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Today’s Top 3
The dropshot was all over the Elites this year, nowhere more so than the last fruit-jar of the season: Mille Lacs. If you didn’t have a wimp-stick with a noodle rig on your deck, you weren’t fishing. So what happened to Aaron?
Why do I ask? Because no one — NO ONE — is better than he is with a dropshot. He’s been fishing it for about as long as Jordan Lee has been alive on this planet. And he’s fished it a lot: For a few years most people thought that’s all he did!
And there’s a lot that goes along with that, like being an electronics whiz. So: How did he finish 41st out of 50 guys in what basically was a dropshot derby? I had to know so I called him. Full interview on BassBlaster.rocks, but here’s some excerpts:
> “Everybody was on everything. I spent 3 days just graphing…looking, finding stuff. Even little stupid spots I found on bare flats, half a mile from the edge of the flat, every spot I found had boats on it in the tournament.
> “I wasn’t mad at the anglers — I was mad at myself. I found the spots the top 3 guys were on, but didn’t go in there. If I did, I probably could’ve gotten a top 5. And they probably still would have caught them, there were so many stupid fish there.
> “I found that waypoint with my own gas, money and time. I don’t think I’m going to do that anymore. I think I’ll have to get more pushy. It’s happened to me 100s of times, and cost me dearly.”
Here’s an illustration of the former and upcoming A-Marts:
Weird how Superman’s dad was named Jor-El and Cam likes to do his Superman thang…
FLWer Matt Arey was at the game, asked to arm-wrestle B-Rob then spent some time in the training room…. Lesson learned, mang!
I’m kidding…because I didn’t ask him. Yet.
Tomorrow, 7 pm CST, straycasts.net and YouTube Channel Stray Casts Outdoor Cartoon Television: Aaron Martens, Gerald Swindle and Seth Feider.
Thought that was it but nope:
> …Zell would sand the bait down to create a unique sound, a “spit” as Zell calls it. He’d shave the lure millimeter by millimeter until it had just the right look — a more oval head, a more pointed tall, a smaller bait overall.
Huh. This too:
> …what some might be less familiar with is the story of BOOYAH’s Boss Pop — a lure carried over from the Excalibur brand…. “The Boss Pop started as an accident. I accidentally shaved too much off of the face of a Pop-R, and it made the mouth of the bait flatter than I wanted it to be. But I tried it out anyway, and I found that the bass ate it just as good, if not better, than the Pop-R. That’s how the Boss Pop was born.”
Guess the 60-year-old fear that guys would dabble ain’t a fear no mo? I’m a-guessin’ the biggest impact will be on crankin’…length of cast. But what do I know.
…fill the tourism hole created by the MN DNR’s atrocious management of the lake’s walleye fishery…which may or may not have anything wrong with it.
Read one report that they will breed only Floridas, another that they will only breed fish caught in the first part of the year. So they’re doing something.
New for 2017. Sweet cloud-like pic:
If you’re curious, here’s the 6th Sense stuff that’s on TW.
That lake is fixin’ to get good.
14. Omega has new owners.
Now owned by Brad and Michele Fuller from MO:
> Brad retired from the military after 20 years of active duty service in the Air Force and currently works overseas for a U.S.-based company on a rotational basis.
> Omega Custom Tackle specializes in the production of high-grade premium jigs. Omega jigs are credited with more wins in the famed Big Bass Bash held on Lake of the Ozarks than any other bait. They have accounted for 50% of the wins in the last 3 years and have accumulated a staggering $385,000 in prize money.
> Omega already has several new designs for new innovative baits and will finish up the final rounds of testing this fall.
Here’s the Omega stuff TW carries.
Tip of the Day
Aaron Martens: Top 3 dropshot mistakes.
He had more, but I limited him to three:
1. “Too heavy a weight can hamper the action of the bait — they don’t eat it nearly as good. Sometimes you can get away with it, but…. Guys are fishing a 3/8 or 1/2, but should be fishing 1/8 or 3/16. It changes action of the bait a ton.
2. “You have to shake the bait, not the weight. It’s like a Texas rig — one of the secrets is you shake the bait, not the weight. It makes a huge difference in how many fish you catch. A dropshot the same way. Shake it really light. It’s hard to do. A lot of people don’t do it, but works really well.
Here’s his standard dropshot gear: 4.5″ straight-tail Roboworm on a Gamakatsu A-Mart dropshot hook, 10-lb Sunline SX1 braid with a 10-14′ 7-lb Sunline FC Sniper leader joined with an FG knot, and a 6′ 10″ medium light Enigma Aaron’s Edge spinning rod.
Quote of the Day
I’ve got to be more conscious of what’s in my livewell.
– Aussie Elitist Carl Jocumsen talkin‘ at the recent Champlain Open, when he mistakenly had six in the well and called it in. Dude is having a tough year.
Only seen something in my tank one time that scared me:
Shot of the Day
1. Last time a MLB player died in a boat accident was in a bass boat in FL, in 1993. Also at night. Hit an unlit pier.
2. The NY Times, which I’m not a fan of, had this in paragraph in its story on the accident. Notice it’s not a quote — it’s a statement…by people who I’m sure don’t have a clue about boats. Do not be surprised to see laws in the future restricting boating at night. All for our “benefit”….