Connell Barnett baits, My mud smallie trip, Fishing underspins shallow
Today’s Top 5
Dustin Connell’s Ross Barnett winning baits.
Dude’s harder to get ahold of than Trump, but here you go. Accordin’ to the Bassin’Fan, he fished up the Pearl River, “overhanging trees with limbs and branches in the water…also deep laydowns with mats that fish would congregate under…some water was 15′ and some was 2’….” Fished moved vertically with the weather.
> “I knew that shortly after the spawn the big females will feed heavily, and a lot of times they’ll hang around bluegill beds, and that’s where I caught all my fish — either in transition areas leaving spawning bays or around bluegill beds.”
You probly saw this already somewhere because a lot of folks are getting behind it, but putting it here in the top 5 anyway cuz it’s that important. Bottom line: Guido Hibdon, who whether you realize it or not has taught you something about how to catch a bass, needs some $$ help related to cancer treatments. If you have a buck or 2 to send his way, great. If not, please pray for him and the fam.
Don’t hold it against Guido that he likes to sit in the boat and wimp-stick it…lol. He’s Guido Hibdon — he can do what he wants!
Flooded out at the Niagara River.
So I head up to the Niagara River for the annual smallie whack-fest and:
> The water on the Niagara River is higher than guide Frank Campbell has seen it in 35 dang years. And it was like coffee with cream.
> So much runoff from so much rain that it has changed the color AND raised the water level of at least two of the Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie). Think about that — that’s a TON of water and mud mang!
> Plus it was colder than usual, so water temps were down from the week before.
Any one of those factors would’ve made catching smallmouths tough. All of ’em = not great.
A few what I call “village idiots” (luck fish) were reeled in, but only a few, like this one, a 5-02. That’s Jeff from Seaguar’s fish and Frank (left):
That’s like 16″ long — the biggest dang shad I’ve ever seen…but so friggin’ what! Only other fish I caught was even more disappointing than that one: a wally-eye. BUT I did get some a-learnin’ about how to catch Great Lakes smalls, which you can see on BassBlaster.rocks including this vid:
Maybe gitcha a deal. More info on the acquisition here. Sounds like turnaround specialist Marcus Lemonis is planning to operate company and keep the brand — this link is an informative vid from Marcus. Says 70-75 stores will reopen.
I’m just really excited to get the opportunity to go fishing out every single day get paid to go do it.
– ID kid who got a scholarship to Bethel U in TN. Very cool but…sounds like he has a slightly mistaken understanding of what college is like. If not, I need to go back to school. I picture it like this, with a dock in the back:
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