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Welcome to the BassBlaster, your daily email about all things bassin’. Hey — didja forward the BB to a bassin’ bud yet?
Today’s Top 3
> About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees.
> Illinois said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of large and smallmouth bass and channel catfish….
> So many fish died in one Illinois lake that the carcasses clogged an intake screen near a power plant, lowering water levels to the point that the station had to shut down one of its generators.
Must be pretty dang hot to kill catfish….
..among other things to stop more fishing dying than already have because of the crazy hot weather/water:
> Reducing the length of the tournament and lowering the number of fish that can be brought to the weigh-in.
> Maintaining conditions in the live well: Tournament anglers should ensure aeration is continuous in their livewell, with occasional water changes made through the day. Recent research indicates there is little benefit to bass survival of using ice bottles since wide variations in water temperature appears to be more stressful than warm, steady water temperatures.
> Limiting the number of bags used to bring fish from liv-wells to tournament scales: Water quality conditions in transport bags deteriorate even more rapidly than in live-wells due to crowding and lack of aeration. Lines at the scales during fishing tournaments should be avoided, especially in excessive heat.
Looks like a dang tackle store! Nice!
Tip of the Day
We all know the trend for years has been to smaller low-pro baitcasters. All good, but KVD has this to say:
> It offers a bigger spool which translates to more line capacity and more inches of line per turn of the handle.
> When you diminish line capacity on a smaller spool – such as on a long cast – you lose lure speed [and I guess distance too?] because it takes longer to take up line when the spool is near empty of half full.
Quote of the Day
If there’s anybody that thinks my job is easy, they need to come fishing with me a few days.
- Jason Christie from the above article
Shot of the Day
This gal caught a 7-pounder in MN, a super-nice fish there. Caught it on a minnow, but more importantly she’s sporting some old-school fishin’ wear. Lookin’ good!