1. Patrick Walters says VMC RedLine hooks don't flex.
> "...the hook won’t flex. I just set the hook, reel-reel-reel, and then if he jumps I back the drag off and he’ll usually go straight to the bottom. Then you just play the fish patiently and eventually he’ll come to the surface like a big old bluefin."
He used a #2 RedLine Finesse Neko Hook and a #2 RedLine Drop Shot Hook.
2. Kyle Welcher got serious about browns this year.
> “(Before the Northern swing) I was trying to figure out how I could be the most efficient with my electronics, baits, rods, reels, everything so that I could find the smallmouth as fast as possible and catch as many as possible. I put a lot of time and effort into figuring out the most efficient way to catch the most numbers of smallmouth I could out of an area in 8 hours.”
3. New short YT vid of Gussy talkin' 'bout the Smeltinator Jighead.
I texted him and was like, Can you smell a smelly smelt? If you smelt it, does that mean you dealt it? Will the Smeltinator finally catch John Connor?? 😆
4. Joey Cifuentes won Elite ROY by 1 dang point!
Over Kyoya Fujita. Amazing it was that close: Joey's worst 2 were 92nd at Murray and 58th at Santee while Kyoya's were a 100th at Santee and 79th at Okeechobee.
Also, Kyoya was one of several Elites who jumped into the St Lawrence Open in July. He finished 111th there and 3rd in the Elite. Joey also fished that Open and got 16th, then 17th in the Elite.
Btw looks like Joey Cifuentes was using an Aqua-Vu. IG vid shows him watching vid of smallies in St Lawrence practice on his Lowrance. Click here to check the Aqua-Vu units on the TW....
5. AR: Corps warns Greers Ferry is low and falling.
6. TX: Canyon Lake at historic low, only 3 ramps open.
They are the Larry, Moe and Curly ramps...😂
7. AL: 6th Annual God is Bigger tournament Sept 23.
Logan Martin at Lakeside Park/Sports Complex in Pell City. 94 teams fished it last year.
8. TN: First Billy Dance Big Bass Tourney at Chick Oct 21-22.
9. TN wants comments on some reg changes for bass.
A few lakes, too much to put here, other species stuff too.
10. SD: Grassroots effort finally kills onerous tourney tax.
Props to the National Professional Anglers Association and everyone else who made it happen:
> A decades-old law said that 10% of all entry and participation fees for fishing tournaments and derbies be paid to the government, calling it a “conservation fee.” That same law also required that events pay 75% of the gross receipts back to the participants. So...that leaves 15%.
> The rule kept major fishing tours like the National Walleye Tour (NWT), Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) and some of the large bass tournaments from [going to] in ND.
> The new rule...tournaments and contests will pay a $75 permit fee. That’s it. Event organizers will have 100% control over the money. ...an additional $5 conservation fee for out-of-state anglers....
11. OR: Trout dude says he hopes he can "flip the switch"...
...to go from not killing smallmouths to killing 'em, to allegedly help protect salmon and steelhead.
12. CA: Whatever happened to Pardee smallmouths?
9-13 smallie state record was caught there in 2007, lake has kokanee salmon and trout in it....
13. Fun post about '80s must-have baits by MLF's Robby Newell.
Lunker City Slug-Go, Zoom Lizard, neon Zoom Trick Worms. Fun read.
14. More rods bought at stores vs online in 2022 vs 2021.
Makes sense. Wiggle 'em!
15. Daiki Sugiura is new Suzuki exec VP sales and marketing.
> “Suzuki Marine is growing and will continue to grow as we stake our claim in the US outboard market. We have aggressive plans to expand the power of the Suzuki brand and capture even greater market share in the coming years."
16. Low-light thermal imaging coming to more boats?
Sionyx just bought Amigent to combine their imaging products and software:
> "We envision a future where digital and thermal night vision becomes as ubiquitous as the mobile phone camera."
17. Merc came out with 25- and 30-hp 'lectric motors.
18. CO: Lower units being "warmed" to kill invasive mussels??
Pic with caption but no further explanation. Shows a 3rd party warming someone's lower unit with some kinda electric gizmo, looks like.
19. Gunpowder's Ryan Chuckel now in the venture cap biz.
> "We started Moonshot to give us an infrastructure to truly invest in businesses we believe in, accelerate growth in a way traditional agencies can’t, and share our insights and resources with purpose-driven brands who share our passion for growth."
Gunpowder is one of the best PR companies in the fish/hunt biz and Ryan used to fish bass tournaments but now is too big a big shot to do that, though he did take me fishing in IA...😁 Congrats man!
20. Is NOAA overestimating recreational catches?
The only thing that surprises me about this is that they would admit it. It's a big deal because of the quotas they set. Obviously not bass fishing but gov't fishing regs related:
> In a conference call with recreational fishing stakeholders on Aug 7, NOAA Fisheries admitted that their new Fishing Effort Survey (FES) used to estimate recreational saltwater participation along the Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico is likely overestimating angler effort by as much as 30-40%.
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Thinking that deal was written by "A I" or a non-native English speaker....
North Wales man catches huge 42-lb fish after seeing carp silhouette in clouds
Pretty sure most normal clouds look like carp!
Word is this is the LAST BB apparel sale so I hope so! 75% off blowout Labor Day sale. Word is the site might say 60% but 75% applied at checkout so please make sure you check!