Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Catch a big one? Be a Master Angler

            Exhausted from washing all the dishes?  Embarrassed from losing every basketball game with your granddaughter?  Well, if you can’t be Master of the House, you can be a Master Angler.
Merle Boden, who earned a Colorado Master Angler patch and certificate from the Colorado Division of Wildlife for an 18 /12 inch largemouth, urges other club members to be aware of and take advantage of the program.
            Like the Club’s new Monthly Tournament, the Master Angler program The Master Angler Recognition Program is designed to recognize anglers for success in their sport, as well as to promote the conservation of fishery resources and quality fishing .  It also encourages the careful release of trophy-size popular sport species by awarding certificates in two categories:  fish caught and released, and fish caught and kept.  So you can measure the fish and return it to the water alive if you choose to do so. 

Here’s a link to the DOW website with information on qualifying size and how to submit an application.  Fish you catch during the tournament can qualify:  like the tournament, the DOW requires a witness.  You also need to submit a clear photograph – which we’d also like to see to post on this blog.  If you have questions, contact Merle, who pulled his Master Angler-winning largemouth from a hole in the top of Lone Tree Reservoir while ice fishing in February.   categories: fish caught and released, and fish caught and kept. details.) This allows anglers to measure fish and return them to the water alive if they choose to do so.

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