The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure that will provide opportunities for retired Navy ships to be considered for artificial reefs. This language was included as an amendment to H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022, which passed the House and awaits action by the full U.S. Senate. The amendment was based on the Reusing Equipment for Environmental Fortification (REEF) Act, introduced by Rep. María Salazar (R-Fla.) and a strong bipartisan group of her…

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Anglers holding fish

In Minnesota, September is known as transition time. Sometimes the weather and the walleye fishing resembles summer, and sometimes the temperatures plummet and it feels like fall. This yo-yo effect oftentimes confuses the fish and leads to sluggish, unpredictable behavior. Day one of the 2021 NWT Championship on Otter Tail Lake was a grind for some, but the cream of the crop still rose to the top. Leading the most lucrative event in professional walleye fishing is multispecies pro Tom…

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Fishing Reel

Purchasing the most advanced fishing line can be a sizeable investment.  Utilizing backing line when re-spooling your baitcasting reels can help make the most out of that purchase by saving anglers hard earned money in the process.  Backing line is any line that is put on the reel as filler to have the primary line go over the top of it.  As an example, say your reel holds 150 yds of 12 lb test. If you were to fill that…

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Guillermo Gonzalez casts from kayak

Puerto Rico-born angler, Guillermo Gonzalez, grew up chasing snook and tarpon in the Biscayne Bay backcountry south of Miami. For the past several years, he has sharpened his angling skills as a competitive kayak angler, earning a fearsome reputation as a threat to win any tournament he enters, all the while – according to his kayak-angling peers – remaining one of the friendliest and most-approachable people one would ever hope to meet. When the Texas-based St. Croix pro showed up…

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 The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recently held its inaugural online auction to raise funds in support of Keep America Fishing. Keep America Fishing (KAF) is the association’s grassroots advocacy program that provides our nation’s 55 million anglers a way to let their voices be heard when fisheries policy and management decisions will impact recreational fishing. “Keep America Fishing helps give the American angler a voice in the halls of Congress and in state legislatures across the county,” said ASA President…

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