Coastal Bassmasters

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The Banana Study

Fishermen have strange superstitions that they believe in. One of the more common is having a banana in the boat. During the first tournament of the 2014 season, I wanted to see if superstition has any play on the success of the angler.


The Study - I choose one club member who believes in the superstition and will not tolerate a banana in the boat while fishing. Let's call him angler 1. The other club member doesn't believe in the superstition and has had bananas onboard while fishing in the past. Let's call him angler 2. The night before the tournament I hid a banana in each of their boats glove boxes. Both anglers fished the entire tournament without knowing of the banana onboard.


The Result - Angler 1 had a great weekend of bass fishing and won the tournament. Angler 2 who is a good stick and is in the top one or two position, blanked the second day and fell in the standings.


The Conclusion - One might say it's inconclusive, but I see Murphy's Law has snuck into this study rendering the out come. Both anglers 1 and 2 fished without the distraction of knowing a banana was onboard their boat. To them, there wasn't an added realm of superstition in their minds to over come. Maybe I should put this in reverse and let anglers 1 and 2 fish knowing that there is a banana onboard. Maybe I should do a study on Murphy's Law.

A thank you goes out to Lee Bunnell and Scott Busch for being the unaware test subjects in this study.

A little about Crayfish

They say to catch the Bass you must first know their prey. The crayfish are one of the staples of both the Largemouth and Smallmouth diet. Here in the pacific Northwest, we have only one native species called the Signal Crayfish. I notice that they are most apparent in Septemeber at the fish hatchery where I work. I find them on rocks, wood, and plants. These are places where they find food - detritus.                                                                                 

Life Cycle:

"Mating takes place in the fall, soon after 200-400 eggs are laid and carried under the females tail untill they hatch the following spring. The eggs hatch into juveniles, which pass through three moults before leaving their mother. Sexual maturity is reached after 2-3 years and the life span can be up to 20 years" (Taugbol & Johnson 2006)

Reduce Line twist
The proper way to load line onto a spinning reel is to place the line spool either face down or face up on the floor, depending on which way your reel turns. The key is to have the line come off the spool the same direction as your spinning reel is turning. Hold the line between your fingers on your right hand to apply tension as you reel the line on your reel. Make sure to leave a 1/16 - 1/8 inch between the reel spool lip and the line, otherwise the line will jump off your reel.