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Sky sports 4 Monday 18th at 11pm Its the Walmart FLW tour meeting from Table Rock Lake.


Not sure if it is any good anyone seen any of the coverage before might be worth a look.

There site can be found at http://www.flwoutdoors.com/
 

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I love that show..

I have a few contacts on the Bass circuit, some retired but those boys have
seriously pressured fish at times. Big bucks though, I'd love to make a few million $
fishing..

Who wouldn't though..

Roll on our own Nathan Taylor £1,000,000 tournament.
I'll bet he wouldn't be smiling writing that cheque..

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I have seen that show many times and found it to be 'totally bonkers'but entertaining.
I wince when they strike into a fish.
The boats are amazing arnt they,but I dont like those two muppets that present the show.
 

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Nick Phillips said:
I have seen that show many times and found it to be 'totally bonkers'but entertaining.
I wince when they strike into a fish.
The boats are amazing arnt they,but Idont like those two muppets that present the show.
I'm with you there . . particularly the older guy - what a cheesy git !!!
Yep, the strikes are just outrageous, lucky the fish havent got big teeth, as they'd pull em straight out of their gobs !!! :rofl:

Still . . . . entertaining !!!
 

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Just watched it. Is it me or do those bass fight like wet lumps of........?

Beats Eastenders though....
 

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Paul B said:
Just watched it. Is it me or do those bass fight like wet lumps of........?

Beats Eastenders though....
Black or large-mouth bass isn’t the best fighter in the world, but they do put up a better scrap than you might think if you only have seen the footage on Sky.

A lot of bass fishing are done around extremely heavy cover and submerged weed and the tournament anglers use very heavy tackle (very stiff rods and heavy mono/fluorocarbon lines up to 20Ib or even 65Ib braid) to horse the fish out of the green stuff before they get snagged up.
 

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Oh I've seen them on the Wii too...............

Seriously Vidar, I realise they are using heavy gear from time to time, but some of the guys were getting 3lb and 4lb fish on 8lb mono and just reeling them in?

A 4lb bass here gives a far better account of itself than that.
 

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Paul B said:
Oh I've seen them on the Wii too...............

Seriously Vidar, I realise they are using heavy gear from time to time, but some of the guys were getting 3lb and 4lb fish on 8lb mono and just reeling them in?

A 4lb bass here gives a far better account of itself than that.
Yes, our bass does indeed bass put up a much better scrap :) :) :)

However, these anglers are professionals and have acquired an incredible skill (if it can be called that) in landing these fish. It is a bit similar to when a UK match angler are able to land a double figure carp in double quick time despite using very light hook links.
 

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It is a bit similar to when a UK match angler are able to land a double figure carp in double quick time despite using very light hook links.
Couldn't agree more.
Pre captured fish, especially multiple caught fish learn to give up. I'm certain of it.

I've talked before about pressured fish. Jersey has had inshore plug angling AND boat plug
angling for many years. Bass being Bass could have the ability to learn to refuse certain
plug types or not feed in the same area as previously captured.

Just a theory of course, no hard evidence.

And for the record, I like the look of large and smallmouth Bass.

So
Humbug to all you heathens..

:aarrg:

If i was earning that amount of $ for fishing I'd be jumping for joy too.
 

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No disrespect at all to the anglers skill, they still compete for top spot. Very rare to see someone lose a fish (ie break) though.

I'll keep practising on the Wii.

PS my cheap baitcaster outfit might be getting an airing soon.
 

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I also crindge when its weigh in time and they walk out with the crowd all hyped up.
Then they have the fish in those live tanks,its almost as if the fish know they are on TV :)

There is an old saying,,,"Only in America". :rollineyes:
 

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Yes Nick but...

The fishery is healthy and the peripheral industry flourishing, though competitive.

A few things I dug up..

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Anglers spent $35.6 billion in 2001 to pursue their sport.

$2.07 billion was spent on fishing tackle in 2001.

Anglers 16 and older took 365 million freshwater fishing trips in 2001 totaling 467 million days.

More Americans fish than play golf and tennis combined.

"On average, an angler spends over $1,200 every year on the sport. Hidden, but none-the-less real, is a multiplying factor that effectively triples what you spend as the initial expenditure ripples through the economy. Take for example the $10 plunked down by an angler for a new a lure. It spreads outward just like the ripples made after the lure hits the water. That revenue helps the store's owner pay her rent, bills and employees. These individuals then use part of that money for other goods and services and the rippling effect further spreads and repeats. Of course, ten dollars isn't very significant by itself, but when 44 million anglers spend $41.5 billion in a year, the result in jobs, wages, and other economic effects is an extraordinary pillar of America's economic health."

References: http://www.texasbassfishing.com/us-fishing-facts.asp , http://ezinearticles.com/?Economic-Impa ... &id=835942

I'm sorry but I think our fishery, salt, fresh or otherwise needs to be accounted for at government level. We are seeing festivals, tours, guides, new distributors all trying to help the sport flourish but...on a forever decreasing fish stock.

Something there doesn't make sense does it based on those figures from TV Bass land.
 

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I agree that some aspects of the US bass tours are perhaps "cringeworthy" to our English sensibilities, but in my mind, the stuff that Keith is talking about is far, far more important than worrying about what does and does not fit with us and our attitudes - the simple fact is that sport fishing is huge business in the US, and because it is such huge business the government simply can not afford NOT to take sport fishing seriously as regards votes, economics etc.

A very simplistis view, but it's true - I remember the first time I went to the US, I simply had no idea how big fishing was (and indeed hunting and shooting) - came back with a very different attitude. Nowhere is perfect, but any country that has done what they did with their striped bass fishery deserves a closer look at how things might be done over here. Look at the Florida Keys - a place as heavily fished as that by rights should be completely and utterly ruined, but it isn't.

Bright shirts, sponsors' logos, shiny boats and cap cameras aside of course !! All credit to the US freshwater bass anglers I reckon - if they can make serious wedge from catching those fish on pro tours, good for them.
 

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agree with the last two points...

r.e. striking: i was watching it once and one of the guys struck that hard he snapped his line LOL! he then tied on another lure and caught the fish again and landed it... great anglers i reckon
 

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Henry Gilbey said:
I agree that some aspects of the US bass tours are perhaps "cringeworthy" to our English sensibilities, but in my mind, the stuff that Keith is talking about is far, far more important than worrying about what does and does not fit with us and our attitudes - the simple fact is that sport fishing is huge business in the US, and because it is such huge business the government simply can not afford NOT to take sport fishing seriously as regards votes, economics etc.

A very simplistis view, but it's true - I remember the first time I went to the US, I simply had no idea how big fishing was (and indeed hunting and shooting) - came back with a very different attitude. Nowhere is perfect, but any country that has done what they did with their striped bass fishery deserves a closer look at how things might be done over here. Look at the Florida Keys - a place as heavily fished as that by rights should be completely and utterly ruined, but it isn't.

Bright shirts, sponsors' logos, shiny boats and cap cameras aside of course !! All credit to the US freshwater bass anglers I reckon - if they can make serious wedge from catching those fish on pro tours, good for them.
Well said that man :clap: :clap: :clap:

British anglers (salt and freshwater) should really work together much harder in order for their voice to be heard.

I too agree that some of the stuff you see in the Sky program isn’t how I would have done it, but that being said these guys are incredible anglers and some of them have spent year fishing club and regional tournaments before they quality to the FLW and the Bassmaster tours.
 
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