If you or your club has participated in or organized a conservation related project or activity in the last year, B.A.S.S. would like to know about it. We are compiling our Annual Achievment Report which will include information about all the projects and activities our organization and its chapters have conducted for the benefit of the resource. You may email Tim Cook at email@example.com with the details. Please include your club name, contact person, phone number, and email where we may reach you.
Gathering this data will be very important to supporting our program and securing more resources and funding. If your club is interested in doing a project in 2012 or just spending a Saturday morning being a part of one, please contact me as well.
Check it out at jessopbassclassic.blogspot.com – The Road to the Classic
As you know we will be holding our 2012 Top Six State Championship on beautiful Lake Amistad on March 26th through the 30th. We are anticipating a large field of anglers and are in need of volunteers to help make the tournament run smoother. We are looking for help in the following areas.
- Equipment Setup
- Boat and Insurance Checks
- Traffic Control
- Fish Care
- Weigh-In Jobs
If you are interested and can spare some time please contact myself, Charles Harkless or you Region Director.
Charles Harkless – President
American Income Life Basket of Hope is a food drive, which helps members across the country by providing food from their food bank. In order to provide the needed food AIL is reaching out to us as Texas B.A.S.S. Federation Nation members to help fill their food bank. To help, call American Income Life’s Public Relations Representative, Suny Robinson, at (979) 709-3709, to arrange a donation.
American Income Life Insurance Company sponsors Texas B.A.S.S Federation Nation through a program that provides our members with three thousand dollars of AD&D insurance at no cost.
Beginning February 1st, B.A.S.S. will impose a new single lure rule for the Bassmaster Classic and Elite Series. The new rule does not apply to the Bassmaster Open, B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, College B.A.S.S. and other events.
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During a recent TBFN Panhandle Region meeting Tom Jessop was asked how he was preparing for his first Bassmaster Classic appearance, and in his typical cowboy drawl he began telling a room full of anglers, the details of his preparation. Tom told of hours spent looking at Google Earth and topographical maps to narrow down key areas to focus on. He also researched, average and wining, weights for past local tournament so that he would know what he needed to bring to the scale everyday. But his one most important preparation item was getting out on the water and fishing, no matter what body of water it was.
We all held on every word knowing he has earned, along with five other Federation Nation anglers, a birth to the premier fishing tournament in the country. While the road to the Bassmaster Classic is possibly the hardest to earn for a Federation Nation member, each and every member has the same opportunity that Tom had. So let’s all get out on the water and soak some plastic with the goal of being the next Bassmaster Classic contender representing Texas.
Join us in supporting Tom at the 2012 Bassmaster Classic by pre-registering to receive your official Bassmaster Classic Credentials and preferred seating for you and your guests.
TPWD proposes regulation changes for lakes from time to time based on scientific data and public input. If you fish Lake Jacksonville, please take just a couple minutes to fill out this quick survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N5LJ3B8
Here is some background information from TPWD.
We have been hearing discontent from some of the anglers in the Jacksonville area regarding the 18-inch minimum length, 5-fish/day daily bag limit for largemouth bass in effect since 2000. With changes in habitat following release of grass carp in 2006 and 2007 and the floods of 2007 these anglers are concerned that although 14-16 inch fish are still abundant, fish over 18” are hard to find and this interferes with their ability to conduct several very popular night time tournaments. This was such a concern that at least one of the tournaments has temporarily moved to Lake Palestine. These angers have requested that TPWD consider a modification to the current regulation. Craig Bonds, Dan Bennett, and myself met with the anglers before Christmas to try to understand their concerns. Although they wanted to revert the regulation to the statewide 14-inch minimum length, 5-fish daily bag our concern was that doing so would cause the size distribution of largemouth bass to pre-2000 conditions where the population truncated at 14 inches with few fish over 14. The 18-inch minimum length limit has been successful in restructuring the population and maintaining fish up to 18” in length but has never produced a real surplus of fish over 18” (see attachment). This is understandable and is a function of how a minimum length limit works on relatively infertile systems like Lake Jacksonville. Although the anglers could understand what we were saying about the current regulation they felt that it still interfered with tournament activity. During the meeting we discussed several possibilities including changing tournament format to a “paper” tournament or a format similar to TTBC where fish could be weighed in the boat and immediately released but they did not think these were workable options. They also asked about a tournament exemption to allow them to temporarily retain fish 14-18 for later release but this is just not an option available in our regulation tool box at this time. We did discuss a compromise regulation that would remove the minimum length limit; however, only two largemouth bass less than 18 inches could be retained each day. Combined daily bag limit for all species of black bass would remain 5-fish/day; (this regulation is currently in effect at Lake O. H. Ivie in West Texas). Because the compromise regulation is already in use it is much easier to justify than an entirely new type of regulation. Although they would have preferred the 14”-minimum length they could see the benefit (to them) of the compromise regulation and they are currently preparing a petition to propose it. They understand that there are potential risks associated with revision of the regulation, including the possibility of fewer fish over 18 inches, but they believe the benefits to tournament activity resulting from the ability to retain two fish below 18 inches justify those risks.
We attempted to carry this request through our Senior Administration for the 2012 regulation cycle but the Commission had already been advised of all proposals for this year so the earliest it could be considered is for the 2013 cycle. In the mean time the Senior Administration would also like us to investigate whether the proposed change is agreeable to the majority of Jacksonville anglers or just this sub-group. To do that we are preparing an on-line survey that anglers can access to voice their opinion about this regulation change and to provide some demographic information about themselves that will help us better understand their reasoning for that opinion.
We will keep the survey active until June to allow anglers to cast their votes. The way the survey works is that only one vote can be accepted from each individual IP address so stuffing the ballot box is minimized. If it appears that most anglers are in favor of the change we will propose it at the beginning of the next regulation cycle in July.
This is sort of an experiment in new technology for us and we hope we can better inform anglers of proposed changes before they see them in the Fishing Guide.