Good lower back and ab deal too….
Kinda small but hopefully you can see ’em….
5. Hook ‘N Look’s Kim Stricker likes pole cams.
Aqua-Vu cam connected to a pole:
> “Before casting into an area…I’ll dip the lens into and underneath the mat to get a better understanding of the terrain. I get to see if baitfish…are present. I can see how the vegetation grows beneath the surface, and any underwater lanes or thicker clumps that aren’t evident from above.
> “The camera also shows divots in the bottom, and extra dark areas beneath the veg, which can both be bass magnets.”
> Oftentimes, Stricker also gains valuable visual intel about bass positioning….
Just bear in mind Kim spends way too much time underwater so he might be a little waterlogged upstairs, if you know what I mean….
6. B.A.S.S. has an official hand sanitizer.
A first in bassin’ fo sho! Is Dude Wipes next?? G-man? (Can’t link it — at dudeproducts.com)
7. NC: Cape Fear River gets 134K bass fingerlings.
They look so small:
8. VT bass season opens Saturday.
Meaning “you can now keep bass.” Hope folks just keep the smaller ones….
Eufaula, OK — double-header, Saturday won by Heath Eldridge with 18-01:
> “I had boat issues, so I only was able to run 3 or 4 miles from takeoff. …a lot of boat traffic, so I found some current near some riprap on bridges and that turned out to be the key area.”
Dale Hollow, TN — 2x-header, Dustin Cooper won on Saturday with 18-03:
> “I fished on the lower end of the lake, close to the dam. I was fishing offshore humps all day, throwing a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm
10. If you wanna start Neddin’ on the cheap…
…here’s pretty much all you need to git started — 17-piece YUM Ned Rig Essentials Kit for $7.99:
11. Long but good MotorGuide Tour “review” on W2F.
Couple highlights, but fo sho worth a full read — can’t direct-link it but the addy is wired2fish.com/tackle-reviews/motorguide-tour-trolling-motor-review/
> Just a few weeks ago, I thought I actually broke it, but it turned out to be a really awesome safety feature MotorGuide designed. I had one of my favorite topwater lures snagged on a super-shallow laydown, and I kicked that Tour to 10 and raced over to retrieve it. I grinded through pure sand for 15′ and when the prop bogged all the way down, the motor shut off.
I thought I was going to have to get out and push.
> …I learned that this was supposed to happen to keep me from burning up the motor. To get everything running again, I had to cycle from 10-0 and 0-10 on the foot pedal and everything immediately worked like brand new.
> You know what the doctor said caused [back pain]? Lifting heavy trolling motors so much. I’m not kidding. I fish fast and I move a bunch throughout a day of fishing, so I’m always lifting and lowering my trolling motors. I can’t tell you how easy it is to lift and lower the new MotorGuide Tour and my back is thankful for it.
Check the MotorGuide Tour on TW.
12. [heart eyes emoji]
When you can look this close at a bait and it looks even sicker than it does from far away, then wow man:
That’s the Yo-Zuri Rattl’n Vibe (bass).
13. That SIMMS waterproof pouch is now available.
Supposed to be for fly fishermen but check it:
14. What teeth marks??
I’ve been assured by the folks at Bill Lewis that this Echo 1.75 color doesn’t work around the shad spawn:
Lol! Dang son lookit that thing!
15. Limited-run Norman Fat Boy in “wicked.”
More colors here on TW.
16. Garmin’s Navionics maps now have relief shading.
Looks pretty sweet:
17. How ’bout this bait packaging!Lovin’ this:
18. FLW had to cancel the HS mini-camps.
Understand it but hate to hear it. As a dad of 2 HSers, starting to feel their age group is one of the hardest hit in this Covid deal — not the physical health part, the mental health part.
19. Theron Aspbery now at American Tackle.
New marketing man, was at Yo-Zuri.
20. Valerie Dixon now at American Baitworks.
No link 🙁 but says she’s pro staff manager and event coordinator…then lists like 5 more things she’ll do lol. Val was a fixture at Strike King — bettin’ they’re sad to see her go — and is the better half of the world famous seasoning genius Gaspo Dixon. If you don’t have a bottle of his seasoning yet for some reason, git you one here.
21. Important stats from the recent Coast Guard report (pdf).
> Where cause of death was known, 79% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 86% were not wearing a life jacket.
> Where length was known, 8 out of every 10 boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21′ in length.
> Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents — where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 23% of deaths.
MI: Just 20 needed to establish in Saginaw Bay.
TN: Take the Asian Carp pledge.
23. NC: Lyngbya replacing hydrilla in Gaston.
Never heard of it but doesn’t sound like a good trade:
> Lyngbya is a filamentous cyanobacteria that produces thick, black surface mats along the shoreline during the warm summer months
> Unlike hydrilla management where there are known protocols for effective control, lyngbya management in large systems is still in the developmental stages. [But]…the first round of treatments were applied in late April and will continue on a monthly basis through the summer.
24. MS: Giant salvinia gone from Ross Barnett?
Been aggressively managed:
> While there are no signs of life in the areas previously affected by the plant…remaining on offense, as they recently approved an additional aerial spraying contract with Aerial Forestry Services in Ridgeland for 2020.
25. NY wants all hydrilla out of Cayuga.
Most of it’s gone already. 🙁
26. South Africa: Fishing now allowed but…
…still some confusion at the top. Here’s what went down:
> The easing of restrictions comes as South Africa’s High Court declared the country’s Covid lockdown measures as a violation of the constitution and therefore invalid.
27. This is a trout fisherman but…
…I’m sure several pro bass anglers are now jealous and motivated:
Gitcha non-trout BUFFs here — looks like they’re a little low on colors right now….