1. Stetson Blaylock got Academy.
Academy seems to be gettin’ after it more in bassin’.
2. Ish Monroe says it took him 2 days to organize…
…his Missile D Bomb boxes for this season. 2 days for 1 bait type = whoa.
3. Is this Chris Zaldain’s nickname for smallies?
“War pigs,” which I assume he got from the Black Sabbath tune…because everybody does…. Anyhow, love the name, maybe I’m just late to the party….
Big Q: Will Zaldain keep his battle ‘stache for the ’20 season?
4. Andy Montgomery teaches us how to bite and spit…
…a jig skirt:
Wonder if they teach that kinda stuff in bassin’ college?
5. Lookit Gussy’s purdy symmetrical hookset.
Looks like a backwards S. Not sure but I think ballet is required in school in Canada. Don’t believe me, ask Mercer to show you some moves man, it’s wild.
6. Brett Hite outed (sorta) the new Evergreen Flat Force.
Color might be called “Hite loves bubblegum ice cream.” Bait’s already on TW.
7. Zona thanked Carl Jocumsen for staying positive (mate).
Always good to see someone look at the bright side of everything. (Wish I did — gotten easier since knowing the Lord but still not all the way there….) Anyhow, I don’t know many Aussies but the only time I’ve seen ’em ticked is when they get soaked:
8. Scott Martin on BassEdge Radio.
9. James Worldwide Watson’s boat for sale possibly worldwide.
2019 Ranger Z520L, Merc Pro XS 250 4-stroke, Ultrex, Lowrance screens.
10. More pro jerseys being auctioned for St Jude.
In addition to Chris Groh, also “Cahl” Jocumsen and Jonny VanDam. Love it.
11. FLW Pro Circuit field set.
155 anglers = 150 + 5 hardship waivers, including Larry Nixon. Looks to me like a good field, kinda like the Elites were last year — some well-known guys plus a bunch of new names: 28 rookies in the FLW field.
> Jason Christy — who is NOT (I don’t think?) Jason Christie. Looked for a Kevin VannDamm but didn’t see one…hahaha!
> Only 2 guys from MS but 5 from MN! What up with the relative lack of pros comin’ outta MS?
> 7 guys from Cali, 2 from OR (1 of whom is 19) and 1 from WA.
> 22 outta TX, 17 outta AL, 11 from FL, 9 from OK.
12. G. Loomis’ Bruce Holt is retiring.
GOOD dude, heck of a bass fisherman, knows more about rods than most living peeps and is 100% no-nonsense. Plus his wife makes some of the best pizza I’ve ever had, and I’m saying that as a guy raised in Jersey….
Happy for him, also sad cuz it’s sad losing good folks in the biz. And I’m gonna miss him. Will get him to send me a bunch of rods before he’s out (heehee!). Love and hugs Bruce — you better be at the Classic so we can send you off proper dang it!
13. FL DNR wants your ideas for managing aquatic plants.
Don’t be afraid to tell ’em what NOT to do too….
14. WA liberalizes bass limits cuz of “orca crisis.”
You read that right. Thinking goes like this: less salmon, killer whales hungry, so less bass (and walleye) MIGHT mean more salmon so the orcas are happy-happy:
> The new rules, which will go into effect mid-Feb, remove size limits and daily limits on rivers and streams throughout the state — the rules also double the daily limits for most species on 77 lakes….
Is it a big deal? Doubt it — most guys will still C&R bass. BUT did just 500 people make this happen??
> According to a WDFW presentation to the commission Saturday, 500 people supported liberalized bass and walleye limits. Those in favor were concerned that the nonnative fish were killing salmon and hurting endangered native species, like orca. They also believed broadly that protecting native fish and wildlife is more important than protecting nonnative predators.
500 people — that’s it?? Was any actual data or evidence involved? Has anyone ever in the history of the world seen a skinny killer whale??
15. TX: Stanley Jigs is 40 this year.
Here’s their new HQ:
Oops sorry that’s where Lonnie started the whole deal. Hahaha! Congrats to ’em!
16. Shout-out to @swimbaitculture…
…for all the autism awareness and support it’s been doing. Don’t believe I know the dudes behind it, just cool to see.
17. WY claims burbot eat smallies in Flaming Gorge.
Burbot are like freshwater ling cod. I find it hard to believe that they do much damage to smallies because burbots are all over MN where smallies do great, but I’m not a biologist so….
18. BC has a weird way of controlling/not controlling smallies.
Can’t make this up:
> “Smallmouth bass are a very aggressive and predominant predator,” [Martina Beck, invasive fauna unit head, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy] said. “They are introduced in a number of regions in the province, some more recently than others.”
> Unfortunately, she added, the challenge is that smallmouth bass are a popular sport fish.
> Area F director Maureen LeBourdais…”One of the questions my constituents ask is if there are too many of them, why aren’t we allowed to fish them because that will help control the population.”
> Beck: “We have to balance if we did open it to fishing could it potentially create the opposite effect and have people introducing them to more areas.”