1. WI: Green Bay NWT registration deadline is July 1.
Outta Marinette, July 14-15. Some insight here on how the pros think it’ll go down.
2. Great Lakes water levels likely to keep rising.
Based on new modeling system projects:
> “…the baseline lake level for Lake Superior, Michigan-Huron and Erie are expected to rise by roughly 20 to 50 cm [7.87″ to 19.68″] by 2050….”
3. Mustad is coming out with a new type of treble hook?
They look like a normal treble to me, but here’s what Mustad says is different:
> …each treble hook that adorns a lure today is made individually, typically by brazing a double hook to a single hook.
> At ICAST 2022, Mustad…will unveil Jaw Lok: The first and only inline treble hook manufactured by a completely automated process, eliminating the hook-to-hook variability….
> Jaw Lok features an inline design with the hook eye aligned perfectly with 1 tine. When rigged on lures, Jaw Lok belly hooks tuck against the lure’s body with 1 tine pointed straight down, while tail hooks trail the lure precisely with 1 tine pointed straight up.
> The lightest trebles in their class, Jaw Lok hooks allow baits to track truer and deliver improved hookup ratios.
4. Walleye Wars Ontario kicks off TODAY..
A catch-photo-release style walleye tournament series thru Angler’s Atlas that lets you fish anywhere in your province and register your longest walleye caught for a shot at some serious dough and prizes.
5. ND: Devils Lake chamber walleye tourney is this weekend.
46th annual. Ton of prizes ($53K+) and a whoooole pile o’ walleyes to be had.
6. Future Angler Foundation (FAF) might just be…
…the most important fishing and boating organization you’ve never heard of:
> “…FAF [501(c)(3) non-profit organization] was formed in 2012 by a small group of anglers dedicated to growing participation in angling and boating. For over a decade now, we have teamed with educators, individuals and fishing and boating organizations throughout the country to expose potential newcomers to our sports by educating on how to catch fish, boat safely, and to be conservationists.
> “…also supports and directs a massive digital outreach program that reaches tens of millions of potential new anglers and boaters each year under the “Getting Families Fishing” initiative. …at this point, there has been limited fishing and marine industry support of the FAF’s mission to create new anglers and boaters, with the majority of our funding coming from federal grants, a few foundation grants, and the general public.”
> “We want to do more than simply grow participation…we want to teach people…to be good stewards of the water and active participants in all aspects of the recreational fishing and boating communities. We hope to draw in new anglers and boaters of every age that will make fishing and boating a permanent part of an outdoor lifestyle that we believe is a critical part of live in this country.”
7. 2B Fishing has some GENESIS rods on sale.
And looks like they’ve got up to 45% off some of ‘em. 😳
8. Should folks be able to rent a boat…
…without a safety course? Something that LA is wrestling with right now.
> Under current [LA] law, anyone born after Jan 1, 1984 who wants to operate a motorboat (more than 10 hp) must successfully complete a boating safety class approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The legislation, which the governor will either veto or allow to become law, would do away with that requirement for rentals only, including jet skis, boats and everything in between and beyond.
> Sen. Eddie Lambert of Gonzales, a commercial fisherman, voted against the legislation following its first hearing. During that initial debate, he marveled at the proposed law’s applications.
> “So if I wanted to go and rent one of these boats I see flying down the Diversion Canal that’s 40′ long and has 3 engines in it that goes 100 mph, I could rent that boat from an establishment in LA?” asked Lambert.
> “You find an establishment to rent you that vessel, I believe this law would allow you to do that without the boater safety course,” answered Cole Garrett, the general counsel for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
9. T-H Marine’s parent bought a company for $125 mil.
> OneWater Marine Inc. (NASDAQ: ONEW) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ocean Bio-Chem Inc. (NASDAQ: OBCI), a leading supplier and distributor of appearance, cleaning and maintenance products for the marine industry and the automotive, powersports, recreational vehicles, and outdoor power equipment markets…in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $125 mil.
> As part of the transaction, OneWater will also acquire OBCI’s affiliate, Star Brite Europe Inc. Upon closing of the transaction, both OBCI and Star Brite Europe, Inc. will be integrated into T-H Marine Supplies LLC, OneWater’s subsidiary and strategic growth platform for parts and accessories businesses.
10. How pharmaceutical pollution is affecting the world’s rivers.
Not saying you do or would, but if you do: