RE: Sonar says thanks – Good job, Miles. Keep up the good work and attitude.
RE: Sonar says thanks – Good job, Miles. Keep up the good work and attitude.
RE: Balog on circuits – Great article, which brings me to, hands down, my favorite T.V. fishing show – Major League Fishing. Very much the competition the article speaks of and informative at the same time. I'm still all in with FLW and BASS competition, but it's not presented on TV with the same direction and I can't travel to events like I would like to; plus some of the "personalities" are overbearing and take away from the event, just MHO.
RE: Balog on Istokpoga – One of the big problems at 'Poga and most of the other lakes, in my opinion, is the FWC needs to have better control over the spray boats. They keep saying that they need to spray to help control waterways and navigation. Would like to know how spraying every living thing on all the banks affects navigation. Not sure the FWC and the actual sprayers are on the same page. Now they want to establish native plants in 'Poga. Pretty sure they would not have to do that if they would not have sprayed all the native plants that were already there. Need some accountability on the spray boats that will make sure that what is getting sprayed is not EVERYTHING!
After talking with the FLW tour tournament director, June 12, 2017, I learned that they regard the Guadalupe bass as a spotted bass, thus making them legal to weigh in!
What made me curious about this was the article on Stephen Patek in the May/June 2017 issue of FLW Bass Fishing, where he said about his day 3 in the Lake Travis event, that he needed to cull "one little Guadalupe bass". FLW Tour tournament rules say only largemouth, spotted, redeye or smallmouth bass are accepted. If they want to include Guadalupe bass in there, they should have it written in the rules. Spotted bass and Guadalupe bass are two entirely different species.
RE: Balog on Istokpoga – This story is just one of the many that has happened in our state. For years our lake managers have felt that our lakes didn't need the management other states have put in place because we are the "bass capital." The state of our fisheries is now proving otherwise.
Another example of a fishing tragedy right down the road from Istokpoga is lake Walk in the Water – once one of the best lakes in the country and now it's the shell of what it used to be. Once the hydrilla was gone, 2 years after, so are the fish. This lake once supported many guides and was an incredible fishery. Now other than a few days during the spawn it is almost impossible for an average angler to catch a limit. With all the year-round pressure and the countless new people moving into our state, we need to be on the cutting edge of fish management, but I think the total decline in almost all fisheries in our state prove we are anything but.
RE: Balog on Istokpoga – As usual, good article, Joe. I would not be too optimistic about the future since the lake is up against probably the most powerful lobby in D.C., big agriculture. Usually all water-quality problems can be tracked back to sediment, nitrogen or phosphorus.
RE: Balog on Istokpoga – Florida lake levels remain constant? Lake Toho and the Kissimmee chain have the water level dropped very early in the year. This is supposedly in preparation for the rainy season. Add in the ridiculous amount of hydrilla and you have a significantly smaller lake, much of it unnavigable. This is the case for a good part of the year. Most docks and canals are unreachable.
RE: Balog on Istokpoga – When the real estate bubble burst, I moved from Michigan to Florida with the company I worked for. I spent many weekends (far too many, if you ask my wife) fishing Okechobee, Istokpoga and the Kissimmee Chain. I saw firsthand the destruction U.S. Sugar and other special interest groups did (and continue to do) to these fisheries.
Thanks for writing this article and letting the bass fishing masses know!
Istokpoga has always been my favorite lake in Florida Even as nasty as they have allowed it to become, it still has been giving up awesome weights this season. We have huge problems here in Florida. The machine that controls the herbicide sprayboats is completely and utterly out of control ... it needs to be rolled back. Yes, control and access is necessary, so they are needed for this, but they spray so much and so often that they are killing all these lakes. They spot-spray around the natives so much that they end up killing the natives back so much that the exotics take their place. It's called chasing your tail.
Spraying leads to more spraying, all the breakdown releases even more nutrients into the system and we end up with algae blooms and nasty water. We as citizens need to stand up to this and demand they stop this level of application. It isn't going to stop unless we get together and demand that it does.
Anyone ever wonder why FWC always trots someone out to speak about this with about 5 years to go before retirement? Folks, it will always be someone else's fault – the farmers, the lakefront property owners, high water, low water, you name it ... they take zero responsibility.
RE: All-American winner – Way to go, Marshall Deakins! You are one of the best I've ever met .. on and off the water. Well-deserved on your win.
Why is Mark Zona not on Bassmaster shows?
BassFan says: He's working a more limited schedule with B.A.S.S. this year and devoting additional time to his own TV show. He'll be back on Bassmaster Live! later this summer.
RE: New Bass Cat sales chief – Congratulations, Dallas. All the best at Bass Cat.
RE: Balog on exotics – I no longer believe that it is the fisheries biologists that have issues with the invasive vegetation in the lakes. In my own opinion, it is instead the invasive plant biologists because one would have to be a fool as a fisheries guy and try and do a good job when you support the ridiculous amounts of herbicide application that is occurring all over. It just doesn't make sense.
If you care to view this, all are welcome to come to Florida and put in on most any lake in the state and view it firsthand. I wonder where it all went wrong? I mean when these biologists signed up for classes, did they hand them a spray bottle of Roundup and tell them to have it, or what?
Fred Bland was much loved by his family and friends. His quick wit and competitive spirit made any time spent with him special. He has moved to the top of the leaderboard for eternity. Rest in peace, Fred. You are truly healed!
I wanted to share a quick story about Fred Bland. I drew Fred as my boater in a BASS Top 100 tournament at Lake Gaston back in the mid '90s. At that time, I had not been exposed to the shaky-head. Fred had two shaky-heads tied on, one for docks and one for deep water. Half the day he skipped the shaky-head under docks and half the day we traveled to the dam and he used the shaky-head in 40 feet of water. Fred caught fish both ways.
Having never been exposed to this method of bass fishing, it was very interesting to see him work. In my neck of the woods, power-fishing with baitcasters, spinnerbaits and jigs was the name of the game. Fred's use of spinning rods and a shaky-head changed my mindset. It's easy to forget that not that many years ago, the spinning rod and shaky-head was not the staple of tournament fishing that it is today.
In my opinion, Fred was innovative and used his spinning rod technique in the headwind of baitcasters and power-fishing. I know worms and weights have been used for decades, but Fred's specific technique, with a spinning rod, in North Carolina was an exception at the time, not the rule. Super-nice guy and made a great impact on the sport.
Joe Balog's articles are my first read. Keep up the good work.
RE: Balog on exotics – You have to wonder how much of this spraying of invasive plant species is being driven by the chemical industry as a way of selling chemicals. Keep in mind that likely the majority of plants, shrubs and trees in your neighborhood are foreign species and there is no great outcry to spray them because they are beneficial in most cases.
Hydrilla might choke off a small pond and ruin the fishing, but be a godsend in a large and aging reservoir to provide cover for the entire chain of life in that body of water. Look no further than what happened to the fishing in the numerous reservoirs where they killed the grass and ruined the fishing. Hyacinth is another invasive plant that provides valuable cover along the banks and fish love it, but the biologists still mistakenly claim that it is poor habitat because it reportedly deprives the area of oxygen. Ask any fisherman how good the fishing is under hyacinths.
The problem is two-fold for the fishermen. We've got people who live on the lake and want all vegetation killed so they have a pristine and sterile body of water to wakeboard, jetski and cruise around. The other influence to kill grass is the chemical companies, which will make campaign contributions and channel money to biologists through scholarships and handouts disguised as research studies.
I fault the fisheries biologists for not recognizing the tremendous benefit of hydrilla and its huge effect on the bass population in our reservoirs ... and the equally devastating effect when the grass is killed with poison, grass carp or both.
By John Johnson BassFan Senior Editor Kevin VanDam won two regular-season Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments in 2016, along with the short-field
By John Johnson BassFan Senior Editor For the past year and a half, Carl Svebek III has been a resident of Orange, Texas, which always serves as the
By Todd Ceisner BassFan Editor The Potomac River has gone through cycles over the years, both good and bad. Some years, the vegetation is lush and