1. ME: We lost another fishing brother.
> “Brian Wardwell was with his dog and was driving on Alamoosook Lake in Orland last night at approximately 7:15 when his truck broke through the ice.
> “A person on the shore heard someone yelling and attempted to rescue him but was unable to as he went through the ice himself, but was able to get out of the water.”
Prayers to the family.
2. NY: Great Lakes lamprey numbers dropping.
Thanks to treatments with “lampricides:”
> [Hoisington Brook] received it’s first-ever treatment in Oct 2019…within 6 hours, thousands of larval sea lamprey emerged from the sediment.
Here’s why the DEC declared war on ’em:
> Without sea lamprey control, the world-class sport fisheries that anglers continue to enjoy wouldn’t exist.
> Sea lampreys feed on the blood and body fluids of fish by attaching to them with a tooth-filled, suction cup mouth and file a hole through the fish’s scales and skin with a razor-sharp tongue.
> The average sea lamprey kills up to 40 lbs of fish during its adult parasitic stage. Sea lampreys prefer trout, salmon, whitefish and sturgeon, but they also attack smaller fish such as walleye and perch.
I wonder how they cook ’em up? Lol #nothanks
3. MI’s gotta new license sales system comin’ Feb 18.
Little unrelated-but-sorta-related tiddlybit: MI issues nearly 4 million licenses/permits = roughly $77 mil in revenue. #ChaChing
4. T-H Marine acquires First Source.
First Source was the marine accessory division of distributor Maurice.
And if you haven’t heard of T-H, they make some awesome products and are growing like crazy — this is their 8th acquisition in the past decade.
5. WI: Charity derby happenin’ Feb 29 at Lake Dubay.
Called Fishin’ For a Mission and has raised over $176K for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2008.
6. Outboard sales reach 13-yr high.
Huge chunk of those sales are 200 ponies or better:
> …2019 led by engines 200hp+, accounting for 27% of sales…and sales of 300hp+ engines up 18%….
7. Brunswick says better boat/motor sales coming?
> For 2020, we project U.S. marine industry retail unit demand for the year to be flat to slightly up versus 2019.
8. WI: James Lindner’s speakin’ at the…
…Central Wisconsin Sports Show Feb 14-16. One of his topics will be “modern walleye fishing.” Full seminar schedule here.
9. Some custom-painted goodness!
Had Dane Heid of DH Custom Baits do-up some #5 lipless cranks for me, and WHOA. Almost gonna feel bad getting teeth marks on ’em…almost!
Legit can’t stop staring at ’em — huge props dude!
10. WY: How stream trout survive winter…
…when the stream/creek completely freezes over. Sorta interesting read on something I’ve always been curious about.