KVD’s 500 lbs of plastics, New ICAST baits, What Morgan taught Ish

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When I go on tour, I carry 500 lbs of plastics in numerous colors.





KVD talkin’. (Big deal — I’ve got 600 lbs in my truck…lol.) Then KVD said:

> “I have to, because each lake is different and we never know what we might encounter.”

Btw, 500 lbs is the same as a medium-sized blue marlin, a good-sized black bear, 2.5 manhole covers and this:

Also interesting from Kevin:

> Forage colors are something I really monitor when fishing a lake. I’m not only looking at the basic colors, but any hues that may be reflecting off of them. A slight addition to a lure can matter.

> …some Elite pros on some bodies of water…. Even though their lure sponsor makes the same body shape of soft plastic, they will use another brand in which they have more confidence because of the slight color difference and that color works best on that lake. Confidence often overrules everything.




Lots of info already out, here’s a link to some of the stuff that caught my eye. Rest later in the week.

Here are the kind of goodies us media types get pre-ICAST. Thinking about boxing this one back up and sending it to a lucky BB reader…. Stay tuned…..

We’ve had a really good year on our Jaguar series, which sells…somewhere between $70,000 and $90,000.




BassCat’s Rick Pierce. All Forrest can say to that is:

Rick also said:

> “We think they moved up about 18 months in the age they keep the boats. Before the recession, the average buyer would keep the product from 7 to 12 years. That’s now closer to 8 to 14 years.”

Would you release this fish or keep it??





Pretty sure I’d auction it off on eBay…and a casino would be the winning bidder. Caption with that pic is:

> Poll says 63% of Alabama GOP thinks voracious Chinese carp were intentionally released by Chinese Communists into U.S. freshwater lakes in order to destroy the American bass fishing industry.

> Romney responded by saying he would go after the Chinese by introducing an even more voracious American-bred carpus trumpus [pictured] which is bred to devour its own weight in Chinese fish daily and still be hungry.

Har-de-har-har mang!




Not the first time it’s happened, either. Word is Johnny Morris is going to designate a ‘squatches-only area in the Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve:

> “I was out on the water by a little after 8 a.m. and decided to try one of the coves on the loop west of Viola. I was about 15 feet out from the shoreline when something made a large splash just a few feet from my boat. My first thought was a fish jumping, but it had too much of a ‘kerplunk’ sound to it.

> “Then within seconds I actually saw the second rock arc through the air and hit just a couple of feet of where the first one did. It was a little larger than a softball and it had come from far enough back into the brush and trees that it would have taken a champion shotput thrower to throw it that far.

> “…all of a sudden this huge hairy man-like thing reared up from apparently being crouched down in the brush. Judging by the fact that the 4-foot-tall bush only covered him from the waist down, he must have been close to 8 feet tall and built like a weightlifter. He was covered with dark brown hair over all of him I could see….

> “Then all of a sudden he let out with a screeching scream – that is the only way I can describe it – and reached over and grabbed a sapling that was at least 2-3 inches in diameter with both hands, shook it a few times and then snapped it like a dry twig. That’s when I decided it was time to leave….”

That’s the time you whip out the camera yo! Right buddy?




1. Elites catching nice’uns at Chesapeake.

Russ Lane:

John Murray:

Those feesh will follow the 4th law of thermodynamics: No longer there during the tournament.

2. Mark Davis sitcom heating up?

3. don barone has his own app!

Google Play is out, iTunes coming.

4. Wade Boggs selling never-used Ranger.

Got it from the Rays for his 3,000th hit:

Auction here.

5. FLWer Lefebre not stoked about…

…B.A.S.S. boating safety certificate proof once anglers at practice. But someone found his….

6. OH: YSU bassin’ team needs another boat.

Only needs $5K.

7. Nominate a vet to win this jersey.

8. New Minn Kota electric outboard.

If this works, I want one:

> Minn Kota’s new EO is a small outboard motor designed for jonboats, canoes and kayaks. Replace your gas engine with clean and quiet electric one. Comes in 1 and 1/2 hp, and features variable speed control, a 36-inch adjus shaft, and an adjus clamp-on bracket. Will run for 9 hours straight at half speed….

9. Garmin says victory vs Lowrance.

If you’re curious about the legal clash of clans in the $500 million fishfinder market, background is here.

10. FL: Girl killed by leaping sturgeon.

Heartbreaking. Support the family here if you’re able.

11. TX: Bass boat hits police boat…

…on Marble Falls. Sounds like a DUI…or maybe a DUH!

12. MI: Bass boat hits pontoon on Long Lake.

13. TW July 4th sale still on!

On ’til 5 pm PST today:

Tip of the Day


Morgan being an utter STICK on the FLW side. Do you do this:

> “Of all the guys in the fishing game, he’s probably the most consistent. He’s in the top 10 in the points the most often and he cashes more checks than anybody…not by a small margin, but a huge one.

> “What I’ve learned from him is to fish what’s in front of me and just keep going — don’t run to this and run to that and try to do all that extra stuff. Whether what’s in front of you is a rock pile, a dock or a grass bed, just make the necessary bait adjustments and fish it.”

> …at Lake Chickamauga last month. “I’d been on a spot where I’d caught maybe 12 lbs and I was on my way to the dam. Then I noticed a spot right in front of me, so I decided to stop and try that. I caught 20 lbs in there and had the opportunity to catch even more.

> “Another thing you see (Morgan) doing on the water is having fun,” he added. “When I start thinking about myself and getting in bad moods and getting frustrated with fishing and with the organizations, that’s when I don’t catch them. Whenever I’m having fun and enjoying what I’m doing, I catch them. If I can do that every single year, I’ll end up having a good career.”


Seems to be working for Ish. He finished 7th in the FLW points, and is 19th in the Elite points.


Quote of the Day


One thing I did was I stopped answering my phone during practice when I knew people were calling about dumb stuff.


– Ish Monroe talking in the same BassFan article. More:

> “Last year when I was fishing both tours, I’d have B.A.S.S. guys calling me at FLW events and FLW guys calling me at B.A.S.S. events. They’d be asking if I had an extra Power-Pole button or if I could swing by the (service) trailer and pick up an extra transducer and just bring it to the next tournament.

> “They’d want me to do something when I’m preparing for a tournament that would take them 5 minutes if they called Bass Pro Shops. That’s not my job. My job is to catch fish and focus on that, and that’s what I’ve done this year.”

Ish seeing that Caller ID come up is like:

Shot of the Day

Smallie in the upper Colorado River with an endangered bluehead sucker in its mouth:

Maybe it’s just me, but I find that pic pretty dang hilarious!

Biologists are trying to get rid of smallies, wallys and whatever else that eats stuff because of the endangered minnows.



For all you Tufurkey fans:

This new veggie burger bleeds like meat

Arnold say:

You need to be fishing this stuff…

…with this stuff…

…and this stuff!

Get informed-ation!

Do you not have a K2 cooler yet??

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