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Dot Com Angler
By Roger Bacon


Let's face it; anglers are information junkies. Whether we stand around the local diner hoping to pick up a tip or two, or go to tournament weigh-ins to get the scoop on lures and patterns from contestants, it's all just a scavenger hunt for fishing facts. The best lure, the best color, the water depth, and the list goes on and on.

Television shows are one of the most basic mediums for third party scavenging. The main problem with them is that you are at the mercy of the programmer's decision to cover the lake or specific presentation you want to watch. You might settle into your recliner in hopes of watching a bass fishing show filmed in Texas, only to be presented with a fellow extolling the virtues of salmon fishing in Alaska. It may be entertaining, but has very little relevance to what the bass are doing on "Big Sam". This is where then Internet shines.

Bandwidth, which is the measure of a computer's ability to transfer information, has increased dramatically with cable modem and ISDN lines. Now more and more sites are offering video on demand. Most of these sites have files that can be downloaded to your hard drive and watched at any time. The downside to this, is that in order to watch a 30 second clip, it may take up to 5 minutes to download. Can you say diminishing returns? In order to truly convey a technique or tactic, the moderator is stuck between a rock and a hard spot. If he provides enough information to be helpful, the download time is extremely long.

One Internet site seems to have overcome this predicament is using a new video standard known as ASF or more commonly known as "Streaming Video". This allows the user to simply click on the video they want to watch and then, without the download process, the clip begins playing on screen.

I was glad to tag along recently as Jeff Hord, the President of ODC visited Sam Rayburn. Armed with a digital video camera and remote microphones, we headed out with one of the local crappie anglers for a day of fishing. Powell Park regular, Clay Dean, was nice enough to put us on one of his "hot spots" for the days adventure. As we circled in the nearby camera boat, Clay detailed the process of sinking brush to attract "white perch". According to him, he has over 31 well-maintained brush piles located within 2 miles of the marina.

The one we chose for filming has the reputation for giving up some really big slabs. This was certainly the case on our trip. As Clay discussed presentation, lure choice and electronics, he and Jeff were pulling in fish after fish. Clay even went so far as to demonstrate the proper way to clean the fish once we arrived back at Powell Park.

The tie in for the .com angler is that by the time you read this, you will be able to go to Jeff's website and watch the days adventures. Jeff has enlisted a group of guides and recreational anglers from across the country. His intention is to build a database of videos on a broad range of fishing subjects. These will be on hand and freely accessible at his site to view whenever you wish. The only requirement is that you have the Windows media player, which is available as a free download via a link located on the page. Check it out.

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