1. Mark Menendez is out for the rest of the year.
Bad back, hate to hear it. Also issues with Trip but we won’t talk about that…kidding hahaha!
2. Scott Canterbury’s leading the Elite points again.
Dude won AOY last year too — that’s pretty dang impressive. But his lead is only 4 over Buddy Gross and 6 over Matt Arey.
3. How Justin Lucas changed his fishing this year.
> “I learned to locate an area and find a larger population of scoreable bass in the area. Instead of running around using one technique and attempting to run a specific pattern all of the time, I switched to fishing a larger area more thoroughly, using as many techniques necessary to catch as many scoreable bass as possible.”
4. Andy Morgan now with Strike King.
5. Cliff Crochet gets Buzbe Fishing.
New modular tackle box company. Not on TW, here’s the website.
6. Cory Johnston’s fave smallie spots.
Good post. Doesn’t sound like he’s sandbaggin’?
7. Brandon Lester says he’ll dropshot and Ned the St Lawrence.
8. Check all Mark Davis’ bassin’-related surgeries.
> “I’ve had 3 shoulder surgeries — 2 on my right, 1 on my left,. I’ve had surgery on my left elbow, a hip replacement, and I’ve had my neck fused. It’s all the wear and tear of fishing all day, every day for years and years.”
Says CBD oil is helping him big-time, glad to hear it.
9. NJ’s Lee Rogers won the Erie Toyota Series.
Just shoutin’ out an NJ hammah! Dropshotted a Strike King Half Shell (gp purple), a tube and a TX-rigged 3.8″ Eco Pro Swing Shad swimbait (gp). Notice the bassin’ ‘stache:
10. Z doctored up his Merc.
Merc’s callin’ ’em “accent panels.” I emailed and asked for ones with a Scottish accent, haven’t heard back….
11. LA: Bussey Brake has big, dumb fish.
Lake just re-opened, that’s a 10.84-lber bass-head Brandon Johnston caught on a Zoom Ol Monster worm (june bug red) and his son caught a 9+ 2 days later. Brandon said:
> “It’s been awesome. You’ve got fish that’s been in there for 3-4 years that have never been caught. Fish that have never seen a bait before.”
12. DC: Congress passed Great American Outdoors Act.
Couple highlights, still needs President Trump’s signature:
> First, it fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund…program for conserving and maximizing outdoor recreation access. Second, the bill tackles the maintenance backlog on our public lands and waters by investing in boating infrastructure like docks, ramps and parking facilities.
#stout — mostly on a swim-jig.
Dayton Scott, who appears to have a Feideresque bassin’ mullet:
> “I noticed in practice that the ledges were getting pounded, so I tried to key on shallow flats where they were pushing bait.”
Said his dad won the last BFL there so runs in the fam!
> “I had to troll in the last 2 miles. It was extremely tough, but I was very blessed.”
Amazing! What a tough fishery man, wow.
14. Is the new Abu Zenon the lightest-ever spinning reel?
Lol! Nope here ’tis:
> …the Zenon is the lightest spinning reel ever produced, tipping the scales at an unbelievably light 4.9-oz for the size 20 and 5.4-oz for the size 30. Paired with a light spinning rod, the result is a configuration that brings unparalleled sensitivity and all-day comfort to serious anglers.
> At the heart of the Zenon’s weight-saving design…is the elimination of empty spaces commonly found in spinning reels. The Zenon body design is noticeably smaller than the spool and rotor — it features a one-piece gear box with no sideplate while the frame is integrated with the stem. Combined, these design features shrink the overall footprint and weight of the reel while providing a rigid system for the gears. The magnesium body is contoured to fit comfortably in hands and provides greater weight savings….
I’ve held the 20 in my hand and it feels…oddly light, meaning it’s a new/different feeling for me. Gonna fish it at some point, will let you know, but that increased sensitivity (like a light rod) apparently is the deal. MSRP is $499.99 so that kinda weight savings doesn’t come cheap….
15. Don’t forget your G Juice.
Especially this time o’ year — sick shot by Silo Creative:
16. YOLOtek + GoPro giveaway.
Anyone who enters must commit to get a Randy Howell flat-top.
17. Rapala’s biz doubled during lockdown.
> “European e-commerce for the first six months doubled compared to the same period last year and the same was the case in the US despite the closure of our warehouses.”
18. Have you seen B.A.S.S.’s Keeping Bass Alive guide (pdf).
Thanks to Chad Morgenthaler for the heads up.
19. CA had to kil 3.2 mil hatchery trout.
Wonder if Cali bass-heads will have to catch normal-sized bass for a while?
20. VA/MD: Chesapeake grass was way down last year.
> …largest drop since surveys began, with acreage plummeting at least 33% from 2018.
21. OR: All non-motorized craft need new permits.
Including stand-up paddleboards?
DC: Joliet, IL dam project funding passes House committee.
KY: 65-lb bighead carp caught in KY River.
Not good…but glad they got one outta there.
SK: Prussian carp invasion?
Here’s one — looks like a regular carp?
23. Can zebra mussels be turned into blue glass?
Shoot if they end up being worth $$ then good:
24. LA: Invasive apple snails impacting crayfish.
Not sure if it’s just crayfish harvest, but the snails seem to be competing for food with the craws. #notgood
Still have a bunch stocked up, gettin’ it out a little at a time for now:
1. New Lew’s KVD rods.
23 rods that each retail for — wait — $99.99, which is pretty cool:
> “I really wanted to be able to produce a rod that would retail for around $100, but felt and performed like a high-end rod. Everyone on the project was committed to that goal, and the results speak for themselves….”
2. Scott Canterbury new signature Halo rods.
6 casting, 1 spinning:
> …built with high-end Japanese Nanofiber Graphite for unmatched sensitivity and durability. The blank is matched with stainless steel guides with zirconia inserts for maximum performance.
3. New Megabass Vision 110 Jr.
3.85″, 3/8-oz — I thought 110 was the length? Anyhow new size….
4. Is the Teckel Bladewaker 4 baits in 1?
Buzz/Chatter/Wake/Crank? Here’s a little, full vid here, on TW here: