> This is one of, if not the most, hardest decisions I have had to make in my life, but I need to take this time now to get better so that I can come back next year and continue to do so for seasons to come. Competing at the highest level of professional fishing in the world is an honor that I am still humbled by til this day. Thank you.
Post-surgery rehab advice for ya man: Don’t overdo it, don’t be in a rush, your brain will tell you you’re fine before you really are. I was in a rush and did overdo it, and extended my back surgery recovery by an extra 12 months…. #bonus #not
4. Mark Rose wins FLW AOY.
Mark talkin’ it like he walks it — except for that time he tripped me (lol):
> “God has truly blessed me with the opportunity to make a living in this sport and to make a name for myself, and that’s all I’ve ever asked of Him since I started my career. AOY isn’t going to change that. He gave me the opportunity to live out my faith and to make a living.
> “I don’t want AOY for me. I want it for my Lord and savior Jesus Christ, who is my everything, and I want this for my family, and I want this for my sponsors.”
Amen and congrats brother!
5. FLWer Derrick Blake gets boat/trailer back.
Don’t think he’s gotten his truck back and here’s what the boat looked like:
Theft surveillance vid is here but a little confusing. Derrick’s boat is in upper right.
6. FLWer Britt Myers on BassEdge Radio.
7. FLW Cup field announced.
56 will duke it out Aug 10-12 on Lake Ouachita, AR for $300K and the title.
8. Wiley X re-ups with MLFers for 3 years.
Check the Wiley X offerin’s on TW.
9. LA: ’75 Classic champ Jack Hains in LA Sports HOF.
How he fished his winning spot on day 3, Currituck Sound, NC — 40 mph winds that day (no postponements back then!):
> The motor in his flat-bottom bass boat had started hitting the bottom and pretty soon it shuddered to a stop. Hains had unknowingly hit a sandbar and was now less than 100 yards away from a pier he had successfully fished during the practice…. He had no choice but to strip down, get out of his boat and push it back the 100-150 yards it had traveled through the sandy water.
> “It wasn’t easy but I was 25 years old at the time, so what else was I going to do?” He got back in his boat, put on a snowmobile suit to stay warm, and then cranked up his motor and headed over to that pier. Even with the low tide, Hains still managed to boat 3 more fish, which proved big at the final weigh-in.
10. SC: Mark Hogan’s winning bait.
Won the B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional on Winyah Bay, SC and — get this — is from DELAWARE?!?! Main bait was a Missile D Bomb (super bug):
20-lb Sunline fluoro, 3/8-oz tungsten weight, 4/0 Gamakatsu Superline Hook. “I fished in and around small creeks catching my fish in 2-4′.”
Wanted to shout-out his co-anglers Brandon Labove (RI), Marc Charron (ME) and Dan McGarry (NJ). Dan being from NJ I’m sure was the best of ’em…hahaha!
Asked him how a guy from DE — which I believe is smaller than Lake Okeechobee — gets good. He said: “Anybody on our team could have won that tournament. It was tidal water and that’s where we are most comfortable. I was just fortunate to get a few big bites that last day.”
That’s Randale (left) and John Coble, AOYs for the Apopka Central FL Bassin’ Club this year. Gotta give Mr. John this #stout for keepin’ limber:
Just kiddin’ Mr. Coble, congrats!
12: MI: Bass, Brews & BBQ Festivus…
…around St. Clair FLW. Not often you see beer and bass fishing together. Not giving an opinion, but glad no one flipped out about it.
13. AR: 6.03-lber won $50K in Big Bass Bonanza.
On Arkansas River. TX-rigged worm pitched to the end of a dock. Dude said:
> “I wasn’t really even paying attention. It just hit, and I set the hook and caught it.”
That might just describe how many of us catch bigger fish lol.
14. AR: Conway gets 10th stocking of FL bass.
15. Evinrude parent buys Alumacraft.
> …Evinrude and Alumacraft will now operate as part of the newly-formed BRP Marine Group.
16. MI: How Yo Adrian College became a bassin’ powerhouse.
Adrian also has acrobatics and tumbling, and synchronized skating, which I believe Chris Zaldain used to do?
17. Lowrance merges with C-Map mapping company.
18. MI: 7th-graders started a fishing tourney.
#stout Said they wanted it to be “like the pros” but the max entry fee was $15….
19. NY Times calls homemade soft-plastics “artisanal.”
Lol, typically a word used for craft cheeses, meats, etc. If homemade baits are now “artisinal,” we’ve got a good many “arteests” in the bassin’ world.
20. Tackle Warehouse July 4th sale!!!!!