Thursday, April 19, 2018

OFAH Insights: Have your say on Firearms Bill C-71

On March 20th, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness tabled Bill C-71, the federal government’s long anticipated gun bill. While the intent of this Bill was to target illegal guns and gang violence in Canada, it is abundantly clear that this Bill adds numerous additional restrictions to licensed firearms owners.

The OFAH continues to work with as many MPs as possible across the province, including Minister Goodale’s office, and has requested to appear before a government committee on Bill C-71 in an effort to minimize unnecessary restrictions on law-abiding firearms owners.

We need your feedback on Bill C-71 to help drive our messages home. Your participation in a short survey on the Bill is extremely important to the OFAH, and we appreciate you taking a few minutes to provide us with your feedback.

Take thesurvey here and please share it with family, friends and colleagues.
Your opinion matters.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Humminbird & Minn Kota Linked for Better Fishing with Charles Sim

Linking your Minn Kota trolling motor to your networked Humminbirds will allow you to precisely navigate your boat right on the juice. Listen to Bassmaster Classic qualifier Charles Sim as he explains the importance and benefits of linking your Humminbird electronics to your Minn Kota trolling motor.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Bryan Thrift Wins 2018 FLW Tour Lake Cumberland with 70-02lbs!

Chris Johnston move to 6th from 70th
by Curtis Niedermier
Smallmouth and swimbaits make Thrift a champion.
(Photo: FLW)
So long as Bryan Thrift fishes the FLW Tour, for anyone else, winning a tournament will never come easy. Winning means beating Bryan Thrift. Beating Bryan Thrift is a feat.
The Shelby, N.C., pro proved once again that if he’s in the hunt on the weekend, he’s not going to have a bad day. He’s purely lethal. Today, Thrift put the finishing touches on his sixth FLW Tour victory and his 10th FLW win overall. This one came on a cold, rainy, miserable day in central Kentucky at Lake Cumberland for stop No. 4 of the 2018 Tour. The tournament was presented by General Tire, and Thrift won with a 70-pound, 2-ounce total and pocketed $125,200 for his efforts. 
Thrift squashed an impressive run by 2017 The Bass Federation National Champion Allen Boyd, who gave one of the tournament’s best performances, catching 18 pounds, 2 ounces of largemouths despite losing a couple of hours this morning to a mechanical issue. Boyd charged ahead hard, but he couldn’t keep pace with Thrift, whose 18-10 stringer gave him a four-day margin of victory of 1 pound, 10 ounces.
Surely, if there’s a conversation about who’s the best bass angler alive right now, Thrift deserves consideration. Andy Morgan, another of bass fishing’s best, said on stage today in Somerset that he thinks Thrift is the best there is. There couldn’t be a much better commendation than that.
“Who’s the best?” is a fun debate, but the facts are what matter now. Thrift closed out the tournament with his fourth consecutive stringer of Cumberland smallmouths. He weighed in 15-9 on day one, improved the following two days with 17-4 and 18-11, and finished with 18-10.
Top 10 Below

Sunday, April 15, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Lake Cumberland Day 3: Bryan Thrift Jumps into Lead by Ounces over Andy Morgan

Chris Johnston 10th
All FLW Tour events are exciting, but this week’s tournament has been exceptional thanks to a showdown among A-list pros who are flat out smashing fish on Lake Cumberland. We’re on the cusp of what could be one of the greatest Sunday slugfests in FLW Live history on the final day of the season’s fourth Tour stop, which is presented by General Tire.
Morning smallmouth key to Thrift pattern.
(Photo: FLW)
Bryan Thrift is in the lead with 51 pounds, 8 ounces, but Andy Morgan is only 7 ounces back, Allen Boyd is a pound and 2 ounces back, and Greg Bohannan is 1-15 back. The entire top 10 is within 6 pounds of Thrift’s lead. With many in the top 10 catching 30 or more fish a day – and a lot of good ones – there’s no predicting the outcome, except to guarantee that Sunday at Cumberland will be one to remember.
Aside from the pro showdown, there’s also a very interesting species showdown going on. The main patterns are targeting staging and spawning smallmouths with swimbaits, and targeting staging and spawning largemouths with spinnerbaits. The two patterns seem to be producing at about an equal rate.
Thrift is in the smallmouth camp. He’s weighed in 15 brown bass, and brought in 18-11 today for his 52nd consecutive limit in FLW Tour competition, extending the record that he broke yesterday.
“Today was fun,” Thrift says. “The first two days were a little bit of a struggle, but I caught a lot of fish today.
“You can’t feel safe with Morgan behind you,” he adds. “Hopefully they bite again tomorrow. I caught a lot of them, so we’ll see.”
The fact that he caught so many today is the only thing that worries Thrift. He’s simply not sure if his “home area” can last for another day.
All three days he’s fished a variety of targets in his area, from the main lake to primary and secondary points to some of the lead-in banks in pockets. About the only thing he’s not fishing is the backs of the pockets where other pros are targeting largemouths.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Lake Cumberland Day 2: Andy Morgan Controls Tournament with 34-11lbs!

Chris Johnston 17th, Cory Johnston 93rd, Richardson 114th, Gussy 125th
by Curtis Niedermier

For the second consecutive day, tournament leader Andy Morgan has a 1-pound, 6-ounce lead over second place at the FLW Tour event presented by General Tire on Lake Cumberland.
Sling a spinnerbait is what Andy does best.
(Photo: FLW)
Consistency is nice when you’re in the lead, but Morgan knows he left the door open today. A rash of lost fish, short strikes and bad breaks prevented him from fulfilling his potential. He weighed in 15 pounds, 12 ounces to back up 18-15 on day one, and likely could’ve come close to repeating his day-one weight had he managed to land a few more of the Cumberland smallmouths that slapped and toyed with his spinnerbait this morning.
“I think it was just bad luck,” says the Dayton, Tenn., pro about his misfortunes today. “I had some pretty good opportunities today to have a really, really nice bag.”

Among the heartbreak bass was a 5-pound-class smallmouth that gobbled Morgan’s spinnerbait. He says the fish had almost the entire bait in its mouth; only the top blade was hanging out. Morgan got a good look at it when the fish “gave up” the fight and wallowed on the surface. With his co-angler poised and ready with the net, Morgan believed the fish was as good as caught. Then the spinnerbait shot free. That fish alone would have been a big help.
As it stands, Morgan has 12 anglers within 5 pounds of his lead. Five pounds is a healthy cushion on some lakes, but Cumberland’s smallmouths are really starting to fire, and the forecast for tomorrow is for rain and overcast skies at least part of the day, which should make the smallmouth bite even better.
Top Ten Below

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Lake Cumberland Day 1: Andy Morgan Claims First with 18-15lbs!

Richardson 40th, Chris Johnston 71st, Cory Johnston 105th, Gussy 154th
by Curtis Niedermier
All largemouths for Andy.
(Photo: FLW) 
Today, Andy Morgan did what he’s previously failed to do all season long: He stuck with what he knows, fished ways that he’s comfortable fishing and hammered a tournament-leading stringer of bass that weighed 18 pounds, 15 ounces.
Morgan, who came into the tournament 109th in the standings, was the only pro to break the 18-pound mark on day one of the FLW Tour event presented by General Tire on Lake Cumberland, and he has a 1-pound, 6-ounce lead over Jason Meninger in second place.
Morgan admits that he’s tried a little too hard this season to fish the patterns that are “supposed to be” good, instead of sticking with the shallow-water, power-fishing approach that has historically landed him in check range at tournaments, and Forrest Wood Cup range at the end of the season. He wasn’t making that mistake here this week.
“I knew coming in here I was gonna fish my way,” he says. “I don’t give a darn if the smallmouths are biting, or if they’re biting off the hook. I’m gonna fish my way.
“I made a run, and the lake’s flooded,” he adds. “There’s a lot of stuff to throw at. The fishing’s good. It’s not like I smoked ’em, but I got quality bites.”
The smallmouth bite certainly was good today, too, with most of the top five pros keying on brown bass, which are starting to spawn on Cumberland’s lower end. Morgan and the rest of the largemouth crew mostly worked moving baits in flooded trees and bushes.
The Dayton, Tenn., pro says he needed a couple hours this morning to relocate the largemouths he’d found during practice. There are real giants in his areas, but he thinks the fish are in a bit of a funk due to the fluctuating water levels and air temperatures that have ranged from the mid-20s to mid-70s over the last few days. He anticipates big bags of fish at tomorrow’s weigh-in.
“I think they’re right on the cusp [of spawning],” Morgan adds. “The five fish I caught today were all females, and were all full of eggs.
“It’s really, really random,” he adds. “I don’t know what the next one is going to be beside or when the next bite is going to come. But it’s my kind of fishing. It ain’t no dragging around.”
Top 10 pros
1. Andy Morgan – Dayton, Tenn. – 18-15 (5)
2. Jason Meninger – St. Augustine, Fla. – 17-9 (5)
3. Grae Buck – Harleysville, Penn. – 16-13 (5)
4. Jared McMillan – Belle Glade, Fla. – 16-12 (5)
5. Allen Boyd – Salem, Ind. – 16-5 (5)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

2019 Bassmaster Classic Heading to Knoxville

For the first time in its 49-year history, the Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods will be held on the Tennessee River out of Knoxville, it was announced today by B.A.S.S. and the host organization, Visit Knoxville.The prestigious championship bass tournament — widely known as the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” — will be held March 15-17 in downtown Knoxville and on The University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus.
“Knoxville meets and exceeds all the requirements we have for the Bassmaster Classic — great fishing on the Tennessee River, first-class facilities to accommodate crowds of fishing fans, a vibrant city with plenty to see and do, and a corps of state and local tourism professionals who will ensure its success,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin.

“Bass fishing is hugely popular in this part of the country,” he added. “In fact, 10 of our 109 Bassmaster Elite Series pros are from the Volunteer State, and most live in east Tennessee. This is going to be a very exciting Classic.”

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Jackall Rerange Jerkbaits with FLW Pro Cory Johnston

Spring time is jerkbait time. Actually, these is no bad time to jerk a jerkbait. Listen to FLW Tour pro and BASS winner Cory Johnston as he explains why you need to buy a Jackall Rerange jerkbait for bass fishing. It comes in a 110 and 130 sizes perfect for all your needs.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Sunline's New Flipping FC with Hi Viz

Fluorocarbon lines can be hard to see in dirty water. If your local lake or river is muddy this Spring, Flipping FC can be a great choice for helping you see your line better.  Sunline pro angler Jason Christie says,"Flipping FC has been great for me in dirty water to allow me to better see my line."

It features 30" of clear line followed by 12" of high vis yellow repeating thru the entire spool.  Tie your lure on in the clear like a leader and get the benefits of high vis for easy bite detection.