That's right, Golden Gophers traveled down to South Carolina and brought home the trophy's and entry into this summer's Forrest Wood Cup, which will also be held in South Carolina on Lake Murray. Austin Felix of Eden Prairie will go as the Boater and Chris Burgan of Rhinelander, WI will go as a Co-Angler. Read the story at FLW here.
I just couldn't resist the 25% sale Tackle Warehouse had for the Bassmaster Classic this year. I actually got even more than 25% off because the Powerbait and Vicious line were already marked down some already.
4 KVD 1.0's
4 KVD 1.5's
11 bags of Powerbait Ripple Shads 4"
2 bags of Powerbait Ripple Shads 5"
Vicious Pro Elite Fluorocarbon 14lb Test 200 yards
It was exciting to see the guy with the loudest fans win the thing at Guntersville this week. Coming from 11th Place going into the day was unbelievable. By all accounts Randy is a really nice guy and the work he does with King's Home is quite admirable. Those kids really made ruckus cheering for him.
Basically I've made it into a Big Bass Derby, no more 5 fish bags. Fish caught at anytime count, no more closed season restrictions. No more minimum length/weight restrictions other than the fish has to be bigger than one already entered. I didn't change it to give us a chance to beat Holmer; I just don't want to spend the time adding up 5 fish.
My 7 year old niece Devin caught her first ever bass last week down in Florida. I think she got it on a Yum Dinger in the midst of a school that was busting on baitfish. My brother told her to reel in while jerking it and it nailed the Dinger. She wanted Dad's help, but he made her reel it in all by herself. Good Job Devin!!!
My thoughts: I'm happy, happy, happy, that they brought prizes back for all the events and went with lesser prizes, but more of them. A+ FLW!!!
As for the new scoring system, I'm on the fence. I thought it was hard enough to pick anglers under the old way of doing it and putting a salary cap on anglers will probably complicate the game more than is needed. Sounds like a hassle, but we will just have to see how it works.
The #1 thing I wanted to see on this years schedule was a tournament on Leech Lake. It looks like that will happen. I am least enthusiastic about having a blind tournament again this year. I would much prefer to start at 7AM, rather than at 8AM which the having it be a blind tournament requires.
I am excited about fishing Woman Lake, which the Bass Snatchers haven't done since I joined the club. I also like the Serpent Lake and Pelican picks, but would prefer Pelican and Whitefish get switched so the smallmouth in Whitefish could be in play.
2013 was the year of the swimbait for me. The Havoc Grass Pig was the #1 bait, but I caught a lot of fish on 1 pack of Yum Money Minnows, a couple of sample Berkley Powerbait Ripple Shads, and what I had left over from a pack of Gambler EZ's and Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers. All in all swim baits accounted for 427 fish and a few more caught on chatterjigs and jigs. I only got 102 fish on Crawtubes this year after getting 221 on them the year before.
Stanley Phantom was my #1 topwater bait with 111 fish caught.
Here is the full list of what I caught fish on in 2013: