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The Black Bass Capital of the World

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On: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 12:47PM | By: Lee Clymer

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Florida’s Black Bass Plan is Heaven to Fishermen’s Ears! Could Florida become the Black Bass fishing capital of the world? It may be already, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believes their plan will accomplish just that, and they are asking Bass fishermen their opinions, as well. Previous inputs are already being integrated into a long term plan expected to take Bass management through the year 2030.

There are few places in the world better suited to become the Bass capital. The geography and climate are extremely well suited for the Black Bass population to thrive, and they truly do. There are over 7,700 named lakes in Florida, and that doesn’t include the private lakes and large ponds that exist. Almost anyone is within an hour’s ride to a fishing wonderland.

Calling Florida a fishing wonderland is completely justifiable. While the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society reported only twenty – five of their heaviest black bass were caught in Florida, over one quarter of their reported “lunkers” (514 or 27.2%) were reported to their Lunker Club, well ahead of number two Texas (300) and number three California. The already premier fishing grounds generates $1.25 billion and FWC wants more from the three million acres of freshwater lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and over 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and canals and are working hard to ensure that future.

The largemouth bass helps Florida in its goal to become and maintain the title of Bass capital, if nothing else but by virtue of its rapid growth. Trophy-size Bass are abundant in the state’s waters and they garner a lot attention, but there are also Shoal, Spotted, and Suwannee Bass. With such a varied fishery, conservation is important, and has become a very justified worry with state officials, and has provided a foundation for the long term program. Declining populations in all the Bass fisheries are evident and, at this point, the basis for the concern and expediency in developing and instituting a long term plan. Other states are experiencing the same declines as populations encroach on their environment, bringing with them runoff and other pollution sources.

The program has developed a very intelligent approach to the long term conservation plan. They have established an advisory board, but more importantly, they are asking for input from the guys in the trenches…the fishermen themselves. They will release the first draft of the plan, complete with incorporated input from the over 5,000 survey responses, next month. The summary of those 5000 inputs is already available at in the form of a Powerpoint presentation for those who are interested.

Although time will tell, it appears Florida has really stepped up to save the future of the State Freshwater Fish and, of course, the $1.5 billion brought to the state each year.


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