Friday, July 20, 2018

ICAST 2018: Old Town Topwater PDL Boat with David Hadden

Newly released at ICAST 2018, the Old Town Topwater PDL boat will change the way you fish. Listen as David Hadden takes us through this fantastic fishing rig. 
Old Town is proud to unveil its all-new Topwater™ Series, which offers great Old Town performance in a compact, nimble format. A marriage of stability and performance, the Topwater—with the all-new ultra-stable DoubleU™ hull—quietly glides through any water condition while providing a stable, comfortable stand-up fishing platform. Equipped with thoughtful onboard tackle and rod management and a revolutionary universal transducer mount, even the most discriminating anglers will be impressed by the overall fishability of the new Topwater Series: paddle versions Topwater 106 and Topwater 120; and a pedal-driven model, the Topwater PDL. 

“The growth and popularity of kayak fishing has brought many new companies into the marketplace but unfortunately we have seen a glut of poorly-made and engineered boats in the sub $1000 category,” says David Hadden, Brand Director, Johnson Outdoors Watercraft. “Our goal with the Topwater™ Series was to engineer a boat that gave a great on the water fishing experience, which would allow anglers to catch more fish and be more comfortable. We also wanted it to outperform other kayaks when not on the water and made it smaller in size and weight for easy transportation and storage. Too many of today’s stable fishing kayaks need a trailer to transport to your local boat launch. The small size and reduced weight of all models in the Topwater Series make car-topping realistic and negate the need for a kayak trailer.”

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ledge Fishing and Rod Selection Secrets with Keith Combs

Summer time is off-shore fishing time. Learning how to master the challenge of fishing away from the bank requires the correct gear. Listen to BASS Elite angler Keith Combs as he explains his rod selections when fishing for off-shore bass.

ICAST 2018: Lunkerhunt's New Assist Jigs

Lunkerhunt Assist Jigs are designed for offshore, near shore, and inshore fishing. They are effective when fished from boat, kayak, reefs, piers, and wharfs. Lunkerhunt Assist Jigs come in three body styles: The Flutter Jig, The Needle Jig and the Cut Bait Jig. All Lunkerhunt Assist Jigs have a UV coating and either a single dressed or double dressed assist hook.

All Lunkerhunt Assist Jigs work well with speed retrieves, lift and fall retrieves and traditional jigging techniques. They have been designed for saltwater fishing but also catch a wide range of freshwater species as well.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tokyo Rig by VMC with Mike Iaconelli

Right from the shores of Lake Biwa in Japan, Ike and VMC bring you one of the most innovated rigs since the Jika rig. The brand new VMC Tokyo rig allows you to use a multitude of soft plastic baits from 1 to 50 foot deep. Let's hear from BASS Classic Champ Mike "Ike" Iaconelli as he explains the 2018 ICAST released VMC Tokyo Rig.

2019 FLW Tour Schedule


Jan. 10-13 – Sam Rayburn Reservoir – Brookeland, Texas – Jasper County Development District
Feb. 7-10 – Lake Toho – Kissimmee, Fla. – Experience Kissimmee/Kissimmee Sports
March 7-10 – Lake Seminole – Bainbridge, Ga. – Bainbridge Convention & Visitors Bureau
March 28-31 – Grand Lake – Grove, Okla. – City of Grove/Cherokee Casino Grove
April 11-14 – Cherokee Lake – Jefferson City, Tenn. – Economic Development Alliance, Jefferson County
May 2-5 – Lake Chickamauga – Dayton, Tenn. – Fish Dayton/Rhea Economic and Tourism Council, LLC
June 27-30 – Lake Champlain – Plattsburgh, N.Y. – City of Plattsburgh/Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rapala Rip Stop 12 Jerkbait with Troy Lindner and IBASSIN

ICAST 2018 Released the brand new Rapala Rip Stop 12 jerkbaits. With its unique tail design, this jerkbait will stop on a dine and has such great wobble and flash. Troy Lindner, of the famed Lindner family, has used it with such great success.
If you want a great jerkbait that is larger, heavier and has super action then check out the new Rapala RipStop 12.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Descend Series of Salt Core Soft Plastic Baits by Lunkerhunt with FLW Pro Matt Arey and IBASSIN

The Lunkerhunt Descend Series is a family of soft plastic lures that feature specific sink rates based on the forage they have been designed to imitate. The Lunkerhunt Descend Series consists of three salted soft plastic body styles: The Descend Craw, the Descend Minnow, and the Descend Salamander. All of the Descend Series soft plastics have been made using a revolutionary multi-port salt injection technology. This technology allows us to inject different salt concentrations into different areas within the lure. This results in natural sinking and swimming actions without the need to add weights or other tackle to achieve the desired action. Listen to FLW Pro Matt Arey as he explains these great baits.

2018 ICAST New Product Winners!

ICAST 2018 Best of Category and Best of Show Awards
Garmin USA’s Panoptix LiveScope was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Electronics category and the overall Best of Show.

The ICAST 2018 Best of Category awards were presented on Wednesday, July 11, during the New Product Showcase Awards Reception at the Orange County Convention Center.

2018 ICAST New Product Showcase Best of Category Award Winners
For product details, images and other information please contact the individual award winners’ contacts listed below.

Best of Category and Best of Show – Electronics – Garmin USA
Product:  Garmin Panoptix LiveScope
Contact: Carly Hysell 

Best of Category – Boating Accessories – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product:  Minn Kota Ultrex with MEGA Down Imaging

Contact: Kathy Dutton

Best of Category – Boats and Watercraft – Jackson Kayak
Product:  360 Angler
Contact: Sonia Cronin  

Best of Category – Eyewear – Costa Sunglasses
Product:  Baffin
Contact: Shauna Metz 

Best of Category – Footwear – Rivers Edge Products
Product:  Fish Sandals
Contact: Michael McFadden 

Best of Category – Giftware – Number 6 Brands 
Product:  Cauldryn Coffee
Contact: Jason Shinn 

Best of Category – Lifestyle Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product:  Hexatron Performance Fleece
Contact: Matt Florentine

Best of Category – Technical Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product:  Hydronaut Heavy-Duty Waterproof System
Contact: Matt Florentine 

Best of Category – Fishing Accessory – YETI
Product:  YETI Tundra Haul
Contact: Ravanne Harris 

Best of Category – Fly Fishing Accessory – YETI
Product:  YETI Panga Backpack 28
Contact:  Ravanne Harris

Best of Category – Fishing Line – PowerPro
Product:  PowerPro SuperSlick V2 Brand
Contact:  John Mazurkiewicz

Friday, July 13, 2018

2019 Bassmaster Elite Schedule Announced


Since the Bassmaster Elite Series made a two-week trip to the West Coast back in 2015, fans of the sport have been clamoring for the world’s premier bass fishing circuit to return to that region.
Now, they’re about to get their wish.
B.A.S.S. officials unveiled an action-packed 2019 Elite Series schedule today that includes a Western swing in mid-June with back-to-back trips to Sacramento, Calif., for an event on the California Delta and to Tri-Cities, Wash., for a tournament on the Columbia River.
The Columbia River will be one of three first-time destinations for the Elite Series, along with Lake Lanier in Georgia and Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.
“We couldn’t be happier with the schedule we’ve put together for 2019,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “This lineup of events will be exciting and challenging for our anglers — and for fans of the sport, it literally has something to offer from coast to coast.”
The slate will have a familiar kickoff venue, as the Elite Series returns Feb. 7-10 to the St. Johns River in Palatka, Fla. — the site of the 2016 season opener where Missouri superstar Rick Clunn recorded one of the more memorable victories in B.A.S.S. history. Just four months shy of his 70th birthday, Clunn brought 31 pounds, 7 ounces of bass to the scales during the semifinal round and eventually became the oldest angler to win an Elite Series event with a four-day total of 81-15.
 The St. Johns River has been a regular destination for B.A.S.S., with the organization visiting 20 times for major events since 1973.
“The Bassmaster Elite Series tournament coming back to Palatka and Putnam County is a tremendous win!” said Dana Cameron Jones, president of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, which will host the event. “Putnam County’s natural beauty provides a great venue for bass fishing, and B.A.S.S. provides business for our local community! It was an easy decision to host B.A.S.S. — the economic impact into our local economy by an Elite Series event easily equates to over $3 million dollars, and the media value well over $500,000 is a huge value-add.”
From Florida, the schedule will shift to Lake Lanier in Gwinnett, Ga., Feb. 14-17 — a venue that has hosted eight major B.A.S.S. tournaments since 1983, but never an Elite Series event. The 37,000-acre fishery on the Chattahoochee River has long been known for producing giant spotted bass.