6. Here’s how Rick Clunn used to smile.
Okay I’ve poked some funnin’s at Rick for not smilin’ on stage even when he wins a derby, such like the St Johns last year:
But check this grin back in the day — looks like hs’ thinkin’, “I’m the man:”
This look with the shrunken hat is [3 fire emojis] and I hope it comes back:
Guys I could most see makin’ that look work are:
> MLFers: Adrian Avena, Greg Hackney, Andy Montgomery, Skeet Reese (with the fanny pack), Fletch Shryock, Jonathon VanDam.
> Elitists: Rick Clunn! And Todd Auten, Keith Combs, Greg DiPalma, David Fritts, Buddy Gross, Jamie Hartman, Matt Herren, Harvey Horne, Koby Kreiger, Bill Lowen, Clark Wendlandt.
Okay I think I overthought this whole deal….
7. David “Doomsday” Mullins highlights the grind.
Talkin’ to Bassin’Fan about 9 months of being an Elitist:
> “Some people don’t understand how much of a grind and intense it is.”
David I think Mercer doesn’t understand so please remind him….
8. Elite rookie Cody Hollen still fishes Slider heads?
What he said:
> “My dad gave both of us a spinning outfit, some Charlie Brewer Slider Heads
and 5-inch Yamamoto single-tail grubs
. That’s all my brother and I fished with then, and we caught bass after bass that way. To this day, I still have those baits with me wherever I go fishing.”
Such as…the St Johns River? Personally I’d L-O-V-E to see it won on that rig!
9. Here’s a new Bass Pro Tour wrinkle.
First of all, the MLFers voted that Edwin Evers will no longer get a head start in tournaments, and that throwing pecans and pecan shells in the water is now considered a form of chumming and is thus illegal.
HAHAHA! I know all your secrets Edwin! Okay for real. I read a post on the MLF site about “rule changes” — twice — and honestly couldn’t understand it. So I called Kelly Jordon and he ‘splained it to me — hope I got it right:
> Guys who win the 2-day opening rounds (or whatever they’re called now) will now get a free pass to the final round. In other words, they will not fish the first cut round that’s between the opening 2-dayer and the final round.
> Since that means 2 guys (1 winner from each of the 2 groups fishing the 2-day openers) get right in to the final, the guys fishing the first cut round are fishing for 8 spots — to make 10 total for the final round.
> “It rewards guys for catching the heck out of ’em. It means something [now] to catch them really well on a different day than the final day.”
> “Other sports have different perks for round winners.”
I get it now, I like the thinking. Maybe make it each day?
10. Toyota is now sponsoring MLF and FLW too.
I think this is right:
> Official vee-hickle of both.
> The FLW Series — which is below the Pro Circuit — is now the Toyota Series.
Props to ‘Yota for stickin’ with bassin’. Do Chevy, Dodge or Ford want to sell trucks to fishermen??
11. Lindner’s Angling Edge now on WFN.
Now on World Fishing Network, Tuesdays at 8:30 pm ET.
12. MD/PA: Lots of theories about Chesapeake smallie decline.
> …generally agreed that suppressed immune systems are harming smallmouth bass in a variety of ways. Contaminants from 2 main sources are compromising their ability to fend off disease: pharmaceuticals running through sewage plants, as well as chemicals from pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers running off the land.
> …fears that high river flows in the spring could be the new norm, devastating bass reproduction. Flooding and strong currents can wash away spawning beds, eggs and fingerlings.
> Other worries included invasive fish such as flathead catfish and snakeheads that eat and crowd out bass and forage fish, blue-green algae outbreaks, and increased fishing pressure from anglers using kayaks and other small watercraft that can access more shallow areas.
I KNEW it was the yakkers lol!
13. VA: Dredging ban on Smith Mntn to protect spawning feesh.
14. Sound like a stank brewing on repairing boat ‘lectronics.
> 27 state legislatures have introduced bills that would require manufacturers to release software information to allow independent retailers to repair electronic products. These efforts — commonly referred to as “right to repair” — are opposed by a wide range of stakeholders, including the recreational boating industry.
Can understand both sides….
15. Mayfly population way down in northern Midwest.
> …a staggering 84% decline in Lake Erie Hexagenia abundance between 2015 and 2019. …sharp declines are also evident in Mississippi River populations, where results indicate a decrease of 52%….
> …culprits for the recent sharp declines in Hex abundance, including climate change, nutrient-laden runoff from agriculture, and pesticide use.
16. Innerestin’ factoid from the UK.
> Fishtec…the UK’s largest [fishing] mail order business, is…to cease trading. [Cease trading = the biz is closing.]
> “With the growth of low-priced sales on platforms like Amazon and eBay, the profit margins are too small. The only way forward is to focus on growing…brands….”
17. NC: Kid with magnetic fishing “set” pulls up live grenade.
Law enforcement actually blew it up later, glad the kid was okay:
Btw, not sure what a magnetic fishing set is but it sounds kinda fun.
18. YUM Dinger 100 packs!!
Dang! #newtrend $25.99 at Tackle Warehouse:
Excellent for birthday parties and all occasions….