1. Here’s where to get that A-Mart T-shirt.
Mighta saw a bunch o’ pros wearing it on social media — or Jimmy Houston talkin’ ’bout it — here’s where you can get one:
Real good post today by Bassin’master’s James Hall about what Aaron went through and is still going through. Please keep praying for him.
2. Canadian bass pros are essential.
O’ course they are! What I mean is the US-Canada border I guess is closed to “non-essential” stuff, but the Johnson bros and Gussy (and I assume Mercer) made it over. Dang straight bassin’ is essential!
Unfortunately Yusuke Miyazaki can’t get here from Japan so the Eufaula Elite will be at 87 instead of 88.
3. Skeet Reese jumped a sandbar to get to his spot.
To win the day yesterday — from an MLF email, no link:
> “I needed to do something different, so I headed to an area where I had seen some schooling. It was hard to get in there — I jumped a sandbar. My intuition paid off….”
Love it! Don’t judge: those dudes know what they’re doing…but do NOT try it unless you know what you’re doing (I don’t and wouldn’t!). That kinda thing happened a lot more in the early days. #HankParker #RolandMartin
4. Lee Livesay proved that bass eat catfish.
In case you doubted…that a bass will put anything in its mouth:
Btw that worm’s a Netbait C Mac.
Speakin’ o’ catfish, learn ya more about the Nishine Namazu (“catfish” in Japanese) in this BB from earlier this year.
5. Great lines in a Seth Feider father-daughter fishin’ post.
> My father came along with us. I had mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, it was another set of eyes to keep Rose safe and entertained. On the other hand, he was pretty rough on me when I first started fishing.
How can you not love that transparency man. I’ve also forgiven my father for some stuff, I hope my kids do the same (ugh).
Btw, reeeeeallllly hope Seth and On Em had at least 1 camera runnin’ for this day — I’m sure it was a unique time in the history of mankind:
6. Is Brandon Card okay.
Used to think so but now not sure, since he posted his fave tourney lunch sammich: rotisserie chicken, guacamole and cheddar. I THINK he’s serious cuz he also posted a pic of it. If so, a worse one than that might (MIGHT) be: raw squash, mayo and bean sprouts.
7. Opens angler Jay Brainard posted this…
…about cattle and maybe turtles indicating fish activity:
8. Win a 2020 Skeeter FXR 20 APEX in a charity raffle.
Bass-head named Matt Looney is doing it to help kids with muscular dystrophy, partly because his nephew Talon was diagnosed with “Beckers MD.” Very cool. Here’s where you get tix, here’s a pic of the boat on Todd Faircloth’s page.
9. Forrest Wood would’ve been 88 today.
I’d still like to be like Forrest when I grow up…but at this point maybe it’s more IF I grow up. Anyhow, don’t know if you can tell from this pic, but the look in his eyes — Forrest was always incredibly sharp upstairs:
10. CA: Casitas is open again.
> “We did get trout stocked during the quarantine….”
11. CA: Anderson being totally drained.
Dam has to be rebuilt, so it’s bass might be put in Coyote or San Luis.
12. Reborn tail-weighted Boy Howdy coming soon.
> Unlike the traditional Boy Howdy, the Tail Weighted Boy Howdy has no blades. It is a pencil-style topwater lure, and tail-weighting makes it stand up when not in motion.
> Rod twitches enact a subtle jumping and spitting action that mimics a fleeing shad or wounded minnow, and triggers attacks from fish that won’t touch noisier and more aggressive surface lures.
> …4.5″ long, weighs 3/8-oz and…#4 short-shank treble hooks. It is available in 10 baitfish-imitating colors.
Here’s “clear/blue nose”
13. Sneak peek of the new V&M Wild Shad swimbaits.
14. Japan has lb-test guidelines but we don’t.
> …Japanese law requires companies selling fishing line in the Japanese domestic market to label lines with a specific lb-test that’s based on a diameter range for each line. Lines are crafted to those specific tolerances….
> …ensures lines rated at a specific lb-test will break at that pound test for true accuracy….
Good to know. I never say “lb-test” because in the US an 8-lb line might break at 12 lbs or whatever — really just a general guidline, but now we know that for Japanese lines it’s dead on.
15. FL: Is this the least-helpful bass length to weight graph.
Gonna say yes:
16. OR biologists might save the bass outta Howard Prairie Lake.
Because the lake’s ultra-low:
17. Trace Adkins has a new feeshn tune.
Mentions the king of fish in it:
Well I like that preacher and I love how it feels
When he really gets to throwin’ down
But I’d rather do my talkin’ with the man upstairs
When there’s nobody else around
If I was there right now I’d be thinkin’ ’bout
Which lure I was gonna cast
And he don’t need another fool sittin’ in that pew
Dreamin’ ’bout a 10-lb bass
Trace has such a high voice…heehee!
18. BioSpawn has a new hard bait.
Lipless crank called the RattleBot, “coming soon in both baitfish and craw [colors].” Looks like it’s NOT flat:
19. Buy a YETI GoBox, get 2 pints free.
I have GoBox — not a cooler, it’s for “storing” stuff in your vehicle. So far I like it because it’s tough and doesn’t slip, but I haven’t put it through the ringer yet. Also heard the plastic doesn’t crack in serious cold, which would be great. Like all things YETI it’s pricey but good:
20. MT: You need your boat inspected to fish.
> …all watercraft entering MT are required to be inspected for aquatic invasive species and must obtain an inspection before launching on MT waters. …also resident boats that were taken out of state and are reentering MT.
> ID and WY inspections can fulfill MT’s inspection before launch requirements.
21. PA: At least 1 guy wants snakeheads to not be killed…
…if found in the Susquehanna River because they fight hard.
22. Crappie Masters wants more HS tourneys.
Not bass but more HS fishing is good!
How to Prep and Cook Largemouth Bass Fillets for Fried Deliciousness
S’pose that could happen outta a real clear, cold lake? Then again, they’re talkin’ ’bout deep fryin’ which would make a shoe taste good.
Have read many a time that keeping small spotted bass usually is a good idea because they tend to stunt, and they taste good too….
Tactics for largemoth bass in spring
Wait ’til dark, use a big light lol.
From David Lubbehusen of CullGear:
> “I was unaware that Chris Sumrell, whom I met selling his Bass Attitude Fishing apparel 2 years earlier at the Forrest Wood Cup, was Stan’s son.
> “I sent Stan a little ‘thank God you’re okay’ package containing one of our Versawebs and was very surprised when he sent me back a picture of his boat with one already attached! Chris had already given his Versaweb
to his dad the day after his ordeal.”
Though that was a cool story. Here’s what a Versaweb is: