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July 01, 2010 at 10:50am

Got this from Archery Talk.

March 29, 2010 at 3:30pm

Updated: March 8, 2010, 11:09 AM ET
Culled out Obama administration will accept no more public input for federal fishery strategyEmail Print Comments 57Share3590retweet259By Robert Montgomery

The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is "fluid" and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn't issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

That's a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning.

Click here for archive"When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) completed their successful campaign to convince the Ontario government to end one of the best scientifically managed big game hunts in North America (spring bear), the results of their agenda had severe economic impacts on small family businesses and the tourism economy of communities across northern and central Ontario," said Phil Morlock, director of environmental affairs for Shimano.

"Now we see NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the administration planning the future of recreational fishing access in America based on a similar agenda of these same groups and other Big Green anti-use organizations, through an Executive Order by the President. The current U.S. direction with fishing is a direct parallel to what happened in Canada with hunting: The negative economic impacts on hard working American families and small businesses are being ignored.

"In spite of what we hear daily in the press about the President's concern for jobs and the economy and contrary to what he stated in the June order creating this process, we have seen no evidence from NOAA or the task force that recreational fishing and related jobs are receiving any priority."

Consequently, unless anglers speak up and convince their Congressional representatives to stop this bureaucratic freight train, it appears that the task force will issue a final report for "marine spatial planning" by late March, with President Barack Obama then issuing an Executive Order to implement its recommendations — whatever they may be.

Led by NOAA's Jane Lubchenco, the task force has shown no overt dislike of recreational angling, but its indifference to the economic, social and biological value of the sport has been deafening.

Additionally, Lubchenco and others in the administration have close ties to environmental groups who would like nothing better than to ban recreational angling. And evidence suggests that these organizations have been the engine behind the task force since before Obama issued a memo creating it last June.

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One sign at the rally of recreational and commercial fishermen summed up the feelings. As ESPN previously reported, WWF, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Pew Environment Group and others produced a document entitled "Transition Green" shortly after Obama was elected in 2008. What has happened since suggests that the task force has been in lockstep with that position paper.

Then in late summer, just after he created the task force, these groups produced "Recommendations for the Adoption and Implementation of an Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes National Policy." This document makes repeated references to "overfishing," but doesn't once reference recreational angling, its importance, and its benefits, both to participants and the resource.

Additionally, some of these same organizations have revealed their anti-fishing bias by playing fast and loose with "facts," in attempts to ban tackle containing lead in the United States and Canada.

That same tunnel vision, in which recreational angling and commercial fishing are indiscriminately lumped together as harmful to the resource, has persisted with the task force, despite protests by the angling industry.

As more evidence of collusion, the green groups began clamoring for an Executive Order to implement the task force's recommendations even before the public comment period ended in February. Fishing advocates had no idea that this was coming.

Perhaps not so coincidentally, the New York Times reported on Feb. 12 that "President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities."

Morlock fears that "what we're seeing coming at us is an attempted dismantling of the science-based fish and wildlife model that has served us so well. There's no basis in science for the agendas of these groups who are trying to push the public out of being able to fish and recreate.

"Conflicts (user) are overstated and problems are manufactured. It's all just an excuse to put us off the water."

In the wake of the task force's framework document, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and its partners in the U.S. Recreational Fishing & Boating Coalition against voiced their concerns to the administration.

"Some of the potential policy implications of this interim framework have the potential to be a real threat to recreational anglers who not only contribute billions of dollars to the economy and millions of dollars in tax revenues to support fisheries conservation, but who are also the backbone of the American fish and wildlife conservation ethic," said CSF President Jeff Crane.

Morlock, a member of the CSF board, added, "There are over one million jobs in America supported coast to coast by recreational fishing. The task force has not included any accountability requirements in their reports for evaluating or mitigating how the new policies they are drafting will impact the fishing industry or related economies.

"Given that the scope of this process appears to include a new set of policies for all coastal and inland waters of the United States, the omission of economic considerations is inexcusable."

This is not the only access issue threatening the public's right to fish, but it definitely is the most serious, according to Chris Horton, national conservation director for BASS.

"With what's being created, the same principles could apply inland as apply to the oceans," he said. "Under the guise of 'marine spatial planning' entire watersheds could be shut down, even 2,000 miles up a river drainage from the ocean.

"Every angler needs to be aware because if it's not happening in your backyard today or tomorrow, it will be eventually.

"We have one of the largest voting blocks in the country and we need to use it. We must not sit idly by."

March 09, 2010 at 12:38pm

Saw Odis and Capt John in this month's Tides magazine. Both look well. Glad to see an article on Louisiana in the mag.


May 01, 2009 at 1:12pm

Hope your trip back was quick and uneventful. How is the camp? Did you have to go up on the levee at Myrtle Grove?

How did Empire Marina look?

Say "Hi" to Odis for me,


September 18, 2008 at 8:17pm

Flyfished Mon-Thurs Sept 3-6 out of Venice Marina. Nice cabin. We caught reds, a few specks, ladyfish, channel mullet, spanish mackeral, hard tail, flounder and a couple of really strong Jack Crevalle.

Had a lot of fun. The fishing was a bit challenging with 1.9ft tide range. Either there was too much current, or not enough water. Still we managed to find some fish.

The Jacks were a hoot to catch on a fly rod. We found them Tues and I broke my leader on the first one, and Lance broke his rod on the 2nd. We went back on Thurs for them, and armed with a tarpon leader, I caught a 12# jack after a 35 minute fight. Then Lance hooked a big one that stripped off 250yds of line and I gave chase with the boat. We fought the fish with him on the rod and me at the helm, dodging tankers and crew boats, and finally after 1 hr and 35 minutes we landed the 28# jack. Lance caught a sailfish earlier this year on a fly, and said the jack put up more of a fight.

We ate some good food,(Hebert's stuffed boneless chicken and Shrimp/corn chowder) and had a great time.

Glad to see the area making a lot more progrss in rebuilding since I was there in May.

September 13, 2007 at 9:48pm

We fished Sun and Mon w Capt John. Had a great time and caught lots of trout. Sunday, we caught 30 specks and 30 white trout before the thunderstorms chased us off the water. We fried up the white trout for supper with some purple hull peas and hot water cornbread. A cool beverage and watched Lonesome Dove on the TV. Don't get no better than that. Mon, the storms went north of us, and we caught a limit of specks and 30 more whites, although we could have caught lots more, came in and the power was out. Capt John thought he wasn't going to have to clean all those fish. We showered in the dark, and got ready to go. Just before we got in the truck, the lights came on. Capt John and I cleaned the fish in record time, and we hit the road for Shreveport. Stopped at Prejean's for a little duck and andouille gumbo, and made it back safe and sound.

Great trip, and glad to see Capt John and Otis recovering from Katrina. So much devastation Port Sulphur south, that it overwhelms you when you see it for real. Glad to see signs of rebuilding.

July 05, 2006 at 12:10pm
A comment titled: Speckle Belly in response to a report titled: Goose, goose, speck

Inject with Cajun Injector Cajun Garlic and sprinkle with LSU Tiger Dust. Put half of a yellow onion and some bell pepper and garlic in the cavity. Put a slice of bacon on top of each goose. Slow cook over charcoal or on Holland Grill for 30-60 minutes til pink in center of meat. Make a sauce with butter, Grand Marnier and Smucker's Orange Marmalade, and serve with the sauce drizzled over it. Dang! Now I'm hungry!


May 27, 2010 at 4:00pm
A comment titled: Photos of Incident in response to a report titled: Thread locked, but discussion can continue

Here's a link that has quite a few photos and includes a movie of the ROV trying to activate the BOP. It also has a graphic that shows the relationship of the sunken rig, the casing, and the BOP as they lay on the seafloor.

To the right of the big photo there are thumbnails with arrows under them to advance or back up to the next or previous photo.

May 02, 2010 at 11:09am
A comment titled: YW in response to a report titled: cracked transducer


April 21, 2010 at 7:50pm
A comment titled: Repetition!!! in response to a report titled: retriever training

Gotta repeat the lessons a million times. Master working on leash, then on a long check lead, then and only then go working off lead. If you run in to trouble off lead, you didn't do enough reps on lead.

Get the book "Training Retrievers for the Marshes and Meadows" by James Spencer. You can get it from They are in Ridgeland(Jackson), Miss.

If for non shock collar training. It's very detailed and tells you what to do, why you are doing it, and what to do if that doesn't work.

April 21, 2010 at 11:39am
A comment titled: Broken Transducer in response to a report titled: cracked transducer

Use Plastic Welder from Auto Zone. Works great. I've fixed a Lowrance and a Humminbird transducer with it and they held up great.

April 21, 2010 at 10:30am
A comment titled: broken transducer in response to a report titled: cracked transducer

I have fixed two transducers using Plastic Welder that I got from Auto Zone. I checked on the type of plastic that transducers are made of, and Plastic Welder will work on them. I've fixed a Lowrance transducer, and a Humminbird transducer with it, and they've survived hitting logs after the fix. Build up a little glue around the area to make it a little thicker if it's on the narrow part.


April 21, 2010 at 10:28am
A comment titled: Way to go! in response to a report titled: GOT #2


Patience and position are the best calls you have.


April 14, 2010 at 9:58am
A comment titled: Turkey in response to a report titled: Turkey Down!

Congrats!! That's really a rush isn't it? I got one with my bow Sun am. I used a Trophy Ridge Turkey Tom-O-Hawk. It has worked great for me on several turkeys. Tell us your story.


March 29, 2010 at 3:20pm
A comment titled: Missouri Turkeys in response to a report titled: Missouri Public Land & Turkey Hunting

There's a ton of public land and a ton of people in Missouri. Plan to walk a ways off the road if you want some woods to yourself.

March 29, 2010 at 3:14pm
A comment titled: Justice of the Peace in response to a report titled: papers for boat

In some cases, you can go to a Justice of the Peace and sign affidavits to the origin of your boat, and get the Justice to give you papers that will allow you to get a title. I bought an old(real old) sailboat with an old homemade trailer that had been sitting in a parking lot at the yacht club for 30 years. Finally after much trouble, I got it registered.

If you buy a boat, get the title and a bill of sale. I had that on the sailboat, but the trailer had never been registered, so all I had was a bill of sale.

None of it is easy, but it is to protect you and me from people stealing our boats and selling them.


March 25, 2010 at 10:44pm
A comment titled: Dog Training in response to a report titled: Dog Training

I've got probably 15 or 20 books, videos, etch on retriever training.

If I was starting out all over again, I would get "Training Retrievers for the Marshes and Meadows" by James Spencer if I didn't intend to use an electric collar. If I did intend to use a collar, I would get "Smart Work" by Evan Graham". Both of these books tell you what to do, why you need to do it, and what to do if plan A doesn't work. You can get either or both from Gun Dog Supply in Ridgeland, MS. They have good prices on dog training supplies and have discussions on different equipment to help you decide which ones to get. I usually get stuff I order from them in a day or two. Good People.

Be fair to your dog. Educate before you correct. Use way more repetition than you think you need. Always praise more than you scold. Don't punish for making a mistake, punish for lack of effort.

Good Luck,


March 16, 2010 at 10:19pm
A comment titled: We'll Miss Odis in response to a report titled: Odis the True WONDER DOG !

We'll miss Odis the Wonder Dog too. My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.

Dogs didn't participate in the original sin, so they get a free pass. He's up there with Step, Sligo, Luke, Willie and many other wonderful dogs and other pets.


March 15, 2010 at 10:22am
A comment titled: Thanks Senator Vitter in response to a report titled: Way to go Senator Vitter, thank you!!!

Thank you for representing the fishermen of Louisina, and looking out for our interests. We won't forget.


March 11, 2010 at 10:12pm
A comment titled: Fish? in response to a report titled: PLEASE HELP ME? FISHFINDER QUESTIONS

The Atchafalya Basin has one of the highest pounds of fish per acre of any water body in the US. Only a very small proportion of those fish are bass. There are shad, mullet, carp, goo, buffalo, gar, white bass, bream, choupique(mudfish)and crappie, and probably some more I can't think of right now.

Put on a small worm like a Zoom Trick worm on one rod, a small crankbait like a Bandit on another, and a white and chartreuse spinnerbait on another rod. Then hit every point and runout you see. Look for signs of life in the water like minnows running or herons fishing. Keep moving til you find fish. It's been years since I fished the basin, but I remember it took me a while to find fish, and then often they were stacked up when I did find them. Also if you go somewhere that is really popular and easy to get to, like Butte La Rose, most of the fish have been lost to the hot grease, so don't expect much.

Ask around, look at the fishing reports, try different places. The water in the basin warms up slower than the water outside the basin, so the spawn and other life cycles of the bass occur later in the basin.

Good luck,


March 04, 2010 at 9:57pm
A comment titled: Double Palomar Knot in response to a report titled: Knots????

For close up fishing with jigs and frogs, things I'm gonna really set the hook hard on, with heavy braid, I'll use a double palomar knot. It's just like a single palomar knot, but you go through the loop twice before you put the tag end(double) over the hook. Double the line, pass it through the hook eye, tie an overhand knot loosely, make another pass, so it's a double overhand knot, put the doubled end over the whole bait and carefully pull down so everything lays straight, then pull tight and trim.

If you have trouble pulling it down, that line won't work, so you have to use a regualar palomar.(it works better on slick line, and prevents the line shifting when you set the hook.

March 03, 2010 at 10:10am
A comment titled: Sight fishing in response to a report titled: Sight Fishing in May

Weather can be iffy in May. More stable, but hot in July. If you can stand the heat, July is better.

March 02, 2010 at 11:25am
A comment titled: Ooooh Andy! in response to a report titled: Immediate changes to offshore fisheries management?

Ooooh Andy! We gots to save the fish from the Draconians!!
Oooh Saphire, I loves ya'!!

I've got a set of cassette tapes of the old shows.

Really, it's great to get our voice heard. Sometimes it's when you prod the bull, not where that gets results.

Thanks Andy

February 26, 2010 at 10:19am
A comment titled: Dove in response to a report titled: Dove food plot

Plant the sunflowers, milo, and or millet.

If sunflowers, spray w defoliant in late July, then burn in a couple of weeks. They really like the bare ground. Be careful burning!

February 04, 2010 at 12:54pm
A comment titled: Cool in response to a report titled: No water, no problem. (Biloxi Reds)

Cool! I mean Cold! Well, both! Making me jealous.


February 02, 2010 at 10:39am
A comment titled: Sheds in response to a report titled: Atchafalaya Delta buck lost antler before season was over

I found 3 shed antlers near Leesville, Sunday, and my friend shot a "big doe" that turned out to be a buck that had lost it's antlers(near Shreveport). Talked to a friend who lives near Murfreesboro, AR, and he found a fresh shed on Dec 26, 2009, and has found 6 more since then.

The buck my friend shot was recovering from possible being hit by a car, or really getting beat up by another buck.


February 02, 2010 at 10:18am
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