1. AL: We lost a bass brother on the Tensaw River.
> One person was killed and another was seriously injured when two fishing boats collided during a fishing tournament…. One of the two fishing boats was involved in the tournament, an ALEA official on the scene said.
> Troopers said a bass boat operated by Wesley Scott Feely of Atmore collided with the driver’s side of a bass boat operated by Jackie Dewayne Cox of Pace, FL.
> The occupants of both boats were ejected into the water but were wearing personal flotation devices. Several boaters who heard the boat crash rushed to assist the victims. They pulled Cox and his passenger, Lee Grandquest, of Semmes from the water, rendered first aid and stopped one of the boats that was still circling without an operator.
> Cox was deceased at the scene. Grandquest was flown to USA Medical Center in Mobile…Feely was treated at North Baldwin Infirmary Emergency Room and released.
Dang it. Pics of the boats involved are at the link. I can’t publish ’em, doesn’t feel right. Bless you bassin’ bros.
2. Entire Elite postponed!
Wow that stinks, but that river must be looking pretty bad — IF that’s what it’s about. Didn’t hear this from me, but word is a few Elitists were refusing to fish because the only remaining campground is a hot spot for Squatch sightings:
3. Mark Davis out for season with bad hip.
Dang, sorry to hear for him. Has had 3 shoulder surgeries, a neck fusion and now this — surgery soon. He did buy the extended warranty so he should be covered…lol.
Gotta out Mark on his obsession with Georgian dancing. Dude, time to give it up! Too hard on the body….
4. READ THIS post by Swindle.
If you do nothing else today, read it. One of the best posts on anything in bassin’ I’ve ever read…and I don’t say that often…especially about Swindle. KIDDING! But not kidding about the post which is:
I read it 2x.
5. Elitists promoting Autism Awareness this month.
Props to Johnny Crews for doing this again:
> During two Elite events [now Grand and Kentucky Lake], the anglers will be competing for the second annual Autism Angler of April award. …angler who finishes the highest in the two Elite events while wearing the custom Autism Awareness bracelet.
> “April has become one of my favorite months of the year because it’s National Autism Awareness Month. All the hard work and momentum we are gaining for this cause is really making a difference.”
Last year the autism award was won by Brandon Palaniuk. Think he won some other trophy last year too, didn’t he? lol
6. Alton Jr needs some wings or a booster seat.
Chix wings to watch a game or a booster seat to see where he’s going:
7. Zona’s Kong Island Feider episode airs again this week.
Gitcha DVRs set and box of tissues handy…because of pensive Lifetime TV moments like this:
8. FLWer B-Rad Hallman on BassEdge Radio.
9. NY Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom knows bass baits.
Well he knows 1 anyhow:
Q: Have you always been into fishing and boating?
A: Growing up in Florida, we went fishing every chance we got. Mostly freshwater for largemouth….
Q: What’s the biggest largemouth bass you’ve ever caught?
A: It was 6 lbs. I caught it on a Zoom Horny Toad.
Strange that his biggest growing up in FL was only a 6. Guessing too much baseball…too bad bro….
10. WI examining major bass reg changes.
Props to the WI DNR for wanting to get outta the dark ages:
> One seeks input on the idea of a statewide, continuous open season for bass fishing. Harvest of bass would only be allowed during the current traditional season. The other proposes establishing alternate size and bag limits for participants in permitted, catch-and-release bass fishing tournaments.
11. LA tidal water access fiasco due to 200-yr-old map??
12. AL: Company gets license to test new aquatic herbicide.
> “It is a systemic herbicide that is used at very low rates, requires very short contact times and destroys milfoil and hydrilla colonies for the entire season,” Aqua Services Inc. officials said….
13. AR: White Oak Lakes have some stout basses.
Not just White Oak but Black Oak Arkansas was all about howgs too:
Back in the day, believe Bowman, Overstreet and Wright were roadies for that band…and never missed a dang day of duck hunting….
14. MD DNR has new bass conservation and safety award.
Looks like oriented toward tourneys. Good!
15. MN governor wants $130mil in improvements…
…to state-owned DNR-managed facilities including ramps and such. Big number. Wonder if he’s up for re-election….
16. CA: New ramp being built at Trout Lake.
Has trout but also largemouths, which in Cali is the $$$ combo!
17. MI HS gal gets bassin’ scholarship to Bethel U.
18. LA: All-girls HS team wins bassin’ derby.
For Cabrini High School…#girlpower:
19. New glass screen protector for your graphs.
Don’t know much about it but sounds like a good idea, graphs fo sho are expensive and water spots do #sux so:
> Graph Glass will protect your fishfinder or chart plotter from the harshest elements in the world. No more annoying water spots, scratches, slime stains, salt damage, fingerprints, and most importantly — cracks from impact. Cracks from impact are not covered by standard warranties offered by marine electronic manufacturers.
Ex-Elitist and current FLWer John Hunter is rockin’ ’em.
20. More details on the new BUFF spring stuff.
A little salty but we can make it work….
21. The Spring BAM issue is out.
22. Outboard sales up in ’17.
No specifics at the link but:
> …increased for the 6th consecutive year, up 6% from the previous year.
23. Digital marketing important for boat companies.
Duh, important for everyone, but:
> …more than a third of companies surveyed (34%) reported they plan to do more mobile advertising this year.
Hear that bass-boat folks? lol
24. Where to find largies in Far Cry 5 vid game.
25. DC: New Outdoor Recreation Committee.
> …is intended to serve as an advisory board to the Secretary of the Interior on public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving infrastructure on public lands and waterways.