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Still recovering from hunting a week, but back in the saddle!
Today’s Top 3
1. Who’s in line for the Strike King 10XD?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Strike King 6XD contributed to four major tournament wins this year. Now, as you probably already know, Strike King’s about to release the 10XD.
FLW reported: “At 6” long, the 10XD will easily hit the 25-foot mark on 14-pound fluorocarbon line.”
Was supposed to hit stores next year, and maybe that’ll still be the case, but after Strike King employee Phil Marks won the recent Rayburn FLW with it, sounds like the timing has ramped up. As KVD said:
> …the Strike King 10XD, a mega-deep crankbait that dives to 25 feet. The plan was to keep it under wraps until next year, but lure designer Phil Marks won…with a 10XD prototype that produced more than 30 pounds the last day of the tournament.
> Because of his success and the timing…Strike King decided to roll it out ahead of schedule. Production models will be made available sometime this winter.
> Bennett Cowan of San Marcos caught Toyota ShareLunker 537 at about 2 a.m. Oct. 16 from Lake Austin. The 14.28-pound fish was 20.5 inches in girth and 27.25 inches long, and was Lake Austin’s 18th entry into the ShareLunker program.
> Cowan’s catch also was the earliest entry into the ShareLunker program from the lake. Two entries have come from the lake in January, seven each in February and March, and one in April.
> Bennett was fishing a bluff with a hand-poured 17″ worm when the fish bit. Anglers fishing for big bass at night often use large plastic worms on the theory that the big baits move a lot of water and are easier for the fish to detect.
Tip of the Day
> The general rule is the harder the bottom, the brighter yellow it will be. The softer the bottom the more red or blue it will be.
> Same thing for the fish. When you’re marking shad isolated here and there, you will see red and blue with a little yellow if they are grouped densely together. But when you see a larger game fish, it will have more yellow to it.
> The guides down on Lake Fork have been calling those big bass on the bottom “yellow bellies” for years…. So when I see arches that look to be the right length and height on my graph that are yellow, I get a little excited.
> Keep in mind you’ll only see arches when you pass over stationary fish. If you’re sitting still with a fish underneath you, you’ll generally see a red line on the graph.
> Also when you see arches that are larger and on your sonar they appear to have moss or something draping off of them with red noise below them, those are typically larger rough fish in my experience like carp and gar. For some reason their hard scales give off a lot of noise so they almost look hairy on your sonar….
Quote of the Day
Before I’d be one of the last boats in the water, like say at 7 o’clock, maybe 30 or 40 minutes after daylight, and then I’d be off by 3. In college that was all I had to do, but that doesn’t work at this level.
- FLW Tour rookie Andrew Upshaw on one of the things he’s had to step up to play with the big dogs. He also said: “Now I’m one of the first guys out there, and a lot of times I’m literally the last guy to come off.”
Shot of the Day
Here’s what the new MI state record muskie looks like: 58 pounds and an inch shy of 5 feet long. Ate a minner.
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