1. Ike gets Ram Mounts.
Mike will also be getting someone else to wear a second jersey on stage because he’s now run out of his logo room on his own. Np cuz south Jersey bass-heads all strangely look like him:
Not sure why folks look so similar there but I’m thinkin’ whatever it is, no one wants to talk about it…. Pretty sure I could figure it out with a bunsen burner, some Smelly Jelly and a gift certificate to DQ….
2. Check Jason Christie “live” (recorded FB Live vid).
Answers some fan Qs.
3. J-Lu gets Molix.
Joinin’ Ike Miaconelli and Carl Jocumsen on the Mo’ licks pro staff.
4. Bill-Lo gets Drake, now on a really big team.
> This marks Drake’s first partnership with a professional bass angler.
So I texted him and was like, “Yo yo yo Drake why you all up in our fish biz-ness?” And he was like:
Guess Drake is in the waterfowl biz too….
[Hey, if you wanted 100% normal you wouldn’t be readin’ the Blaster!]
5. Randy Howell gets Prym1 camo.
Wonder if they will make his granny hat look a little cooler?
6. Jared Lintner in a Ranger/Merc.
After years of Skeeter/Yammy.
7. Gerald Spohrer gets Specialty Welding and Turnaround.
8. Shin Fukae gets SPRO.
9. FLWer Casey “Sunshine Band” Scanlon gets…
…Boater’s Insurance Agency, an independently owned and operated marine insurance agency.
10. MA: Bunch o’ Elites at New England Outdoor Expo.
Ish Monroe, Chris Lane, Cliff Crochet, Mark Daniels, Fred Roumbanis, Paul Mueller. Also someone named Pete Gluszek. Word is yaks will be available for transport to/from the parking lot:
11. Gator Guards/KeelShield gits some pros.
Elitists Brandon Card and Hunter Shryock, and FLWers Matt Arey, Brian Latimer and Casey Scanlon.
That’s a couple times now I’ve seen B-Lat referred to as a “rising social media star.” Wonder if there’ll be a crossover someday between pro angler and social angler?
12. Dee Thomas inviting everyone to his baptism.
How awesome is that! Feb 4:
> “I want you all to come, whether you like me or not. This is the most important moment of my life and I would like to share it.”
Dee invented flippin’ so you could say he’s the #godfather of it….
13. Day 1 Classic boat order.
Here’s the top 5:
1. Master Chief
2. John Marston
Oops nope that’s from the list of the best videogame characters of all time, sorry. Strangely, there is some crossover….
14. Spain now part of FLW International deal.
Said they did the deal in a “tapas bar,” but I didn’t hear it thataway and felt like Evers when he heard it:
Almost had to call my pastor, but then they spelled it and I was like, “Ohhhhhh okay…yeah.” Then I said, “You might want to not tell that story again.”
Because FLW people tend to not have the same sense of humor as me, I will say that I made that up as a J-O-K-E!
15. TN: Kentucky Lake bassin’ news.
> …Elite tournament was approved for $95,000 — $75,000 of which will be TRRA money and $20,000 of which is being funded by the state Dept of Tourism.
> …the organizers of a Kayak Bass Fishing tournament that has been in Henry County the last couple of years have said they expect more than 750 kayakers for this year’s event in July. “They’re hoping to turn that into a rotation, with the national championship being held here once every 3 years and open tournaments here in the other 2 years.”
Also the Inn at Paris Landing is being demolished in August and:
> …the new inn, to be completed in 2-3 years, will have only about 65 rooms, about half what the inn has now, and that the price for those rooms will likely be in the $200-a-night range. Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell said the restaurant at the new inn is likely to have a different concept from the current one, with no full-time buffet offered.
No buffet?? Do they not know that bass-heads love them some buff-ets?
16. TX: Salvinia battle never ending at Fork.
17. NC: Does High Rock have too many nutrients?
18. Bassin’masters College Series gets Mossy Oak.
19. TX: E TX Baptist bassers minister in Brazil.
Cool. But…it maybe could have something to do with peacock bass? [chin-scratch emoji]
20. LA: HS fishing growing in northern LA.
Laissez les bons temps rouler yo! That’s Cajun for “the cheese is burnin’ on the grill, home-slice!”
21. Check Kistler’s 20% off sale.
While they got the inventory, I guess. Use the code: 20FOR20
22. New Crestliner Bass Hawk tin tubs.
> Available in an 1850 and 1750 model — in both side console and dual console configurations…18′ 9″ of onboard space on the 1850, and 17′ 9″ on the 1750.
> Yamaha Marine Group announced today a newly-formed Marine Power Sales and Marketing team. Mark Tracy, formerly OEM sales division manager, assumed the title of general manager effective Jan 8, and now oversees the OEM and dealer sales and marketing divisions for the marine group.
24. Fishing Tackle Retailer now managing The Fishing Wire.
Ken Duke continues on his strategy to take over the bassin’ world and challenge Johnny Morris for total domination of the universe as we know it. Not takin’ sides but many super villains have 1 thing in common:
Just sayin’…. (Told ya Mercer! #luthor)
25. Tackle Warehouse Fantasy Fishing is on.
Sign up here, prizes list here.
> Re: FLW membership, which was news to me, 1 bass-head said: “For several years now, FLW has always had 3 levels of membership: The subscriber membership (magazine only), competitor membership, and the high school membership. Competitor membership members have always gotten the many discounts offered by the organization.”
> Was gonna have the list of recent beeg giveaway weeners today but ran outta room so next time….