Tomorrow, July 9th, is the 60th anniversary of the catch of the greatest smallmouth bass ever - the 11-pound 5-ounce behemoth that David L. Hayes caught on a Bomber plug at Dale Hollow Lake. Here's a link to my article about that catch, with a photo of Hayes and the fish.
In late April, Rep. Tom MacArthur, a freshman Congressman from New Jersey introduced the Striped Bass American Heritage Act, which proposes to make the striped bass our country's national fish.
If you'd like to read more about the life and behavior of the striper, you can find it at this link: http://fishing.about.com/…/fl/Species-Profile-Striped-Bass.…
I love the striper, and I'm holding one in my profile photo on About Fishing by Ken Schultz, but I'm not sure that this or any other species warrants such designation. What, exactly, are the benefits? Will it change anything with respect to management or commercial fishing activities? How does this relate to the people in Minnesota or Ohio, or other places with no native striped bass population?
What about the cod, which, as Mark Kurlansky noted in his book of the same name, was responsible for explorers discovering North America? What about the salmon species of the Northwest, which were of equal importance to natives and settlers of that region as the striper was to the Northeast? What about the largemouth bass, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has noted in its regular surveys of sportfishing, is the most popular sportfish in America?
Maybe it is best left to each state to determine its own "state" fish. Btw, the state saltwater fish of Congressman MacArthur's New Jersey is the striped bass.
Of course, I'm partial to books as gifts, and several of my "coffee table" books, or large-format books as they are known in the publishing trade, make great gift items. But I have some other thoughts on what might make a good gift for dad for Father's Day -- besides fishing and boating gear!
You can check it out in this longer article. Thanks.
I finally got the revised and improved web site up and running. Thanks for visiting the site and this blog, which will appear from time to time.
In case you're wondering, the original background photo on the site (it will be changed from time to time) was a photo that was taken almost a decade ago on Lake Agua Milpa in Mexico. The original image is actually very sharp, but I used a blurring effect for mood and to help the foreground text and photos pop.
The fellow in the bow is Don Logan, then CEO of Time, Inc. and now one of three co-owners of BASS. The fellow in the stern was our guide.
We were headed up the lake at dawn and the light was so great that I asked them to stop for several minutes and drop me on the shore for a few photos. One of the shots in this sequence was the cover photo for my book Spectacular Fishing.
As best I can recall, they caught nothing at this spot while I was taking photos, but Don and I caught plenty of bass later on. This photo sequence of anglers bass fishing at dawn on a mountain reservoir is one of my personal favorites. Hope you like it, too.
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