1. Chris Zaldain says he’s way more confident now.
And he should be after this season:
> When I made decisions this year about what lures to prep for the next day or what rod and reel to pick up I did it with confidence. I believed, more than knew, that what I was doing would get me a bite. There was no hesitation and no second-guessing myself.
> It’s a head thing. I’m in the right place now. I hope so, anyway.
Hope so or KNOW so? Lol, kidding man, good to hear!
2. New Justin Lucas vid: Topwater spotted basses.
Good video. I always feel he needs to do more — he’s good on vid.
3. Excerpt from Seth Feider’s L’Oreal audition.
Whole vid is HILARIOUS! From @bass_nation on Insta.
4. Elitist Harvey Horne not afraid to ask questions.
Love the humility, which in my 2c is an undervalued sign of character:
> As a rookie, you have all the freedom to ask all the questions. No one ever teaches you about the business side of things. …you don’t really know about how to market yourself. And unless you have lived there, not everyone will teach you the secrets of how to catch smallmouth bass up north. You will never have all the answers even as a veteran, so surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are in the things you need to learn more about.
Some real good advice in that deal.
5. BPTer Fletch Shryock moved from OH to AL.
Said it was cuz OH didn’t have enough fish but word is Bubble Bass ran him off:
6. Elitist Patrick Walters selling his Falcon.
2019 Falcon F215, Yammy, Lowrance, Ultrex and more.
7. Kim Stricker going into the Freshwater Feeshn Hall of Fame.
Kim is a former pro basser who now hosts the Hook n Look underwater bassin’ show. Congrats man!
8. One interesting slide from the MLFLW deck…
…presented to FLW Tour anglers. This ain’t the whole slide but fyi:
My 2c is the slide deck was well done. Few more factoids from it:
> The deal still is NOT done. Likely will be, but not there yet. If I had to guess, I’m thinking the sale is waiting til Irwin Jacobs’ estate is worked out.
> “Upon execution of the acquisition, FLW, LLC will be closed and a new company will be established, MLFLW, LLC.”
> Kroenke Sports & Entertainment is 50% owner of MLF and MLFLW, and Pro Bass Tour (PBT) is 50% owner of MLF and MLFLW. “PBT is an angler-owned company that facilitates the Major League Fishing Anglers Association.”
Note that Johnny Morris/Bass Pro Shops does not share ownership in anything. That was said when the whole BPT deal went down but a lot of folks still think he owns some of it. Johnny’s like:
9. Canada beat the US in bassin’??
Even though it happened in Canada — where the fish are so dumb they actually stump US anglers (lol) — and was ultra tight (Team Canada’s weight avg was 38.98 lbs and Team USA’s was 38.97) it’s still a dark, dark day for US bassin’….
Hahaha! Congrats to the Canadians. Besides, looks like Mark Daniels Jr and Brian Latimer decided to go snowboardin’ instead:
Wait — guess it was just that cold up there? I’d call those conditions that favored the host team…. Anyhow, sounds like those two won the “individual” (team? doubles?) part of the competition, probly by staying warm. Congrats fellers!
10. OK: Donnie Ray Crawford derby on Fort Gibson SATURDAY.
11. AR: AFTCO college basss derby on Dardanelle THIS WEEKEND.
Register at that link.
12. FL: Locals want Harney Pond Canal to be no-wake.
13. NC: Dude killin’ it making Trump rods.
14. TX: DNR might get revenue from state sales taxes.
Under proposed state constitution amendment. Could be huge.
15. Siren boat security system offered on Bass Cat Jaguars.
16. Yammy has a new tourney contingency program.
Called “Power Play.” Have to be an original owner with an engine 5 years old or newer.
17. What happened to Scout.
Remember Scout from a couple years back, supposed to roll up all these outdoors media properties (including Wired2Fish) and be all that? Well…it went under. Never really thought about it til I looked into who just bought Sports Illustrated. More deets on how they’re related here if you’re curious.
Bass fishing is angling for gamefish known as the black bass.
No…way. But it is from a Zimbabwe news site so….