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ICAST 2019 - Some 'Wow' New Gear Offerings and a Look at the Novel and Niche

Note: A portion of this blog appeared in my newspaper column in the July 26, 2019 edition of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. Click here to access the paper. View from atop the lure demonstration tank Kayaks and boats galore at ICAST "On-the-Water" Event From the enthusiastic exhibitors at the "hands-on" ICAST On-the-Water event through the three days of touring exhibit booths, looking at new products and talking with friends in the fishing industry, the American Sportfishing Association's annual tradeshow lived up to its billing as the greatest retail show in the industry. ICAST stands for International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades. This year's event was held in Orlando from

Virginia's wild turkey biologist seeks reports from 'Citizen-Scientists,' especially poult sightings

If you're a Virginia turkey hunter, wildlife watcher, or someone who just happens to like getting out and riding around, Gary Norman wants to hear about any wild turkeys you see before the end of August 2019. Norman is the wild turkey project leader for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and he wants reports from Virginia’s “citizen-scientists,” as he calls people who share information with the agency. them. He is especially interested in getting reports about sightings of hen turkeys with their babies (we citizen-scientists call them '"poults"). This is a new program that Norman hopes will help DGIF gauge wild turkey reproductive success, especially at a regional level. Pa

Southwest Florida Rebounding from Red Tide; Charter Captains Cautiously Optimistic

A portion of this blog also appeared in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star on July 18, 2019 Jennifer Huber of the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau provided some images for this page Scroll down for blog, interviews with our charter captains, an exclusive interview with Daniel Andrews, founder of Captains for Clean Water, and links to other information resources about the pressing water quality issues facing Florida The annual trip to the ICAST sportfishing trade show in Orlando (sponsored by the American Sportfishing Association) usually offers a bonus opportunity to visit some great coastal Florida fishing destinations. My planned destination after this year's show wa

Virginia Youngsters Dialed In at 4-H Tourney; Shooters Claim National Championship

The Virginia 4-H shotgun development team brought the fireworks to the organization’s national championships in Grand Isle, Nebraska, winning both the Skeet and Trap rounds and finishing in first place overall to earn the title "National Champions." Texas took second overall followed by Louisiana in the 30-team field featuring 117 shooters. Mattison Russell, age 16, of Mecklenburg County placed third overall in individual honors with a score of 2.9045. A “modified percentage point” scoring system that helps equalize point differences between events is used at the nationals for both high team and overall individual honors. Grayson Melton, 18, of Powhatan County placed fifth overall, while Not