Last year KVD won an Elite Series event at Toledo Bend with 96 pounds of bass. This year John Murray won there with 77-plus. Some pros attribute the drop-off to the fact that this year the derby took place a month earlier, when the fish were in a funky in-between stage. Others say it was because of a change in the vegetation. But there has also been lots of grumbling that the fish population is not what it was.
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.
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.