Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2011 08:12
March 28, 2011
Throughout my twenties and into my early thirties, it always struck me that people who carefully matched their boat to their tow vehicle were trying just a bit too hard. On the evolutionary scale, I had them pegged one step above bed wetters and just a notch below trout fishermen.
Now that my last two boats have been primarily composed of the shade Bass Cat refers to as "raspberry" and my last two tow vehicles have more or less matched that color, I have no room to judge others. In fact, I may be especially guilty because the Chevrolet charges extra for the "red jewel tintcoat" paint job that I just had to have on my newly-purchased Suburban.
Unlike Skeet, however, I have not yet bought shoes that match the paint schemes of my boat and vehicle. Only time will tell whether that will happen.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2011 08:17
March 24, 2011
Here's one from the "ask and ye shall receive" file:
For years, anglers in the know have used an oversized Pop-R (known to those in the biz as the P70) to catch big topwater bass. Pros like Tennessee's Craig Powers have won literally hundreds of thousands of dollars with this big blooper, but they went out of production and as a result they were hard to find. Occasionally one would show up on ebay, or a tackle store would have a run of them, but for the most part they couldn't be had by average joes like you and me -- despite the many calls for them to reintroduce the lure.
If catching fish on topwater is the most fun you can have with your clothes on, then catching BIG fish on a topwater is like . . . well, it's like something involving the Swedish Bikini Team and a vat of jell-o. That's what the P70 is known for (not jell-o, but rather big fish). The folks at Rebel have decided to bestow fun on all of us and are indulging our Freudian ids.
In other words, they've re-released the P70 for public consumption. Get you some.
March 23, 2011
While reviewing some old issues of Bassmaster (once again proving that I'm a bass nerd), I came across this ad in the 1988 Bassmaster Classic Press Guide. Given the reputation that ethanol has gained for chewing up motor parts and fuel lines over the past few years, I'm guessing we won't see them at any future events. If they do show up, and do so without bodyguards and body armor, they're probably in for a beating from some unhappy folks.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2011 11:40
March 18, 2011
As a color for boats and boat wraps, has yellow jumped the shark?
Granted, there are only a limited number of basic colors for the pros to work with, and contrast is key, but I think we’ve reached our saturation level on old yeller. When Skeet first made it his signature shade, it was novel and savvy, but my gut feeling is that there’s too much of it now. Just off the top of my head, I can think of Skeet, Scroggins, Terry Butcher and Bobby Lane’s mostly-yellow boats, along with those of Ike, Remitz, Poche, Duckett, Swindle and Herren, all of which feature noticeable yellow highlights. I’m sure I’m missing a few.
You can’t necessarily fault them. It stands out going down the road and gets your sponsor/s some much-needed impressions (hate that term). On the other hand, you can be spotted from miles away, a downside if you’re whacking on them in some out-of-the-way spot and don’t want to be found by the bent-pole-pattern crowd. For that reason, I always thought that if I suddenly developed KVD- or Skeet-like fish catching powers I’d get a wrap that looked like riprap or docks, to blend in.
March 17, 2011
If you had the chance to get a sponsorship deal with a tackle company and they’d provide you with one of the two following options, which one would you take?
- $500 in product and a boat wrap valued at $3,000; or
- $500 in product and $1,500 in cash.
I know which one I’d take and it’s the one that I can take to the bank, but I’d guess that many tournament anglers would opt for door number one. It doesn’t make any sense to me, and maybe no one would be willing to admit it anyway, but if you’re in that group, please drop me a line with your rationale. What do you get out of the boat wrap that you don’t get out of cash? If you want some free exposure (evil industry buzzword), I’ll include your name in the response. If you’d rather remain anonymous I’ll publish it without your name.
Anyone up to the challenge?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 13:01
March 16, 2011
The young Italian Greyhound seen here, jumping for joy upon receipt of his gen-u-wine Pete Weighs In pro-staff patch, is young Marcello, of Page, Arizona. Other than the fact that he’s still not fully house-trained, we have every reason to expect that someday Marcello will be a vital contributor to my long-term scheme for utter domination of the fishing industry.
Behind every (arguably) good man is a good woman and behind every (arguably) good fishing blog is a good editor who is willing to let the occasional fart joke or bad word pass through unedited. In the case of PWI, that editor is Ms. Heidi Roth, who hones my prose and keeps me well-stocked with bait. In the 5-plus years that I have been affiliated with Yamamoto, I have come to rely upon Heidi for all sorts of advice and counsel. I think part of the reason that we’ve become friends is because of our mutual irrational love of our dogs. When she had to put long-time companion Dakota down last year, I was saddened, both for her loss and because it also made me realize the mortality of my own two goofy hounds. Conversely, when she adopted Marcello a few months back, I was exceptionally happy. It’s the best of all worlds, like when a friend has a baby – you get to ooh and aah, but you don’t have to change the dirty diapers (note the “still pees in the house,” reference in the first paragraph).
Unlike my two sloth/slug mixes, it appears that quickness is among Marcello’s prime attributes. We needed a speed demon on the team and this little furry booger fits the bill.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 08:44
March 15, 2011
Over the past few weeks I've engaged in a massive garage reorganization project. Every time I have a few minutes or a few hours to spare (which is rarer than I'd like), I'm out there shuffling things around. Some things get donated, others get trashed, but mostly this project involves taking stuff I haven't used in ages out of one storage container and placing them in another. When I came across the package pictured here, I couldn't help but laugh out loud.
March 14, 2011
The original title of this blog entry was "Bite me, Jason Bryant." Then I realized two things:
1) Bryant, former editor of InshoreFan and one of the founders of BassParade, is a good dude. I can't afford to alienate nice people who have influence in the sport I care about; and
2) The SOB probably has more of the pictured baits than I do.
As a few select individuals already know, these are Maki Rubber swim jigs from Shimano Japan, one of the latest hot lick deals that have not quite made it to US shores officially. I have them, Jason has them, you probably don't.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2011 14:08
March 9, 2011
My New Year’s Resolution for 2011 was to stop being so nice. Well, not exactly. I couldn’t really say that one with a straight face around those of you who know that I’m not nice on a consistent basis. Rather, my resolution is to be more truthful, even if it occasionally means hurting some feelings. I’m not looking to hurt people, but from now on if someone asks me a question, I’m not going to sugarcoat my response. According to my wife, the start of this program has been implemented flawlessly.
With that in mind, here are a few truths that no other blogger will tell you:
- If they make you pay for it, it’s not a real sponsorship. If they make you buy a certain amount of product, it’s a marketing ploy.
- Your sponsor’s jig is pretty much the same as every other jig on the market.
- With more resources and more time on the water you could not consistently compete on the Elite Series.
- Your boat does not do 70mph in 2 footers (and, by the way, those were 2 footers, not 5+).
- If you’re good enough to catch all of those 20 pound limits in practice when no one else is around, you’ve got a serious problem if you keep landing on the bottom half of the standings sheet.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2011 08:53
March 7, 2011
Can you be a true patch maggot if you don't have any patches?
When I developed the Pete Weighs In pay-for-patches program (I pay for the patches, you pay for your own entry fees, gas, baits, etc.), I assumed people would take the patches and either throw them out or put them in a drawer somewhere and forget about them. Maybe a select few would use them to cover up holes in their clothing. But I never considered the possibility that anyone would be so gung ho as to take the design and get it dyed into their tournament jersey.
Along came Howie Smith of Baltimore, Maryland (that's Balmer, to those from around there) -- musician, father, tackle addict and smallmouth freak -- who turned the patch world on its ear by doing exactly that. Now he's stuck with my name of his shirt. It's almost like getting a girlfriend's name tattooed in an obvious spot. That is utter dedication, and that's what we value on the PWI team.