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Public Boat Auction Planned During 3rd Annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market …

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
The February 12 auction of boats, vehicles and watercraft is one of the top highlights scheduled for the 3rd Annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival taking place in West Palm Beach Florida at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Internet and live bidding during the boat auction will be provided. Over 100 boat repossessions, short sales, dealer trades, and private liquidations will be up for sale. The auction boat preview is all day Friday and Saturday February 10-11 and the sale starts at 11:00 am Sunday February 12, 2012. As many as 10,000 boat enthusiasts have attended past editions of the three-day event. To pre register to sell or buy a boat go to
http://www.FieldsAuction.net or call (561) 844-0440.

The best place to find bargains, quality and a wide variety of fishing equipment and supplies, restock up here. No other event can match the depth of this fishing and boating trade event. People come to flea markets ready to buy or sell so this is the perfect opportunity to get fishing and boating bargains. The 3rd Annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival is open from 9 am to 6 pm February 10-12, 2012

The theme of this year’s festival will be “Trolling for Bargains.” Bargain hunters looking for deals can visit over three hundred booths as vendors exhibit and sell their nautical and marine related merchandise and services during the three day festival. A wide selection of new and used boats will also be displayed by marinas and private individuals. Along with the public boat auction the nautical flea market will have antique collectibles and maps, marine artifacts, rods, reels, lures and lines, boating apparel, taxidermy, diving equipment, and much more. Come by for some super discounts on liquidation, closeouts, new, and used boating and fishing supplies.

Reggae and island music, provided by local entertainers, will fill the air throughout the day. Seafood vendors will once again be ready to satisfy hungry customers, offering delicious seafood including lobster, conch, shrimp, crab and fish served up many different ways.

The South Florida Fairgrounds is located at 9067 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, Florida with easy access from I-95 and the Florida Turnpike. There is plenty of free parking. Admission is $7 for adults, children fewer than 12 will be admitted free. Visit the Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Seafood Fest website for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions:
http://www.flnauticalfleamarket.com or contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389 or e-mail: info@flnauticalfleamarket.com.

Contact: Larry Burdgick, +1-954-205-7813

SOURCE Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival

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Latest reports still show anglers are catching fish despite lousy weather

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In their own words here are what some of the fishing folks had to say about wetting a fishing line this week:

Peter Sergeef, who fished aboard the state Fish and Wildlife test boat last Thursday managed to catch a chinook off Possession Bar and two others at Double Bluff on the southwest side of Whidbey Island. Since then just about nobody else has been able to hit the marine waters due to windy seas and bad weather in general.

Sergeef and a few hundred other anglers will be heading up to Roche Harbor to try their luck at catching a winning derby hatchery chinook the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational this Thursday through Saturday on San Juan Island.

Sergeef also said that the fish sampler up at Roche last year verified the origin of some of the hatchery chinook heads he collected including one from the Skagit, two from the Samish and two more that originated from Canada.

Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett has been busy hosting seminars at the Seattle Boat Show this week, but did sneak out once last Friday:

“That was the only day I got to fish and it was only in the morning for about three hours,” said Krein who had fished only twice last month. “January was not a productive fishing month, and obviously the weather was a factor.”

“We did get some action at Possession Bar that day, we got two keeper size hatchery chinook and four shakers (chinook under the 22-inch minimum size limit). I also saw a couple of other fish netted and others released. I know some people who got out there as we left at noon who didn’t catch anything that afternoon.”

“It certainly doesn’t appear to be on fire, and I had higher expectation coming out of a good November. But, once the weather settles down we’ll see what happens out there.”

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Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs and derby coordinator for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle is bringing up the grand prize derby boat to the Roche Classic and here is what he heard about fishing in the San Juan Islands:

“I heard about some decent fish caught on north end of Spring Pass right on the corner where I caught a big one last March, and Big Rock (on northwest corner of Lopez) is kicking out fish although they’re small fish.”

Here is the lowdown from Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood:

“It has been really spotty the last few days for steelhead, and all the local rivers are blown out and many others are now closed,” Chamberlain said. “The rain has all the mainstems out of shape, but they should be going down pretty quick.”

“The terminal hatchery fishery at Reiter (on the Skykomish) is turning out a few fish, and not great. One guy I know who came in from island (Whidbey Island) caught two fish, a small native and one hatchery about 5 pounds, but he was the only person at Bush Point. There are still some fish around.”

“Quite a few guys will be going to the (Olympic) Peninsula rivers, which will probably drop into shape by today,” he said. “By the weekend it will quite good (in Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah and Hoh). The Wynoochee and Cowlitz are high and have given up a few fish, but not gangbuster by any means.”

“I know Fish Lake ice fishing has been good for perch, an odd bass and a few trout. Roses Lake is also turning out some nice perch, and a few bass and trout. Lake trout fishing is spectacular at Lake Chelan, and Rufus Woods is not bad either for triploid trout.”

Bob Gooding, owner of Olympic Sporting Goods in Forks says the rain the Seattle got last night is a forgone thought in his neck of the woods and fishing conditions in Olympic Peninsula rivers “looks pretty decent.”

“Steelhead fishing has been good and rivers have been up and down,” he said. “The hatchery fish are pretty much gone with more bigger natives showing up. We actually get our rain a day or two before you and we got some rain, but now the rivers are dropping back down. Steelhead fishing over the next several days looks like it will straighten out, and we got some sunshine and a little clouds. Should be some pretty decent fishing around.”

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones with Darrell Dad’s Guide Service in Manson, and Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle)


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An AbuDhabi highway shot by Liam Goslett, a 19-year-old photographer from Toronto whose Tumblr blog is called Liam Saw This.


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From James Nord, whose Tumblr blog is jamesnord.com.


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From the yimmyayo.com Tumblr blog, which is billed as “visual crack for the ocular fiend.”


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Another from Tumblr’s James Nord.


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Another from Liam Saw This.


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A sailing yacht leans starboard on the Tumblr blog From Me To You.


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Sailing yachts shot for the Tumblr blog Fuck Yeah Rhode Island.


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Instagram photographer @takinyerphoto got this great shot from a sailboat’s wake with the Abu Dhabi skyline in the background.


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An AbuDhabi highway shot by Liam Goslett, a 19-year-old photographer from Toronto whose Tumblr blog is called Liam Saw This.


From James Nord, whose Tumblr blog is jamesnord.com.


From the yimmyayo.com Tumblr blog, which is billed as “visual crack for the ocular fiend.”


From the Instagram photographer @bridif.


Another from Tumblr’s James Nord.


Another from Liam Saw This.


A sailing yacht leans starboard on the Tumblr blog From Me To You.


Sailing yachts shot for the Tumblr blog Fuck Yeah Rhode Island.


Via the @_frommetoyou Instagram account.


Another from Instagram’s @bridif.


Instagram photographer @takinyerphoto got this great shot from a sailboat’s wake with the Abu Dhabi skyline in the background.


Another from @takinyerphoto.


Instagram and Tumblr photographers frequently turn everyday occurrences into beautiful digital images. So what would happen if you unleashed them upon one of the world’s most epic events — for example, the so-called “Everest of Sailing?”

That’s exactly what the sportswear company Puma did last month when it transported 10 bloggers to Abu Dhabi to cover the Volvo Ocean Race for a week. The handpicked Tumblr and Instagram users took photos for their blogs of the local landscape, culture, race boats, sailors and events as they saw fit. And, not surprisingly, they got some pretty great shots (see slideshow above for examples).

The 39,000-nautical-mile contest, formerly known as the Whitebread Round the World Race, is held once every three years and recognized as one of sailing’s most grueling events. Un-motored yachts circle the globe over a span of nine months. The boats left Alicante, Spain, in November and will reach Galway, Ireland, in July after stopovers on six continents along the way.

Puma executives told Mashable that, rather than seek any specific coverage for their brand, the company was simply looking for credit as having recognized skilled photo-bloggers and brought them to the race. Puma sponsors one of the race’s six entrants and is listed as its official apparel supplier.

Some saw the move as a reflection of the increasing recognition of bloggers as credible and influential public tastemakers.

“Puma is kind of going out on a limb spending a nice amount of money and hoping to get something out of this, but the blogs aren’t going anywhere,” Sean Sullivan of Tumblr’s The Impossible Cool told Mashable before the trip. “They’re only getting bigger and better, so the companies that recognize that are going to be the cool companies in the coming years.”

According to Remi Carlioz, Puma‘s head of digital marketing, the company did get a return on its investment.

“We think it was a terrific success and a fantastic experience for us,” he said in an interview.

“In all honesty, it makes us question some of the things we’ve been doing — for example, if you have one post that gets 40,000 reblogs, it makes us look at social media in a different way,” Carlioz said. “We don’t plan to replicate it exactly, but we will definitely do more like this in the future.”

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of what the selected bloggers produced, and click here, here and here for some examples of cool cinemagraphs from the trip.

Do you think Puma is cutting-edge or wasting marketing money with these types of campaigns? Let us know in the comments.

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Atlantic City Boat Show bigger and better for experienced and new boaters

The winter of 2012 in South Jersey has been a particularly mild
one, and organizers behind the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City
Boat Show are hoping thoughts of spring can equal more traffic –
and more boat sales. The boat show, which kicked off Wednesday at
the Atlantic City Convention Center, will run through Sunday, Feb.
5, and features a full schedule of family-friendly activities.

“It’s fun for everybody in the family,” says Jon Pritko, who
manages the show for the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
“There is something for everybody to do. It gets people thinking of
boating season a little early.”

The boat show, which is estimated to be about 25 percent larger
this year than past shows, will feature hundreds of boats and
thousands of boating accessories, as well as games, seminars,
children’s events and more than $30,000 in available prizes.

Available boats range from $300 kayaks to yachts that retail for
more than $1 million. But Pritko hopes new boaters will be drawn to
boats in the $30,000 to $40,000 range, which can be financed for
about $250 to $300 a month.

“We want people to go, ‘Hey, you know, boating is affordable,'”
Pritko said. “And it’s nice because you don’t have a sales person
pressuring you. People sometimes get intimidated by that.”

Beginner and intermediate education sessions are also on the
schedule, Pritko says, ranging on topics from basic boating safety,
how to tie knots, engine repair and how to maintain the shine on
the hull of the boat. The popular Fishing University, produced by
the Recreational Fishing Alliance, also returns this year, along
with lots of fishing-related giveaways.

“We also have some sport fishing boats that haven’t been seen in
a while,” Pritko said. “So, we’re taking baby steps and we’re going
to grow the field back to what it once was.”

Green boating options will also be on display, including a new
addition to the show – a hydrogen-powered boat that travels up to
70 knots with no emissions, Pritko says.

Visitors can also try the new Boating Simulator, beat the clock
in the Power Boat Docking Challenge, scuba dive in a heated pool,
and hear from world-famous teenage sailing adventurer, Abby
Sunderland, who will be promoting her new book, “Unsinkable.”

Children can also join in the fun and paddle boats in a mini
“lake,” build their own boat, learn important safety tips and pose
for photos with SpongeBob Squarepants.

“The build-a-boat display is really cool, because the kids can
actually make something and get their hands dirty,” Pritko
said.

MarineMax in Somers Point, the top boat retailer in the country,
has been an exhibitor at the annual show for more than 12 years,
showcasing brands like Bayliner, Harris and Cabo yachts. MarineMax
business manager Greg Keil says the show gives them the chance to
interact with a new potential base of customers.

“South Jersey is really an enormous boating community, not only
for pleasure, but for fishing boats,” Keil said. “We have all types
of customers … and we provide everything you need to go
boating.”

MarineMax just came off of a successful boat show in New York
this month, Keil says. He hopes to see the trend continue in
Atlantic City.

“It’s a great place where customers can come and compare models
side by side,” Keil said. “Sometimes you don’t get to see two or
three different boats like that … so it’s really special. We try
to provide the best boating experience. We’re expecting to have an
early spring. It’s been a really mild winter, and we’re hoping that
translates into more boat sales.”


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Fishing crew rescued after hitting another boat

Rosemount [Pic: Davie Tait]The Rosemount was escorted to safety by Lerwick lifeboat

The crew of a Peterhead fishing boat has been safely escorted to Lerwick harbour after hitting another vessel.

The alarm was raised at about 20:05 on Wednesday after the Rosemount, with five people on board, collided with another boat then began to take on water.

Goods were being transferred between the two boats at the time.

A Shetland Coastguard helicopter delivered a pump to the stricken vessel, which then returned to harbour.

The Rosemount was escorted back by Lerwick lifeboat.

The incident happened about 50 miles east of Lerwick.


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Retracing Roots

The first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 in its ancient birthplace, Athens, Greece. Sailing was planned for the programme but owing to bad weather the events were not staged.

Fast forward four years to 1900 and sailing’s 112 year Olympic history began on the River Seine. Meulan, 20km away from Paris, and Le Havre, located at the mouth of the Seine welcomed the sailors to the Games of the II Olympiad.

The regatta was split in two, the smaller boats sailied from 20 – 27 May whilst the 10-20 Ton boats sailed from 1-5 August.

All competitors were required to participate in a Concourse d’Honneur on 20 May at Meuan but only seven finished inside the time limit. Two, Mamie and Carabinier were disqualified for “using other means of propulsion than sail.”

The image below (taken from the 1900 Olympic Report) shows the boats that finished the Concourse d’Honneur.

The classes were determined under the Thames Tonnage Rules with the 10-20 and Over 20 Ton classes competing on the coast. In fact the big boats just had one race to determine their medal while the smaller classes on the Seine at Meulan had two separate races with medal winners in each.

This is one reason for the inconsistent results because some sources have aggregated the two races in the modern style as an overall series score.

Keeping It In The Family

Count Hermann de Pourtales of Switzerland, winner in the 1-2 Ton class, was the oldest sailor at 53. Sailing alongside him was his wife, Helene de Pourtales who, at 33, was the oldest woman in any of the 1900 Olympic sports. Helene became the first female Olympic medallist when Lerina (pictured right) crossed the line in a corrected time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 32 seconds in Race 1 of the 1-2 Ton Class.

The wife and husband sailing duo were also joined by their nephew Bernard and they added a silver medal to their collection in Race 2 after they finished behind the German boat Aschenbradel.

They said

“In common with other sports at the 1900 Games the yachting results are varied, incomplete and contradictory,” concluded Ian Buchanan, president of the International Association of Olympic Historians who, with Swede Tore Widlund, ploughed through contemporary accounts in French, German and British periodicals.

“The picture that was in front is really impressive, the many amateur photographers who furnish the bank hasten to take pictures and while the public is in love with this panorama that we will not see for long in Meulan,” 1900 Olympic Report.

The Medallists

The 10-20 and Over 20 Ton classes had just one race to determine their medal whilst those racing on Seine had two, with medals (pictured right) determined in each. This is one reason for the inconsistent results because some sources have aggregated the two races in the modern style as an overall series score. For the full results table check out the Paris 1900 Olympic section on the brand new ISAF London 2012 Olympic Sailing website.

The Future

St. Louis, USA was to host the 1904 Olympic Games, beating off Chicago with 14 of 21 IOC votes. But unfortunately, this was the second games where sailing was not present, but it was to be the last with sailing present in every games to date.

ISAF London 2012 Olympic Sailing Website


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Sellers at Atlantic City Boat Show navigate the mind’s ocean

ATLANTIC CITY — The visual clues all hint of the ocean.

The carpets are bright ocean blue, the boat propellers glisten
under the lights, and flat-screen televisions show boaters smiling
as wind whips though their hair.

There is one obvious hurdle to selling boats indoors — there’s no
water.

At the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show, boat and
equipment sellers use different approaches to draw buyers thinking
about a boat on the ocean.

These include risk-free sea trials in the future, discounts on
manufacturers’ rebates, or using the show as a staging ground for
future sales.

“It’s difficult because there is no water,” said Zach Crane, sales
representative for C-Jam Yacht Sales in Somers Point. “A lot of
people come in and have an idea what they’re looking for. So they
have this idea, they come here, look at all the boats.”

While some will buy a boat off the floor, many use the show to get
closer looks at ones they’re already considering, said Crane, of
Somers Point.

“I don’t see my sales particularly at the show. It’s usually two
weeks after the show,” he said. “They come back, look at the boat
again, take a ride on it,” he said. The yacht company also uses the
boat show to sell slips for its full-service marina, he said.

Lisa Chase, saleswoman for Island Marine Center in Ocean View,
Dennis Township, said she recommends potential buyers take the boat
out on the water.

“Would you buy a car without driving it?” she said. “We can take a
deposit, and take you for a ride, and if you don’t like it, we’ll
refund the deposit.”

Atlantic City’s annual boat show, which runs through Sunday at the
Atlantic City Convention Center, drew nearly 35,000 people last
year.

The show comes at an important time for the boating industry, which
saw a 5 percent increase in new boat sales last year — its first
increase after several years of declines attributed to the bad
economy, according to preliminary statistics from the National
Marine Manufacturers Association.

Inside the Atlantic City show, there is a hands-on approach. Steps
lead into most boats on display, allowing people to get a close
look inside. Fishing rods hang on vendor displays as if they’re
fastened to a boat.

The electronic boat gadgets — such as fish finders, radar units and
GPS systems — are typically powered up and mounted on walls
awaiting closer inspection.

“People want to play with the stuff in person to get a feel for
it,” said Bob “Smitty” Smith, of Sea Isle City, sales manager for
Electronic Marine Concepts in Rio Grande, Middle Township. “They
might have been reading about it in boating magazines.”

Some of the biggest boat shows in the country take place in the
winter, which allows time for orders placed at the shows to be
turned into boats ready for the season.

But not all exhibitors have given up on using actual water in their
displays.

There is a 15,000-gallon pool kept at 88 degrees and operated by
the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association, a trade association
that promotes diving and snorkeling.

The exhibit keeps wetsuits, towels and hairdryers for people
wanting a firsthand introduction to the hobby.

Dave Reidenbach, retail marketing manager for the association,
travels with the pool, taking it to shows in Los Angeles, Kansas
City and Chicago so far this year.

“We show people how easy it is to dive. And at the boat show, it
gives you another reason to use your boat,” said Reidenbach, who
lives in Wisconsin. “People will drive by a dive store every day of
their life, but until they’re ready to take a class, they won’t
take a chance of walking through it. We’re trying to show them how
easy it is.”

If you go

The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show continues today
through Sunday at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Hours: 11
a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14; children younger than 16
free. For more information, visit:                        www.acboatshow.com.

Contact Brian Ianieri:

609-272-7253

BIanieri@pressofac.com


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Columbia River region fishing reports show excellent boat fishing action in The Dalles Pool

COLUMBIA FISHING

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

Sturgeon angling is good for boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool. Water flows have been high and boaters should be mindful of large debris floating down the river.

Winter steelhead fishing is excellent for boat anglers in The Dalles pool.

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD

The following modifications are now in effect for the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam:

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, BUOY 10 LINE UPSTREAM TO THE I-5 BRIDGE:

This section of the Columbia River is currently open seven days per week to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and adipose fin-clipped coho during January 1 through Wednesday February 29, 2012 with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon or steelhead in combination plus five jacks.

Effective Thursday March 1 through Friday April 6, 2012 (or until the catch guideline of 12,700 upriver spring Chinook has been reached) this section of the Columbia River will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad with a daily bag limit of two adult salmonids only one of which may be a Chinook and five adipose fin-clipped jacks; however, the season will be closed on Tuesdays, March 20, 27, and April 3 to allow for possible commercial fishing days. The retention of chum and sockeye salmon is prohibited. All other permanent rules apply.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 BRIDGE UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

This section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish during January 1 – February 29, 2012. The retention of spring Chinook is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Effective Thursday March 1, the mainstem Columbia River from the I-5 Bridge upstream to Beacon Rock plus the Oregon and Washington banks from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad through Friday April 6 (or until the catch guideline of 12,700 upriver spring Chinook has been reached); however, the season will be closed on Tuesdays, March 20, 27 and April 3 to allow for possible commercial fishing days. The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult salmonids, of which only one may be a Chinook, plus five adipose fin-clipped Chinook jacks. The retention of chum and sockeye salmon is prohibited. All other permanent rules remain in effect.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

This section of the Columbia River is open January 1 – March 15, 2012 to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of spring Chinook is prohibited as per permanent regulations. Effective Friday March 16 through Wednesday May 2, 2012 (or until the catch guideline of 1,700 fish has been reached), this area will be open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a daily bag limit of two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination, plus five adipose fin-clipped Chinook jacks. Angling for salmon and steelhead from a floating device between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island Powerlines (located approximately 6 miles downstream from The Dalles Dam) is prohibited.

The salmon creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for 2011 and will resume February of 2012.

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed 13 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 23 unclipped steelhead released for six boats (13 anglers).

John Day Pool:

No report.

STURGEON

The following modifications are now in effect for the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam:

BUOY 10 UPSTREAM TO WAUNA POWERLINES:

This section of the Columbia River is currently open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week with a daily bag limit of one sturgeon between 38 and 54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

The following modification were adopted at the January 26 Compact/Joint State Hearing for the 2012 mainstem Columbia River sturgeon fishery from Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

The modifications include:

Allow the retention of white sturgeon seven days per week effective Sunday January 1 through Monday April 30, 2012 with a daily bag limit of one fish between 38 – 54 inches fork length.

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Tuesday May 1 through Friday May 11, 2012.

Allow the retention of sturgeon seven days per week effective Saturday May 12 through Sunday July 8, 2012 (or until the harvest guideline of 4,160 legal white sturgeon has been reached) with a daily bag limit of one fish between 41 – 54 inches fork length in effect.
Prohibit the retention of sturgeon Monday July 9 through Monday December 31, 2012.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during retention closures.

WAUNA POWERLINES UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM:

Effective January 1 through Tuesday July 31, 2012, this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with a daily bag limit of one fish between 38 – 54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish.

The following modifications were adopted at the January 26 Compact/Joint State Hearing for the 2012 mainstem Columbia River sturgeon fishery from the Wauna Powerlines (River Mile 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam, all adjacent Washington tributaries, excluding the lower Willamette River upstream to Willamette Falls, Multnomah Channel, and Gilbert River.

The modifications include:

Allow the retention of white sturgeon three days per week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and prohibit the retention of sturgeon four days per week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday beginning January 1 through Tuesday July 31, 2012.

Prohibit the retention of sturgeon seven days per week during Wednesday August 1 through Friday October 19, 2012.

Allow the retention of sturgeon three days per week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and prohibit the retention of sturgeon four days per week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday beginning Saturday October 20 through December 31, 2012 or until the catch guideline of 2,080 legal white sturgeon has been met.

Effective Wednesday, February 1 through Monday, April 30 angling is prohibited for all species in the area from a line between the upstream end of Sand Island and a marker on the Oregon shoreline, downstream to a line between the lower end of Sand Island and a marker on the Oregon shoreline.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited as per permanent regulations.

Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during sturgeon retention closures.

The lower Willamette remains closed for sturgeon retention except for February 17 – 18 and February 24 – 25.

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

Regulations for the 2012 sturgeon sport fishery from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border are currently as follows:

Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools can be found at the following link:

WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE DALLES DAM:

Effective January 1, 2012 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guideline is reached. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The use of more than one single point barbless hook is prohibited.

THE DALLES DAM UPSTREAM TO MCNARY DAM:

Effective January 1, 2012 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guidelines are reached. The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The use of more than one single point barbless hook is prohibited.

MCNARY DAM UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER:

Effective Wednesday February 1 through Tuesday July 31, 2012 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon seven days per week with a daily bag limit of one sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length and an annual limit of five fish. The use of more than one single point barbless hook is prohibited.

Sturgeon angler effort increased slightly this past weekend on the lower Columbia; however, catch rates remain poor overall. Sturgeon fishing is good in the Bonneville Pool when the weather cooperates. Boaters should be mindful of large debris floating down river.

Gorge Bank:

No report.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Bank:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

No report.

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for three bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 18 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (38 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

Weekly checking showed seven sublegal sturgeon released for 19 bank anglers; and 15 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 124 sublegal sturgeon released for 22 boats (52 anglers).

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one oversize and three sublegal sturgeon released for 17 bank anglers; and 15 sublegal sturgeon released for eight boats (20 anglers).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for 43 bank anglers; and two sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (41 anglers).

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The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (four anglers).


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An AbuDhabi highway shot by Liam Goslett, a 19-year-old photographer from Toronto whose Tumblr blog is called Liam Saw This.

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Instagram and Tumblr photographers frequently turn everyday occurrences into beautiful digital images. So what would happen if you unleashed them upon one of the world’s most epic events — for example, the so-called “Everest of Sailing?”

That’s exactly what the sportswear company Puma did last month when it transported 10 bloggers to Abu Dhabi to cover the Volvo Ocean Race for a week. The handpicked Tumblr and Instagram users took photos for their blogs of the local landscape, culture, race boats, sailors and events as they saw fit. And, not surprisingly, they got some pretty great shots (see slideshow above for examples).

The 39,000-nautical-mile contest, formerly known as the Whitebread Round the World Race, is held once every three years and recognized as one of sailing’s most grueling events. Un-motored yachts circle the globe over a span of nine months. The boats left Alicante, Spain, in November and will reach Galway, Ireland, in July after stopovers on six continents along the way.

Puma executives told Mashable that, rather than seek any specific coverage for their brand, the company was simply looking for credit as having recognized skilled photo-bloggers and brought them to the race. Puma sponsors one of the race’s six entrants and is listed as its official apparel supplier.

Some saw the move as a reflection of the increasing recognition of bloggers as credible and influential public tastemakers.

“Puma is kind of going out on a limb spending a nice amount of money and hoping to get something out of this, but the blogs aren’t going anywhere,” Sean Sullivan of Tumblr’s The Impossible Cool told Mashable before the trip. “They’re only getting bigger and better, so the companies that recognize that are going to be the cool companies in the coming years.”

According to Remi Carlioz, Puma‘s head of digital marketing, the company did get a return on its investment.

“We think it was a terrific success and a fantastic experience for us,” he said in an interview.

“In all honesty, it makes us question some of the things we’ve been doing — for example, if you have one post that gets 40,000 reblogs, it makes us look at social media in a different way,” Carlioz said. “We don’t plan to replicate it exactly, but we will definitely do more like this in the future.”

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of what the selected bloggers produced, and click here, here and here for some examples of cool cinemagraphs from the trip.

Do you think Puma is cutting-edge or wasting marketing money with these types of campaigns? Let us know in the comments.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.


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SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — With a careful smashing of a champagne bottle and a subsequent thrust of the throttle to 40 mph, a local yacht maker launched the first of a new series of boat that it says will provide employment to dozens of people for more than a year.

With Gov. Paul LePage in attendance, several dozen Hinckley Co. employees and others watched Wednesday afternoon as the first new Talaria 48 took a spin around the waters off Mount Desert Island. Hinckley Co. CEO Jim McManus said Wednesday that the firm, which employs 230 people in Maine, has orders to build 11 of the boats and hopes eventually to build five or six a year.

The boat is 48 feet long and is designed to comfortably accommodate a family or two couples, McManus said. The vessel has two state rooms and two heads, or bathrooms.

“There’s so many people involved in a project like this,” McManus said at the company’s facility in the local village of Manset. “Today is the culmination of all this work.”

Mike Arieta, Hinckley’s vice president of production, said the Talaria 48 retails for $2.2 million. He said that just with the orders Hinckley has for the Talaria 48, the firm will have enough work for 90 people. He said Hinckley expects there to be steady demand for the new model.

“We’re confident we’re going to have a good backlog for that boat,” Arieta said. “We expect to have work for those 90 [employees] for the next 18 months.”

LePage attended Wednesday’s launching and spoke briefly about the importance of boat building to the state’s economy.

“I thought coming up here this was going to be a gift,” LePage joked as he briefly addressed the crowd before getting a tour and a ride on the boat. “This is a great day not only for Hinckley, but also for the state of Maine. I hope you build many, many, many more.”

According to information posted on the website of boat-building trade group Maine Built Boats, the industry in Maine helps provide work for 5,000 people and has annual sales that exceed $650 million. Attempts on Wednesday to contact officials with the trade group were unsuccessful.

McManus said that like many boatbuilders, Hinckley had a tough time in late 2008 and early 2009, when the 84-year old firm laid off 90 people from its Trenton production facility.

But he said that since the fourth quarter of 2009, when the firm set a sales record and rehired 30 to 40 workers, Hinckley has been steadily increasing its workload. In the past two years it has hired more than 200 people companywide, 140 alone on the production division, and in the past year it has increased its production by 50 percent, he added.

The company was sold in January 2011 to Scout Partners LLC, a capital investment firm. McManus, who was kept on as CEO, predicted at the time that the firm would continue to rebound.

Hinckley now employs 444 people at its nine locations on the East Coast, which include production sites in Trenton and Southwest Harbor and seven service sites out of state, according to McManus. In Maine, Hinckley employs 232 people, most of whom are involved in production operations in Hancock County. He said more than half of the company’s business is in its service division, and most of its service customers are non-Hinckley owners.

McManus said in addition to the model launched Wednesday, Hinckley plans to launch its new Talaria 34 model this summer and has received an order for a Sou’wester 42 sailing yacht, which is expected to provide work for an additional 20 to 30 Hinckley employees over the next 12 months.

“It’s really been exciting,” the CEO said. “We’ve really seen an extraordinary rebound since the first quarter of 2009.”

Follow BDN reporter Bill Trotter on Twitter at @billtrotter.


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