Angling ethics is about common sense and courtesy. It contributes to every angler’s safety, success and enjoyment, as well as the future of our sport.
Bob Williams was fishing on Rodman Reservoir with guide Sean Rush of Trophy Bass Expeditions, when he hooked a 13-pound, 14-ounce largemouth on a big shiner.
The underlying question is, “Do fish really think?” Freshwater anglers might be slightly embarrassed to find that they’re pitting their intelligence against an animal whose brain would be more evenly matched in the ring, size for size, with a peanut.
With water temperatures in the mid-60s, which is probably 8 to 10 degrees above normal for February, out-of-season and out-of-place gag grouper were hungry on the limestone “grouper” ledges in 28 to 44 feet of water.
Suddenly, there they were -- six bass. Six big bass. Six 4- to 6-pound bass. All swimming together right past my boat and heading for my shiner.
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