…not out yet (after ICAST in July) but it’s the River2Sea Phat Matte Frog. He wouldn’t drop any deets on it except that “it’s special, doesn’t sink” and “every big fish I’ve cuahg tover 5 lbs [this year] has been on it” including his 19-lb Classic bag. Here it is in the “yellowhead” color from the Chick Open:
2. Hackney asks why fish come off when flipping.
Good dang question and I love that he asks it so he can learn from all your thoughts. Usin’ the interwebz!
3. Combs intends to crank more.
> A few decades ago, we saw several specialists dominate. Denny Brauer had a field day flipping a jig. David Fritts won lots of money with a crankbait. I know that both Brauer and Fritts can do plenty of other things…but…a jig and a big crankbait catch bigger than average fish, and they win tournaments. That’s why they stuck with them.
> Look at what Brett Hite has done with a Chatterbait in recent years — it’s not that he can’t do other things, it’s that he wants to consistently be in the hunt for the win.
> You could say the same thing about Greg Hackney or Jason Christie — when their bite is in play, they not only know how to stick with it but they understand how to make certain subtle adjustments that will lead them to a big blue trophy.
4. Lucas, EcoPro sued by Rago over swimbait.
Sounds like Jusdtin and Jerry Rago know each other so hope it all gets resolved without lawyers and courts.
5. TN: Percy Priest bassers okay after boat capsizes.
High winds, held onto buoys until rescued.
6. AR: Here’s $15K Big Al.
Not looking that big…. Try to catch him in Hamilton or Catherine by June 30 and get the $$$. Like that idea….
7. VA finding leeches in largie mouths.
A new thing. Leeches might be hitching rides on craws and crabs:
8. OK: Altus Lugert coming back after golden algae.
9. VT: Atrazine herbicide changing smallie gender in Champlain?
10. PA: Scientist finds way to break down bad chemicals?
If this is true, it’s huge. Pharmaceuticals in our water have changed the sexes of reptiles, fish and mammals (no scientist wants to talk about what they could be doing to people…I’ve asked), and existing wastewater facilities aren’t designed to handle them.
11. MX: What Comedero is like.
> The early part of the year has been spectacular on Comedero, with multiple fish over 12 lbs and dozens more between 8 and 12 lbs. Almost every angler on every trip will eventually catch a fish pushing 10 lbs and probably will lose more than one in the heavy brush.
Reminds me of a dream I had once:
Oops different dream, never mind….
12. LA: Bass will be stocked in Mercer Bayou.
13. New Savage Goby Tube…
…which you’re reading about here cuz of this line:
> These baits feature side and dorsal fins that make for a gliding action on the fall that triggers reaction strikes beyond expectation.
“Beyond expectation,” huh? Hope that’s not like this:
14. Camping World buys Gander assets.
Sounds like up to 17 stores may still be operated, the rest liquidated.
15. Pontoon, salt boats driving up outboard sales.
16. Use your kill switch and PFDs.
Tragic stories in that article.
17. Get your Yo-Zuri on!
Contest time mang! Dame deal, click it and do it!