Dude met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Congress peeps. Sounds like it was at least partly for the Yammy “Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation” deal, which remains a head-scratcher for me — but pretty cool:
Doesn’t sound like Ike needed a translator for bassin’ talk with a south Jersey accent so that’s good. Figurin’ none of those Hill peeps have seen Ike Live, else…lol
2. AL: Watch out for David Kilgore at Smith Lake.
Lots of good fishermen in the Open, Kilgore being one….
3. Scott Ashmore had 3rd elbow surgery.
Dude! Couple quotes from the FB post:
> “Can’t wait to cast without gritting my teeth! 3 weeks in a sling, little rehab and the gym and I’ll be 100% to rock the 2018 season!
> “I pushed too fast on the other elbow at Okeechobee in 2015, ripped the repair apart and had to get it fixed a second time. Big reason I got this one done with plenty of time to heal.”
4. TX: Boaters needed for PVA derby at Ray Hubbard.
This weekend. PVA = paralyzed veterans. Been to a couple PVA derbies, they’re great. Thank you vets!
5. TX DNR loaning boat scales for C/M/R derbies.
Catch/measure/release. They quoted Gary Klein, a Texan and co-owner of MLF:
> “…I’d like to give something back, I’d like to see our fisheries continue to get better. I would like to see our format become the new norm, and become recognized as the way the game is played.”
I still don’t see the problem. Biologists have not shown there’s real issues with existing tourney formats that have been in place for 40+ years. Delayed mortality happens, but it happens with livewell fish AND immediately-released fish. Lots of factors.
BUT I like TPWD experimenting and helping out bassin’ anglers.
6. PA FGC threatens spending cut if license fees don’t go up.
Hasn’t been an increase in 12 years so it’s due, but the state legislature has to approve it. #CmonMan
7. WA bass-heads not down with no limits for bass.
Tell ’em fellers!
> Lake Erie — Hunter Colwell of OH dropshotted a Strike King KVD Dream Shot (color said “smoke” but I’m thinking it’s ghost shad). With all the local dropshot goby-like baits up there, interesting the Dream Shot won out.
> Upper Mississippi River — FLWer Tom Monsoor won it with a (guess) swim-jig: “…signature Humdinger Swim Jig with a white 3.5″ Yamamoto Swim Senko. Sunday he switched to a black/blue swim jig and a 3.75″ Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog. …trimmed off all but the tail from the Flappin’ Hog…the same setup he used to win the FLW Tour event on the Potomac River in June.”
9. OH/PA: Carp-killing virus found in Pymatuning Rez.
Solution for Asian carp issue?
10. It’s time to flip big.
Jason Christie likes to flip this bait, the 7.75″ YUM Magnum Christie Critter:
11. Looks like St. Croix makes a dropshot casting rod.
Noted by BB reader Paulie S:
Here ’tis on Tackle Warehouse. Wimp-stick not needed….
12. New keep ya warm Buff stuff.
ThermoNet Buff with Primaloft, which I’m real curious about cuz Primaloft rocks:
Also new merino wool stuff — merino is a staple for me about 6 months of the year. Doesn’t itch (the good stuff doesn’t), warm and temp-regulating, and somehow takes away or significantly reduces man-stink (bonus!).