1. Couple mo’ BPTer baits from NC.
4th: Edwin Evers
> “I was kind of worried going into the next lake [Falls] because I only had 1 bite in practice. But some stuff looked good on the Lowrance, and when I got in there I caught an 8-lber almost immediately. That was all the Pit Boss.
> “I went back in there the next round — I went to the back of it, where I thought I could protect it a little more…had fallen 3”, most of the fish moved out….
> “At Shearon Harris I caught some on a vibrating jig, but most on the Pit Boss. I was blind-casting to where they were spawning.”
> Pit Boss gear: 7′ 6″ Bass Pro Shops Platinum Flipping Stick, BPS Reel (8.3), 25-lb BPS XPS fluoro, 3/8-oz weight, 4/0 Berkley Fusion Flipping Hook
6th: Ott DeFoe
> Jordan: 1/2-oz Terminator Pro Series Jig
(bama craw, not yet released color) with a Bass Pro Shops Elite Chunk (gp blue flake). 2-5′ on rocks and wood in current.
> Falls: BPS Shadee Shad (glimmer blue). Schooling fish on a point in 4-8′.
> Shearon Harris: Rapala DT-6
(red crawdad). Creek channel stumps, 4-6′.
2. Elitist Matt Herren thinks bass will explode TOMORROW.
Oops bass FISHIN’ will explode. You know, cuz of the weather…tho a bass might explode on a Herren hookset….
3. John Crews supporting autism cause again.
Love the consistency, good job Johnny Missile!
4. TN: Craig Powers sighting…
…winning the South Holston BFL. CP was a FLW hammer probly about a decade back, glad to see him out there again. This time won a stingy deal by 3.5 lbs using a custom spinenrbait and one of his own cranks.
5. Innerestin’ Q on the BBC about MLF/BPT and the spawn.
Guy askin’ if it’s all about treatin’ the feeshes like mammals, then what about fishin’ for spawners? Good Q!
Personally I have zero problem fishin’ for spawners but then I also like livewells (heehee!).
6. IN: Scuzzy fungus dead fish showing up in Geist.
> “Big mature ones that are several years old, for them just to die like that and have the fungus growing on them like what is growing on them, there is something going on. I am not a biologist but it sure looks chemical related.”
7. AR: Tagged fish bonus starts May 1.
Lakes Hamilton and Catherine, top prize is $15K for catching “big Al.”
8. AL: Charity bass derby on Eufaula Jun 1.
> …AL Children’s Classic Bass Tournament…has raised money for both Children’s of Alabama and Darby’s Warrior Support, which provides physically and emotionally injured post 9/11 Special Operation Combat Veterans with hunting and fishing opportunities.
9. New Berkley craw?
Post says it’s called the Berkley Power Bait Power Flutter:
10. Googans have a new line…
…and one of their baits is already a best-seller on TW. Pretty interesting.
Pretty soon there’ll be a search engine called Googan and they’ll go public with the ticker symbol GOOGN. Maybe?
11. KY restaurant owner says Asian carp tastes like…
…mahi mahi or striped bass. If that’s true, wow. Both taste good — white flesh, mild — but mahi wins. Guy also said:
> “I expected it to be like catfish. I was totally shocked. I’m very picky about our fish. It’s not fishy at all.”
Will KY Lake become the sushi capital of the world….
Line of the Day
Once the photo of [a guy with a big fish] was noticed…it became popular on social media, prompting some to doubt whether it was real.
[eyeroll emoji] Gotta love haters, doubters, trollers and whatever else on the socialistic media.
Is the fishing industry growing?
Q prompted by this Brock Mosley post. Is it really growing? People like to say it is, but is it? Few thoughts:
First, the economy has been doing well for a while — that’s a bunch of what you see. That’s also why you see companies like Strike King, Pure Fishing and others getting bought: Folks with a lot of money need to do stuff with it (that’s one reason).
Second, in 20 years of doing this I’ve heard some version of that “growing” thing every time the economy is up and/or change happens (for ex: FLW, ESPN, college feeshn, MLF).
Third, Brock mentions college/HS fishing, which for sure is growing and is cool, but how much could that really be growing the huge fishing market?
Folks in any business always hope their market gets bigger. But in enthusiast markets, with so many different activities now, just holding your own market-wise is a huge achievement. So far bassin’ has done that, which is great.
Do I hope our market expands? Sure, within reason. I honestly don’t want to show up to my local lake and see the lot full. But is it happening? Haven’t seen any impartial data that shows it…yet…. We’ll see mang!