Sunday, February 25, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Harris Chain Day 3: Chris Johnston Claims Slim Lead with lbs!

Gustafson in 5th, 7 pound out of lead.
by Curt Neidermier
FLW PRESS RELEASE

If it’s going to happen for Chris Johnston, it has to happen early. At least, that’s what his results on days two and three of the FLW Tour event presented by Lowrance at the Harris Chain suggest.
Chris Johnston' needs his "honey hole" to produce one more day.
(Photo: FLW)
On day two, the Ontario pro experienced a quick flurry of action right after takeoff that lasted until about 9:30 a.m. and produced most of his tournament-best 25-pound, 7-ounce stringer. Today, the action was similar. Johnston made his first cast just two minutes after takeoff and hammered away at fish after fish. Yet, the bite shut off earlier – at about 8:15.
Both days he parked on a key indentation along an edge in some offshore hydrilla, and he’s hoping there are enough fish left there to produce one more morning flurry to carry him through to the win. With 16-12 today, Johnston’s 62-pound three-day total leads second-place pro Tony Dumitras by only 14 ounces.
“Today the overall size was better on average,” Johnston says. “Yesterday I caught a lot more, but I did get a 5 and some other big ones [including an 8-6]. At 8:15 is when I started to expand on my area because it stopped. I thought I could expand, but I didn’t get a bite.”
Johnston’s key baits in the morning are a jerkbait and lipless crankbait. The fish are feeding on a shad spawn, and reaction baits have been the ticket in the low-light period. Both baits have produced big bites. The lipless duped the 8-6 bass yesterday.
“I’d like to throw a jerkbait the whole time where they’re chasing, but there’s only about a foot and a half [of water] over the grass,” Johnston says. “So I have to fish something that’ll come over the grass better. I caught my biggest one on a trap. Also, there are a lot of fish there. I can see them under the boat – white bass, bass and probably some gar. So I think the big ones are too lazy. An 8-pounder doesn’t want to come up through that and hit the jerkbait.”
Johnston says that after he left his starting spot he went nearly six hours before catching the next keeper that could help his limit. Along the way, he landed a few on a ChatterBait and broke off a good one on a bed. Eventually he had to audible to a secondary pattern he’s had his eye on all week, stemming back to when he lost a good fish in a fray of surface schooling activity on day one. Ever since, he’s been on the lookout for more breaking fish. Today he found it and was able to capitalize at 3 p.m. with just minutes left until check-in.
“There were quite a few fish in the area. I wish I’d had another 20 minutes,” he says.
Johnston plans to start on his honey hole once again in the morning and keep watchful for schoolers. With the bed-fishing bite heating up and others behind him in the standings working that program, he knows he’ll need to be prepared to pack up and regroup quickly if the morning flurry never comes.
“I’m nervous because if they aren’t there I’m going to hit the panic button really early. It’s been fast and furious the last two mornings, and I’m hopeful there’s one more morning there.”
Top 10 pros
1. Chris Johnston – Peterborough, Ont. – 62-0 (15)
2. Tony Dumitras – Winston, Ga. – 61-2 (15)
3. Glenn Browne – Ocala, Fla. – 58-15 (15)
4. Anthony Gagliardi – Prosperity, S.C. – 57-13 (15)
5. Jeff Gustafson – Keewatin, Ont. – 55-13 (15)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Harris Chain Day 2: Chris Johnston Grabs Leads with 45-04lbs!

Gustafson 16th, Richardson 37th, Cory Johnston 105th
by Curt Neidermier
FLW PRESS RELEASE

It didn’t take long for Chris Johnston to get the action started during day two of the FLW Tour event presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain this morning. Nor did it take long for him to rile up the weigh-in crowd. Johnston was one of the first to cross the stage, dropping more than 25 pounds in the weigh basket to take the lead with a two-day total of 45 pounds, 4 ounces.

Canadian Chris Johnston rockets to lead with 25lb limit.
(Photo: FLW)

Yesterday, Johnston went to Griffin in the morning and caught three of his five keepers there, then finished in Harris. With an early check-in time today, he figured he’d be better off avoiding lost time in the lock and staying in Harris, which is the lake where the field takes off from each morning. 
Smart decision.

“It started right off the bat this morning,” he says. “I went to the spot where I finished yesterday.”
Shortly after takeoff Johnston hooked a tiny bass – we’re talking 4 inches. As he was winding it in, the bass suddenly started fighting back and ducked under the boat. Johnston called for the net, just in case, and when his co-angler dipped the net into the lake he came back up with a 6-pounder. 
“The 6-pounder ate the small bass and the bait,” Johnston says. “They were both in the net, so that was crazy.”

Crazy, maybe, but definitely a good omen, as Johnston quickly landed a limit of bass.
His strategy was to park his Ranger on a 300-yard-long stretch of 12-foot-deep hydrilla packed with shad and pick it apart with a reaction bait.

“It’s definitely key to get them early in the hydrilla,” he says. “I think there’s a little bit of a shad spawn in the morning.

“I’m fishing a main-lake weed edge. There’s a little bit of an indentation in it, and there’s some wind blowing into it. I just hit the Spot-Lock [on the Minn Kota Ultrex] and sat there.”
Johnston caught about 30 bass without moving the boat. That was partly based on playing defense to keep other anglers off, and partly because he was dialed in on an isolated group of fish. He’s hoping this weekend he’ll be able to work up and down the edge more to try and locate more groups of fish. 
Most of his action came on one bait, which he declined to name, but he did make a big upgrade in the hydrilla at 9:30 with a key bait switch.

“That bite died, so I threw a ‘Trap in there and caught an 8-6.”

It was 10:30 until Johnston finally pulled the plug on his honey hole. He spent the rest of the day running some old water and hunting for a bonus kicker, which he got in the form of a 4-pounder that let him cull up to his final weight.

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Harris Chain Day 1: Jamie Horton Leads with 24-13lbs!

Chris Johnston 12th, Gustafson 21st, Richardson 32nd, Cory Johnston 88th
FLW PRESS RELEASE

Horton's 2 big bass pave way to lead.
(Photo: FLW)
They say you should make hay while the sun shines, and apparently the FLW Tour’s best pros already knew that. They steamed back to Florida’s Harris Chain for the second event of the season, which is presented by Lowrance, and enjoyed a sunny, breezy, all-around beautiful first day that resulted in 11 limits of more than 20 pounds. Their co-angler partners added four more 20-plus bags.

At the top of the heap is Alabama pro Jamie Horton, who weighed 24-13 to take the early lead over Florida’s Koby Kreiger. Kreiger, who was assessed a 2-pound penalty after he violated rule No. 9 by running the main motor while he was on the front deck, trails Horton by just 1 ounce.
Horton admits he didn’t really have a sound game plan coming into the day, but he had two patterns that he knew had the potential to produce limits of fish. Thankfully for Horton, he was able to put a few in the boat early to relieve some of the pressure caused by his uncertainty.

“I just caught a couple good ones this morning,” he says. “I tried to capitalize on the shad spawn, what little bit was going on.”

With what would eventually be his second-best kicker in the boat early, Horton switched his attention from shad eaters to spawners in an area where he’d found bedding fish in practice, but where he didn’t expect to see the quality he found during day one. Thankfully, the water had cleared a tad, allowing him a better visual approach, and he was able to slowly decipher what they were “sitting on.” From there he just chipped away at 24 pounds.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New Mercury Vessel View 703 Mointor with Peter Hart


Learn how to integrate your entire system with the new Mercury Vessel View 703 Monitor with Peter Hart of Mercury Marine Canada. Peter explains the whole system and how it can make the boater fine tune their motor to get the best performance.

Monday, February 19, 2018

New Diawa LT Series of Spinning Reels with Dave Chong



The Diawa LT series of spinning reels were designed lighter and stronger in a more compact package. The strength of the Zaion housing is an example of the LT design concept of Light but Tough. At the heart of the reel is a machined Aluminum Alloy DIGIGEAR designed for smoothness, strength and durability. The main shaft utilizes the Magseal, which prevents water and debris intrusion. The reel is long-casting and extremely smooth.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Spring and Boat Show Start Tomorrow!


Spring Fishing &Boat Show
CSFL - Mega Tank Schedule 

Friday:
Big Jim
JP DeRose 
Paul Powis
Cory & Chris Johnston
Scott Martin

Saturday:
JP DeRose
Dave Mercer
Scott Martin
Bob Izumi
Italo Labignan 
Mike Miller

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Diawa LT Series of Spinning Reels with Dave Chong


The Diawa LT series of spinning reels were designed lighter and stronger in a more compact package. The strength of the Zaion housing is an example of the LT design concept of Light but Tough. At the heart of the reel is a machined Aluminum Alloy DIGIGEAR designed for smoothness, strength and durability. The main shaft utilizes the Magseal, which prevents water and debris intrusion. The reel is long-casting and extremely smooth.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Limited Edition MEGABASS Vision 110

Here's the new secret, limited edition Canadian only
MEGABASS Vision 110 in Northern Effect.
(detailed photo coming soon!)