1. Jordan Lee says punching is the most efficient way…
…to fish lots of grass. Good to know now:
> “The bass will go to the thickest stuff as the water starts to cool. Those fish that are on the outer edges will start to gravitate to the mats because that’s where all of the life is. The bluegill will start moving in because it is typically a little warmer inside of the center of those mats.
> “The key is to be able to make a lot of casts in a day and be efficient and one of the best ways to do that is by punching with a big weight. That’s probably the best way to catch them where there’s a lot of grass because you can drop it right in their home. Vegetation makes the water clear and when that happens, they usually want to be right in the middle of it.”
Pic shows him with a Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw.
2. Randall Tharp likes a popping frog in open water.
> “….if it’s strictly an open-water situation, I like a popping frog I’m making a lot more casts and working the bait a lot faster.”
> …7′ 3″ MH Ark Tharp Series Money Maker
. “The rod is pretty parabolic, different compared to the H fast-tip rod I use in cover. And I use 50-lb braid (Sufix 832
) instead of the 65-lb. The 50 performs better, especially when you’re skipping docks, where 65-lb will get you a bird’s nest.”
3. Mark Davis was a hillbilly?
B.A.S.S. legend Bob Cobb, talkin’ ’bout Mark winnin’ the ’95 Classic:
> Enter Mark Davis, a Mt Ida, AR hillbilly, who emerged from his guiding days on Lake Ouachita to quietly take center stage…. Despite the fact Davis was the reigning 1995 Angler- of-the-Year locals still favored “our boy” [David Fritts] from nearby Lexington, N.C. to “git her done” this time.
HAHAHAHA! Guess we’re all hillbillys Bob? Mark is one of the most intelligent peeps I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing….
4. FLWer Blake Smith is looking for churches.
For Meet the Pros nights on the 2021 FLW Pro Circuit schedule.
5. Casey Scanlon is selling his Nitro.
2020 Nitro Z21, Mercury Pro XS 250, all Garmin.
6. LA: Dude still fishing after a guy took the time…
…to take him and others fishing as kids:
> “He was an avid angler, another mentor who used to take us fishing, keep us out of trouble and off the streets. I’m grateful for that man,” he said, noting he didn’t have time for the streets while playing high school sports but “was close to the other side of the world” after his collegiate basketball career.
Andre “Tank” Sampay fishes tourneys now, doing pretty well too.
7. NY: 75 lbs of smallies weighed at Chautauqua??
Supposedly over a 3-dayer. Anyone got the sauce?
8. TX: MaxScent HIT Worms rule at Bassin’ Champs.
Big bass deal — looks like TW has some:
Hopin’ Bass Champs will have a new website at some point…?
9. AR okays a bunch of new bass regs.
> Greers Ferry min length is down to 12″ from 15″.
> No more slot at Lower White Oak.
> Increasing the daily creel limit for spotted bass by 10 at lakes Ouachita, DeGray and Greeson.
> Removing C&R for smallmouths at Ouachita.
> Removing C&R for largemouths at Lake June and instead having a 16″ min size and creel of 5 per day.
10. MO researchers: You can’t just stock any smallmouths?
Based on genetics. Not sure it makes sense in reality tho?
11. WV restores catch/release on 12 miles of New River.
Guides wanted it back.
12. NC: Carp need gone for Mattamuskeet restoration.
Common carp — says there’s 1 mil carp in that lake. Whoa!
13. MT wants smallies removed from the Shields River.
To protect Yellowstone cutthroat swimbait models.
14. NY: New launch at Onondaga Lake is open.
15. T-H Marine’s week 3 deal: HydroWave stuff!
Pros have ’em on their boats so:
16. Rapala college angler stuff.
Good interview with East TX Baptist angler Josh Manuel:
> “If I were to offer just one piece of advice to my 15-year-old self it would be ‘stick with it.’ When it comes to fishing tournaments, there will be incredible days and there will be really down days. You just have to keep at it and not let those down days take you out of the game.”
Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast with Cole Breeden and Cameron Smith from Drury U, MO. They won the recent AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open on Dardanelle, AR.
17. New Kistler Graphite rods most affordable yet.
$150 apiece, right now only on the Kistler website. I have a couple of ’em, so far really diggin’ ’em.
18. Fishin’ guides should be recordin’.
Interesting post/point about creating memories and using the YOLOtek PowerStick to help remember ’em.
19. Sunline selling JDM lines on its website.
JDM = Japanese Domestic Market (only). I think a few might be at TW too…?
20. MI: Sun Dolphin ‘yaks being made again.
> “The company has produced 64,000 kayaks since purchasing the liquidated assets of KLO Industries in June….”
Company now owned by GSC Technologies, a Canadian co.
21. GA: White vs non-white angler preferences.
My quick 2c on this is I’m wonderin’ why more non-white folks don’t fish from boats. Is it $$$-related? Something else? Can we do something about it or is it silly to think that boats are the deal if some folks maybe don’t?
> Nonwhite anglers more frequently targeted bream and crappie with live bait while white anglers tended to target bass with artificial lures.
> White anglers were more likely to fish from a boat, while nonwhite anglers were more likely to fish from the shore or a pier.
Can’t link it — it’s at: news.uga.edu
22. DC: Fishing/hunting groups weigh in on UN 30 x 30 thing.
B.A.S.S. involved too, sounds like the groups want to make sure sportsmen/women are included in whatever might come from this deal, which is good…even tho the US isn’t “a party to the treaty” — which is supposed to be about “global threats to biodiversity.”
Personally I’d rather see our country formulate its own policies for itself, but glad these folks are being sorta proactive just in case….
23. AL: Salvinia found in Guntersville.
Not the giant version:
> TVA officials began immediately treating the salvinia with an EPA-approved herbicide after discovery. They hope to aggressively treat it now and kill as much as possible before winter. A cold, extended winter, especially with extended freezing temperatures, could help efforts.
24. Looks like Rather Outdoors = Lew’s, Strike King, etc.
In case you see that name around now….
25. 323 waterspouts seen on Great Lakes in 1 week??
Dang no idea that many mermaids lived in those lakes….
26. Buck Knives is having a kitchen knives sale.
Kumars use ’em in the kitchen every day — way nicer than what we had….
Aussie Fisherman Reels In A Massive Crocodile That Nearly Bends His Fishing Rod In Half
Not sure why the “cut the line” moment shoulda happened but didn’t? Only thing crazier than that would be someone in a rubber boat letting a great white bite it and then sitting there and videoing it:
A combination of art, science and animal psychology has gone into creating lures that will appeal to the mind and appetite of a fish.
Makes me wonder: Does Pure Fishing employ fish shrinks??
Fishing Rods Can Be Deadly Weapons and Shouldn’t Be Used Against Humans or Aquatic Animals….
Remember the headline I put in last week about a guy who attacked another guy with fishing rods? Well this is Peta posting about it (ain’t gonna link it). Maybe they only mean “assault”/AR rods??