Sunday, January 10, 2010


NOTHING GETS HEADLINES LIKE A WORLD RECORD


I'm not a fisherman myself, so I don't fish the Lake, but for decades now there have been ecological alarms and an overall negative view of the largemouth bass 'infestation' of Lake Biwa, with signs everywhere saying "DO NOT THROW BASS BACK!" beside boxes where you can put the bass you've caught if you don't want them (likely because of all the negative press, bass are not yet considered good eating by the Japanese, but we enjoy their deliciousness when Keech visits and goes fishing), while bass tackle shops are sprouting all along the shores. Things will likely change bigtime, now.

All that negative 'local problem' stuff never made world headlines; but a world record that lasted for 77 years, now that's another fish story. Like I always say as of a minute ago, if life gives you a largemouth bass, fire up the grill (btw, I live on those mountains in the background).

"Lake Biwa catch for native species has dropped from more than 8000 tons in 1972 to 2174 tons in 2000 while experts estimate catch of exotic species (black bass and bluegill exceed 3000 tons (Ref. 45327). Social and ecological problems have been experienced recently pertaining to the 'black bass problem.' (Ref. 55372). Considered to be one of the most damaging alien species in Japan"

9 comments:

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Wow, now that's a FISH!!!!

funny, my word verification is hooki! Is that Japanese for catching the big one? lol

Catpad said...

wow, that's a real FISH!

Tabor said...

I think we sent them the black bass and they sent us the snakehead. (I actually attended a lecture once in Japan where this was discussed!)

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Kelly said...

Thats a huge fish! Alot of lakes here in South Carolina say we cant eat the bass, which is really sad because i love fresh bass!

bob said...

Four words: Deep fried, beer batter.

Jeff said...

I'd be grinnin' too! I'd throw that baby back, imagine catching it twice!

Gracey said...

That's quite something. Bass is very popular here...in fact we have a Bass Fishing festival every year that's rather popular.

Odd to think that it isn't considered "good eating".

Amazing catch, that one you've got!

Carolina deWitte said...

Is the fisher 'person' male or female? The article you had linked said it was a 'he', but I would swear it is a woman. Just curious. I love black bass.