In Case You Missed It - July 24, 2015 News

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Latest Findings from Tarpon Satellite Tagging of Migrating Tarpon

From Dr. Jerry Ault, University of Miami Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries A demonstration that dangers (natural and fishing) lurk out there for the Silver King at many junctures of their annual migration. A 180-pound tarpon (T‐234) was satellite PAT‐tagged on May 1, 2015, near Apalachicola, Florida, by Capt. David Mangum. On June 27th, fifty‐eight days later,the PAT tag popped‐up early and started transmitting in the Gulf of Mexico’s Loop Current. The tag then drifted with the currents for about two weeks and ended up on the Florida Bay side of Islamorada , where it was recovered by the TBRC team on July 15th. After we downloaded the data, we found out that the light levels recorded by tag sensors were at minimum for the 4 day period from June 15 ‐19th We believe that the tag (and tarpon) were ingested by a shark (species unknown). To demonstrate how we arrived at that conclusion, below are the detailed information we recovered. The location of the shark attack was in the same area that we have observed tarpon spawning in the past, and the date was 1 day prior to the new moon (June 16th, known timing for tarpon spawning ). During June 15th, T‐234 was near the surface all day (Fig. 2, middle panel). At sunset, the tarpon started moving up and down in the water column, a behavior indicative of spawning activity. At 20:46 (10:46 PM), T‐234 was attacked at the surface as indicated by the sudden changes in ambient light‐level, ocean water temperature and depth.Christopher Balogh

GEOBASS Demands a Rematch Against the Papua New Guinea Black Bass in Season Two’s Third Episode

After coming up short in their quest to land the epic black bass in Papua New Guinea last year, the GEOBASS anglers demand a rematch. A rematch they shall have, but the adventure quickly turns in the fishes’ favor when the team encounters a possible hex, a boatload of bananas, snakebites and skies thick with bats. It seems the black bass will triumph once again….or will they? After a cyclone threatens to derail the trip altogether, the boys have their work cut out for them as they head up river. After receiving permission from the local village chief to fish for the black bass there, the adventurers encounter what they believe to be a local woman placing a curse on them. The curse seems to play out when a local guide brings what appears to be an entire tree’s worth of bananas on board – a definite bad sign for most anglers who subscribe to the superstition bananas are bad luck. Snake bites and a sky full of fruit bats almost convince the guys all hope is lost. Down, but not out, the anglers scrape together everything they've got for one last chance at redemption against the Papua New Guinea black bass. Viewers find out whether they came home victorious when Costa's third episode of season two of GEOBASS premieres July 17 online at http://bit.ly/geobasspng2. The Papua New Guinea adventure is part of the group’s ongoing around the world quest in search of exotic bass species. Later this year, GEOBASS heads into the last frontiers of Texas for smallies, as well as chasing Red Bass around the Christmas Islands. “After each of these trips, we have to ask ourselves if the near death experiences, the run ins with the law, battling mosquitos the size of our heads is worth it,” said Brian Jill, GEOBASS angler. “Every single time, the answer is yes. There’s so much out there we still haven’t seen, still haven’t uncovered. Our mission continues until we’ve cracked the code of these exotic bass species around the globe.” Viewers can catch all of the GEOBASS action, plus behind the scenes commentary with the guys, at www.costadelmar.com/geobass.

Eight Sportsmen’s Groups—Agree On The Conservation Package Introduced In The House

Today, the four House leaders of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), introduced the bipartisan “Sportsmen’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act,” or SCORE Act (HR 3173), in the 114th Congress. Combined with the previously introduced SHARE Act (HR 2406), these bills constitute a major victory for fish and wildlife habitat, and improved access for America’s hunters and anglers. Read more here.

Keep America Fishing Meeting

From Keep America Fishing: There’s a common political expression that goes, “if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” That phrase certainly applies to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, where, unless recreational fishermen participate in full force, we could continue to see our access to red snapper lost. Fortunately, the Gulf Council is considering an action at its next meeting that could increase the percentage of red snapper that goes to the recreational sector. But unless we show up at the meeting and speak unanimously in support of reallocation, the Council could delay or even kill this action. We can’t let that happen. Let’s show the Council that we mean business. What: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting to discuss reallocation of Gulf red snapper. When: Public testimony will be accepted on Wednesday, August 12 from 1:00pm to 5:30pm. Where: Hilton Riverside, 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, La.