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VOTE!–Will the oil spill be the worst eco-disaster in history?

April 30, 2010 1 comment
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Louisiana Oil Spill Coverage – Live Blog #2

April 30, 2010 4 comments

We will do our best to keep our readers informed about Transocean oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Some of the coverage from major networks leads me to believe that they do not fully realize the damaging scope of this event, or the serious environmental impact this is going to have.

Clint and I are changing plans for the May podcast episode so that we can give this topic the attention it deserves.  It looks like the May podcast will exclusively cover this topic.  Tentative guest include Mike Tidwell, author of Bayou Farewell, Andy Crawford of the LouisianaSportsman.com, and an oil and gas expert from LSU geo engineering dept.

Stay tuned as I will attempt provide interesting links.  I invite our readers to submit links about the topic in the comments section below.

04/30/2010 1:12 PM CST

4/30/2010 3:30 PM CST

I have made several phone calls to biologists to try to ascertain the effect the crude oil will have on the marsh vegetation holding the Louisiana coastline together.  It depends on so many factors none can say for certain…it depends on how diluted the oil is.   The truth is no one knows for certain what the long term damages will be.  If they can’t plug the leak it is going to be very bad.  The WSJ says that the leak might be 25,000 barrels a day…5X higher than the 5,000 barrels originally reported.

4/30/2010 5:27 PM

  • The phrase, “worst environmental disaster in American history” is being used more and more frequently.  Click here for example.
  • Anyone who ever uttered “drill baby drill” is getting hammered by the  Huffington Post and similar news outlets.
  • The LA Times actually has some good coverage of this.  I refused to post a link earlier because I thought they had Greenpeace ads all over their site, turns out it says “Greenspace“–a special section of their paper.

04/30/2010 7:04 PM CST

  • This is the first report I have read about plans to actually stop the leaking.   Two weeks is the best case scenario to stop the leaking.  That means this will trump Valdez by a long shot.

04/30/2010 9:39 PM CST

New Poll — Will this be the worst eco-disaster in history?

4/30/2010 10:46 PM CST

Nola.com reports that the State of Louisiana has closed fishing from the Mississippi River mouth to the Mississippi state line.

05/01/2010 10:30 AM CST

Times Picayune Video: “We will lose miles of grass around the shoreline”

05/01/2010 10:40 AM CST

This Times Picayune reporter is the first I have heard that gets the big picture.  All the images of sick and dying birds, otters and raccoons are going to be heart breaking…but ultimately they could reproduce and repopulate.  If they have habitat that is…It is the permanent damage to the habitat (marsh grass), and unsexy organisms a the bottom of the food chain, that is going to cause irreparable damage to the entire eco system.  I don’t think it will ever be the same, which is why I voted “yes” in our oil spill pollClick here to see the Times Picayune video.

THIS LIVE BLOG IS CONTINUED HERE

Top 10 Podcasts–Why am I just now catching on?

April 29, 2010 10 comments

I had to watch a TV without a DVR the other day and it was an extremely painful experience.  The DVR has become such an essential part of the TV viewing experience—it really makes me wonder how we were able to function as a society without them.  Fast forwarding through commercials,  pausing when the phone rings, when the wife talks about what she found on sale, or when the kids’ light saber battle ends up in front of the TV.  How did I survive before I had DVR? Read more…

WSJ Reports Coast Guard to Burn Oil Slick

April 28, 2010 2 comments

In the center of the photo you see the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. The land to the left is Venice, LA, where Michael Iaconelli won his Bassmater Classic.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Coast Guard plans to burn parts of the 100 mile long by 45 miles wide oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.  They are trying to keep the oil from reaching land that is about 15 miles away.

Armchair anglers will recall that this is the area where Michael Iaconelli had his famous “never give up” moment in the 2003 Bassmaster Classic.

Considering erosion, the Mississippi River Delta has enough environmental problems already.

An area close to the slick is called the “Southwest Pass”, and marks where the biggest mouth of the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico.  This spot is arguably the best fishing spot in all of North America.

The Louisiana Delta is the richest estuary in North America, surpassing the everglades in importance to marine life and migratory birds.  Much of the Delta–especially Plaquemines Parish–has already succumbed to a terrible erosion problem.

What is my opinion? You have to think that burning the oil is a better solution than contaminating what little wetlands of Plaquemines Parish are left.

Although it is hard to fathom that we live in world where the government is concerned about the extra gas I burn when I drive through a drive-though—yet they are about to burn an oil slick the size of Jamaica!

I am surprised Al Gore isn’t on TV having a conniption fit about the air pollution this is going to create.

If you are an armchair angler and have watched any fishing shows on TV at all, you have probably seen several shows filmed in this area…bass fishing, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing.  This is a story worth watching…

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Smith Mountain Lake Lure Chat with Skeet Reese

April 27, 2010 4 comments

Skeet power fished when others finessed to win at SML. ( Photo: Seigo Saito / BASS)

Skeet Reese won the 2010 Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake with a four day catch of 78-01.  He beat his nearest competitor by 15-09 lbs…A win like that in NASCAR that is called lapping the competition.

I caught up with Skeet as he he dodged tornadoes on his way to Florence, AL for the Alabama Charge on Lake Pickwick.

Bo Crawford (bocraw): Heading in to Smith Mountain Lake (SML), you had just lost a tournament by one solitary ounce [which is bad], but also had a commanding lead in the Toyota AOY Race [which is good].  How were you mentally heading in to the SML tournament?

Skeet Reese (Reese): The points lead doesn’t mean anything this early in the season–all you are trying to do is keep yourself in contention for the end of the season.  So going in to Smith Mountain Lake my goal was to have a good performance and a Top 10 finish.  I knew going in the potential of SML—having a history on that lake gave me understanding that allowed me to catch 20 lb bags that I wouldn’t have been able to do before. Read more…

Fearless Prediction: Pickwick will outfish Guntersville

April 25, 2010 2 comments

Bo thinks Guntersville will fish more like it did in 2006 and 2007 as opposed to 2009.

As I type Bassmater Elite Series Pros are arriving in Alabama for back-to-back Tennessee River tournaments.  The Lake Pickwick tournament starts Thursday, April 29, with Lake Guntersville following one week later.

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly.  I predict that the Lake Pickwick winning weight will be heavier than the Lake Guntersville winning weight for these upcoming tournaments.

Before you shop for straight jackets on my behalf, please allow me to elaborate.

LAKE GUNTERSVILE

I know you are thinking, “Whoa there Bo—didn’t Lake Guntersville produce legendary stringers last year at the exact same time”? Read more…

Guest Blog to help an Armchair Angler make it through the day

April 23, 2010 2 comments

As a guest blogger, you might help an armchair angler make it through the day.

Armchair anglers suffer from an almost perpetual state of cabin fever. Even when the weather is agreeable the armchair angler feels trapped–kept from following his heart the lake. Odds are the armchair angler is stuck behind a desk, at a soccer game, at one social gathering or another, or worst of all, working on the dreaded honey-do list.  Responsible commitments leave the armchair angler in a constant state of yearning.

Many armchair anglers are one TPS report away from losing his mind!

You can help these poor souls by allowing the armchair anglers to live vicariously through your experiences. We invite you to guest blog with us. We are looking for tackle reviews, tournament or marshal journals, destination info, or your general opinions. Links to other sites are allowed, encouraged even when informational.

Please email submissions to armchairanglers@gmail.com .

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