1. Survey shows Americans spent $394 billion in 2022…
…participating in fishing, hunting and wildlife. 🤑
2. OR: Dude got paid over $100K for catching non-native fish!
Called northern pikeminnow, and there’s a bounty program meant to knock down the species to help salmon in the Columbia River:
> …pays anglers for each northern pikeminnow that they catch that is 9” or larger. Rewards range from $6 to $10 per fish, and special tagged fish are worth $500.
> One angler finished the 2023 Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program with plenty of dough in their bank account. According to catch data, the top angler in the program caught and removed 10,127 pikeminnow, earning $101,520 in bounties. The next best angler nearly reached six figures, earning $98,510 for 9,786 fish.
3. B.A.S.S. will be evaluating FFS closely.
It’s a long announcement, but here’s a few snippets:
> …B.A.S.S. is creating a committee to continuously monitor the use of forward-facing and live sonar, listen to angler feedback and gauge the technology’s impact on competition, fan experience and bass populations.
> A review of onboard technology being used by each Elite Series angler will be conducted by tournament staff at the beginning of the 2024 season, with subsequent surveys of the top 10 following each Elite event.
> B.A.S.S. VP of tourneys and derbys Chris Bowes: “B.A.S.S. takes our role as a steward of the sport seriously. Like all sports, to preserve the integrity of competition, we do have to periodically update rules. However, it was important to our organization to use data gathered across an entire season to evaluate technology.”
> …every Elite Series angler’s boat will be inspected by B.A.S.S. staff, with staff noting a variety of details including the number and placement of all transducers, number and size of screens on the bow and dash and the batteries each angler is running.
> As the season progresses, an additional survey of the Top 10 anglers at each event will also cover the percentage of practice and competition time spent using live sonar and the positioning of transducers used most prevalently during the event.
> That data will be reported to the committee alongside information such as catch rates and tournament weights to paint a more accurate picture of the technology’s significance to the competitive landscape of bass fishing.
> B.A.S.S. conservation director Gene Gilliland will be closely monitoring live sonar’s impact on 2024 events and will communicate with state wildlife agencies….
> …during the 2024 season, rapid innovations will demand continuous evaluation, and [B.A.S.S.] will have to be prepared to make future adjustments accordingly.
4. Soooo Bassmaster let AI (artificial intelligence) expand the headshots…
…of several pros and the results were hilarious: