DEC stocking thousands of threatened lake sturgeon in NY waters this month.

Posted on October 24th, 2018

CONSTANTIA, N.Y. — State Department of Environmental Conservation staff this month are busy stocking lake sturgeon in a number of state waterways, in addition to tagging some for research and tracking purposes. The prehistoric-looking lake sturgeon are classified as a threatened species in New York and the stocking program, which began in 1993 is an ongoing cooperative project between the DEC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, US Geological Survey, Cornell University and other partners. The goal is to restore a healthy and sustainable population. The DEC’s Oneida fish hatchery serves as Ground Zero for the effort in New York. It’s the only hatchery in the state where sturgeon are being raised. In preparation for stocking, workers were busy there Thursday morning tagging select fish.

Tagging lake sturgeon prior to stocking in Upstate NY

The fish being stocked – all averaging about six inches long – were all raised from eggs collected last spring on the St. Lawrence River near the Moses-Saunders Dam at Massena. The eggs were split between the Oneida hatchery and the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Genoa, Wisc. The Wisconsin fish were recently returned to the Oneida hatchery to be stocked across the state. “We stocked the North Country waterways Wednesday and we’re due to stock in Cayuga Lake Friday,” said Lisa Holst, the DEC’s Rare Fish Unit leader who is coordinating the effort.

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Yamaha Claims Innovation Award for New V8 XTO Offshore®

Posted on October 18th, 2018

TORONTO, On., Oct. 3, 2018 – For the second year in a row, Yamaha has been named an IBEX Innovation Award winner in the outboard motor category by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) during the annual International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). This year, Yamaha’s innovative new V8 XTO Offshore was given the nod.   “We recognize the judges had a great deal to consider when making their selections, so this is a great honour,” said Jean-Francois Rioux, National Manager, Marine, Yamaha Motor Canada. “This new flagship outboard is a huge step forward in technology – not just for Yamaha but for the marine industry as a whole. The XTO is an exciting addition that expands Yamaha’s lineup to meet the evolving demand from both boat builders and consumers for outboard power on larger boats.”

Pushing the heaviest offshore boats and yachts requires driving extreme, large propellers, a massive, rugged gearcase and an extreme powerhead. As the first four-stroke powerhead in the outboard industry to use Direct Injection, the V8 XTO Offshore is already a legend, spraying fuel at high pressure directly into the combustion chamber, rather than the intake track, just before the intake valve. This greatly improves atomization and increases the effectiveness of the fuel burn for maximum power and efficiency.   The V8 XTO Offshore also features integrated electric steering, the first of its kind in any outboard. The integrated steering system has no hydraulic lines or linkages, and responds more quickly than conventional systems to steering inputs. In addition, integrated electric steering means reduced power consumption, clean rigging, and a very orderly bilge area.   Boats powered by the V8 XTO Offshore need go no further than the dock for a lower unit service, thanks to a unique gear case lubricant exchange system that allows fluid change in the water. In addition, the V8 XTO Offshore also has great charging capabilities, providing up to 90 amps of total (gross) power and reaches peak net output around 1500 rpm where it is needed most.   The Innovation Awards program is one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honours. It recognizes products that demonstrate innovative distinction from other products, with tangible benefits for both consumers and the marine industry. The Innovation Awards judging committee is comprised of BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine OEM products and equipment.   To see the entire lineup of Yamaha Outboards, visit

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Pure Fishing sale could be completed this October.

Posted on October 17th, 2018

A deal to buy Pure Fishing is set to be agreed by the end of October. Angling International understands that owner Newell Brands has been in conversations with several interested parties and it is now entering final negotiations and will be wrapping up a deal within weeks. Pure Fishing, which boasts some of the most iconic brands in angling, has been on the market since May this year following the decision by Newell Brands to exit non-core markets. Angling International understands that genuine interest was expressed in acquiring the whole or parts of the company by a large number of businesses, including a major player in the fishing tackle industry. There was also reported interest from a US industry giant that has been eyeing entry into the fishing tackle sector for some time.

(Posted by Anthony – Angling International)

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BC Coho and Steelhead Tributary Update.

Posted on October 11th, 2018

Featured images shows a “keep em’ wet Steelhead”.

Noel Gyger reports: Mainly with highs to +13 degrees Celsius. Skeena River in good shape and I have reports of Steelhead are being caught along with Sockeye, Coho and Pink. Tyee Test Fishery showing a record run of Steelhead this season – this is good news. Hope this trend holds! Coho run is way down this year. Kalum River is fishing slow for Coho but good numbers of Steelhead are showing up; good time to try and catch Steelhead and Coho on the same day. Both fly and spring fishing are working well. Kitimat River is in good shape. Water has been too low for too long and not many Coho coming in. Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean and I have a report of Steelhead being caught on a skating dry fly. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungeness and Alaska King Crab is fair out of the ports of Kitimat and Prince Rupert.

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2019 Yamaha 190 FSH SPORT Center Console

Posted on September 28th, 2018

Highlights • New deck and hull are 3” longer and 2” wider than previous year models. • Wider, more accessible storage areas featuring integrated Plano® storage trays at the bow. • New premium colour-matched tower and Bimini Top™  • New helm layout featuring the 4.3” Connext® control system and plenty of room for third-party electronics.  • New Articulating Keel design reduces drag while maintaining low-speed manoeuvrability benefits. • Features proprietary three-step coating process that increases corrosion resistance to the jet pump and surrounding driveline parts. • Designed for activities from fishing to touring to family recreation.

For 2019, Yamaha’s 190 FSH Sport centre console returns with an all-new deck and hull design that is three inches longer and two inches wider than previous year models.

With the added space, Yamaha engineers increased storage capacity and improved overall functionality. From bow to stern, there is not another 19-foot centre console boat as spacious or more comfortable.

Under the waterline, the longer, wider hull is designed for added comfort too, favouring characteristics that reduce bow rise when accelerating and hull packing when operating in choppy water conditions.

Another significant improvement that is included on all Yamaha boats for 2019 is a new V-shaped reverse bucket that enhances handling when in reverse, a redesigned Articulating Keel that reduces drag, and a new complement of corrosion resistance measures to protect the jet pump and surrounding driveline parts.

The new V-Bucket works by diverting water thrust laterally (not down) to take advantage of the benefits of side thrust.

The redesigned Articulating Keel is thinner and with tigher tolerances to reduce drag while maintaining all its low-speed handling benefits.

And to increase corrosion resistance to the jet pump and surrounding driveline parts, a three-step process that combines Alumite (a ceramic coating) and epoxy paint has been added.

Deck Layout & Features

Starting at the bow, the storage compartments are larger and open wider than before. To help keep tackle and other essentials organized, Plano® storage trays are integrated into the new portside minipod storage compartment. On the starboard side, the mini pod opens into a huge storage area. These padded mini pods also serve as convenient ingress and egress points.

The bow platform is wider than previous year models, as is the bow platform hatch, providing better access and more light that helps when stowing or retrieving gear.

The bench seat and front of the centre console lifts up to reveal an extra-deep, large storage area that can also serve as a changing room or a head compartment thanks to the curtain enclosure. The entryway to this compartment has been redesigned for 2019 to make ingress and egress easier.

This compartment can also store equipment and recreational items and offers convenient access to the backside of the helm for easy service and installation of aftermarket marine electronics.

There are a total of 18 rod holders across the 190 FSH Sport. On the sides of the centre console are six vertical rod holders, three on each side. Four additional rod holders are located under the gunwales on the port and starboard sides. Four flush-mount rod holders are on the deck and four rocket launchers on the T-top.

The helm is thoughtfully designed with a simple-to-remove windshield for low-profile storage, a stainless steel sports steering wheel, easy access to all boat control switches, a locking glove box and an open area to flush mount electronics such as a fish finder or GPS unit.

Also included is Yamaha’s 4.3-inch touchscreen Connext control system, which features a brand new user interface in 2019. You’ll also find conveniently placed rocker switches for Yamaha’s No Wake Mode™ and Cruise Assist, along with the bilge, horn and other vital functions.

Completing the helm is an angled footrest for comfort and stability when underway. Behind the helm is a padded leaning post with a backrest. Under the leaning post is a dedicated space for a second cooler.

A new design feature that makes the deck layout more usable are removable backrests for the port and starboard jump seats. These backrests can be quickly and easily stowed away, opening access to the stern. In addition, the livewell is relocated forward for easier access from more areas of the boat.

On the port side aft of the helm is more dedicated storage along with easy battery access. On the starboard side is an 25-gallon livewell with two pumps – one to fill the livewell and a second pump for the recirculation system that is controlled at the helm.

Yamaha’s 190 FSH Sport also features a raw water Jet Wash® washdown system that utilizes water thrust from the jet drive system to allow boat owners to easily clean their deck without needing an additional pump. New for 2019, the washdown system comes with three RPM settings to better control water pressure.

The transom area on the 190 FSH Sport is unlike any other centre console boat on the market. Since the engine and drivetrain are mounted in the hull, the entire back of the boat is open for enjoying activities like casting and towing unobstructed. The leaning post is convertible and can be flipped back toward the helm for added comfort and versatility.

The 190 FSH Sport features Yamaha’s signature two-tier swim platform that sits low at the water’s edge. A retractable stern ladder makes reboarding after swimming a breeze. The transom also includes a tow eye for watersports and a compartment that holds a five-gallon bucket.

Like all Yamaha boats, the 190 FSH Sport features a patented clean-out port, which allows for removing debris from the jet pump without having to get in the water or swim under the boat.


Engine Type:  Single 1.8L High Output Yamaha marine engine

Displacement:   1812cc

Impeller:    3-blade, stainless steel

Length:    19’ 5”

Beam:    8’ 2”

Deadrise:   18°

Fuel Capacity:   151 litres / 40 gallons (regular unleaded fuel)

Person Capacity:   8 persons / 1,240 lbs

Storage Capacity:  1,991 litres / 526 gallons

Assembled:   Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., Vonore, Tenn.

To see the entire 2019 lineup of Yamaha Sport Boats, visit .

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