1. We lost a couple bassin’ bros.
In CA we lost Paul Leader, aka “the godfather,” a force in the SoCal bassin’ scene:
Also lost Joseph Kremer of FL, another guy who had a big impact on that state’s bassin’:
RIP bassin’ brothers.
2. Lakeforkguy’s brain tumor is treatable.
Great news. He named his tumor “Willis”…lol
3. Win Chapman’s bassin’ tub!
The boat he’s using now, a Triton 22 TRX with a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Power-Poles, Garmin stuff and all the bells and whistles — 1,000 tix being sold @ $100 each. Get one at the KS BASSin’ Nation site. Plus it’s #stout:
4. Wheeler’s take on FLWs vs Elites.
> “There’s about 30 guys in FLW I would put up against anyone in B.A.S.S., but overall I think Bassmaster has the best competition and it gives us more tournaments.”
Really the comparison is almost meaningless because they don’t fish against one another but still on bass-heads’ minds….
5. Watch Ott set the hook with a frog.
Looks like he pulls up a bit to make sure the fish is on there (which I don’t do — do you?) then slams ’em:
Love the way TN folks say “frowg.” Wish I could do it….
6. John Murray gets Rapid Fishing Solutions.
Added Murray, FLWer Billy McDonald and regional angler Nicholas Bodsford. Already had Shaw Grigsby, Ish Monroe, Mark Menendez and Bill Lowen.
RFS makes some cool stuff — some of it’s stuff you didn’t know you needed but once you see it and hold it, you’re like: MUST have it. Check their stuff on TW.
7. Lowen goes anti-Flanders.
> …it’s late summer. Everything’s had a chance to grow and that includes whatever’s swimming around in 2′ and being eaten by the bass….
> My favorite late-summer, big, shallow-water lure is a 10″ worm. …sticks up out of the mud and stays visible to the fish. My second favorite is a giant creature bait. Something around 6″….
> …bigger plastics is that they have more movement to them. A 4″ worm won’t move around much. It’s just sort of there. But a 10″ version of the same worm will wave back and forth as it falls and even move around some after it falls.
Here’s what he’s saying in 1 pic:
That photo on the wall makes it….
8. Robbie Newell picks Cody Meyer to win the FLW Cup.
Rob’s an FLW scribbler, and picks Cody partly because he (Cody) is expecting a child. Seriously. Rob’s got a good head on him, but mebbe has breathed in one too many a gas fume from the back of a boat?
9. Ricky Morris went old school to win the James Open.
> He spent a lot of time throwing a worm on spinning tackle, but also pitched a spinnerbait along outside bends in creek channels that featured deeper water and current, and threw a jig around duck blinds and sunken ships and barges.
> Worms: Couple blue worms (can you ID them?) to imitate blue crabs, 3/0 hook, 1/8-oz weight, 6′ 10″ RPM Custom Rods Dropshot Special spinning rod, Team Lew’s Pro Speed Spin Reel
Shoutin’ out my NJ homie Pete “gitcha to the dean’s office” Gluszek for showin’ he’s still got the skillz. But more stoked that he fished in an anti-tourney shirt:
10. NY/VT: Flanders Rig wins Champlain BFL.
Dude won it fishing a Flanders Rig with Z-Man Finesse T.R.D. (black blue flake). Caught a 6-10 and two 5s in one pass! [PA and NY all over the top 10 — what up Jersey?] Not sure how you pronounce “trd” but maybe a picture will help:
HAHAHA! Sorry, yep I am immature…hopefully just sometimes?
11. NY: Gobies could make Oneida water cloudy?
By eating mussels. Sounds like gobies like to eat zebras, so is that why there’s tons o’ gobies in the Great Lakes?
12. MN: Some limits at Mille Lacs weighing 40??
Must be a typo, or maybe over 2 days?
13. Check these yak running lights.
Sorta — they’re gloves…pretty cool if they work:
14. Skeeter kicking tail.
> “We recently had one of the best dealer meetings we’ve had in many, many years. Our current backlog is at a 20-to 25-year high as far as orders. It’s very strong right now. We are seeing a very pro-marine market all over the country.”
Don’t get Johnny mad now!
15. PRADCO looking for amazon liason.
PRADCO = BOOYAH, YUM, Norman, Bomber, etc. Innnerestin’. Anyone buy tackle thru amazon? For me it’s Tackle Warehouse or NOWHERE man hahaha!
16. Cabela’s blames Q2 dip on Gander liquidation.
And maybe the Bass Pro buy of Cabela’s ain’t such a good idea?