1. Past AGLOW prez Martin Jaranowski has passed.
Can’t find a link so here’s a screenshot from the email that AGLOW (Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers) sent out. Rest in peace fishing brother:
2. Some fishing industry trends during COVID-19.
Now that everyone has stocked up on “essentials,” most other product categories are down by as much as 70-80%…but some fishing “retailers and manufacturers have seen 50-100%+ increases in their eCommerce business during the end of Mar and Apr.”
3. MD lifted motorized boating ban.
4. Suzuki DF300B outboard wins top product award…
…from Boating Industry Magazine. Has those crazy contra-rotating twin propellers:
Few reasons why it’s more better-er…per Suzuki’s website and comments from some folks that also run ’em:
> Incredible grip and lift….thrust sucks the windshields off the rest out of the hole.
> Spreads the propeller load for better efficiency at low speeds…especially when docking or trolling.
> Crazy stability…better handling and turning at high speeds. Runs straighter and tracks truer than a single prop.
> High reverse thrust allows the boat to reduce its speed and stop quicker.
Was surprised to hear from a couple guys that the props didn’t affect their top-end.
5. OH resumed non-rez license sales.
6. Lowrance has new C-MAP Contour+ maps.
> …include expanded coverage on 10,000 U.S. lakes and 8,900 lakes with 1′ contours — more than twice the number included in the previous C-MAP US Enhanced embedded chart.
7. Mark Courts caught a brown, toothless walleye.
Proof folks will do anything to kill the time ’til walleye seasons open up everywhere (lol):
8. FishAnywhere.com to partner with the NPAA.
> “…the world’s largest U.S. based website for finding and booking a professionally-guided fishing trip…. Fishing charter searches can be filtered by location, budget, availability, and target species, allowing users to find only the most relevant available trips.”
Looks pretty southern heavy right now — think there’s only 1 guide registered in MN? — but I’d guess a partnership with the NPAA would see a bunch more walleye-y locations added.
9. ID: Reminder it’s illegal to transport live fish.
And even more illegal-er to play “bucket biologist” and dump ’em into a different lake, like some folks are apparently doing in eastern ID.
10. Yo cold-water grubbers.
Showed you the Kalin’s Tickle Tail swimbait in the last TW, and just saw they have a Tickle Grub too. Those tentacles are supposed to vibrate with the slightest movements = sloooow cold-water grubbin’:
11. WA: $300 mil in “fisheries assistance” dished-out.
> “U.S. fisheries support 1.7 mil jobs and generate $200 bil in annual sales. This relief package will help America’s fishermen and seafood sector recover from this unprecedented challenge….”
12. DC: Senate committee bill proposes $$ to fight Asian carp.
Lock and dam infrastructure bill:
> An Asian Carp pilot program to address and prevent infestation of this invasive fish in the Great Lakes area would be authorized at $35 million, as well as a comprehensive study of the Lower Mississippi River System.