1. MDJ jersey auction to help Jason Borofka’s son.
2. Seth Feider’s expectin’ hours with no bites.
> I know that there are going to be periods of several hours when bites will either be nonexistent or few and far between. When that’s the case it’s easy to get spun out…but we all know that capitalizing on that one key bite can make your day — and screwing it up can break your day. Standing in the weigh-in line, you’ll be able to tell who remained mentally tough.
3. Todd Faircloth likes lipless cranks in the fall.
> “So many anglers just throw it prespawn. Back when I was fishing a lot of team stuff, lots of the championships were in fall here. Lipless crankbaits were a major player back then. Me and my dad would fish together: One would throw the 1/2-oz, the other threw the 3/4-oz. The guy with the bigger lure caught the biggest fish and the smaller lure caught more. Great option for the fall.”
Now he throws Red Eye Shads.
4. Ott DeFoe likes bigger or smaller crankbaits now.
Instead of the standard size, tho he says he does like the Rapala DT-4. Says he’s crankin’ shallow, like in 2′.
5. Fred Boombanis says 5-fish tourneys are easier now.
> I’ve found now that my MLF experience makes fishing these 5-fish limit tournaments that much easier. When I’m only looking for 5 bites, I find that I’m a lot more relaxed and I can take my time way more….
6. Quick fall crankin’ tip from Timmy Horton.
> “Look for bass in the main creeks that feed into the lake. Focus on turns in the creek channel where the bank is steep with blowdowns, stumps or big rocks for structure.
> “It’s important to bounce the baits off the structure.”
Post didn’t mention baits but I bet Timmy will be crankin’ Azumas.
7. Here’s all the stuff Patrick Walters used to win the Open.
8. What if you were an Elite Series rookie this year?
Interesting topic — donny barone in his latest post. On top of that, what if you were from out west, meaning higher expenses and the whole fire deal?
9. Rusty Salewske is on BassEdge Radio.
AR: All day Whopper-Plopperin’ got Quincy Houchin the win on Hamilton.
TN/KY: Keith Amerson dragged a Strike King Rage Thumper worm to win on Kentucky/Barkley.
> “I’ve caught just about every bass I’ve weighed on that combination this year, just dragging it around on shallow bars and shallow humps.”
FL: A Ned Rig won on Okeechobee?? But it was made by Gambler (Power Ned with Fat Ace) so…. Bryan Honnerlaw won it.
VA: Todd Langford won Smith Mntn with a Cheeseburger Jig. Said the key was extra pickles… ditch pickles I guess….
MI: Berkley MaxScent Flat Worms (goby) played again, this time in Wilson Burton’s win at the Detroit “Rock City” River. Poor Boys Tubes (gp) too.
11. IL: What’s working from the shore of Lake Michigan.
Jonny Pitelka, who was with the dude who caught the state record smallie I believe from the shore a couple years ago, recently caught a 22.75″ fish that was longer but not near as beefy as the record:
I used to have a tick once…his name was Spot…lol.
12. AZ: Topwaters working all day long on Powell?
Sounds like a time:
13. WI Great Lakes smallie meeting Oct 13.
Looking for public input:
> The WI DNR will hold a virtual public meeting to engage with stakeholders and discuss options for maintaining and improving the Green Bay and Lake Michigan smallmouth bass fishery.
14. AR: Dardanelle tourney fisherman found a body.
No word yet on what’s up, hope our bassin’ brother isn’t too traumatized man wow.
15. FL proves fishermen can’t tell fish weight from photos.
Obviously! But here’s the stats:
> …on average anglers were off by plus or minus 2.22 lbs per bass…even the top 5% of all guessers…were only able to shave their error down to plus or minus 1.35 lbs….
Bear in mind those were pics of bass 8 lbs and bigger, which are the hardest to judge visually because we don’t see them all the time.
16. Too cool Vexus Rev Rewards belt buckle!
Posted on their story — Rev Rewards is their contingency program. Man I LOVE that idea — anyone else do anything like that?
17. Check the new BUFF Filter Tube.
Shaped like what we’d call a fishing facemask:
> Feels and fits like your favorite BUFF product — with a 3-layer BUFF replaceable filter that blocks with 98% bacterial filtration efficiency. 95% recycled Repreve fabric and a 4-Way Ultra Stretch fit easily covers your nose and mouth. Built in 2 adult and 1 kids size.
Get ’em on the BUFF site.
18. New Humminbird Helix and Solix units.
Helix — sounds like more tech: “…including MEGA Imaging+, and Dual Spectrum CHIRP 2D sonar…compatible with…MEGA 360 Imaging…built-in NMEA 2000 [networking] and Wi-Fi come standard….”
Solix — Also more tech.
19. Big G-Force sale on T-H Marine.
20. WTHeck is a Weed Wing?
Never heard of it but Bernie Schultz and Gerald Swindle’s dad have. Highlights from the post:
> “It’s basically a weedless spoon with a tiny propeller on the nose of it that makes a super unique buzzing sound, and the little propeller wings help keep the weeds off it too….”
> Not only was [Mr. Swindle] one of Ray Scott’s original Bassmasters, he also qualified for the 1978 Red Man All American and 5 top regional trail championships, and won 3 boats as a co-angler in the early days of the Bassmaster Elite Series….
I somehow didn’t know that! Love to hear it — get out there and fish Mr. Swindle!
21. OK: Blake Shelton joins wildlife board.
OK Wildlife Conservation Foundation.
22. Cool Twenty One Pilots parody: “Fished Out.”
Tyler A of TylersReelFishing — I dig it! Love bassin’/fishin’ parodies, wish I had the time to do ’em myself cuz I’ve had a few ideas….
23. MN HS tourney anglers love the Aqua-Vu underwater cams.
State champeenship winners Zach Hapka and Vick Moyer:
> “We ran side-imaging sonar over large boulder fields, dropping waypoints on spots that held the biggest rocks and where we could clearly see fish holding near ’em. To stay in the running, we knew we’d need to find the big 4- and 5-lbers. By stopping on each spot and dropping the Aqua-Vu
, we could quickly determine the size of bass living there.
> “The Aqua-Vu showed us that a lot of the rocks we originally found with sonar held big numbers of smaller 2- and 3-lb bass. The camera also helped us stay away from areas that held mostly walleyes, as opposed to bass. The two can look really similar on sonar.”
24. New pro staff director for American Tackle.
Capt Ancelmo “Mo” Fernandez.
25. Boat manufacturing is 92% of where it was last year?
I’ve heard sales are off the chain so I expected over 100%….
26. FL: Moore Haven lock ‘n dam closed indefinitely.
> …due to the extensive formation of tussocks (floating islands of vegetation) and high winds….
27. VA wants to prohibit catching grass carp…
…from lakes and reservoirs, but rivers and streams are okay.
28. MN: Covid found in Lake Superior???
My only Q: Why in the heck would scientists spend time looking for virus fragments in a lake?? C’mon man…. Remember early on when they supposedly found it in a tiger in a zoo, then a couple dogs….
29. More deets on the Ram 1500 TRX.
Supposedly Dodge’s version of the Raptor — looks like you can back down quite a ways on shallow ramps:
30. Llittle peek at the all-‘lectric F-150.
Says it’ll be out mid-2022. Hybrid should be out next year.
Bass population catches no break from being caught
Not sure if I’m reading it right but sounds like the way it should be!
1. Lures may sink crooked: Unlike lures that sink straighter with spinner reels, casting rods will cause them to sway back and forth. So it may scare off some fish at the start.
Don’t know whether that’s more confusing or this, from the same post:
> Casting rods…are better used with lines that have materials that promote better grip.
2. You’ll want to pay close attention to the vibration of the Chatterbait. The feeling will be slight, but it will grow in intensity if the fish are biting on it.
So the Chatterbait senses the fish and will try to get away?