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B.A.S.S. and Information of Value to Bass Anglers

by Ralph Manns

B.A.S.S. and Information of Value to Bass Anglers


by Ralph Manns


In recent weeks, political disagreement has led many BFHP users to pan ESPN and B.A.S.S. as managed by ESPN. Iíd like to point out that despite whatever valid complains there are about the tournament circuits, corporate outlook of ESPN, and tournament rules, B.A.S.S. continues to be one of the best, if not the only good, source of scientific information and reports of environmental problems aimed directly as bass fishermen.


For example, my latest issue of "Bass Times" (Jan 2006) contains two articles that every bass angler should read and understand. The value of the publications justifies the continuation of B.A.S.S. membership, even if you personally decide to participate in other tournament circuits.


The first article, "Studying smallmouth" (page 18) by Ed Harp, reports the latest SMB tracking results. It contains information not yet published by the scientific researchers. B.A.S.S. has led the tournament community toward better fish handling procedures for years. Thatís worth a lot in my estimation.


The second article: "Water temps drive the spawn ( page 20) by Mark Rogers and Dr. Mike Allen is a valuable reference for all who fish bass in spring. It provides data relevant to recent discussions on the BFHP Tactics and Other Topics pages concerning the relationship of temperature and moon phase to spawning.


It shows how the bell-curve description of spawning applies. Some bass spawn early, others late, and there is a mean or average mid-point centering on appropriate water temperatures when a majority of bass nest.


In my opinion, the graphed data, based on hatching times not the time of actual nesting, show a tendency of bass to actually lay eggs just before, on, or just after the full and dark of the moon once water temperatures pass the 62 F mark and are steadily warming. Note that early spawners are often disrupted when water temperatures fluctuate rather than warm steadily.


As e females usually leave e nesting areas before the fry hatch or shortly after hatching, the times 4-6 days before the peak hatching periods shown are the times when the biggest bass are likely to be taken.


The smaller males stay at the nest and then with the fry after they school and start swimming around, for up to 20 days. Thus bass catches continue at accelerated rates beyond the times of specific spawning, but the larger fish are harder to locate after they leave the immediate nesting area. This extends the "good fishing" period associated with spawning through the changes of moon phase.


Itís all there for anglers to see and understand, B.A.S.S. published it.


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