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Today’s Top 3
1. Mortgage payments come monthly, but tournament winnings come when they come.
- NJ pro and Bass U dude Pete Gluszek on why he doesn’t fish the Elites and instead opts for the Opens. He also said:
> Events from the post-spawn through the fall are definitely in my wheelhouse, and having most of those events stripped from the highest levels has impacted what I can do in fishing.
> “I’m still uncomfortable with things like dead-sticking and repetitive casting to targets where you suspect there’s a bed.”
> “That’s why I always get the best sight-fishermen in the world to handle that part (at BU seminars), and then I talk about something else. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is a big part of fishing.”
2. Changes afoot in toothy-fish land.
Hope I get this right: FIrst, some years ago, the In-Fisherman PWT (Professional Walleye Tour) tanked…although it seems to be back. The FLW version kept going but now may be done…and a new Cabela’s National Walleye Tour was just announced this week.
What up with the toothy-fish chasers? For years it’s been said that walleye is #2 to bass. Welp, judging by all the tour shenanigans, must be a loooooooooong way down to #2.
> Related: BassFan says FLW is rumored to be talking to a beer company, which if true would be a 180 from its policy of no alkeehaul or leafs (remember the BFLs used to be the Red Mans).
3. Zona, Mercer on new Shimano, Loomis.
Why are the new Calcutta D reels and Loomis GLX rods all that? Here’s why, accoring to folks who should (and do!) know:
Tip of the Day
> Guide Brad Wiegmann is accustomed to the chilling cold fronts that arrive each fall on Beaver Lake, and says he’s developed a technique to catch these post-cold front bass. He calls it “Boo Shakin’.
> He and his clients caught fish on that shakin’ rig, but it didn’t produce consistently. “After playing around with lots of soft plastics rigged on the jig head, I finally just wacky wormed the finesse worm and casted it out. It didn’t even hit bottom before I had a keeper spot on.”
> This ended up being the solution to getting bass to bite even on days when they seemed to be hiding under their beds.
> Wiegmann only uses a 1/8-ounce BOOYAH Big Show Head Jig…. If the jig weighs too much Wiegmann has more trouble skipping it beneath docks and under walkways, as well as sinking too fast and snagging.
> Early in the year Wiegmann likes green pumpkin because it resembles a crawfish. He then switches to watermelon red once the bream start spawning and around boat docks.
> When rigged shaky head style (Texas rigged), the Boo Shakin’ rig can be fished both horizontally and vertically. It excels when fished around some type of cover or structure.
Yep, people get paid to take pics like this!
Quote of the Day
America’s the greatest, and Jesus Christ can make it happen.
- Shaw Grigsby, talking on Wired2Fish.com about faith and family being his priorities. Amen!
Shot of the Day
The Ztrain explicitly NOT letting Jerry McKinnis run the trolling motor of his boat yesterday (ha!). Awesome shot, by the master of making fish-heads look cool, B.A.S.S. lensman James “Awesome” Overstreet.
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