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Monday
Jul242017

Monday
Jul242017

Listen to the BaitBitch

Fishing is supposed to be fun. But sometimes we forget.

That's why it's a good thing to have the BaitBitches around to remind us.

You read that right. A mother and daughter in Florida, along with some of their friends, founded this little company with the oh-so-politically-incorrect name: BaitBitch.

"Why not create a lure that would catch fish and add some extra fun while you're at it?" said Mindy Hayden, the creative force behind this business that has added some new and bordering-on-naughty words to fishing, including "boobhookles."

 “Some of the best times of my life have been spent drifting on a boat, with a line out,” she continued.  “I want to help everyone capture that simple joy.”

The lure created--- the "Bitch"--- is a soft plastic split-tail in a variety of colors. And since it's made without phthalates, it's more environmentally friendly than many plastic baits. Phthalates give flexibility to plastic, but they also have been linked to many human health threats, including asthma, ADHD, breast cancer, and diabetes.

It comes in a variety of colors, all of them named. Options include "Eat Schmidt" and "Ta Ta's."

 

In a quick field test, I found hot pink "Lucky Lani" true to her name, as the photos show. I rigged it Texas-style, with a belly weight, and fished it like a plastic frog. But you also can peg it on a jighead and swim it or bounce it on the bottom.

BaitBitch also sells shirts and sun guards, including one for your dog. And let's not forget the stickers, including "Bitch, Please," and the dip net, named--- what else?--- "Annette."

Every item, in one way or another, is intended to remind anglers of BaitBitch's motto: "Soft lures. Serious fun."

Sunday
Jul232017

Mining Threatens Boundary Waters, Says BHA

A sportsmen's advocacy group is sounding the alarm regarding a renewed attempt to develop copper mines within the watershed of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, one of the most visited wilderness areas in the country.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) reports that Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan hopes to convince the Interior Department to approve leases mines on the edge of the designated area. In December, both Interior and Agriculture declined to renew the leases.

"Minnesotans – including hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationists – have made clear the value of the Boundary Waters, of fish and wildlife, and of our treasured public lands traditions," said BHA's Will Jenkins.

 "That Congressman Nolan would attempt to dismiss these interests and jeopardize a crown jewel of America's wilderness system shows where his loyalties lie."

Sunday
Jul232017

Rebuilding Flaming Gorge's Smallmouth Fishery

Hoping to help revitalize the smallmouth fishery in its portion of Flaming Gorge, Wyoming implemented catch-and-release, effective January 1 of this year.

“The catch and release regulation implemented on the Wyoming portion of the reservoir is intended to keep the remaining bass in the water so they can spawn every spring and help rebuild the bass population as burbot numbers decrease," said biologist John Walrath.


"Fall netting data suggest burbot numbers are no longer increasing at an alarming rate but instead may be slightly decreasing.  The catch rates of the larger and older burbot have definitely decreased in recent years.”

Burbot predation is believed to have been a primary cause of the disappearing smallmouth population. From 2003 to 2013, bronzeback catch rates declined by  97 percent in the northern third of the impoundment, where burbot densities were the highest.

Saturday
Jul222017

"Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better"

--- Albert Einstein