IGFA Denies Pending World Record
DANIA BEACH, FL - The 71 year old George Perry record stands, after the IGFA declines to recognize the 22 pound 8 ounce bass caught by Leah Trew of Sant Rosa, California on August 24, 2003 as a world record.
Trew caught the bass on the 72 acre Spring Lake, a flood-control lake within Spring Lake Regional Park in Sanoma County. The water is noted for producing trophy-class largemouths, including a number of line class records caught by her son Javad, as well as the 24 pound bass caught by Paul Duclos in 1997.
Trew also applied to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, which also denied the big bass as a new world record. "It met all the requirements for a record, but not for an All-Tackle record. "said Executive Director Ted Dzialo, "We granted it a 12-pound line-class record."
Because the bass was released and could not be checked for foreign objects and other discrepancies, the NFWFHF could not grant an official world record. It did, however, recognize Trew's bass as an "Unofficial World Record."
"The rules say a potential world record must be examined; unfortunately that means killing the fish."
The fish was weighed on a IGFA certified Boga Grip, "It was 29 inches long, with a 25-inch girth, and pulled the scale to just over 22 pounds, 8 ounces," says Javad.
They only took one picture of the fish because, according to Javad, "there was only one exposure left on the disposable camera. I debated going to buy another one, but it was a five-mile drive and we were going to release the fish anyway, we always catch-and-release," explains Javad. "Besides, I really didn't think you could keep fish. There are signs posted that say removing any animal, alive or dead, from the park is prohibited." Spring Park Rangers confirm the signs, but added that small print at the bottom excludes fish.
After submitting applications to the IGFA and NFWFHA, the Trews contacted tackle manufacturers about possible promotions and sponsorships, yet they remained publicly silent, refusing all requests for interviews.
Only one of the tackle companies has shown interest so far, Stren has taken on Javad as a member of their field staff.
Update: Charges Dropped Against Shooter
POINTE A LA HACHE, LA - Citing a lack of evidence prosecutors have dropped charges against Dale Silbernagel, 45 who was booked on two counts of aggravated assualt and illegal discharge of a firearm on August 14, 2003 after Gary Klien accused him of tracking his bass boat with a shotgun and firing into the air.
Tourney Angler Idicted and Cheater Arrested
KNOXVILLE, TN - A Tennessee grand jury has indicted a fisherman who police say drove his boat through restricted water to win a tournament.
Ritchie Lee Anderson ran his boat through a restricted area of Tennessee's Fort Loudoun Lake in September 2002, to reach a tournament weigh-in station.
Although a judge had dismissed the most serious charges against Anderson, the grand jury reinstated the charges of evading arrest and reckless endangerment. Anderson was arrested during the tournament's weigh-in.
MONTICELLO, IN - Danny Engleking was arrested after officials caught him trying to rig a bass tournament by using bass he had placed in a sunken cage. Surveillance cameras showed him loading bass from the cage into his boat's livewell during the tournament on Indiana's Lake Shafer.
Engleking was fined $25 and $132 in court costs but will serve no jail time.
Changing of the guard: NYBass.com under New Management!!!
Written by Scott E.
In 1996, an idea of a Long Island, NY bass fisherman spawned the birth of a
fishing website. NYBass.com was created and came to fruition by Frank Jovine. We thank Frank for his work at making a website dedicated to the NY fishermen and we wish him luck with any future endeavors he may have, as he and NYBass.com are parting ways. We hope he comes back and visits from time to time and give us updates as to any fishing adventures he may partake in on the lakes of Nevada.
The new guards taking over are in no way strangers to NYBass. John Gargani aka JohnG, is a Westchester Dentist who has been a member here since the beginning and in 2000 became the moderator of the forums. Hes been the driving force in making NYBASS what it is today and hes affectionately known as the Evil Tyrant; he moderates with an iron fist when it comes to keeping the forums friendly and fun. John is an avid recreational catch and release fisherman, with many other hobbies, from music to amateur body building.
In the fall of 1998 after talking to John through NYBass, AOLs IMs and on
the phone for almost a year, I met and fished with John for the first time.
Although we didnt catch much that day, I feel it was a successful day as I
made a good friend and there has been many other days spent fishing with John
Mike de Avila aka MikeD in NYC has been a member here since 2001 and
became Frank Js right hand man in 2002 as Assistant Webmaster. Mike has done a great job in keeping things working and starting NYBass Illustrated and NYBTV: where he has made many members targets of his twisted sense of humor. So, if you see your picture posted and it involves some current news event, be sure our new webmaster MikeD had something to do with it. Recently, besides undertaking the task of webmaster, Mike has been busy with his production company Rockville Pictures producing a new type of fishing show for television: Lunkerville. Its where the average Joe or Jill fisherman can share their techniques with the rest of the world, which should be quite successful in todays world of reality TV.
I first met Mike at the second annual NYBass get-together on Lake Mahopac. He and I fished together on my boat as Mike, being new to bass fishing, had never caught a bass. We made sure he hooked up with a couple throughout the day and I can still see the look on his face when he caught his first top water bronze backed bass; I knew he was addicted.
I asked Mike where he would like to see NYBass in a year, his reply to me was quite simple:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Truthfully Scott, I hope things don't change much. One thing were doing is making it cheaper to sponsor the site, so more members can help support NYBASS. We'll use the revenue to pay for operation costs and use what's left over for give-aways and promotions. Of course a larger member base would be great so that more fishing information can be shared. I would also like to see more members from the Catskill and Adirondack regions post and have local get-togethers. But all in all, I see NYBASS in one year as the same thing it is now: the friendliest and most informative New York bass fishing website on the internet... with John G. as the fearless Tyrant Moderator of the forums.
The Evil Tyrant John G. when asked where he would like to see NYBass in a
Hmm...thats a good one....certainly with even more overall action every day and more people at all the get togethers.
So the look of NYBass may change slightly, but that is all it is, a cosmetic change with the addition of a few more advertisers, sponsors and a new wanted forum, so lets all work together to help make NYBass what it is and more!!!