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  • August 22, 2012

    Chinese Fisherman Sells Highly Endangered Species for $473K

    By Chad Love

    In the struggle between being critically endangered and hugely profitable, guess which one wins? Uh, I'll take hugely profitable for a thousand, Trebek...

    From this story on
    A Chinese fisherman has netted a fortune after catching a critically endangered, but hugely prized, fish worth £300,000 (That's about $473,000 to us Yanks...). The fisherman, whose identity has not been revealed, caught a Chinese Bahaba, or Giant Yellow Croaker, off the coast of Fujian province last week. After a bidding war, a local fishmonger paid him three million yuan (£300,000) for the 176lb fish, or £1,700 a pound, according to the Strait News, a local newspaper in Fujian.

    The fisherman told the newspaper he had found the fish floating on the surface of the sea and had "picked it up." The size of the fish caught the attention of his fellow villagers, and the specimen was quickly identified. After the auction, the fisherman said he would use the windfall to buy a bigger boat.

  • August 10, 2012

    Researchers Find No Asian Carp in Lake Erie

    By Chad Love

    A team of fisheries experts looking for evidence of Asian carp in Lake Erie has come up...empty.

    From this story on
    Using electrofishing and nets to probe Sandusky Bay, Maumee Bay and Western Lake Erie, fisheries experts this week from Ohio, Michigan and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could not find an Asian carp. The team of researchers, responding to four positive DNA samples collected in August 2011, took more than 500 water samples last week. Those samples will be analyzed for Asian carp DNA, with the results expected in a month.

  • July 27, 2012

    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Seeks Corporate Sponsors

    --Chad Love

    Would you be comfortable with a corporate sponsor for your state wildlife agency? That's what the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking into...
    From this story in the Houston Chronicle:
    In a first for the state, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking corporate partners to use the agency's well-known logo and brand in exchange for hard currency, the agency announced this week. The move provides a much-needed revenue stream as the department grapples with major budget cuts coupled with devastating droughts and wildfires. While other state park agencies have dabbled with similar ideas or struck corporate sponsorships deals for specific projects, industry officials believe this would be the first time a department that oversees a state's natural resources actively seeks contract-based partnerships.

  • July 26, 2012

    Catchbook Contest: Weekly Winners

    The winner of last week's Catchbook Photo Contest for the month of July is Ryan Brownlee, who submitted this photo of a king salmon.

  • June 28, 2012

    Catchbook Contest: Weekly Winners

    The winner of last week's Catchbook Photo Contest for the month of June is Michael Jager, who submitted this photo of a yelloweye rockfish.

    And this week's winner is Cody Mcintyre, who took the prize with this big steelhead. Michael and Cody will each each get a PFG Blood and Guts™ Ball Cap from Columbia. Click here to learn how you can enter this contest. Click here for the official rules.

  • June 28, 2012

    Record Numbers of Wild Sockeye Salmon Return to the Pacific Northwest

    By Chad Love

    2012 is shaping up to be a record year for sockeye salmon in the Pacific northwest as hundreds of thousands of fish are being counted. In fact, some daily salmon counts are higher than counts in past years for the entire season.

    From this story on
    Record numbers of a once-waning population of sockeye salmon have been returning to the Northwest's Columbia Basin this summer, with thousands more crossing the river's dams in a single day than the total numbers seen in some previous years.

  • June 28, 2012

    OK Angler Wins 'Okie Noodling' Tournament With 70lb Flathead

    By Chad Love

    A Claremore, Oklahoma noodler took top honors at this year's famous "Okie Noodling" tournament in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma with the largest flathead ever caught during the tournament's 13-year run.

    From this story in the Tulsa World:
    Kaleb Summers of Claremore became reigning champion and record holder with the biggest fish ever checked in at the 2012 Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley last weekend. He and his team wrangled a biggest-ever flathead female that weighed 70.46 pounds.

  • June 26, 2012

    1st African American to Serve on Oregon Wildlife Board Highlights Lack Of Minorities in Outdoor Sports

    By Chad Love

    Much has been written the past few years on the increased number of women taking up hook-and-bullet pursuits, but relatively little attention has been paid to trying to recruit minorities into the fold. But perhaps Oregon's newest member of the state wildlife commission, the first African-American to ever serve on that board, can change that.

    From this story on
    When it comes to the outdoors, Greg Wolley has been everywhere you can imagine, defying many stereotypes about African-Americans and wildlife. “They say Black people don’t bike, hike, etc.,” he says. “Students of color are not seeing images of people in natural resources that look like them -- they don’t have role models.” On May 21, Wolley became the first African American to serve on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission (ODFW).

  • June 19, 2012

    Angler Breaks NY State Record With Football-Sized Brook Trout

    By Chad Love

    The state of New York has a new brook trout record after a Warren County, NY angler boated a "football-sized" brookie.

    From this story in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:
    William Altman of Athol caught a 5 pound, 14 ounce brook trout while fishing in a backcountry lake in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness in Hamilton County on May 5. The fish was 21 inches long. The record-breaking fish was announced by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which needed to verify that the fish was not a splake or a large stocked fish. This was the seventh time in eight years the record was broken.

  • June 12, 2012

    Exclusive Full-Length Video: Blue Sharks Feeding On a Giant Squid

    By Steve Hill

    The Giant Squid (Architeuthis dux) is so elusive that the first photograph of a live specimen in its natural habitat wasn’t captured until 2004. Much of what scientists have been able to learn about them comes from specimens they’ve gathered from the undigested beaks found in the stomachs of their only known predator, the Sperm Whale. So when high-profile Australian angler and outdoor journalist Al McGlashan found a nearly whole specimen 30 miles off Jervis Bay earlier this month, the news was bound to create a stir.