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Today’s Top 3
1. Interesting tidbits on Boom-Boom’s winning pattern.
> Roumbanis primarily targeted shallow water banks with patches of water willow. He credited OK pro Gerald Brown with keying him in on the pattern. “ During practice, I covered a lot of water with a frog and didn’t get that many bites. We were sharing information, and he was catching some quality fish flipping.”
> “I have a lot of experience fishing that type of grass, and there are certain ways that you can snap your bait and make it glide,” he said. “A light tungsten weight was critical in getting the right action and generating a strike.”
> “It grows in such shallow water – 6 inches to a foot or sometimes a foot and a half – that it’s hard to fathom bass being in it. It provides shade and the fish can swim through it easily, but they’re very skittish.”
He won it with Reaction Innovations Sweet Beavers in sprayed grass (pictured) and watermelon/red. That’s a good-lookin’ bait. Can’t beat the original sometimes.
And who knew the guys behind IMA tackle invented Pac-Man?
Been hearing about how low it is. Look at that – dang!
Had heard about ‘em, and blue pike, never seen one. Hardly anyone ever has:
> Caught on Selwyn Lake, which straddles the Saskatchewan border with the Northwest Territories.
> “Our guide went bozo when he saw it. I thought it looked a little mottled, but he went crazy, so I knew it had to be very unusual.”
> It was a 42-inch silver pike, a rare variation of the northern pike. In the silver phase, this fish usually has a silvery-blue body, a narrower body profile, a shorter mouth and larger eyes.
> “The two guides working with our group had each been on the lake about 10 years and had seen thousands of pike, but neither of them had seen a silver pike come out of that lake.”
> A silver pike occurs once in every 27,000 eggs, and the odds of a pike hatchling reaching even six inches in length is only about 5 percent. They estimated this fish would be about 30 years old.
FYI, for all you hammer-handle fishermen, the guy was fishing over vegetation in 4-5′ with a custom-made 6″ pink split-tail minnow rigged weedless.
Tip of the Day
…which, as BassGold proves, can apply to any similar “Riverine Reservoir” no matter where it is in the country.
> Greg Vinson said Neely Henry fishes more like a river than the other lakes in the Coosa Chain. “The headwater has a lot of color to it, and as you move down the chain the water color starts to clear up. The fish here are so dependent on the current because they are river fish. As you move further down to Logan Martin, Lay Lake, and Lake Jordan, it’s totally different than up here.”
> Chris Jackson, who fishes Neely Henry regularly, says that finding rocky bluff banks where the river channel changes direction is often a good strategy. “Where you see a big jumble of rocks on shore, that goes down into the lake, and there are usually bass hanging around those areas. I also like to hit creek mouths anytime the current starts to move, especially around areas where the shad are flipping.”
> Mike McClelland said, “There are millions of shad an inch long but the ones that have bass around them are usually a lot bigger so I look for those schools.”
Quote of the Day
It feels like you’re meeting your favorite movie stars.
This also was in the article, dude from the Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau: B.A.S.S. seemed happy with the whole thing. They were very happy, and that’s the important thing for us.
Shot of the Day
Bass from B.A.S.S.’s El Salto trip. That fishy is lookin’ might healthy….