H.O.T. website has now posted the results from their tourney this past weekend on Patoka. A pretty strong showing for the lake with 16 of the Top 20 coming in with 6-fish limits. State Finals will be back down there very soon. Check out their website for the full rundown.
Mountain Home, AR - Premium rod maker Denali Rods is excited to announce the release of the brand new N2 Series of rods. The N2 Series is so named because it is the “second generation” of Denali’s flagship Noirwood Series.
The original Noirwood series was built with the absolute highest quality components available in the industry, and featured cutting edge technologies like carbon fiber handles, stabilized hardwood foregrips, and the most sensitive blanks on the market. The N2 Series rods have maintained those same features but put them in a lighter, easier to handle, and more fishable package.
“Our Noirwood Series has always been the line we hang our hats on.” Denali president Scott Estes says about the release, continuing “When we decided to rework them into the N2 series, we wanted to keep all the things that made the Noirwoods great, while creating a better overall user experience through technologies like hybrid micro guides, lighter skeleton reel seats, and a redesigned foregrip. The rod is still the most sensitive, well-built rod you can find, but now its lighter, comes with more aggressive styling, and offers a more minimal profile.”
In addition to the new features and cosmetics, the N2 lineup includes three additional models;
Denali Rods will be showcasing the new N2 series as well as their new J2 Series rods at ICAST in Orlando, FL July 16-18 in booth 1544. Denali offers four complete lines of quality rods starting at $99 and their rods come with a limited lifetime warranty against material and workmanship defects. For more information about Denali Rods, go to www.denalirods.com.
Jacob featured on this segment of "The Livewell," being interviewed by Mark Zona about one of the key baits that helped him win BassFest, the hair jig. Click the link below the screenshot to view the entire episode (2:53) over at Bassmaster.com.
Hide and Seek: Interplay of Fish and Anglers Influences Spatial Fisheries Management
Bryan G. Matthias, Micheal S. Allen, Robert N. M. Ahrens, T. Douglas Beard Jr. & Janice A. Kerns
Buck Perry used to state that the fish were either in the shallows, in the deep water, or somewhere in-between. A recent study on a north central Florida lake, though, showed that most bass anglers were near the bank. Researchers conducted a field study comparing where anglers fished versus where fish lived in one 6000 ac. Florida lake. The lake had a maximum depth of 27 ft., and an average depth of 16 ft. There were several short canals branching off the lake's shoreline, and a thin mix of emergent vegetation (maidencane, bald cypress, spatterdock, and giant bulrush) lined the lake's perimeter. Over a period of one year, researchers tagged and tracked largemouth bass, as well as (tracked) the bass anglers fishing for them. The results were quite interesting.
You would think that most tagged bass caught should have been from shoreline areas, and that bass located offshore would likely be less vulnerable to angling pressure since so few people were fishing offshore for them. However, tag return results showed otherwise, resulting in a near 50/50 split between offshore anglers and onshore anglers. How could this be so?
There are a several schools of thought that might explain this. First, it appears that at least on some lakes, enough fish might move between deep water areas and shoreline related areas to equalize out overall catch rates. Second, it may be that offshore fish are simply more vulnerable to angling than those that stay onshore and bear the majority of the fishing pressure. Lastly, it might imply that offshore anglers are just more effective at catching fish compared to bank-bound anglers.
Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey
It's been a while since I've fished any large tournaments, and as such, it's been a while since I've had to read the rules of such tournaments. I remember all the common ones (rules) in place, but I recently had chance to review the B.A.S.S. Open rules and admit, I was quite surprised by some of them.
There is a term that engineers and others use when dealing with organized systems called "emergent behaviour." Basically, you create an organized framework for your system, in this case a set of rules for a bass tournament competition, and sooner rather than later, someone will do something or behave in a way that the original framework creator never anticipated or predicted. As such, you likely end up with a new rule to address the unexpected consequence. I can only imagine that many of the rules I pulled out and highlighted below as "strange" to me were the result of such happenings. Quite frankly, some simply make no sense to me, but obviously someone did something that sparked a complaint to the tourney director. Guess I'm just getting old.
July 19 -20, 2014, Patoka Lake, Birdseye IN.
Newton Stewart South Ramp
130 Anglers invited, each fishing on an equal basis with hopes of finishing in the top 12 positions which will establish the 2015, Indiana Bass Federation State Team
Pre tournament registration and pairing meeting, Friday July 18, 7:00 PM at Patoka Lake Marina and Lodging 2991 N. Dillard Rd. Birdseye IN. (just outside the park gate). This meeting is mandatory and you must be signed in before 7:00 PM
Boat check will begin at 5:00 AM each morning at Newton Stewart South Ramp.
$5.00 per day big bass pot is optional. Must be paid at registration, cash.
There may be an optional side pot at registration $10.00
Lodging: Patoka Lake Marina and Lodging, 2991 Dillard Rd. Birdseye IN.
888-819-6916 or www.patokalakemarina.com
Ranger Cup participants must have their cards and wear the required clothing.
Presented by INDIANA BASS FEDERATION, Zone 2
Lake is off limits Monday thru Thursday, July 14-17
You may practice on Friday July 18