15 pound bass everyone says they're catching! （转载）
By Brian Waldman
All fishermen are liars, except for you and me, and I'm not so sure about
you (LOL). That is the quote on a small cedar plaque I have had for nearly
30 years. And while 'liars' is kind of a strong term, there is certainly
this widely believed perception about anglers that they love to stretch the
truth just a bit. Typically this happens in the retelling of a story and
usually either pertains to the number of fish caught (because no one likes
to admit they caught only one or two fish - or worse..none) or especially
the size of the fish caught. We're all guilty of this, I'm certain at one
point or another in our angling lives.
Ask a serious bass fisherman what he caught and without hesitation, an "
eyeballed" fish grows. Suddenly the world is filled with guys who catch 4, 5
and 6 pounders. I don't know what it is about the 5 pound mark, but suffice
it to say that any bass close to that mark will at some point exceed it in
a future retelling. This is especially true with tourney anglers. They're
always catching limits in practice and they always manage a 5 pound bass or
two along the way. As a tourney angler myself over the past 20 years, I can'
t even begin to imagine all the tourneys that were won before they even
started based on the practice reports (LOL). Everybody is killing them
except you! But as I always like to say, the scales don't lie and the truth
always comes out at weigh-in time.
Fortunately, many states have adopted a tournament reporting feature into
their fishery departments. This is seen as a low cost way to capture lots of
data on the general trends in bass populations in these states. Overall the
data is fairly reliable, especially over time or as number of reports
I'm not sure which state actually started the reporting trend, but many have
caught on and they all seem to use a very similar and standardized format.
You can view the most recent reports (2005) for Kansas, Alabama, Oklahoma,
Tennessee and Mississippi with a simple Google search online. Many of these
reports go back nearly 20 years for a given state and show some interesting
trends. Of course, the part I am most interested in is the statistics
concerning 5 pound bass.
I'll save you the gore of searching for and looking over all the numbers,
but I have compiled all the data I could from these state reports concerning
the hours to catch a 5 pound bass. One of the surprising things that came
out of looking at all that data was how similar the time frames and numbers
were from state to state. So after compiling reports from 6 states totaling
over 18,000 tournaments and comprised of over 4 million angler-hours on the
water, the average time it takes to catch a 5 pound bass works out to be 495
.9 hours per fish. If you look at just the best lake in any given state for
a year that has at least 5 reports for itself, and average these across
states and years (again, striking similarity between states) you arrive at a
best average of 165.5 angler-hours to catch a 5 pound bass.
Keeping in mind that all this data is compiled by bass tournament anglers
and organizations, the target group most likely to have the best catch
results for bass as compared to non-tournament or casual anglers, and you
begin to realize that all those 5 pound bass everyone says they're catching
probably isn't quite the truth.
So you now have the basis for comparison sake in your fishing adventures.
Your best bet to crack that 5 pound barrier is to fish lightly pressured or
private waters, intimately learn a particular public body of water, or focus
on primarily "big bass" tactics and baits.
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: 5 pound bass everyone says they're catching! （转载）
: By Brian Waldman
: All fishermen are liars, except for you and me, and I'm not so sure about
: you (LOL). That is the quote on a small cedar plaque I have had for nearly
: 30 years. And while 'liars' is kind of a strong term, there is certainly
: this widely believed perception about anglers that they love to stretch the
: truth just a bit. Typically this happens in the retelling of a story and
: usually either pertains to the number of fish caught (because no one likes
: to admit they caught only one or two fish - or worse..none) or especially
: the size of the fish caught. We're all guilty of this, I'm certain at one
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