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College Angler Die in Boat Accident


The FLW College Fishing community mourns the loss of Humboldt State University bass angler Alex Robbins, who passed away on June 2 during a boating accident off the coast of Catalina Island in California. Robbins was 22 years old.

Currently, efforts are underway to recover Robbins’ body. He was fishing with his brother, Brent, who sustained some injuries in the accident but has since recovered.

A GoFundMe memorial has been set up by friends of the Robbins family at Money raised in the campaign will help the Robbins family with funeral and travel expenses. Any money remaining will be used to set up a fishing foundation in Alex’s honor.

From the site:

“Alex was a true inspiration to everyone he met. He was the type of person who would light up a room, using his genuine kindness and humor to make everyone smile. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for his friends and family. Alex lived an incredible adventurous life and was deeply loved and cherished by those who knew him, especially his family.”

Alex fished 10 FLW College Fishing tournaments from 2012 to 2016, including the entire 2016 Western Conference schedule.

Klein, VanDam Remove Treble Hooks from Cameraman’s Arm


It was the final hour of the final day of the Challenge Cup, and Kevin VanDam had been struggling all day to make a dent in Brent Ehrler’s lead. VanDam was running and gunning to different spots trying to put a pattern together and find enough fish to make up some ground.

With less than 45 minutes remaining in the event, Kevin found an area loaded with enough bass to win. He repeatedly ripped out casts like only he can do and was catching quality bass on nearly every pass with his jerkbait. As a fan on fishing, and of Kevin, I was amazed at what I was witnessing.

The seemly anvil-like camera planted on my tortured shoulder disappeared and all I cared about was whether VanDam was going to make a last minute, come-from-behind surge to win the Cup.

It was about at this time when Kevin reared back, loaded his rod up behind him and launched a jerkbait cruise missile into my forearm. Upon impact, the line snapped and the lure exploded into tiny pieces.


Would You Rather Be a Canadian or an American Smallmouth Bass?

Kind of a crazy question but interesting nevertheless :


Would you rather be a smallmouth bass living in Canada or in the heartland of the United States?

It is an interesting question that Nova Scotia bassin’ buddy, Mark Weare and I have been discussing of late.  It relates to something I mentioned to Mark last year when I was down in the Maritimes and it is the fact that a five year old smallmouth bass in Kentucky is routinely approaching four pounds in weight and has spawned at least once and possibly several times.

The same smallmouth bass swimming in most lakes in Canada, however, would weigh only about a pound and would not be sexually mature.

So, you’d rather be a Kentucky smallmouth, right?   Well, not so quick, because here is the rub.

The Kentucky smallmouth will be dead of old age by the time it approaches 10 years, whereas the Canadian bass will be enjoying mid-life.

Read the rest of the story here

Fishing In Canada – Safer Than In USA

Most bass anglers have been surprised by the occasional catfish, striper or drum but Lance Burgos got the surprise of his life on Saturday.

While he and his young daughter were out checking some of their lines, he started to hand line what he thought was a gar. As it got closer to the boat, it turned out to be a huge alligator; not a baby by any means. 

9.5-pound Smallmouth Bass Caught in Idaho


Kelly’s catch just barely missed the current 9.72-pound state record caught in 2006 by Dan Steigers. Either way, it’s a catch he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

Bass Pro – Goofin’ Off With Dude Perfect

Ok, this would be fun :

Ice Boom Removal Starts Today

I can hardly wait to get back on the waters.  This short bass season is tough.

Ice Boom

One of Western New York’s sure signs of spring is coming early this year.

Thanks to the mild winter – and the fact that there was no significant ice cover on Lake Erie – the ice boom across the Niagara River will start getting dismantled today, authorities announced.

Last year, the removal began April 20. In 2014, removal operations started April 29.

The earliest the boom’s ever been removed was Feb. 28, 2012. The latest start came on May 3, 1971.

The ice boom, which is installed every December, is put in near the outlet of Lake Erie to limit the amount of ice the flows down the river. It reduces the potential for ice jams, which can damage shoreline property and reduce water flow for hydroelectric power production from the Niagara River, the International Joint Commission said.

In addition to the lack of ice cover, there also was an absence of ice buildup in the Maid of the Mist pool below Niagara Falls, the IJC said.

  • Maryland Hunters Harvest 86,542 Deer in 2017-2018 Season February 17, 2018
    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters harvested 86,542 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 8, 2017, through Jan. 31, 2018. The harvest exceeded the 2016-2017 total by more than 1,000 deer. Included in the statewide total were 7,204 deer taken on Sundays. “Sunday hunting continues to […]
  • Oyster Harvest Closure in Areas of Galveston Bay and Lavaca Bay February 17, 2018
    AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-7 in Galveston Bay and TX-20 in Lavaca Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. This closing is based on samples recently collected by TPWD showing low abundance of legal-sized oysters. Chapter 76, Parks and Wildlife Code, and the […]
  • New Zebra Mussel Findings in Central Texas Lakes February 17, 2018
    AUSTIN – Two central Texas lakes have received upgraded classifications for invasive zebra mussels as a result of statewide sampling by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries staff and partner agencies. Lake Austin’s classification has been upgraded to infested, meaning it was confirmed to have an established, reproducing population of zebra mussels, after […]
  • ODFW releases extra trout for upcoming Free Fishing Weekend February 17, 2018
    CLACKAMAS – More than 20,000 extra trout were released at two Willamette Valley locations this week in preparation for the upcoming Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon. Fishing, crabbing, and clamming are free on Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 17-18. The extra fish were released at Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove and […]
  • Recreational crabbing closed along southern Oregon coast February 17, 2018
    SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the immediate closure of all recreational crabbing on the southern Oregon coast from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes Dungeness and red rock crab harvested from the ocean as […]