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Today’s Top 3
Why? Here’s a couple hints, full piece at the above link…it’s a fun one!
2. Cost to fish the Elites: $75-120K
That’s the range of answers given by Elite pros interviewed in this vid. As Zell Rowland said, a bad year and you could be out $80K. Just one reason why I love and respected these guys….
…for bass ponds.
> At 13 feet deep and well over an acre in size, one of Gary Harrington’s three illegal reservoirs…looks more like a private playground than a rain-fed, backyard fire pond. A fish feeder floats nearby, dispensing food to the illegally stocked largemouth bass Harrington says he bought from a Medford pet store [lol!].
> It’s a place where family and friends spend hot summer days and where wildfire rigs can hook up to a water line any time they need a refill, free of charge. “The fish and the docks are icing on the cake,” says Harrington, 63. “It’s totally committed to fire suppression.”
> It’s a story state police and water managers have heard for more than a decade and still consider irrelevant. Ditto for state courts that three times over an 11-year span have convicted Harrington of illegally storing water without a permit. On Wednesday, Harrington must report to the Jackson County Jail for a 30-day sentence for his latest conviction.
> Water resources officials say his rights are clear: He cannot store water without a permit, and he does not have a permit.
Wonder if Oregonians need a permit to pick their noses. Wait…what country do we live in again?
Tip of the Day
Brandon Palaniuk on fishing big worms.
From the folks at Yamaha:
> “Most of the time I rig my worm Texas-style with either a 3/8- or 1/2-oz slip sinker and just drag it slowly along the bottom. I don’t hop it or try to create a lot of erratic motion.”
> “Sometimes, when I want a different look, a slightly different action or if I’m fishing in bottom vegetation, I’ll rig the worm on a footfall jighead or even a big shaky head jig. Both of these pull the head of the worm down so the tail rises higher. But even with these two rigging options, I still just slowly drag the worm along the bottom.”
> To locate summer bass, he idles slowly over main lake points and across large tributary channels while he studies his electronics. He likes channels that swing close to the side of a point, or where an underwater roadbed dips to produce a sudden change of depth.
> His preferred fishing depth ranges from 12 to 25 feet. “At the same time, I’m also looking for cover, either natural or man-made,” he adds. “Brushpiles are always worth fishing.”
> The majority of the time, he uses 15-pound fluorocarbon. If he knows the bass have been heavily pressured, or if the water is extremely clear, he may use 12-pound. He uses 20-pound when he’s fishing extremely heavy cover like standing timber and rocks.
Quote of the Day
It would seem that WI DNR values their natural resources more than they value your derbies coming to town. The mayor may want you, but not everyone is your buddy. Go somewhere else.
Shot of the Day
Here’s a “Niugini” bass from, where else, New Guinea. Dang! Looks like a good place to…stock Florida-strain largies. (From TheBassUniversity Facebook page.)