Welcome to the BassBlaster, your daily email about all things bassin’. Hey — have you forwarded the BassBlaster to a bassin’ bud yet?!
Today’s Top 3
All quotes from Hank Parker, from this Bassmaster.com Q&A. Hank is a heck of a nice guy, and was one of the best fishermen of his time – in part by being one of the most aggressive and risk-taking anglers…ever…as these quotes indicate:
1. During my first three seasons with B.A.S.S. (1978-80), whoever was lined up first at the dock got to take off first during competition. You weren’t allowed to just tie your boat off, either — you had to be in it the whole time. So, for those years, I made sure I was on the water by 3:30 a.m. every day, and I was first in line every day but one.
Gotta find out who was first that one time, and when. For sure Hank remembers.
2. I wish I had been calmer, cooler and less aggressive on the water. When I felt like an angler was encroaching on my area, I reacted badly sometimes and said some harsh things that I regret. I wish I had avoided the personal conflicts that sometimes happened. When you think about it, I never actually beat Rick Clunn or Larry Nixon or any other angler. My competition was with the bass.
3. One of my friends, Paul Elias, is incredibly superstitious. The number 13 freaks him out. On the night before the final day of the 1982 Bassmaster Classic, Paul was in 2nd place, and I wrote the number 13 under the bill of his fishing cap. He went out the next day and won the tournament. I showed him what I had done after it was all over, and he told me if he had lost he would have hunted me down and killed me. (Laughs)
Don’t think I’ve ever seen Paul mad…not sure I’d want to…..
Tip of the Day
When Todd Faircloth uses mono.
Does your hookset need stretch?
> Perhaps the hardest fishing line decision Faircloth made was to stop using monofilament. He’d been fishing that line for more than two decades, but now he uses mono only when he’s making short casts to specific shallow targets….
> “With that type of fishing, I use a topwater popping plug almost exclusively, and because I’m making short casts in fairly open water and want a lot of lure action, I tie the popper with a loop knot that works best with monofilament line. I also need more stretch in the line to absorb my hookset at close range, and 15-pound monofilament provides that better than fluorocarbon or braided line, neither of which have much stretch at all.”
Tip excerpted from a longer one supplied by the folks at Yamaha.
Quote of the Day
There are some pros who had little or no natural ability who have become some of the greatest anglers in the world.
- Hank Parker, from the above piece. And who would those pros be, Hank?
Shot of the Day
Missed me! Look at that crawfish sucking in his tail…. Cool shot, eh?