1. WORLD RECORD for the most fish ever caught in 24 hours?
…was 2,172 [!] by Jeff “Marathon Man” Kolodzinski last fall, and heeeee’s baaaaack…! Gonna try to break his own record at Sankoty Lakes Resort & Retreat outside of Peoria, IL today. Not doing it for a spot in the record books:
> “He’s doing it to introduce people and families to fishing and to increase awareness and financial support for Fishing For Life, a non-profit, charitable organization whose Next GEN program finds mentors for children of families in need.
> “A special focus within the program, serves families of our veterans who have lost loved ones while serving our nation.”
Great cause! Can hit up the silent auction or make a donation here.
It’s goin’ down live on Facebook RIGHT NOW — kicked off at 9am and he’ll be fishing for 24 hours straight — and he’s already caught 745 fish as I’m about to click “send” on this email.
2. ON: Rare blue rainbow trout caught on Superior.
Tanner Hrycyk caught the 27″ smurf out of 60′:
> …believed to be a genetic mutation that occurs in a vanishingly small number of hatchery-produced rainbow trout.
Write-up said they did some digging and approx 1 in 1.3 mil raised in a hatchery are blue. Would love to know the odds of them then getting to that size and being caught on a Great Lake.
3. How Covid impacted the fishing industry.
Just came across this In-Fisherman write-up that interviewed multiple industry leaders on how the pandemic impacted manufacturing, the sales channel, the retail environment, etc. — lot of good news! — and how they see things changing going forward.
4. OR: Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters on Columbia River.
During 52 mph gusts = yikes!
5. PA: New invasive called “rock snot” lol?!
Invasive alga didymo found in Quemahoning Creek. Not sure who gave it the nickname “rock snot” but after seeing a pic…it works:
6. More info on the new StrikeMaster Lithium 24v.
You read that right! Don’t worry…the Lithium 40V is NOT going anywhere. Think of this as a lightweight run-and-gun version of the already proven ice-cutter:
That ^ compact unit is a new lightweight auger head combined with SM’s popular Lite-Flite Lazer drill. Gets 100 holes per charge with the 6″ drill (13.3 lbs) and 50 holes per charge with the 8″ drill (14.3 lbs) based on 16″ of ice.
Available Oct 1.
7. MT has inspected over 115K vessels so far this season.
Watercraft inspectors have stopped 27 mussel-infested rigs from entering the state this year — most recently they found a mussel-fouled kayak strapped to the roof of a van traveling from MI to Glacier National Park.
8. MN: DNR wants your opinion on potential new panfish regz.
> “…proposed special fishing regulations that, if adopted, would become effective next year. Most of the proposed changes are aimed at protecting and improving bluegill sizes by lowering bag limits on lakes in 26 counties.”
There’s a series of “town hall meetings” coming up the beginning of Oct — more info here.
9. OH gets $5 mil for wetlands and water quality.
> The DNR is partnering with the OH Water Development Authority (OWDA) to strengthen the impact of the H2Ohio water quality initiative.
> “The funds will be used specifically to help ODNR naturally reduce nutrient runoff and prevent algal blooms over the long term.”
10. MN: DNR needs volunteers for…
…fish and wildlife budget oversight committees that review how the DNR spends “Game and Fish Fund” dollars.
11. Anyone run a Megaware Keelguard Skeg Guard?
Things look legit. Posted by BASS Opens angler Andrew Upshaw:
12. Mustad names Kenni Riise new CEO.
13. Now earthworms are bad for the environment?
Not ones that can jump, skip or sing…just straight-up earthworms….
14. Pink salmon are benefiting from warmer water.
I would’ve never guessed.
15. FishUSA has a bunch of the new…
…Berkley Hit Sticks in stock = ooooh la la!
> Berkley: “They said we’d never find a material that could replicate the action of a balsa bait. They were wrong.”
Big claim — here’s how they did it: “low-center gravity FlashDisc weights [on the bottom] and a superior polycarbonate exterior.” Supposed to have that nasty-good balsa-type action, but is more durable and casts 60% farther:
16. Few new fishin’ podcasts out…
– JMO Podcast: Trophy fall walleye w/ Bret Alexander.
– Fish House Nation Podcast: Ice fishing Fort Peck, MT w/ Mike Howe.
– Chip Leer’s Wildside Podcast: Joel Nelson gets sciency.