In Case You Missed It - February 6, 2015 News

Our weekly coverage of the latest industry news, conservation notices and more

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IGFA Anglers’ Choice Contest
In 2014 the IGFA approved nearly 700 world records. Now we are calling on the public to choose the best! The IGFA Anglers' Choice Contest, sponsored by YETI, allows the public to vote on ten incredible world record catches approved in 2014. By simply voting on their favorite catch, participants enter to win one of the four YETI products we'll be giving away! The contest begins on February 1st and lasts throughout the month. All voting is done online at http://www.igfa.org/contests/AnglersChoice. The catch that receives the most votes during the contest will receive the Angler's Choice Award at the IGFA's 12th annual Angling Achievement Award Ceremony on April 18, 2015. Both members and non-members of the IGFA can vote. Current IGFA members simply follow the prompts to sign-in to their account, using their User ID and Password. Non-members can easily create a FREE account with only an email address and name. Everyone who votes will automatically be entered to win one of four YETI products to be given away. Voters are encouraged to vote as much as possible because the more they vote, the better their chances are at winning.
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Meet Guy Harvey and See His Newest Documentary
Conservationist and world acclaimed marine wildlife artist Dr. Guy Harvey is bringing his newest documentary Panama Paradise, A Guy Harvey Expedition to the Miami International Boat Show's Big Game Room for a South Florida premier showing. The 42-minute film, produced by George Schellenger, a two-time Emmy® award winning filmmaker/producer, is free to boat show attendees. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 14 at 5:30 pm in room B214 (Big Game Room stage). Dr. Harvey, who has brought numerous documentaries to the big screen over the years, will be on hand to introduce his latest expedition film. The action packed expedition centers around the legendary Tropic Star Lodge in Panama. From arrival to departure, the film captures the raw power of the Pacific Ocean and world-class heart-pounding big game fishing, as Dr. Harvey and his team of researchers attempt to catch, tag and release large blue and black marlins in the name of science. “This documentary, which also deals with the challenges of managing satellite science in the middle of a rain forest, reveals the determined passion behind Guy’s work to preserve billfish in the waters around Panama and how it inspires him with his artwork,” said Schellenger. For a preview of the film, please go to http://vimeo.com/118146031 Dr. Harvey, in addition to presenting the film, is also available to meet fans and sign merchandise at his booth #2700 at the show, February 12-15.
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New i-Pilot® Link™ Software Update, Micro Remote Accessory
Improving on the best wireless GPS trolling system on the water, Minn Kota’s new Micro Remote accessory and a new software update for i-Pilot® Link™ are now available. i-Pilot Link Software Upgrade The latest i-Pilot Link update will allow anglers to take fish-finding and boat control to the next level with new innovative functions, and is available to download free at Humminbird.com. “One of the best features of i-Pilot Link is the ability to evolve the product through software updates,” Maryanov said. “We’re excited to add enhanced functionality and value for anglers with features like Prop Auto-on and High Speed Bypass.” Prop Auto-on is a user-selectable setting that tells an angler’s i-Pilot Link system to automatically turn the trolling motor prop on every time a GoTo function is enabled. The High Speed Bypass function allows users to hit top speed on-demand and return back to original speed at the push of a button. This is extremely valuable for maneuverability and making quick motor adjustments. Enables your i-Pilot Link to work with the new Micro Remote accessory, for quick control of Spot-Lock, speed, steering and Advanced AutoPilot. Micro Remote Accessory Compatible with both i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link systems, the Micro Remote provides quick command of speed, steering, Spot-Lock, Advanced AutoPilot™ and prop on/off, all from a compact design. It is waterproof, comes standard with a neck lanyard, and works along with existing i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link remotes. The Micro Remote accessory has a suggested retail price of $99.99. “The integrated LCD screens on the i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link remote controls make it easy to keep track of each active function,” Minn Kota Senior Product Manager Dave Maryanov said. “However, for the times when you simply need quick command of steering and the most used i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link features, the Micro Remote is the perfect solution.” For more information, visit minnkotamotors.com.
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Teenage Entrepreneurs Revolutionize Night Fishing with ProGlo+ Tackle System
Westborough’s ambitious 18-year-old co-founders of FISHinc. Tackle Systems, Adam Gibbs and Nick Bongi, prepare for the February, 2015 launch of their patent pending ProGlo+ LED lit tackle box on Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding platform that brings creative projects to life with pledged backers. FISHinc.’s groundbreaking idea originated in 2011 after experiencing and observing the frustration of fisherman while night fishing. The clumsy and somewhat unsuccessful process of illuminating equipment with flashlights and makeshift light sources sparked the attention of the two aspiring entrepreneurs, resulting in the creation of ProGlo+, a pioneering hands-free tackle box with a self-contained LED light that can rotate to irradiate a ten-foot surrounding area as well as detach and function as a separate flashlight or a fish light that can attach to a lanyard and submerse up to one hundred feet underwater to attract schools of fish. The ProGlo+ also features a USB cable port, providing backup battery power for handheld devices like smartphones. Gibbs’s and Bongi’s success as young entrepreneurs is truly remarkable. FISHinc. boasts buyout offers and a pending copyright, and they triumphed through three out of four rounds of scrutiny by business tycoons on ABC’s reality television show Shark Tank. With lack of sales as the sole factor prohibiting their advancement to the final round, they set out to conquer that hurdle with a Kickstarter campaign. Beginning in 2015, FISHinc. will initiate its Kickstarter campaign, providing a 30-day period for pledged donations to raise the $30,000 needed to put the tackle box on the market. FISHinc. offers a wide range of exciting reward packages such as ProGlo+ tackle boxes, a 2-day tropical fishing excursion and more depending on the amount of money pledged. A successful Kickstarter campaign will transform Gibbs’s and Bongi’s vision into a reality, and ultimately provide a crucial tool to night fishermen everywhere. Find their video and Kickstart campaign here.
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Keep America Fishing's Message: Take Action Now For Safer Fuels
Did you know that the higher the level of ethanol in your fuel, the more likely you are to destroy your engine? When levels go above 10 percent, fuel burns hotter and often reduces engine life. But adding more is exactly what ethanol makers are trying to push past the EPA. **What’s at stake? **You could harm your car or boat. Engines in older cars and trucks are more easily damaged and wear out faster when run on high ethanol fuels. Worse, small engines – like the two-strokes found in many bass boats – are even more susceptible to damage because the ethanol often washes the oil off cylinder walls. But this issue has good news. Currently, there is legislation moving through Congress that will protect our engines. A new bill, the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015, would cap the amount of ethanol in fuel at the already recommended 10 percent. **What can you do? **Inform your Representative that this is an important issue to you, so they don’t miss the opportunity to co-sponsor this legislation. Tell them you don’t want higher-ethanol fuels that damage and destroy engines. It just takes a few steps on Keep America Fishing's website. Invest in your opportunities to fish. Take action here.
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Guatemala Pioneers Protection of Sailfish with New Commission
After two years of collaboration between the Guatemalan government, Guatemalan tourism officials, and the Guatemalan recreational fishing community, The Guatemalan Sailfish Commission has been established. The goals of the Commission are to identify and resolve problems due to illegal fishing, raise awareness of the importance of billfish, develop billfish protection programs, coordinate with local and international authorities to work towards billfish protection, and to promote the practice of sustainable fishing in alignment with Guatemalan tourism. “Sportfishing offers Guatemala the opportunity for economic development by generating income through tourism derived both from national and international anglers enjoying our fishery. Protecting the sailfish guarantees long term sustainability for the sport and for the responsible enjoyment of the resource for many years to come.” said Commission Representative, Niels Erichsen The Guatemalan Sailfish Commission will convene a press conference at the 2015 Miami Boat show. The purpose of the conference is to educate, update and inform all attendees about the tangible results Guatemala has achieved since the creation of the Commission and how upcoming plans and strategies will be the catalyst of change for sailfish conservation within Central America. The conference will be held at the 2015 Miami Boat show on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 2:00PM in room A101-102.
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Congressional Leaders Introduce New Sportsmen’s Act in 114th Congress
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) applauds the introduction of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, which includes numerous legislative measures beneficial to anglers and hunters across the nation. Sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 contains provisions that will benefit our nation’s sportsmen and women by providing increased access to our public lands and waters, improving fish and wildlife management and protecting the use of traditional fishing tackle. “This bipartisan package contains many important provisions that are largely non-controversial and that will advance fisheries conservation and recreational fishing access for the benefit of the nation’s 60 million anglers,” said American Sportfishing President and CEO Mike Nussman. “Recreational fishing supports 828,000 jobs and contributes $115 billion to the economy annually. This monumental legislative package will greatly enhance recreational fishing’s social, economic and conservation benefits to the nation.” Previous versions of the Sportsmen’s Act failed to pass the U.S. Senate in 2012 and 2014, primarily due to partisan disputes unrelated to the merits of the bill. With strong commitments from leadership on both sides of the aisle, ASA expressed optimism about the bill being enacted in the 114th Congress. “Our community remains dedicated to the passage of the Sportsmen’s Act, and we are hopeful that the third time will be the charm,” said Nussman. “We want to give special thanks to Senators Murkowski and Heinrich and their staffs for swift bipartisan progress, and we look forward to working with them and the other original co-sponsors as this legislation goes through the committee process and ultimately to the floor of the U.S. Senate.” Nussman added, "We believe the Sportsmen's Act could be greatly strengthened by the addition of the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act," added Nussman. "This bipartisan bill has strong support from the sportfishing community and it would bring tremendous value to the overall package by adding a much needed fisheries habitat component. ASA will actively support inclusion of this measure into the package during the coming legislative process." More information on Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015, as well as an action alert to contact Senators in support of the bill, can be found at www.KeepAmericaFishing.org.