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Today’s Top 3
1. “We’re in a fiscal crisis here. Bass fishing is not national security.”
- Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) on the House voting to overturn the amendment erasing military ads in bassin’, NASCAR, hot rods, UFC and who knows what else. Reminds me of this email making the rounds:
> U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
> Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
> New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
> National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
> Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000
Now remove 8 zeros, and pretend it’s a household budget:
> Annual family income: $21,700
> Money the family spent: $38,200
> New debt on the credit card: $16,500
> Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
> Family decides to cut Budget by…$385
2. “When I took the job of managing the lake, I thought I would be out there catching huge bass all day. I did not think I would be crouched in the brush wearing night vision goggles trying to protect the lake with a shotgun, but that’s what it’s come to.”
- Manager of a private giant bass pond in Kentucky. Believe it…or not.
3. “I started off with having no idea at all how to bass fish so its been really fun to learn different techniques.”
- A member of the Utah Valley University Bass Club, on starting to bass fish in college. Cool! Here’s the club, in miniature:
Tip of the Day
Rather than pitch the bait and point the rod tip up as the lure falls—a motion that pulls line from the spool and creates slack between the rod tip and falling lure—Reed lets gravity do all the work. The result is more detected strikes, more hooksets and ultimately more fish that make it into the boat.
“I pitch in there and leave the reel in freespool while holding the rod in place at about the 3 o’clock position,” he says. “I let just the weight of the lure pull line off the spool and through the mat.”
This subtle difference brings two big benefits to the table. First, it’s much easier to accurately monitor the lure’s rate of fall.
Second, you eliminate even momentary slack and keep your rod in position to make a good hookset, neither of which would be the case if you lifted the tip to make the lure fall faster through the cover.
“Flippin’ my way, if a fish hits on the way down, all I have to do is engage the reel and lean on him,” he says. On the other hand, if you allow slack line on the fall and manage to detect a bite, you need to stop the lure and tighten up a bit to check it before attempting to set the hook. “If you put even a little pressure on the line while the fish has the bait in its mouth, I think the bass is real apt to spit it, especially when you’re using a heavy weight or jig.”
Quote of the Day
I just think it’s a really cool thing for a river rat from Arkansas to do.
- Kevin Short on catching 4-lb-plus smallies from each of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain in a single calendar year. I want in!
Shot of the Day
From the Damiki website – how long could you hold this pose?! Those delts be burnin’, man….