Going Skirtless When Fishing Mats

Fishing Weed Mats Without A Punch Skirt

should you use a punch skirt when Bass fishing in weeds?

There is considerable debate about using a punch skirt when fishing for Bass in areas with mats of vegetation.  The idea is that the bulk of the silicone strands keeps weeds from grabbing your lure on the way through and add motion when underneath.  But are they worth it? Do you need them?

Here is a video that talks about going skirtless when fishing mats.

New Species of Bass Discovered in Florida

OK, so it really doesn’t have anything to do with us up here in the Northwest, but I thought this was pretty interesting.  Now, the reality is that it probably doesn’t make any difference to guys fishing for them, but for the scientific types, it is an amazing find!

New Species of Black Bass

Meet the new bass, not the same as the spotted bass. The “Choctaw bass” has now been revealed. Florida scientists have discovered the new species of black bass in the southeastern United States, publicly announcing the discovery today. Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have proposed naming the new species the Choctaw bass and recommended the scientific name of Micropterus haiaka.

FWC researchers revealed their discovery earlier this year at a meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries.

The FWC scientists first discovered the fish had a DNA profile different from any recognized species while testing a fish from the Chipola River in 2007, as part of a broader study of bass genetics.

“We didn’t set out to find a new species,” Mike Tringali, who heads the genetics laboratory at the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, said in a press release. “It found us.”

After confirming the initial discovery, scientists searched for the DNA profile in bass caught in nearby rivers to determine the bass’ range. They found the Choctaw bass in coastal rivers in Alabama and along the western Florida panhandle, including the Choctawhatchee River.

“We chose the name ‘Choctaw bass’ because the species’ range overlaps the historic range of the Choctaw Indians,” said Tringali. “As for our recommended scientific name, Micropterus haiaka, ‘haiaka’ is a Choctaw word that means ‘revealed.’ ”

The American Fisheries Society must first approve the suggested scientific name for it to become official.

The Choctaw bass looks like its relative, the spotted bass. The differences between the two are not easily discerned with the naked eye. That’s one reason the two had never before been distinguished, despite decades of bass studies in the region.

Photos courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

How to choose the right color lure for Bass fishing

Water color changes and the color lure you are using should change too!

In this video, tv show host Blaine Mengel explains his take on choosing the right color lure for Bass fishing on a river.  My feeling is that it applies to lakes as well, especially when Bass are biting slow and they are getting plenty of time to look at your lure before chomping down on it.  This means that what color lure you use for Fall and Winter Bass fishing is vitally important!