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Fishing Around the Clock by whitetips
September 9, 2010, 2:51 pm
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I have been “blogging” for over a year now.  Mostly I am just having fun with it; would not say that I know what I am doing, but I will tell you one thing that I have learned–do not assume that some news item has been widely seen or heard.  I have posted “stuff” on my blog that I figured most already had heard about and then was amazed at the amount of attention that blog post received.  So, I am going to do that again now; I am sure a lot of you have already heard about this, but I am going to mention it again.

There is an event occurring this weekend in which some Nebraska anglers are participating.  Here is the press release from Recycled Fish, .

Fishing Around the Clock and Around North America to Help Our Waters

Anglers to Fish 24 Hours Straight This Weekend

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb., September 8, 2010 — This weekend over 60 anglers from eight US states and Canada will attempt the fishing version of running a marathon when the Recycled Fish 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon (  presented by BoatUSAngler ( kicks off. Anglers will fish for 24 hours straight, with the goal to raise awareness of the environmental problems facing our waters, and raise money to help solve those issues.

The first lines will be cast at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10, and the last fish must be landed by 5:59 p.m. on Saturday, September 11.

“Our lakes and streams are great places to fish, but they are faced with problems like invasive species, over-harvest and pollution,” said Teeg Stouffer, Recycled Fish Executive Director. “Our participating angler-ambassadors are raising awareness by doing something challenging. They want everyone to know that the solutions to the problems facing our waters involve everyday choices by all of us.”

“We talk a lot about catch and release and selective harvest fishing,” continued Stouffer, “but our lifestyle runs downstream. Everyday choices affect our waters just as much as what we do when we’re on the water. Things like how we take care of our lawns, or whether we’re willing to recycle and buy recycled products influences the health of our waters.”

Anglers are fishing for more than good will, they are also competing for big prizes.

“We’re giving away the fishing trips of a lifetime,” said Stouffer. “Whoever raises the most money and whoever has the best success on the water wins a guided trip with a Professional Anglers Association (PAA) tour-level pro fisherman, or a getaway to Spring Bay Resort in Minnesota.”

Additional prizes include tackle from Berkley and Dick’s Sporting Goods, custom rods from Dragon’s Custom Rods, and fish artwork from Curt Redden. They are awarded for catching the biggest of several species of fish, cleaning up trash at the lakes, fundraising goals and other challenges.

“You can help by donating to the team nearest you, or by raising awareness of the issue that matters most to you,” added Stouffer.

For more on the 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon or to learn more about stewardship of our waters, visit and take the Sportsman’s Stewardship Pledge. Proceeds are donated to Recycled Fish (a non-profit organization) and the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water to support responsible fishing practices and waterway stewardship programs.

I love this event.  First of all I love the fact that there are 8 Nebraska teams entered in the event, more than any other state!  Way to represent!

Yes, this is a fund-raiser, you can donate to some excellent organizations and causes if you so choose.  There are 8 local teams to choose from!

But  the biggest reason I love it is because these teams are comprised of anglers who care about our resources!  If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you have heard me ramble about the North American model of wildlife management ( and ); the most important part of that “model” is that our fish & wildlife resources belong to the people, you and me.  I love any project or program that fosters that sense of ownership.  In Recycled Fish’s 24-Hour Fish-A-Thon this weekend, there will be 8 Nebraska teams on the water because those anglers care about those resources!  They are doing this to call attention to some of the issues that impact their/our fisheries resources.

Spend some time looking around the links I have provided and become acquainted with the organizations that are involved and the concerns these teams have.  Donate if you can, but more importantly learn from their example, take ownership, get involved.

To all of you guys and gals fishing in the event this weekend, I hope you enjoy yourselves and catch some fish in addition to the work you will do for our resources.  Thank you for what you are doing, and dry one off for me!

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Thanks for helping spread the good word, Daryl!

Nebraska took the glory in both fishing and fundraising last year.

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