The Bass Pro Challenge

The Bass Pro Challenge: Boys Will Be Boys

It’s dangerous, it’s dumb, it’s illegal—but you have to admit, it’s kind of funny.

Apparently, the latest craze in fishing, hunting, camping, and outdoors shopping is The Bass Pro Challenge, which is taking a plunge in the gigantic fish tanks at different Bass Pro Shops locations and broadcasting the antics on social media and apps like TikTok.

The culprits tend to be young people; those who have a mischievous and dare-devilish flair to their personalities.

Unfortunately, not only is it bad practice for these young men with a thirst for the limelight, but it’s not good for the fish either. The tanks have precise water treatments, filters, temperatures, and so on. Any changes to the levels could negatively affect the fish. Although unlikely, a wayward plunge could land on a 10-pound Largemouth and injure or possibly kill that fish.

There have been documented cases where these crazies have hit the surrounding rocks with their head and had extremely nasty cuts as a result. That usually means a trip to the hospital.

Doctor: How’d you do this?

Doofus: I jumped into a fish tank.

Doctor: It must have had some nasty-ass fish in there.

Doofus: No comment.

Watch “The Bass Pro Challenge” below:

7 Replies to “The Bass Pro Challenge: Boys Will Be Boys”

  1. These characters are the true “Kings of Numbskull-duggery”. An exemplary example of Nomenclature Nomography. Many of which include, Dumbbell, Dumb Cluck, Dumbhead, Dumbo Dumbdumb and Dumb Waiter-(Dumb Wader). My all time preference and more accurately stated is , “Dumb Cane”.

    Yes you heard that right. A “Dumb Cane”, more affectionately known as Dieffenbachia, a tropical American evergreen plant of the genus Dieffenbachia, of the arum family, often grown as a house plant and having poisonous sap which can cause the loss of the power of speech or death.

    Quite so, these “Saps” could definitely have caused their own “death” or that of the fish in the tank. The bacteria on their body alone is enough to unbalance the Biological system of the tank. Having the intelligence of a House Plant, even more so.

    I’ll set you up with a few facts of Biological filtration and the nitrogen cycle:

    Proper management of the nitrogen cycle is a vital element of a successful aquarium. Excreta and other decomposing organic matter produce ammonia which is highly toxic to fish. Bacterial processes oxidize this ammonia into the slightly less toxic nitrites, and these are in turn oxidized to form the much less toxic nitrates. In the natural environment these nitrates are subsequently taken up by plants as fertilizer and this does indeed happen to some extent in an aquarium planted with real plants.

    An aquarium is, however, an imperfect microcosm of the natural world. Aquariums are usually much more densely stocked with fish than the natural environment. This increases the amount of ammonia produced in the relatively small volume of the aquarium. The bacteria responsible for breaking down the ammonia by converting it to nitrite, Nitrosomonas, colonize the surface of any objects inside the aquarium. The bacteria that then convert nitrite to nitrate are Nitrospira and Nitrobacter. In most cases, a biological filter is nothing more than a chemically inert porous sponge, which provides a greatly enlarged surface area on which these bacteria can develop. These bacterial colonies take several weeks to form, during which time the aquarium is vulnerable to a condition commonly known as “new tank syndrome” if stocked with fish too quickly. Some systems incorporate bacteria capable of converting nitrates into nitrogen gas.

    Accumulation of toxic ammonia from decomposing wastes is the largest cause of fish mortality in new, poorly maintained, or overloaded aquariums. In the artificial environment of the aquarium, the nitrogen cycle effectively ends with the production of nitrates. In order that the nitrate level does not build up to a harmful level regular partial water changes are required to remove the nitrates and introduce new, uncontaminated water.

    Mechanical and chemical filtration

    The process of mechanical filtration removes particulate material from the water column. This particulate matter may include uneaten food, feces or plant or algal debris. Mechanical filtration is typically achieved by passing water through materials which act as a sieve, physically trapping the particulate matter. Removal of solid waste can be as simple as physical hand netting of debris, and/or involve highly complex equipment. All removal of solid wastes involve filtering water through some form of mesh in a process known as mechanical filtration. The solid wastes are first collected, and then must be physically removed from the aquarium system. Mechanical filtration is ultimately ineffective if the solid wastes are not removed from the filter, and are allowed to decay and dissolve in the water.

    Dissolved wastes are more difficult to remove from the water. Several techniques, collectively known as chemical filtration, are used for the removal of dissolved wastes, the most popular being the use of activated carbon and foam fractionation. To a certain extent, healthy plants extract dissolved chemical wastes from water when they grow, so plants can serve a role in the containment of dissolved wastes.

    A final and less common situation requiring filtration involves the desire to sterilize water-borne pathogens. This sterilization is accomplished by passing aquarium water through filtration devices which expose the water to high intensity ultraviolet light and/or exposing the water to dissolved ozone gas.

    Confused? Don’t be. Imitating “Mother Nature” as this definition has indicated, should be on every Anglers list of behavioral dexterity. Only a “Duffus” would think otherwise.

    Time to filter out the “Excreta”!

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