Love folks supportin’ our military. #stout
Wondered if he was gonna start squeezin’ frogs or whatever so I was out.
5. Greg Vinson doesn’t like XFast tips for jerkbaits.
> “My favorite rod length for jerkbait and topwater fishing is a 7′ 2” M-action casting rod with a fast tip. A lot of the rod manufacturers claim XF is better for bait control. What I’ve found over the years is that I lost a lot of fish with the XF tip. It’s just not forgiving when the fish surges, and you’ll pull the hooks out.
> “Using the M action with the F tip has significantly increased my fish landing percentage.”
Asked him what exact rod he’s using:
> Right now I’m using a NMBS 862 Elite X (MHX) blank
that I built personally. It’s a very high-grade graphite that to me naturally has a little faster action than some of the other types of graphite. So I get good action from the bait with little effort, and a very forgiving bend when fighting a fish.”
6. Josh Bertrand is selling his Nitro.
Z-21, Merc 250 Pro XS 4-stroke, Ultrex, Garmins.
7. FLWer Tom Redington uses the Force on mats (vid).
Garmin Force, that is — vid ^ is kinda impressive. The Force is with Tackle Warehouse…and Baby Yoda’s all:
Hahaha I love Baby Yoda man! Btw Tom’s fishing the FLW Pro Circuit and the Central Opens.
8. Little more on the new BPT Heavy Hitters derb.
Biggest 5 fish to qualify, 1 from each of the first 5 regular BPT tourneys. Also:
> …5-day tournament format…30-angler Shotgun Round (day 1) and a 30-angler Elimination Round (day 2). The top 20 anglers at the end of the 2-day total qualify into a Knockout Round (days 3 and 4). The top 5 anglers from each of days 3 and 4 will qualify into the 10-angler Championship Round (day 5).
> Scoreable bass vary each round. Shotgun and Elimination Rounds will score 1 lb or higher. For the Knockout Round…will test a 2-lb minimum…. In the Championship Round, MLF will test a 3-lb minimum….
9. Phoenix Boats is the new boat sponsor of the BFLs.
Been all over Gary Clouse’s ‘gram, not sure how he’d know about it….
10. Bassin’ media dude Shaye Baker talks manic depression.
[Can’t link it but it’s on Wired2Fish.com.]
Written from the heart about himself. Check it if you or someone you know struggles with it. Big-time props to Shaye for sharing with us all.
Shaye also scribbled an innerestin’ deal about the Anglr app. Anglr is big-time popular with yakkers, but Shaye is a boat man so might be worth a read.
[Ugh can’t link that’n either but it’s on anglr.com.]
11. 2020 FLW HS schedule is out.
Looks like they’re on weekends again which is good.
12. Caymas came out with a 20-footer.
Only had a 21. Thought this sounded potentially cool:
> …Hi-Speed Livewell Pickup System…actually pushes water into the CX 20’s massive independent livewells once the boat is on plane. This proprietary livewell system gently cradles your catch during those long runs to the weigh-in stand….
Cool but weigh-in STAND? When I think of stand, I think of:
13. New Lowe Boats GM came from Harley Davidson.
Hope he at least fishes….
14. Why Cabela’s sold to Bass Pro Shops? (vid)
Fox dude Tucker Carlson did a deal on it (Cabela’s part starts at 5:19), makes it sound like New York City $$$$ guys forced Cabela’s to sell out. Not sure how accurate that is, but to me the moral of the story is one of my personal biz beliefs: Never go public. If you do, you make it about greed and sometimes the wolves get in. Just one bassin’ idiot’s 2c….
18. WA: Sounds like birds are way worse on steelhead than bass are.
Upper Columbia River:
> With 11 years of results, their study found that between 31% and 53% of these juvenile steelhead get snatched up before they reach the ocean by 4 kinds of birds that have formed colonies along the Columbia: Caspian terns, double-crested cormorants, California gulls and ring-billed gulls.
No idea how they can measure that but we’ll take it!
19. Healthy reef sounds get fish to colonize not-healthy reefs.
Not bass fishing but it makes me wonder how important the right SOUNDs are for fish:
> …researchers found that up to twice as many fish ended up populating the reefs where these sounds were played, versus areas in similar states of decay where they were not.
Might also explain a little why the Hydrowave works, why rattles work in plastics, etc. But maybe we’re just scratchin’ the surface of the sound deal….
20. WTHeck is up with the Tesla “pickup.”
Guess if you were collectin’ moon rocks or wanted to roll up stylin’ at the scifi convention it’d be cool…
…but man it just ain’t my thing. Here’s what a buck would look like in the back — lol from yesterday’s DeerBlaster:
Spotted bass are slow.
The Spotted Bass Have Feelings Too Coalition plans to protest the White House over it: