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Mike Tidwell visits The Armchair Anglers Podcast

June 22, 2010 1 comment

In this month’s episode we are joined by Bayou Farewell author and Gulf Coast expert Mike Tidwell.  Mike gives us his first-hand account of how the oil spill is threatening America’s wetlands.  Later, Bo and Clint discuss BASS happenings while in “Casual Friday” mode.

—CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE 7, JUNE 2010–





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Experts discuss Oil Spill in May 2010 Podcast

May 6, 2010 2 comments

Legendary fisherman Roland Martin joins Andy Crawford from LouisianaSportsman.com and LSU environmental scientist Ed Overton on The Armchair Anglers Podcast this month to discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.

To gain an understanding of the pre-existing coastal erosion problems plaguing the Louisiana coast, I suggest watching this seven minute Swish presentation prior to listening to the podcast.

—–CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST—-

Two notes for bass fisherman listening to the podcast:

  • Every inch of marsh destroyed on front end (the coast) pushes the saltwater line further back into the marsh, destroying bass habitat on the back end.
  • Marsh bass will eat the heck out of brown shrimp.  Destroying the bottom of the food chain hurts both saltwater and freshwater fish.


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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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Update to Favorite TV List

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Lunkerville features the neighborly and genuine personality of Mike D.

For a change we had some beautiful weather here in Alabama over the weekend.  Unfortunately, I had parental obligations that prevented me from getting out on the lake.  The best I could do to quell my fishing thirst was to catch up on some fishing shows that have filled my DVR for quite some time.  What else was an Armchair Angler supposed to do?

After my weekend of armchair angling, I updated my Favorite TV list.  Here is a summary of the changes: Read more…

Coontail Grass Made Beeswax Creek Special

February 23, 2010 6 comments

Jeff Kriet says coontail grass was key to success of Beeswax Creek. (Photo courtesy of BASS)

Prior to the Classic I went on record with my prediction that the tournament would be won by targeting Lay Lake’s famous Coosa Spots with jigs.  As I watched the Classic coverage on TV, no one was more surprised than me as one largemouth after another was lifted over gunnels with lipless crankbaits hooked in their mouths.

Don’t get me wrong—the Rat-L-Trap type lures are no secret to fishermen on the the Coosa River chain.  Everyone knows you can catch a limit of quality fish with one before you go look for your kicker fish.    But after you get your limit you are supposed to put the trap down and go for the quality bite.  That is just the way it is done.  Nineteen plus pound sacks are not traditionally caught on lipless crankbaits alone on these Coosa River lakes.  That type of success is supposed to be reserved for legendary grass lakes like Guntersville and Sam Rayburn.

Lay Lake is full of lure snagging vegetation we call “bank grass”.  Fishing a trap on the outside edge of bank grass can be effective, but it is not in the same league as fishing over milfoil and hydrilla.  Without milfoil and hydrilla present, I was somewhat surprised when KVD busted a 19-08 sack on Day 1 with his famous Red Eye Shad.

Everyone knows that to catch big largemouth you have to tick the traps over the top of the milfoil and hydrilla.  We don’t have grass like that on Lay Lake…or so I thought. Read more…

TV’s “Deadliest Catch” Captain Phil Harris Dies – ABC News

February 10, 2010 1 comment

Captain Phil Harris dies at age 53. (Photo courtesy of Discovery)

via TV’s “Deadliest Catch” Captain Phil Harris Dies – ABC News.

Randy Blaukat pens memorable article

January 13, 2010 1 comment

If you are a hard-core fan of the sport like I am, you will recognize the name Randy Blaukat.  Randy was one of the anglers featured in the book Bass Wars, which followed rookie anglers on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail in 1986.  While dated, the book should be required reading for any angler who dreams of becoming a tournament pro.  Today Randy published an opinion piece on BassFan that summarizes his thoughts on the changes in the industry over the last 24 years.   It is refreshing to read a professional angler’s well though-out opinion straight from the horses mouth.  This is one of the better opinion pieces that I have ever read on BassFan.

Having said that, there is much said in his article that I disagree with.  Nevertheless, Randy still gets high marks from me for sharing his opinion in a thoughtful way. It will be interesting to see what lies in store for Randy and the overall sport in the future.

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