Fletcher Shryock talkin’ ’bout his bro qualifyin’ for the ’18 Elites in a post:
> I’ll try to give you some insight into how we plan to work together under the existing B.A.S.S. rules….
Can’t wait to find out more. [popcorn-eating emoji]
6. TX hammer Hanselman fishing Elites.
Ray “you can call me Ray” Hanselman has won so much stuff on the AAA-side of the FLWs I’ve honestly lost track. Mostly down in his neck o’ the woods so:
> …the first half of next year’s Elite schedule. “Two (tournaments) in TX, one in OK, one in AL and Kentucky Lake — it looks pretty good. They’re all within a day’s drive or less….”
Dude is a full-time fishing guide. Another Strike King guy on the Elites, look out.
7. Zona’s zaniness now on MyOutdoorTV.
8. Lakeforkguy having brain surgery.
Believe it’s today. Prayers for a bassin’ bro if you’re a prayer.
9. PRADCO buys War Eagle.
Wow! PRADCO = BOOYAH, YUM, Norman, Bomber and a whoooooole lot more. Dude now in charge of War Eagle is a diehard bass-head so that’s good. That’s him on the right, War Eagle owner Keith Brashers in the middle, and an unnamed photobomber on the left (hahaha Bruce!):
10. TX: ’18 BASSin’Fest will be at Travis.
Announcement stresses online viewing rather than the weigh-in, which is smart, but best part about it for me is what they say about the scales:
> Each Elite angler will be accompanied by a “judge” who will verify that the angler’s bass are weighed on a set of extremely accurate handheld scales.
Wonder what the difference between “accurate” and “extremely accurate” is:
11. Meet PR/marketing guru Gary Dollahon.
Works with Lew’s, Larew and others, good dude. Quick story: When I went to my first Classic as a long-haired Yankee media dude, Gary sold me some Quantum reels for cheap in a hotel room (he worked for Quantum back then). Felt like we were doing something illegal….
12. FLW sanctioning Italian tourneys.
13. FL: Free Gambler derby on Big O Dec 3.
14. VA tourney honored coal miners.
If true that’s outstanding! Thank you to the folks who keep the lights on and don’t get much love for it.
15. VA: B- grade for James River water quality is progress.
16. KY: Bass boats pay way more tax than houseboats.
17. AR needs new DNR head.
Stevie Wright you better apply for that man!
18. Shimano has a new $500+ spinning reel.
Called the Exsence, but shoulda called it the Ex$en$$? Ain’t hatin’, love to own one…. Wait — did I just say I’d love to own me a egg-beater?? Okay, ya got me….
> The 7.1-oz Exsence C3000MHG – with the same body size as a Shimano 2500 — has 6.0:1 gear ratio and retrieves 35″ of line per crank. It will handle down to 225 yards of 4-lb mono, or 150 yards of 10-lb PowerPro braid, and up to 110 yards of 8-lb line (95 yards of 20-lb PowerPro).
> The 8.6-oz Exsence 4000MXG retrieves 39″ of line per crank with a faster 6.2:1 gear ratio, can handle 190 yards of 6-lb mono, 195 yards of 10-lb braid, and up to 95 yards of 12-lb line (95 yards of 20-lb braid).
19. New Loomis/Shimano Conquest rods even lighter than NRX?
Guess both companies (Shimano owns Loomis) worked on ’em. Here’s casting, here’s spinning.
20. Rapala’s Q3 North American sales up vs last year.
21. NV: Big Rock building new distribution center.
22. Ranger has a new website.
Seems like it works on a phone so that’s good. BUT no pic of Forrest and Nina in the “Our Heritage” section. #notcool
23. DC: New urban youth fishing development programs.
Man that could be a really good idea depending on how they execute it. Starting in TX and PA.
When deputies arrived on scene, the victim stated his 1987 Bass Tracker had been stolen.
Not sure why anyone would steal an ’87 Bass Tracker? But I do understand wanting it back!