At the Board Meeting on November 13, 2013, I was asked by the Board to participate in a meeting at the Thomas Ridge Environmental Center in Erie. The purpose of the meeting was to acquaint all interested parties of the plan to install a new buoy in Lake Erie to add to the safety of Recreation and Navigation interests in the Pennsylvania portion of the lake. The Presentation was given by Jeannete Schnars, PHD and the Executive Director of the Regional Science Consortium at the Thomas Ridge Environmental Center. The meeting was held on Thursday the 14th of November. The Missing Link, a near shore buoy will be located 5 miles from shore near the Walnut Creek Marina and Launch, The buoy will be positioned in 45’ of water. Information from the buoy will be used on the Near Shore Broadcast System provided by the National Weather Service. Access to this information is available on many media locations. Including but not limited to public radio and television, weather and VHF radios. This information is also available on computers and smartphone Apps. It is important to know that in the entire Lake there is only 1 other buoy. It is located offshore near Sandusky, Ohio.
Information that will be taken by the buoy will include:
Water Temperature (surface, bottom & 2 mid-water column locations)
Solar Radiation Camera
Information collected by the buoy will be updated every 20 minutes and historical information will be stored on the website databases. Additional sensors could be added at any time in the future to improve Safety and Environmental forecasting. The buoy will be on station from May through October. The buoy is sensitive. Ice and huge waves can produce damage to the electronics of the buoy. The Missing Link will be placed in the Lake in May of 2014. Funding for the project is from a $10,000 grant and the monies should be enough to cover the construction and deployment of the buoy and maintenance for approximately 2 years. Sustainability of the project will fall on the users. Jeanette Schnars is asking Lake Erie users to help with future expenses that include removal and redeployment annually and the maintenance of the buoys. I committed to the group that I would bring the issue to the board for discussion. MS Schnars volunteered to come to one of our meetings to explain the project.
I believe that this buoy will be used for our safety and I think that some of the data regarding water temps and turbidity and other environmental data could give us clues to when and where the coveted Smallies will be feeding.
All About “FIZZING”
This has nothing to do about a leak in your favorite carbonated drink container. It does however, have plenty to do with treating your captured bass with the optimum care after it has been brought up quickly from deeper water.
At our recent State meeting in Milesburg on the Ides of March, the issue of “fizzing” was discussed. Most bass anglers have never fizzed a fish; some have expressed hesitation when it comes to visibly sticking a needle in a fish. Fizzing a fish has proven to be more of a life saving procedure than a death sentence.
So what is fizzing? It’s a procedure aimed at releasing built-up air from the swim bladder of a bass. Why fizz? This build up of air pressure puts undo strain on internal organs and impairs a fish’s ability to swim and maneuver properly. When a bass swims in deep water, the water pressure reduces air in the fish’s air bladder. This reduction in buoyancy allows the fish to stay in the deeper water as they wish. As the fish is retrieved from deep water during capture, the quickly reduced pressure of the water is replaced with air. This air inflates the bladder and results in an unhealthy and abnormal condition. Bass boats are not currently offering a fish decompression chamber option yet so we have to take matters in our own hands.
There are two easily observable indicators that alert you to perform the fizzing procedure: 1) The bass will float upside down 2) The bass will be in a tail up position rather than horizontal
Fizzing should occur as soon as you notice the signs that a bass is having these difficulties. If you are fishing in deep water, you should be aware that this situation may occur. Check your live well as frequently as you change rods or lures.