All those Alabamians better watch out for the northern guy named Kevin VanDam.
All those Alabamians better watch out for the northern guy named Kevin VanDam.
Alabamians? What edge would they have in the Classic? Are you intimating collusion? If all the competitors were from the Yellowhammer state, then they'd have an edge. Anybody who shows up could win – if they get on the right fish.
As for Lane's assessment of Aaron Martens' Classic intensity, he must not know the former Californian very well. Martens would be just as jacked up for a $5 canepole contest in a drainage ditch. And he'd wear his tournament jersey all day, too.
Congrats to Casey Scanlon for joining the Bass Kandi family. Bass Kandi lures is truly becoming a Louisiana icon for plastic lures. I have been with Mike Holland for over 3 years now on his pro staff. Seeing the company grow is amazing and hearing of all the big bass being caught on them is great.
RE: Got bananas – When I won the FLW American Fishing Series (EverStart) at Lake Okeechobee in 2010, I had bananas in the boat every day. I usually ate one as a snack while idling into Roland Martin's for weigh-in. Needless to say, a lot of people commented when they saw me eating them!
It would be awesome to see Randall Tharp win the Forrest Wood Cup and the Classic back to back. It has never been done before and he is the man who can do it.
On Nov. 28, 2013 B.A.S.S. announced that 49 anglers entered the Bassmaster Wild Card. Nineteen Elites and 30 Open anglers paid $2,000 for a chance at the Classic.
A full field of 175 would have resulted in a $270,000 profit for B.A.S.S., so B.A.S.S. will only make $18,000 and someone will qualify for the 2014 Classic by competing against 48 anglers for 2 days and 12 anglers for 1 day. They will then compete for $300,000 with a guarantee of $10,000.
The Wild Card is short of a full field by 126 anglers. B.A.S.S. is short of a large profit by $252,000. One angler will then fish for a $300,000 win with a $10,000 guarantee if he blanks.
Who is in charge at B.A.S.S.? Where are we heading?
I am pleased to see Mr. Tharp add his aclaimed talents to the Elite Series. His move into the Elites, while surrounded by a maze of business-related issues, will bring another skill set into the Elites' talent pool for all to contend with. For me, a real good guy and super fisherman will now likely scare the hell out of many others. I can only wish him well.
Big Tharp fan, can't wait too see him win the Classic! FLW had better wake up. They know only a handful of guys can make a living fishing six events a year. Why not cooperate with them and make it easier to fish both tours? B.A.S.S. will end up with all the big sticks.
RE: Alabamians in the Classic – Gerald is the man! He is capable and it is going to happen.
Does Spencer Shuffield think he is going to get a team deal with FLW when he publicly says he wants to be with B.A.S.S.? I will be shocked now if he ever gets one. FLW doesn't play that way, Spencer.
RE: HydroWave Mini – Wow, this is fantastic! You have outdone yourselves this time. Hopefully, even me, being retired and on disability, will be able to afford this unit.
RE: Sancho headed to Elites – Good story. Joe Sancho is a top-notch angler and would be an asset to any company that sponsored him. Funny guy, too. He could do standup comedy if the fishing doesn't work out.
RE: Classic contenders: Adam Wagner, he's a stud. I have fished against him for years on Guntersville and lakes across the country. He will be ready.
RE: Balog on deer – He needs to get out of the tree stand and start hunting mule deer out west.
RE: Got bananas? – Are you watching, Kriet? How about you, Yelas? I'm whipping up some peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches for some bassin' tomorrow!,Should be a good day on the water.
Part of the fun and relaxation of being outdoors, whether you are hunting or fishing, is observing nature. I have identified over 100 species of birds at our resort and it is a thrill to me to discover a new one. Pay attention to the outdoor world around you and enjoy.
RE: Balog on deer – Joe, I respect your opinions, however they are far from "cold, hard facts" as you claim.
10. Why are you confined to a tree? There are several ways to hunt, and just like fishing, if my area is unproductive, I move. Just like in bass fishing the better the understanding one has of their intended target's habits, the better choices they make when choosing locations.
9. I have never eaten camp chili myself ... I choose my food.
8. You are way off base on this one, I have gotten a second chance at many deer. However, let's compare apples to apples. If you miss a big, mature bass, you likely will not get another opportunity that day.
7. Once again you are off base. If it does not matter what you smell like, then why are our boats full of this scent and that scent? I even keep Dead Down Wind scent eliminator in my boat with which to spray my hands before I rig or retie. Bass posses a very advanced sense of smell, that is a hard fact.
6. Seriously? Who said you had to hunt from a tree? When I fish, I do not have a constant fear of drowning. Why? They are called life preservers ... or safety harnesses when in a treestand.
5. Once again you are off base. You can never "pause the game" when outdoors. Just because you are not casting does not mean that you are not missing an opportunity to catch a fish. If a deer is wheezing when you move, then he was obviously close enough for a shot with a firearm.
4. I am not a fan of blaze orange myself. However, when you are in the woods with individuals who are not paying attention, it is a necessity. If you do not notice a buck walking up on you, then you will likewise not recognize another hunter on the ridgeline.
3. Once again I have to disagree. Last minute, light fading, there is the distinct outline of large, heavy main beams materializing through the timber. Is he going to present a shot? He is standing, evaluating the landscape, finally a move, slow and cautious, there is my opening. I draw my bow while simultaneously attempting to maintain composure as my heart is in overdrive. Settle the pins, touch the release and the arrow is gone. Yeah, it is like that!
2. Never had a surprise hit? Knew you were going to get every bite you ever had? Okay.
1A. Perhaps you need to step up your game. Just because you see a deer doesn't mean you have to shoot it. I film 99 percent of the bucks I encounter, choosing a couple each year to harvest.
1. Let us compare apples to apples again. I am convinced that the sinners of the land row back to weigh-in on Lake Erie in 6-foot rollers. You say you do not row, you drive in with your 21-foot boat and 250-hp motor? Then why are you dragging deer when ATVs/UTVs are readily available?
My evaluation is that if you put as much effort into bass fishing as you do deer hunting, you likely would not enjoy that, either.
RE: Tharp's independence – Congrats to Randall. Big step, but if anyone can do it, it's Randall. As a longtime fishing professional, I can appreciate the challenges this will present. Go Tharp!
RE: McDonald's big move _ Billy is a great angler and friend. He always has a smile and a story to share. I wish him all the best in his fishing career. He has been a true pro at heart for many years. Now he has a chance to follow his dreams. Rock on, Billy!
The Top 10 reasons why Joe is wrong:
10. While bass fishing, if I’m in an unproductive area, I can always move the boat. No, you don’t have to just sit there; there are many forms of hunting deer, you are just choosing to sit there versus being more active. Just like bass fishing, hunting is all about scouting properly.
9. Camp chili is not all it’s cracked up to be. It doesn’t matter if I’m hunting or fishing all day, camp chili or whatever food I choke down before collapsing may not be the best, but it fills me up before I pass out.
8. When I miss a bass, oftentimes I get another chance and end up catching the fish. Try early-season bowhunting – I’ve had multiple chances on the same deer when I messed up the first time.
7. When fishing, it really doesn’t matter what I smell like. I don’t have to douse my body in any kind of animal urine and I never have to put on a space-age carbon astronaut suit. Hunt into the wind and you don’t have to worry about that, either. With some of the ranges that rifles have, no need to worry about scent control, either.
6. When bass fishing, there is no constant fear of falling out of a tree. When bass fishing in cold or rough weather, there is a fear of falling out of the boat, though. At least in a treestand you have a safety lanyard!
5. While fishing, I can always “pause” the game by not casting. Surprises happen in bass fishing too. How many times have you tried to lift the lure out of the water and it gets smashed by a bass when you do?
4. At no time when bass fishing do I ever have to wear fluorescent colors. Have you seen most of the pros' outfits lately? Besides, hunt early with a bow and no fluorescent orange is needed.
3. Tournaments. Exciting? Yes. Expensive? Yes. For every tournament that you have that comes down to the wire, how many more did you leave the water wondering what you did wrong? At least with deer hunting, you can be assured of having a nice day relaxing in the woods even if you don’t see a deer. If you do see a Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young-class deer, I guarantee you will be shaking like a leaf, too!
2. Bass don’t sneak up on you. The heck they don’t! See No. 5 again.
1A. Catch and release. Yes, bass may be released again. That being said, you are not required to shoot the first deer you see. In its own way, there is “catch and release” in hunting.
1. Dragging deer is the worst job in the world. I wouldn’t call it the worst job in the world, probably the worst job in the world is someone who is stuck indoors all of the time and never gets to experience the outdoors.
I love bass fishing and I love deer hunting … both are great outdoor activities to get involved with. Happy holidays. Joe! May the great 30-point buck cross in front of your stand while you are not relieving yourself!
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