at the building,” Captain Lind said, “It’s like it was when I was a kid.”
On the facade, faded aqua marquee-style letters spell out the store’s name (“Stella Maris”), flanked by two old Coca-Cola signs bleached by the sun. On the rooftop, from a pole wrapped in Christmas lights a tattered American flag ripples in the breeze.
Inside, nearly every surface is stocked with gear and supplies, including fishing poles, filet knives, tackle boxes, traps, nets, burlap sacks, sunglasses and Stella Maris T-shirts (Bill Murray wore a “Stella Maris” T-Shirt in the film “St. Vincent.”) At the counter, a worker with a shark and an octopus tattooed on one arm and an anchor tattooed on the other hand-plucked from a tangled clump of sea grass a half-dozen wriggling, red-bristled sand worms: bait for bottom feeders.
Six brothers — Mike, Salvatore, Anthony, Tony, Neal and Joseph Lauro — started Stella Maris 70 years ago. The last of the brothers, Neal, died in 2011, at 86. Today, the shop is run by his grandnephew. Salvatore’s son, Thomas Lauro, 66, a lawyer in Staten Island.
“If “Stella Maris” doesn’t have it, you don’t need it,” says Captain Lind, an old and regular customer.
With her Stella Maris rig, a novice angler caught (and released) two fish. She’d like to believe this miracle was occasioned by the store’s patron saint.
Small, humble retailer selling brand-name fishing rods & reels, along with live bait & ice.– Google
They have absolutely everything you need for fishing, plus helpful service. Definitely, the best fishing store I have ever patronized!!!
The guys in there are all very helpful they have everything you can possibly need in stock. By far the best bait store in all of Brooklyn.
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Only SONAR & TV together, can give you the total and true picture, which will axiomatically enable you to be a more productive angler.
Now available from Aqua-Vu, the first ‘High Definition’ underwater viewing system!
“Even with the amazing images displayed by modern sonar, every angler needs an “Aqua-Vu” TV to see what’s really down there; to confirm or refute what you ‘think’ you see on sonar”. “For species identification alone, an Aqua-Vu is a ‘must-have’ tool, because most of us would prefer to bypass, sea robbins, skates and dogfish.
“Most folks think cameras only work in clear water,” “but the truth is, even in heavily stained summer water an Aqua-Vu still clearly shows the fish species you’re seeing on sonar. And when fish are buried in vegetation or wood, an “Aqua-Vu” camera is the only tool that clearly reveals what’s living there.”
Adding even more convenience is the ability to connect your Aqua-Vu camera directly to your video-enabled sonar unit. “Both the “Aqua-Vu Micro” and the “Multi-Vu Camera System” attach directly to my boat’s main sonar, so I can view underwater video and sonar images side-by-side on the same bright, colorful LCD. It’s an awesome one-two fish-finding punch.”
Video can be projected to a television on land, or to a cabin aboard. Imagine, breaking for lunch and simultaneously actually seeing, exactly whats happening in the water below.
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“WhiteMax” Low Ratio Baitcasting Reel Introduced by KastKing®
A quality baitcaster reel, priced under $40.00 !!! 😎 :
(For Immediate Release – Garden City, Long Island, NY – February 29, 2016) KastKing® added an affordable low gear ratio baitcasting reel to their lineup of new 2016 models. KastKing®, a division of Eposeidon, Inc. (eposeidon.com) based in Garden City, NY, announced today they expect to grab a large portion of the low gear ratio market with the new KastKing® super torque “WhiteMax” 5.1:1 gear ratio baitcasting reel.
The KastKing® “WhiteMax” baitcasting reel features high quality 9 + 1 shielded stainless steel ball bearings, one-way instant stop clutch, precision brass gears, 4.5 kg/ 10 lbs smooth effective drag, easy to adjust 6 magnet brake, braided line ready ceramic line guide inserts, CNC Machined Aluminum Spool, rust proof graphite body and side plates, and a powerful aluminum handle with EVA knobs.
“KastKing WhiteMax” low ratio baitcaster reels offer ‘super torque’ for slow presentation of heavy baits such as big swimbaits, deep crank baits, and large spinner baits. The slower, lower gear ratio of the WhiteMax low profile baitcaster keeps the bait in the strike zone longer. WhiteMax baitcasting reels give a superior feel and improved catch rate when fishing in cold water when bass and other species are cautious and slow to move.
“In addition to low ratio, quality components, smooth operation, and clean classic white and red colors, the best feature of the WhiteMax baitcaster reel is its low affordable price,” says Eposeidon CEO, Tate Cui. “Once again we are proud to offer an excellent reel that fits within many fishing budgets. WhiteMax stays true to the slogan, ‘KastKing keeps fishing fun,’ by keeping it affordable.”
KastKing® won a Best of Show award at ICAST 2015 and will continue to introduce more new fishing reel models this year before “ICAST 2016”.
“KastKing WhiteMax” low ratio baitcaster reels offer ‘super torque‘ for slow presentation of heavy baits such as big swimbaits, deep crank baits, and large spinner baits. The slower, lower gear ratio of the “WhiteMax” low profile baitcaster keeps the bait in the strike zone longer. WhiteMax baitcasting reels give a superior feel and improved catch rate when fishing in cold water when bass and other species are cautious and slow to move.
“In addition to low ratio, quality components, smooth operation, and clean classic white and red colors, the best feature of the WhiteMax baitcaster fishing reel is its low affordable price,” says Eposeidon CEO, Tate Cui. “Once again we are proud to offer an excellent reel that fits within many fishing budgets. WhiteMax stays true to the slogan, ‘KastKing keeps fishing fun,’ by keeping it affordable!”
KastKing WhiteMax low ratio baitcasting reels are ‘saltwater approved’ and have a ‘one-year warranty’. KastKing® WhiteMax weighs 7.7oz /218g and has a line capacity of 10lb/100yds, 15/85, 18/65 0.33mm/90m, 0.37/75 0.4/60. WhiteMax carries an MSRP of $59.98 and will sell for below $40.00 !!!
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EPOSEISON brings a fresh, innovative approach to anglers by offering quality fishing tackle products at the best prices and no cost, or low cost shipping. Eposeidon’s goal is to exceed expectations through outstanding customer service and superior product value to their customers. Eposeidon is continually expanding its product lines, which include KastKing®, an ICAST 2015 Best of Show award-winning brand, fishing line, fishing reels, and fishing rods, MadBite fishing lures, fishing tools, and accessories, KastKing® Ecooda Pro Series reels, and other fishing tackle products, to meet individual fishing equipment needs. Eposeidon sells fishing tackle products in more than 140 countries.
Baitcaster Fishing Reel: Tips & Tricks, including, easy ways to prevent ‘birdnesting’,
Hey fellow anglers, here are some tips and tricks for setting up and using your baitcaster fishing reel. If we missed anything in the video, or you have additional questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll forward your inquiries to experts who can help you.
For Immediate Release, February 11, 2016
Fish Finder Technology
Underwater camera company aligns with angling educator, Dr. Jason Halfen
Crosslake, MN. (February 10, 2016) – Fish smarter, by equipping yourself with – fish finders – all available underwater intelligence, says this sport’s #1 practitioner and almost always, you’ll find and catch fish. This is the credo of Dr. Jason Halfen—university professor and director of “The Technological Angler” fish finder expert and founder of an ‘angling think tank’ that blends fishery science with electronic fishing gear to perfect fish finder technology and fish finder techniques.
A longtime underwater camera user, Halfen recently joined forces with “Aqua-Vu”, the recognized leader in underwater viewing, fish finder technology. The goal of the alliance, Halfen says, “teach the angling community what really happens below the surface and to effectively use Fish Finder Technology.
Fish Finder Technology education will help all anglers appreciate and comprehend the underwater world, so that they’ll not only catch more fish, but also, increase their enjoyment while fishing.”
Ben Gibbs, Aqua-Vu’s president says employ Fish Finder Technology and “Know the bottom before you fish” Using an Aqua-Vu camera is simpler than interpreting sonar, because it requires ‘NO GUESSWORK’ as to what you’re seeing on the screen.
Spring Is On Its Way
I use my Humminbird Side Imaging FISH FINDER to find large concentrations of pre-spawn fish, often associated with mid-depth sand dunes that provide feeding opportunities as well as areas protected from the increasing current.
The fish finder we find very effective for finding fish at this time of the year is our “Aqua-Vu” underwater camera. In these cold, clear waters of very early spring, fish can be relatively easy to find with traditional sonar or high-frequency imaging techniques, so separating the undesirable fish (like shad, sheephead, suckers, etc.) from our target species is important for fishing with high efficiency fish finding technology. The “Aqua-Vu Micro 5” camera system is incredibly lightweight fish finding technology is portable, has a long-life lithium ion battery, and features outstanding optics for excellent image quality in the relatively clear river water.
While the weather is warming and becoming consistently more pleasant, water conditions are changing in a wide variety of ways. As water flows will slowly begin to increase, that increase in flow will bring with it a decrease in water clarity and a decrease, yes a decrease, in water temperature. Fishing in cold, dirty water is very different from fishing in the cold, clear waters of late winter.
River rookies are often caught off-guard by the fact that water temperatures always fall before they begin their long march to summer highs. The reason for this dip is simple: melting snow generates large volumes of ice-cold water. As that snowmelt travels under the receding snowpack and over still-frozen ground, it carries those cold temperatures into the streams and creeks that feed larger, walleye-laden rivers.
The Original Underwater Viewing System, “Aqua-Vu” is manufactured by “Outdoors Insight, Inc.”, and has led the underwater camera fish finder category in design, innovation and quality since 1997. They were also the first with fish finder technology on-screen displays of water temperature, depth and camera direction, LCD monitor, IR and LED fish finder light systems, DVRs and now Digital Zoom fish finders. The Central Minnesota based company builds other popular outdoors products as well, such as the iBall Trailer Hitch Camera (iballhitchcam.com) and Odor Check Moisture and Odor Control System (odorcheck.com). For more information on “Aqua-Vu”, visit www.aquavu.com.
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Garden City, Long Island, NY – January 26, 2016) KastKing®, a division of Eposeidon, Inc. has come out with a new innovative ‘spinning reel’ for 2016, dubbed KastKing® Mako 3500. Unique NEW concept thwarts fishing line tangles and makes “KastKing® Mako Spinning Reel” 2016, better than ever.
The key features of the KastKing® Mako 3500 fishing reel include an ‘impressive line retrieve rate’ for its size, an ‘exceptional drag rated at 22 lbs./ 10 kg’ from its oversized drag washers, and 8 + 1 shielded stainless steel bearings, anglers will appreciate the revolutionary design rotor brushes that prevent fishing line from dropping down on to the spool skirt during retrieve. The exclusive rotor brushes on the “Mako” spinning reels reduce loops and snarls for a more pleasant fishing experience. This ‘unique’ fishing reel, antifouling spinning reel rotor design is not available from other brands.
Instant stop anti-reverse.
The “KastKing® Mako 3500” fishing reel attains amazing smoothness from 8 stainless steel shielded ball bearings plus one instant stop anti-reverse. A ‘beefy reel foot’ made from aero-grade aluminum alloy and a deep aluminum spool machined from the same material that ‘retrieves 36 inches of line per turn of its handle’, give the Mako spinning reel a rock-solid feel.
“KastKing® Mako 3500” fishing reels are finished in black and silver with a distinctive spool lip gold accent, have a right hand or left hand reversible CNC machined aluminum handle, a 5.1: 1 gear ratio, and a EVA flat paddle non-slip knob. A “Mako 3500” fishing reel weighs 11.82oz/ 335g and has a line capacity of (mm/m) 0.25mm/190m, 0.30/130, 0.35/100 and a monofilament line capacity of (lbs/ yds) 8 lb / 240 yards, 10 lb /195 yards , 12 lb/ 165 yards.
Like many “KastKing®” products, the “KastKing® Mako 3500” fishing reel stands out due to its inventive design features, says Tom Gahan, marketing director at Eposeidon, Inc.. “Mako’s rotor brushes keep any line that has spilled over the spool up where it belongs and virtually eliminates ‘line overrun loop fowling’.” There’s nothing quite like the “KastKing® Mako” available on the market”
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“FRABILL” PORTABLE FISH HOUSE. Your close to ‘perfect’ fishable ice fishing space.
Plano, IL (January 19, 2016) – I remember the first portable ice fishing fish-houses to hit the ice. Mere canvas stretched over makeshift aluminum poles bolted to primitive plywood frames; nevertheless, they got us out of the wind and cold.
Today, portable ice fishing houses are lighter, offer more ice fishable space, and the best are constructed of state-of-the-art materials for resistance to the elements and greater R-values for warmth.
You’ve got poles that are easy to adjust with your fishing gloves on, which factors ‘huge’ during breakdown.
But ice fishing from portable ice fish houses still presents challenges, so we ice fishing anglers are continually looking for better, ice fishing problem-solving shelters – not to mention customizing ice fishing houses with our own modifications.
One of my biggest peeves with portables ice fishing houses has been ice fishing house pole design. Fact is, you’re never colder than when you have to shut off your heater and start breaking the house down at the end of the day, and then have to throw it in the back of the truck or hitch up to the ATV or sled.
You take your fishing gloves off and push those little buttons on the poles and by the time you get that done, the feeling in your fingers is history. Now, with Frabill’s re-design, You’ve got ice fishing shelter poles that are easy to adjust with your fishing gloves on, which factors ‘huge’ during breakdown of your ice fishing shelter.
Another thing about portable ice fishing shelter poles is that many are prone to failure. Solving that problem, Frabill’s new alloy frames are 30% stronger and 30% lighter than traditional ice fishing shelter aluminum frames. The result means easier transport, setup and storage – and practically fail-proof operation of your ice fishing shelter.
Combined comfortable ‘Bench Seating’ and safe ‘Rod Storage’.
Fishability in Spades
Frabill’s Citadel also yields a giant ice fishing area. You don’t realize just how big until you get in the house and almost feel lonely by yourself. The Frabill Citadel 3405 features nearly 30 square feet of fishable ice fishing space, but what makes that even larger is Frabill’s unique SideStep™ Entry, with a door on each side rather than the standard front door design makes it easy for your entire party to enter and exit easily with all of your gear.
By straightening the angle on the front wall, Frabill added more fishable space, as well as room to set hooks with longer rods.
SideStep design flat-out eliminates hassle, like your buddy knocking over the heater, portable fishfinder, or getting wrapped up in line. The design simplifies in-and-out access, removes the need to step over gear and holes, and a vertical front wall reduces the risk of kicking over the heater.
So, if you’re looking for a portable ice fishing house that will last longer, eliminate hassles, and offer fishability in spades, look no further than the Frabill Citadel series.
Frabill, Inc. is in its 77th year of engineering premium, trusted fishing equipment. Frabill’s ice fishing product lineup consists of portable ice fishing shelters, rod and reel combos, tip-ups, bait containers, portable aeration, and premium ice fishing apparel. Open water products include landing nets, portable aeration, bait containers, bait care, bait traps and seines, accessories, and premium open water F Series Storm Gear. Visit www.frabill.com
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Traverse City, MI (January 18, 2015) – Fish are smarter than we give them credit for. It’s been proven and they have the ability of remember.
That’s right, fish have a ‘memory’.
Every species that has ever swam their lives away in test tanks have proven this. After going through the rigors of being hooked and handled a few times, even just once, they refuse to eat whatever it was that put them through the hassle of being caught for quite some time. Fish will often turn tail the moment they see the same ol’ lure waggling in front of their nose. They’ve been there and done that… & they’re not amused!
With this in mind, let us reference the Fin-Wing’s unique action when fished vertically. This amazing fishing lure doesn’t just wiggle. It really doesn’t even waggle. It does, however, turn nose down and swim as it free falls when vertically jigged. And it’s that distinctive stroke that ‘fools even the weariest fish’ into striking when all else is failing. Even more so, for fish that have never spied a Fin-Wing before.
There’s no doubting it’s the Fin-Wing’s distinctive stamped shape—time tested since 1948, with “wings” that flare out at just the right angle as well a hole placed perfectly in the bait’s main body—that gives this spoon bait its ‘realistic swimming’ moves. And it’s nothing more than a large, sweeping jigging motion that brings the Fin-Wing lure to life and garners the most attention. Simply lift the fishing rod tip a foot or so and then let the lure free fall on a limp line. Simple as that.
Tip this fishing lure with a ‘live minnow’, or ‘scent-infused soft plastic’ and, besides the added aroma, the Wing’s flip-and-swim action magnifies its effectiveness even more. But once a ‘brute’ is eyeballed on sonar, a less aggressive fishing rod rise-and-fall action is the better ploy. Sometimes, nothing more than the nervousness produced by shaking the fishing rod tip will convert ‘a follow’ into ‘a strike’.
Fin-Wing fishing lures are available in 1/4, 3/4 and 1 ounce sizes – that’s number 1, 3 and 5, respectively. And there are a dozen classic fishing lure colors to choose from, 10 with translucent fishing lure hues, and all tinted with UV paint for every degree of water clarity.
The Fin-Wing, whether fished alongside structures like weeds, wood or rock, or out in the open — will take every species of fish; pan sized or humongous.
Designed and made in Copper Country, USA. Th lure is the pride of “Keweenaw Tackle Company”; built to rigid standards using only the highest-quality materials and superior long-lasting finishes. Find out more and see this fishing lure in action at www.keweenawtc.com.
• Patented wing design.
• Works with soft baits.
• Effective for all game fish.
2016 • Ranger Z175
Ranger quality and performance, best-in-class interior space for less than $26,000 MSRP.
FLIPPIN, ARKANSAS January 2016 The new Ranger Z175 fishing boat measures 17 feet, 6 inches. Weighs 1,250 pounds, making it ideal for use with smaller tow vehicles, easier to maneuver and easier to store in most residential garages. In designing the Z175, Ranger fishing boat engineers built this fishing boat around a 90-inch beam, which delivers exceptional ‘fishability’ and increases interior space for more storage and comfort. In short, the debut of Ranger’s Z100 Series delivers fishing and performance features to make it feel like much more than an entry-level rig. this entry-level fiberglass bass boat delivers unparalleled fit and finish, the latest must-have fishing features and the industry’s best resale values in a package starting at $25,900 MSRP.
“Few things enhance the fishing experience like being on the water in a bass boat with the kind of features, fishability, fit and finish of a Ranger bass boat,” said Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper. “This bass boat is perfect for anglers ready to move into the best-built bass boats on the water, but who prefer something that’s easier to tow and store. With the w-i-d-e-r beam and abundance of storage options, the only thing that feels small about this boat is the price.”
Premium split-bench seating with space for three including a fold-down center seat that doubles as a step to the rear deck. At the helm, the boat offers a full complement of gauges and membrane-style buttons, as well as anti-feedback steering and space for large flush-mount electronics. The offset console design also allows for longer rods to lay cleanly on the front deck, while a carpeted port side rod storage holds space for even more sticks up to eight feet in length. Stainless steel cup holders and gunnel storage on the starboard and passenger sides, molded driver and passenger footrests, a runnin’ rod rack and ‘built-in insulated cooler’ highlight the additional enhancements to the form and function of this well-appointed fishing rig.
In addition, storage compartments feature gas spring-assisted lids and stainless steel compression locks, while the rear casting deck boasts more fishing boat space, a ‘recirculating, aerated livewell’, plus more dry storage and easy access to batteries and oil at the stern.
The new Z175 fishing boat comes standard with a single-axle Ranger Trail® trailer, designed and built specifically for the hull to ensure solid towing performance and easy maneuvering for the life of the boat. All Ranger Trail® trailers are equipped with a durable Road Armor finish, designed to shield against rock chips, road debris and other hazards while helping retain higher resale value and peace of mind. Each trailer also offers LED lights, aluminum wheels, COOL Hub® lubrication system, torsion axle suspension and a locking, swing-away tongue with matching fiberglass fenders and a full-size spare.
2016 RANGER Z175
Overall Hull Length: 17 feet, 6 inches
Beam: 90 inches
Maximum HP: 115
Engine Shaft Length: 20 inches
Inside Depth: 21 inches
Fuel Capacity: 23 gallons
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,200 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,250 lbs.
Trailer GVWR: SM2995
About Ranger Fishing Boats Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation’s premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, which include a series of bass boats, multi-specie boats, fish ‘n play, waterfowl utility and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing fishing boats on the water. For more information, go to RangerBoats.com.
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Brooklyn Diner Cruise
Diners ordinarily serve breakfast 24 hours a day: are small restaurants, eateries, cafes, cafeterias, truck stops and informal ‘greasy spoons’.
Three diners serve food and at the same time cruise around New York.
Brooklyn Diner Cruises, & more.
A dinner cruise is a wonderful way to enjoy the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines. You’re sure to enjoy the views. New York dinner cruises include meals along with sights.
The Water Table is a dinner cruise from Brooklyn. Three course dinner service on Friday and Saturday night. Two course Sunday supper. Their boat is theRevolution, a former Navy Yard patrol boat; 62 feet long. Leaves from India Street Pier, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (which is easy to get to on the East River Ferry).
The Spirit of New York outdoor deck is a perfect spot to gaze at NYC Harbor. They have lunch, dinner and theme cruises. Grab a cocktail in the lounge and dance to the latest music. Dock at Chelsea Piers.
World Yacht Cruises offers dinner cruises and brunch cruises from Pier 81 in NY. 4-course meal and music. Cocktail lounge. Outdoor deck.
The Bateaux New York is a European-inspired vessel that offers brunch, lunch and dinner cruises. Enjoy an afternoon or evening of splendor on New York Harbor. As you view the skyline through glass ceilings and walls, you’ll savour gourmet cuisine, fine wines and live jazz. Departing from Chelsea Piers.
Skyline Cruises has dinner cruises and brunch cruises year-round. They depart from World’s Fair Marina, Pier One, Flushing Meadows, NY. Cruise by the the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty. DJ entertainment. Free parking at the marina.
Hornblower Dinner Cruises offers three-hour Manhattan dinner cruises on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings. Three course meal and cruise by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, and the skyline. They also have Jazz brunches on Sunday. From Pier 40 on the west side.
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5 GILL SHARKS
(Clupea harengus pallasi)
(Hypomesus pretiosus pretiosus)
|PACIFIC STAGHORN SCULPIN|
|RED ROCK CRAB|
Mission and Goals
To preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.
Conservation of Washington’s fish and wildlife resources and ecosystems.
WDFW defines “Conservation” as:
Protection, preservation, management, or restoration of natural environments and the ecological communities that inhabit them; including management of human use for public benefit and sustainable social and economic needs.
(Adapted from The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2005)
To achieve its mission, WDFW will continue to focus its activities on the following four goals:
Conserve and protect native fish and wildlife
Provide sustainable fishing, hunting, and other wildlife-related recreational and commercial experiences
Promote a healthy economy, protect community character, maintain an overall high quality of life, and deliver high-quality customer service
Build an effective and efficient organization by supporting our workforce, improving business processes, and investing in technology
|Region 4: North Puget Sound
(Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties)
Salmon: Waters open for salmon fishing throughout January include marine areas 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay), and 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner). Anglers fishing those marine areas have a two-salmon daily limit, but must release wild chinook salmon.
Anglers fishing Edmonds Fishing Pier in Marine Area 9 have a two-salmon limit with only one marked or unmarked chinook allowed. The rest of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) opens for salmon fishing Jan. 16, with a two-salmon daily limit, but anglers must release wild chinook salmon.
In freshwater, the Nisqually River is open to fishing for chum salmon through the end of the month.
Steelhead: Several rivers are also open for hatchery steelhead fishing — including the Snohomish, Skykomish, Lower Wallace and Snoqualmie rivers, among others. The limit for these rivers is two hatchery steelhead.
Squid: Winter is also prime time to jig for squid in Puget Sound. Good spots include the Elliott Bay Pier in Seattle and the Edmonds Pier. More information is available on the department’s squid fishing webpage. Information on fishing piers is available on WDFW’s website.
Crabbing remains open in Hood Canal, part of Admiralty Inlet: State shellfish managers extended the sport crabbing season in Hood Canal and a portion of Admiralty Inlet until Feb. 28. All other Puget Sound marine areas closed at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Report your crab catch: Crabbers are reminded that they are required to report their winter catch to WDFW by Feb. 1. Failure to report by this deadline will result in a $10 administrative fee being applied to your next license purchase. Reports are due for the winter season, whether or not crabbers actually fished or caught Dungeness crab.
To submit catch reports, crabbers may send their catch record card to WDFW by mail or file their reports through the department’s website. The mailing address is WDFW Fish Program Card Report Card Office, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091. For more information on catch record cards, visit WDFW’scatch record card webpage.
2016 • KastKing Carbon Baitcasting Reel Makes Debut • High Technology Low Price!!!
The KastKing® Stealth low-profile carbon baitcasting reel, built with rigid carbon construction technology and aerospace grade aluminum components, tips the scales at an affordable price.
The KastKing® Stealth carbon baitcaster is an impressive baitcasting fishing reel with 11 stainless steel shielded ball bearings and an instant lock anti-reverse roller bearing. To further save weight Stealth designers also opted for a hardened aerospace-grade aluminum micro mesh gear system that drives a versatile high speed 7.0:1 gear ratio.
“There is nothing else out there that has Stealth’s array of features at its price point, says Tom Gahan, marketing director at Eposeidon. “Any other brand offering a carbon baitcasting fishing reel with any carbon materials costs two or three times more than a Stealth baitcaster fishing reel. As soon as we saw the high-end design features, the jet turbine-shaped carbon drag star adjuster and its flat-black Stealth fighter aircraft color… the Stealth name stuck. Everything about the KastKing® Stealth carbon baitcasting fishing reel is a knockout, including the price.”
Eposeidon (www.eposeidon.com) brings a fresh, innovative approach to anglers by offering quality fishing tackle products at the best prices and no cost, or low cost shipping. Eposeidon’s goal is to exceed expectations through outstanding customer service and superior product value to their customers. Eposeidon is continually expanding its product lines, which include KastKing®, an ICAST 2015 award-winning brand, fishing line, fishing reels, and fishing rods, MadBite fishing lures, fishing tools, and accessories, KastKing® Ecooda Pro Series reels, and other fishing tackle products, to meet individual fishing equipment needs. Eposeidon is headquartered in Garden City, Long Island NY, USA and sells fishing tackle products in more than 140 countries.
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Ice Fishing in Full Swing
Source, published January 1, 2015
Ice fishing is in full swing—finally—along the south shore.
Most ice fishing houses are out, and fishing is good in 16 to 23 feet of water, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports, a claim that is backed up by numerous walleye photos on social media. Ice trails are marked for all-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles, and resorts are using light vehicles to shuttle people to rental ice fishing houses with light vehicles. Sportsman’s Lodge on Wednesday reported 8 to 11 inches of ice on the lake north of Pine Island and 7 to 10 inches of ice in the part of 4-Mile Bay it crosses to reach the main lake. Adrians’ Road at 4-Mile Bay and the Morris Point road at Morris Point are open to ATVs and snowmobiles. This year’s freeze-up has been particularly sporadic, and ice depths vary, so anyone venturing out on their own should stay on the marked resort trails.
Up at the Northwest Angle, most ice fish houses are out and fishing reports are favorable. There is a staked trail from Young’s Bay to Flag Island and to Oak Island. Lake of the Woods Tourism advises staying on the staked trail, as ice conditions in other areas can be inconsistent. Snowmobiles and ATVs remain the safest modes of travel. The 40-mile lake trail from Pine Island on the south shore to Oak Island on the Northwest Angle was marked Wednesday, with 5 to 8 inches of ice and 4 to 6 inches of snow reported along the route.
Farther west, Springsteel Resort north of Warroad, Minn., reported on its Facebook page that ice in that area is 6 to 8 inches thick in the bays, with 4 to 6 inches of ice out to the sandbar. Thickness varies considerably depending on the amount of snow on the ice, the report said, and anglers venturing out should stick with ATVs, snowmobiles and portable shelters. The resort said it won’t have its rental houses on the ice this weekend but will do so as soon as conditions are safe.
Recreational Fishing’s Economic Contribution by Congressional District
Unprecedented study reveals the economic impact of sport fishing for each of 435 congressional districts.
By Doug Olander Posted December 3, 2015
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
If all politics is local, as Tip O’Neill — the larger-than-life speaker of the house many years ago — opined, what about the economic value of recreational fishing? That question is addressed in an unprecedented report — Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts — that has assessed the economic impact of recreational fishing in each of the nation’s 435 Congressional districts, as well as each of the 50 states.
Nothing of the sort has been compiled previously. You can see how your district and your state “scored” by clicking here.
The new report was prepared by Southwick Associates for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). At the 30,000-foot level, it found that America’s 46 million anglers generate more than $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy, creating employment for more than 800,000 people.
According to the ASA, “The study used mapping and population software to hone in on smaller geographic areas in a way that is particularly relevant to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
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“Family Fishing” the game
Monday. 7 Dec 2015 – “Family Fishing” isn’t the prettiest fish in the sea, but it sure is fun. With battle-based fishing that feels like nothing else and a friendly, arcade style, this is quick fire fun that’s great to dip into for a few quick casts.
A conspicuous lack of multiplayer and a few presentation issues put some slack in the line, but if you’re an avid angler looking to reel in something different, Family Fishing is a catch. Family Fishing isn’t the prettiest fish in the sea, but it sure is fun. With battle-based fishing that feels like nothing else and a friendly, arcadey style, this is quick-fire fun that’s great to dip into for a few quick casts. A conspicuous lack of multiplayer and a few presentation issues put some slack in the line, but if you’re an avid angler looking to reel in something different, Family Fishing is a catch.
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September 2, 2015 – PRATT – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Fisheries Section staff recently launched a new program designed to increase the amount of fish attracting structure in Kansas public waters. As part of the fish friendly structure program, staff will sink approximately 300 “PVC cubes,” which are underwater structures planted to attract fish. The 3-foot by 4-foot by 4-foot cubes are cost-effective and proven in other states as not only do they last more than three times (10-plus years) longer than natural brush piles, they have been shown to hold as many fish as the natural counterpart without affecting water quality.
David Breth, who recently took over coordination of the fish habitat program, said that the goal of adding 300 cubes this year has just about been met.
“It’s an ongoing project,” he said. “As we get the materials and kits ready, we are adding cubes and new lake locations to receive them. All cubes are being placed at specific, pre-determined locations.”
Known as “Georgia Cubes,” the artificial structures were designed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Stacking more than 50 feet of corrugated pipe on the PVC frame, the design maximizes surface area for fish attraction. The structures quickly accumulate periphyton, a complex mix of algae, fungi, and bacteria, making them more attractive to insects and fish.
Anglers are already reporting catching fish, notably largemouth bass, around the cubes placed this spring. Fisheries field staff will collect sonar and video images on how fish populations and species are using the cubes in relation to natural structures.
For anglers wanting to try their luck, a file is available with GPS locations of attractors (natural and artificial) at the KDWPT website, www.ksoutdoors.com. Click on “Fishing” then click on “Google KMZ file of KS Fish Attractors” under the “Fishing Opportunities” menu. Anglers can also find the file by entering “fish attractor GPS” in the search box on the home page. As the new cubes are placed and marked, the file will be updated with locations. Cubes have been added to, Milford, Wilson, Melvern, Perry, El Dorado, Tuttle Creek and Horsethief reservoirs, Butler, Clark, Pottawatomie No. 1, Pottawatomie No. 2 and Meade state fishing lakes, Yates Center South Owl Lake, and Eureka City Lake.
Breth said that without the help of Kansas B.A.S.S. chapters, the placement process would be much slower.
“Local B.A.S.S. clubs have been instrumental in this project, assembling the cubes from kits onsite, then placing them using their own boats and GPS units,” he said. “They’ve been a great help.”
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