But he still has to get real…lol.
3. Missile Ike’s Flip Out Jig on TW.
Deal with this is, you flip it out and if a bass misses it, the jig freaks out, gets mad at the bass and kicks a rock — lol Ike!
4. Ish is switching knots.
After fishing in the salt he said:
> I’ve tied a Palomar knot for years. I always thought that it was the strongest. Most of my saltwater friends tie a San Diego Jam knot. After testing both I’ll be using the San Diego Jam next year.
Interesting. Here’s a good vid on how to tie it.
5. Would you buy a boat from a guy in Jersey?
I wouldn’t either and I live here! lol just kiddin’ homie bass-peeps! Elitist Adrian Lavena has his ’17 Bassin’ Cat Cougar FTD for sale so gitcha a deal if you have the funds! Gitcha some green too:
6. Whopper Plopper gets last Classic spot.
MO’s Ryan Butler won the [deep breath] Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off on Norfork Lake [congrats man!], by throwing a Plopper shallow. Note: It was cold! Couple deets from Bassin’masters and Bassin’Fan:
> …loon-colored [black] Whopper Plopper topwater that he outfitted [outfitted?] with Mustad Triple Grip hooks. He threw the bait on a 7′ 4″ Denali worm and jig rod. He caught his bass in 1-4′ and said wind and shade were keys….
> He used the 130-size Whopper Plopper, which is the middle of the 3 versions…. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in that one and I think the sound it makes is the key. I rushed to the tackle store one day to get another 130 as a backup and I bought a couple of smaller ones to try when it slicked off, but they didn’t make the same sound. The 130 made just enough sound and commotion to trigger those strikes.”
Also used a 7′ 4″ MH Denali Lithium Rod. Because of the win, Ike has now double-qualified for the Classic…hahaha! Props to 71-years-young Robert Dodson Sr who led the derby after the first day.
Random: Charlie Hartley was Ploppin’ fishes in a FL cold front:
Said he caught 134 KEEPERS fishing water near the Stick Marsh that previously could only be accessed by airboat but the hurricane opened up. Sick!!
7. Guess who Lake Fork Guy went fishing with?
Getting over brain surgery — so he can finally out-think the fishes lol! — and:
Pretty cool. Judging by those fish assuming it wasn’t Amistad?
8. MN: Al Lindner speaking about faith at work.
Faith @ Work Lunch, noon-1 pm this Friday, Dec 15 at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria.
9. Elites will have 111 anglers next year.
Guess that’s one sign the economy ain’t too shabby right now:
> Weldon said that only three of the 15 qualifiers from the Opens declined invitations to compete in the Elite Series.
FLWer Shin Fukae will be fishing the Elites and that dude’s a hammer too. Didn’t know this:
> Shin Fukae and Wesley Strader have each won about $1.5 million in long careers with FLW. Because of their previous winnings, Fukae and Strader will not be eligible for Bassmaster Rookie of the Year honors next year.
The Elites maybe should be renamed the Toyota Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Bass-Hammer Grind It Out Can’t Talk A-Feeshn Tour Presented By Geico With The Aussie Accent Gecko Mascot For Some Reason, Comin’ To A Lake Near-ish You…But Don’t Talk To Us About It Or We Get In Trouble. And Y’All #Jealous Cuz Everybody Wants Some.
HAHAHA! I say that with love — and just a wee bit o’ sarcasm — to my B.A.S.S.-peep buds…. Sorry, my Jersey hat’s stuck to my skull today. And from that tune:
Yeah, I’ve seen the people that are lookin’ for a moonbeam
Yeah, ya spent a lot ya got lost in the jet-stream
In all seriousness — the Elites are un-frickinbelievable now. Go be a marshal and #mindblown.
10. FLW Tour field will be 186 boats?
If so, here’s what your average community hole will look like…hahaha!
11. B.A.S.S. weighs in on Asian carp.
They want the feds to fund a group called C.A.A.R.P. — Concerned Anglers Against Repulsive Pests — or maybe: Concerned Saltwater Anglers Supporting Bass Fisherman who Hate Dang Asian Carp. Lol but seriously:
> “These fish have incredibly high reproductive potential, and in short order, can make up the majority of the pounds of fish a body of water can support. They filter out the plankton that is the base of the food chain for everything else, there are few markets for them and no real way to control the population explosion.”
In all seriousness, these stupid fish pose the only real threat that our national bass fishery has ever faced. It is FOR REAL. Glad B.A.S.S. is throwin’ it’s weight around on this.
12. TX: Don’t put a slot fish in the well…
…even if it’s a DD, says the wardens. Because in the well it’s “in possession” and you can’t posses a slot fish. Dude found out when he put one in the well so he could get everything he needed ready to measure it and take pics. I think he did the right thing in that case, my 2c….
13. Ultrex helps drive record year for Johnson Outdoors.
Check the Ultrex on TW.
14. CA gov’t wants to start Delta project before permitted??
> The idea that California Department of Water Resources can offer $1 billion in contracts for a project that has not been permitted by state and federal agencies is an outrageous use of public money.
If true that’s nuts…which sounds exactly like CA gov’t….
15. Phoenix Boats expanding into saltwater.
Says it’ll take at least $8 mil, which I guess means Gary Clouse sold his Lambo collection…. Lol, Gary ain’t like that, he’s a bass-head.
16. Gitcha a Scales n Tales coffee mug!
Be an elf — you buy it, give it to Santa, save him some time, all good:
17. Tackle Warehouse has 25 dang days of savings!
I know, I know — we don’t need savings, we need BAITS! But…savings can be a bonus: