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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 17

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Outdoor* with John Stetson EDITOR'S NOTE: The controversy over the question of Just whether bass tournaments hurt the fish populations keeps being raised each summer, but it's still not answered. Bob Cobb of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society — today's guest columnist gives his analysis of the situation. B.A.S.S. is the country's largest bass fishing organization. By BOB COBB One of the hottest subjects on the fishing front today is the pros and cons of bass tournaments. For many years, fisheries biologists have been telling us that we could not hurt a lake by fishing within the legal hook and line regulation. Anglers were told that closed seasons and length limits were unnecessary for the largeniouth bass. They said that, liberal creel limits in most, slates were harmless, so bass fishermen dragged in big stringers with no guilty feeling. But, the situation has changed. Now there is some question, "Can too much fishim; pressure hurt fishing success?" There are a great, many factors to consider, such as the size of the lake, long or short growing seasons, and fertility of the lake. Then too, there arc more skilled bass fishermen' today in one state than wo could scare up in the whole country two decades ago. This is the age of "scientific bassing." The use of sonar depth finders, temp meters, high powered bass boats, topo maps and organizations like B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) to spread these super fishing techniques. And BASS fishing tournaments which have honed these techniques and resulted in vastly improved bass fishing tackle and gear. BASS lournaments have done for fishermen what unto racing has done for improving the family car, cruising the freeways. Yet, dnspilR the fact that bass tournament anglers abide by daily bag limits and play by strict rules that set larger minimum si/e limits for these contests than stale fish and game laws require, it hasn't put the lid on some public reaction. The tournament anglers in some cases have been too good at the fish catching art for their own good. The pro-and-con controversy always sounds loudest after the average weekend fisherman witnesses a tournament weigh- in. The unsuccessful angling crowd takes one look at the big .stringers and lets up a cry of "they've ruined the hike." Let's take a look at some hard, cold facts. These figures won't, have much effect on (he emotional witnesses at BASS fishing contests, but. they should provide a basis for some judgement on the deoate. If anything, they may prove just how sporty the largemoulh bass can be lo catch. Even the so-called "buss pros" don't really limit every trip. On August 24-26, the. 1 cream of the fishing elite of B.A.S.S., a field of 17!) top anglers from 17 stales, gathered on Ross Barnett Reservoir: an over 31,000 acre barsland near Jackson, Miss. The meeting was to divide up $15,500 among the top 35 anglers. These fellows paid a $150 entry fee to show they were serious about their bass fishing. The contestants fished two-men to the boat. They averaged 10',;. hours fishing from (i::!(l a.m. to 5 p.m. for three days of competition. They practiced the previous four (lays; in which fisli taken were released in hopes (hey could be caught during Hie contest. Only artificial lures were allowed, and by casting. During practices, the veterans frequently fished without a barb on their hook, und in sonic cases, with no hook in their plastic worms. They merely wanted to locate bass, not "kill 'em" as some folks claim. Tournament rules limited the daily stringer limit to ten bass. Mississippi allows regular fishing customers to catch 15 bass a d;iy. Legal tournament size was set at 12-inch minimum with fish brought in unciersize to result in a penalty. Professional tournament fishermen are accused of the tactic of "culling" their stringer. That is trying to improve their catch after taking a "daily limit.'This isn't unique with "fishing pros." Anyone good enough to catch a limit before quilling lime, does it. What is interesting is that "limits" regardless of 10 or 15 buss limtis, just aren't that plentiful. The "experts" the first daily round at Ross Barnett, where school bass were supposed to be working the surface to a froth, could tally only seven "ten-bass limits." They scored only 11 over the three 'lays. The daylighl-lo-simclown seige on Barnett resulted in a total of 1,02!) tournament bass scored. They were weighed, measured, checked and recorded as 1,615 ibs. 5 ozs. That, my friends, is a sizeable pile of bass. But actually just a drop in the bucket when considering the size of Ross Barnett Reservoir. Then take into consideration the amount of time, effort and if you will — expense, each contestant put forth to catch his average of 3.1 pounds per lO'^-hour day of hard fishing. Each contestant averaged around 5.7 bass for the tournament, which figures out to boating a keeper bass at the rate of one (1) bass per six (6) hours of fishing effort. It took a lot. of time to catch those 1,029 bass, but this is something the general sideline kibitzer chooses to ignore. The average critic would have given up long before the day's final gun. The average fisherman will not work that long and hard at his "sport." Consider the previous facts on the fishing prowess of the "pros." Al best, we can ascertain it lo be rather unimpressive. Similar figures computed for other BASS tournaments have revealed the "fishing pro's' lo be rather human. No one has come forward yet with any solid proof that bass fishing tournaments can hurt a large reservoir. Consequently, increased fishing pressure may help fishing. Game and Fish Departments can show you that higher yields of harvest of game fish are being made now than in previous years. Naturally, this is from more fishing pressure, but in previous years a great amount of game fish must have gone to waste. Professional B.A.S.S. tournaments are now in their fifth year, and have not been without anti-tournament overtones. As a result, B.A.S.S. »mbarked on a "Don't Kill Your Catch" release program for its 1972 national contests. The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society designed a special 525-gallon aerated holding lank, an almost time-clock weigh-in system and the requirement of an aerated live well in all conleslant's boats. The "Don't Kill Your Catch" program is being accepted by the fishing pros and the non-pro anglers, according lo Ray Scott, president of the 92,000 member B.A.S.S. organization. "Biologically speaking, taking fish from a large reservoir doesn't hurt fishing," commented Scott. "But since we couldn't make biologists oul of every person, it was decided Ihere would have lo be another means to insure the non-pro fishermen thai lournaments would not be destructive to a lake. By releasing the fish, ws are heading toward this objective, and we believe encoungin 1 ' the sporting aspect of bass fishing." Scott said the release program has spread to many local dub tournaments across the country (B.A.S.S. has over 401) affiliated Chapters), and many Society members are now practicing the "Don't Kill Your Catch" creed in their individual creels. Maybe this isn't necessary, but then maybe it is. One thing for sure, pulling bass back alive can't hurl fishing. Turning a bass loose really isn'l a mind-blowing experience. Most fishermen release 8-to-10 inch yearlings. But try this . . . lean over the side of the boat and tenderly unhook a five- pounder and watch it swim away. It's a strange feeling, but try it. You may just like this "Don't Kill You- Catch" Idea too. Don't lug home » stringer full of bass as bragging material and then try to find somebody to give 'em to. If you don't want them to eat, or mount for the den wall, put 'em back. .. and try to catch 'eai again. Hassle is only spark in dull NL By KEN RAPPOPOUT AP Sports Writer "Let's go, let's go," said catcher John Bateman of the Philadelphia Phillies. "Don.'t tell me what to do." said umpire Shag Crawford. "I'm not telling you what to do." said Bateman. "Bleep you," said Crawford. And that little "bleep" will get Crawford into hot water with the National League front office, according to Bateman. The catcher says he's reporting the umpire for using abusive language during Thursday night's 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. "I'm reporting his bleep," said Bateman, describing the alleged fifth-inning incident. Bateman sad that he objected to the plate umpire's call on a pitch thrown, by Sieve Carlton. Bateman insisted it was a strike, not a ball as called by Crawford. "I said to him: 'let's go, let's go'," said Bateman. "He walked in front of the plate and said to, me: 'Don't tell me what to do.' I said: 'I'm not telling you what to do! He then said, 'Bleep you.'" Bateman said he would write a letter to National L e a g u e President Chub Fecney about the incident. "I've paid fines for saying less than that," snapped Bateman. In the umpire's dressing room, Crowford was "bleeping" mad. "Bleep him," said Crawford. "That's what 1 told him and I'm saying it again. That bleeping butcher. He's a beggar—begging f o r strikes." The excitement in Philadelphia created a stir in an othei-wise dull September of runaway division races. The Pittsburgh Pirates hold a 12^-game lead in the East after Thursday night's 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds are 7\(, games in front in the West despite losing a double-header to the San Diego Padres, 2-0 and 5-1. T h c Houston Astros defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-1 in 13 innings; the Montreal Expos turned back the New York Mets 4-0 and the Alanta Braves slopped the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 in the National League's other contests. The heated Bateman-Crawford confrontation couldn't ruffle the steady Carlton, who was consistent before and after the fifth inning whil.. notching his 23rd victory. Northern has home opener against 1SU B y THE ASSOCIATE" POE*S The 1972 college football season bows in Saturday M'ith three Illinois schools in action, featuring Illinois State's invasion of Northern lllinos. Also jumping the gun on the season proper which opens for Big Ten schools and most major independents on Sept. 1(5, Western Illinois faces the Uni- verity of Nevada at Las Vegas Saturday night, and Illinois Benedictine is host to Lakeland, Wisconsin in an afternoon contest. Northern Illinois and Illinois State, both competing as independents with the collapse of the short-lived Midwestern Conference, will be renewing an old intrastate rivalry. Although Illinois State holds an 18-16 edge, with fl ties in the series, Northern Illinois ranks a heavy favorite as it gears for a formidable schedule, including a Sept. 16 invasion of Madison, Wis., lo meet the Big Ten's Wisconsin Badgers. NIU coach Jerry Ippolito has almost the same cast returning from a 1971 season which gave the Huskies a 5-5-1 record with such opposition as Wisconsin, Toledo, San Diego State, Long Beach State and Boston College. Illinois State, 6-5 la.st season, unveils a new coach in Gerry Hart, former five- season defensive backfield coach for the Big Ked. Western Illinois, 8-2 last season, will be led by a highly-regarded quarterback prospect in Steve Mikez and 28 other returning lettermen in Saturday night's dedication of the U of Nevada's new Las Vagas Stadium. Nevada, in its fifth football season, last fall posted a 5-4-1 record and has a current squad of 22 junior college transfers and 22 holdover leltermen. Alton Evening Telegraph Friday, September 8, 1972 B-5 College grid season gets started tonight Two ior Jim Jim Brewer (.1.1), of Maywood, III., leaps for the score Thursday, during tlu> semi-final match against Italy in the Munich Olympic Games. At right is Dino Meneghin ol Italy. The U.S. (cam clobbered their Italian opponents, (J8-38, to qualify for the tournament final against the Soviet Union. (AP Wire-photo via Cable from Munich) By HERSCHKL NISSKNSON AP Sports Writer The college football ?ea?<on gets under way tonight wuh Oregon State at San Diego State but most of the excitement takes place Saturday when two-lime national chain pion Nebraska and five otbtv members of The Associated Press Top Ten swing into action. Nebraska opens its bid for an unprecedented third consecutive crown by putting its 23-game winning streak anu 32-game unbeaten skein on the line under the lig'.Us against UCLA in the Los Angeles Coliseum. The all- conquering Cornhuskers are ranked at the top once mor? in The AP's preseason poll. 0 t h e r Saturday night contests pair eighth-ranked S o u I h e r n California acrl ' fourth-rated Arkansas at Little Rock in the only weekend match-up of ranking teams while No. 7 Alabama entertains Duke at Birmingham. Saturday afternoon, second- ranked Colorado opens at home against California ?nd ninth-rated Washington hosts Pacific. Two members of (he Second Ten will be in action on the road—No. 15 Tennesso" at Georgia Tech in a national television (ABC-TV) gam-: and No. 19 Florida State at Pitt. San Diego State gets a chance lo crash Ihe big time- by beating Oregon State but the Beavers are eager 10 rebound from their firsl season under Coach r>ee A n d r o s , l he former Demosthenes Konstandies Andrecopoulos. And, notes San Diego's Don C'oryell, Oregon State has "a terrible habit of liking to play offense all the time." "We are a ball-con'.ul club." admits Andros. Other key games Saturday find Temple at Syracuse, Villanova at West. Virginia, The Citadel at Clemson, Auburn at Mississippi State, Richmond at North Carolina, Maryland at North Carolina State, Virginia at South Carolina, Toledo at Tampa, Washington State at Kansas Tulsa at Kansas State, Oreg.m at Missouri, Texas A&M at Wichita State, Houston ?t Rice, Colorado State at Arizona and Utah State at New Mexico State. Virgin sets record as Maroons triumph Craig Virgin of Lebanon established a new winning Alton Top 10 cross country mark of 14:10 here Thursday over the Rock Spring Park two-mile distance. The old mark was 15:07, established in 1970 by Mark Schmelzel. Virgin, the Illinois prep champion as well as the mile and two-mile title holder, led Ed Flynn. Jerseyville; Mark Swift, Alton; Alan Martin. Collinsville; and Rick Evans, Allon, in the order mentioned, as the top five finishers. They were followed by John Wertz, Lebanon; Jim Benson, Belleville West; Ron Bligh, Alton; Mike Wertz, Lebanon; Gary Stapf, Belleville West; Bill Flynn. Jacksonville; and Lindell Hicks, Alton. Belleville West won as a team with the scoring based on 10-man team totals. The Maroons led with 194 points, followed by Alton, 216; Lebanon, 300; Collinsville, 347; and Edwardsville, 449. Jacksonville did not score. Allon will participate in a meet Saturday at Columbia. Sport Shorts WINNIPEG, Man. (AP) -» Running backs Ed Williams and Mack Herron combined for five touchdowns to lead the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a 42-7 romp over the British Columbia Lions Thursday night in a Canadian. 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