Screen Dreams

Screen Dreams

This week Lowrance announced the introduction of their HDS-16 Carbon graph, which, as the name suggests, will feature a 16-inch display. Even though I’ve always wanted to be an architect, I’ll have to take their word for it when they say that this unit “gives anglers the equivalent of four seven-inch screens on a single display.”
 

 

Elite Meat

Elite Meat

When we’re talking about “impressions” and “return on investment,” many pro anglers’ non-endemic sponsorship deals leave me cold. For example, unless 500 unlikely scenarios all converge, I’m never going to buy oilfield equipment. Nor will I likely shop for a Polaris in Oklahoma or shop for haircare products in Michigan. That doesn’t mean that those sponsors aren’t getting bang for their buck, but they’re not getting it with me, regardless of how many times I view their logos on the stage.

Not Everyone Gets a Trophy

Not Everyone Gets a Trophy

Another phrase I’ve decided that I need to banish from my writing vocabulary: “At some point, he’s going to win a major title.”

By “major title,” I mean Bassmaster Classic champion or Elite Series AOY, but if I focused more heavily on FLW there’s no reason it couldn’t apply to their championship and AOY as well.

 

Don't You Forget About Me

Don't You Forget About Me

In most sports, you are either done in by a gruesomely Theismann-esque injury or by a coach who cuts your underperforming butt and sends you back to bagging groceries or (if you’ve had a little more success) to a life of leisure and autograph signings. [The one exception to this seems to be heavyweight boxing, where fighters are never really retired, they’re just waiting between fat-free infomercial grill inventions for another payday].

Things I Have and You Don't -- Sixers

Things I Have and You Don't -- Sixers

Back at the end of January, I blogged about how impressed I was with the Zappu Blading Pile Driver, a swimbait hook with a small willowleaf blade that paid big dividends for me on a recent trip to Mexico. I expressed some regret, however, that the largest size I could find was 5/0 – even my typical Japanese enablers on eBay didn’t have anything larger.

Seeing the Tours through Rose-Colored Glasses

Seeing the Tours through Rose-Colored Glasses

When Mark Rose qualified for the 2017 Elite Series tour, I assumed he’d make the leap from FLW. After all, while I can think of plenty of anglers who’ve gone in that direction to further their careers, when anglers have gone in the other direction it usually has been by necessity rather than choice.

Revenge of the Writers

Revenge of the Writers

If you read an article by an outdoor writer explaining some new “revolutionary” technique that he’s discovered or created, 99.99% of the time you should discount it. Most of us are good at going through the press room buffet and begging for free fishing gear but if we were expert anglers we’d be out there competing against the likes of KVD.

Winning the Survival Round

Winning the Survival Round

The season-opening Elite Series tournament on Cherokee produced all sorts of story lines, and while there’s still lots of pitching and flipping left to go, it’s never too early to speculate about the AOY race. Obviously, Jacob Wheeler leads at this early stage, but my two picks for the title did themselves proud.

Being There

Being There

I attended The Bass University in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend and I found it to be remarkably informative. Despite having written an article or three about every technique under the sun (with the notable exceptions of “tightlining” and the “Damiki Rig”) and generally feeling like a know-it-all, I got great insights and little tidbits of insider information from each of the speakers. The other attendees were similarly captivated, taking notes on pads and laptops and remaining attentive throughout the long sessions.

Who Should Be on Morgan's Hit List?

Who Should Be on Morgan's Hit List?

For reasons that I’m not sure that I understand 100%, Andy Morgan has elected to fish five only Bassmaster Opens in his career, the last of them in 2009. I guess he seems to have it pretty good over at FLW. He’s always in the race for AOY and probably clears enough money to support his hunting habit with cash to spare.