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Japan angler bags world record bass

OUTCATCH – It’s official! After nearly six months of waiting for record keepers to make their decision, a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass caught in Japan was declared on Friday to be a world record – tying the legendary record caught 77 years ago by George Perry in Georgia’s Montgomery Lake.

The International Game Fish Association recognized Manabu Kurita, 32, of Japan as a “dual holder” for the All-Tackle record for largemouth bass.

Kurita caught the lunker northeast of Kyoto in Lake Biwa – Japan’s largest lake – on July 2.

IGFA officials said they took longer than normal to verify the record to sort through controversy and administer a polygraph test to the man who landed the holy grail of freshwater fishing.

New video explains OHV registration

OUTREACH – Idaho is using YouTube to help explain how to register and license off-highway vehicles.

A video – available free on the Internet – has been produced to explain the somewhat complicated requirements and costs.

Generally, all motorbikes, ATVs and specialty off-highway vehicles, such as dune buggies, should be registered each year at Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation offices or partner vendors.

Registration fees for OHVs are $12 in 2010, an increase of $2 earmarked for OHV-related law enforcement and projects, also explained on the video.

OHVers who ride on city or county roads also must purchase a restricted license plate. The plates cost $3 and are valid for seven years.

The video is posted on three sites:

•IDPR, parksandrecreation. idaho.gov

•Idaho OHV, stayontrails.com.

•YouTube, tinyurl.com/ IdahoOHV

Biologist to give grouse update

What: Program on sage and sharptail grouse recovery in Eastern Washington.

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Who: By Mike Atamian, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist.

Where: Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St. (new site for Spokane Audubon Society monthly meetings).

Other attractions: Spokane Auduboners are selling 2010 calendars featuring local bird photos by local photographers as well as “Bird Songs of the Pacific Northwest,” a five-CD set. The club regularly leads birdwatching outings, such as the February trip to find wintering snowy owls.

Info: 928-5696.

Fly fisher pegs Yellowstone waters

What: Program on “Underfished and Overlooked Waters of Yellowstone.”

Who: By Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Mont., and fly tying and fly fishing author.

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy.

Other attractions: Spokane Fly Fishers offer winter fly tying classes for members.

Info: 924-9462.



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