Welcome to the BassBlaster, your daily email about all things bassin’. How ’bout forwardin’ the BB to a bassin’ bud?
Today’s Top 3
1. A lot more of those days you’re out there hurting. A lot more of those practice days, you’re not wanting to fish until dark like you used to.
He also said: The older you get, the easier it is to get complacent and you do have to guard against that. Mentally, from a competitive standpoint, I want to win just as bad as I’ve always wanted to. Physically, when you get to my age, it gets tougher and tougher. It starts to grind on you a little bit.
Hate to see him retire, but sounds like it’s time.
2. Back then Ray Scott said anybody with $250 was a pro.
- Longtime B.A.S.S. member and derby fisherman David Slonaker. Sounds like Ray!
3. During a college visit, Cody asked about the school’s bass team just in case he didn’t end up playing baseball. I thought, What are you talking about?
- Guy talking about how his son ended up fishing at KY’s Murray State University. His son said: I really liked the competitiveness, so I moved from baseball to fishing. Yeah!
Longtime fishin’ PR man Mike Walker just passed. Dang. RIP Mike.
Tip of the Day
Twice as timely with Oneida coming up….
> In the summer time…he usually catches his biggest fish around noon on frogs…because the fish are positioned with the sun so they are usually tight around cover….
> Dean doesn’t change anything for night fishing. He uses the same everything, same lure action and retrieve speed, saying you don’t need to slow down or do anything different at night.
> Rojas spends approximately 80 percent of his time fishing the first 10-15 feet closest to the bank….
> Rojas works his frog very slowly from side to side, using a rod action much as one would deploy to work a Heddon Super Spook or topwater walking lure but slower….
> Dean advises people to tinker with their baits because any time that you can alter an existing bait to give it a different action, you are going to get more bites on it….
> He usually cuts about an inch off of each leg. When you do that, the frog starts to walk and act more realistic – and that walking action is key to his presentation.
> He’ll open [the hooks] a degree or two more when he’s fishing heavy cover. For open water, sometimes it can be as much as 5 degrees that he’ll open them up because he’s not going to get hung up on anything.
Quote of the Day
The bass dived deep and fought like a terrier worrying a rat.
- Another oddball description of how a smallie fights. I guess not so oddball if, you know, you own a terrier, attach it to a fishing rod and then hunt rats.
Shot of the Day
Rojas’ secret is out: he fishes frogs half the size he is! Lol. (From the same article the tip was taken from.)