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Tuesday
Feb012011

The Bassroom: When You Need a Private Moment for 'Relief'

Okay, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for clever word play, especially when it involves a bodily function.

Matt Smith hooked me with all of that and then some. His Mesquite, Texas, company, Cover Your Bass, sells the Bassroom, a private, portable toilet for your boat. It can also be set up on the ground or in the back of a truck. (Click the image below or the link in the right margin to learn more.)

 

Smith says: "We've created this product to fill a void. You never know who has a camera or video phone and would enjoy the 10 minutes of fame by posting a video of you 'caught in the act' on YouTube or similar social network websites. The price, privacy, and function of the Bassroom provides security and comfort for much less than the cost of embarrassment or possible legal fees for over-exposure while on the lake."

Of course, it's also more eco-friendly than you-know-what and will save you the time of motoring all the way back to the porta-potties at the launch site or a secluded stretech of shoreline.

Back in the pre-ESPN days of B.A.S.S., I remember plenty of pros who would have loved to have the Bassroom onboard during the Bassmaster Classic. They spent many an agonizing hour with swollen bladders to prevent that "over-exposure" to the boaters who followed them around all day.

Monday
Jan312011

Marlin, Tuna Slaughter by Longliners Imminent in Australia?

Fishing World is warning that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority is poised "to approve an agreement which will result in marlin and tuna stocks off the east coast being massively impacted. Hundreds of thousands of yellowfin, albacore, bigeye, striped marlin and swordfish, plus 'protected' blue and black marlin, sharks, dolphin fish, turtles, seabirds and God knows what else will be hanging off long-line hooks in a kill frenzy that’s due to start on March 1 and run right through to the end of February next year."

It also says: "Anyone who’s ever had anything to do with commercial fisheries management won’t be surprised by the extravagance of this haul. The reason the world’s oceans are getting wiped out at a rate of knots is because of dumb and greedy commercial operators who are given every assistance in their quest to kill every fish they can by sympathetic bureaucrats who work in agencies like AFMA. Further up the chain are our elected representatives, in this case the bloke responsible for AFMA, the federal Fisheries Minister Joe Ludwig."

Monday
Jan312011

B.A.S.S. Weighs in on Connecticut Attempt to Ban Lead

B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Noreen Clough says in an open letter to Connecticut legislators:

"On behalf of the more than 500,000 members of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) nationwide, who, in addition to being avid anglers, remain focused on issues related to aquatic resource conservation, I am writing to urge you to oppose S.B. 59, which would ban the sale and use of lead fishing sinkers and jigs throughout your state.

"This legislation places unnecessary, unwarranted and severe regulations on recreational fishing tackle, which will have a significant negative impact on Connecticut's anglers.

"On November 4, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected a petition to ban all lead fishing tackle on all U.S. waters, stating that the petitioners did not demonstrate that such a ban is 'necessary to protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.'"

I've said it before and I will say it again: Banning use of lead fishing tackle  is more of an attack on recreational angling than it is an attempt to protect loons and other birds, and the science doesn't support such an action. But anglers and the fishing industry should more actively embrace alternatives because getting the lead out --- in general --- is a good idea.

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.