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It’s Classic week — stop me if you see me wandering around. I’ll be at the show a morning or two, then in the back of the arena every afternoon.
Today’s Top 5
From Classics past:
1. First Classic winner Bobby Murray — Bummer, would love to see the expression on Trip’s face if a guy hauled his fish out of the livewell on a stringer and carried ’em like this up to the weigh stage:
Will most likely be won anyway, from BassGold.com — bars are % of time something is mentioned in winning (gold) or 2nd-5th (orange) patterns:
1. BassGold.com has been pretty much 100% accurate at PREDICTING Classics, and was 92% accurate when it was used to PREDICT the winning and high-placing patterns AND weights for an entire Bassmaster season, from college events up to the Classic — even on lakes for which it had no data. That nuts or what? Data don’t lie yo!
2. Each of those graphs needs to be interpreted — based on current conditions and a guy’s fishing style. So a little wiggle room.
3. All the Elite pros have access to BassGold — ergo this email ain’t no rule violation. Some use it, some don’t…or don’t tell me they do.
4. If you haven’t subscribed to BassGold yet — or have and didn’t re-up — DO NOT hit it yet. In a few weeks we’ll be launching an ultra-cool revamp plus mobile app, and you can maybe gitcha a deal here in the BB.
Last Grand Lake Classic BassGold preview is here on Bassmaster.com.
> “[Using a disc gauge] it was 17.5” below the surface. “That’s twice what it was last month, so it actually has improved, but normally here by the dam we would be seeing 2.5 or 3 meters.”
> Thursday…the turbidity and water temperature were consistent top to bottom. Even in the area near the dam that was more than 100 feet deep, the water temperature was 43.9 degrees at the top and it was the same at the bottom. Readings of the mid-lake area Thursday had visibility at 17″ in 44.7-degree water. At Sailboat Bridge the visibility was 24″ and the temperature 47.3 degrees.
Chris Zaldain said:
> Abnormally cold, muddy water on a typically clear Grand Lake has things well, abnormal.
Also, the Ike Foundation is giving away tackleboxes to kids at the Classic Expo.
7. Lots o’ new Shimano stuff.
Curado 70-size baitcasters for flingin’ smaller baits and pitchin’/flippin’, value-priced Caenan 150 baitcasters designed for high school/college anglers, and additions to the Zodias Bass Rod series including cranking and heavy-duty frog rods. Plus the Shimano Garage #gitchareelfixed (2-reel max)
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Still have never fished there….
They teach each other how to hambone:
Like these KVD-signed baits — get there if you can:
Gourmet hot dogs at weigh-ins?? Really guys? I’ll take a combo chili-Chicago dog when I see you.
Okay, it’s not that:
> Crossed Industries is the place for anyone one who loves fishing and their trucks, to buy quality accessories.
BP if you leave your keys in the truck at the Classic, it may not be there when you get back man. But it won’t be me, I swear.
Wise move fer Gill.
Could describe any of us but in this case it’s a TX store.
Doing it to be a dad. #stout
Git the net that’s the biggest catch of this kid’s career! Congrats to Jay Brainard, who obviously has the best first name anyone could ever have.
Interesting. Hope it goes because would love to see a bunch of state-specific ones.
FLW is also behind the upcoming Will Fish for Kids charity derby in AR.
#stout — reminds me of this AC/DC tune.
They’re called the “Ramaposers.” Not really, but it’s a good idea.
All you “one fish every 10 trips is great!” peeps…. Kidding. Sorta.
18. Top brand names in feeshn.
As tracked by fishing biz data gurus Southwick Associates
- Top rod brand: Shakespeare (Ugly Stik, Sturdy Stik, etc.) [Srsly??]
- Top reel brand: Shimano
- Top fishing line brand: PowerPro
- Top hard bait brand: Rapala
- Top spinnerbait brand: Strike King
- Top jig brand: Strike King
- Top leader brand: Sufix
- Top trolling motor brand: Minn Kota
1. Bass Champs IS 5 fish. So Amistad IS still tough. Done with this one!
2. Classic competitors apparently can stay wherever they want. Don’t think it used to be that way but whatever it is now.
BassBlaster Giveaway o’ the Week
Win all this amazing Rapala stuff yo! Same deal — give the machine your email addy, spread the love to get more points, giveaway ends Thursday!
Tip of the Day
Grand ain’t exactly muddy, but it’s off-color. And the Hibdons know highland reservoirs, which is what Grand is, so:
> “If I run in a creek and it’s 2 degrees colder, I’m not going to give it much of a shot. But if I pull in there and it’s 2 or 3 degrees warmer, I’m finding the first rocky bank I can and starting my search.”
> Hibdon almost always starts looking for the right areas in creeks and bays off the main lake rather than the main lake itself.
> A riprap bank can be dynamite in the back of a creek….
> Many anglers think that bass that feed in a normally clear fishery are somehow incapable of feeding when the water gets dirty. “I caught them one time on Rock to win a Central Pro Am tournament after a hard rain muddied the shallows on the lower end of the lake. It’s the only time I remember the lower end being muddy. I ran down there and had more than 52 lbs for 2 days of fishing just fishing hard rocky banks and flipping any hard cover I could find. Those fish were dumb.”
> …covering water to find those small locations in bigger areas that hold concentrations of big feeding bass.
> “I will either throw something red or brown to mimic a crawfish, or something white or chartreuse to mimic a shad. I will crank it slow and steady giving them time to find and hone in on the bait in the dirtier water.”
> He also likes a spinnerbait and sometimes a jerkbait if the water is not as muddy in those areas but still dirty enough to move the bass up to the bank. And usually if he finds fish on the crankbait going through the area the first time, he’ll turn back around and fish it with a jig….
Quote of the Day
I just want to have fun, and I want the people around me to have fun. If that happens, my Classic will be a success and I’ll leave Oklahoma with a smile on my face regardless of where I end up in the standings.
– That’s Chris Lane talkin‘!???! Allegedly. Gonna ask him when I get there if he’d just finished eating pancakes with smiley faces on ’em, putting his kids to bed and petting his dog when he wrote that because I ain’t buyin’ that from the crazy competitive Chris Lane I know.
Shot of the Day
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