1. Greg Hackney sums up the Sabine Reever.
> “It’s kind of a crapshoot. The key deal is going to be getting that big bite. There’s going to be a guy with 4 of those little bitty ones and a 4- or 5-lber every day. You can’t target 3-lbers here. You’ve got to fish for bites and hope you can catch a big one.”
Stevie “still ain’t” Wright noted that the min size is 12″ this year, had been 14″. That’ll help with the number of fish weighed….
Steve said Bill Lowen digs these kinds of derbies, which I assume is cuz Bill grew up fishing the OH River, which has like 10 fish in it…. LOL OH Reever peeps!
Almost forgot: Hackney texted me this shot from the Sabine, said it’s legit — what do you think? I’m thinkin’ the eyes look real man:
2. Alton Jr also on an interesting pattern.
It ain’t flippin around bigfoots but:
3. More Sabine highlights.
Mark Daniels Jr is one of several pros considering opening his own aquarium:
Brandon Lester too:
But Marty Robinson found one — what kind of fishery is it when you have to blot out your location for ONE fish:
Not sure where Gerald Spohrer was fishing but it sure as heck wasn’t near no dentist’s office:
Johnny Crews posted this’n, but believe that’s just a shot on his phone from a lake back home: #sandbaggin’
Last but not least, this gem from the G-man (Gem-man):
> That’s the look you have after pumping 45 and 1/2 gallons and your boat only holds 46.
4. Chris Lane teaches kids how to catch fish.
Uh, good job with that man:
Lol, actually from his 11th annual Chris Lane Kids Fishing Camp on Gville on Memorial Day weekend. #stout
5. Todd Faircloth’s post-spawn tips.
> I’ve had tremendous success with the 5″ Strike King Ocho
— this soft bait is so versatile. I can fish it a multitude of ways to match the conditions. I can TX-rig it with or without a weight. I can rig it wacky style, put it on a shakey head or any number of other ways, and it always gets bit.
6. Is this KVD’s secret?
> It is said that no point in Michigan is more than 6 miles from an inland lake.
7. What lines Zona likes for topwaters (vid).
> Poppers and floating jerks: Seaguar Rippin Mono because it floats better and the bait won’t react as fast as with braid.
8. Bradley Dortch’s new bait?
Posted without much info:
Never heard of Area 51 Fishing but I dig the name and logo….
9. Steve Quinn no longer at In-Fisherman?!?!
This is shocking to me. It’s like saying McDonald’s won’t serve meat anymore…or something like that.
I get that when big companies buy smaller ones they “consolidate,” say corporate nonsense like “best positioned to leverage our competitively advantaged capabilities,” and peeps lose their gigs. But Steve Quinn at In-Fish??
Not sure who’s left at In-Fish, but if I was there I’d buy a plane ticket asap. Dang.
A huge and deep THANK YOU to Stevie Quinn for educating us all so well over the years, and for being a great example of a relentlessly positive dude…which makes me wonder why Danny Quinn at Rapala didn’t turn out that way (hahaha DQ!). Here’s Steve lovin’ life man:
10. TWRA spending $500K to fight Asian carp.
> The TWRA will promote in-state carp processing plants to make it profitable for commercial fishermen to harvest large numbers of the fish. The only effective way to remove significant numbers of Asian carp from a specific body of water is by netting…netting is not practical for commercial fishermen because there are no ready markets for the catch.
> Once the TWRA’s proposed processing plants are operating, it is believed markets will open up for the fish, perhaps as pet food or fertilizer.
Doing SOMETHING is good.
Meanwhile 100x that amount — $50 mil — has been allocated to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
11. AR: Big Bass Bonanza anglers get free Navionics maps.
Competitors also will be restocking the river with 100K fingerlings as they fish, which is pretty cool.
12. FL treating hydrilla in Lake Hatchineha this week.
And restoring habitat in Lake Istokpoga.
13. FL investigating turtle dieoffs.
So far no conclusions but since they’re water critters it doesn’t sound good?
14. TX: Zebras in Austin not a good thing?
Possibly, but this quote is questionable:
> With less of the single-celled algae available for other animals, sport fishers angling for game fish like largemouth bass in Lake Austin can expect to see [bass] get smaller in years to come. Largemouth bass feed on shad fish, which feed on plankton.
> “No shad, no bass,” McGarrity said. “If you have this competitor eating their food, catfish may do better, but the bass game fish aren’t going to fare well.”
Fewer shad may hurt the bass pops, but I’m dang sure bass don’t just eat shad…. TPWD peeps, for proof just check BOOYAH’s 30 days of blowups on their ToadRunners and Pad Crashers. Heck, there’s even turtle baits!
15. WA/ID: Invasive mussels found at border.
Hitchhiking in a boat. Rumor is they had 50 grand in cash, fake passports and a collection of jigheads, some still with fluorocarbon on ’em.
16. Changes to School of the Year college rankings.
17. Win some Mountain Dew stuff…
…maybe includin’ a trip with FLWer Chad Grigsby. Git on it Feider!
18. NY: 4-time youth champ.
Didn’t get this year’s on it yet but he won it: #stout
19. How they hat in Italy.
Euro bassin’ is cool but I think they need a lid-wearin’ education:
20. New Rapala Mossy Oak Elements apparel.
Pretty cool and 100% needed if you’re as pale as the guy wearing it here:
21. T-H Marine buys Troll Perfect.
Wow another one! Rumor is Jeff Huntley at T-H may be getting investment advice from Uncle Si:
Hahaha Jeff! Check the Troll Perfect on Tackle Warehouse.
22. New Japan-only fishing tackle site.
Not just bass and am not recommending it cuz I don’t know anything about it, just a heads up if you’re obsessed with Japanese stuff. Bait selection doesn’t look so hot….
Reminder that Tackle Warehouse has a bunch o’ JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) stuff here.
23. Yammy has a new 425 hp outboard.
Cannot accommodate a 250 cowling…KIDDING!
24. Vote for your fave Outdoor Channel peeps.
Vote so they can win golden moose. Seriously. Always do it to vote for the bass-heads, BUT this year the OC makes you fill out your name/addy/email to vote = l-l-l-l-l-l-lame.
25. WI guy duped investors with fake fishing lure company.
> …told prospects he expected sales of $100,000 a month at Screamline Lures. He promised ownership stakes to the major investors and returns within a year to others.
> But state investigators say it was all a big fish tale. Reynent was charged Thursday with seven counts of embezzlement, accused of taking more than $350,000 of investment in his company and spending it all on personal expenses and gambling from 2015 to 2017.
26. Dude in Indonesia fishing tourney catches…dead body.
Yikes. Yep, thought it was the winning fish for a while too….
27. Salty anglers name their tourney boat “Backstabber.”
Lucky they don’t have Trip as TD:
Trip does that all the time to Elite rookies…. One time Trip gave Casey Ashley a hard time just cuz Casey was head-bangin’ to Ozzy’s “Breakin’ All the Rules” waiting to put his boat in. Trip’s crazy about that rule stuff man….
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Don’t think Casey even knows who Ozzy is….