Here is a quick peek at the latest Florida strain Largemouth Bass being held at Bubbling Ponds Hatchery. These fish arrived from Florida several months ago and are averaging about 5-inches. They are trained to eat commercial feeds which will be critical in moving forward with our brood stock development. The goal is to have millions of Florida strain bass available for stocking from Arizona hatcheries in the near future.
I recently read an article about casting reels that are very noisy during the cast, here is an interesting summary of what I found. This noise is one of the most common reasons for repairs. The cause, we ask? Bearings, of course, we say. But I was surprised to find the real culprit is likely the plastic centrifugal braking system. When a dry plastic tab rubs a dry brake ring, the friction is a lot more than when it's oiled, so much more in fact that the ends of the tabs will often melt and have fringe hanging off of them. Most new reels come with a thin to thick layer of grease on the brake ring. Grease will lube the brake ring and keep it from making noise, but it also cause inconsistent braking. Therefore, after a reel has been serviced, the brake ring and tabs will be oiled, but not greased. The braking is much more consistent with oiled brake parts, but oil doesn't last as long as grease. If you have a reel with centrifugal brakes, you need to wipe a drop or two of reel oil around the inside of the brake ring at least once a month. A few drops on a Q-tip makes it easy to do. It's also just a heck of a good practice to get into of opening the side cover to oil your brakes frequently as this will give you the chance to wipe a little grease on the side cover locking tabs or threads. You would be amazed at how many people spend $200 on a pro-quality reel, and then never service it. If you don't know how to open your side cover to access the brakes or to oil the parts, either review the owner’s manual that came with your reel, search for the instructions on google, or ask another club member. It's a good idea to keep a small bottle of reel oil and a tube of grease along with some Q-tips as an emergency service kit. So remember, a little oil on the brake ring so the plastic brakes can function properly, and a little grease on the locking tab to keep corrosion from occurring.
So I have one bad battery in my boat. The other three batteries are good, so I thought I would just try and replace the bad one, especially since I use AGM (glass mat) batteries that cost around $230 each. I use AGM batteries because (1) they are completely sealed and maintenance free and (2) AGM batteries are constructed differently than typical car batteries and can therefore withstand the heavy jolts and vibrations from a boat on the water.
So I called a buddy of mine who runs a battery shop to see what he had available. I run Deka batteries, he does not sell Deka. He said since I only need one battery, I should absolutely stick with Deka. Apparently each battery has internal resistance particular to its manufacturer, and mixing brands on a series circuit of 36 volts can create problems. He said I will either damage the new one, or damage the remaining two. Voltage takes the path of least resistance, so whichever battery has the lower resistance will end up getting overcharged while the remaining batteries are charging. So I guess I will get another Deka.
Moral of the story: Do not mix battery brands in a series circuit.
If you are a boater, you likely have at least 3 batteries on your boat, maybe 4. Unfortunately, battery issues usually do not happen in your garage, they occur at the lake while fishing, and probably during a tournament. It is possible to have a battery that charges fully to 13 volts, but no longer has the stamina to hold that charge sufficiently. Here is a way to test that battery. This is a carbon-pile load tester that I got on Amazon for $20. I tested all 4 of my batteries and found one that was not holding a charge, no wonder my trolling motor was acting sluggish. You can also use this to test the charging system. I discovered the alternator on my truck was not working properly. This is a must have for any boater.
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If you’re wondering about how the Arizona Game and Fish Department project of stocking Florida-strain largemouth bass into Roosevelt Lake is going, well, it is far too early to make any conclusions. That said, early indications give a shred of hope for a robust population of catchable (8-10-inch bass) by next fall, and, in 4-5 years, the hope that trophy bass will be available at this rejuvenating fishery. These Florida-strain stockings, coupled with increased rainfall and an upcoming habitat improvement project, has the lake on its way back as a premier bass fishing lake in Arizona.
Time to geek out with some data.
Results from October 2015 Game and Fish surveys at Roosevelt Lake show spikes in populations from two distinct size classes.
The two far-left spikes of blue lines represent October 2015 results from 5.7 hours of electrofishing, compared to similar fall surveys in 2013 (red lines) and 2011 (green). All the rows measure frequency, or percent, of the total bass catch as they relate to size in inches.
This first row of blue lines (lengths of 2- to 3 1/2 inches) also indicated a healthy population of 5-6 month old largemouth bass, which possibly were boosted by spring 2015 stockings of
Florida-strain largemouth bass fry.
The next, highest row of spikes (6- to 8-inch bass) represents 1 1/2-year-old bass, possibly aided by stockings of Florida-strain fingerlings from this past spring, and/or the spring 2014 stockings of fry.
Note the green lines representing 2011 surveys and red lines from 2013 surveys showing a significant drop in frequency of young bass.
Again, this was only one survey, and at least two more surveys will be needed to make reliable conclusions.
OK, geek-out session over.
What we mean is: the “Rebound at Rosy” seems to be in progress.
Fishing Wednesdays, not weekends.