At this rate the Elites’ll be half tin lol. Love it!
8. Elites will be back in black.
Check the ’19 backstage pass:
This post is just an excuse for me to call out one of the best tunes ever, AC/DC’s Back in Black…”Number one with a bullet, I’m a power pack”….
9. Oh snap I’m gonna be on StrayCasts tomorrow night.
Much more importantly, Hack, A-Mart and BP will be on the show. Here’s Hack — I’ve never seen his legs that far up before and hope I never do again:
Here’s all of us, I’m on the left — told the StrayCasts fellers I look like I’m from Afghanistan or something:
Of course the show will be on tomorrow at 7pm CST — on StrayCasts.net and Facebook/Stray Casts. Will be some giveaways among the nuttiness.
10. B.A.S.S. gets 3-yr deal with Johnson Outdoors.
Johnson owns Humminbird and Minn Kota Kiriyama (okay not the Kiriyama part) among other brands.
11. I am so diggin’ this weight/bait color combo.
Gp weight with a YUM Bad Mamma (black blue shadow):
YUM pros love that Bad Mamma for flippin’ (vids).
12. NY: Elites fired up thirst for more event tourism.
All good, you just don’t want to attract the wrong crowd:
13. WV: Mount Storm bass grow fast but…
…don’t live long:
> “During the winter, when Dominion is cranking out a lot of energy and using a lot of water, it’s not unusual to get water temperatures around 60 degrees F.”
> …doesn’t stratify into warm and cold zones. “The lake is 120′ deep in places, but we’ve never found any stratification. There’s no thermocline — the water stays warm all the way to the bottom.”
> “The clear water allows a lot of photosynthesis, so we get lots of plankton production. That’s perfect for shad, which are filter feeders. And the shad feed the bass and give us the ridiculously rapid growth rates we get.” It’s not unusual…for a largemouth bass to reach 16″ in length by its third year.
> “Problem is, Mount Storm’s smallmouth and largemouth bass seem to grow fast and die young. We don’t find many that get larger than 18 inches.”
14. CA: Salamanders might stop the raising of Shasta Dam.
15. MT: DNR done with trying to get rid of Noxon walleyes.
Folks keep 85% of them anyhow so…. Seems to be a bass lake: State record 8.8-lb largie was caught there and smallies apparently doing well.
16. SC: Clemson scientist studying Bartram’s bass habitat.
Who knew that “Bartram’s bass” is a subspecies of bass. It’s like a spotted bass, and has been run outta a bunch of towns by spots:
> Bartram’s Bass was recently determined by scientists to be a unique species that occurs in — and only in — the Savannah River basin in western SC and eastern GA.
17. Bass University seminar schedule is out.
LOT of sketchy characters will be a-teachin’ so be careful…HAHAHA! But seriously, Gluszek says no translators or subtitles are planned for Cliff Crochet and Carl Jocumsen….KIDDING fellers!
Okay for real now: As I say every year, Bass U will be THE BEST $$ you’ll spend on yer feeshn improvin’. Always killer info.
18. Bass Pro Shops giving college anglers a 25% discount.
That’s pretty dang stout man…. And registration for the first ’19 event — Rayburn, TX on Feb 3 — is now open.
19. 2019 Ranger Cup deets.
20. Merc owner Brunswick invests in autonomous boat tech.
Right now it’s just for commercial marine use but they think it can be brought into rec boating. Is this the first move toward self-drivin’ bassin’ tubs??
Related question: What’s the fun in self-drivin’ cars??
Well, I was right that I didn’t know as much as KVD does about what Johnny “Darth” Morris (lol) has done for conservation. Some of it’s well-known, some of it’s little-known, some requires security clearance that I can’t get…. Either way, Kevin 100% agrees that Ray Scott and B.A.S.S. were huge for bassin’-specific conservation — he says Johnny’s stuff goes beyond bassin’ and it does.
In case you think all this Darth stuff about Johnny Morris is just funnin’ around, this vid of one of his cats surfaced recently: