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Fish can be caught anywhere at anytime with science supporting techniques!

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.

An example of Angling and Science Together

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.

About the Page

This resource page is for those who desire to research fields of interests associated with ecology, economy of resources, natural resources, scientific studies, habitat, geography, species physiology and distribution.
All of these sites listed here are highly respected institutions that offer the most accurate information available in their fields.
Brief excerpts, from each site, has been posted here so that visitors can have a better perspective of what they’re looking for "before committing" to visit these monitored, and secure, websites.

National 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 respective disciplines.

National 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.

Cooperative 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 consists of individual research projects funded by NOAA in response to proposals submitted by individual investigators to Announcements of Opportunity.

U.S. Fish 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.

U.S. Department 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.

North 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.

Auke 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.

United 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 of life.

(UK) Marine Environment
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.

(FRS) 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.

(EA) Environment Agency
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."

(NAFC) 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.

Fisheries 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 global economy.

(Newfoundland 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.

(Manitoba 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.

(British 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 export product.

(Nova 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.

Northwest Territories Wildlife (NWTW) Environment and Natural Resources
“Resources for investigating up-to-date fishing and hunting information, biodiversity, wildlife, publications, legislation, and protected areas of Northwest Territories”.

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