1. Sounds like Derek Remitz will be okay.
So great to hear. Former Elite pro who was in a serious wreck:
> …Derek’s family said he’s still in the intensive care unit. They said he’s doing well, but when the wreck first happened they didn’t know if he was going to live or die.
News vid at that link interviews his family. GoFundMe page for Derek — sounds like he’ll be out of work for a while — is here.
2. OK FLWer Kyle Cortiana okay after his truck was hit.
Sounds scary, glad he’s okay — from the FLW site:
> …according to law enforcement and witnesses, a man driving another vehicle was merging on the highway when he lost control and crossed traffic, slamming into the side of Cortiana’s truck. The impact sent Cortiana’s boat, which was in tow, hurtling through the air over a concrete barrier wall into a traffic lane that was closed for construction. Cortiana’s truck collided with the wall on the opposite side of the road….
3. Crazy Eddie Evers won the BPT AOY.
Edwin wins everything…what up with that? Edged out Jeff Sprague, who had himself a year too.
4. David Dudley won his 4th FLW AOY.
Pretty dang #stout, big congrats to him.
> “…I’m 43, and over the last probably 5 years I’ve still made the Cup, but it’s like, ‘Have I peaked out? Am I cresting going the other way?’ So I think for this one it separates me from the pack. The other thing is confidence, confidence to say, ‘You know, I ain’t that old. I still got a little bit in me.’ It’s more for my soul than anything.”
5. Casey Scanlon got his first FLW Tour win…
…at Champlain, more on that in the next Blaster. Congrats mang!
6. Sounds like Ott DeFoe got Arby’s?
7. What Butte des Mortes means.
2nd lake the BPTers fished last week, means “Hill of the dead” in French. Not sure what the heck the deal with that is….
8. Bassmaster says St. Lawrence is #1 for bass.
#2 is Guntersville, which I guess is the #1 largie lake.
9. CA: Ever heard of Phil Jay?
Sounds like he has passed on, but according to the writer of this post (part 1, part 2) on SDFish.com, the dude had an interesting past including this mind-bender:
> Two men down here (in the South) were battling to establish the first major bass tournament organizations. One was insurance salesman Ray Scott, who was in the process of forming Bassmaster, and the other…employed Phil Jay.
> According to the reporter, a major criminal case involving a professional bass tournament had recently been decided, and the result paved the way for Scott and Bassmaster to take over tournament bass fishing….
> According to his account of the trial’s proceedings, the organization Jay worked for staged a big money tournament in which fish were staked out in advance of the tournament for one team and subsequently secured and weighed as their catch. They received half the prize money with the other half designed as a kick-back to the tournament organizer.
> The middleman who conceived of and arranged the scheme was granted immunity to testify against his employer, who was found guilty and knocked out of business competition with Ray Scott and Bassmaster.
10. CO having catch/kill tourney for smallies on Ridgway.
11. NJ DNR says don’t touch Spruce Run water.
Guess algae blooms aren’t just a problem for Okeechobee. Spruce Run is one of my local lakes and is one of the biggest lakes in NJ…which ain’t sayin’ much but….
12. What Lowrance says about its new trolling motor.
> …unique Ghost design makes it the quietest trolling motor on the market. The key to its silent operation is a specially developed brushless motor that’s 30% quieter than today’s top-selling trolling motor — all without emitting electromagnetic interference, which keeps your sonar view clear from onscreen clutter.
13. Could this be your go-to bank bait?
Innerestin’ Q (to me) cuz I never considered a Fish Head Spin could be but who says it can’t? Bet it casts far and should be able to be fished at various depths/speeds. This bass-head’s got a Fish Head Spin (pearl white) with a Gambler Little EZ (ghost shad):
Weedless Fish Head Spin might be better for bankin’.
14. Rapala Varsity Bass Episode 1: Tyler Anderson/Texas A&M.
15. Lookit these 2nd-place TBF HS trophies!
Guess you gotta leave it in the garage? Too big for indoors:
16. 6 steps for keeping your livewell fish healthy this summer.
From T-H Marine, a vid on it too:
Good tips — LOVE the wet towel on the livewell lids deal. Producs mentioned:
> G-Force Conservation Cull System Gen 2
> Conservation Cull Weights
17. It’s some weird type of fishin’ but…
…diggin’ the BUFF look, and puttin’ a Lab in a fishin’ pic is always good:
Believe that’s the BUFF UV Arm Sleeves and UVX Mask, both in pelagic camo blue.
18. IL: Survey says…no Asian carp in Chicago waterways.
That’s great, but what about tomorrow or next week?
19. LA: Say hello to a new invasive, the Asian swamp eel.
> …was found in Bayou St. John in New Orleans. LA Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries samplings over the past several days have found the eels in multiple locations.
> The eel, a common food in many parts of Asia, is normally found in shallow water and burrows into the shoreline. They normally live in freshwater, but they can also survive in brackish water for short periods of time.
> Officials say the eel’s diet consists of fish, shrimp, crawfish, frogs, and other aquatic invertebrates.
> “If this species becomes established in LA it could be the first population in the U.S.”
Just what we need.
20. IA: Zebras found in Crystal Lake.
Guess it might get even more crystal?
21. KS: Zebras found in Lyon State Fishing Lake.
> “This is the first new population of zebra mussels found in the state in 18 months, which is the longest period of time between new lake infestations since 2006.”
22. Tackle Warehouse is havin’ a July 4th sale!!!