Used to do it for a livin’ at one point….2. Ehrler gets Braven Audio outdoor speakers.
Check ’em on Tackle Warehouse.
3. Latest Chapman Pro vs Joe.
This one’s in south FL canals:
4. Bryan Thrift wins second FLW AOY.
Congrats man! He said:
> “The Angler of the Year is the greatest accomplishment you can have in professional fishing.”
Okay but I was watching Jeopardy the other night with my grammy and her yipper dog and:
Props to Brad-Lee Dortch of Ally-bama for winnin’ FLW ROY.
5. T-Roy has a stuffed monkey.
T-Roy the swamp man overdid it when he finished 2nd at the Sabine River Open last weekend, so here he is recovering…with his stuffed monkey:
Props to T-Roy for not being embarrassed to show off his feel-good pal. Guess gator-hunters can be sensitive dudes.
6. MLFer Champeenship on CBS Saturday.
12 guys in it: Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli, Greg Hackney, Edwin Evers, Boyd Duckett, Gary Klein, Tim Horton, Mark Davis, Aaron Martens, Jeff Kriet, Bobby Lane and Mike McClelland. Not too shabby. TV schedule here.
7. Forrest Wood Cup field set.
8. MN: Fishing for our Heroes derby this weekend.
9. MD: Jersey homie won Nation Regional!
Michael Sentore won it with 59-07 over 3 days. Said he fishes the upper Chesapeake Bay every weekend — the fishin’ ain’t THAT good there man! Anyhow he won it:
> “My basic pattern was to run up the North East River in the morning and fish docks and wood cover on low tide. When the tide came in later in the day, I fished grass flats in the bay.”
Shout-out to Bassin’Fan sales guy (I think he still is?) Tim Carini who finished 2nd fishing “shallow grass flats with a 5” Gambler Big EZ swimbait Texas-rigged on a hook that had a 1/8-oz weight molded to it.”
Check the full derby name: Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional presented by Magellan on the Upper Chesapeake Bay. That’s 15 words and 93 characters minus the spaces. Record?
10. Canadian gov’t gets semi-friendly again.
About dang time:
> Under the new law, American boaters who do not anchor their boat or step foot on Canadian soil will not have to report to Canadian Customs.
> In addition, the measure will also exempt Canadian boaters from being required to report to their customs officials when they return to Canadian waters, as long as they met the same requirements while they traveled in U.S. waters.
Never got it cuz Canadians are our way-nicer cousins. Here’s one super-angry Canadian protester:
And for the record, I’ve never seen Dave Mercer angry…tho I’d like to…lol.
11. MT: Boat crash at Nation derby.
Sounds like it was a 1-boat crash and everyone’s okay. Hope so….
12. TX: 2018 Bassin’ Champs schedule.
3 tournaments, 2-fish limit.
Just kidding, but Chad Potts is buying Bass Pro Shops. Okay not really.
13. AZ: Bass population getting better in Havasu.
14. AR using derby anglers to stock bass.
At this weekend’s Big Bass Bonanza:
> …oxygenated bags of fingerling-sized largemouth bass for anglers to take with them and place in high-quality habitat during the tournament.
How cool is that?
15. CA: Baits now working at New Melones.
16. IA: Structure GPS points for 60 lakes.
Believe there are bass in IA so might help….
17. Crooks targeting Yammy outboards too.
Not just electronics:
> One VA marina recently reported six 600-lb engines stolen….
Security cam captured this, not sure what it means:
18. NM doing boat checks.
Surrounded by states that have zebra mussels so just a matter of time….
19. Alpha Rods giveaway reminder!
Alpha Angler Rods and Brandon Palaniuk are giving away 6 rods — gitcha entry deets here.
20. MD: White marlin derby “winner” (sorta) loses in court.
Not bassin’ but polygraph-related. All you need to know:
> Officials believed Heasley and his shipmates violated tournament rules by catching the fish prior to 8:30 a.m. – the official start time to cast a fishing line.
> Heasley was the only participant to catch a qualifying white marlin.
> Following his victory, Heasley and his crew were required to take a polygraph…. Heasley failed the test resulting in the withholding of his earnings, officials said.
> “The odds all the polygraphs were done wrong was less than 1%,” president of the White Marlin Open Jim Motsko said….
At stake: $2.8 million 1st-place prize. One fish caught. Dang. Like them odds!