Cool. Hope she’s okay.2. How KVD fished at Okeechobee.
> I caught 90% of my weighable bass on a heavy jig that I punched into heavy grass, cattails or mats…. The females were cruising around those spawning areas but using the heavy cover as transition areas.
> I knew that if I wanted to appeal to the 7- and 8-lbers, I had to give them something they would bite. Most of the big ones came on a 1-oz Strike King Hack Attack Jig with a Magnum Rage Bug pitched in less than 2’….
> I know it seems odd to use those big baits in shallows and have them crash through the water column like a bowling ball. But the big spawners were focused on spawning so I had to trigger reactionary strikes.
3. A-Mart still not fishing in crowds.
After Mille Lacs last year he said he would or should, but said at Okeechobee he didn’t. Huh. This is the only guy who understands where Aaron is coming from:
4. Al Jr on his first two rookie derbies.
> …it was even more gratifying to see my dad’s excitement for my success. He had a tough one at Okeechobee, but he was so excited that I had almost 20 pounds on Day 2 that he didn’t seem to mind.
> …in the weigh-in line when I found myself sandwiched between Gerald Swindle and Greg Hackney. You’re thinking, ‘The guy in front of me won Angler of the Year last year and guy behind me won Angler of the Year 2 years ago, and on either side are countless big names,’ and they’re just talking to you like you’re one of them.
At the Big O he was fishing a TX-rigged YUM Dinger with a 1/4-oz weight. Here’s a vid of him talkin’ ’bout it:
5. SC: Make-a-Wish, Cabela’s give teen a boat.
6. April 1 deadline to apply for Ike Scholarship.
> Upload Your 5 Paragraph Essay on the Following Topic: Success in fishing, at any level, requires many of the same habits and skills that make a person successful in their future. In a 5 paragraph essay, fully describe some of the fishing habits & skills that you 7ave developed and/or routinely used and how they have prepared you to be successful in your future outside of fishing and why.
7. MLFer derbies sound dangerous?
> Major League Fishing announces the implementation of new safety measures, including issuing Wiley X eye gear, to its already robust safety processes to further protect anglers, officials and staff during its on-the-water competitions.
> MLF’s 2017 competition crew, camera operators and other key event staff have already received medical training and now hold a national certification in emergency first aid and CPR…. The league has also purchased a portable defibrillator that goes to each event and all participants have been trained in operating it.
Rumor is the MLFers are now crafting rules about how to prevent rabbit attacks:
8. TX: MLF at Lake Nacogdoches?
9. KY biologists give where-to-bass-fish tips.
> “We would put in at Browns Ford and conduct population sampling in early spring. The largemouth bass would stack up in the old river channel at winter pool. There are row after row of stumps lining the old river channel and we would go over those stumps with a shocking boat. There would be largemouths just stacked in there — we would pull three or four nice largemouths off the bigger stumps.”
10. MS: Lake Okatibbee fishing good?
Guess the name Okeechobee was taken so…?
11. DC: 4 Reps intro anti-ethanol Act.
> …eliminates corn-based ethanol requirements, caps the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10%…decreases the total volume of renewable fuel that must be contained in gasoline….
12. AR: YUM kicking tail, increasing production.
I need me one o’ these machines:
13. Africa: Namibian bass derby factoid.
> …Lake Oanob [went] from 25% to 80% capacity within the space of 3 weeks…this made the first tournament extremely difficult with only 6 fish coming to the scales.
55% of the lake filled in 3 weeks??
14. TW sale of the day: DUEL Hardcore Shad.
Can fish it like a jerkbait or a crankbait:
15. Letterman fishing for bass now?
16. Special pre-spawn baits/gear issue!
Didja miss it?? Feast your eyes on all that WANT/”need” (lol) stuff here: