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We lost Irwin Jacobs, Is KY lake done? Make WAY more casts to targets – BassBlaster

We lost Irwin Jacobs, Is KY lake done? Make WAY more casts to targets – BassBlaster

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Seems like we misplaced Irwin Jacobs.

In the event you haven’t heard, Irwin Jacobs — FLW founder/proprietor and a former proprietor of Ranger Boats and different bass boat corporations — has handed on, alongside together with his spouse. No matter occurred, sounds prefer it was tragic. Very sorry to listen to, and hope the Jacobs household is doing as okay as might be anticipated presently. Bless you people.

Gotta say a couple of issues about Irwin — nothing actually thought out, simply as they’re coming to me:

Should you forgot or by no means knew, know this: Whenever you take a look at a 6-figure profitable examine or a wrapped boat or a multi-day tourney the place weights are zeroed or an incredible contingency program or amazingly televised professional bassin’ or multiple top-level tour (and for positive different stuff), you possibly can thank Irwin for it.

I don’t know what number of of this stuff he considered himself, however he made all of them attainable — via his imaginative and prescient and keenness for altering the game, and partly by means of hiring a man who hadn’t finished a lot in event bass TV earlier than: Jerry McKinnis.

Once I began again within the early 2000s, masking bassin’ like a sport was a model new factor. MANY individuals within the biz didn’t prefer it, however Irwin acknowledged the necessity for it instantly. I spoke with him many occasions through the years, and it was fairly fascinating. I discovered him principally truthful (although biased to his POV in fact), very educated, fearless, decided and motivated to vary the established order in event bass fishing, which he (and his people) did.

Did he get mad at me a couple of occasions? Heck yeah — I used to be in the midst of the “bass wars” of the time, in order that was kinda my job, the messenger getting shot deal. Did I take it personally? Heck no, and don’t assume he did both. One time I assumed I’d harm his emotions by mistake, my dangerous, so whereas I used to be up north stopped by his workplace to apologize. He couldn’t have been extra gracious.

These are just a few issues that got here to me. I’ve heard that Irwin sometimes rubbed some people the incorrect approach — hey man, who hasn’t? I positive have…and nonetheless do. And for no matter it’s value, in my journey by means of life I’ve seen that folks with imaginative and prescient and/or cash and/or guts who succeed are likely to fire-up some people. That’s simply regular I assume.

Both means, I didn’t know Irwin personally. That is just a bit mind obtain a few man who thought he might do one thing main for bassin’, and did. I actually recognize what Irwin did, and simply now understand that I miss him doin’ his factor in our little nook of the world.

Guess you might say it this manner: He modified bass fishing for everybody, eternally.

Hope you FLW people are doing okay too. Wishing the Lord’s peace for you all.

Approach large ditchies of the week!

Kevin D caught this DD fishing with Mark Pack on Lake Fork on that bait, which I consider is that this bait:

Ron M obtained him this 12-08 on Lake Baccarac, MX together with his grandson Jackson B on a 1-oz.Omega Jig (watermelon purple):

An AR chilly entrance didn’t cease Bruce L from gettin’ his PB (10 even, 23.75″) on an unnamed public lake. Used a Four″ Berkley Pit Boss (junebug) on a 1/2-oz.HD Deal with Stealth Search swing head:

Jeremy E caught this ditch melon actually outta a NC ditch! On a dang Beetle Spin! Props for bein’ capable of stick that hook:

Give it up for Ethan P, who caught the Eagle Mntn Lake, TX junior bass document (10.35 lbs) in a tourney! The Lone Star Junior Bassin’grasp to be actual. Used a M-Pack Lures Swim Jig (bluegill) with a Grande Bass Beaver Bug (gp) on 17-lb Seaguar flouro:

Closin’ ‘er out with this INSANE 41.76-lb restrict caught yesterday, day 1 of the WON Bass Open on Clear Lake, CA:

Guessin’ Noy Vilaysane and Ryan Furno discovered these fish waitin’ in line on the county truthful for deep fried mac n cheese…?

Extra prime Hartwell Elitist baits.

Tx a lot to the fellers for doin’ this whereas tryin’ to seek out 1 bass at Winyah Bay (heehee!). If’n ya missed it, Brandon Cobb’s profitable baits/sample is right here.

2nd: Stetson Blaylock

> “I stayed inside a pair miles of 1 specific creek, and caught the majority of my weight till the ultimate day in that 1 space…2-Three mile stretch. Fished in 1-Four′ relying on how good I might see.”

> Why his weights acquired higher: “I used to be simply determining what these greater fish have been doing and the way they have been appearing. Truthfully it was extra about not having a clue the primary day — I knew I might catch some fish, however I didn’t know if I might catch good ones. Because it went on, I found out what these higher fish have been doing and appearing. Thy have been all spawn or simply about to spawn fish.”

In case you noticed the movies B.A.S.S. posted of Stetson catching fish on prime, right here’s what he stated about it

> “That was simply divine intervention on the ultimate day. I’d not thrown both [topwater] all the week, however I rigged them up the night time earlier than Championship Sunday and ended up catching 2 of my higher fish on these baits. I didn’t catch a fish aside from these 2 on both bait.”

These 2 baits have been a BOOYAH Poppin Pad Crasher (sunburn) and an previous Insurgent Pop-R (chrome black/again “however the chrome’s all gone”).

third: Micah Frazier

4th: Drew Prepare dinner

> “I used to be bed-fishing in 2-6′ and throwing a wacky rig to some beds and docks as I used to be wanting.”

fifth: Shane LeHew

> “I used to be throwing the Basic out in entrance of me — I stored that in my hand. I might attempt to catch them sight fishing with that first, and if that didn’t work I’d work it with the lizard.

> “I spent more often than not on the decrease finish the place there was cleaner water. I attempted to fish un-obvious stuff — indentions within the financial institution, not likely even pockets. Everyone else was simply operating pockets.”

sixth: Mark Menendez

> “I fished pinch factors in a serious creek, Three-Eight′. The Recreation Hawg did nearly all of the work days 1-Three and the spinnerbait added key fish these days. Day Four the oxblood worm was magic on spawning fish to rally and transfer up Four further locations.”

Have been the Costa weights a nasty signal for KY Lake?

For a pair years now, numerous people have been speaking about how KY Lake (and sister lake Barkley) was getting significantly worse — or sooner or later would — due to all of the Asian carp within the lake. Then there’d be a tourney with some massive weights, and the speak would subside just a little. This time it was totally different. Right here’s some #s from final weekend’s FLW Costa there:

  • 147 anglers, Three days
  • 30 zeroed
  • 28 had lower than 5 lbs, so 1/Three of the sector had lower than 5 lbs
  • 32 had 5 to 9+ lbs
  • 27 had 10 to 14+ lbs, so 86% had lower than 15 lbs
  • 14th place and up had 20+ lbs
  • Winner Jake Morris had 44-02 however simply 10 fish!

KY Lake has been some of the necessary lakes in bass fishing for many years. Not simply due to main tourneys (or numerous tourneys) there, however as a result of a lot of baits and methods have been developed or outed there: stroking a jig, numerous ledge methods, magnum spoons, and so forth.

So if we lose this lake — not to mention different TN River lakes — to silly carp, it might be a big deal for our sport…or perhaps it already is. I can’t think about something extra necessary to all freshwater fishing than wiping out these critters. It’s a BIG DEAL.

This is also a nasty signal:

And bizarre….

Prime 10 Costa baits: spinnerbaits dominate once more.


1. Dave-E Hite honored by SC Senate.

Fairly cool deal. Right here’s how the proclamation begins:

> To acknowledge and rejoice Davy Hite for his distinctive angling talent, broadcasting capacity, stewardship of the outside, turkey chili and repair to our nation, and to congratulate him on his choice into the 2019 Bass Fishing Corridor of Fame in Springfield, MO.

By no means noticed Davy as an enormous turkey chili man?

Okay I added that half. However the remaining is legit.

[Can’t link it but it’s at:]
2. What Elitist Cory Johnston likes concerning the Elites.

One of many Canadian invaders. Right here’s the place they reside:

Consider Gussy’s acquired the longest drive ever in bassin’….

Three. B.A.S.S. is affiliate sponsor of a NASCAR automotive.

Martin Truex Jr’s #19 Toyota Camry. For those who Google it, this $$ vary for a NASCAR affiliate sponsorship has been kicking round for a number of yrs: $250,000-$2 mil. Big selection, however appears to point that B.A.S.S. has no $$$ points.

Four. New FLW/Abu/Boy Scouts contingency program.

Consider Tom Redington is reppin’ the Scouts on the FLWs this yr….

5. WI smallie group opposes year-round brown bassin’.

[Can’t link it but it’s at:]

Since smallmouths group up big-time within the winter:

> “We really feel the fish have to relaxation, want a break from fishing annually. They’re weak, particularly in late fall and winter, and we’re strongly in favor of retaining protections in place for them.”

6. FL: You need tons or bigs?


From a current research about stocking bass in FL:

> Our research suggests stocking is a relatively highly effective software for attaining excessive catch charges in largemouth bass fisheries, however might carry out poorly at assembly different aims of largemouth bass administration comparable to manufacturing of trophy fish.

7. AR: New Greers Ferry administration plan.


Extra native veggies, extra forage stocking, no wiper stocking and extra.

Eight. Didja see T-H’s Gen 2 clip cull system but?

G-Pressure Conservation Culling System Gen2. Modifications:

The Clip:

  • Simplified design for simpler use
  • Constructed to be sturdy, utilizing high quality plastic molding and chrome steel
  • Nice with holding tight on a fish’s lips, utilizing stronger plastic and a spring-loaded grip
  • Designed to be fast and straightforward, ultimate for one-handed use
  • Meets and exceeds event requirements because it gained’t puncture a fish’s lip

The Buoys:

  • Simply detach from the color-coded strains
  • Conveniently retailer away on the storage rack that’s included
  • Embrace 6 color-coded choices for faster, smarter culling

9. David Kilgore promoting his 2017 Bass Cat Puma.

10. New collegiate bass podcast with OSU.

11. Sick vid of the Lunkerhunt Fetch swimbait.

Underwater vid. All the time questioned what that bait’s motion was. Verify the Fetch on TW.

12. Examine BUFF’s new CoolNet UV+.

> Uniquely engineered with 95% recycled Repreve Efficiency Microfiber and HeiQ moisture administration know-how that pulls sweat away out of your pores and skin and into our evaporative cooling material design, so that you keep cool, mild and cozy.

> Designed with Four-Means Extremely Stretch development that options UPF 50+ solar safety, CoolNet UV+ is the last word safety from the solar’s dangerous rays — so you possibly can keep outdoors longer.

I’m positive they imply “fish longer.” BUFF makes the most effective Buffs = no-brainer.

13. AFTCO has a brand new youngsters line of garments.

Most significantly it features a Squatch T-shirt, tho sadly not with a bass-fish. 🙁

14. Lookit the colour of this Japanese swimbait!

How nice is that this:

Tip of the Day

What number of casts do you make to a goal?

Considered it from an previous Bassin’masters publish about AL information Jimmy Mason cranking docks with a Bomber Mannequin 2A:

> Mason strives to “clip” one in every of these nook posts together with his crankbait on each forged. He begins by making parallel casts alongside the entrance of the dock. Then he runs his crankbait parallel to every aspect of the dock. He finishes by cranking the again of the dock underneath the walkway.

> “I’ll make a number of casts to every publish. If I really feel sure the dock holds a bass, I’d make 10 to 15 consecutive casts to the identical publish.”

> When he’s fishing floating docks which are held to the shore with cables, Mason targets the cable the place it connects to the dock underneath the floor. Equally, he repeatedly targets the cable and the connection together with his crankbait.

15 casts to 1 submit! Repeated casts to each piece of a dock!

This kinda factor all the time makes me consider a narrative about Roland Martin when he was a information on Okeechobee, I consider. A shopper made a forged or 2 to a goal with a buzzbait. No fish, however Roland was satisfied a fish was there so he made 20+ casts, 1 after one other, and eventually caught the fish he knew was there.

Quote of the Day

“Once I bail out and go to one thing I’ve confidence in, it calms me down and prevents me from going into full-blown panic mode.”

– Astute statement from Elitist Hunter Shryock on the Bassin’masters website. He MIGHT be turning into my new fave Bassmaster column, tho I miss Hackney’s….

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