AL LINDNER doesn’t fly to Florida for Florida bass…*

I don’t know if you caught this bit, but if you don’t read the Orlando Sentinel, you may have missed it. It focuses on the use of DNA testing on stocks of largemouth bass in central Florida and the implications regarding commerce. You can see it here.

Talk about “loaded language” in the story, a research scientist for the Fish and Wildlife Dept., Mike Tringali was quoted as saying, “We’ve been surprised in some cases where we have lakes in what should be ‘pure Forida’ strain had high levels of genetic contamination by the Northern Species.”

While everyone likes to be patted on the back (Florida is no different that any other entity) no state has done less with pure strain Floridas (and that’s where they come from) than anywhere else in the country. Texas has long milked its big fish with its Share A Lunker program aimed trying to maintain a gene pool with max growth potential.

And while California doesn’t do a lot, at least we regularly feed the beasts with truckloads of Salmonidae and we know how big our Florida hybrid can get–even though no lawful catch has been made here to top either the U.S. or World Records.

But giving Florida bass to Floridians is like giving rifle scopes to bow hunters–not very useful. Not only don’t the fish reach max growth down there, the one state record bass they had that did exceed 20 pounds (Fritz Freibel, Tampa, 20 pounds, 2 ounces, 1923) they don’t recognize as a record anymore!

So yeah, they catch a lot of nice ones in the Sunshine State. But does an amazing day at Okeechobee or Toho exceed an amazing day at Clear Lake or the Delta, not to mention Amistad or Falcon lakes on the Mexican border? The whole Florida DNA thing sounds kinda like a PR story to me.

*Thanks to Bill Siemantel for sharing the photo.





3 Responses to “Northern strain bass ‘contaminating’ Floridas?”

by Rich Holland


I reckon it’s a lot like those gals who study meteorology in Kansas and unveil their “talents” in SoCal. It’s all about the proper environment in which to thrive. Meanwhile the issue of genetic purity promises to be nothing but a bane to bass fishermen.


Awhile back when I was trying to get FLMB and NLMB listed as separate species records, the response from IGFA was “you can’t visually define a FLMB.” Studies show that pure FLMB are only found southern half of state, half of Florida has NLMB/FLMB intergrates dating back to the early 1900’s.

The initial FLMB stocking in San Diego came from Cypress Garden FL with pure FLMB.

by George Kramer

In my eyes, even more evidence this story came from some Chamber of Commerce, or state agency looking for funding.