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Monday
Jan312011

Ouch! O.H. Ivie Is Hot!

O.H. Ivie surrendered its fourth Texas Sharelunker of the season on Jan. 30. This time, Terry Capps bested a largemouth weighing 13.01 pounds. He caught it on a white spinnerbait.

“It was a massive battle, a lot of fun, and my partners did great helping me land it,” Capps said. “It took several minutes to get her in. I just let it free-spool and let her run, because I’ve had too many break off in the past. Once we got her in the boat, we had to sit down and take a break. It was humbling to catch something like that.”

Check out the story of O.H. Ivie's ascendance as a big-bass lake in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.

Monday
Jan312011

Courtesy of TTBC, More Kids Will Go Fishing

Outreach programs by Texas Parks and Widlife once again will by financed by the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), returning to Conroe Oct. 28-30. With $1 million in donations during the past four years, TTBC will contribute a minimum of $250,000 this time around.

 “The focus of these programs is to expose kids and non-traditional users to the sport of fishing and the conservation efforts upon which all good fishing depends,” said JC Fassino, president, Texas Bass Classic Foundation.

The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center will serve as headquarters for the tournament, show, and outdoor music festival. Lineup for the family-oriented entertainment will be announced this summer.

Fifty of the world's best bass anglers will compete in the three-day tournament. Brian Snowden won the 2010 competition over Toyota Pro Team angler Michael Iaconelli.

Sunday
Jan302011

Check out the Escape! Gallery for Fun Fishing

I got into fishing because it's fun, whether the fish are biting or not, and because it brings me peace of mind.

I got into writing about the issues that threaten it because I believe so fiercely in its incalculable value to us individually and collectively. And I appreciate that you are here checking out those issues and what you can do to help protect recreational fishing.

 

But I realize that you are drawn to the fun element as much as I. That's why I try to mix in information that will help you on the water. And that's why I'm adding the Escape! Gallery to the site.

This is where I will provide a photo feature of some place that I've fished --- often exotic --- and recommend. Enjoy it vicariously or use the link to learn more and maybe book a trip!


First up is Crocodile Bay Lodge in Costa Rica.

Saturday
Jan292011

Taking a Bite Out of Shark Decline

Shark populations worldwide have plummeted in recent decades to support demand for shark fin soup in Asia. Up to 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins, with some shark populations declining by as much as 90 percent. According to Shark Savers, stopping the shark fin trade is a critical means to stop the depletion of shark populations, as it removes the incentive to land sharks for their fins and greatly simplifies enforcement.

That's why the organization is pleased that the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands recently has joined other Pacific nations in banning the shark fin trade.

As top predators in the marine food chain, sharks play a critical role in maintaining healthy oceans. That's why shark fishing should be catch-and-release whenever possible. And that's why "finning" these impressive creatures to satisfy a food fad that has outlived its sustainability is such a despicable practice, much like butchering buffalo 150 years ago for their hides and tongues, while leaving the rest to rot.

Saturday
Jan292011

Road Runners and Reading

Looking for some good reading material? Check out the recommendations of TJ Stallings.

TJ's company, TTI-Blakemore, sells one of my favorite baits for whatever's biting, the Road Runner, along with Daiichi, Tru Turn, and Bleeding Bait hooks. I've caught crappie, bluegill, walleye,  trout, white bass, and largemouth and smallmouth bass on this little bait, with spring my favorite season for throwing it.

And here's an excerpt from an article that I wrote awhile back for Stratos Magazine:

A few months earlier, Randy Beaty Jr. of Greenville, S.C., caught a 15.68 largemouth, a Bienville record, as he walked along the shoreline of Lake Purvis, casting for crappie and waiting for the “real” fishing trip to begin. He caught the trophy, which was photographed and released, on a 1/8-ounce white Blakemore Road Runner.