One of the other categories of lures that we’ve been encouraged to pack for Africa is the casting spoon. While there are several European and African brands that get a lot of ink, I haven’t been able to obtain any of them yet, so I’ve resorted to the Blue Fox Pixee, which also gets a fair number of recommendations.
Another lure that comes highly recommended for tigerfish is a Mepps spinner in size 5 or 6. While every bass angler knows about Mepps, the inline spinner has kind of fallen out of favor among “serious” bass anglers. I know that Steve Kennedy fishes a Snagless Sally on occasion, but beyond that I don’t recall any Elite Series pros going inline.
So we’re headed to Africa to (hopefully) land a few toothy tigerfish and the tackle prep situation is proving difficult. Not only are we limited to 33 pounds of gear and clothing per person for the entire three weeks, but the information on which tackle to bring is quite limited. Making it even more challenging, most if not all of the fisheries we’re visiting limit you to single barbless hooks on your lures.
Until I was forced to do so, I never really considered the issue of women in fishing. I guess I bought into the whole “the fish don’t know who is on the other end of the line” mumbo jumbo. Then my wife Hanna was tasked with setting up an all-female trip to fish for bass in Mexico. At first glance, that didn’t seem problematic. She’s been down there nine or ten times, and it’s where she really fell in love with bass fishing. Our friend Amber goes quite often, too, with the same feelings.
Clearly there’s a lot of change going on at Ranger Boats. Depending on who you talk to, in the months since Johnny Morris took over the company a number of longstanding and influential members of the Ranger family have either been fired, encouraged to quit or otherwise excommunicated. While those of us on the outside don’t really know what this will mean, this kind of change tends to ruffle some feathers and create fear among the loyalists.
If you’re a tackle manufacturer, you can only hope that something you make will get the occasional public shout-out from a pro angler. It takes not just good product development, but also a series of lucky coincidences. You can design the best smallmouth bait ever, but if the tours exclusively visit largemouth venues, it’s probably a no-go. Your product might be used by just about everyone on tour, but if the winners are sponsored by competing companies, you’re not going to get much love, even if they’re using your cricket on the sly.
As a result of his stellar 2016 Elite Series campaign, Gerald Swindle became the 11th angler in B.A.S.S. history to earn multiple Bassmaster AOY titles.
You glass-half-empty guys will say that he needs five more to catch KVD and seven more to equal Roland’s total. The glass-half-full types will counter with the fact that he has more of ‘em that Skeet, Ike, Hack, Denny, Hank or – gasp – Clunn, six certain Hall of Famers who can be identified by one name apiece.
In the end, Seth Feider’s only option at La Crosse was to fish his butt off and hope for the best. It paid off with a personal-best 2nd place Elite Series finish and a chance to progress on to Mille Lacs, where if a few Jenga pieces fall in perfect order he might even be able to make it to the 2017 Bassmaster Classic.