TO THE EDITOR: Eighteen dead bass were found floating at the Dock Street boat launch? So what?
I wish the Press-Republican would research articles before they scare the public, store owners and restaurants within the scope of any of the bass tournaments. Those washed-up 18 fish are like 18 grains of sand on a 10-mile beach.
As a young man about 50 years ago, I was the chairman of the junior committee for the Bellmore, L.I., Rod and Gun Club. Myself and a few other fathers would take the junior members on saltwater and freshwater fishing trips all over the state. As the director, I was in constant contact with the Department of Environmental Conservation to find out where the best stocking was. I wanted the kids to catch fish.
At that time, DEC gave me my education about the bass family. I confirmed it again on my computer. A female bass will deposit between 2,000 and 14,000 eggs, depending on her size. When those eggs hatch, the male and female will consume (eat) two-thirds of the babies.
Let’s use 9,000 eggs as a hatch. If they eat 6,000, that means that 3,000 got away and will mature in two years to begin their cycle . Back then, DEC explained to me that after stocking a couple of bass in any body of water, men, women and children fishing shoulder to shoulder could never outfish any pond or lake.
I would feel free to estimate that there are millions of bass from one end of Lake Champlain to the other. So I wouldn’t consider 18 bass “a catastrophe.”
CHARLES A. BRANDT SR.
TO THE EDITOR: J.S. Waterhouse’s letter has me shaking my head in disbelief.
Saying the Civil War should not have been fought indicates a failure of Mr. Waterhouse to comprehend why that war was fought. Had it not been, the South would have been allowed to secede from the union.