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We all know that fishing in the spring can be like shootin’ ducks in a barrel. Reeling them in one ofter another happens but so do those days where they just go stone cold on you.   One of the baits that is often overlooked for use during this pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn time frame… [Continue Reading]

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Over the course of the last several months, we’ve had the opportunity to target trout along with panfish. We want to show you one more multi-species lure before we leave this genre; the Rapala Pro Series Tungsten Fly Jig. This is another jig that was introduced for use under the ice but it has so… [Continue Reading]

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We talk a great deal about strategies, techniques, presentations etc., to catch more fish. However, one astute reader of ours posed a great question. That being, “Do all of these strategies work from shore since I don’t have a boat and will they work on small water?”.   After our answer to our reader, we… [Continue Reading]

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Takahiro Omori Takes It All At Wheeler Lake

Omori Wins Bassmaster Elite Series on Wheeler LakeDecatur, Al— If tournament bass fishing were basketball, Omori’s win at Wheeler Lake was a buzzer beater. With a final day bag weighing 25 pounds, 3 ounces, the trophy belonged to him.

After a slow start, and a bag weighing just south of 11 pounds, Omori found himself in 72nd place at the end of the first day. Friday was kinder to him, and the 23 pounds, 3 ounces he weighed in put him in 4th place—and well within striking distance of a win.

He would continue to climb from there. [Read more…]

Gear up with the Jackall Giron

IMG_3000We all know that fishing in the spring can be like shootin’ ducks in a barrel. Reeling them in one ofter another happens but so do those days where they just go stone cold on you.

 

One of the baits that is often overlooked for use during this pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn time frame is one of our favorites, a hard bodied swimbait, the Jackall Giron.

So now you’re thinking we’re just a little touched by the sun for not sticking to soft plastics but give us a chance to give you our two cents for why the Giron is always rigged and ready for our spring fishing.

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Rapala’s Pro Series Tungsten Fly Jig is One Hot Little Bug

IMG_2812Over the course of the last several months, we’ve had the opportunity to target trout along with panfish.

We want to show you one more multi-species lure before we leave this genre; the Rapala Pro Series Tungsten Fly Jig. This is another jig that was introduced for use under the ice but it has so many more applications that we still haven’t exhausted all of its capabilities.

You might think that a fly is just a fly. Well, not really. The Fly Jig has produced trout, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and bass for us. Perhaps the secret lies in its simplicity. While it looks like any other well tied fly, the action, sink rate, castability and components separate it from the pack.

We obtained the 1/16 in two colors, Glow Chartreuse and Metallic Rainbow. The Glow Chartreuse is fantastic in stained or off color water while the Metallic Rainbow is a clear water killer.

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Intex Excursion 4 – A Cheaper Way To Fish

IMG_1129We talk a great deal about strategies, techniques, presentations etc., to catch more fish. However, one astute reader of ours posed a great question. That being, “Do all of these strategies work from shore since I don’t have a boat and will they work on small water?”.

 

After our answer to our reader, we started doin’ a little thinkin’. No, not everybody can afford a boat and all that ownership entails so what are the other alternatives?

Well, there are kayak’s but those can set you back a couple grand by the time you outfit them. There are paddle boards but again, they start at above $500 and go up from there. There are small pond type boats that can run as much as $2k or more. There are float tubes but with those, you have to get waders, fins and other paraphernalia that again will get you up to around $500 if not more and you can’t fish with a friend from these.

Is there a functional alternative for around $100 for the budget minded angler that really is all inclusive? We started there to see what we could find and our efforts pointed us to one class of water craft that we simply hadn’t considered. Inflatables. Yup, sure enough, you can get one of these for just over $100 with everything included in the package. The boat, a pump and oars.

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Edwin Evers Charges From Behind To Claim The Bassmaster Classic Title

edwin-evers-wins-2016-bassmaster-classicTulsa, OK— Right now, you will probably have a tough time convincing Edwin Evers that anything is impossible.

His charge to the Classic trophy didn’t exactly start off with a bang; only weighing in 13 pounds, 12 ounces on four fish. He stuck to an early strategy that worked well in practice rounds, but fizzled hard when competition time rolled around. [Read more…]

The Bassmaster Classic – Weighing In On The Business of Bass

Here we are a few days away from the Bassmaster Classic 2016. It seems as though it was just a moment ago when we were watching Randy Howell hoist the trophy in Alabama followed by his press conference where he revealed his winning baits.

Then last year, Casey Ashley got to the top of the bass fishing world and like his predecessors, got to experience the incredible ride that is being the current Classic champion. He too sat in front of the press and held court on his victory.

The Classic is a life changing event for that angler who is fortunate enough to walk away with the trophy; there is no denying that.

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Rapala’s Pro Series Ice Jig Wax Tail, More than Meets the Eye

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As most of you know, fishing for trout in lakes is not unlike targeting other species in terms of identifying what depth they are most active in.

There are several ways to do this without the use of any equipment with one of those being using a lure as a search bait that is capable of controlled depth fishing.

We’ve been testing some of the new line of Ice Jigs from Rapala. Today we’re going to focus on the Pro Series Tungsten Wax Tail in 1/16.

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Rapala’s Pro-Series Nymph Ice Jig is Smokin’ Hot

IMG_2805With the cold weather months here, we like to supplement our bass fishing by breaking out the ultra-light gear for the purpose of catching some assorted panfish. Trout, crappie, bluegill along with other panfish are a blast to cast miniatures to.

 

Our friends at Rapala sent us a sampling of their new line of ice jigs so we figured why not? Let’s see how our local panfish react to them.

Rapala know fishing in the snow and below the ice. They have through the years been at the forefront of innovation for everything from tools and clothing, to baits designed for use under the ice. With a resume like that, who wouldn’t put their new products to the test.

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Eposeidon’s KastKing Perigee Rods, Value and Muscle

IMG_2747Choosing a new fishing rod comes down to defining what you are wanting from that specific tool as narrowly as possible.

The reason for this is that when you are comparing different models, you can compare apples to apples.

You may want to have a rod that will allow you the greatest range of lure weights or, one that is to be used for a very narrow range of baits but nothing else.

The new KastKing Perigee rods from Eposeidon have models that can accommodate either way of thinking. 19 models in all; all built with quality components and offered at a retail price of $99.98.

The model that we have been testing over the course of the last several months is the PE-C760XF. This is a 7’6” extra-heavy powered stick with a fast tip, guide train of 9 plus the tip, a split AAA cork grip with a composite cork butt, a closed loop hook hanger that is large enough for any sized hook, rated for 3/8 – 2oz and features KastKing’s exclusive blank technology. [Read more…]

Eposeidon’s KastKing Royale Legend, Feature Rich for Under $60

IMG_2740One of the most satisfying aspects of doing what we do is having the opportunity to see new products come to the market that may not have been given much press.

Be it small companies or manufacturers who have chosen to conduct business in a different way, or simply don’t have the deep pockets to mount a national marketing campaign, we are always looking for innovation within this industry that we enjoy so much.

Eposeidon is one of those new companies that was formed in 2013 that was determined to do things a different way. Using their factory direct model of doing business, they launched KastKing.

We were sent one of their flagship reels, the KastKing Royale Legend RS1000HL. This low-profile casting reel boasts a 12 bearing system (11 + 1), weighs 7.6 ounces, has a gear ratio of 7.0:1, EVA flat-sided foam grips, brass gears, a ported aluminum spool, a dual braking system with a four-pin internal centrifugal brake plus a 10 position externally adjustable magnetic brake, line capacity of 12/165, a swept handle and drag star, 12 lbs of drag and carries a retail price of $57.85.

The Royale Legend is mainly black with chrome and red highlights on the spool tension know, the star drag collar and on edges of the ported aluminum spool. It is available in both right and left hand retrieve but as of this writing comes in only the 7.0:1 gear ratio. [Read more…]