Thursday, November 29, 2012

Berkley USA Fires Most Pro-staff!

Rumours are rubbling that Berkley USA has released a majority of its top pro-staff. I have emailed the correct people to find out if this is officially true.

Legendary Bass Pro Tommy Martin

Here is a great video celebrating the life of fishing pro Tommy Martin. Still active in big money tournaments, Tommy just celebrated his 72 birthday. The Texas Freshwater Fisheries inducted Tommy into their Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Just click on his name for the video on Tommy Martin.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stop Bass Killing!

If you visit Northwestern Ontario, like many Americans and Canadians, this is something that will effect you!

Contact these two biologists to view your opinion and demand to save bass! Must be done before Nov. 30th!

Barry Corbett ...
Darryl McLeod ...

Gord Pyzer, noted outdoor writer and retired Minstry of Natural Resources Scientist has brought this to my attention.

Here is Gord's letter:

Hi folks ... I have a huge favour to ask of each one of you.

The Fisheries Management Plan for Zone 5 in Northwestern Ontario is currently under review and what is being proposed for bass is extremely troubling.

A small group of folks, who are opposed to bass, have persuaded the MNR to include the option of killing four (4) bass, <35 cm in size, every day of fishing during the critical winter and spring spawning periods. In other words, from November 30th to July 1st.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Facebook Winners!

The Winners of the Stringease gift pack are: Mark B. and Dave P. Thanks for the likes and the next free tackle pack will be coming very soon.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday Means Big Savings for Anglers

Forget about buying a new washer/dryer! Think fishing! Monday will be the day that most on-line  stores along with many companies will offer great deals on fishing gear. I have been flooded with emails alerting me to all the savings. Too many to list and I don't wish to leave someone out.
Take a few minutes and surf your favourite brand.

Don't forget to insert the bonus code further saving.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Like on our Facebook = Free Lures!

Only a few hours left to get in a like on IBASSIN.COM's facebook page. Like us and you'll be entered in the lucky draw for a Stringease Lurbrella rig.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Big Late Fall Smallmouth Erie Style

If you're American you might be waiting for that deer to come by the stand or thinking of what to buy after you stuff yourself with Thanksgiving Turkey. If you're Canadian, you're thinking of winterizing you boat if you haven't done it already. Well, I want you to think of something else. Giant Lake Erie smallmouth.  The weather has been mild and calm. This makes venturing out onto to eastern portion of Erie a dream. If you doubt me, have look at the evidence.

If this part of the world is foreign to you, don't worry. Call Simon Frost (or click on his name to jump to his site) and set up a guide trip. It is super easy and the rewards are well worth the drive.
Simon with a pair of 7 pound smallmouth. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Facebook Tackle Giveaway!

This time last year the world was freaking out over the Alabama rig. Regardless of what you call it, A-rig, umbrella rig or Alabama rig, late fall is prime time for this technique. We want to help you. Find us on facebook and LIKE us and I'll pick 2 winners from the list of LIKES.

The winners will get 2 Stringease Lurbrella rigs and matching sinker systems each. (colours may vary)

Contest starts immediately and ends Sunday, November 25th, 2012.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine needs your help!

We would like to hear from you! We have posted a short survey on our website that we would appreciate fans of Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine filling out.

As a "thank you" for completing this survey we will be randomly selecting one lucky respondent to win their choice of a hunting or fishing gear package valued at approximately $500.00. The winner will be contacted by email before December 18th.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Okuma Fishing Tackle Supports The American Red Cross With Consumer Discount And Donation Opportunity!

The devastation to Northeast fishing communities caused by Hurricane Sandy is deeply saddening and incredibly unfortunate. As anglers, all of these people are members of our community, our neighbours across the country.
To lend support to those in need, we've created an opportunity that makes it easy to help.
Through December 15th, U.S. consumers can use the discount code SANDY on the Okuma Fishing Tackle website and receive 50% off the retail price of all in-stock Okuma branded apparel, as well as select reels identified as Hurricane Sandy Relief. Due to contract limitations, we are unable to offer this to our Canadian consumers. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cordura Now in ZillaBraid by Spiderwire.

There’s no worse feeling than when a huge fish snaps your line. With Spiderwire® Zilla Braid™, you now have a fighting chance. Using a combination of CORDURA® brand and Dyneema® fiber technologies for super strength, toughness and abrasion resistance,  Zilla Braid™ is perfect for battling big fish where enhanced power for the hook set and more stretch for the fight is needed. The elastic nature of the line allows for full recovery to the original length after stretching.  Zilla Braid™ is perfect for throwing the big lures or schooling rigs where multiple fish are inevitable.  Ideal for bass, stripers, sturgeon, muskie, catfish and other monsters of the deep. Moss green SpiderWire® Zilla Braid™ is available in pound tests ranging from 20 to 100 pounds and in 125-, 300- and 1500-yard spools.
ZillaBraid™ offers the strength you need to land beastly bass, mammoth musky and other heavyweight water dwellers. Now the only thing you have to worry about is running out of space in your livewell. To learn more about Spiderwire® ZillaBraid™, including video review and Where to Buy, visit

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christie on Flipping

By I.M. Bradley

Any angler can go randomly flipping around grass or cover and catch a few bass. That should not surprise anyone, but why just settle for a few fish when you can catch more and better bass. The key to better flipping comes from knowing when to fish a quick-sinking lure or a slow-falling lure, and what to do after the lure settles to the bottom.

FLW Tour and B.A.S.S. professional angler Jason Christie always thinks flipping first when approaching a tournament. He’s so good at it, he even has a new signature series flipping rod coming out.

Christie has made his living fishing shallow.
Catching better bass for Christie comes down to how fast the lure falls, or “rate of fall.”

“For me, I pick the lure and weight by the water clarity,” he said. “The clearer the water; the faster I want the lure to fall.” 

Christie says that when fishing impoundments with gin clear water, like Beaver Lake and Table Rock, he wants a fast falling lure anytime the water temperature is more than 70 degrees. When water temperature gets very cold, however, he’ll begin considering a slower-sinking jig for his flipping.

The technique of flipping is done on a short line. With the reel in free spool and thumb holding the spool motionless, the angler takes the jig in his off hand (the one not holding the rod) and swings the rod to pendulum the bait toward a target in the cover, while removing the tension his thumb has been applying to the spool. The result is that the lure hits the target as quietly as possible, right in the face of the bass. Bass then strike the lure out of a feeding response or reaction strike. Christie believes that more than 75 percent of the strikes he gets while flipping are reaction strikes.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Free Lures from Molix

Molix USA will be have a lure giveaway. Monday they will be giving away a Randy Howell autographed crankbait. Join them on FaceBook to get a chance to win. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Legendary Canadian Angler and Television Host to to Fish Revo Reels

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 7, 2012) - Abu Garcia® has signed one of the biggest names in Canadian fishing by inking Izumi Outdoors Inc. producer of Bob Izumi’s Real Fishing television show. Izumi Outdoors Inc. joined the Abu Garcia team in a multi-year deal that was signed today. This decision comes in an award-winning year for Abu Garcia.

The company strives for excellence with the release of their third generation of Revo low profile reels. “I am incredibly excited about working with Abu Garcia and am so impressed with just how smooth their reels are,” said Izumi. “The reels are simply great in how they look and function. As a tournament bass angler, the Revo reels have incredibly powerful drags and a full line of matching rods, which are second to none.” 

“It’s great to see Bob so enthusiastic about our products. He will be an incredible asset to our Abu Garcia team,” said Chris Hockley, Canadian Marketing Manager for Pure Fishing. “Bob Izumi is Canada's best-known and most sought after contemporary fisherman. He is the country's most successful tournament fisherman, respected author, seminar speaker, conservationist, television personality and radio show host.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Skeet Reese Auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief

AUBURN, Calif.  Always someone seeking to find a way to help people in need, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Skeet Reese and his family have decided to do an auction to help raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.

Reese will be holding an auction on his personal website; beginning Tuesday, November 6, 2012, and will last through November 16, 2012. Reese will be holding an auction for several items of significant value from his career and personal gear, and will be matching the money raised.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Gussy Ready for 2013 FLW Tour

FLW Press Release

(photo: FLW)
Canadian bass fisherman Jeff Gustafson announced Thursday he has committed to fishing the entire 2013 Walmart FLW Tour season. Gustafson competed in the four FLW Tour Opens in 2012 and cashed checks at each, despite being a rookie with little or no previous lake knowledge. He finished the season 14th in the points race.
Known in the industry as “Gussy,” the Keewatin, Ontario, angler has quite a reputation in the North Country as a guide and tournament angler – having won both the Kenora Bass International and the International Falls Bass Championship. In addition, the 30-year-old hosts his own TV show called “Fishing with Gussy” as well as writes a weekly outdoors column called the “Livewell” for the Fort Frances Times. Gustafson is also active on social media and quickly became a fan favorite this season on FLW’s On-The-Water coverage page.
“Having a solid rookie season in the Opens makes me even more excited for next year,” said Gustafson. “Fishing the tour down south was an eye-opening experience. Now that I’ve got my feet wet I’m ready for a full season.”
Gustafson will once again run a Kruger Farms/International Comfort Products-wrapped Lund Predator with a 225-horsepower Mercury Optimax.
The 2013 FLW Tour season opener kicks off Feb. 7 on Lake Okeechobee, the same fishery where Gustafson notched a top-20 finish this February.