1. Drew Benton won a BFL on Eufaula, AL.
Finished 3rd at the Eufaula Elite, then won this deal. 3-bass limit so he had 3 for 17-08:
> …during his practice he noticed a lot of mayflies hatching, so he decided to take advantage of that during the tournament. He started up the river throwing a frog and a Bagley Knocker B
> “I caught one really big one on topwater, then as the day went on we went down the lake towards the dam and I fished ledges. I isolated the schools with my Lowrance LiveSight
and caught them all on a Nichols Mini Magnum Spoon
2. Jay Yelas bassin’ trip being auctioned off…
…among other items, to support the super-awesome C.A.S.T. for Kids charity.
3. Bryan Thrift says BPT’s biggest difference is practice.
> …I had to figure out how to practice. Since practice is less…with just 2 days, I had to break down each lake ahead of time.
> There’s no time to get lazy in practice, you can’t waste any time. Previously in practice, I could get no bites for 30 or 40 minutes, and I may have stayed longer to get 1 bite. Now, I get out fast and go to find active fish.
4. Did Seth Feider just manage to make this hat look cool?
The SIMMS Cutbank sun hat in “toffee:”
Kinda a fashion show too? Time TBA, StrayCasts/Facebook or StrayCasts.net.
8. Is Dave Mercer doing the Facts of Fishing FYIs again??
I think the last time he did ’em was 19-and-72?
9. 2 Bassmaster events in a row with 6 fish in the well.
Heartbreakers for those dudes. Because of this, Cheezy Dibbles will no longer be allowed in the B.A.S.S. TV/Live production trucks…not sure why but this might be a clue:
10. AL: Bryan College team won the Boat US college champeenship.
Bailey Fain and Preston Kendrick of Bryan College, TN led both days on Pickwick to win it with 35.99 lbs, little over 1 lb better than Dalton Smith and Bradley Dunagan of Campbellsville U, KY.
> “I just got to thank the good Lord. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have done nothing,” said Fain. “Practice was terrible, and I don’t know what to say.”
They stumbled onto schoolers early on day 1, fished the same spot on day 2 and that was it. Unnamed topwaters and swimbaits.
11. CA: Clear Lake had its first derby in months.
Glad they’re back at it!
12. VA: “Tiger bass” stocked in Claytor Lake.
12,500, 3rd year in a row. “Tiger bass” is just a marketing term for FL-northern hybrids.
13. Storm 360GT Searchbait now in 2.5″.
3/32-oz jighead with a #2 VMC hook, already on TW:
14. Learn ya a little more about the MotorGuide Tour.
15. New Raymarine Axiom+ and charts.
> …Axiom+ models feature a bright IPS LCD that is 25% brighter than previous Axiom models…improved touch-screen performance….
> Along with the upgraded Axiom+ line, Raymarine is unveiling a new electronic catalog of LightHouse Charts.
16. ‘Rude said it was losing so it folded.
> “We won’t comment or speculate on what our dealers had to say about this decision [they were unhappy], and we stand by our belief in the technology we produced. However, over the last few years, despite its innovative technology, our outboard engine lineup has been losing shares in a market that was already difficult.
> “As the current situation forced us to reduce our investment plan and review downward our growth expectation for the business, the path to profitability improvement for outboard engines was too long and it became apparent that we had to take the difficult decision to discontinue our outboard engine production.”
Says in there Evinrude launched 3 new motors in ’19. Also says the ‘Rude name might come back, possibly with electric stuff. Not sure how wise that would be cuz all the warm fuzzies for the brand might be gone by then…or might be gone already….
17. OK: Official fishing Grand Slam is…
…a bass, a crappie, a catfish and a sunfish. Pretty sure you could do that in an afternoon?
Can’t link it, at Oklahoman.com.
18. MO: What koi can do to a pond bass-wise.
Guessin’ this applies to carp too, since koi are just pretty carp:
> “In a pond like that, we should have seen around 40 bass and 100 bluegill but we had 20 combined. The koi fish are more aggressive and they need more food than the young bluegill do. They were outcompeting the native species for food.”
19. BC: Biologists want smallmouths removed from Cultus Lake.
20. FL: Mechanical veggie harvesting on the St Johns.
21. It’s National Lightning Safety Awareness Week.
Who knew. Fishermen account for the most lightning deaths (pdf).
22. Earl’s Day Off = bassin’ horror video game (vid).
Not out yet…if vid games are your thing….
…rods and reels are selling like toilet paper
About MN folks fishing their brains out, which I’m pretty sure they do anyway so that’s sayin’ something.
Non-powered motors are not allowed….
NON-powered motors? So I guess powered motors ARE allowed??