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On Emmons Avenue - next to Sheepshead Bay - Brooklyn, NY, everything a for the angler since 1943.
Brooklyn, New York – Since 1946, 70 year old “Stella Maris” has been selling bait, tackle and ice, plus ‘free’ top notch fishing guidance.
STELLA MARIS sign.
STELLA MARIS sign.

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.

One way to hook 'Bunker' (see video).
One way to hook ‘Bunker’ (see video).

Six brothers, Mike, Salvatore, Anthony, Tony, Neal and Joseph Lauro started “STELLA MARIS” 70 years ago.  

"Stella Maris" this amazing source for anglers in Brooklyn, NY, next to Sheepshead Bay.
“Stella Maris” the amazing source for everything fishing in Brooklyn, New York, including ‘FREE’ guidance  –  next to Emmons Avenue Sheepshead Bay.
Emmons Avenue, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York.
Emmons Avenue, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York.

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.

Chris Rivera (16 yeas old) at work in the store.
Chris Rivera (16 yeas old) at work in “Stella Maris”.

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.

Comments:

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!!!

Avi Becher

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.

Fikret Cekic

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SONAR & TV super duo
SONAR & TV super duo.

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.”

See underwater TV, no buttons & high definition.
See underwater TV, no buttons & wonderful high definition, even when the water isn’t crystal clear.

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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NEW

WhiteMax by KastKing
WhiteMax by KastKing

“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 torqueWhiteMax” 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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ABOUT Eposeidon:

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.

Aqua-Vu logo

For Immediate Release, February 11, 2016  

With over 20 years of professional teaching experience, award-winning Dr. Jason Halfen, “The Technological Angler”  teaches you how to become a more successful angler.
With over 20 years of professional teaching experience, award-winning Dr. Jason Halfen, “The Technological Angler”,    
teaches how to become a more successful angler using sonar, to fish intelligently.

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.

“I first used an Aqua-Vu camera about 6 years ago, while learning to interpret Side Imaging sonar,” says Dr. Jason Halfen.
“I first used an “Aqua-Vu” fish finder camera about 6 years ago, while learning to interpret side imaging sonar,” says Dr. Jason Halfen, leader in underwater fishing technology.

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.

About “Aqua-Vu”

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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PRESS RELEASE:

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.  

KastKing® Mako 3500
KastKing® Mako 3500 fishing reel gets its amazing smoothness from 8 stainless steel shielded ball bearings, 36″ per ‘turn’ line retrieve yielding a 5.1 to 1 retrieve ratio. In addition, Mako’s rotor brushes keep line spills where they belong and virtually eliminate loop fowling.

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 Citadel
The palatial Citadel gets basecamp status while scouts discover hot new holes. Photo, by Bill Lindner.

“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.

"Lake Commandos" TV host Steve Pennaz is a fan of the Frabill Citadel portable fish-house for its rugged pole design, unique side doors and nearly 30 sq. ft. of fishable space. Photo, by Bill Lindner
“Lake Commandos” TV host Steve Pennaz is a fan of the Frabill Citadel portable fishing houses for its                • rugged ice fishing pole design, • unique side       doors and nearly • 30 sq. ft. of fishable space.   Photo, by Bill Lindner

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.

Now 30% stronger and 30% lighter. the Frabill Predator and Citadel sport the hands-down best pole-structure on the ice. 
Now ice fishing shelter is 30% stronger and 30% lighter. the Frabill Predator and Citadel sport the hands-down best pole-structure on the ice.

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’.   

Bench Storage. By cutting out foam with a serrated knife the case easily accommodates six combos; more if you use shorter rods. But here’s the thing: you can easily transport 8-10 ice combos in the Combo-Case Bench without cutting any foam!
Bench Storage. By cutting out foam with a serrated knife the case easily accommodates six rod and reel combos; more if you use shorter fishing rods. But here’s the thing: you can easily transport 8-10 ice combos in the Combo-Case Bench without cutting any foam!

Fishability in Spades

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.
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.

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.  

Extraordinary Design 

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.

Lastly, Frabill re-thought window shape and placement. The uniquely shaped new windows provide greater viewing space to keep an eye on all your nearby tip-ups.   In a word: smart.
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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. 

ABOUT “FRABILL”

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.

Dozen classic colors, 1/4, 3/4 & 5 ounce.
Dozen fishing lure classic colors, 1/4, 3/4 & 5 ounce.

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.

Caught on the "Wing That Swims".
Caught on the “Wing That Swims”.

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.

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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 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.
The new Ranger Z175 fishing boat measures 17 feet, 6 inches bass boat.
Ranger quality and performance, best-in-class fishing boat 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.”

“Lowrance Mark 5X Pro” electronics at the console and an on-board “Dual Pro” charger.
Amazingly well designed bass boat roomy console will accomodate a large screens.

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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Surf Legend - the strongest, lightest, surf rod you can buy.
Even armed with a St. Croix Rod Legend Surf fishing rod, landing a massive fish isn’t easy, but without a quality fishing rod, oftentimes it’s impossible. Surf fishing rods must hold up to the harshness of the surf: slap landing, long casts, wind, and wave after wave.

New this year, St. Croix Rod introduces its New Surf Legends Surf Fishing Rods.” 

Dave Colley, ace surf caster fishing rod introduces NEW, ST. CROIX LEGEND SURF SETS in our embedded video.  

Triple award winner, ICAST Best Saltwater Fishing Rod.  Championship LEGEND SURF FISHING SETS are lighter and stronger than all competing surf casting fishing rods.

Park Falls, WI (January, 2016)  nestled in the big woods of Wisconsin and the salty seas have in common? Waves. St. Croix Rod – a storied, Wisconsin-based, family-run business – is making waves in the saltwater fishing rod category. Wisconsin? Saltwater?

St. Croix - shirt

Don’t judge a book by its cover. In this case, the cover is Park Falls, Wisconsin. This speaks all about a company that is dominating the saltwater fishing rod category, fueled by innovation and technology. The trade has recognized St. Croix’s saltwater prowess too, awarding St. Croix the American manufacturer three “ICAST Best Saltwater Rod” titles, over the past four years.

NEW • Fuji® Torzite® solid-titanium frame surf guides put “Legend Surf” in a category all its own.
NEW • Fuji® Torzite® solid-titanium frame surf guides put “Legend Surf” in a fishing rod category all its own.
Legend rods are stronger and higher performing than others throughout the market," "On top of that, the Legend Surf has gotten ‘lighter and lighter’, ‘while at the same time stronger’ and better performing.
Legend fishing rods are stronger and higher performing than other fishing rods throughout the market,” “On top of that, the “Legend Surf” fishing rods have gotten ‘lighter and lighter’, ‘while at the same time stronger’ and better performing.
Design & Engineering: IPC®, ART™, TET, FRS and the many other design and manufacturing technologies and protocols that go into building the most advanced fishing rods on earth didn’t come about by accident – or by trial and error. We are always pushing the outer limits of new manufacturing technologies. We use the latest in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology to turn our own aluminum and plastic trim pieces, wind checks, shims and other rod components. This allows us to tightly control the precision and quality of every part while increasing efficiency in our work flow. It’s about as high-tech as you can get – and produces a better, more consistent product, every time.
Design & Engineering:
IPC®, ART™, TET, FRS and the many other fishing rod designs and manufacturing technologies and protocols that go into building the most advanced fishing rods on earth didn’t come about by accident or, by trial and error. We are always pushing the outer limits of new manufacturing technologies. We use the latest in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology to turn our own aluminum and plastic trim pieces, wind checks, shims and other rod components. This allows us to tightly control the precision and quality of every part while increasing efficiency in our work flow. It’s about as high-tech as you can get – and produces a better, more consistent product, every time.
St. Croix Rods are built in layers to multiply strength, without increasing a blank’s diameter or weight.
St. Croix Fishing Rods are built in layers to multiply strength, without increasing a blank’s diameter or weight.  

Invitation:

Trust me I'm a fisherman

Visit Us!

If ever you’re in our neck of the woods, we’d be hurt if you didn’t stop by and say hello. Besides a handshake and some good fishing karma, you will find our factory store to be a future destination stop on your way to the lake, river or cabin.

What will you find? Easy. You’ll find a whole line-up of St. Croix fishing rods to check out.  A whole line-up of St. Croix fishing reels to match.  Not to mention, St. Croix clothing for anglers, gear for fishermen, plus hats and accessories for fishermen, fisherwomen and children . But that’s not all. Our store stocks many of the most popular fishing lures, terminal fishing tackle, fishing line and fishing accessories that any good tackle shop carries. In fact, we have a huge selection of musky lures – proven on our own homewaters by our own musky wackos.

The store is situated alongside the factory – where we have an observation window. That’s right – you can watch St. Croix’s skilled craftspeople making fishing rods right under your nose. It’s really something – in case you’re curious what handcrafted in the USA means.

So, if you’re headed up North – pull out your map and mark Park Falls in red. A little side trip would do you good. But bring your wallet – few escape without seeing something they can’t live without. Who knows, you might be able to get a couple of the guys in the shop to share a local fishing spot or two. Well, OK, maybe that’s pushing it.

St. Croix is located in Park Falls, Wisconsin on Highway 13, just north of Hwy. 70, between the towns of Fifield and Butternut.

Visit us in Park Falls at our full-line retail store.

Store Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7am – 6pm
Friday 7am – 7pm
Saturday 7am – 5pm
Sunday 7am – 4pm

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas    

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KastKing Sharky II Waterproofed Spinning Fishing Reel.

For Immediate Release – Garden City, Long Island NY – January 11, 2016

 

The new KastKing® Sharky II reel is lighter, stronger, and is now dunk-proof. Sharky II has a patented design waterproofing seal system that repels a three-minute plunge and keeps on fishing," says Eposeidon marketing director, Tom Gahan.
NEW • Patented KastKing® Sharky II features 10 superior quality shielded stainless steel ball bearings and an instant stop anti-reverse bearing. 10% lighter, and this spinning reel casts 10% farther than its predecessor.

KastKing Sharky II 6000 spinning reel reel – 41.5 lb drag, T-handle

Patented waterproofing system and upgraded components added to an already best-seller, to create the KastKing® Sharky II Spinning Reel.

(For Immediate Release – Garden City, Long Island NY – January 11, 2015)               Today, KastKing®, a division of Eposeidon, Inc. (www.eposeidon.com) introduces a unique KastKing® Sharky II spinning fishing reel model for 2016.  KastKing® Sharky II, the successor of the KastKing® Sharky, underwent 3 years of development and earned 20 design patents. Its built to withstand harsh conditions and submersion for up to three minutes.

KastKing Sharky II 6000 – 41.5 lb drag & T-handle.

KastKing® Sharky II spinning reel features 10 superior quality shielded stainless steel ball bearings and an instant stop anti-reverse bearing. As an upgrade to KastKing®’s best-selling Sharky spinning reel model, the KastKing® Sharky II received a new-design spool with waterproof carbon fiber drags that are stronger, 10% lighter, and casts 10% farther than its predecessor. KastKing Sharky II has a best-in-class carbon fiber drag system rated up to an exceptional 41.5 lbs. / 19 kg. of maximum drag, and the strength of its brass gears were increased by 30%. KastKing® Sharky II’s handle cogs were re-engineered for a more exact fit. Reinforcement was added to the reel body for less torsional flex, yet it remains light weight for its size and features. The Sharky II 400 spinning reel, which generates 28.5 lbs/ 13 kg of drag, weighs in at 11.1 ounces/ 317 grams while the Sharky II 6000 has 41.5 lbs. / 19 kg. of drag.

 “KastKing fishing reels took the best-selling Sharky spinning reel and made it more spectacular! The new KastKing® Sharky II reel is lighter, stronger, and is now dunk-proof.  Sharky II has a patented spinning reel design waterproofing seal system, that repels a three-minute plunge and keeps on fishing,” says Eposeidon marketing director, Tom Gahan. “Kayak anglers and saltwater surf fishing fans, whose fishing tackle tends to get soaked, will love the Sharky II spinning reel’s features.”

Aluminum Spool is lighter, stronger, casts farther and is 'dunk proof'.
“Dunk proof” aluminum spinning rod Spool, “Sharky II CNC” is lighter, stronger, and casts farther than its predecessor.

Sharky II CNC Aluminum Spool is lighter, stronger, and casts farther than spinning rods available anywhere previously. 

The probability of dunking your gear is ‘great’ for kayakers… says Team Eposeidon Angler Consultant Shane Coovert in Kingswood, TX, who won the Corpus Christi KATS (Kayak Angler Tournament Series) last September. “With the KastKing® Sharkey II being dunk proof for up to three minutes, it gives you plenty of time to retrieve your fishing tackle setup should you lose it. “

“The factory successfully tested the Sharky II spinning reel for immersion up to 5 minutes, but we wish to remain conservative in our claims,” added Gahan.

KastKing® Sharky II spinning reel is saltwater approved and has a one-year warranty. It has an interchangeable right-handed or left-handed interchangeable handle and is available in 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000 series sizes.  The 6000 is fitted with a T-grip handle. KastKing® Sharky II Spinning Reel MSRPs are: 2000 – $65.98, 3000 – $69.98, 4000 – $71.98, 5000 – $78.98, and 6000 – $94.98. All models have been deeply discounted for the product launch and will continue to sell at discounted prices through www.amazon.com/kastking and other select online retailers.

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ABOUT EPOSEIDON:

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® fishing rods, 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 is headquartered in Garden City, Long Island NY, USA and sells fishing tackle products in more than 140 countries.

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” cruise around New York. Their boat is “The Revolution” a former Navy Yard patrol boat; 62 feet long.
The “Water Table” cruises around New York.
Your boat is “The Revolution”, a former
Navy Yard patrol boat; 62 feet long.

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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Steelhead Salmon, Region 4, January 2016
Steelhead Salmon, Region 4, January 2016
 The Weekender Report:  The latest in fish & wildlife recreational opportunities across Washington State.

Washington : Region 4: North Puget Sound.
Washington : Region 4: North Puget Sound.

January 2016
Brace for winter and enjoy waterfowl,
steelhead, views of wintering wildlife

For Washingtonians, the start of the new year is a great time to hunt for waterfowl, fish for steelhead, and enjoy the annual spectacle of bald eagles, snow geese, elk, big-horn sheep and other wintering wildlife.

But weather is an important consideration. Preparation is essential for any outdoor activity, especially in winter. Check the weather conditions, river conditions and road conditions – and let people know where you’re going before heading out.

Those hardy souls that do head outdoors this month can enjoy:

• Waterfowl hunting: Winter storms are good news – up to a point – for waterfowl hunters, who welcome the surge of ducks and geese that comes with wet, blustery weather. Success rates for waterfowl hunters typically pick up when storms roll in.

• Steelhead fishing: Fishing for hatchery steelhead continues on several rivers on both sides of the Cascades.

• Blackmouth salmon: Several marine areas of Puget Sound are open to blackmouth fishing, including the San Juan Islands, which traditionally reward salmon fishers with some of the highest catches during winter months.

• Puget Sound squid: Winter is prime time to jig for squid in Puget Sound. Good spots include the Elliott Bay Pier in Seattle and the Edmonds Pier.

• Whitefish: Anglers can catch and keep up to 15 whitefish from several rivers in the Columbia River Basin.

Details about fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities available over the next month are posted on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. Regional Weekender Reports have been reformatted to make it easier than ever to find out about the full range of outdoor adventures coming up around the state.

COMMON CATCHES FROM A PIER
Fish anatomylabeled sketchThe near shore waters of Puget Sound contain an abundance of fishes and a wide variety of species. Included below are some of the more commonly caught fishes, grouped by family. Each fish is listed by its common name and scientific name, maximum length, and (in parenthesis) the average length in Puget Sound. Identifying characteristics are noted for each fish. The drawing at the right describes the general anatomy of a fish.

5 GILL SHARKS

SPINY DOGFISH
SPINY DOGFISH
(Squalus acanthias)
SIZE: to 4’3” (24 ½”)
COLOR: grey to brown above, near white below.
LOOK FOR: 2 dorsal fins, each preceded by a spine

SKATES

BIG SKATE
BIG SKATE
(Raja binoculata)
SIZE: to 8” (NA)
COLOR: olive brown to black above, white below.
LOOK FOR: 1 large ‘eye’ on each wing (pectoral fin).

HERRINGS

PACIFIC HERRING
PACIFIC HERRING
(Clupea harengus pallasi)
SIZE: to 10” (NA)
COLOR: silver, with blue-green tint above.
LOOK FOR: deeply forked tail; lacks adipose fin.

SALMON

COHO SALMON
COHO SALMON
(Oncorhynchus kisutch)
SIZE: 27” at maturity.
COLOR: bright, silver overall, blue-green tint above.
LOOK FOR: black spots above lateral line and on upper lob of tail; gum-line clear; tail squared; adipose fin present.
CHINOOK SALMON
CHINOOK SALMON
(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
SIZE: 36” at maturity.
COLOR: silvery overall, blue-black color above.
LOOK FOR: conspicuous black spots from head to both lobes of tail; gum-line black; tail forked; adipose fin present. Note: immature Chinook known as Blackmouth.

SMELTS

SURF SMELT
SURF SMELT
(Hypomesus pretiosus pretiosus)
SIZE: to 8” (NA)
COLOR: silvery, with a dark stripe along the latrine.
LOOK FOR: small adipose fin; dark stripe along lateral line.

SURFPERCHES

SHINER PERCH
SHINER PERCH
(Cymatogaster aggregate)
SIZE: to 6” (4”)
COLOR: silvery, with irregular horizontal black stripes and 3 vertical yellow bars on sides.
LOOK FOR: yellow and black color patterns on sides.
STRIPED SEAPERCH
STRIPED SEAPERCH
(Embiotoca lateralis)
SIZE: to 15” (11 ½”)
COLOR: bright body with alternating blue and red stripes on sides.
LOOK FOR: bright color pattern.
PILE PERCH
PILE PERCH
(Rhacochilus vacca)
SIZE: to 17” (11 ½”)
COLOR: dusky to silvery grey.
LOOK FOR: distinct dorsal fin; and dark spot on lower portion of gill cover.

ROCKFISHES

BROWN ROCKFISH
BROWN ROCKFISH
(Sebastes auriculatus)
SIZE: to 20” (13”)
COLOR: brown; mottled, and with brown bars.
LOOK FOR: brown color and dark spot on upper gill cover.
COPPER ROCKFISH
COPPER ROCKFISH
(Sebastes caurinus)
SIZE: to 21” (14”)
COLOR: varies from copper to brown with green tint or yellow cast.
LOOK FOR: 2 yellowish bars radiating from eyes; clear area in last 2/3 of lateral line.
QUILLBACK ROCKFISH
QUILLBACK ROCKFISH
(Sebastes maliger)
SIZE: to 24” (14 ½”)
COLOR: head and throat light brown with yellow tint, fins and body darker.
LOOK FOR: high dorsal fin; freckling on throat may be present.

SABLEFISHES

SABLEFISH (Blackcod)
SABLEFISH (Blackcod)
(Anoplopoma fimbria)
SIZE: to 40” (17”)
COLOR: slate grey with green or blue tint on sides.
LOOK FOR: slender, elongated body with 2 dorsal fins, and 1 anal fin.

GREENLINGS

KELP GREENLING
KELP GREENLING (Male)
KELP GREENLING (Female)
(Hexagrammos decagrammus)
SIZE: to 21” (13”)
COLOR: MALE– brownish with green or blue tint and blue spots.
FEMALE- grey to brown with yellow tint and yellow to reddish brown spots.
LOOK FOR: 1 long, continuous dorsal fin; small cirrus (fringed, fleshy flap) above each eye; and several lateral lines.

SCULPINS

PACIFIC STAGHORN SCULPIN
PACIFIC STAGHORN SCULPIN
(Leptocottus armatus)
SIZE: to 18” (9 ½”)
COLOR: light brown to dark olive green above, off-white below.
LOOK FOR: antler-like spines on gill covers; black spot on first dorsal; and scaleless body.

LEFTEYE FLOUNDERS

PACIFIC SANDDAB
PACIFIC SANDDAB
(Citharichthys sordidus)
SIZE: to 18” (10 ½”)
COLOR: eyed side- brown to tan with dark mottling; blind side- off-white.
LOOK FOR: left-eyed fish; color and pigment pattern.

RIGHTEYED FLOUNDERS

ROCK SOLE
ROCK SOLE
(Lepidopsetta bilineata)
SIZE: to 23” (12”)
COLOR: varies; eyed side- dark brown to grey, mottled with yellow or dark brown; blind side- off-white.
LOOK FOR: right-eyed; lateral line arches abruptly above pectoral fin.
ENGLISH SOLE
ENGLISH SOLE
(Parophrys vetulus)
SIZE: to 22” (12”)
COLOR: eyed side- dark brown to grey, mottled with yellow or dark brown; blind side- off-white.
LOOK FOR: smooth scaled, slender fish, tapering sharply at each end; branched lateral line near head.
STARRY FLOUNDER
STARRY FLOUNDER
(Platichthys stellatus)
SIZE: to 36” (14 ½”)
COLOR: eyed side- dark brown, with olive green cast; blind side- off-white.
LOOK FOR: striking, alternating orange and dark bars on fins; large, individual rough scales.
SAND SOLE
SAND SOLE
(Psettichthys melanostictus)
SIZE: to 24” (12 ½”)
COLOR: varies; light to darker brown or grey with fine speckling over eyed side; blind side- off-white.
LOOK FOR: first 8 dorsal rays, elongated and separate; speckling on eyed side.

CRABS

DUNGENESS CRAB
DUNGENESS CRAB
(Cancer magister)
SIZE: to 8” (6 ½”)
COLOR: brown to tan, reddish tint.
LOOK FOR: white tipped claws.
RED ROCK CRAB
RED ROCK CRAB
(Cancer productus)
SIZE: to 6 ½” (5 ½”)
COLOR: brick red.
LOOK FOR: black tipped claws.

Our Mission

To preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

Vision

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)

Department Goals

To achieve its mission, WDFW will continue to focus its activities on the following four goals:

Goal 1:
Conserve and protect native fish and wildlife

Goal 2:
Provide sustainable fishing, hunting, and other wildlife-related recreational and commercial experiences

Goal 3:
Promote a healthy economy, protect community character, maintain an overall high quality of life, and deliver high-quality customer service

Goal 4:
Build an effective and efficient organization by supporting our workforce, improving business processes, and investing in technology

January 2016
Region 4: North Puget Sound
(Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties)

Fishing

Hunting

Wildlife Viewing

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. 

Super lightweight carbon baitcasting reel that offers anglers a superior high-tech component reel that sells for far less than most low profile baitcaster models from other brands.
KastKing®’s Stealth is a high performance, super lightweight carbon baitcasting reel that offers anglers a superior high-tech component reel that sells for far less than most low profile baitcaster models from other brands.

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.”

KastKing® Stealth carbon baitcaster include carbon side plates and frame, carbon fiber handle with flat-paddle EVA grips, and carbon fiber drag system.
Rigid Carbon Construction
KastKing® Stealth fishing reels are available in right and left handle models, has a spool capacity of 165 yards of 12 lb. test line and is finished in matte carbon black with gold highlights. Stealth low profile carbon baitcasting reels are 100% corrosion resistant and are saltwater fishing approved. They have a one-year warranty. Stealth MSRP is $89.98, but will be discounted to retail at $59.98 USD through Amazon www.amazon.com/kastking, and other select online retailers.

ABOUT EPOSEIDON:  

Poseidon one of the twelve Olympian deities of the pantheon in Greek mythology. Poseidon is the god of the sea and protector of all aquatic features. Roman name Neptune, god of the sea, earthquakes and horses.
“Poseidon” one of the twelve Olympian deities of the pantheon in Greek mythology. “Poseidon” is the god of the sea and protector of all aquatic features. Roman name “Neptune”, god of the sea, earthquakes and horses.

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.

ice fishing hole
Ice fishing season is here!

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.

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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

Girl catches flounder.
Orlando Girl catches flounder.
  • 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.”

2015, Top Types of Fishing Equipment Purchased
2015, Top Types of Fishing Equipment Purchased.
2015 • Types of line by percentage purchased.
2015 • Types of line by percentage purchased.

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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.

"Family Fishing", the game.
“Family Fishing” a fun video game and just the thing for fishing enthusiasts.

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.

"Georgia Cubes: provide habitat for fish to breed and grow.
“Georgia Cubes” are placed to provide habitat for fish to breed.

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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