1. Someone who looks like John Murray won the Watts Bar BFL.
Hahaha that IS John Murray! Won the 2-day Super Tourney there like this-here:
> …of the 10 fish that he weighed in, 7 — including his big ones — came from his shallow-water pattern while 3 came from out deep. Murray threw a Z-Man ChatterBait Jack Hammer
[spot remover] with a clear-sparkle-colored shad-shaped [trailer] while fishing shallow, and dropshotted a redbug-colored [6″] Gene Larew TattleTail Worm
> “The key was having my deep spots for when the sun got up. A couple of the deep areas were loaded up, and I was able to find them using my Garmin electronics
to key in on the right spots.”
Right behind him in 2nd was a guy who looks a LOT like Wes Strader….
This MLF.com post says John’s a guide on Watts Bar now. If you live near there, go. #nobrainer Hit him up on his Facebook page.
2. G-Spo says LA anglers are “shallow.”
Gerald Spohrer…heehee…. Because all LA has is shallow water basically….
3. Elitist Brandon Cobb bassin’ tips for Greenwood and Hartwell.
Says chicken livers and hotdogs are the deal…not really….
4. BPTer Mart-A Robinson on BassEdge Radio.
5. Cliff Crochet is selling his boat.
2019 Skeeter FX21, Yamaha 250 SHO, Lowrance stuff, Minny Kota troller.
6. WI dude won the Grand Lake Open…
…fishing the lake for the first time?? Dang that’s crazy! Big congrats to Bob “Iron Man” Downey, who won by just 8 ox over another WI dude, Caleb Kuphall. First the Canadian Elite invasion, now the WI Opens invasion…? Here’s how he caught ’em:
7. Say yo to Billy Dance’s replacement.
Okay this might not be actual, but may be possibly predictive….
8. Maybe this is why the Sabine is on the Elite schedule.
Saw on a TV show there’s a Sabine Thing, aka Squatchie. Wonderin’ who (*cough* Trip *cough*) keeps pressin’ for that venue, and what happens at night there….
9. KY/TN: 2-day BFL on KY Lake, no one had 10 bass.
None of the top 10 anyhow — can’t find the complete results fast on the FLW site. Winner had 7 fish. Dang.
Related: The latest Rapala podcast has FLWer Terry Bolton talkin’ fishin’ KY Lake, where he lives….
10. MN: More on the Mille Lacs fire drill.
From an article about the crazy fish sitch there hurting lake businesses:
> …the perception of a closure would usually involve a decimated fish population. “In reality, this economy/lake was closed because of a flawed quota co-management system. We have a healthy fishery up here that is teeming with walleye and other sport species — smallmouth, muskie and northern. There’s nothing that compares to this lake — we have big fish and lots of them. There are trophy-sized fish in all the species.”
All true and stranger and more disturbing than a shaved bear:
11. Here’s you your current yummy shad size.
The special fall baits BassBlaster has recommendations for mimicking that….
12. FL: Register to maybe win a Phoenix boat.
Register here at TrophyCatch. Sounds like it’s a drawing and you need to be registered by Sep 30.
Also FL HS fishin’ teams can apply for DNR grants.
13. KY: Low oxygen levels at Cumberland…
…might be stressing out some deep fish, maybe not bass:
> “You have a normal thermocline below which you have cooler unoxygenated water. You go down another 40′ and there is an additional oxygenated layer. When the dissolved oxygen in that deeper layer disappears [due to drawing water out through a dam], we get fish kills.”
14. Lookit the lip on this Molix crank!
Wait…maybe I said something about this a while back? Anyhow, ever seen claws painted on lips before? BPTer James Elam holdin’ it — believe it’s a Molix Sculpo crank in “Aquavelva craw” — hahaha Aquavelva!
15. More Vexus demo ride dates/locations.
Sat, Sep 21
10 AM – 3 PM
Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock, 140 Boat Dock Cove, Bull Shoals, AR
Sun, Sep 22
12 – 4 PM
Taylor’s South Shore Marina, Caesar Creek Marina, Waynesville, OH
Tues, Sep 24
3 – 7 PM
FC Marine Group, Portage Lakes (New State Park Ramp) New Franklin, OH
Fri, Sep 27
2 – 7 PM
Mid Montcalm Marine, Crystal Lake, Crystal, MI
16. NY: They’re building robot largemouths now…
…to see if they scare invasive mosquitofish:
Gotta think that if they colored the top half green it might work a lot better. BUT the betterer and cheaper option in the real world has to be REAL largemouths…?
17. ID: Tiger muskies being stocked in 2 more lakes…
…biologists say they do not hurt bass populations.
18. KY: Owensboro HS adds bassin’ team.
Like to hear it!
19. Gander Outdoors closing a bunch o’ stores.
Not close to all, but that was fast. Says big sales are already on at those stores, just not for firearms and ammo.
> The retailer owns 165 locations that offer RV products and services and 37 that lack them. Of those 37 locations, Camping World Holdings plans to close, sell, move, or repurpose 27….
Dude who owns Gander is big-time in the RV biz.
20. New GM at Crestliner tin tubs.
Guy named Jack Martin, internal hire.
21. Now camo’s on beard products?
Mossy Oak. Pretty soon I expect to see camo on citrus fruits, hammers and HVAC units.