Until I went to Africa last year, I never really noticed travel rods. Prior to that, when it had been necessary to take rods on a plane I’d traveled with a long rod tube. I was pretty in-your-face about my one-piece snobbery.
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.
Keeping fish inspires product sales. Even if you eventually intend to release them, just a short term stay at the Hotel Livewell may require measuring boards, culling clips and rejuvenating chemicals to keep them alive. And if you’re going to drop ‘em in a hot grease bath, it’s still a product-intensive effort, starting with a fillet knife and ending with all sorts of seasoned coatings and deep fryers.
I’ve never met Indiana angler Bob Daly face to face, but he serves as a constant reminder of an angling life well-lived. As I’ve transferred from being a tournament angler to someone who prefers to put his time, money and energy into far-flung travel, I’ve learned that there is a small cadre of anglers both nationwide and worldwide who do the same – just at a much more advanced and frequent level than I do – and Bob is deeply enmeshed in their subculture.
We’ve been home from Africa for 11 months, but we just got a new reminder of the trip – a replica mount of Hanna’s 14 lb. tigerfish from the Lower Zambezi River. In just five years, we’ve gone from no taxidermy to five specimens – my 12 lb. largemouth, each of our personal best peacock bass, a very special Montana cutthroat, and now this toothy African beast.
Over the course of 25 Major League seasons, Rickey Henderson stole a record 1,406 bases. Even assuming that he occasionally hit the bag standing up, that means that on well over a thousand occasions. Henderson slid into the bag, sometimes on hard astroturf, sometimes on slightly more forgiving natural grass. Henderson, who liked to refer to himself in the third person and also preferred to slide headfirst, beat his body up en route to the Hall of Fame.
I’m excited for the upcoming AOY Championship on Mille Lacs and the subsequent Bassmaster Classic Bracket event. The battles for AOY and Classic spots are far from over, and I think the Classic Bracket in particular is going to be balls-to-the-wall exciting with eight anglers competing live for a single spot in March’s big goat rodeo. As they work down to four anglers, and then to two, the pros may sandbag, but they’ll put it all on the line with every valuable cast. Unless I’m missing something, it’s going to be killer from a fan's perspective.