How Fishing Pros Finally Caught George Perrys Miracle Bass

In late 2009, two men walked into a room somewhere in Japan and found a fisherman hooked up to a polygraph. His name was Manabu Kurita, and he was there to answer some questions. The 32-year-old fishing guide had claimed to have caught a bass that weighed just under 22 pounds, 5 ounces — a weight that would make it co-world-record holder in the all-tackle weight category for largemouth bass, the most hallowed class in all of fishing. The other men in the room were representatives from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and, with the polygraph running, they asked Kurita about the precise position of his boat on Japan’s Lake Biwa and the tackle he used to haul in his catch. His answers from the hourlong session evidently passed muster; six months after he hauled the fish in, the catch was certified as the IGFA’s co-world-record holder.The fish Kurita tied is known simply as George Perry’s miracle bass. For almost 80 years, anglers have been chasing that record, and with the help of environmental planners and biologists, they finally equalled it. Or Kurita did. But to understand why it took so long, it’s worth starting at the beginning, on a boat with George Perry, somewhere in rural Georgia.In 1932, Perry, then a 20-year-old farmer playing hooky from the fields, pulled a huge-bellied beast with eyes the size of Ping-Pong balls out of a small oxbow lake in Georgia. He knew his fish was huge, but he had no idea it could be a world record. In fact, there were no official world records at the time. But because he stopped by the post office to weigh it before he took it home for dinner (it took his six-person family two nights to eat the whole fish), there was documentation when he submitted his entry to the big fish contest in Field & Stream later that year. When the magazine started certifying world records two years later, they realized that at 22 pounds, 4 ounces,1Kurita’s fish outweighs Perry’s by almost an ounce, but for fish under 25 pounds, the IGFA rules require fishermen to break a standing record by at least two ounces to take over the top spot. So the two fish are co-record holders. Kurita claims he doesn’t mind sharing, since Perry’s record is what motivated so many anglers in the first place. Perry’s fish far outweighed any other largemouth bass ever caught.For a long time, it looked like Perry’s fish was a unique specimen. For the next half century, no angler got within a pound and a half of his mark. “A lot of us didn’t believe a 22-pound bass could live naturally,” says Jon Storm, the former editor of BassFan.com. “A fish that size was off the map; it wasn’t even part of the cluster.”But in 1980, Raymond Easley caught a 21-pounder in a manmade reservoir near Santa Barbara, Calif., called Lake Casitas. Over the next three decades, as Monte Burke describes in his book “Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass,” modern-day Ahabs fixated on the record, many of them devoting incredible amounts of time and money in monomaniacal pursuit.As the anglers’ mania increased, the sport’s popularity rose. During the 1980s, the fledgling Bassmasters professional tour grew into an ESPN-owned and corporate-branded behemoth.2ESPN owns FiveThirtyEight as well. Winners of its two-day classic — the Super Bowl of bass fishing — won half a million dollars at its peak in 2006. (In 2011, ESPN sold the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, which owns the tour, but it still televises the event.)And while uniformed pros in hundred-thousand-dollar boats outfitted with the latest fish-catching technology competed against each other in timed events on television, amateurs everywhere headed out to their local lakes to try to haul in a goliath. “Not only is the largemouth easily accessible, the tackle required to catch it is pretty straightforward,” says Jack Vitek, the world records coordinator for the IGFA. “It’s open to all demographics.”Over the next 30 years, every one of the IGFA’s records for largemouth bass — save for the all-tackle one owned by Perry — was rewritten by anglers using all sorts of lines and rods. For a while, it looked like Perry’s record would fall any day. One fish — known as Dottie for the prominent black mark near her gills — weighed close to 22 pounds when she was caught and released in 2003. When she was caught again in 2006, she weighed even more than Perry’s fish — but she wasn’t eligible for the record because Mac Weakley had set his hook in her side, not her mouth.Dottie, along with 15 of those 20 new record fish, was caught in one of just a few reservoirs within a hundred miles of Los Angeles. Something was going on in Southern California, and that something was a potent brew of favorable conditions for super fish.Dottie — along with all the other monster fish caught recently — is a Florida bass, which biologists recognize as a different species from the other largemouth bass that populate Alabama, Louisiana and the rest of the fish’s natural habitat. “The Florida bass is genetically and behaviorally different from the largemouth bass,” said Mike Allen, a professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences at the University of Florida who specializes in bass. And while Florida bass and other largemouth bass usually grow to about the same size, only Florida bass have the potential to get truly huge. (Allen speculates that Perry’s fish was a hybrid, based on its location between the ranges of the Florida bass and the largemouth bass.)Big fish attract more fishermen, which is why fishery managers have introduced Florida largemouths not just to California, but also to lakes all over the world, including Mexico, South Africa and — yes — Japan. The Florida transplants have often found that their new environments offer access to a new, highly caloric food source: rainbow trout. While the two fish do not usually coexist in the same areas, the 12-inch trout stocked in these lakes (also to entice fishermen) have proven to be a perfect food for the mega-bass, which pack on weight far more quickly than they would hunting other prey. Bass introduced into new environments overseas have also found new prey to be good eating — in Lake Biwa, Japan, for example, the bass have taken to gorging themselves on carp.The Southern California environment — newly formed reservoirs in a mild climate — also helped with the record bass growth. Cold-blooded animals don’t have to spend as much energy metabolizing in stable temperatures, and Allen says the sweet spots for the stable-temperature zone are in Southern California and Japan.The role the reservoirs play, though, remains somewhat mysterious. “Lakes go through a natural aging process,” says Allen, who explains that trophy fish usually appear relatively soon after lakes have been formed. Perhaps that explains why far fewer giant bass have been caught in Southern California since the early 2000s.While Lake Biwa, the place Kurita nabbed his record bass, has been around for millions of years, Kurita thinks a change in management practices in Japan led to a window for world-record bass that may now be closing as well. “Old days of Lake Biwa fishing, I could catch a lot, but could not get over 10 pounds,” he said. Then, around 2001, Japanese authorities started to treat bass less as a trophy fish and more as a foreign organism to exterminate, he said. As their numbers dropped, the size of the bass Kurita caught grew — for a time. Since 2010, new extermination strategies, including electrification of spawning bass, has made all sizes of bass harder to find, he says.Fishing records are different from human athletic records. While people will almost surely continue to get bigger, faster and stronger, a record fish requires discovery. After years where a confluence of factors produced a run of huge fish, Perry’s record still stands. Almost everyone I spoke to for this article, though, thinks that there is a record fish still out there. Kurita claims he’s seen a 25-pounder paddling through Lake Biwa. Burke says a few monsters may lurk in the lakes of Cuba, where they have been off-limits to many record-focused bass fishermen for dozens of years. Allen thinks there might be a title contender in Zimbabwe, where recently introduced bass are growing freakishly fat. And in parts of the American South, officials have started aggressive management policies — like draining and repopulating lakes with Florida bass — in an effort to bring the record back home. read more

Jackie Robinson Museum Breaks Ground After 10Year Delay

Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, smiles during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Jackie Robinson Museum, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Ground was broken for the Jackie Robinson Museum after a 10-year wait — matching the length of the Hall of Famer’s barrier-breaking major-league career.Rachel Robinson, the 94-year-old widow of the Brooklyn Dodgers star, attended Thursday’s ceremony in the SoHo section of Manhattan along with her daughter, Sharon, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and former National League President Len Coleman.“There are a lot of American heroes. I think Jackie Robinson is in a class by himself,” Manfred said, “and, really, it is impossible to do enough to recognize what he means and continues to mean to the process of change.”About $23.5 million has been raised to build the museum, now scheduled to open in spring 2019 on the street level of an already-existing office building. The Jackie Robinson Foundation hopes to raise a total of $42 million — matching Robinson’s uniform number — to fund an endowment that will pay for the museum’s operations.“Breaking ground allows us to show the country that we are for real,” Sharon Robinson said.Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 and died in 1972. Rachel Robinson started the Jackie Robinson Foundation a year later.The 18,500 square-foot space, which will include a 75-seat theater, originally was to open in 2009 or 2010 but was delayed when the Great Recession slowed fundraising.“The bottom fell out,” foundation president Della Britton Baeza said.Strada Education Network last month announced a $6.5 million gift to the foundation, which awards several dozen college scholarships annually.Sharon Robinson, now 67, said her mother’s wedding dress, currently in their Connecticut home, will be among the exhibits, which will portray her father’s role in the civil rights movement.“There will be a lot that kids … when you have a visual in addition to reading about something, I think they’ll understand the totality of the man and the importance of having a voice and using it,” Sharon Robinson said. “I think today is more complex. It is not just a Black and white America. We have a great deal of work that needs to be done so that we really are an inclusive country.”Baseball has been concerned about the drop in African-American players — just 7.7 percent on opening-day rosters, according to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, down from 18 percent in 1991. While there are three nonwhite managers, down from 10 in 2009, and four nonwhite general managers, the institute said nonwhite people comprise 28 percent of central baseball’s professional staff.“It’s important to remember that baseball has a tremendously diverse workforce. I think it’s probably a mistake to focus on any single group, and we have more diversity in the game today than we’ve ever had,” Manfred said. “Having said that, baseball has in place numerous programs designed to promote African-American participation and we feel that our partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation is an important part of that programmatic effort.” read more

Commonwealth baton leaves Buckingham Palace TCI takes the day off

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Today is a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands; among the nations which actually take the day off to commemorate Commonwealth Day.    In the Turks and Caicos, the Speaker of the House of Assembly – Hon Dwayne Taylor – will deliver the Queen’s Commonwealth Day message over national radio, which in large part speaks of a baton containing a message of peace, understanding and respect for one another.The baton which begins a ‘long and extraordinary’ journey from Buckingham Palace today, throughout the nations over the next 12-months makes it final stop in Australia, which is the site of the next Commonwealth Games.Today is also day two of the National Inter High School track and field competition at the National Stadium.  The Parade of Nations which was scheduled for later today in Grand Turk has been postponed to April.    There are 52 commonwealth nations, over 2.5 billion people.#MagneticMediaNews #ParadeofNations #CommonwealthDay Related Items:#CommonwealthDay, #magneticmedianews, ParadeofNationslast_img read more

Nuno charged with misconduct by the FA

first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for celebrating his side’s late winner against Leicester City on the pitch.The Portuguese gaffer was sent to the stands by referee Chris Kavanagh after running into the field of play to celebrate Diogo Jota’s winner with his players at Molineux.The Wolves boss is now facing a possible touchline ban for his actions and the FA has given him until Thursday to respond to the charge.A statement from the governing body read: “Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with misconduct relating to his behaviour in the 93rd minute of the game between Wolves and Leicester on Saturday.”“I had to hug him, because he came back from injury and he’s worked very hard.”Nuno talks about his appreciation for @DiogoJota18’s effort, his dismissal and an unbelievable spectacle at Molineux. #WOLLEI🐺💬https://t.co/oKcaum7nQ6Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.— Wolves (@Wolves) January 19, 2019Nuno accepted the referee’s decision to banish him to the stand in Saturday’s 4-3 win, with Jota’s hat-trick-goal coming just six minutes after Wes Morgan had equalised for Leicester.“The referee explained everything. He was clear. It was a good decision. What can I say,” Nuno said after the match.“He said, ‘You are not allowed to go out of your technical area even to celebrate a goal, and you cannot go on the pitch’.”Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp was fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct for a similar incident last month for celebrating Origi’s winner against the Toffees.last_img read more

Four children in San Diego County diagnosed with rare disease

first_img Posted: October 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, October 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) —Four San Diego County children were diagnosed with a rare illness this month, known as Kawasaki Disease. The disease only strikes one out of every 2,000 children in the San Diego region.One of the affected children, 21 month old Jett Roper of Valley Center began exhibiting signs of the disease on October 11.His mother took him to an urgent care facility where the doctor advised her to treat her son for his fever, but Jett’s fever persisted.Two days later, the boy was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital where doctors recognized Jett’s fever, blood shot eyes, rash and swollen hands as consistent with the symptoms of Kawaski Disease.Three other children from the East County were also admitted to the hospital around the same time, from October 9-14, during the period when San Diego County was lashed by violent storms and heavy winds.While no one knows for sure what causes Kawasaki Disease, medical researchers suspect there may be a link to the weather. One theory is that changes in the wind and atmosphere may act as a trigger in some children with a certain genetic makeup that causes them to become ill.Dr Adriana Tremoulet with the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UC San Diego said medical researchers are trying to collaborate with scientists who study weather and climate. “We’re suspicious about this most recent rainstorm. We’re working very closely with the climate scientists that we collaborate with to understand if there’s an association between that recent rainstorm and the increased number of chldren we saw with Kawasaki Disease a few weeks ago,” Tremoulet said.Jett responded well to his treatment in the hospital. However, without early treatment, Kawasaki Disease can have long lasting health effects, causing damage to the arteries, and raising the risk of blood clots and heart attacks.Adults who were not diagnosed and treated as children may have damaged their hearts and could suffer heart attacks later in life.“So we do see young adults in their 30’s and 40’s without other risk factors for a heart attack, having a heart attack from missed Kawasaki Disease,” Tremoulet said.The rare illness disease is not contagious and usually strikes only children and young adults up to their mid-20’s.Tremoulet said doctors and researchers need to know much more about the origins of the disease. “As pediatricians, we need to intervene. We need to reduce the rate of heart damage that happens because we’re still unfortunately, losing children to a disease that we need to figure out. I would say, it’s one of our big mysteries,” she said. Four children in San Diego County diagnosed with rare disease Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Lions Tigers Bears Wild in the Country

first_imgLions Tigers & Bears: Wild in the Country April 22, 2019 Posted: April 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsALPINE (KUSI) – Lions Tigers & Bears is invited people to attend its biggest fundraising event of the year in May.The annual Wild in the Country event features incredible animals, live music, dancing, dinner, family-friendly activities, incredible auction items and of course all the proceeds will support life-saving rescues and life-long care for rescued animals.This fundraiser is a unique opportunity for animal lovers to support our mission of providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals, while inspiring an educational forum to end the exotic animal trade, according to LT&B.Lions Tigers & Bears – Wild in the CountrySaturday, May 182 p.m. to 6 p.m. VIP Reception 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.www.lionstigersandbears.org KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more