4. Berkley and BoatUS bait/line recycling ideas contest.
> …to seek out new ideas and improvements to fishing line and soft-bait recycling, new recycled-product ideas, or a technology breakthrough for the current process that will increase the volume of line and soft baits that are recycled.
> A total of $30,000 in prize money is at stake for any boater, angler, armchair technologist, team, student or anyone willing to submit a contest entry now through May 14, 2021.
5. Frabill’s “College of Ice” extended thru Jan.
The live show has been a hit, so pumped they’ll be bringing even more episodes:
> …Frabill will continue the series with new episodes airing each Wed throughout the entire month of Jan. Hosts TV personality Steve Pennaz and “Bro” Brosdahl will be online, to share their tips, tricks, and ice fishing know-how.
> Each week, “Bro” and Steve will be joined by other pros and industry experts that offer unique insight into fish behavior, tackle, tactics and equipment to help you hook more fish. Tune in to Frabill Facebook Live after the holidays to catch the new shows, scheduled for Jan 6, 13, 20, and 27.
6. Rapala VMC Corp launches new sustainability strategy.
> For example, the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the lure manufacturing units in Finland, Estonia and Russia has almost halved in the past 4 years. The company also introduced new packaging designs in 2010 containing 50% less plastics compared to the previous packages.
> The individual components in Rapala hard baits have also been carefully reviewed and substituted for more ecological options wherever possible without compromising the product performance…. For example, did you know that the swimming lip of a Rapala wooden lure is currently 40% bio-based, and 85% of the hard baits…are lead-free?
> The company aims to introduce 100% lead-free Rapala wobblers by 2023, to further reduce the amount of plastic used in lure packaging, to release new plastic-free packaging for multiple product categories and brands, and to shift to renewable energy….
7. MN looking for AIS advisory committee members.
> The committee was established in Jan 2013 to help guide the DNR’s AIS prevention and management activities. Members provide advice and diverse perspectives to the DNR Invasive Species Program.
8. OH offering $3 mil in ramp grants.
9. Justin Russell talks Lowrance Live system (video).
Show and tell.
10. Did the feds give us Asian carp??
> …the US Dept of Fish and Wildlife [Fish and Wildlife Service] introduced the breed to AR ponds in the 1970s to prevent algae. Floods eventually led to a large number of the fish migrating into the Mississippi River and eventually into Kentucky and Barkley lakes.
Also from that post about those lakes:
> “We’ve pulled out 6 mil lbs of carp in the past year or 2. If you don’t think that makes a difference, let’s take 6 mil lbs of carp, dump it in this lake, go ride around and see what happens. Had it not been for the commercial fishermen, those fish would still be swimming around, jumping in boats, and reeking havoc on our fishing.”
11. New all-natural “zebracide”?
> ZebraCide recently announced that it had been granted US patent # 10,863,747 for its all-natural zebra mussel pesticide.
> “…has been deemed safe, as defined by EPA’s definition of a minimum risk pesticide. It is compiled of whole food ingredients…. ZebraCide is not a bacterium pesticide, chemical pesticide nor does it introduce heavy metals or other harmful chemicals into the water.”
12. VT: 1,400 milfoil plants pulled from Lake Salem this year.
There’s supposedly some quality ‘eyes in there, so guess now you’ll have to start looking deeper. Or maybe the shallow weeds will be more fishable? 🤷♂️
13. New Zealand is using mats to get rid of aquatic weeds.
> …[biodegradable] hessian matting has been laid at a number of sites in Lake Wānaka to suppress the spread of the highly invasive waterweed….