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Things That You Have To Aware Of Before Obtaining A Fishing License


People are increasingly utilizing the option of obtaining the fishing license online. Though people welcome the idea of nation-wide fishing license, licenses are issued only by state governments. Ensuring the state fish and wildlife agencies are updated to include customer information retaining tools, and a user-friendly format is a must to encourage a positive user experience and future sales.

Responding to the demand, fish and wildlife agencies in all 50 states provides the option to get a fishing license online, with a user-friendly format and adding convenience to the purchase of a license. But, after a study conducted by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBBF), it is found that the majority of state fishing agency websites were not user-friendly and missed basic customer services, which eventually caused a national loss of millions of dollars of revenue each year.

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License Requirements

The Requirement of a license varies from state to state.    Each state has different regulations and paperwork requirements to obtain a license.

The U.S state of Oregon regulated a requirement for commercial fishing license in 1899, but the sturgeon fishery of the state collapsed due to over harvesting. The state started requiring the recreational fishing license in 1901. Indiana started to issue fishing and hunting license in 1901 with verification of above 18 years of age and some fishing regulations.

The state of Pennsylvania first issued the recreational fishing license in the year of 1919. Only non-residents required fishing licenses, and only 50 licenses were issued at first.

Fishing License effects on economy

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Services National survey of 2011, more than 46 million licensed anglers raised over $48 billion in retail services with an effect of $115 billion on nation’s economy. It also created employment for more than 828,000 people.

A negative finding in a survey conducted by RBBF stated that the average fishing trips decreased from an average of 20.4 to 18.2 trips per angler in 2010 and 2011 respectively, a decrease of 10.8%.

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Fishing Drones:


Drones are formally known as the unmanned aerial vehicle. The drone is kind of an Aircraft which is driven without any pilot. Drones are of different sizes and shapes, and they are used for various purposes. The drone has a ground controller who controls the drone. The ground controller can either be a human or a robot. Initially, these drones were used by the military people for their missions, but later the drones were used for commercial, scientific, agriculture and recreational. Drones are also employed in other applications like surveillance, product deliveries, fishing, aerial photography which is very commonly used for a wedding, drone racing, smuggling, etc.

If you are interested in the fishery but hate going on a kayak or a boat risking yourself to catch some fish, then you do not have to worry anymore. There are drones which are designed especially for fishing. Even if you happen to enjoy going on a boat and fisheries, there are some locations you might not be able to go. In such cases, you can use a drone, and by controlling it with a remote, you can make the drone go anywhere you want.

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So if you are intersected in fishing with a drone then you need to keep the following things in your mind:

  • Picking a Drone.
  • Casting your line.
  • Precautions you need to take while fishing using a drone.

Picking a Drone:

To fish using a drone, you first need a buy a drone. You are going to have the drone fly over a long distance and catch the fish so make sure that your drone has a high battery life. You don’t want the battery to die down and lose your drone in the water. The drone must also be firm and resist the wind and have the capacity to grip and pull the fish sharply; while picking a drone to make sure that your drone has all these qualities.

Casting your line:

To cast your bait, you need to make some attachments in your drone. The attachment must be done at the center of the drone so that there is no loading. If there are landing gears in your drone, then you can make the attachments in the landing gears. Then you must attach a downrigger release clip to the attachment. The clip will hold the fish, and this holding power of the clip is adjustable and can carry any amount of weight. Finally, you must attach the fishing line to the release clip. Before going out for fishing, you must test this process several times to be efficient enough.

Precautions you need to take while fishing using a drone:

Be cautious and check the wind speed. If you happen to fish in an area where there are heavy winds, then make sure that your drone is capable of providing resistance to the wind. Also, make sure that the communication range between your remote and the drone does not get exceeded. Battery life of the drone is significant so make sure that your drone has enough battery to pull your fish and bring it to the shore.To Know More Click Here

Rods and Reels



My catfish rods are Sportex 12ft 2 1/2lb test curve made to my own specification by Alan Young. Unlike most recommended rods they have a semi-through action, which will allow me to cast a 3oz lead and a substantial live bait without the risk of the rod breaking. But for the beginner, a through-action rod is better as they absorb the lunges from the fish, even if you have to play them hard. Most catfishing in the UK is done on small waters and in the margin with relatively small baits. The maximum you will likely to be fishing is about 50 yards so you will not need a very powerful “Casting Machine”. A rod of the 2lb test is ample for all but the biggest waters.


Any reel that will hold at least 200 yards of the 12-15lb line will be sufficient; it will surprise you how far the catfish will run. A bait-runner facility is handy when setting up, but you will not usually be using the bait-runner during fishing. The open-bale arm is the best as it gives the least resistance to a taking fish. Make sure that the line on your reels does not bed-in, as this will cut down your casting distance and worst still may result in a dropped run as the catfish may feel the resistance. My reels are Shimano U.S.A 4500 bait runners, which I load with 15lb Power Plus and 25lb Big game.

The Falkirk Wheel Fish Rescue


One of the most interesting fish rescues I have ever been involved in happened recently (30th September 2002) in Scotland. Previous trips over the past few years have seen extensive fish rescues undertaken on the Union Canal (Falkirk to Edinburgh) and the Forth & Clyde Canal (Falkirk to Glasgow), but nothing quite as breathtaking as this. As part of the Millennium link £20 million pounds has been invested in the joining of these two canals. Due to the degree of elevation between these waterways a series of locks would have been both complicated and extensive. The solution was a 35-metre diameter rotating wheel. Transporting boats between the canals has allowed the navigation from Glasgow to Edinburgh coupled with a truly successful tourist attraction. The wheel has pulled upwards of 230,000 visitors in the first 5 months of opening, well above initial expectations.


West Country River Trust electro fishing on the main river Dart at Newbridge Dartmoor Devon Photo credit Paul Glendell www.glendell.co.uk. Mobile 07802480710

Electrofishing is an effective tool for fishery scientists because most aquatic organisms become motionless when the body voltage exceeds a certain value from nose to tail. Early methods were only applied to freshwater streams and small pools; this was due to limited knowledge of fish reaction.

Gear Requirements and Reactions:

Commonly the gear requirements for electrofishing consist of three main pieces of apparatus. Firstly the power unit, this can produce a 2 or 3-phase alternating current; the energy produced by this device will ultimately be determined by the conductivity of the water. It is usual to convert this to direct current through a transformer and this can be at different voltages plus the shape, length, and frequency of the pulse will also be determined at this stage. The final section consists of the electrodes, and the shape of these will influence the field strength.

The electrodes consist of two types, the anode (positive) and the cathode (negative). The choice of material and size of an electrode can influence fishing efficiency; ultimately this will determine the field strength (voltage gradient). Essentially an increase in electrode size will increase the electrical field size, decrease the resistance of the electrodes and most importantly reduce harm to the fish.

Angling for Catfish


Many of you reading this will be new to catfishing and may not even have seen one before. Therefore, in this article, I will be giving you some basic ideas and a few tips on how, hopefully, to catch your first cat. First of all, let us look at the tackle you will require.


Hooks need to be very strong (I once lost an extremely big fish when a 0/2 Z60 Catfish hook straightened out!!), sharp, and have a wide gap. I use the Partridge Z60 Catfish Hooks in sizes 2, 0/1, 0/2, for live and dead baits. For hair-rigged baits, I use the Fox series 1 in size 2. Never use Treble hooks or double hook rigs for catfish; the risk of double hooking is too great. As a catfish’s mouth is soft it is likely, with these hooking arrangements, to pin both jaws together causing terrible injuries Conversely, if the catfish is lost (line breakage) the fish will never be able to rid themselves of the hooks, thus dying of starvation, or suffocating, by not being able to open their mouths.