That about says it all, except for Cypress Hill sayin’ it (warning: A-word in there). Here we go.
Swimbait jedi Butch Brown catches a 19.3-lber (biggest bass vid ever?). Looks like it was recorded on a flip phone but still awesome.
Jedi master Brown again, this time with a 65+ lb limit, anchored by a — wait for it — 18.5!
14.6 caught from a floaty tube. Audio is a little suggestive (but not obscene) so make sure everyone at the cube farm can see the actual vid.
Just to give you an idea of how huge those fish are, here’s a recent shot of a 13-03 — not as big as the above bass — out of the water. Had 26″ length and 21.5″ girth:
Cool vid series (just 2 so far), Ike’s was good, this one too. You need to know more about Steve Kennedy than he drives the blue tiger boat or whatever. Interesting dude and a great fisherman no doubt.
Few things I learned:
> Steve’s degree is in mechanical engineering. #stout
> His nickname should be “airball” — but fishing-wise it doesn’t fit.
> He believes bigger boats that displace more water hurt shallow fishing.
> Ray Scott used to work at the Auburn bookstore.
Greatest thing about this sport is the people. Not baits (a close 2nd hahaha!), not derbies, not whatever. It’s a privilege to be on this crazy bassin’ ride (it’s the scary broken ferris wheel — the Elites are the broken roller coaster haha!) with folks like you and David.
Helps the C.A.S.T. charity, which it seems has gotten a big-time shot in the arm with Jay Yelas in the captain’s chair. #stout
Rods, that is:
…in his house! Done it myself (not that big!) — gets tough to keep a bass fed.
If you get impatient, here’s the DTs on TackleWarehouse.com.
6. Strike King baits poppin’ up.
Brandon Lester I believe has no bait sponsors, and on Bassmaster.com he lists a few Strike King baits as his faves for ledges:
> Strike King 6XD (sexy blueback herring, powder blue back/chartreuse, citrus shad)
> 5 1/2-inch Strike King Shadalicious swimbait on a 3/4-oz hand-poured jighead
> Football jig with a Strike King Rage Craw
Then Randall Tharp in a “Day on the lake” feature is using a Rage Craw.
Drawr yer own ‘clusions.
That’s the word from Renaud, a BB reader there. Check it.
…for water trail/access info, but…Apple watch ain’t waterproof.
Bait disengages and slides up the line:
Tripped over this the other day — that look like Bassmaster editor James Hall to you?
Picture that dude with 4 days of salt n peppa scruff and maybe…? Okay, not really, but can’t miss an opportunity to bust his stones.
Last but not least, if you haven’t seen it on my Facebook yet is this latest scientificism:
> Fish do not even suffer when they are hooked and fighting for their lives, according to research by an international team.
> They say fish do not have a brain system or enough sensory receptors in the nerve cells to experience suffering.
Just might explain why fish go crazy after being hooked instead of running straight at the boat! Would also explain how a fish can eat a crayfish or a baitfish….
Not sure whether to be glad or alarmed that “an international team” actually spent money and time studying this….
Sunday, June 28th, $50K FOR FIRST GUARANTEED. Run by Bass Champs.
1-hour special broadcast this Sunday, June 28 8am-9am EST.
New stuff (ICAST-related)
1. What’s Sunline got?Deano knows, I know, can’t tell ya yet…but sounds way cool:
Win ya a K2 Cooler dads!
K2 Coolers and me are celebrating dads the whole friggin’ month! Giving away 1 high-end, high-dolla K2 cooler a week (winners will be announced all at once!) like one o’ these-here:
How do you win? 2 ways:
2. Send me a cool sticker (nothing worse than rated PG) for my cue-bald white K2 cooler, because a cooler without cool stickers ain’t cool. Mailin’ addy:
PO Box 133
Lebanon, NJ 08833
Git on it yo, and good luck! (U.S. residents only, sorry!)
Tip of the Day
Maybe you’re like me — want to throw swimbaits, but when I fish them I feel like I’m throwing a big blob on the end of my line and I’m wasting precious time. Here Zaldain gives me a tip I’m actually going to try:
Quote of the Day
I tell everybody that I would take 10 of these over 10 casinos any day of the week.
– Lots of stories about how big box stores crush mom and pops, but here’s one in Atlantic City, NJ where they love what the Bass Pro Shops has done in terms of birnging people and biz in:
> “It’s been the best thing that has ever happened to this city.”
Other than the world record striper being caught there…lol. Atlantic City is one of the rare towns that doesn’t do so hot with casinos.
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