Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ontario MNRF Spot Check Station a Welcome Sight!

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Seize Nearly A Freezer Full Of Fish 

From Road Check In Port Hope

Originally posted by Today's Northumberland

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry held a fish and wildlife check station which yielded nearly a freezer full of seized fish on Saturday.
From approximately 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. MNR Conservation Officers set-up just north of the intersection of Telephone Road and County Road 28 just north of Highway 401.
Conservation Officers directed people with boats along with periodic checks of vehicles to enter into a works yard just west of the intersection.
Numerous Conservation Officers then checked licenses along with vehicles and boats to see if everything was in order.
Conservation Officer Mike Duncan with the opening of bass season in most fishery zones the officers were checking for bass, walleye, panfish, perch, crappy and other types of fish.
“It’s been a very busy day.”
“We had people right away and we also had great feedback from the public who are glad to see us. Unfortunately we’ve been catching some people who have been abusing the resource as well.”
The main reason the fish were seized is the fish were transported in a live well.
“When you catch the fish and leave the lake, they can’t be transported live,” said Duncan. So they have to be taken out of the live wells. You can place them on ice so they can keep cool while you’re heading home.”

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Remaking of a Super Giant

Originally posted by Angling-International
Newell Brands, the owner of up-for-sale Pure Fishing, has completed the first disposal of its latest batch of companies that are deemed surplus to requirements.
The New York-based conglomerate has sold Rawlings Sporting Goods for approximately $340 million. The sale is part of its previously announced Accelerated Transformation Plan which includes the sale of companies within its organisation that are not part of its long-term plans – including Pure Fishing.
It aims to sell-off unwanted brands to create a ‘simpler, faster stronger portfolio of leading brands’.
There has been no update on the situation involving Pure Fishing or any negotiations with interested parties.

Friday, June 15, 2018


Wishing everyone who is planning on fishing
in Ontario's Zone 17 good luck! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Figure 8 for Bass? Only in Japan

Japan always has something new and revolutionary. This ain't it! This is more weird! Forget finesse, try combat bass fishing. Jump over to 1:35 if you're in a hurry to figure out what we mean.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Greg Hackney Wins 2018 BASS Elite Sabine River with 48-05lbs.

Hack Attack goes Wire to Wire!
By Bryan Brasher

Managing bass key to Greg's wire to wire win.
(Photo: BASS)
If the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by Econo Lodge had been a five-day tournament, the outcome might have been different.
But it was only four days — and Greg Hackney owned it from start to finish.
Despite exhausting his best fishing areas the first three days and bringing in only 7 pounds, 5 ounces to the weigh-in stage on Championship Sunday, Hackney claimed his sixth career B.A.S.S. victory in wire-to-wire fashion with a four-day total of 48-5.
Hackney’s first win since 2016 earned him $100,000 and pushed his career winnings with B.A.S.S. to $2,415,784.
“If we’d had to fish another day, I probably would have hunted and gone to some new water,” Hackney said. “I really don’t think all of the fish were gone. But we had all of that rain Saturday, and my best place had a couple of drains running into it.
“The water wasn’t dirty, but the water temperature dropped to 80 degrees after being in the 90s the first three days.”
Hackney fished secluded canals and backwaters all week and relied heavily on two topwater presentations around shallow cover — a 1/4-ounce black Hack Attack Select ToadBuzz rigged with a black plastic toad (no skirt) and a KVD Sexy Frog Stump Jumper.
That drastic drop in the water temperature brought those tactics nearly to a halt today, and he had to switch to the technique he is most known for — flipping. When he flipped heavy cover, he used a Strike King Rage Bug in the Bama Craw color.
BASSTrakk, the unofficial leaderboard that fans can check on Bassmaster.com throughout the day, showed Hackney with only two fish several hours into the final round. But he said he always knew he could fill out his limit flipping — even if the fish he was catching with that technique were running much smaller than his topwater fish.
“I really was amped up a little bit today, and that’s why I got a lot quieter, said Hackney, laughing. “I always have a lot more to say when things are going right.
“But in the back of my mind, I knew I could pick up a flipping stick and catch a keeper anytime.”
His two best fish still came on the frog. But when he switched to flipping, he caught 10 keepers in 45 minutes.
“I probably should have done that sooner, but I just felt like I would have been punting,” he said. “Out of those 10 keepers I caught in the last 45 minutes flipping, they were all about 12 to 12 1/2 inches long.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

2018 BASS Elite Sabine River Day 3: Greg Hackney Continues to Dominate with 41lbs.

Hack Attack in full force 
By Bryan Brasher

Before the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by Econo Lodge, Greg Hackney had a total weight in mind that he thought an angler would need to win the $100,000 first-place prize.

After the first three rounds, he’s well within striking distance of that number — and if someone is going to pass him, they’ve got a lot of work to do.

Greg's 9 pound lead almost unstoppable.
(Photo: BASS)
Hackney caught five bass that weighed 12 pounds, 14 ounces during today's semifinal round and maintained the lead for a third straight day with 41-0. Alabama angler Keith Poche is nearly 7 1/2 pounds back in second with 32-9.

“Coming into the tournament, I felt like it would take 48 pounds to win,” said Hackney, a Gonzales, La., angler with five B.A.S.S. victories and the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title on his resume. “I thought, if I could average 12 pounds a day, that would get it done.

“But you never know with this group. There are not a lot of big fish here, but there’s a few — and they can change things in a hurry.”

Hackney caught most of his fish from one area Thursday and Friday. But with the fishing fading in that spot, he went with a new game plan for most of the day today.

“I caught three of my fish from new water,” he said. “I went back to the place where I fished the first two days, but I ended up weighing only two of the bass that I caught from there.” 

Hackney had the biggest bass of Thursday’s opening round with a 5-14 largemouth, and he landed two more that weighed over 3 pounds Friday. He managed another larger-than-average Sabine River bass today.

“I got real fortunate and caught a really good one at the end,” he said. “I culled a little-bitty one with a 3-pounder. That helps anywhere, but it really helps down here.

Friday, June 8, 2018

2018 BASS Elite Sabine River Day 2: Greg Hackney Continues to Dominate

Hackney takes 5 pound lead 
By Bryan Brasher

Hackney has big lead but running out of bass.
(Photo: BASS)
After catching a big limit of bass in his first spot during Thursday’s opening round of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by Econo Lodge, Greg Hackney promptly left the area in hopes of saving it for later in the tournament.
He had hoped to repeat that process today, but things took a little longer.
Instead, Hackney, a five-time B.A.S.S. tournament winner from Gonzales, La., took all day to land a five-bass limit that weighed 11 pounds, 15 ounces and pushed his two-day weight to 28-2.
He’s still in first place. But now, there’s some maneuvering to be done.
“I probably caught 20 keepers in there today, but I had to burn through them to catch what I weighed in,” said Hackney, whose last B.A.S.S. victory came in 2016 on Lake Texoma on the Texas-Oklahoma border. “I think I could go back in there and catch another limit, maybe 6 pounds. But that’s not what I’m looking for.
“So, I’m going to move around a little bit tomorrow.”
Hackney said his keeper bass today were smaller on average than they were on Thursday, when his catch was anchored by a 5-14 largemouth. He had two bass Friday in the 3-pound range and three more that were about 1 1/2 pounds apiece.
With his best spot now exhausted, he’ll have to move to one of the other areas he found during practice. Though he knows those areas have probably been hit hard by other anglers the last two days, he believes his method will still work.
“I know they’ve been fished, but I’ve watched the guys around me and they’re not fishing like I am,” he said. “I watched guys really catch the little ones around me again today. But I went right behind them this evening and caught a 3-pounder.”

2018 BASS Elite Sabine River Day 1: Greg Hackney Snags Lead with 16-03lbs!

Low weights on this tidal waterway
By Bryan Brasher

Greg's big 5-14lbs bass key to lead.
(Photo: BASS)
Greg Hackney came into this week’s Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by Econo Lodge fully expecting the fishing to be tough.
He said he wouldn’t have been surprised if he had caught no more than 5 pounds, 14 ounces of bass during Thursday’s entire opening round.
So when he landed one fish that weighed 5-14 early Thursday morning, he knew he was on to something — and he built a five-bass limit around that fish that weighed 16-3 to give him the Day 1 lead in an event that pays $100,000 to the winner.
“When the fishing’s this tough, catching a fish like that is almost like catching a whole limit on one bite,” said Hackney, a Gonzales, La., angler who has won five events during his career with B.A.S.S. “If you can put four more with it — even four little ones — you’re probably going to be in pretty good shape.”
Despite suffocating heat and water temperatures that pushed into the low 90s in some places, Hackney said the conditions were actually good on the Sabine River during Thursday’s early-morning hours. That’s when he did the bulk of his good work.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

T-H Marine Acquires Troll Perfect

T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., of Huntsville, Alabama, announces the acquisition of the assets of Troll Perfect, Ltd. of Chester, Virginia. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Troll Perfect, Ltd. manufactured and sold the patented Troll Perfect trolling motor tension adjustment device that has been used for years by bass, walleye, and crappie fishermen to improve control and steering stability of their trolling motors. 

“We are really happy to acquire the Troll Perfect assets,” T-H Marine’s president, Jeff Huntley, stated. “This simple but very effective device is a perfect fit for our G-Force® line of trolling motor improvement accessories. We love great brands and simple solutions that enable boaters to enjoy their time on the water more, and Troll Perfect is both.”

“Troll Perfect has been a great experience for us,” said Robbie Patterson, president of Troll Perfect, Ltd. “We built a super product that really makes trolling motors work better. We decided it was time for this product to be readily available through worldwide distribution like T-H Marine can offer. We know T-H Marine will grow the product and stand behind it as we have.”

The original slogan for the Troll Perfect product was “Fight the fish, not your trolling motor”. The Troll Perfect installs with simple hand tools in minutes, with no modification to the trolling motor. The device instantly adds adjustable tension control to your remote cable steer trolling motor. This tension helps control the effects of steering torque, high waves, heavy currents, and excessive foot pedal play. Models available for both Minn Kota and MotorGuide cable steer trolling motors.