Local Todd Herrington caught that 13.58 flipping a TX-rigged Mizmo tube (black/blue) into thick brush, which is his big-fish pattern:
> “She was in that bush, and she finally came out – she just came out – and she was only a couple of feet from the boat. I had to use 2 hands to pull her up. I had my rod in 1 hand, and as soon as I got a good grip on her lip with 1 hand, I dropped the rod and grabbed her with the other hand."
Hahaha I bet! 2/0 Gamakatsu Superline Hook, 3/8-oz weight. Former lake record was Randy Howell's 12-14 he caught last year in the Bass Pro Tour event there.
10. TX looking at forward facing sonar use for crappie.
> “At this point the department is more curious than concerned. A year’s worth of data will give us a pretty good snapshot of a fishery and what is going on between forward-facing sonar users and non-users. We’ll be able to look a catch rate comparisons, the size of the fish and size of the harvest between them. From there we could dive into some simulations of what types of impacts that could have.”
11. TX wants input on proposed 2023-34 reg changes.
A few are bass-related.
12. GA: 380 buttonbushes planted in Allatoona.
> “The immediate goal is to increase the abundance of quality largemouth bass spawning and rearing habitat."
13. MO: Former Tackle HD owner started new brand.
Mitch Fields started Tackle Max Lures and yep one of the fist baits is a hellgrammite.
Thanks to ol' bud Keith for the heads up. Can't link it, it's at forums DOT ozarkanglers DOT com
14. AFTCO CEO Bill Shedd going into IGFA Hall of Fame.
Congrats to him and glad to have AFTCO in bassin'. Other than that, the rest of the folks being inducted are salty and fly fishing – one reason in my 2c the IGFA should not "oversee" bass records. You hearin' me Bowman 'n Mazurk?? (I've been pushing a little to get "us" to handle our own records....)
15. Z-Man HQ now is solar-powered.
Peeps who work there lie out in the sun til they're good 'n warmed up, then run inside and pedal hard on some bikes that power generators...5-minute breaks every 60 minutes for rehydration...1 week hall pass for every new Ned or Chatterbait idea...okay I'm done! 😆
16. TN: Small jig company helping human trafficking victims.
> “Zoe Angling Group started about eight years ago,” said Jeff Coffey, founder and CEO. “We started as Fair Flies with the intent that rather than exploiting people to make sporting goods, that instead we could use sporting goods in our case – flies, jigs, lures – to create jobs that pay double living wages for women that have come out of the sex trade.”
> Coffey says they work in places like Nepal and India and Tunisia, with partners there to create products to be able to create sustainable jobs. “The problem is 92% of those that get rescued end up back in the red-light districts. The reason is nobody will hire them, and so what we figured is that we could create jobs.”
Check their hair jigs here.
17. NV: Boaters are 20% of Mead's 7.6 mil annual visitors.
Stat from a post about how ramps and marinas are left high and dry right now, and what's being done about it.
18. TX/LA not worried about salvinia at Caddo right now.
They say it's under control.
19. Sonar updatin's
Furuno low-frequncy side scan goes 750+ feet:
> ...Furuno scans the water at a lower frequency (220 to 240 kHz) than other side-scan sonar brands...lower-frequency chirps don’t deliver the same crisp returns as higher-frequency transmissions....
> The software update is free, the transducer costs $900.
MIT dudes are working on 3D holograms – As a "display." Fyi in terms of what tech might be able to be used by us at some point.
20. Asian carp updatin's
MI and IL are proposing $114 mil toward Brandon Road carp-blocking project
Couple guys are grinding 'em into powder to ship to poor areas around the world
21. Garmin Marine Q4 sales were up 7%.
22. $140K all-electric boat goes up to 50 miles at low speed.
Max speed is 30 knots. Not a bass boat, just the "Tesla" of boats.
Headlines of the Day
Wall Street Scooping Up Colorado River Rights in Bid to Profit From Historic Drought
> Financial speculators are buying and selling rights to the Colorado River's dwindling water resources in a bid to profit as historic drought conditions lead to worsening scarcity.
> Matthew Diserio, the co-founder and president of a Manhattan-based hedge fund called Water Asset Management (WAM), makes no secret of his intentions, having described water in the US as “the biggest emerging market on Earth” and “a trillion-dollar market opportunity.”
> ...WAM has purchased at least $20 mil worth of land in western CO over the past 5 years, making it one of the biggest landowners in a farming and ranching region known as the Grand Valley.
> ...WAM has bought more than 2,500 acres of farmland in the area. But “it’s the water” – not the land – that investors are really interested in...the farmland comes with water rights.
1. Sea Foam Top 5 of the Week: Say it ain't so KVD! Wheeler's deck! Texas is on fire, what up Cali?