1. We lost a brother in NC.
Last weekend on Badin Lake:
> Ronald Murphy Jr., 57, was killed when the bass boat he was piloting collided with a pontoon boat just after midnight Saturday morning, according to Darby Enoch, the investigating officer with the N.C. Wildlife Commission. …the driver of the pontoon boat with nine aboard the vessel, was cited with boating while impaired, Enoch said.
Dang it. Bless you bassin’ brother.
2. Here’s the Elitist AOY top 5.
In case you’re feelin’ sorry for Justin Lucas not winning at the St Lawrence:
Very tight! Looks like it’ll be a first-time AOY winner this year = cool. Sticks and former winners in places 6-10.
3. Latest Dave Lefebre episode on YouTube.
Didn’t know did this, and the “Hurricane Dave” name is $$$! Cracks me up how he says he has to leave his largie rods in his truck so he doesn’t get tempted to use them at the St. Lawrence….
4. FLWer Josh Douglas’ St. Clair license issue…
…ended up DQing him from the whole derby. Good post by the Bassin’Fan. Makes me wonder: Did FLW specify which Canadian license to get? Not blaming anyone, just hope the tourney organizations do that….
5. Big FLWer Carl Jocumsen giveaway.
Coming tomorrow, says $2.5K value….
6. Elites will fish St Lawrence next 3 years.
I can’t imagine why:
> This marks the first time B.A.S.S. has committed the Elite Series to visit a tournament venue for multiple years.
7. Bassmaster Opens schedule is up.
Good bunch of lakes, except for maybe the James River, but you better get your travelin’ shoes on….
8. FLW now will feature Nitro and Triton along with Rangers.
Because Bass Pro Shops owns all those bass tub brands (and a couple more) under the Whit Reever Mareen Group. Good stuff for FLW….
9. VA: Outboard LANDS ON 2 bassers, somehow they’re okay.
Sounds like that’s what it’s saying, wow glad the guys appear to be okay:
> According to Sgt. Karl Martin, of the VA Depart of Game and Inland Fisheries, a bass boat that was traveling near marker R65 [on Smith Mountain Lake] struck an unknown object in the water before midnight last Friday, causing the boat’s 200 hp engine to break loose of its mounts and crash into the backs of the boat’s operator and passenger.
> The motor, which pinned the 57-year-old passenger into the console of the boat, had to be lifted so the passenger could be extricated, Martin said. The 58-year-old operator was hit by the motor but was able to assist his friend, Martin said.
> As of Monday morning, the operator was released from the hospital but the passenger was still receiving treatment, Martin said.
> According to Martin, the type of motor that was involved in the incident can weigh approximately 800 lbs or greater. “This could have been very easily a fatal incident,” Martin said.
10. ON: MacDonald left the lab, got 3rd at the Canada Cup.
Lunkerhunt mad scientist Dave MacDonald (left — Mike Brayford on the right) got that 3rd at the Bay of Quinte, which I think means “Bay of Pigs” in Latin, then got 2nd to the Johnston bros in a CSFL Eastern Series derby. Here’s the baits they used in both:
> “When the fish weren’t active, we slowly worked crawfish-pattern [meaning color] jigs and tubes around rocks. When the fish turned on and were biting more aggressively, we mimicked bluegill colors and fished a little faster.”
> “I didn’t put the bluegill-color jig in the photo because I gave my last one away to a kid at the weigh-in.”
11. Favorite Rods has a new website.
12. Dr. Juice rolling out new category of scents?
> He’s really excited now about kairomones — scents critters release when they are being chomped to pieces by predators, and he’s thinking they’ll be the next big thing….
> It’s called Kairomone Scent and it’s packed with dimethyl sulfide…the kairomone given off when the cells of phytoplankton and algae are being chewed up by zooplankton and small fish. …said the dimethyl sulfide scent triggers a feeding instinct among all fish….
13. New topwater has scent well.
By new company called Odin Lure.
14. Is DaVinci making new tails for its swimbait?
15. PA: Kayak bassin’ derby on Erie in Sept.
16. IA: Zebras found in Storm Lake.
17. TN banning some transport of live baitfish…
…to battle Asian carp spread, which I hear is great on toast (drum hit):
> …if the proposals are adopted, skipjack herring, gizzard shad and threadfin shad will not be able to be transported alive from the Mississippi River and Barkley, Kentucky and Pickwick reservoirsm and any tributaries or oxbows of these waters. The restriction would not apply to the Duck River above Normandy Dam.
It’s a start, but you gotta find a way to kill the things.
18. Great Lakes: Grass carp in 3 lakes, will be in the rest.
This cracked me up:
> …the agencies in western Lake Erie have been able to use tagging studies to determine fish movement patterns and what habitats they prefer.
Habitats? How ’bout anywhere with GRASS.
19. LA: Bug killing lots of Roseau cane.
DNR wants to make sure it’s not accidentally transplanted by boats.
20. UT: Is this the next evolution of the Flanders Rig??
> If approved by the UT Wildlife Board, anglers could use corn at all of UT’s fishing waters starting Jan 1, 2019.
I KNOW you can see guys fishing with a little square soft-plastic! [cryin’ laughin’ emoji]