Whale Wars, Long Lines

Every time I watch whale wars I am reminded about just how stupid some members of the green movement are. The basic tenant of the show is a moral value equating the lives of people with the lives of animals. This isn’t the case. If there’s a baby caught in the BP oil slick and there’s 20 dolphins caught in the oil slick, I’m going to rescue the baby. Hands down. If the dolphins are lucky I’ll brain them so they go easy.

If the crew doesn’t kill themselves, I’ll be surprised. They’re hands down the most ill suited people for this kind of thing I’ve ever seen. From not being able to retrieve a zodiac with a simple crane to not wearing ear ptotection with the helo, they’re their own worst enemy. I really want to see what happens to the Ady Gil because I’ve been a fan of it since the biodiesel days, but each time I watch it I’m generally disheartened towards the crew. The bow and arrow crap? They have no idea how a bow and arrow works. You can’t just make “acid paste” taped to the head of the arrow and expect any type of accuracy. However it doesn’t matter about the accuracy, they’re fingering the bow and they can’t hit a bright orange floating target at 10 yards so I don’t expect them to hit a whale at 30 yards without setting the elevation pins. It’s pretty clear they should have started on dry land.

The worst is they’re uncaring while wearing this shroud of virtue. When the Ady came across the long line, the best thing they could have done was to take down the transponder number and report it. (Transponders are supposed to be registered). Or at very least run the line and cut the hooks. The animals will spit the hooks eventually. Cutting the float and dumping the transponder sends all the animals, live or not, endangered or not, to the bottom for that line segment. Did they accomplish anything? Nope. At worst they made it so that a fishery can’t account for the limit of endangered species of animals on their hooks. Hawaii, for instance, has a limit of 17 loggerhead turtles snared before closing the season. How many loggerheads were on that line? We’ll never know. More on the point it leaves the next segment up with no accountability, so not only will the hooks continue to catch but that things going to be floating forever until the hooks become so rancid the fish won’t bite the deadkill and the birds will start to get snagged on the dead floating fish. The worst part is they knew about it and said they needed to avoid the next part of the line with the Ady Gil. They knew how the line worked but didn’t discuss the floats. The worst part is that it’s food off someone’s plate.

Fishing Marsh Creek

I was fortunate enough to get an invitation from Jim to go fishing on Marsh Creek. Craig came along also, which was good, since Jim could use someone who has fished from a boat before. I would like to think I provided help in the form of comedy relief trying to figure out what exactly needed to be done to maneuver the boat. Stipulations – Marsh Creek is a big bass lake, and it’s electric motor only. Bait was minnows, and they go for $7 for three dozen at Dick’s up that way. Jim produced red, kinked shank fishhooks, which I had never seen before, and they worked like a charm. Put a minnow on the end (the proper way is to pierce the minnows tail past the white organs but before the fin), toss it in with about two feet of slack on the bobber, and let him swim around until something eats him. I managed to land four, nicely sized crappie this way.

Fish on!

Tomorrow: Opening day of trout season.

It’s been slow fishing since you’re not allowed to fish in “approved trout waters” until the opening day of trout. This is sort of silly since all waterways are connected, so the law is enforced as catch-and-release.

Weather.com added a fish activity calculator to their site, but it’s also useful for doing game in general.

The pitfall of the fish and game calculator is that it doesn’t take the weather into account. Deer generally try to feed before storms, so that they can bed down somewhere if need be. Fish seem to be the opposite, any change in weather beds them down until the storm is over and they can eat everything washed into the water. Since we’ve had rain here intermittently, my guess is that the fish are going to be starving this weekend and it’ll be fun.

Now, I had mentioned before I was going to try spiderwire stealth. It works on the new rod, the cherrywood with a shimano reel, but it’s still hard to cast and requires a fair amount of whipping to get things going. However, it does work, but it seems like it really is particular about what reel you put it on. On the large medium tackle rod with the middling quality eagle claw reel, I found my old 1000 yard roll of stren and went back to that. The nice thing about the “traditional” fishing line is that it works on just about anything including the really bad casting reels. I’ve done three rods for people with the stuff and had no complaints beyond the occasional mess from backlash knots or people not realizing that 10lbs test means 10lbs.