1. Pure Fishing is buying Plano.
Be…aggressive, B-E aggressive! Deal is supposed to close in April.
2. I don’t think anyone hates LiveScope as much as this dude LOL.
From this opinion article:
> “In a very short time, modern sonar has obliterated fair chase boundaries for certain types of fishing.”
> “You can actually identify a fish onscreen that you want to catch. The sonar is so precise that you can watch your bait drop to the fish, and you can watch the fish take the bait. It is said to be much like playing a video game.”
> “…LiveScope Panoptix [that’s backwards, but okay] tilts the advantage to the angler in a quantum leap. Especially for anglers with advanced skills, it has taken fishing out of the equation and practically automated catching.”
Lol yup just press 1 button and BOOM you’ve got your limit. Heard the next-gen models even fillet ’em for you.
> “Nobody throws back a legal-size walleye or crappie.”
> “The technology is popular and affordable….”
Okay, you lost me at affordable. 🤣
I agree live-imaging units are a big advantage – and could (maybe should) lead to daily limits being adjusted one day – but I can absolutely tell you that owning a LiveScope unit will NOT guarantee you catch anything. Thx for the chuckle tho!
3. New federal kill switch law effective Apr 1.
4. Abu compiled a list of the top 100 fisheries in the U.S.
And the top 10 were just announced today. Not just for the bass-heads…includes some walleye factories like Lake Erie (3), Green Bay (14), Mille Lacs (17), Devils Lake (18), Lake of the Woods (42) to name a few on there too. Pretty cool.
Btw congrats to Abu Garcia on turning 100 yrs old! 💯💯💯
5. MI DNR is looking for sponsors.
> With less than 15% of the DNR’s annual budget coming from general tax dollars, new and creative revenue sources are vital to fulfilling the department’s mission.
> “We are open to a wide variety of sponsorships and partnerships to help people enjoy and appreciate MI’s natural and cultural resources and, at the same time, highlight the many businesses that are growing the outdoor recreation industry and the state’s economy.”
6. MN: Gull Lake Spring Walleye Classic, May 22.
Lots of fall derbies happen on Gull, so pumped to see a big ol’ spring bash. Limited to the first 75 boats that sign up. Entry is $400 if registered before 5/5 and $450 after that. 1st place = $7,500 based on a full field. More info here.
7. Closer look at Northland’s “Rumble Series” cranks.
Nick Lindner talks sizes, running depths, etc…and what time of year he says each model shines: