– This guy:
Okay, really was Ned Kehde, father of the do-nothing “Ned Rig” and In-Fisherman writer. Pretty sure he never got pro bass fishing in the first place — here’s more in case you doubt:
> “Too many recreational anglers try to parrot the ways of the professional tournament anglers, who spend thousands and thousands of dollars and use tactics aimed at catching only five big black bass across 8 hours of fishing.”
Holy cow, is THAT what they’re doing out there? Hey guys — just stop at 5!
The Hibdons said back in Jan they were struggling for sponsor $. Struggling so much that they’ve now opted out of the FLW Tour for the year.
Reason they’ve been hit was Chevy pulled out of FLW last fall — apparently because bass fishermen don’t buy trucks…. If’n yer keepin’ score, this is the second time Chevy has bailed, and after the first time they came back with their tail between their legs.
Here’s the thing: These deals come through FLW. Nothing wrong with that, but if the deals disappear and the anglers are dependent on FLW for their major sponsor(s), then what? Have you the angler spent years NOT cultivating the relationships that will allow you to continue your career?
No one to blame, just maybe league-provided deals might not be the best long-term strategy for anglers.
Re: the Hibdons, if any folks can make it just fishing for $, they can. Watch out.
The 12-04 Hudd fish.
Speaking of 12-04s in TX, here’s another — head was cut off, guess the guy’s in witness protection or undercover 5-0:
Ye olde schoolin’ it.
…but not for folks like us. #SSDD
Little update on the Ranger raffle, Lew’s backing it too. Officer Pearson apparently up and walking (in the helmet), very cool:
Headline of the Day
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Tip of the Day
Good tip from Rapala and Fuji pro Bernie Schultz on Bassmaster.com, worth a full read:
> The first tendency is to believe the fish have left, but chances are they haven’t gone anywhere. More than likely they’re right where you found them, just not biting.
> Rather than run haphazardly all over the lake looking for new fish, the smart move may be to experiment right where you started — first by changing lures, then your presentation.
> …in most cases it’s much easier to modify an approach on the fish you’ve already located than it is to find news ones, especially within the time constraints of competition. And it’s likely the bite’s not going to be any better elsewhere either, so forget that…try to figure out how to catch the fish you’ve already found.
> …try backing off and using a slower presentation. The bass may very well be relating to the same cover, just not aggressive…that’s when a slower presentation with some type of soft-plastic might work.
> Often, the key is putting some space between you and the target, and then slowing way down. The tougher the bite, the slower I try to fish.
Quote of the Day
He decided that was his spot today, and he started right where I was fishing Thursday.
– Shaw Grigsby talkin‘ ’bout Aaron Martens at the last Elite. Aaron didn’t see it thataway:
> “I had no idea Shaw was even upset. Hole-jumping is something I’ve never done in my career.”
Wow, that was an intense battle! Almost as intense as Violet and Bubbles going at it:
Shot of the Day
Great shot of an awesome Jackall Gantarel swimbait, which with any luck I’ll be throwing today since the ice here in NJ just went out this weekend…seriously.
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