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2018 Release a Breeder Club

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The 2018 Release A Breeder Club, also known as "RBC", is now in its 5th season. The program is

designed by Stripers Forever to promote the release of large “breeding size” stripers, which are

largely spawning female fish. Current striped bass management practices have targeted large

striped bass. The result has been a considerable decrease in the number of these large, old fish

found in the population. Nature never intended it that way.

JOINING THE CLUB IS FREE for both anglers and Guides/Charter boat captains. The rewards are

a chance to win great prizes from our sponsors, an individualized membership package,

recognition on the RBC membership pages of our website, and the knowledge that you are

doing your part to turn around the current decline in striped bass.

3 SIMPLE RULES:

1. THE MINIMUM SIZE FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE RBC IS 36” TOTAL LENGTH.

2. THE FISH MUST BE RELEASED ALIVE AND IN GOOD HEALTH.

3. A PICTURE OF THE FISH THAT CLEARLY INDICATES THE FISH WAS SAFELY HANDLED AND

PROPERLY RELEASED.

Large Striped Bass must be handled carefully due to their increased body weight and potential

for carrying eggs. We strongly suggest that you "KEEPEMWET". You can grab a really nice shot

of your fish while minimizing the impact and undue stress on the fish by keeping them in the

water. We will be expanding on our catch and release education in the near future with some

videos that illustrate how to do this in a number of angling situations. Stay tuned!

Visit the RBC Main Page for full rules and requirements.

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It's Not Just the Catch - June Contest by Loon

Congratulations Connor R! The folks at Loon Outdoors have selected your image as winner for this round of  It's Not Just the Catch. Get stoked for the assembly of prize items that will be heading your way and thanks to all who have taken time to describe and share what they love and appreciate about clean water and healthy fisheries.

Trout Lake Siesta. The location is under a tree next to Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park. After a nice hike up to Trout Lake with my wife and three month old daughter, it was time for a relaxing nap in the shade overlooking this beautiful view.    We set up the eno, had a bite to eat and rested up before heading down to the lake to try our luck with the native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout! The nap extended our day trip up at the Lake and was well worth the hike!

Trout Lake Siesta. The location is under a tree next to Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park. After a nice hike up to Trout Lake with my wife and three month old daughter, it was time for a relaxing nap in the shade overlooking this beautiful view.

We set up the eno, had a bite to eat and rested up before heading down to the lake to try our luck with the native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout! The nap extended our day trip up at the Lake and was well worth the hike!

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We are stoked to continue our photo contest that deemphasizes photographing and posting every fish that's landed. Instead, we want to see the greatest parts of your time on the water that wasn't the catch. 

For the rest of June, show us your best images of what clean water provides for you. It could be quenching your thirst right from a New Zealand stream, an epic hatch on your favorite trout stream, or simply gazing deep into the waters you love to fish. Show us what you love and appreciate about clean water.

The healthy prize package courtesy of our friends at Loon Outdoors.    Fly Tying Tool Kit , Iconic Kit , Lochsa , Top Ride , Bearded Shirt , On The Swing Hat

The healthy prize package courtesy of our friends at Loon Outdoors. 

Fly Tying Tool Kit , Iconic Kit , Lochsa , Top Ride , Bearded Shirt , On The Swing Hat

To enter, email your photos along with a short description of what clean water means to you to keepemwetfishing@outlook.com. The winner will be announced via our "In the Loop" newsletter early July. We'll begin posting entries to a slide show here at the bottom of this post. Have fun out there and be grateful!

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It's Not Just the Catch - "What made you smile?"

SMITH OPTICS get is dialed in for April, "What made you smile?"

SMITH OPTICS get is dialed in for April, "What made you smile?"

Our friends at  Smith Optics have spoken and these are the winners of the April contest "What Makes You Smile?" Congratulations to Sabrina who wrote:    "Hi!  My name is Sabrina.  I am a disabled army veteran and am in the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program here in Maine.    Due to a leg injury  from the military, wading can be tough but I do not let it stop me!  I have a lab mix dog named pepper and she goes with me everywhere.  She stays right by my side in the stream...always next to me so I can hold onto her for stability if needed.    My husband captured this photo of her and I in Grand Lake Stream, ME.  Fishing for land locked salmon.     This photo of her and I warms my heart ❤️. I smile every time I look at it.  And am so lucky to have her in my life."   Enjoy your new Colette Chromapop™ Polarized sunglasses!  Men's winner Cody describes:  "Any moments like these, that I get to spend with my twins on the river, makes me smile."   He'll be rocking a new pair of Transfer shades with Chromapop™ Polarized lenses.   We're cooking up all new criteria and prizes for our May installment of "It's not  Just the CATCH" so stay tuned to the next newsletter to get the scoop!

Our friends at Smith Opticshave spoken and these are the winners of the April contest "What Makes You Smile?" Congratulations to Sabrina who wrote: 

"Hi!  My name is Sabrina.  I am a disabled army veteran and am in the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program here in Maine.

Due to a leg injury  from the military, wading can be tough but I do not let it stop me!  I have a lab mix dog named pepper and she goes with me everywhere.  She stays right by my side in the stream...always next to me so I can hold onto her for stability if needed.

My husband captured this photo of her and I in Grand Lake Stream, ME.  Fishing for land locked salmon. 

This photo of her and I warms my heart ❤️. I smile every time I look at it.  And am so lucky to have her in my life." 
Enjoy your new Colette Chromapop™ Polarized sunglasses!

Men's winner Cody describes:
"Any moments like these, that I get to spend with my twins on the river, makes me smile." 
He'll be rocking a new pair of Transfer shades with Chromapop™ Polarized lenses. 

We're cooking up all new criteria and prizes for our May installment of "It's not Justthe CATCH" so stay tuned to the next newsletter to get the scoop!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. STAY TUNED FOR WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN OUR NEWSLETTER AND UPCOMING CRITERIA AND PRIZES FOR MAY.

We are stoked to continue our photo contest that de-emphasizes the urgency to photograph and share every fish that's landed. Instead, we want to see the greatest parts of your time on the water that wasn't the catch. 

For the rest of April, we want to see what made you smile or laugh. Show us your best friends, the incredible view, that one funny shaped rock, or the bowl of chili dumped down your waders! Whatever brought smiles and laughter to your day on the water.

The April contest is sponsored by our friends at SMITH OPTICS who've generously provided a pair of sun glasses for both  men and women winners.  The selected winners will be announced via our "In the Loop" newsletter April 30th. To enter, email your photos along with a short description of what made you smile or laugh out on the water *to keepemwetfishing@outlook.com. Limit of 3 photos per person please. We'll begin posting entries to a slide show here at the bottom of this post. Pursue your thrill, have fun out there and be grateful!

Up for grabs! Men's and women's winners will feel the love from our partners at SMITH Optics.

Up for grabs! Men's and women's winners will feel the love from our partners at SMITH Optics.

*By entering my photo(s), I consent to receive email communications from Keepemwet Fishing based on the information collected.

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It's Not Just the Catch - March Winner

Keepemwet Fishing is a movement built on the basis of how catch-and-release fish are presented in photos. Originally, in the early days of social media this caught our attention as what seemed like frantic competition of who could post the most fish photos. 

So it's no surprise that we suggest considering if photographing C&R fish should always be routine. Or at least de-emphasizing the urgency to photograph every fish that's caught and instead shift the focus to other elements that draw us outside to toss lines in the water. There are after all, so many reasons we love to fish.

Lets celebrate and explore those other reasons, and in the process take our collective eyes off glorification of the catch and give our nod to the overall holistic experience of fishing. With this in mind, we present "It's not just the Catch", a series of photo contests featuring various criteria besides the obvious. And hey it's a great way to pull off a win on those days you end up skunked! We hope you'll join us.  

AND THE MARCH WINNER IS....

From the Fishpond USA judges:

We have chosen a winner. Joseph R and his amazing hat of shame! 
Our selection process - each staff member picked a photo for the final round of voting and we picked a random winner out of a hat to make the final selection. Joseph was our winner! There were too many good options to do it any other way. Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo and shared their story.

Joseph Russell, March contest Fishpond USA winner.

Joseph Russell, March contest Fishpond USA winner.

"So we fish a medium sized lake in the Adirondacks for some really decent sized pike; the average fish is in the 30” range. I know this isn’t record breaking but the remoteness of the water and the journey to and fro are what really add to the pervasive spirit of adventure when we go for a multi day trip with the boys. This photo was taken on the last day and around the journey out of camp. I am donning with pride the hat of shame. It’s an adaptation of a photo we had seen from the flying fish journal about a group of guys better than annual Alaskan steelhead trip and brought along with him a banana suit costume. The idea of the costume was a humility check for the guy who had caught the most steelhead or the biggest fish on the previous day. We decided to take it a step further and just simply award the hat to the person who caught the fewest fish, the smallest fish, or no fish at all. I am thankful he avoided the trifecta by hooking into a small hammer handle Pike on the second to last day of the trip to stave off the goose egg but still won the hat for lack of numbers and size."Joseph Russell, April contest winner. 

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It's Not Just the Catch - Gallery Page 2

Note this contest is now closed

That's right, all your entries maxed out the storage on the original page posting so this is the overflow page for our March contest "It's Not Just the Catch" presented by Fishpond USA. See entry info and the first page of entries here.

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It's Not Just the Catch

Sure we hope to catch fish, but deep down it's not just the catch that fuel our imaginations.

Sure we hope to catch fish, but deep down it's not just the catch that fuel our imaginations.

Note this contest is now closed. Stay tuned for April contest.

UPDATE: WE'VE HAD SO MANY ENTRIES THERE IS NOW A SECOND PAGE AND GALLERY IN THE BLOG LOCATED HERE.

We are introducing a new photo contest that de-emphasizes the urgency to photograph and share every fish that's landed. Instead, we want to see the greatest part of your time on the water that wasn't the catch. 

For the month of March, we want to see where you fish. Show us your favorite water. No need to name names or give away secrets, there are still places the internet just doesn't need to know about! But give us a peek at the waters that draw you back.

The March contest is sponsored by our friends at Fishpond USA who are generously providing a worthy prize package. The winner will be announced via our "In the Loop" newsletter near the end of March. To enter, email your photos along with a short description of what you love about your favorite water to keepemwetfishing@outlook.com. We'll begin posting entries to a slide show here at the bottom of this post. Have fun out there and be grateful!