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Catawba Catfish Club tournament Feb. 28 on Lake Wylie

Catfish club tourney Feb. 28

The Catawba Catfish Club will hold its sixth tournament of the season Feb. 28 on Lake Wylie with launch and weigh-in at Buster Boyd Access Area.

Sign-in runs 5-6:45 a.m. Tournament hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Weigh in begins at 3:30 p.m.

Tournaments are open to the public. Entry fee is $30 per person with optional big fish pot of $10 per boat.

New rule effective Jan. 11: Only approved containers may be used to transport catfish to weigh in. No nets or bags allowed. Fish brought to scales in an unapproved container will not be weighed and team will be disqualified.

Trail sponsors are Sea Tow, Fish Bite Rod Holders, JamieK Outdoors, Boat Sales of Lake Wylie, Q2U BBQ Pit, Kangaroo Express and Pepsi.

Safe boating course Feb. 28

Catawba Sail & Power Squadron will hold America’s Boating Course 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 28 at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church.

The course covers techniques, rules of the road and more. This is a one-day class with an exam earns participants a certificate qualifying for most boat insurance discounts and qualifies 13- to 16-year-olds to legally operate a boat or personal watercraft.

Cost of the manual is $35, which can be shared. Review chapters one to four before class.

Lunch can be provided for $5. Call 803-831-8252, 803-548-5362 or 803-327-4991.

Life jacket designs wanted

BoatUS Foundation seeks the best new design for the 2015 Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition. Deadline is April 15. Designs must be submitted to

A short video about the competition is available at Winners, with a $10,000 prize, will be announced in September at the International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Ky.

Boaters urged to speak up about gas

New bipartisan legislation Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015 introduced recently would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States.

BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their U.S. representatives to support the bill.

Currently, there are no marine engines in the U.S. warrantied to run on any gasoline blend greater than 10 percent ethanol (E10). According to AAA, only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the roadsare approved to use E15 gasoline, based on a survey conducted by AAA of auto manufacturers. Any damage from the use of higher ethanol fuels (E15 or greater) in cars and trucks will void many manufacturers’ warranties.

When the RFS was written in 2005, it assumed that Americans’ gasoline use would continue to rise and mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with fuel. However, since 2005, gasoline usage has actually dropped steadily. The unintended affect is the law that forces more ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply, and to maintain adherence with the RFS rules, in 2010 the EPA permitted fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) into the marketplace – a fuel many gasoline engines cannot use.

It is illegal to use E15 in boat engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, small engines such as lawnmowers and leaf blowers, as well as any vehicle made before 2001. However, this fuel can be found at more than 100 gas stations in 16 states at the same pumps as E10 and ethanol-free gasoline.

The new bill would cap the ethanol requirements at E10 (10 percent ethanol), would effectively prohibit the use of corn-based ethanol in the RFS, require more advanced biofuels and take into account actual, real-world production of biofuels when setting requirements.

Boaters can ask their Congressman to support and co-sponsor the bill by going to: