The boat-slash-planter pictured above was in the yard across the street from the house where I stayed at Rayburn last week. The rear of the boat is covered in foliage, so I cannot tell if it is under the Johnny Morris umbrella, although if it's not now it likely will be soon.
Any casual fishing fan can name the marquee figures of the sport – tournament champs like KVD, media kings like Mark Zona, and innovators like Gary Yamamoto – but behind the scenes there exists a network of “connectors” who bring the whole deal together without sharing in any of the glory. My friend Clifford Wiedman is one of those “glue guys.”
I am exceptionally proud of the fact that I haven’t ordered any tackle in months, including during the five day period in October when I was stuck at home following sinus surgery. Of course, bragging about my monastic spending habits rings a little bit hollow when I admit that I ordered a new boat and 250 horsepower Mercury during that supposed hiatus.
I just spent five whirlwind days in Texas, fishing three different lakes with four different Classic qualifiers – Clark Reehm, Keith Combs, Albert Collins and Lonnie Stanley. Frankly, I’ve always believed that bass fishing sucks throughout much of the country in November, but the bass in the eastern part of the Lone Star State must not have gotten the memo, because the numbers of fish were absolutely insane, and while my hosts kept complaining about the lack of big ones I really didn’t notice
I’ve been late the party on plenty of tackle trends, including swim jigs, the dropshot rig, and, most notably, the Senko. I’m still wary of the shakey head, but overall I’ve learned that it is a terrible feeling to discount a technique for years, only to be forced to adopt it and then realize all that you’ve been missing.
Most of us pay relatively little attention to hooks or their distinguishing attributes. We have our favorites, we order them repeatedly, and that’s that. We give even less thought to hook accessories and byproducts, so when I see some distinguishing characteristic – especially when it’s recommended by an angler I trust – I try to understand how it could help me out.
On the advice of the advisory board of anglers, B.A.S.S. has changed the Elite Series “no info” rule for 2018. As soon as next year’s schedule was announced, anglers were not allowed to solicit or intentionally receive any information about the fishing on the waters on the 2018 schedule. They are still allowed to be on those waters until 28 days before the start of the official practice period.