1. We lost the inventor of the curly-tail grub.
Has to be one of the biggest inventions in fishin’ ever. Glynn Carver was 82:
> …was a professor of biochemistry at McNeese State College in Lake Charles, LA. In 1972, Carver…invented the Mister Twister curly tail worm.
> Legendary outdoor writer, the late Homer Circle, was impressed with Carver’s invention. “The curly tail concept is the most exciting built-in action I have seen in soft lures. This amazing principle of animation doubtless will be added to many new types of lures in the future.”
> Carver: “I’d always heard folks say they’d like to see a worm that swam. I was at a show in Chicago and there was a French lure that had a curly tail but it was a stiff type lure. I felt like it would work on soft-plastics.”
> Carver moved from the world of academia to president and owner of a lure manufacturing firm, capable of producing 400K units a day. Carver eventually sold his company to Mepps, one of the nation’s largest lure manufacturers.
Thank you and bless you fishin’ brother.
2. MB: Protest to save Lake Winnipeg walleye fishery.
Don’t see protests happening too often in the fishin’ world, but those greenback walleyes hold a special place in fisher-people’s hearts.
Btw if you’ve never seen/caught a Manitoba “greenback” before, here’s what you’re missing out on:
That one ^ was guided by Lee Nolden on MB’s Red River — part of a 200-fish day! #YesPlease
> Lee: Found the fish deep in the middle of the channel…not on the break where most guys fish. A lot of the better fish were suspended about 3′ off bottom. Chartreuse flasher jigs were best…stinger hooks were a must have. Very light current so 3/8-oz is plenty. Forgot what the water temp was, but it’s time!
3. MB: New fine system for boaters…
…in effort to stop invasive species.
> Fines start at $174 and climb all the way to $2,542 for failing to decontaminate a watercraft.
That’s one expensive boat wash.
4. World’s fastest spinning reel.
Called the KastKing Speed Demon and has a 7.2:1 gear ratio. Lots of high-speed reels in the bassin’ world, but this is the first I’d ever heard of ’em in spinning gear. Oh and they look purrrrtty:
Haven’t had the chance to try one (yet), but instantly think of all the times I see fish on the graph — under the boat — after I’ve already casted. Dang near tear my rotator cuff trying to speed crank in with 5:1s lol.
5. MI: Over 12,000 juvie sturgeon stocked.
6. Costa’s Dave Bulthuis gets Lifetime Achievement Award…
…from the American Sportfishing Association (the folks that represent rec fishing interests in DC). Dave’s been with Costa Sunglasses since 2003 so you can partially blame him for this: