Friday, March 22, 2013

I was wrong about Falcon Lake

From Bassmaster.com

I was wrong, I can admit it.  With all the talk of how Falcon Lake’s water level was down and the fish would be harder to catch, I bought into it.  I assumed the daily bags would be 20 to 25lb meaning a winning bag would be 80 to 100lb.

After Keith Combs brought 34-13lb’s to the scales on day one my assumption was blown out of the water.  Even if Keith only brings 25lb to the scales the next three days plus what he brought on day one, Keith will have around 109lb and break the century mark.

109lb won’t break the record held by Paul Elias for the biggest sack over a four day tourney (132-8).  Paul Elias set that record on Falcon Lake.  If Keith Combs can bring 34 to 35lbs to the scales everyday he could set a new record.  I can admit I was wrong, I didn't think the record had any chance of being broken.

Sure it’s only been one day, but that first day weight can be a good indicator of what it is going to take every day to win the tournament.  We will have to wait until Sunday to see if any angler can break the record.  I no longer think a 40 plus pound bag is out of the question.  This event is going to come down to big weights and who can find the most, big mamas to weigh-in.   

Friday, March 15, 2013

Ike on the bank: When is someone going to get really hurt?

From Bassmaster.com

In case you missed it Mike Iaconelli hit something while running down the Sabine River during the second day of competition of the “Elite Series Sabine River Challenge Presented by STARK Cultural Venues” According to reports both Ike and his marshal are ok.

This leads me to a question I have had for years.  Are anglers taking to many chances?  In 2011 on the Louisiana Delta anglers were running full throttle during dense fog relaying on Lowrance Radar to run through the fog.  I wrote about it back then and then talked to Dave Wolak about the issue as well.  You can read them her Part 1, part 2.

From Bassmaster.com
Reports before the tournament on the Sabine River had suggested that there were many things in the river that could cause issues for the anglers.  Ike seems to have proven it.  So I ask who is responsible the boat and motor companies for making bass boats that go 70 plus MPH or the anglers driving them.

That seems like a dumb question right, just thought I would ask because those trying to ban guns say it’s the guns fault not the morons shooting people with them, but that’s not something to get in to on this post.  Anyway, let’s be honest it’s the boats fault when they hit something.  Not the boat or the companies making the boat or motor.

Are the anglers pushed to run and gun?  I am not saying that BASS or FLW are saying you have to run and gun but the sport of competitive bass fishing makes it that way.  If you have to be in the top half of the field just to cash a small check of course you are going to run a bit on the edge.  You’re going to push it and perhaps be careless.

If an angler was getting paid no matter what they might be a bit safe.  Now I say that knowing that might not be true sure they all want to win and if running and gunning to each spot because you have 40 spots each day to fish (exaggeration) the angler might push it.

From Bassmaster.com
I guess it is a double edge sword.  The truth of the matter is each year we hear about anglers hitting things.  I think of SHINICHI FUKAE Hitting the Paris Landing Bridge well running back to the weigh in at the FLW Event on Kentucky Lake in 2011.

So how do we stop this from happening?  I honestly don’t know there is always going to be that sand bar an angler runs over and gets beached on.  But these sorts of things anglers ending up on the bank, or hitting a bridge can be stopped.  I worry that if something is not done an angler is going to be killed on the water in a tournament.  Something needs to be done before that happens for real.