Parkview Baptist Church in Eufaula, 5-7 pm. Murray winner Matt Becker will be one of ’em – get his secrets!
8. MN: Vermillion locals want largies released.
Other species too because Canadian lakes are “still off-limits,” which I guess means meat-hunting up there can’t happen?
9. KY: Charity virtual tourney this weekend.
FCA Outdoors Virtual Bass Fishing Tournament in memory of a boy who was killed on Dec 20. Raises funds for a scholarship that “is geared toward high school graduates who show a love for the outdoors.”
10. PA: The 2 biggest bass caught (reported) last year.
> Bob Suchora…caught the top largemouth bass on Sep 5 on a Senko lure in Bessemer Lake. It was 22.5″ long and weighed 8 lbs.
> Stephen Sawyer Jr…reeled in the largest smallmouth Oct 12 in Lake Erie. He caught the the 21.5″ 6-lb 9-oz fish on a spoon.
“Reeled in” lol…nice one tho!
11. PA: Residents leapfrog state lake reno list with local $$$.
Small lake named Meadow Grounds:
> “The problem at the time was the [lake renovation] list was so long and the commission went chronologically. …by getting a community group together and raising some money, it leapfrogged a lot of the other projects that didn’t have that local energy….”
Reno cost $5.2 mil, locals raised $120,000, state paid the rest. Not a bad deal!
12. New US angler stats.
Hopefully this means folks who have gotten outside will stay outside. I don’t want crowding either, but it’s way better than them sitting home and watching screens:
> Fishing participation rate rose to 18% of the U.S. population, the highest rate in over a decade.
> Youth participation in 2020 grew 53% to 13.5 mil total participants.
> Hispanics participated at an all-time high with 4.8 mil participants, a 13% increase from 2019.
> 19.7 mil female participants represented a 36% of total participants, an all-time high.
> First- time participants climbed to 4.4 mil, up from 3.1 mil last year [in ’19].
> Reactivated participants [was] 9 mil compared to 6.8 mil [in ’19].
13. Keith Drahman new sales mgr at T-H Marine.
> …aftermarket sales mgr…from external sales representative….
14. CA: Bad bacteria bigger issue this year in Clear Lake?
Drought, power issues, etc. Doesn’t sound like it’ll affect fishing tho. Any good news come out of CA media?? I know some good peeps are there! #bassheads
15. Field & Stream and Outdoor Life now only digital.
End of an era, also sort of inevitable – not because print will disappear (it won’t and hasn’t), just the way they do it meaning national:
> The economics of the print business can no longer support our legacy title.
16. Fish have had microplastics in ’em since plastic has existed?
Guess it’s no surprise – this is plastics from litter and trash, not fishing:
> “We found that the load of microplastics in the guts of these fishes have basically gone up with the levels of plastic production.”
17. New Zealand gov’t after fish/hunt power/resources?
Don’t think there’s any bass there but innerestin’:
> “This is a blatant attempt to disinherit the fish and game public of its over 150-yr-old right to administer the sports. Would the government dare to make a state grab for control of rugby union, lawn bowls or other sports?”
> “It’s a fine example of user pays/user says. Why would government want to take it over?”
Guessin’ “lawn bowls” is that grass bowling deal?
18. Nice little deal: Saying bye to a fishing dog.
Little yorkie owned by Jordan Rodriguez, just passed on. I get the deep sadness man, very tough. Fave line:
> Winston was a good luck charm. He was there the day I caught my personal-best largemouth bass. It was comical how small he looked next to that lunker.
Headline of the Day
At least 10 fish species killed in drinking water spill on Comal River
Doesn’t sound good San Antonio peeps?? They say it was the chlorine but…
Line of the Day
We have fish spawning and post spawn, as well as the ever-present spotted bass.
So…spots don’t spawn??
Clickbait of the Day
Angler Catches Huge Invasive Species in a Utah Lake
It was just a koi/carp. Subheadline:
> UT DWR suspects the ornamental fish was released illegally
PSA (sorta): Lil more on my bass-less trip.
Yep I was bassIN’, but bassLESS. Tryin’ not to be ticked at myself. Fished the pre-spawn stuff, fished wind-blown main-lake points, fished wind-blown riprap, fished holes outta the wind, fished gp, gp/chart, red…obviously not doing something right?? Maybe pike short-striking – never seen it before, either they follow or smash it – was telling me something? Anyhow, lil photo collage: