> …capture a fish’s weight, length and snap a quick photo before returning the fish safely back into the water. Simply scoop up any fish up to 30-lbs and remove the hook. Turn on the scale and hold the net in a vertical position with the net portion down to record the quick weight of any catch.
5. ASA elects board of directors members for 2023.
ASA = American Sportfishing Association, the national trade association that represents the sportfishing industry.
Elected to the At-Large board seats:
• Ken Eubanks – CEO, Rather Outdoors
• Daniel Nussbaum – President, Z-Man Fishing Products, Inc.
Elected to the Regional board seats:
• Todd Hammill – CEO, Wired2Fish; Northern Plains and Inter-mountain
• Mike Powell – General Manager, Mason Tackle; Great Lakes
6. Jay Harris joins American Baitworks as vp of sales.
> Jay has worked in the fishing industry for 16 yrs, having spent the last 4 yrs as national sales manager at Savage Gear Americas, where he was integral in the sales development, growth, and new product offerings.
7. Alex Smay promoted to regional sales manager for St. Croix.
8. MN: Lund pros swept the top-3 spots at… 🧹
…the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament:
> Chuck Hasse and Randy Topper (1st place), Dylan Maki and Joe Bricko (2nd), and Sean Colter and Dave Hernesman (3rd). In addition, 5 other Lund teams landed in the top-20.
> The team of Hasse and Topper finished the event with a total bag of walleye measuring just over 48-inches to take home the $15,400 prize.
9. MD/VA: Chesapeake Bay “dead zone” should be smaller this year.
Predicted to be 13% lower than average. Interestingly because of LESS rainfall = fewer nutrients from farms, etc in the system.
Btw walleye are not native to Chesapeake waterways, but are a “welcome sight.” They were “intentionally introduced into the Bay watershed in the late-1800s for sport and as food. Once established, walleye rapidly developed a reputation as one of the tastiest fishes in the region.”
10. Little background on what ICAST is.
The 65th-annual fishing biz trade show that’s happening July 19-22 in Orlando, FL:
> “ICAST [International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades] is the annual gathering point for the entire sportfishing industry. We bring more manufacturers, buyers and media together than any other sportfishing industry event of the year. That means hundreds of new products, dozens of new connections and many new business opportunities for everyone who attends.”
11. MN: Faucet snails confirmed in George Lake.
12. MN: Zebra mussels confirmed in Buchanan Lake.
Otter Tail County
13. Ever heard of the Tornado HH Knot?
Me either. Big Palomar guy 🤣.
Apparently the “Tornado HH Knot” is supposed to be the 💣 for fluorocarbon because the knot strength “is nearly 100 % of straight strength.”