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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Great Fishing TV Show

There is a great TV show, I just saw for the first time called "Addictive Fishing". You guys have to watch it, I just set a season pass on my Tivo for it. They were off the coast of Florida catching giant fish. There was alot of action on the show, definately was fun to watch.

They had sharks attacking the fish they were reeling up, with some great footage right near the boat.

Makes me want to go saltwater fishing, or fishing in general actually. I'd be just as happy striper fishing again. I just haven't had a chance to go recently, but when I do I'll post a fishing report.

What do you guys want to see me write about? Post comments, I noticed im getting a good amount of traffic now. So I'll write up some more interesting articles soon.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Man finds rare two toned lobster.

Interesting. The odds of finding this thing 1 in 50,000,000 or lower.

He donated the lobster to an oceanarium. I would have sold it to an aquarium; you know a lobster that rare will go for some good money. Im sure the oceanarium was happy, you know they will end up selling it down the road.

I know its not really about fishing, but interesting non the less.

This story comes from MSNBC:

"BAR HARBOR, Maine - An eastern Maine lobsterman caught a lobster last week that looks like it's half-cooked.

The lobster caught by Alan Robinson in Dyer's Bay is a typical mottled green on one side; the other side is a shade of orange that looks cooked.

Robinson, of Steuben, donated the lobster to the Mount Desert Oceanarium. Staff members say the odds or finding a half-and-half lobster are 1 in 50 million to 100 million. By comparison, the odds of finding a blue lobster are about 1 in a million.

Robinson, who has been fishing for more than 20 years, said he didn't know what to think when he spotted the odd creature in his trap.

"I thought somebody was playing a joke on me," Robinson said. "Once I saw what it was ... it was worth seeing."

Bette Spurling, who works at the oceanarium, said lobster shells are usually a blend of the three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. Those colors mix to form the greenish-brown color of most lobsters. This lobster, though, has no blue in half of its shell, she said.

Bernard Arseneau, a former manager at the oceanarium's lobster hatchery, said lobsters also have a growth pattern in which the two sides develop independently of each other.

The oceanarium has received only three two-toned lobsters in its 35 years of existence, staff members said."

The Barometer, Myth or Fact?

I came across an interesting article, very well written. I've always believed that the barometer effects fishing, but now im not so sure. It could be the tempature chances that come before storms, that drive fish crazy. Most cases I think think of, when the barometer rapidly changes, the tempature is effected. So that gets the fish active, changing fishing altogether.

"How much do fish respond to these day-to-day fluctuations? Consider that a normal value for barometric pressure is about 30 inches. Strong high pressure is about 30.70 inches. A powerful low, such as during a hurricane, can reach down to 28 inches or less. The difference between these two extremes (2.7 inches of barometric pressure) is equal to about .09 atmospheres. The barometric pressure difference from a simple passing cold front is only about .06 atmospheres.

The rate of a falling barometer also tells us how fast a low-pressure storm is approaching. A slow-moving storm would have a dip of about .02 to .03 inches of barometric pressure per hour; a fast-moving storm will drop the barometer about 0.05 to 0.06 inches per hour.

Simply stated, barometric pressure does not change quickly enough to magically turn the bite on or off. It certainly is one of the ingredients in the overall weather process, but temperature, cloud cover, wind direction and speed, and humidity can also affect fishing conditions. More importantly, the rate and amount of change in barometric pressure is insignificant compared to what’s going on below the surface."

There article can be found here, you should definately read it. He has some interesting points.

My First Rant

I know I've only had this blog for a couple of hours now, and Im surprised that I have had nearly 20 visitors already, and 1 Comment. Thank you man! Comments are encouraging. I can't wait until the search engines index this and I'll get some more traffic.

Anyways, on to my rant, lets stir up some controversy here.....

Man the FLW Wal-Mart Series Striper Tournament sucks!

I was looking forward to fishing this tournament when I first heard about it. They were claiming $1,000,000 in prizes. I was excited, finally Striper fishing could become a sport that could earn the best fisherman a living. Largemouth fisherman have had this luxury, look at the top pros, making MILLIONS a year. Bass fishing isn't for me though. I'm not knocking those who fish for them, but I prefer Stripers.

The rules are pathetic, you can not keep a fish over a certain length. I understand the minimum length, requirement, but a maximum? Are these people stupid?!? There is only one state I'm aware of that has a maximum weight law, but they don't fish there.

People come to these tournaments to watch, they want to see the BIGGEST fish. How boring is it, when all the fish at the weigh-in are going to be around the same size. What's the point? I want to go catch some hogs. It is a catch and release tournament; yes sometimes the fish die, but since the Striper Tube has been introduced, it cuts down the chances majorly.

Another thing that I can not stand is the fact that the tournament is ARTIFICIALS ONLY! That's ridiculous, the only reason why I can think of is because Wal-Mart wants to sell their artificial lures. Being the great sponsor, I am sure they had a major influence on this decision. If I wanted to sling artificial baits all day, I would be fishing in the bass tournaments! There is so much skill in using real bait. Locating them, knowing which ones to use, cut baiting techniques.

So I think they are limited the fishing too much. Does anyone else agree/disagree with me here?