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Emerald Coast Boat Show 2018

 

Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show

 

March 2nd-4th 2018 at Aaron Bessant Park

 

 

The Emerald Coast Boat Show is SO much more than boats!

Learn about fishing tips and tricks with our seminars.

Look, learn and ask questions about some incredible products with representatives from Costa, Shimano, and Diawa!

 

You can also check out some #RealFunBoats from MarineMax and Legendary Marine. MarineMax also has a form you can fill out on their website guaranteeing you a tour around the boat of your choice!

 

 

Fishing Seminars

 

  

Friday: Learn about SURF FISHING with Tim Broom from Half Hitch, and Cobia fishing with Chad Linkous from Shimano. Learn how to catch some Blackfin tuna at the rigs and basics from Bluewater Fishing Capt Jim Little, a Daiwa Pro Staffer! Lastly, learn to inshore fish with Ron Barwick from Half Hitch! 

 

Saturday: Learn how to catch King Mackerel with Capt Judah Barbee, a Daiwa Pro Staffer. Learn Rigging Ballyhoo with Capt Kevin Kaple and how to catch daytime swordfish, Adam Peeples.

 

Also, learn about bottom Fishing with Capt Justin Destin Daiwa Pro Staffer.

 

Sunday is a whole Half Hitch line up! Learn to inshore fish with Ron Barwick, Tarpon fish with Tim Broom and kayak fishing with David Posey.

 

Rob Cochran from Half Hitch will be doing Cobia Jig tying, cast netting, and braid splicing during non-seminar times all three days, he will be available to anyone with questions!

 

 

 

Fishing Seminar Schedule

Friday 

11 am ----Surf Fishing

 

1 pm ---Cobia Fishing

 

2:30-----Blackfin Tuna Fishing at the rigs and basics

4:00----Inshore fishing

 

Saturday

 

11 am -----King Mackerel Fishing

 

1 pm ----Rigging Ballyhoo

 

2:30 pm ---- Daytime Swordfish

 

4:00 ---Bottom Fishing 

Sunday

11 am ------Inshore Fishing

1 pm ---Tarpon Fishing

 

3 pm -----Kayak Fishing

 

This boat show encompasses what the beach lifestyle means: fishing, fitness, boating, cycling, kayaking, outdoors, paddle boards, personal watercraft and tips from the pros! Come Check it out and make sure to stop by our tent to learn from the pros! 

Schedule:

Fri. March 2nd,10am-5pm   "LOCALS DAY"

Sat. March 3rd, 10am-5pm  "LADIES DAY" 

Sun. March 4th, 10am-5pm "MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY"

Ticket Prices:

Adults - $10

2 Day Pass - $15

Kids (12 and under) - Free 

Locals Day (Friday) - $5 entry with local ID

Military (active and retired) - $5 entry each day with ID

 

 

 

Half Hitch Photo Contest

 

   

Want a chance to win $50 AND show off your catch?

 

Join us for our Half Hitch Photo Contest happening in all 4 locations!

(Panama City Beach, Navarre, Port St. Joe and Destin!)

 

Think you’ve got what it takes to be our big WINNER?

 

Be the first (per location) to:

*Bring in the limit of 15 Spanish Mackerel

*Bring in a Cobia

 

**WIN a 50 dollar gift card!**

 

Here are some rules:

*You and your Catch can only win at one location.

*All fish must be legal size.

*One winner per location.

*Lastly, you must allow us to take a photo!

 

*The contest starts February 20th so, GET OUT THERE!

 

 

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Triggerfish Opens 3/1/2018

The following article was copied from NOAA Fisheries Bulletin and can be found at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2017/fb17-076_gom_a46_gray_triggerfish_final_rule.pdf

 

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FB17-076

FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE:December 15, 2017

CONTACT:  Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov

 

 

 

NOAA Fisheries Announces New Management Measures for Gulf of Mexico Gray Triggerfish

 

 

KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries announces new management measures to rebuild the gray triggerfish stock in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), which is currently overfished (stock abundance is too low). The actions will modify the recreational fixed closed season, reduce the recreational bag limit, increase the recreational minimum size limit, and increase the commercial trip limit.

 

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED CHANGES:

  • The current established recreational annual catch limit of 241,200 pounds (1b) whole weight (ww) and annual catch target (quota) of 217,100 lb ww and the commercial annual catch limit of 64,100 lb ww and annual catch target (quota) of 60,900 lb ww will not change. 
     

 

  • For recreational fishermen:
     
    • In addition to the current recreational fixed closed season of June 1 through July 31, an additional recreational fixed closed season of January 1 through the end of February will be in place.
    • The recreational bag limit will be 1 gray triggerfish per angler per day within the 20-reef fish aggregate bag limit.
    • The recreational minimum size limit will be 16 inches fork length.
  • For commercial fishermen:
    • The commercial trip limit will be 16 gray triggerfish per trip.
  • These measures are expected to rebuild the gray triggerfish population in 9 years, or by the end of 2025.

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: NOAA-NMFS-2017-0080, published December 15, 2017.

 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

 

Why are the new rules necessary?

 

  • A population assessment for Gulf gray triggerfish indicated that the gray triggerfish stock is no longer undergoing overfishing (rate of removal is not too high), but the stock remains overfished (stock abundance is too low).
  • NOAA Fisheries notified the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) that the gray triggerfish stock was not making adequate progress toward rebuilding as required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
  • Within 2 years of the notice, the Council must prepare and implement a plan to rebuild the stock as quickly as possible, but not to exceed 10 years.

Why are changes being made to decrease harvest for the recreational sector, but the commercial trip limit is increasing?

 

  • The recreational sector has exceeded its annual catch limit in recent years, whereas commercial landings of gray triggerfish have been below the commercial quota for the past 3 years.
  • The recreational management changes will help prevent the recreational sector from exceeding their annual catch limit, and should allow for harvest later in the year.
  • Gray triggerfish are primarily landed by recreational anglers, and the current allocation is 79% recreational and 21% commercial. Therefore, modifications to the recreational sector will have a greater overall impact on rebuilding the population.
  • A commercial trip limit increase will allow the commercial sector to achieve optimum harvest while still making progress to rebuild the population.

Where can I find more information?

By Mail: Lauren Waters

NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

By FAX: (727) 824-5308

By Phone: (727) 824-5305



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St. Joe Bay and St. Andrew Bay Scallop Restoration

The Molluscan Fisheries as part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, FL are working in near by St. Joe Bay and St. Andrew Bay to monitor and restore the population of Bay Scallops. The FWC is asking for help from the local community for a scallop restoration project.  The plan is to provide scallops and predator exclusion cages to community members prior to the 2018 scalloping season. Community members would be asked to hang their cages with scallops from privately owned docks or, if they have a boat or kayak, they can place these cages in the bay. Volunteers would be asked to clean the cages at least once each month as well as monitor the health of the scallops. Volunteers will be responsible for their scallops for a 7-8 month period from April 2018- January 2019, until they are ready to be released. The goal of this project is to increase the spawning adult population in St. Joe Bay and St. Andrew Bay.

2016 began a 10-year project to restore bay scallops to self-sustaining levels in Florida’s Panhandle.  The objective of the scallop restoration project is to enhance the public’s use and enjoyment of Florida’s natural resources by enhancing depleted scallop populations and reintroduction to suitable areas from which scallops have disappeared. The restoration work includes enhancing local scallop populations in targeted areas through a combination of the harvest and redistribution of naturally-occurring juvenile and adult scallops supplemented with stocking from a commercial scallop hatchery. In addition to traditional approaches to restoration, the vision for restoring scallops also includes educating the public on ongoing restoration projects and asking them to be contributing partners in these efforts. 

Since the project began in 2016, The FWC has worked with community members in St. Joseph Bay to collect scallops prior to the opening of the scallop season and place them in cages in an exclusion zone protected from harvest.  They are currently working on developing partnerships with interested NGOs, county officials, schools, and the private sector to help restore scallops in St. Joseph Bay and St. Andrew Bay.  The willmprovide scallops and predator exclusion cages to community members in these areas prior to the 2018 scalloping season.  Community members will hang their cages with scallops from privately owned docks or, if they have a boat, they can place these cages in the bay. Volunteers must be willing to clean the cages at least once each month as well as monitor the scallops.  By partnering with the community next year we can increase our chances of successful restoring scallops to St. Joseph Bay and St. Andrew Bay.

To help volunteer with the FWC on this scallop restoration effort, please email bayscallops@myfwc.com.

 

For more information visit these links to learn more.

About the restoration project. http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/mollusc/bay-scallops/research/

About Molluscs and Bay Scallops. http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/mollusc/

Panama City News Herald reported on 10/20/2017. http://www.newsherald.com/news/20171020/scallops-show-signs-of-recovery-restoration-effort-to-begin

 

 St. Joe Bay Scallops

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