You may have seen it already, but probly don’t know these deets.
Greg Casiciel caught it in a club derby on Hubbard Lake near Alpena, MI — 24″ and 9.32 lbs. Fish was kept ONLY because MI requires so much record verification. #changeitMI
Word from the BassBlaster Army (thx guys!) is the bait was a Mister Twister grub, lime green, probly 3″ on a Carolina rig.
Pretty sure Greg must’ve gone to Michigan State…just sayin’….
The Clear Lake Ray-o-Vac-o-Start was won by 1 oz (!!!!) by Joe Uribe Jr., his second Rayo win this-here year. #stout
> …Earlier in the week, when Uribe was throwing the crankbaits more, he was making 20 or more specific casts to particular pieces of cover. Be it a shade line, rock, dock pole or clump of grass, Uribe was able to aggravate the fish into biting by really hammering on them.
> …shallow, rock and dock-studded banks…Uribe pitched and cast his 3/8-oz Texas rig to nearby grass clumps and saved his day. “I think the fish had just moved around a little and wanted it slower. Most of our fish were still shallow, only in like 2 to 5 feet….”
Top 10 stuff I found interesting:
> Uribe made ’em eat, and 2nd Jody Jordan did too: “I just kept throwing and throwing and throwing/They’re eating it because they are tired of seeing it, not because they want to eat it.” His best bait was a Strike King 10XD (gizzard shad — the only color he could make work).
> 7th: Kerry Harris’ crank of choice was a bluegill-colored 6th Sense Crush 50X squarebill.
> 3rd (Mark Crutcher) cranked in the a.m. then punched mats with this rig: 3/4-oz weight, punch skirt (green pumpkin), Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (sprayed grass). 5th (Bryant Smith) punched mats too, and 10th (Carl Keller) also sued the sprayed grass color.
> 4th (Jim Hawkes) stroked a jig.
> 6th (Jimmy Reese, Skeet’s brother) shakey-headed points with a 7-inch Roboworm Fat Straight Tail Worm.
> 9th (Chris Franks) did sort of a Zaldain-esque finesse swimbaiting deal, fishing a new goby swimbait by Little Creeper behind people. (Could not find a pic of this bait, but here are Little Creeper baits on TackleWarehouse.com.)
> I know anglers who have friends, acquaintances and contacts at every place we fish. They get very specific information (waypoints) that put them on the best places to start fishing. They’re getting this information outside the 30 day rule and they aren’t paying for it so everything is legal. But is it right? Are we anglers, or are we information gatherers?
> To be fair, the majority of the guys who are doing this aren’t winning. Most of the waypoints they’re getting are known to other anglers. They’re more or less public. The winners are developing their own patterns and spots.
Hack also suggested this as a possible solution to the issue:
> I love tournament fishing and I know a lot of anglers out there who do also, but I think that overshadows the guys who just like to be on the water. There is nothing wrong with that approach and I think as an industry, we could work harder on promoting that guy and his style of fishing, because that’s where we all came from!
Chance at a $75K boat with a $100 tax-deductible ticket. Git it!
His “NEVER GIVE UP!” Classic celebration — which changed bass fishing more than you may know — was the 5th greatest sports celebration in sports history according to TSN Canada, which I think is some sports network…in Canada….
Not really but…kinda looks like it?
New BassEdge website too.
> “When I went shopping with my mom, I’d stay in the magazine isle and read Bassmaster Magazine.”
I did the same thing too, but in an AISLE copy-editor yo! Pretty sure these guys work at Magazine Isle:
Probly cheaper and safer to buy Chicken of the Sea.
Well, I guess it’s just one fish that I assume he will eat but it still looks wrong to me:
Will increase participation? Would be good if so.
Beaver + winter = ?????
Vini vidi vici!
Made out of orange peel.
Tip of the Day
Pickwick guide Jimmy Mason:
> “A dropshot is something you want to keep rigged this time of year, even if it’s not the way you’re fishing any given day. When you mark fish below, it’s something you can often drop it down to those fish and make them bite.”
> The main exception to his vertical preference occurs when he knows of fish that are using a somewhat shallow spot, especially if the water is extra clear and the sun is shining bright.
> “If I’m concerned about spooking the fish, I’ll make a short pitch to a spot, with the boat not over it, tighten the line, and work the dropshot slowly across the area where I expect the fish to be.”
> Mason considers less to be more in terms of action this time of year. Once the bait is in place he’ll alternate gentle shakes or slow jiggles with pauses. …he keeps the bait above the weight by keeping the line tight.
> Mason noted that dropshotting isn’t only for working the bottom…it’s an outstanding rig for targeting fussy suspended fish.
Quote of the Day
Gotta love a sexy fall morning.
– Dave Mercer in a boat…in the morning…in fall. Are fall mornings sexy in Canada? Are they sexy everywhere and I’ve just been missing it??
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