1. We lost WV tourney legend Bob Burgess.
Competed a ton, founded the Trail of Dreams — didn’t know him but sounds like a great dude:
> “Bob always wanted to play AC/DC Thunderstruck every morning before blastoff and then with the National Anthem playing, the flag blowing in the wind, boats setting in the water, he would always get a tear in his eye.”
How beautiful is that man! Post says he passed away unexpectedly at age 71. Bless you bassin’ brother.
2. Micah Frazier webinar on Mon, May 25…
…before the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ “virtual bass tournament.”
Micah also just got a new quality control employee:
I was like, “Pretty sure the whole child labor law thing makes that illegal?” He’s like, “Maybe in Jersey but not here.” Sounded like he was in the know so I left it there…was wonderin’ if the little dude could even talk yet but it’s obviously none of my bidness man….
3. Aaron Martens on Stray Casts tomorrow night.
Always good to hear from AAM, please keep praying for him and Shaw Grigsby as they battle the big C. Dang I can’t even believe those words!
4. Guess who’s on BassEdge Radio.
Hint created by Fat Cat Newton:
5. Bunch of guys get Seaguar.
BPTers — Luke Clausen, Gerald Spohrer
Elites — Chris and Cory Johnston, Drew Cook
FLWers — Sonar Burghoff, Matt Becker
Opens — Marc Frazier
6. Paul Elias has a new reel with a new company.
Bruin Outdoors Paul Elias Legend Series baitcaster:
Word is Paul wanted a reel only for kneelin’ n reelin’ and A-rigs. Okay not really but innerestin’ to see another reel on the market from a company that doesn’t appear to make rods (yet?).
7. Alton Sr now learning from Al Jr.
That’s a big statement from a long-time pro and Classic winner. Here’s a recent day of them together, fun-fishing. Warning: Lots of cussing…HAHAHA kiddin’! It’s bleeped out…still kiddin’….
8. MLF/BPT pros are fishing the FLW Super Tournaments.
Cool but sounds like the old FLW field sizes are back:
> …the final 3 regular-season pro circuit events will feature 209 boats and nearly $4 million in prize money.
Glad the BPTers will be usin’ those ol’ livewells hahaha!
Skeeter Reese said a little about bein’ stoked to fish ’em, partly cuz it doesn’t sound like any more BPTs will be scheduled this year, beyond the ones already out there.
Skeet was recently spotted on Clear Lake in stealth mode — only the yella shoes, rods and boat would give him away but the reeds were keepin’ that secret:
Didn’t even know Skeet could actually fish without yella on….
9. Elitist Patrick Walters talks Tokyo Rig (vid).
Innerestin’ how many pros have said they were skeptical when they first saw the rig — typical bass-heads lol — but then they dug it. Here’s Tokyos on TW.
10. Guess Adrian Avena is a ping pong hammer?
Names it/claims it in that post ^. Also says the official name of ping pong is “billiards” and he was inspired by the outfits:
11. The Real “James” Watson is packin’.
Looks like Casey Scanlon scared him pretty bad…
…so he went to Bass Pro Shops and bought him some Sigs:
Srsly, many (all?) pros pack, understandably…and Worldwide was in the Army so believe he knows his way around things that go bang…possibly a little too well (heehee!). #hecray
12. Check FLWer Jamey Caldwell on a new podcast.
Says Jamey was a Tier 1 operator, which I believe means he was the first guy on the phone when you were making a long-distance call — hahaha double meaning there peeps!
Also, Jamey hasn’t talked or posted about it, but I believe he hit a rogue wave this year at a derby, cracked some ribs, cracked an orbital socket, broke and dislocated stuff — then swam 5 miles back to the ramp, humped it 10 miles to the hospital, and treated himself in the ER.
Okay I made the swim/run/ER stuff up but I bet he could! All his serious injuries really did happen in that deal…he’s healing up fast because his skeleton is made outta adamantium:
> Perform significantly better at idle
> Plane at a lower RPM
> Faster at all RPM settings
> Gets significantly more mpg at 3000 and 3500 RPM
> Is more fuel-efficient at every speed through water setting
> Creates noticeably less vibration and is generally quieter
> Has superior handling in tight turns at high-speed
23. TX: 15 yr old was on winning Bass Champs LBJ team.
Nice! Guessin’ he split the $20K for 1st? If so, bettin’ his parents took it for college:
24. OK: Teens do the right thing, get lifetime licenses.
Confronted a dude who was netting bass off beds in a pond, then called the game warden. Took guts. Dude they didn’t know saw a video of it and bought ’em lifetime licenses. Props to ’em all.
Can’t link it, at oklahoman.com.
MDC reminds Missourians squirrel and black bass seasons open Memorial Day weekend
If you’re wonderin’ in what world does squirrel huntin’ get mentioned before bass fishin’, it’s this world:
Can’t link the headline, but it’s at mdc.mo.gov/newsroom