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A little more on Asian carp

March 27th 2014 19:05
When it comes to the environment, a lot of people call me a fence sitter but, I try to look at all sides, consider the alternatives and how a topic may affect those involved both now and down the road.

When I saw the headline, America Must Kill This Fish, I was taken aback until I realized it was another article about Asian carp.


To be exact there are several varieties of Asian carp. The jumping variety, as noted here, are actually called Silver Carp.
silver carp


The article does a good job of outlining the horrors of this aquatic menace and, I must admit, with what we know, I support efforts to rid waterways of this menace. However, at the same time, what we don't know bothers me.

40 years ago how much did we know about sharks? Now, we're trying to pull many species back from the brink of extinction. As a matter of fact, although the movie Jaws will still scare the bejeebers out of you, its lack of knowledge is almost quaint.

Killing, the death of anything, is not a pleasant thought. Yet, the threat of Asian carp is real--not just in America but most other countries because this fish has few natural enemies and it is only in their native habitat that these enemies exist. As the arsenal of natural repellants is exhausted, we must ask ourselves,"Is this the solution?"




Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!








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Is global warming making rock snot?

March 20th 2014 20:48
rock snot
Whether you buy into the theory of global warming or not, the fact remains that the nuisance known as "rock snot" is showing up more and more.

The range of didymo, commonly called "rock snot, used to be the cooler regions of North America and Alpine regions of Europe and Asia before turning up in New Zealand. Now, it's even turning up in Eastern Canada and while that may make sense from a temperature perspective, it still has researchers worried as this article suggests.

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Short vs. Long shank hooks

March 14th 2014 01:58
It used to be a hook is a hook and then someone got creative and the result was a bewildering mess when you go to the sporting goods store to buy some simple fishing hooks.

Aside from hook size, another part of the size maze you have to worry about is short or long shanks. Luckily, this is pretty much what it sounds like. To make things easy, consider the shank to be the area of the hook from the loop where you tie on to the curved part.

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Angler lands record but...

March 7th 2014 06:26
Once again, a record catch was with in reach of an angler. Even better, the catch was one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips out of the country. Alas, legalities interceded and what almost was turned out to be a bust.

You can get all the gruesome details here.

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Round vs. Low Profile Baitcasters

February 28th 2014 01:06
fishing reels
If you're a fan of baitcasting reels, there comes a time when you have to decide on round or low profile models. Some people are real stubborn and stick with only one style. I must be a fence-sitter because I have one of each.

I'll be the first to admit a low profile reel looks pretty sleek. The looked even cooler when they first hit the market and the only people using them were touring pros on the B.A.S.S.circuit. A really decent low profile reel is still going to set you back at least a hundred bucks but, they've really dropped in price as their popularity had risen.

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Getting OFF the endangered species list

February 22nd 2014 01:09
Too often, when an animal is placed on the endangered species list, that's about it and five or ten years later they're gone.

Here's a neat little story about a minnow found only in the United States Oregon's backwaters and it's comeback from near extinction. Although the Oregon chub is coming back, its populations will be monitored for nine years to insure proper growth.

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Getting rid of Back Lashes

February 18th 2014 02:14
Sooner or later, all baitcaster users experience back lashes or birds' nests. I like using my baitcaster so this video has proved invaluable to me.

Aside from the tricks outlined here, I'll add one of my own--patience, patience, patience!

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Wicked Tuna Returns

February 16th 2014 00:35
One of hottest ideas to ever hit TV is reality programming. Although many (myself included) believe the phenomenon secures television's position as "a vast wasteland," there are probably people out there who want to know that Wicked Tuna will return to the National Geographic Channel with new programs Sunday, February 16 at 9 p.m. EDT.

In case you don't receive Nat Geo, Wicked Tuna is a reality television series about commercial bluefin tuna fishing off the coast Gloucester, Massachusetts. The show highlights various fishing boats, the crews and their ups and down. If you can get past the "reality" of it all, you'll see life on a fishing boat is not a vacation at sea.

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How fish see lures

February 10th 2014 04:06
Have you ever stood at the lure rack in a sporting goods store and wondered how a fish can bite on some of the stuff you see?

The thing you have to remember is that fish don't see things the same way humans do.

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Another take on old lures

February 6th 2014 01:41
Here's an article I ran across espousing the virtues of old lures.

When using the term "old" I don't mean lures from a season or two ago, but rather, lures from a generation ago.

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