The potential for hooking into fish is virtually unlimited
when you know where to fish specific holds
of water, how to fish the water, when
the best time to hit it is, and what fishing
techniques to employ. Here are three subjects that are constantly overlooked
but produce impressive amounts of fish.
Flooded water can produce fish when you know what drives
them to specific locations of rivers, lakes, estuaries, coves, and inlets.
For each developed hold of blown-out water are specific techniques that
will get hookups. Researching elements of meteorology, geology, oceanography,
hydrology, physiology, and angling techniques consistently produces.
Fishing at night can produce if you know the true physiology
of fish and how they can “see” and “smell” in
the dead of dark. Specifically designed angling techniques can be applied
day or night when applying recon trips; these four basic elements will
garner strikes from fish that have been heavily pressured.
Sciences of rods and physical makeup of fish go hand-in-hand.
Even the most nimble rod can take unbelievable beatings “when
it’s used properly”. Combined, it’s possible to land
monster size fish with impressively small line and hooks, which are
elements of fishing presentations that trophy fish eagerly bite.
To find out how to out-fish the next one-hundred anglers it takes
a little research to appreciate what makes each fishing technique work.
While there are many details to figure with each field of science, all
of them are accessible. Each subject matter is not always easy to wade
through, but in the end is worth the effort becoming second nature over
a relatively short period of time.
Circles on the face of the fish to the left are
centered over some pores called “Facial Pores of the Lateral
System”. The dots on the fish to the right represent those areas
on the face and the flank area called the “Lateral Line”.
Together these animations indicate portions of the body where most
fishes are incredibly sensitive to subsonic sounds beneath the surface
of water. Sound waves created by activity are received by these pores
where they’re transmitted to the brain and interpreted as either
predator or prey causing the fish to respond in an appropriate fashion
of fight (Prey) or flight (Predator). Facial Pores and Lateral lines
are so sensitive that they can interpret a void of waves caused by
that of a boat anchored off and floating in one spot. Since this would
not be interpreted as a threat fish will interpret the void as a good
place to hide.
This kind of information is invaluable to anglers who want to become
better at their craft. In the lore of fishing it has often been said
that before pulling the hook out of the water it’s best to make
a figure eight where often times fish will bolt out from beneath boats
to bite hooks. How fish hear and what they interpret in their aquatic
environment plays a pivotal role in how often anglers get hookups
or go home skunked.
This tidbit of information is but a single facet of science and angling
that come together making an informed fisherman a formidable force
on the water. Taking away the stress of worrying about biting fish
and competing fishermen leaves anglers to focus on catch-and-release
tactics ensuring an ecological perspective that promotes the proliferation
of many species of fish.
Did you know that being a better angler is something that most fisheries
want? It’s true. Fishermen are a boon resource when it comes
to gathering data for each species of fish. Those who know how to
motivate striking fish are highly sought after by fisheries management
worldwide. This form of data gathering is a prime example of recreational
fishing as an ecological resource which can be accessed anywhere good
anglers are found.
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Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA Research, conducted primarily through the NOAA Office of Oceanic
and Atmospheric Research, drives the NOAA environmental products and
services that protect life and property and promote sustainable economic
growth. Research, conducted by in-house laboratories and by extramural
programs, focuses on enhancing the understanding of environmental
phenomena such as tornadoes, hurricanes, climate variability, solar
flares, changes in the ozone, El Niño/La Niña events,
fisheries productivity, ocean currents, deep sea thermal vents and
coastal ecosystem health. NOAA research also develops innovative technologies
and observing systems. All divisions of NOAA conduct research in their
Wetlands Research Center (NWRC)
The National Wetlands Research Center had its beginnings in the National
Coastal Ecosystems Team, founded in 1975 as part of the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service's (USFWS's) Office of Biological Services. The
Team was originally headquartered at Stennis, Mississippi (near Bay
St. Louis), on the National Aeronautic and Space Administration's
rocket-testing site. The mission of the Team was to bridge the gap
between researchers and decision makers by gathering, synthesizing,
and disseminating information, mostly by using geographic information
systems and producing reports such as Coastal Characterizations, Community
and Estuarine Profiles, and Species Profiles.
Institute for Climate and Ocean Research (CICOR)
CICOR is a NOAA Cooperative Institute sponsored by NOAA’s Office
of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) at WHOI. CICOR provides
a framework at WHOI for facilitating and coordinating NOAA-funded
research, for building ties between WHOI investigators and colleagues
at NOAA laboratories, and for developing cooperative NOAA-funded research
at academic institutions. The NOAA-funded research done through CICOR
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and Wildlife Services (USFW)
Although a relative newcomer to the Department of the Interior, the
Fish and Wildlife Service's programs are among the oldest in the world
dedicated to the conservation of natural resources. The Service traces
its origins to the U.S. Commission on Fish and Fisheries in the Department
of Commerce and the Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy
in the Department of Agriculture. Both programs were created to help
stem the dramatic decline of the nation's fish and wildlife resources
during the last quarter of the 19th century. The agency's history
has closely mirrored the American public's growing concern with conservation
and environmental issues for over 125 years.
of the Interior (USDOI)
The Interior Department plays a vital role in ocean, coastal and Great
Lakes conservation. The National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, and Minerals Management Service, together manage more than
35,000 miles of coastline, 169 island and coastal refuges, 3.6 million
acres of coral reef ecosystems, 34 million acres in 74 coastal parks,
and 1.8 billion underwater acres of outer continental shelf lands.
BLM cooperatively manages the California Coastal National Monument,
running along the entire 840 mile California coast. Moreover, through
the U.S. Geological Survey, DOI conducts extensive scientific research
on oceans and coastal mapping.
Pacific Fisheries Management Council(NPFMC)
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) is one of eight
regional councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation
and Management Act in 1976 (which has been renamed the Magnuson-Stevens
Fishery Conservation and Management Act) to oversee management of
the nation's fisheries. With jurisdiction over the 900,000 square
mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Alaska, the Council has primary
responsibility for groundfish management in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA)
and Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI), including cod, pollock,
flatfish, mackerel, sablefish, and rockfish species harvested mainly
by trawlers, hook and line longliners and pot fishermen.
Bay Laboratories (ABL)
The Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratories (ABL)
conducts scientific research on fish stocks, fish habitats, and the
chemistry of marine environments. Information from this research is
widely used by commercial interests such as fishing industries, and
governmental agencies involved in managing natural resources. The
current ABL headquarters (pictured to the right) includes laboratories,
offices, and dive and docking facilities, and is located at Auke Bay,
north of Juneau, Alaska.
States Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS serves the United States by providing reliable scientific
information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of
life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological,
energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality
The UK has an important sea fish industry with one of the largest
fishing fleets and fish processing industries in Europe. Freshwater
fisheries is also a major leisure industry in our rural areas. In
the UK Defra is the lead department for fisheries and so our Directorate
has a major role in EU and international negotiations, as well as
in managing and implementing fisheries policy.
Fisheries Research Services
is an agency of the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs
Department (SEERAD). FRS became a government agency in April 1997,
incorporating the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen, the Freshwater Laboratory
in Pitlochry and outstations throughout Scotland. It employs over
300 staff. FRS is headed by a Chief Executive and Director who is
responsible to Scottish Ministers.
We are the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment
in England and Wales. It's our job to make sure that air, land and
water are looked after by everyone in today's society, so that tomorrow's
generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world."
North Atlantic Fisheries College
The NAFC Marine Centre carries out a wide range of activities related
to the fisheries and maritime industries, including training and education,
research and development, environmental and quality monitoring, and
advice and management.
and Oceans Canada (FOC)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the lead federal government department
responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs
in support of Canada's economic, ecological and scientific interests
in oceans and inland waters. This mandate includes responsibility
for the conservation and sustainable use of Canada's fisheries resources
while continuing to provide safe, effective and environmentally sound
marine services that are responsive to the needs of Canadians in a
and Labrador)Fisheries and Aquaculture (FA)
Here you will find online answers to all sorts of questions regarding
the fishery and aquaculture in Newfoundland & Labrador. The fishery
remains a dynamic industry in our province and has seen annual production
values in recent years of over $1 billion. We are also home to a growing
aquaculture industry filled with exciting economic opportunities.
Fisheries) Water Stewardship Fisheries Branch
Manitoba Fisheries mandate is to ensure sustainable use of the fisheries
resource. Management programs are developed to provide the greatest
benefits to Manitobans, by maintaining or enhancing fish populations
and habitat, monitoring harvest and habitat alterations, and allocating
resources for the best return.
Columbia) Fisheries and Aquaculture
http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/fisheries/index.htm (British Columbia) Fisheries
and Aquaculture: Commercial harvesting activities in British Columbia,
whether they be the commercial harvest of wild species, or the raising
of aquatic species on farms, are a vital element of the economy of
the province. Aquaculture is a significant contributor to the provincial
economy, and most aquaculture jobs are located in coastal communities.
With its climate, good water quality and sheltered bays, British Columbia's
coastline is well suited for both finfish and shellfish aquaculture.
In 2004, the farmgate value of the salmon, shellfish and trout sectors
combined was $228.1 million. Farmed salmon is B.C.'s largest agricultural
Scotia) Fisheries and Aquaculture
To foster prosperous and sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and food
industries through the delivery of quality public services for the
betterment of coastal communities and of all Nova Scotians.
Territories Wildlife (NWTW) Environment and Natural Resources
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information, biodiversity, wildlife, publications, legislation, and
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