By now many of you have likely seen the Savage Gear 3D Bat, which one the Best Freshwater Hard Lure award at the recently-concluded ICAST trade show. The web and social media have been filled with snickering and criticism about this bait, and perhaps rightfully so, but today I’m here to announce that I fully intend to acquire one.
Just prior to announcing their 2018 Elite Series schedule, B.A.S.S. announced a new rule that would prohibit qualified anglers “from soliciting or intentionally receiving any information about the locations of fish or fishing areas on those waters,” beginning as soon as the schedule was made public. As Randall Tharp wrote, this should “level the playing field,” favoring the best anglers over the best information gatherers.
If you’ve read this blog for any period of time then you know that I’m a big advocate of putting new waters on the schedule. If I had my way, they’d sign ‘em up for 10 or 11 complete wild cards, and while I know that isn’t feasible for a variety of financial and outrage-based reasons, I’m always happy when the pros get to go someplace new. That’s why I’m so excited by the presence of Lake Oahe on the schedule at the end of June.
I’ve read the articles and seen the TV shows. Alabama anglers head down a line of shoreline water willow throwing a swim jig and as they retrieve it they go into full spaz mode, twitching and shaking their rod tip. All of a sudden the rod loads up, the angler stops shaking and starts reeling and a five pound green gorilla is brought over the side of the boat.
When Yamamoto introduced the Kreature over a decade ago, I was immediately enthralled. It was the perfect size, came in lots of killer colors, and looked sexier than any other plastic in my boat. Most importantly, it caught lots of fish, whether I sought them in buck brush at Buggs Island, under grass and docks on the Potomac, or around pads and cypress knees on the Chickahominy. Then a strange thing happened – I more or less forgot about it.
While some portion of pro anglers are likely to find problems in any changes to tournament rules or procedure, one of the recent FLW developments that I really think is smart is the addition of the Wednesday “off day” to the tournament schedule. They practice Sunday-Monday-Tuesday, take care of off-the-water business on Wednesday, and start the tournament on the normal Thursday.
At Anglers Inn El Salto, the guides fully expect to land every one of the many fish you’ll catch. I don’t really roll like that, so my general rule is to land all fish caught on single-hooked lures myself, unless they are net-worthy, and to leave the vast majority of fish caught on treble hooked lures to them.