Archive for the ‘Dave Mercer’ Category

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Calamari Fiesta

September 28th, 2011

According to the Los Alamitos Seal Beach Patch (that’s a hard newspaper name to digest), there’s some good news: Humboldt Squid (also hard to digest) have invaded the waters off Huntington Beach, California and are ripe for the picking. The paper tells us that one boat out of Long Beach Marina “encountered the 2-5 lb [...]

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What a Hawg? Hog?

September 23rd, 2011

If you have any aspirations of being a celebrated TV show host like Dave Mercer, you’ve got to get the vocabulary down pronto. Number one thing to learn – a big bass is a “hawg.” I have no idea if South Carolina angler Wes Covington has any designs on taking over Dave’s show, but he’s [...]

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Now YOU’RE the Bait!

September 15th, 2011

Yes, you can quote the old Jaws script on this one – we ARE going to need a bigger boat. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, an adventure traveler of the first order or just a regular old nut with money to burn, you may be interested in traveling to Roatan, an island off the coast [...]

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Kids Day At Ontario Place Is Back!!!

September 9th, 2011

It’s Back!!! Facts of Fishing Kid’s Day is back at Ontario Place on Saturday, September 17th, 2011! This year is going to be the best year ever for this event! Not only will the first 400 kids receive a free gift bag full of great stuff from great sponsors such as Shimano, Subway, Toyota, Yamaha, [...]

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What’s the minimum length?

September 9th, 2011

Here’s a hot tip for multi-species action – if you’re bored with bass, weary from walleye or too pretty for perch, check out Lake Ida near Alexandria, Minnesota. While fishing there over the July 4th holiday weekend, Beth Krohn hooked into something that just didn’t feel right. Turned out it was a prosthetic leg. Might’ve [...]

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Swimming in Options

September 8th, 2011

Last Tuesday’s blog entry, entitled “Mo’ Money” got more reader response than anything I’ve written for Facts of Fishing since I first started here in February. I’m guessing….no, strike that, I’m CERTAIN…that it was because of the accompanying pic, which featured a rather shapely female rear end. Of course, this led to predictable comments and [...]

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Mo’ Money

August 23rd, 2011

If you’re a top-flight tournament professional, you probably have a jersey festooned with sponsors’ logos. Thanks to a generous diet, some of the pros have more advertising real estate than others, if you know what I’m saying. But what do you do if you don’t have that much fabric to sell? That’s a problem that [...]

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More Cat Scratch Fever

August 17th, 2011

British angler  Chris Grimmer recently landed this freakshow albino catfish which reportedly weighed 194 pounds and was just about 8 feet long. What the heck kind of stinkbait do you need to reel in that kind of whiskery whiteness? He caught it near Barcelona, Spain. Too bad no one knew the potential that existed there [...]

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What Would You Do for KVD’s Klondike Bar?

August 17th, 2011

Last month Bassmaster reported that during the course of a competition day on Wheeler KVD lost a rod/reel combo overboard. When he left the spot, four spectators jumped in trying to retrieve a piece of angling memorabilia. I thought about this because lately there have been a lot of newsworthy scenes from baseball games played on the [...]

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Wanting to go Fishing with Dave?

August 16th, 2011

All right. As much as I wish I could take everyone fishing, I just can’t. That’s why I’m so excited about this contest. BOATsmart! Canada has actually set it up so I can take at least one of you fishing! And hey, keep in mind the nice thing about fishing with me is that no [...]

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Anatomically Correct

August 16th, 2011

Check this out: Across the big pond in Germany they’ve installed a giant statute of a bathing beauty in Hamburg’s Alster Lake.  What does it say about my skewed priorities that my first thought was “Would it hold fish?’’ Imagine the tournament possibilities, watching two Bassmaster anglers jockeying their boats for a key spot near [...]

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A New Set of Legends

August 4th, 2011

Straight outta Minnesota, by way of West Virginia, by way of several universities who tried unsuccessfully to impose basic rules on him, Randy Moss has retired from football. Now, instead of torturing cornerbacks and safeties, he’ll have free reign over the bass, just like in this picture. If only we can get Mr. Brett Fav-ruh, [...]

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Scary Picture

August 2nd, 2011

If you’re a current or future Elite Series angler, this picture by BASS photographer James Overstreet should make you cringe. In the background is Ott the Dragon Slayer. Twenty five years old and he went head to head with the best in the business and came out a hundred grand richer. He’s going to be [...]

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Questions (and a few answers) from All-Star Week

July 28th, 2011

When was the last time that KVD, Jeff Kriet, Steve Kennedy, Davy Hite finished in the bottom four of ANYTHING, let alone a fishing tournament? Number of former AOYs left in the running for the All-Star title? Four – Ike, Skeet, Gerald and Aaron. That sounds kind of like a boy band. Speaking of anglers [...]

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The Bait Bucket Just Got Scarier

July 28th, 2011

When I first saw this picture, I assumed it was some sort of Spielbergian creation, a combination of a shark, a muppet and my junior prom date. Unfortunately, it is real. This is a picture of a hydrothermal worm. Fortunately, this fearsome beast is also incredibly tiny. It’s one of the smallest living things, less [...]

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Fish Sticks for Everyone!

July 26th, 2011

By now you’ve probably heard about the Asian Carp that are terrorizing the people of Illinois. Hold on, let me rephrase that – I made it sound like the finned invaders are lurking behind mailboxes and attacking anyone who looks like Mike Ditka or wears a Cubs jersey. That’s not quite the case. Rather, these [...]

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One Word: Plastics

July 21st, 2011

Recently local Kelly Pratt won the first Bassmaster Northern Open of the year on the James River. While others beat the water to a froth with crankbaits that hunt and frogs that pop, Pratt patiently worked the shallows with a good old fashioned finesse worm. We’ve got computer-chip-lipped baits, others that light up, others that [...]

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Who Doesn’t Love Spooning?

July 19th, 2011

Asking me to name my favorite lure is kind of like asking Mr. Mercer to identify his favorite Subway sandwich – you just can’t do it because they all have their own special time and place. But if you ask me to name my least understood lure category it would have to be the dreaded [...]

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WIN DAVE’S BOAT WITH HOOK, LINE AND SUBWAY®!!

July 11th, 2011

Starting July 4th, 2011 fishing fans will have a chance to hook the catch of a lifetime at participating Ontario Subway® restaurants with the Hook, Line and Subway® contest. This contest will award great weekly prizes such as Shimano rod and reel combos, Mustang Inflatable Life Jackets, and BOATsmart! Safeboating Prize Packs, but the ultimate [...]

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Cat, the other white meat?

July 7th, 2011

Kerr Reservoir, also known as Buggs Island, is a 50,000 acre lake that straddles the border of North Carolina and Virginia. The area has hosted a number of BASS events over the years. It’s a good striper fishery and an excellent crappie hole. Additionally, it’s one of the many lakes where Carolina crankers like David [...]

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Waiting Sucks

July 5th, 2011

Remember the old Heinz commercials which used the theme of “ANTICIPATION” to describe why their ketchup was so good? That might’ve flown in 1979, or whenever those pieces debuted, but it’s 2011 now. We’re all about ADHD now – a  population that lives for immediate gratification, wants everything done yesterday and will complain vociferously if [...]

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AMart the Great Entertainer

July 4th, 2011

Is there any angler on the Elite Series tour who continually says more outlandish things than Aaron Martens? I don’t mean those pee-your-pants Swindleisms, but just stuff that flat out surprises you. I first got a sense of what AMart is like at the 2004 Bassmaster Classic, when I rode with him on Day One. [...]

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Where Smallmouths Go to Park

June 29th, 2011

I just returned from covering the PAA tournament at Missouri’s Table Rock Lake. Congratulations to veteran pro Stacey King on his start-to-finish victory. The story that intrigued me the most coming out of the event wasn’t King’s use of oversized worms on offshore structure, but rather where third place finisher Brian Travis caught his fish [...]

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Live Target Lures Are Getting a Little Salty

June 23rd, 2011

Koppers launches NEW Saltwater Series at EFTTEX Press Release June 14, 2011 – Amsterdam, Holland Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corp., makers of LIVETARGET Life-Like Lures, is set to launch their NEW Saltwater Series of premium hard baits at EFTTEX later this week. The new Saltwater Series represents an evolutionary step in the way saltwater lures [...]

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