|Posted on June 19, 2018 at 1:05 PM|
You know it never ceases to amaze me! People always comment on how we don't need any social programs to help people out, they make comments on donating time,products and money to all kinds of organizations, and say we can do it all ourselves, yet when I ask for donations to help the kids and military programs get free baits and tackle or offer to go out and teach them tips and locations and tactics for tournament fishing on lakes or rivers for free, they click like but dont donate or respond with a call to go out. lol We give free baits with Tackle Warehouse orders that you are buying anyway and then pay for shipping etc ourselves with the products, and if you want, we give you free baits also, and its too much trouble even for that?? I dont know...?? It just never ceases to amaze me how selfish and hypocritical people are. They can spend $10.00 at McDonalds for lunch, or $5.00 at Starbucks for a cup of coffee but can't send $5.00 lousy dollars to help us keep sending free baits and tackle to kids?? LOL I just don't understand people anymore I guess??
If you would like to help theres a donations link with other links showing what we have done and do in this regard. To those select few who have and do help, our sincere appreciation is sent out to you. Thanks again Steve
Donations >. http://www.thebasscollege.com/apps/donations/
FREE BAITS > http://www.thebasscollege.com/freebaits.htm
YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF WHAT WE GAVE > http://www.youtube.com/user/delawarebass
|Posted on June 2, 2018 at 12:35 AM|
You don't always get what you want, but do you get what you need? While pre-fishing for a tournament at Bull Shoals Lake in Missouri, we had some of the strangest things happen to us in three days there, than at any other lake we had ever been to then or since.
Now don't get me wrong, we love Missouri, but this tournament and the things that happened were a nightmare. We started our drive from Delaware in 1998, (we decided to go in March to pre-fish), and we stopped at a gas station in Ohio, and not having that much experience with our trailer and new truck yet, and the excitement of the Big Bass World Championship coming up soon, momentarily clouded my perception, and we clipped the side of the pumps and took out the wheel and the whole fender had to be taken off. We arrived at some cabins near Bull Shoals, and low and behold the water was down, I mean REALLY DOWN! We checked in and launched the boat. The mud was so soft that we got stuck while it started to snow. It was freezing the whole time but we made the best of it. The following morning, at 36 degrees, and a good wind, we left the lodge at 8 am. The motor ran for about 45 seconds and quit! We started it up again, several times in the next 2 hours, but finally 100 spouts and spurts later, it quit altogether.
We decided right then and there that we would catch fish before we would leave! We used the new MinnKota trolling motor, that we just got a week before, and slowly maneuvered to the closest point. We started catching some real nice hybrids, and some largemouth, and really starting to develop a pattern for that area, and the trolling motor short circuited, and smoke came out! It was completely broken.
We paddled the bass boat back to the marina where we were staying and told him what happened. The local tournament was out, and so was going more than 100 yards now, but he said, I'll give you my trolling motor so you can still go." We thanked him, and went to the dock where he said it was. It was a transom mount motor with about 28 pounds of thrust! Not exactly standard fare on Table Rock or Bull Shoals in March, with a Nitro. But we were determined. We went out to the point where we were the day before, started catching some more fish, and the trolling motor he lent us broke. Not only did it break, but it actually broke at the shaft, it was a mess! We paid for the trolling motor, checked out of the cabin, (as it started to snow again), and started the 15 hour drive back home. We had fished for about 4 hours, in 7 days! We stopped at a motel on the way back, and my brother said, "I'll bet there's somebody in there that can fix a motor" "look at all the boats in the lot." We pulled in and in the lot after we registered, two older gentlemen were standing out by their rooms talking and my brother say "Do you guys know anything about boat motors?'. The guy says " DO I!", I've fixed motors my whole life" Hey Joe, he says to his friend, "I'll bet I can fix this guys motor faster than you!", his friend and he came over, took off the motor cover, and had it running in less than 10 minutes. We were dumbfounded and overjoyed at the same time. We couldn't thank them enough, and you could tell they were enjoying doing it. I was so excited, I jumped off the bow to the concrete, and broke my ankle.
Many hours later, after the hospital, we went out again, determined to fish somewhere and catch something at this point. We put in the boat, and started flipping the docks with a jig. I hooked into what felt like the World Record Bass on the second flip. It pulled so hard, I was shaking, a few minutes later I landed my 20 pound carp!
After a few choice words, I started to laugh and so did my brother Kurt. We composed ourselves and started casting around the docks again. A few minutes later, he set the hook on a monster. A beautiful 25 pound Carp! We loaded the boat, and headed back home. Sometimes it's just time to quit. We went to these lakes again, and had many great experiences in the Midwest. My brother even won a tournament or two, and he was the Big Bass World Champ/De, in 1999 and 2001, but that one week in March of 1998, was one of those ones that you never forget.
|Posted on May 30, 2018 at 3:05 PM|
Wow!! That;s all I can say today.... School shootings, babies being abused... 14 years olds pregnant...
Bullying to the point of suicide! Now we have people in bass fishing doing things that we would have never considered 30 years ago!
I was brought up to respect the police, follow the rules, if you see a guy fishing a certain area just stay away from him and it wasn't even a tournament!! Just fun fishing for us that's just the way people were. We left our doors unlocked and neighbors came in and checked on you.. We left the cars open and nothing was taken.. Nobody put razor blades or drugs in the halloween candy!! .. Now today on Facebook, I had some moron leave the discussion group and that wasn't enough for him to just leave and be done with it!1 NO!!!! .. He had to make a comment and say " GET OFF FACEBOOK and quit inviting people to join groups!" Really!?? Get off Facebook becasue I asked you to join a group that discusses bass fishing? Get a life!
Then to top it all off, I was posting a new Youtube video on our channel, and after saw a guy who had posted previously on The Bass College forums about his new Youtube Channel and was asking people to subscribe, (as they all do) I watched his video and the few others he had and while they werent all that good I thought i'd help him out and subscribe and make a nice comment. Well, later I talked to him and told him if he wanted me too I would help promote his channel for free and help him with it and videos, and in return if he liked what he saw at our site and liked what we do, that he could help promote the Bass College to people and it would link him to our site and help him out. I told him that we give free baits with Tackle Warehouse orders and we give part of the profits to the kids and military that we make fom them. Was he thankful or grateful ?? No!! Instead he replied whats in it for me?? I said free baits, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping the kids and military, and a lot of hits and new subscribers to your videos?? He replied I can get better deals than that from a local bait store!! REALLY?? well then do it!
I blocked him and removed him from the group. Was that enough for him?? LOL No! He then proceeded to make nasty comments all over different Facebook pages until I deleted them all and reported them?? Thats enough for me for today see you all soon when I recover from the eye transplant surgery . lol Tight lines, Steve