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September is a big month of changes. Vacation season is over for most folks, and families are slowly working their way back into the old familiar rhythms of another school year.

But fishing remains a constant.

I said goodbye last week to a young friend who was going away to college for the first time. We talked about his classes and life in upstate New York, and he was a little surprised when I reminded him to take a fishing rod with him.

Why not? He’s heading to a part of the state where there are some remarkable fishing spots, and there’s no better way than fishing to explore your new surroundings.

I was a commuter who didn’t go far away to college, only about 20 miles from home, but one of the first good friends I made was because of fishing. I noticed one of the guys, more or less a local, had a fishing rod in his car, and it was a perfect conversation starter.

 

 

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Capitol Fishing Tackle Company, which was established in 1897, bills itself as America’s oldest fishing shop.

It was midmorning, and some guys were shooting the breeze at Capitol Fishing Tackle Company.

They talked about the fish they caught. They mourned the ones that got away. They debated the merits of the latest rods and reels. They discussed the toxicity of the East River.

Did anybody know which fish had the highest levels of mercury?

Nobody could come up with a definitive answer immediately, and the talk petered out. But they were fishermen; they knew if they waited long enough, someone would bite and the conversation would revive.

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ll eyes are on the tropics. Irma and the other tropical systems following can greatly affect our fishing opportunities.

Offshore, the billfish bite can really light up after a storm passes through. Inshore, the spot bite will often get even better, and it can kick off a last hurrah for cobia fishing.

The F. Wayne McLeskey Jr. Memorial Marlin Open is this weekend out of Virginia Beach. This tournament will benefit breast cancer research.

The International Game Fish Association is starting a new fishing tournament Oct. 1. This international event will run through Sept. 1, 2018. Anglers can compete with multiple species in conventional, fly and junior categories. Species of interest to local anglers include: largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, striped bass, bluefish, wahoo and many more. To see the full list of eligible species and the rules of the contest, visit igfa.org.

 

 

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U Maung Lay is one of a few dozen fishermen on the Irrawaddy River who still work with Irrawaddy dolphins. The dolphins help herd fish into the fishermen’s nets. CreditMinzayar Oo

MANDALAY, Myanmar — On a recent sweltering afternoon on the Irrawaddy River, about 10 miles upstream from the city of Mandalay, a Burmese fisherman tapped a small teak dowel against the hull of his squat wooden boat, producing a xylophonic beat.

Drawn by the drumming, the gray, melon-shaped forehead of an Irrawaddy dolphin — one of maybe 65 left in their eponymous waterway — breached the surface nearby. The dolphin was joined by about a dozen more, and together they began herding a school of thrashing baitfish toward the sun-weathered fisherman, who waited on the boat with a throw net.

But before he could cast it, a barge loaded with pyramids of logs chugged past, causing the dolphins to dive and scattering the fish. Frustrated, the fisherman, U Thin Myu, began trying to drum up his partners again with the dowel. But a parade of barges from Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, motored toward him and his wife, who was rowing at the stern.

 

 

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Wheelchair users now can get access to the outlet of Messalonskee Stream at Snow Pond Dam.

OAKLAND — Messalonskee Stream Hydro, a division of Essex Hydro Associates, based in Boston, finished building an accessible platform Thursday so that people who use wheelchairs can fish safely along the outlet of Messalonskee Stream.

The project, estimated to cost $25,000, came out of a long-term plan that required the company to evaluate the recreational needs for the area and adjust the access accordingly, said Elise Anderson, a regulatory analyst at Essex Hydro.

The hydro power company first got its federal license for its facilities in the 1980s. The license required it to “continue to evaluate the need for fishing access” for those with disabilities, according to Anderson.

 

 

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The United States Agency for International Development’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) and Inmarsat have advanced communication technology to improve fisheries catch documentation and traceability.

The move is designed to promote legal, reported and regulated fishing. Crew members on medium and large vessels will integrate existing monitoring systems and catch data with Inmarsat’s Fleet One and IsatData Pro technology, a global two-way messaging service for tracking and monitoring ports and vessels. USAID Oceans will pilot the technology in Bitung, Indonesia, and Songkhla, Thailand, where the system has been tested.

In Indonesia, Inmarsat will equip fishing vessels from participating companies with onboard satellite systems for real-time electronic voice and data exchange while at sea, consistent with Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries reporting requirements. The technology will help fishing fleets to locate fish faster, improve voyage planning and reduce operational costs, says Inmarsat. Better ship-to-shore communication will enable captains to instantly track weather forecasts, thereby ensuring safer sailing and quality of life at sea.

 

 

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SOMERSET COUNTY, Md. – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a Deal Island man has set a new state fishing record in the Chesapeake Division for sheephead this month.

Dave Alveberg caught the 13.73 pound record breaking fish on August 17, in roughly four feet of water off South Marsh Island near Tangier Sound. Intent on catching white perch and rockfish, Alveberg was using soft crab as bait when his line went “haywire.” After a brief struggle, he reportedly pulled aboard the record sheephead.

Alveberg says, “Seeing something like this on my boat was amazing.” He plans on getting his sheephead mounted for display. The sheephead’s weight was confirmed by Brent Malone of How Sweet It Is, a market in Somerset County. The catch broke the previous record 13.3 pound fish caught by Dan Thomas last year.

 

 

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WASHINGTON –(ENEWSPF)–August 31, 2017.  Proposed cuts to EPA clean water programs would halt progress on restoring and protecting the Great Lakes, according to a new report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center.  With a deadline for Congress to approve a federal budget fast approaching, the group called for full funding of the EPA to protect the Great Lakes.

“This week, millions of Americans are enjoying the last days of summer on the Great Lakes,” said John Rumpler, clean water program director with Environment America Research & Policy Center and a co-author of the report. “Cutting EPA’s clean water programs would put Great Lakes swimming, fishing, and even our drinking water, at risk.”

Rough Waters Ahead, issued today by Environment America Research & Policy Center, examined the impacts of the Trump administration’s proposed EPA budget cuts on the Great Lakes.  The report documented how EPA programs are reducing sewage overflows, cleaning up toxic hot spots, containing invasive species, and reducing runoff pollution.  Yet the administration’s budget would slash core EPA programs such as research and enforcement, eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and deprive the eight Great Lakes states of an estimated $53 million in clean water funding as well.

 

 

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A fishing vessel belonging to a Vanuatu company has been fined $US2.5 million dollars in American Samoa for discharging oil and garbage, and keeping false records.

The company, Yuh Fa Fishery Limited, admitted that engineers on the vessel Yuh Fa failed to document the illegal dumping of oily bilge water into the Pacific without the use of required pollution prevention equipment.

The company also admitted that the engineers modified the vessel’s piping system, allowing oily bilge water and oil sludge to be discharged directly overboard.

 

 

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Fox Lake, shown during a previous event, will be the setting for a new fishing festival Sept. 8-9. (Judy Fidkowski/News-Sun)

Ask most fisherman to tell you their best stories and you might hear about some kind of record-setting fish.Nick Warnerr’s best fishing memory is haring the hobby he loves with his child.

“My daughter’s 3 and I took her fishing for the first time this summer,” he said. “I was teaching her to cast and she threw the entire pole into the water. But she did catch her first fish this year and that’s a pretty cool thing.”

The director of Fox Lakes’ Parks and Recreation department is hoping a fish-themed weekend inspires residents to take up the sport. Warrner is an avid fisherman, and when it came time to program an early September activity for the park district, he knew immediately he wanted to try something with a fish theme.

 

 

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