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FLW Red River Event Canceled!

February 9, 2010 2 comments

Bassfan is reporting that the FLW Tour opener was canceled today due to high water. The event will be rescheduled for later in the season.

CORRECTION:  The event will NOT be rescheduled.  FLW says the season will be shortened to five events.  Thanks to Jeff for the heads up!

Clever Rapala Billboard

February 9, 2010 3 comments

I stumbled across this on the web.  This is probably nothing new but it is the first time I have seen it.  Rapala has some clever marketing folks.  You have to give them that.  Probably a true statement too!

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Bassmaster Classic Television Coverage

February 9, 2010 1 comment

Set those DVRs!

Set those DVRS folks.  The following programming schedule should interest all my fellow Armchair Anglers.

Saturday 2/20:

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET           ESPN2

10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET           ESPN2

Sunday 2/21:

6:00 AM – 7:00 AM ET               ESPN2

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM ET               ESPN2

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET             ESPN2

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET               ESPN

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Experts Share Bassmaster Classic Picks

February 8, 2010 3 comments

In preparation for the upcoming Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake, I asked people who are "in the know" about professional fishing to give me three names to keep an eye on.  Should any of these predictions come to pass, he shall be crowned Chief Soothsayer of the Armchair Anglers and will for evermore be held in high regard on this site.   (Even-though we all know predictions like this involve more luck than skill).

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Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing Goes Live

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

It looks like Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing is up and running. As discussed on the podcast, we invite you to join the Armchair Anglers Podcast Group for a chance to win prizes courtesy of Tackle Experts.  The group’s name is “Armchair Anglers Podcast“.  To join the group you will have to enter the password mentioned on the most recent episode.

Our tackle prizes are in addition to the prizes Bassmaster will be awarding.  As an Armchair Angler, I have my eye on the Flat Screen TV they are giving away.

They have changed the format this year.  It looks like you get to pick a total of five anglers from three groups: Two top tier guys, two middle tier guys, and one long shot guy.  The salary cap method was pretty cool, but I will wait and give this new format a chance before I decide which I like better.

Want some help picking your team?  Check back soon as I will be publishing a post with some of your favorite pundits’ picks.

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Vote! What do you think about Bass Resource?

February 5, 2010 4 comments

These are follow-up questions to the post about Bo being banned from the Bass Resource Forums.

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Banned! Bo gets booted from Bass Resource forums…

February 5, 2010 34 comments

This post is my take on getting banned from the forums at Bass Resource.  Be forewarned–if you are not familiar with the forums at Bass Resource then this post will probably bore you.

This is one of the oddest post I’ve ever published.  Last night I was banned from the Ultimate Bass Resource Guide‘s forum.

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Classic Competitors: Leave your Sissy Sticks at Home

February 4, 2010 1 comment

Mark Zona says the Coosa Spot is the small kid that can beat bigger kids up.

In Part 1 of this series, we covered how the “Alabama Spot” is not really a Spotted Bass at all.  In Part 2 we are covering the challenges of targeting this species on Lay Lake in February.

The final countdown is on for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake and the pre-tournament hype has kicked in to high gear.  Amateur and professional pundits alike are laying out their analysis and predictions about what techniques we can expect to see from the Classic Competitors.  I am reading many reports about how Spotted Bass ( a species we now know to be a unique species called the Alabama Bass ) will factor into the tournament.  Many are saying that some fish will be caught on traditional Spotted Bass techniques such as the shakey head and drop shot.

Those pundits could not be more wrong.

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New Bass Species Could Create Dilemma for IGFA, Opportunity for Anglers

February 3, 2010 2 comments

Is Bryan Shishido's World Record Fish an Alabama Bass or Spotted Bass?

Is the current world record Spotted Bass really a Spotted Bass?

Yesterday I wrote about how the American Fisheries Society is expected to recognize the Alabama Bass as a distinct and unique species later in 2010.  This opens a can of worms in regard to the existing International Game Fish Associattion (IGFA) Spotted Bass record.

The existing record of 10 lbs o4 oz is held by Bryan Shishido.  The fish was caught 4/21/2001 from Pine Flat Lake in California and is recognized by the IGFA as the World Record for Spotted Bass, Micropterus punctulatus.   But is the fish really a Spotted Bass?

If California Department of Fish and Game stocked fish from the Mobile Basin, then that fish is probably an Alabama Bass, Micropterus henshalli.  It is widely believed that the California Department of Fish and Game introduced fish to Pine Flat Lake containing Mobile Basin genetics.

All that is left of the Mr. Sishido’s catch are photographs.  Because the Alabama Bass and the Spotted Bass look so similar, it will be difficult for biologists to definitively identify the species based on photographs.  Obviously, the fish is no longer available for genetic testing.

“Assuming genetic testing is the only way to tell the species apart, it could be problematic for the IGFA” says Jason Schratwieser, Conservation Director of the IGFA.

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Genetic Science Confirms that Alabama Bass are Distinct and Unique

February 2, 2010 6 comments

Note:  This is part 1 of a 2 part article on the “Alabama Spot” bass species.  Part 2 will cover how Alabama Spots will be targeted at the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake.

On the most recent episode of our podcast we spent a great amount of time discussing how spotted bass would factor in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake.  Following that discussion, I did some research on the differences between the “Alabama Spot” and the “Kentucky Spot”.

What I discovered blew me away.  It turns out these fish are more different than most of us bass fishermen thought.  “They are not even related”, says Dr. Carol E. Johnston, Associate Professor of Ichthyology at Auburn University.

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