1. We lost Paul Chamblee.
NC angler who fished Bassin’masters back in the ’70s. Thank you for your pioneerin’ spirit bassin’ brother.
2. Sign that it was Tak’s time to win again.
Everyone says when it’s your time you can do no wrong:
> Saturday’s semifinal round of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Martin…Takahiro Omori caught a bass that had two lures in its mouth. One was a chartreuse plug that Omori had lost on an underwater tree branch Friday, and the other was the red bait he fished with most of the day Saturday.
Here’s the sign waiting for him when he got home:
Very cool. Neighbors in NJ are like:
That’s on Ike’s pond…lol.
3. Randall Tharp gets Sufix line.
Not just braid, but check what he says about the Sufix 832 Advanced Superline braid:
> “It’s the only braid you can fish with for a solid year, every day, and by the end of a year it’s as round as it was when you put it on your spool. A lot of other 8-strand braids tend to flatten out and don’t perform as well.”
4. Fred Roumbanis details his Boom Boom Frog (quick vid).
Supposed to be available in March. Has…fur. A frog…with fur. lol
5. Elitist rookie Hunter Shryock on BassEdge Radio.
Hopefully he talks about who used to win the daily brotherly rumble, him or Fletch. My money’s on Hunter….
6. Trip Weldon has a Bassmaster column now?
This is cool and potentially exciting but am wondering if Trip sharing opinions means the Apocalypse is closer than I thought? Will also be checking my zombie trap every morning now instead of just 1x/week….
Lol glad to see Trip maybe coming out of the verbal shadows a little. Could be veeeeeeeeery innerestin’.
7. Minn Kota vs MotorGuide stats.
Dude counted ’em and:
> 67% of Bassmaster Elite anglers were using Minn Kota in 2017 — 86% are using Minn Kota in 2018.
8. VA: No dock work or dredging at 2 lakes during spawn.
Smith Mountain and Leesville.
9. Water releases trigger bass to feed in cold water.
Can’t believe I hadn’t heard this one before:
> …a big snook. It was so big, in fact, Mel decided to have it mounted. To get the fish back to his AR taxidermist in the best shape possible, he kept the snook alive in the boat’s livewell [from FL].
> Before visiting the taxidermist, however, Mel had another stop to make. A bass tournament was underway on Lake Ouachita…the [Ranger] PR man had to show the new boat.
> Mel decided he would launch the boat and fish. Sometime while fishing, an idea struck him. Wouldn’t it be funny to show up at the tournament weigh-in with his big snook?
> The next day, a photo of Mel holding the snook appeared on the front page of a local newspaper. …”Man catches strange fish during Ouachita bass tournament.”
11. NY: Cost of St Lawrence Elite about half of what it was?
Not sure that makes sense so may not be reading it right:
> Hosting the 2018 Bassmaster Elite tournament in Waddington in Aug will cost organizers $122,000, about half of what it took the first time the event was held [there] in 2013….
12. Merc ups its 4-stroke game.
Top-secret (sorta) rollout last week, announced officially today: new 175, 200, 225 hp 4-strokes:
13. NE largie forecast looks good.
Expecting population to double…from 2 to 4…lol!
14. AFTCO sponsoring college bass trail.
Btw dude who got the AFTCO Opens deal is John Zeolla.
15. OH HS has program around building and selling baits.
Do they call it “bait school?” Of course they do….
16. NV and KS now have 365-day licenses.
Now 14 out of 50 stats renew on the date you bought it. Wish NJ was one….
17. MN: Simms supporting Mille Lacs Smallie Alliance.
18. The Bass Chaplain is raffling off his Nitro Z-18.
$100 a ticket.
19. Brian Robison derby boat auctions are on.
First up is a shot to fish with B-Rob and Brandon Palaniuk. Word is neither of ’em know how to fish Rayburn so….
20. “Jaints” tee?
Believe “jaints” is TN or KY for “giants:”
21. Fishing/boating 2nd biggest segment of outdoor market.
> …US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.0% ($373.7 billion) of current-dollar GDP in 2016…. [First time for the outdoor recreation industry being a significant economic contributor to the GDP.]
> Boating/Fishing activities were $38.2 billion in 2016, an increase of 4.0% from the previous year.
22. Dude using Asian carp in concrete.
> “These organic materials, along with the fish oil, add benefits to concrete like increased longevity and a reduction in the freeze-thaw cycle, to name a few.”
23. Cabela’s catalog Ranger deal?
From a recent Cabela’s catalog, texted to me as legit — could this be right? Even with a 75??
In yesterday’s Bass GEEK email you may have seen the word “luckers” (lol) and at least one other dang typo. Late-night stuff, sorry. More Blastin’ = less sleep?
More Elite baits from Martin.