Tuesday, November 30, 2004

How the B.P. became the "Banned" Pastor.

At the Fishers of Men fall outing in 98 or 99 I was given the nickname "the Bass Pastor" by a jovial blind guy named John Boler. The nickname was due to the fact that I had been a youth pastor, was the club chaplain at the time, combined with my love of bass fishing. The nickname stuck and I have used it ever since in an email account, basspastor@hotmail.com, and when I participate in online fishing forums.

The big kahuna of online Minnesota Fishing forums is Fishingminnesota.com (blogrolled). I became a fixture on that board because I posted on it quite often, my famous rivalry with Cyberfish, and my outspoken position on a particular fishing regulation that I deem absurd for largemouth bass.

This is how the regulation reads:

You may not intentionally fish for any species during it's closed season.

I have a multitude of reasons why this regulation is unrealistic, unneeded and unenforceable as it pertains to spring pre-spawn largemouth. However, my POV is controversial and some people are better at being self-righteous snobs than rationale thinkers and level headed advocates for conservation. My online debating persona is a bit flamboyant and eccentric which tends to get under peoples skin as well.

Anyway, those who disagreed with me on the issue would whine and complain to the Fishingminnesota.com site administrator about how I was breaking forum policy regarding encouraging illegal or unethical behavior or some falderal like that. The administrator got tired of dealing with the complaints and told me to tone it down or else. I don't think I ever agreed to that, but the bass season opened and the annual argument had already come to a close; I participated in the same discussion on the matter for three consecutive Springs at FM.com.

More than a half a year after I had been warned, a topic came up on FM.com asking a question about whether or not a guy who witnessed a Muskie iced on Mille Lacs out of season and kept should have done more than tell the guy the fish was out of season and also have gone out of his way to call Turn In Poachers. This particular post was particularly humorous because the guy who witnessed the Muskie get caught said he was fishing for walleye's at the time; walleye's were also out of season and so the guy asking the question was fishing illegally himself. My opinion was that telling the guy that the muskie was out of season was the extent of his moral obligation and if the guy who caught the fish wanted to risk getting the fine for keeping the fish that was his business; I wouldn't go out of my way to see that the guy got caught because as far as I'm concerned the catch was a fluke and no harm done; there are lots of Ski's in the Dead Sea. Rendering this opinion was the last straw and I was banned for encouraging illegal or unethical behavior.

IMHO it was bogus to ban me for giving my opinion on question someone asked, but the site administrator of a board gets to be a dictator and what they say goes, and so I was done. While FishingMinnesota.com is good message board for information thanks to it's size and participants, it also has gained a reputation as being a "Nazi" board that arbitrarily punishes and sanctions people because that is what they do.

MN fishing forums that I am currently involved with are Lake State Fishing.com and In-Depth Angling.com (see blogroll).

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Ice Bassin Preview

Bass are not known to be a fish that are very active under the ice. However, last winter we found a couple of spots that were holding some good sized schools. It was a blast. I can only hope they hang out in the same places this winter.

It won't be long now! Posted by Hello

2lb Test and a Fat Boy Posted by Hello

Bald Headed Bass Catchen MoSheen! Posted by Hello

Platte Lake Special Posted by Hello

How it was last winter. Posted by Hello

Ice Bass Posted by Hello

Coming Soon! Posted by Hello

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

1st Ice on Platte Lake

Thanksgiving Moon

As you can see, it doesn't suck to live, where I do. Posted by Hello
Ice meets open water

In the upper left corner you can see a bit of a rift where the Canadian Geese were last night and this morningPosted by Hello
View down the Shore NW

Pattie apparently is instinctually aware of the dangers of ice. She was real hesitant and was very wise around a crack. For my part I was hoping she would fall through to learn a lesson about the dangers of ice. She didn't fall through.
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Pattie Lou on 1st Ice 04

She was a good pup and played fetch up and down the rim of the ice. Unfortunaly Soren didn't come down for a pic. Soren probably wouldn't have gone on the ice anyway, he doesn't like clear ice and he knows that thin ice gonna get him wet and he don't like that so good.
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Sunday, November 21, 2004

Fiddling with Pics

And here is my Minnesota Bowfin Grand Championship winning Doggy with my dog Soren. Posted by Hello

Double it Up for Pic #2
I got these two 18plus fish fish on Platte Sullivan in Oct. Posted by Hello

Bass Pundit Pics 1st try.
Frascinating I got this 17" Bronzer on Mille Lacs MN openner 03 Posted by Hello