Anti-Fishing Groups Bypass Ongoing Lawsuit in Attempt to Ban Lead Fishing Tackle

Sportfishing community calls for the dismissal of unwarranted petition for a national ban on lead fishing tackle

Alexandria, VA – December 6, 2011 – On November 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was yet again petitioned by the Center for Biological Diversity and two other anti-fishing groups, requesting that the agency regulate the manufacture and sale of lead fishing tackle of certain sizes and uses under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). If approved, such regulation could result in a de facto ban of lead sinkers, jigs and other popular types of fishing equipment.

This comes on the heels of a similar petition that the EPA dismissed in November 2010. The original petition also sought to ban lead hunting and shooting ammunition, which is exempted from regulation under TSCA. In dismissing the original petition, the EPA indicated that the “petitioners have not demonstrated that the requested rule is necessary to protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, as required by the TSCA.” Continue reading

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Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources Propose Asian Carp Netting Trial

Ponca City, Okla.,-Nov. 17, 2011 – In a proactive attempt to stave off the onslaught of Asian Carp the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be conducting a trial netting program in Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.

Ron Brooks from the KDFWR addressed a crowd of 40 interested participants who attended the Kentucky Dam and Village Convention Center. He explained to the group Asian Carp are now in every tributary of the Mississippi River ranging as far north as North Dakota. The waters of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes are infested and the numbers are growing in record proportions.    Continue reading

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Marshall County (KY) High School Club Holds SUCCESSFUL First Ever Fall Open Tournament!

October 22, 2011; Gilbertsville, KY – Marshall County Kentucky High School Fishing Club held it’s first ever Fall Open tournament for all active SAF clubs who wanted to participate. It was a great tournament with 36 total boats and schools in Kentucky and Illinois from Calloway County, Murray High School, Trigg County High school, Obion County, Mulenburg County, Anna/Johnsboros High School and Marshall County!! Great turnout from the community support at the weigh-in.

The results of the Marshall County High School Fall open are as follow:

1st place went to Calloway County : Jessie Vaught & Tyler Schanbacher with 11 lbs 2 oz

2nd place went to Marshall County : Evan Owen & Cameron Lynn with 9 lbs 10 oz

3rd place went to Marshall County : Aidan Cox and James Gibbs with 9 lbs and 1 oz Continue reading

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Top 7 Finalists Advance – Rest to Fish in Unique Consolation Round

July 22, 2011 – The heat wave continued today here at Lake Dardanelle. The pool levels fluctuated a little here on the Arkansas River system and it seemed to help a lot of our high school teams today.

Yesterday’s second place team Cody and Trevor Jeffers of BCCC (Barnwell County Career Center) Youth Bass Team in Barnwell, SC, our only team from South Carolina, jumped into first today with just a few ounce lead. They caught another 5 bass limit that weighed 10 lbs 1 oz, making their two-day cumulative weight 24 lbs 3 oz. “If we won this tournament, this might be our only chance to go to college by getting this 4 year scholarship with Bethel University. It would mean a lot to us.” Continue reading

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