Sunday, April 29, 2007
Dogfish News: From Bass Fishing Home PageTM-Can Bowfin bite off 40lb Power Pro Line?
Tournament News: I am watching the Guntersville Live Leaderboard on-line.
And the winner is KVD! He lands 25-5 to take it all. Way to go Kevin!
G-ville BassFan Story...
G-ville BassZone Story...
Congrats to Larry Nixon on his FLW Lake Norman Win!
BassFan Norman Story...
Fantasy Bass Fishing Notes:
BP 1 rocks with KVD and Horton 12=Total Pts 426 for 221 place thats a 145 place up grade. #1 in MN Fantasy Bass League.
BP Boys do OK with Jordan 6th and Miyazaki 7th=Total points 346 for 2229th place, 16 spot upgrade, #10 MN Fantasy Bass League.
Name, Norman Pts, place, Overall place
1 Bp's Mommy 850, 60, 566
2 Bass Pundit 1 705, 1695, 647
3 BPObro 683, 1990, 208
4 BP's Dad 651, 2731, 1333
5 Schmenzig Bassmen 634, 2552,1249
6 Minnesocold BP's Boys 609, 2745, 606
7 Cyb'sBboys 541, 3004, 1142
Saturday, April 28, 2007
GEM outing at Rush Lake... Nobody told the BP about it. Oh well doesn't look like they needed me.
Evening Fishing Report: I headed to the GOMH at 6:30. The SE side was open so I took that. Once again Lee Ander was there with family and Willard was on sight too. Lewis made an appearce later on so all the Grumpy Old Men were accounted for. There was lots of coming and goings on this night and boats were fishing both sides (N&S) of the GOMH. I started out fishing with maggies and a glow Cubby Mini-mite. It was slow at first but as the night progressed the action got faster. My first fish was an orange bullhead, followed up by a small jumpin bullhead. I missed several bites but eventually got dialed in to a zone to the East of the current. Around 7:30 I got my first Silver which I gave to Lee Ander. About 20 min later I had another Crappie on then missed it at the bridge. I was sporadically hooking several orange's by now. I then caught a couple of more silvers, then switched to minnows and got hit immediately 3 times catching 2 nice fish. After another silver or two I had one on that collided with the weeds and my line broke. I switched to a glow ratso with a big hook and kept working minnows; I got my last two silvers on this. All in all I went home with 7 having released a couple of small ones and having given 1 to Lee Ander. It was a nice night to be out 75 degrees slight SW wind. I would say I did as well as anybody because the SW side was not fast and furious with the silvers.
Basszone On the Water Blog...
April 27 Tour Notes and Blog SMG... Jay Yelas has a great big fish story.
G-Ville day 2 Bassfan Story...
BassZone G-ville day 2 story...
BassFan Big Stick John Murray G-ville...
Norman FLW BassFan Story...
Fanatasy Bass Fishing Notes:
BASS G-Ville: Both Teams have 2 anglers in the top 12 KVD & Horton, Miyazaki and Jordan. Mason was a no point stinker for BP1. IKE rallied and got points on the board for BP boys. The success of this tournament hinges upon those top 12 performances tommorrow.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Dad and I are gonna get up early tommorrow and give it a try, with minnows.
Basszone On the Water Blog Gunterville...
BassZone G-ville day 1 story...
BassFan G-ville day 1 story...
BassFan Norman day 2 story...
Fantasy Bass Fishing Notes:
BP1: has KVD in 3rd but the rest of the line up isn't that great.
BP boys: Duckett and Miyazake in the top 10 the rest not so great. IKE in 82nd, Ouch!
1 Bp's Mommy 856
2 Bass Pundit 1 705
3 BPObro 683
4 BP's Dad 657
5 Schmenzig Bassmen 634
6 Minnesocold BP's Boys 609
7 Cyb'sBboys 541
Overall it was a good moving day for the posse with all teams increasing in points except BP's Obro.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tournament News: In case you haven't heard day 1 of the Elite Guntersville was cancelled due to the threat of severe weather. As it turned out I don't think the weather was that bad, but I agree with the decision, better safe than not.
FLW Norman Day 1 BassFan Story...
BassZone Norman Day 1 Story...
BassFan Big Stick John Murray at G-ville...
BassFan Big stick Jay Yelas at Norman
Fantasy Bass Fishing Notes:
FLW w/the Posse: Nearly half the field (95 anglers) is within 5 pounds of the lead.
This note from BassFan shows just how important Day 2 is going to be. The vast majority of the posse picks are in 1st 100 anglers (15) with 8 of those in the top 50. The best pick so far is Brent Ehrler in 17th and the worst pick is Wendlandt in 174th.
Here how it shakes out:
1 Bp's Mommy 782
2 BPObro 713
3 Bass Pundit 1 695
4 BP's Dad 598
5 Minnesocold BP's Boys 588
6 Schmenzig Bassmen 523
7 Cyb'sBboys Mike Thompson 459
All in all a mediocre Day 1, but since the weights are so compacted there is room for a great deal of movement on day 2.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
After the fish fry dad and I hit the GOMH arriving around 7:15. It was 60 degrees and dead calm. The silver bullheads were just starting to hit. It was our good fortune that Willard had started fishing thus effectively saving the SW side for us to fish. The silver bullheads were hitting good tonight, nice and steady; I helped five different people fill out limits including GOM Lee Ander and Willard. I also threw several (4-5) silvers back. Dad's bobber was barely visible on the surface or was just beneath the surface. Dad missed several fish. Fish were hitting on waxies for Lee Ander and minnows for just about everyone else. I used both maggies and minnows, some of the minnows were dead ones. The later it got the more the fish seemed to prefer minnows. We quit fishing when everyone had their limit; it was dark but I could still see my bobber. All in all it was a lot of fun at the GOMH tonight.
Lee Ander told me that the channel by the golf coarse on Mille Lacs was giving up big crappies from 5-7pm. The main body of ML is still a sheet of ice.
Fantasy Bass Fishing Notes: Got my line up's done for Norman and Guntersville, did YOU?
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Since the SW side was covered with anglers I took the not nearly as nice to fish from SE side. In the first hour I fought two big bullheads but they both jumped me off by slightly bending the cubby hook out. The first hook up was at least a 4lber that jumped numerous times. A lady fishing the SW side said if I gave her the bass to keep, she would give me a couple of brewski's. I think she was half kidding, but then again maybe not.
I landed my first fish, which was a 2lb jumpin bullhead after I had been there about an hour. I was fishing a busted Cubby body with a minnow. I landed two more jumpin bullheads, a 2 and then a 3lber. About 8PM the people on the SW side started getting some action with orange bullheads then by 8:20 some silvers started showing up. I caught an unlucky break when a slimmer broke my line sending my Wing-It bobber into Sullivan Lake. However soon after that my luck changed because the guy and the girl fishing the SW side caught enough fish and packed it up. I immediately took their place.
For the next 20 minutes or so I proceeded to whack and stack silver bullheads on Dad's set up from last night (Chart flu flu and a minnow). Another guy showed up while the action was hot and he immediately started catching them too. As it was starting to get pretty dark the 1st guy left and the action slowed. I put on my lighted bobber and got about 4 more fish. The action slowed the darker it got. I got my last couple of fish on another set up with a Glow Demon. All in all I kept 9 (see pic) and released 3-5.
Word on the street is that Santa Claus Don woke up early and smacked em good in the morning around 6am. He said he also got a 5lb jumpin bullhead.
Classic Bass Pundit: Goings on at GOMH
April 2006 Fishing Log Blog archives...
April 2005 Fishing Log Blog archives...
More Closed Season Vigilanteism at FM.com: Targeting Bass before they are open (Duffman takes a shot at the BP in his post) and Lawbreakers
Hey Duffman, in case you aren't paying attention, I actually do fish for Dogfish. I am the 2004 and 2006 Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Champion. I will try and repeat again this year. I think I may have missed a my first doggy of the season the other night. FYI I was fishing for Crappies at the time.
Fishing Report 4/23: It was a nice night of fishing with my dad at the Grumpy Old Man Hole. There were 2 Grumpy old men (Lee Ander and his brother Lewis). Dad had quite the time chatting with Lee Ander. The weather was a mild 60degrees with a slight breeze out of the west.
We arrived at the GOMH around 6 pm and there were several trucks parked. I thought we were gonna get shut out of the good spot, but as it turned out only Lee Ander was fishing and he wasn't catching anything. Dad and I headed down to the SW shore of the GOMH and set up shop. Dad had a yellow flu flu with a minnow and I was fishing a white Cubby Mini-mite. Things were pretty slow for the first hour or so with Dad missing a couple of bigger fish, probably bass. Eventually I gave in and tipped my jig with a minnow and after about 15 minutes I reeled in a jumpin bullhead of about 15 inches. Not long after that Dad tied into the Jumpin Bullhead in the first picture. I figure it was about 16 inches. I had a fish steal my minnow and Cubby tail.
About 7:45 dad landed the first silver bullhead. I was having a problem with my rod being tangled and before you knew it dad had landed three fat specs. About the time I got my rod situation straightened out Dad lost his bobber for the 2nd time. This time the bobber was out in current and went bye bye; we were able to retrieve the bobber the first time it came off. I let dad use my rod while I rigged his pole.
Round about the time I was getting dad's pole ready, our friend Don Weinmeister showed up. Don was using waxies and started catching Silver and Orange bullheads straight away. Dad and I were still catching them but not as fast as Don. I eventually switched to maggies and the bite for me picked up a little bit between the silver and orange bullheads. The bite was steady until it got to dark for me to see my bobber. All totalled we brought home 11 silvers and 1 orange with a couple of small silvers and oranges released. Don managed to get 9 silvers. A guy was showing up to fish just as we left, it was quite dark by then.
The Suckers: Stopped by the Rum River where it runs into Shakopee lake. The suckers are running thick and spawning like crazy. It was a cool site.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Mike McClelland Wins! Congrats!!!
BassZone.com on the water blog.
Fantasy Fishing Notes: Clarks Hill was not kind the BP teams. I dropped Ish, Martens and Roumbains For Kriet, Ike, and Williamson. 243 was the average score at Clarks Hill both teams were below that standard.
BP 1: Dropped 149 places overall with 221pts to put me in 366th. Dropped to 2nd in MN Fantasy Bass League.
BPboys: Only mustered 208 pts dropped to 12th in MN Fantasy Bass League and down to 2245 Overall which is a drop of 686 places. Ouch!
In Super 6 pick'em BP 1 blanked and the BPboys scored all of 4 points. The worst showing of the year by far. BP 1 wasn't even close.
Cool Site: Toyota Fishing Team
Saturday, April 21, 2007
BassZone on the water blog... Sounds like it's tough out there today.
BassFan Day 3 story...
BassZone Day 3 Story...
Bass Pundit 1: Poor tournament. Best angler Lintner in 16th. 221Points dropped nearly 100 places to 312.
BPboys: Need Ashley to rally, he's dropped to 6th.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Rock Dock zero.
Got bites from a minnow at Bulldog Outlet.
Basszone On the Water Blog...
Clarks Hill Real-Time Leaderboard
Kriet sacks 13-15
KVD sacks 14-12 hopefully this will mean some fantasy upward mobility, however it looks like weights are up today for everyone just about. Still Early
Bassfan Day 2 story...
BassZone Day 2 story...
BassFan Big Stick John Murray misses $10,000 by an ounce...
SMG Tour Notes and Blog...
Fantasy Bass Fishing Notes:
Bass Pundit 1 Kennedy sucked 83rd, KVD moved up to 55th so he's out of the cut, Lintner dropped 1 spot, Kriet up 14 to 39th, Williamson up 12 to 34th.
BPboys: Rough day Ike dropped 30places, Hite dropped 34 places no limit bonus no points, Kennedy 83rd, Ashley drops 2, Williamson is only gainer. BAD DAY!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Rock Lake Ice Free
Let the Dogfish chase begin!!!!
Got my first fish of the 2007 Open water season today. It was a 17" Larry Bass from the Rock Dock on lure X. Nothing happening at the GOMH yet.
Weather: Mid 60's breezy out of the SE.
Clarks Hill Elite Real-Time Leaderboard...
Basszone Clarks Hill on the water blog day 1...
BassFan Clarks Hill Day 1 Story...
BassFan Big Stick John Murray Day 1...
BassZone Day 1 story...
Bass Pundit 1 DISASTER KVD 4 fish 82nd, Kennedy 86th Total Points for the day 127! Lintner in 17th is best angler.
Minnesocold BP Boys: Picked day 1 leader Casey Ashley so that alone saves this team. Right now the average score for all players is only 158. After Ashley it is down hill fast: IKE 34, Williamson 46 no limit bonus, Hite 50, Kennedy 86. I need Ashley to hold on.
Hopefully Day 1 don't mean Jack Squat! except for Ashley
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Long Ice Free
Rock 80% Ice Free
Platte 70-80% Ice Free
Sullivan 60% Ice Free
Stopped at the Rock public access to do some fishing. The ramp has been fixed and the dock was out. Also fished the GOMH, nothing. Platte Lake public access dock out even though there were ice bergs all around it. Sullivan NE public access dock not in.
BP archives April 2005...
BP archives April 2006...
BP Clarks Hill Fantasy Rosters Picked.
Bassfan Bigstick John Murray on Clarks Hill...
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Picked up the 2007 fishing licence today, I was going to get it yesterday but both of the local bait shops closed up before 6PM and so I couldn't get it. Today I also ordered a pair of Cocoons Sunglasses from Bass Pro Shops (Thanks Steve and Kim for the gift card). This spring I have been unable to find any of the three pairs of amber polarized Sunglasses that I wore last summer. I believe Cocoons used to be called Fitovers. I had a pair of Fitovers and loved them, then I lost them sometime last year, so it will be nice to have a new pair. I also discovered where the propane Coleman Lantern was plus a 5 gallon bucket/livewell for Spring time Crappies; Yeah for me!
On the down side, my boat mechanic (aka BP's Dad) informed me that I won't be able to use the Trophy (the boat I use) until he inspects and probably does something to fix the transom. I am not totally sure what he thinks is wrong. There is a spot on the back port corner of the boat were there is some cracking on the top of the boat. It doesn't look serious to me, but what do I know. I'm not even sure if that is what Dad is concerned with. With the trophy out of commission I will be forced to use the "Slop Slip" (10' Coleman Crawdad Jon Boat). Out of the slop slip I would probably try some Spring Crappie fishing at Bulldog, something I've not done before.
At FishingMinnesota.com the armchair anglers patrol is out in full force whining about the suspected "targeting" of out of season fish. I look forward to this annual rite of Spring that is the armchair angler patrol crying their eyes out till they are red in the face and steam comes out of their ears about anglers who they suspect of "targeting" out of season fish.
This weekend I sat and watched a boat fish for "slabs" with their plugs. They caught fish after fish and were having a ball...yet not ONE that was the "right" fish. When I finally called them on it "Oh, we are just fishing for big slabs".
At least some people are giving the offending anglers the benefit of the doubt.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Ice Check: Tonight I headed out to do my first open water fishing of the year. First I headed to the Gruppy Old Man Hole (GOMH) and the water there has openned up considerably on the Sullivan Side all the way to the Platte River Outlet (Pro) and well into the "Crossroads." There were several acres of water on the Platte Side. Water Level is decent and current was running at a moderate clip under the bridge. No Grumpy old man sightings or bullheads to report; It shouldn't be long now for either. I am guessing that the ice will be off Platte and Sullivan by the weekend. I did hear a loon calling. Cool!
Bulldog: I would say this lake is now 1/8th ice free especially at the access and south end. I would guess Bulldog will be ice free Wed. the 18th.
Rock: At the rock access the ice has receeded a good 40 feet from shore all along the west side of the lake. I threw a few casts here as well, but no luck. I'm guessing Wed. or Thurs. for ice out.
Remember those Fantasy Bass Fishing rosters with the Clarks Hill Elite this week!
I guess this is a kind of Bassin Blog: The Brushpile Here is an excerpt:
I Never Fish For Spawners!-I love this comment made by those "holier than thou," when it comes to tournaments where bed fishing may be a factor. Arizona Pro, Mark Kile once said something to me in an interview that has left a lasting impression on me. "If you fish for bass in the months of February through May, you are fishing for spawners. It is an activity that consumes their entire life for that Spring time period."
I guess the moral of that story is that if you find it "beneath you" to fish for spawning bass, then you shouldn't go fishing during that three month period because even if a fish is eating, it is doing so to support itself for the spawning cycle. Pre spawn is for gaining the energy it will take to go through the ordeal, spawn is the actual "bed fishing phase," and post spawn is where the bass tries to regain it's energy after the dropping of four pounds worth of eggs or fighting off enemy Blue Gil, round the clock for several weeks. It is all part of spawning.
You can add June to the time frame because a lot of bass spawn in June in Minnesocold.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
BassFan Toyota Texas Bass Classic Day 2...
Sean Hoernke blog has some new news...
BP vs Cyberfish Labor Day Weekend Mille Lacs. For Full Story Click Here!
Friday, April 13, 2007
More information on the TTBC including leaderboad here...
BassFan Day 1 Coverage TTBC...
I kind of don't like the team fishing format, it's a little bit hard to follow. Maybe they should of had two man teams and that would have made it easier to follow.
Nobody makes a Berkeley prototype like Rapala!!...
The Basspastor says there is a fine line here between the sin'en and grin'en. I think fishing soft plastic worms, big tubes, and bass jigs are a no no and yes you could get flagged by the DNR. These are plain and simply bass baits where a pike or walleye on them would be an incidental catch. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, walleye and crappie size grubs, beetle spins, and the like however can be primary baits for the other species. Which reminds me of a story from an opener a few years back. I was fishing weed flats with a spinner bait and floating Rap for pike. Naturally I was catching as many if not more bass then pike. The lake has a much larger bass population than pike pop. Anyway, I was working my way down the flat when some guy on a dock starts harassing me about how bass season doesn't begin for another couple of weeks. This guy wouldn't stop and was being a jerk. I proceeded down the way without saying anything back. Later that night while fishing another weed flat I caught a 10lb pike on the same floating rap that this guy was yelling at me about. On this same flat the same night I was throwing a muskie size spinnerbait and could not keep the bass off it. Go figure. I have seen and caught some big pike on opener or the week after using a bass sized spinnerbait or rapala. IN fact in the last few years I have caught a fair number of pike over 7lbs and the majority have all been on bass size lures (Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits)
Follow up post:
My last post reminded me of another opener from a few years ago, but this time it was the bass opener. The weather was cool and cloudy and I was on a new lake. Naturally, I was after bass, primarily throwing bass soft plastics. What I found was Pike everywhere with a bass here and there. That day had I wanted I could have caught more than a hundred pike and I think I ended up catching more than 40 as it was. I ended up catching and releasing about ten bass. Go figure (Redux)
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Today I went deep into the FishingMinnesota.com archives just to look and see what was there. It was amazing to see how many of the original people who used that board were banned and now are listed as annonymous. Ahh the memories. For instance this post on a thread about a big bass:
Yes I would certify a 22" as a big/trophy class fish. Almost no doubt it was over 6lb.
Here's how I score em.
18" Nice Bass
19" Big Bass
21" Trophy Size
22" Huge Fish
23" Get it weighed possible State Record
24" This could be the magic 10, definitely get it weighed.
PS I'm going with legitimate length: mouth closed tail pinched nose against measuring board. To hold a fish next to a ruler can be deceiving if one isn't careful.
[This message has been edited by Basspastor (edited 07-24-2002).]
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
From the archives of FishingMinnesota.com:
Cyberfish vs. Basspastor
Cyberfish vs. Basspastor 2004 Ice to get the full flavor you have to open the links towards the bottom of the page 1 by 1.
Note: Anonymous is FM euphimism for the Banned Pastor. "The Banned Pastor" is a Classic Bass Pundit blog, a must read for all BP readers.
Bassfan world ranking analysis...
Monday, April 09, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
BassFan World Rankings...
Here's the dish on Minnesocold open water.
I found this BassFan Dock Talk interesting:
Santee-Clear comparison 4/3/2007
Just about every Bassfan knows by now that Steve Kennedy broke Preston Clark's BASS 4-day weight record at the recent Clear Lake Bassmaster Elite Series. Clark set the standard of 115-15 a year ago at South Carolina's Santee Cooper, and Kennedy shattered it with 122-14 over the weekend in California.
Here are a few more numbers comparisons between the two tournaments:
> Day 1 limits – 83 out of 102 anglers at Santee Cooper, 108 out of 108 at Clear Lake.
> Check weight (Top 50 after 2 days) – 39-07 at Santee Cooper, 41-11 at Clear Lake.
> Cut weight (Top 12 after 3 days) – 72-04 at Santee Cooper, 74-11 at Clear Lake.
> 25-pound-plus bags on day 1 – 15 at Santee Cooper, 19 at Clear Lake.
> Winner's best bag – 39-06 at Santee Cooper, 40-07 at Clear Lake.
> 100th-place weight (2 days) – 13-13 at Santee Cooper, 31-02 at Clear Lake.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Updated Angler of the Year Standings...
Sean Hoernke FLW Tour Fort Loudoun/Tellico Recap...
Team Lucky Craft Journal Cal Delta...
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Yesterday saw some of the worst media photo coverage of the Elite Series. I have been unable to find a picture of Steve Kennedy's full 40lb bag and no pictures at all of Tim Horton's 12-1 giant. BOO! Update I found pictures! See Yesterday's blog.
Mark Davis wins Ft. Loudoun–Tellico FLW Tour by 2-11 over Dave Lefbre. Also congratulations to Keith Williams, who I've fished with here in Minnesocold, on a 3rd Place Finish.
Posse Results Ft. Loudoun–Tellico & Overall pts and place:
1 Minnesocold BP's Boys 767 688thplace 1552pts 251thPlace
2 Cyb'sBboys 755 790thplace 1490pts 459thplace
3 Schmenzig Bassmen 752 817thplace 1372pts 1115thplace
4 BPObro 747 879thplace 1602pts 121thplace
5 Bp's Mommy 645 2066thplace 1321pts 1428thplace
6 Bass Pundit 1 611 2411thplace 1447pts 699thplace
7 BP's Dad 524 3110thplace 1338pts 1329thplace
Not exactly a great showing for any posse member, everybody was headed backwards pretty much.
Elite Clear Lake: Basszone Blog from the Water...
The Fat Lady has sung at Clear Lake and it's Steve "Yes he is on BP1 and BP boys rosters" Kennedy who has won and set a new Bass four day tournament record with 122-14 a full 5-8 better than Skeet. Kennedy notched the days big bag for the 2nd day in a row, chock up the bonus points baby!
Clear Lake Fantasy Bass Results
Minnesocold BPboys: 614 7thplace MN Fantasy Bass league, Overall 1559th place
Bass Pundit 1: 545 1stplace MN Fantasy Bass league, Overall 217th place
A pretty good tournament for both teams. BPboys move up 2,592 places and BP 1 moves up 233 places on the big board.