1. NC: Please pray for a couple bass brothers who crashed…
…on Lake Tillery in a night tourney. From the article:
> “They first struck a tree that was sticking out of the water, and then the boat careened into the bank and went airborne. The boat came to rest upside down and trapped the operator…under the steering wheel. The passenger…was ejected from the boat.”
> Officers spent several hours Saturday documenting the shattered remains of the boat, which were scattered widely along the bank. They even found fiberglass shards embedded in nearby trees….
Wow. From the tourney trail’s FB page, sounds like both guys were in the hospital:
> As word has it both guys are in the hospital but in stable condition. If you would please keep them in your prayers as they start the road to recovery….
For sure. A fund was set up for at least one of the guys — more info here.
2. Will St Clair be stupid for Seth Feider again?
Remember last year when he couldn’t NOT catch ’em? I mean, at the end it looked like he could cast in any direction and reel at any speed and catch a big one. Crazy!
If that was a 4-dayer (was the AOY 3-dayer) he would’ve busted 100 lbs. This one’s a 4-dayer but he says it won’t get to 100. But…is he right? We’ll find out yo! And even tho Seth’s a straight-shooter, some sandbagging may be in play?
3. Justin Lucas on BassEdge Radio.
4. Terry Scroggins lent Fred Roumbanis his boat at Erie.
Big Show didn’t make the day 3 cut, Boom Boom did but his rig was down. Freddy talkin’:
> “Terry didn’t even hesitate when he found out I needed a hand — he was adamant. Listen, if you are going to let someone borrow your boat, you do not want to do it on Lake Erie — especially with a 15 mph wind. Big Show is truly a great guy and friend. I can’t thank him enough.”
Rumor is Terry insisted on a one-time $10,000 hold on Fred’s credit card before he could hook up the boat, and insisted that Fred not throw a single swimbait for some reason.
5. Good to see Shaw Grigsby ketchin’ ’em on Erie!
You might remember he had kidney surgery not too long ago:
6. Mark Menendez says no back surgery needed.
Good to hear! Rehabbin’….
7. Win a bassin’ trip with Gerald Swindle.
Mountain Dew contest, sign up here. Only thing is, the Gerald trip is the 3rd prize. I mean, I wonder if you could say “no thanks” to the Grand Canyon trip (1st prize — who wants to see a bunch of rocks?) and tickets to a NASCAR race (2nd prize — you can watch it on TV!) and be like, “I wanna fish with the G man!” Worth a shot anyhow….
8. Aaron Martens jersey being auctioned on eBay.
Fund-raiser for West Coast basser Jason Borofka’s son JT. Please pray for him, and for Aaron.
9. Check Randy Howell’s upper Miss FLW vid (YT).
One of my fave things about Randy is how little-kid excited (joyful) he is about just about every fish catch.
10. Good Scott Martin post on fishing FL.
Transitioning with the bass after the morning flurry is over — from the Bassin’masters:
> …as soon as that water temperature starts to rise quickly, you need to put those moving baits down and pick up a worm, a dropshot or go to flipping. You also need to switch areas by finding a little deeper water, some rocks or other subsurface structure, or find some heavy cover with some shade.
> These transition periods are great times to catch those fish when they first move under that mat, when they first move onto those rocks, because they’re still hungry. They’re setting themselves up for the rest of the day, and they haven’t gone dormant yet.
11. FLWer Blake Smith scribbles on his ‘lectronics.
Looks like black ‘n blue Sharpies?
12. TX: Charity scholly derby on Belton THIS SATURDAY.
13. B.A.S.S. jumped on the bigfoot wagon!
In a way — YETI’s sponsoring the St. Clair Elite so….
14. WI: This dude won the Bassmaster yak ‘n beard contest…
…on the upper Mississippi. That beard is a 10 man! SC’s Barry Davis:
15. Check the new Jewel Fish the Moment Offshore Jig.
> Combining all of the jig-fishing secrets of the Ozarks into one jig, the Fish the Moment Offshore Jig is one of the most unique and customizable offshore fishing jigs ever created.
> …unique football jighead design, which allows the jig to stand up on the bottom and to leverage itself over cover easier than standard football jigs. It also, features a double cable guard, designed to come through brush and cover better than standard fiber weedguards.
> …unique lead bait-keeper that redistributes the weight of the jig down the shank of the hook allowing for a smaller-than-normal head design, and giving the jig a unique horizontal gliding action on the fall….
> …double-coned system that allows soft plastic trailers to stay on longer. Featuring the Jewel Flop Top Skirt, which is a premium skirt that has a mixture of thin and thick silicone that pulsates in the water. The skirt is extra long allowing the user to customize for any situation.
5/8-oz, 2 per pack, $6.99 at the Jewel site (backordered), not on TW yet.
This is pb&j:
16. NC: Greensboro banned all motors on Lake Higgins.
Including ‘lectric motors, supposedly to stop the spread of hydrilla. NC DNR says it was not involved in the city’s decision.
17. WV: 14-22″ slot on New River starts Jan 1.
> …biologists proposed the slot limit for the New after seeing the positive effect it had on VA’s section of the river. “Studies conducted since then show that the bass there are larger and healthier than they were before the regulation went into effect.”
18. New Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass podcast.
Jameson Simion and Cameron Wilt from Bowling Green State U, who won the FLW Regional on Lake Erie.
19. PA: ‘Yak derby on the Susquehanna won with spinnerbait.
Won by WV’s Jody Queen with a spinnerbait with a big Colorado blade, and another spinnerbait with Indiana and Colorado blades. Unless I’m mistaken the Susquehanna right now is real low and clear so that sounds odd but it worked!
20. NY: New public launch at Otisco Lake.
21. CA bill to “protect” 30% of land/water still advancing.
> Weeks of negotiations with the bill’s author by the coalition that includes NMMA [National Marine Manufacturers Assn] and dozens of other associations supporting boating and fishing did not result in amendments that would retain existing fishing access….
Raise your hand if you’re surprised…love that the NMMA and others tried.
22. VA: Angler-bought EPIRB leads to Coast Guard rescue.
Saltwater, but if you fish big water or sketchy conditions you should really consider getting one. EPIRB = emergency position-indicating radiobeacon, like a personal locator beacon.
Been bass fishing 3 years. Not a single bass. Looking for some help….
Title of a post on bassresource.com. Maybe he’s been fishing the Ohio River? Heehee! Someone help that dude!
Lux brand Hermes makes a $13,790 fly rod
Love to see someone bust the tip off that deal then take a pull from their $8,000 Chanel water bottle [eyeroll emoji]. Ridiculous man, dang.