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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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From Holy Roller to Convicted Felon: A bass fisherman’s fall from grace – Part 2

April 14, 2010 5 comments

Robby Rose (Photo: Rockwall County)

Part 1 of this series covered the events leading up to Robby Rose getting red-handed caught cheating in a bass tournament.  Part 2 covers the successful investigation and prosecution of Mr. Rose.  I then share my final thoughts on the subject.

In the days after the tournament, the internet was abuzz with talk of Robby Rose getting busted and what it meant.  Naturally, the internet being the internet, misinformation was spread all about.  But there were veins of truth in many online discussions among fishermen.

Robby Rose Speaks

Directly after the tournament, Robby Rose apparently posted a brief apologetic statement on his website stating that he used bad judgment.   Shortly thereafter his website was turned off. Read more…

The Heaviest Ounce and other contemplations…

April 8, 2010 3 comments

Will there be sight fishing at Smith Mountain Lake? Bo thinks so...

Smith Mountain Lake – What will the Smith Mountain Lake fish be doing next week when the Elite Series pros hit the lake?  Many experts are predicting that it will not be a sight fishing tournament like it was a year ago.   I will boldly go against the grain here and predict that there will be plenty of fish on the beds by the time the tournament starts.

What is my logic?  Last weekend I fished three different bodies of water here in North Central Alabama; a large reservoir, a medium lake, and a small pond.  All three places had more bass locked on beds than I have ever seen.   Even I could hook a few without spending much time coaxing them–and I am such a pitiful caster that I have to cast twenty times before I can get a plastic near a bed.   Shaw Grigsby, Kelly Jordon, and company would have had a field day catching all these fish.  Read more…

Safety should have been the Pros’ Responsibility at the FLW Red River Event

February 10, 2010 1 comment

David Dudley strongly believed conditions were unsafe to fish. (Photo courtesy of Rob Newell, FLW Outdoors)

Two articles this morning from the Shreveport Times indicate that canceling the Red River event was hardly a “no-brainer” decision.  The articles indicate that Chad Mogenthaler and David Dudley led a group of about 100 anglers that were in favor of canceling the event.  Apparently the group was so adamant and vocal that they left Charlie Evans with no choice but to cancel.  Here are links to the articles:

Part of the allure of the sport is that it pits man against nature.  Anglers are challenged to catch fish in conditions that the typical recreational angler would never fish in.  Anyone who has fished a tournament in less than perfect conditions recognizes the extremes these anglers go through to catch those little green fish.  We admire their grit.  We admire their determination.

For the real fan of the sport, tournaments with tough conditions are the most exciting to watch.

David Dudley and company put the FLW leadership on the spot and left them with no choice but to cancel the event due to liability reasons.  The FLW’s hand was forced due to co-angler safety.  It is a shame. Read more…

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