1. George Cochran boat/fish tour of Hamilton (vid).
Cool deal by FLW. Great to see George again — he looks good! Can’t tell if Hamilton will fish bigger or smaller with better electronics now…meaning will the guys spend more time on all the brushpiles they all see or less.
2. WI’s Devin Teigen won the upper Miss Central Open.
Who is this ice water in the veins hammer who put together a 16+ bag on day 3 to win this deal by less than 1 lb? Don’t know but I know he loves him some frogs:
> …caught his winning fish on a SPRO Bronzeye Frog. He threw frogs with white, yellow and darker bellies, with the lighter baits producing most of his bites.
He switched to froggin’ on day 2. Accordin’ to Bassin’Fan he fished a Spook, Fluke and C-rig to catch smallmouths on day 1.
Lovin’ the t-shirt and Tackle Warehouse hat — looks like just a regular dude….
3. Great post about Gerald Swindle mentoring his nephew.
Hope G teaches Trey some of his “country expressions.” Not sure where Gerald learned ’em — maybe he just makes ’em up?
4. AR’s Ronnie Everett will be honored by the Bass Fishing HoF.
> Known for his tireless efforts in directing the Mr. Bass of Arkansas Pro-Am Tournament Circuit for more than 25 years….
5. Little more info on the new Lew’s/Strike King deal.
From info sent in by Lew’s:
> Fox International, Europe’s largest privately-owned fishing tackle company, today announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Lew’s Holdings Corp.
> This combination will enable an enhanced route to market for both businesses. This will be driven by an expanded geographical footprint, deeper innovation, R&D sharing capabilities….
Not sure about that R&D deal. Looks like Fox is mostly carp so maybe they’re lookin’ at Strike King being close to KY Lake?? HAHAHA! (Okay, the Asian carp deal ain’t funny a’tall….)
6. TN: Bethel U team won Bassmaster College Champeenship….
…goin’ old skool with a big worm and spinnerbait. Here’s the winners, Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd:
A big worm (Zoom Ol’ Monster in plum and tequila sunrise) and spinnerbait (chart/white) — is it back to the future in bassin’?
7. Lowrance and MotorGuide will still be buds.
Good to hear in this new electronics-exclusive world:
> Both brands will continue to collaborate on sonar compatibility and chartplotter integration between MotorGuide trolling motors and Lowrance sonar and chartplotter technologies.
Who still calls depthfinders chartplotters? That’s like calling a phone a “smartphone” or a “mobile phone” or a “cellular telephone:”
8. Couple delayed mortality tidbits…
…from a study. Not sure if it was actual or just using models (computer analysis) but:
> Results supported acute trends in survival of bass following tournament capture with little support for chronic trends. [Meaning it’s situation-dependent.]
> Bass survival post tournament capture was related to water temperature and number of prior tournament captures.
9. AR: Meet Forrest Wood, get a Vexus ride.
Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs on Aug 10, 8:00-10:00 am. Then Vexus demo rides at Brady Mountain Resort on Ouachita 11:00 am-2:00 pm.
10. TX: Lookit these crazy new “brushpiles.”
My only question: Does a hook get stuck in that stuff? If not, make ’em everywhere!
11. MX: No LMBV in Mexico yet.
Largemouth bass virus…no existo….
12. Couple tidbits from Johnson Outdoors Q3 earnings report.
> Fishing revenue increased 5% due to continued success of new products in both Minn Kota and Humminbird.
> Watercraft Recreation revenue declines reflect ongoing weakness in paddle boat markets.
Does “paddle boat markets” = kayaks? If so that sounds surprising….
13. Garmin Q2 revenue up.
> …Garmin announced a best ever revenue of $955 mil, a 7% increase compared to the same period last year. Revenue from its marine segment grew 12% during the period, driven by strength in the demand for its chartplotters and…Panoptix LiveScope sonars.