Friday, May 31, 2013

Map an App!

Planning routes with multiple waypoints and complex conditions has never been so quick and easy.  Simply select your destination with a tap on the map and Autorouting charts the course.
Autorouting is an In-app upgrade available for iPhone and iPad that is purchased directly within the app: 
Go to Menu > Upgrades & Apps > Autorouting
Before purchasing Autorouting, users must have purchased NavModule which creates the enhanced routing platform used for Autorouting.  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

IBASSIN RULES Rules #3 Smallmouth Spinnerbaits

Here is #3 in the IBASSIN Rules series of videos. Spinnerbaits and smallmouth go hand in hand. Check out the video and see what you have been missing.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

IBASSIN Rules #4 The Jika Rig, one year later

The IBASSIN Rules has become a very popular playlist for us. Here is #4 in the series. The Jika Rig is a unique blend of Texas and Drop shotting that has change the way angler rig soft plastics.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Swimming Ninja: Jared Lintner's Secret Bed Fishing Bait.

By Luigi De Rose

Jared Lintner, BASS Elite star, has been refining a secret bed fishing technique that will work for you. Conventional wisdom dictates dropping miniature soft plastic baits onto the nest of bedding bass.  This is a standard technique but during multi-day, high profile tournaments, anglers have to be unconventional.  Jared ensures this technique is so simple it will work for anyone.  Actually, it might be even more effective for the average guy because it is so simple to do.

Being a moulded swimbait ensures it has a super natural swimming action.
Bedding bass hate panfish. Panfish raid nests devouring eggs and fry. Spawning bass know the dangers and kill any panfish that ventures too close.  Lindner incorporates this knowledge to catch some of the biggest bass of the year.

Friday, May 24, 2013

IBASSIN Videos Pass 100 000 Views!

IBASSIN wishes to say a big THANK YOU for all your support and loyalty. Here is our most popular video. Dave Mercer has been great to IBASSIN and we will be hooking up with him again this summer at ICAST.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

AR Lure's Squarebill Crank-50 and Crank-D50 Crankbaits

AR Lures has another hit on their hands. The Crank-50 wooden squarebill crankbait. Available in a several versions, this wooden crankbait has great wobble. Each is hefty enough to launch to the other side of the lake yet not difficult to crank. Both models is huge range of custom colours. 

Crank-50 Stats:
size: 2" (50mm)
weight: 3/8oz (10g)
depth: 2.5 feet


size: 2" (50mm)
weight: 1/3oz 
depth: 6 feet

Crank-D50 above and Crank-50 below

A closer look at the Crank-50's square bill.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jackall's Crosstail Shad with Simon Frost.

Jackall's Crosstail Shad has been a secret lure for some time. Guide and tournament angler, Simon Frost explains how to fish the Crosstail Shad from Jackall and explains why this bait is so magical.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Victoria Day Canada!

Randy Haynes Wins 2013 Walmart FLW Lake Eufaula Tournament.

by Brett Carlson
FLW Press Release
EUFAULA, Ala. – When Randy Haynes won the EverStart Series event on Pickwick Lake two weeks ago, it was hardly a surprise. After all, Haynes has five FLW wins on the Tennessee River and he knows just about every nook and cranny on the entire chain. But Haynes had never visited Lake Eufaula, part of the Chattahoochee River system. Initially it took some getting used to, but Haynes acquainted just fine.
Remaining off-shore and consistent made the difference
in Randy's victory.
(Photos: FLW)
The Counce, Tenn., pro is fishing his rookie season on the Walmart FLW Tour, but his experience and ability belie that of a seasoned veteran. Earlier in the week, Haynes spoke about the history of Eufaula as an offshore cranking lake, tipping his cap to pioneering anglers like David Fritts and Bobby Padgett. While the humble Haynes will never admit it himself, he’s beginning to enter that same rare territory.How good is Haynes offshore? Mark Rose, known as the ledge master on tour, largely credits Haynes with his offshore education and transformation.
While Haynes had identified six solid schools of bass on the mid-to-upper end of Eufaula, what bothered him all week was that he’d only catch a fish or two off each school. Thanks to cool spring, the numbers of bass just weren’t there yet, and while his weights were increasing each day, the possibility of stumbling on day four was real.
Haynes was eager to at least scratch out a limit this morning, and in a rush his timing got a little off.
“I was impatient with my rotation; I was trying just to get by and I was about an hour early today,” he explained. “I had three main spots, and I was rotating through them, giving them a few hours of rest before I would go back. I hit my spots three times per day and I was lucky to have sections of the lake all to myself.”
Over the course of the tournament, Haynes said roughly half his keepers came on Strike King 6XDs and 5XDs in citrus shad color. The other half came on a variety of swimbaits, and a few fell victim to a Strike King football jig or Carolina-rigged creature bait. The key water depth was six to 15 feet and oftentimes the fish would suspend off the front of the bars. While most offshore fishermen targeted brush and timber, Haynes fished hard rock. It was his belief that the shad were spawning on the tops of the rock ledges and occasionally he could even feel the shad nip and bump his baits.
“It varied, but a lot of times the crankbait would fire them up and then I’d go back with the swimbait. Today I weighed one on the crankbait and four on the swimbait. Once the sun got up, it put those fish on top and they started eating.”
Haynes’ day-four sack officially weighed 16 pounds, 1 ounce. With a total of 73 pounds, 1 ounce, his winning margin was 11 pounds. The hardwood floor installer will take a $125,000 check with him back home to Tennessee.
“To win one of these events, everything has to line up just right. I was blessed. I’m so happy for my family and friends. There are so many people back home that I compete for, and against.”
Haynes concluded by calling Eufaula a special place – a fitting offshore venue for his first tour title.
“Back in its day, Eufaula was theplace. I started ledge fishing back in 1998. I decided I had to learn because nobody wins around the bank anymore. I don’t think I’ve hardly been back since.”
Thrift soars to second
After a subpar day three, Bryan Thrift made up some serious ground on day four – soaring from seventh to second via a 16-pound, 14-ounce limit. Thrift finished the week with a four-day total of 62 pounds, 1 ounce.
“I fished shallow for the first hour and a half this morning after only weighing in four little spots yesterday,” said the Chevy pro. “I caught one on a buzzbait, one on a swim jig and one skipping a jig under a dock. That kind of relaxed me as I went out to my deeper stuff.”

Saturday, May 18, 2013

2013 Walmart FLW Lake Eufaula Day 2: Running & Gunning has Thrift in Lead.

by Brett Carlson
FLW Press Release

EUFAULA, Ala. – Leave it to Bryan Thrift to find a happy medium between fishing fast and fishing offshore. While the North Carolina native is known for running and gunning around shallow docks, he’s taken a similar approach, albeit offshore, on Alabama’s Lake Eufaula this week. As a result, he’s leading the fourth Walmart FLW Tour qualifier of the year at the tournament’s halfway point.
Thrift spent 12 hours each of the three practice days idling around, looking for the first place bass would retreat to after the spawn. The only fishing he did in practice was to sample the shad-spawn bite early each morning. After that, it was back to the offshore grind. It was laborious, boring and hot, but the hard work has paid off.
Thrift is fishing over 50 spots a day. His approach has
helped him bag the lead on difficult day 2.  (Photo: FLW)

“I have 60 or 70 one-stop places and I’m fishing at least 50 spots throughout the day,” said Thrift, who has two previous top-10 finishes at Lake Eufaula. “I’m pulling in and making four or five casts, and then I’m moving somewhere else. All of the big fish that I have caught over the last two days have been biting on the first or second cast.”
Thrift elaborated on his program, but wouldn’t name the bait he’s using.
“Every stop I make, there is something down there – hard spots, standing timber, brush piles – something that is up off of the bottom a couple of feet. If you make the right cast and they are there, they’re going to bite it.”

Friday, May 17, 2013

2013 Walmart FLW Lake Eufaula Day 1: Lucas Leads with over 22 Pounds!

by Brett Carlson
FLW Press Release

EUFAULA, Ala. – To say Lake Eufaula is currently in transition is a gross understatement. Bass are spawning, guarding fry, gobbling shad and hanging out on deep structure. The diversity offered is great, but none of the patterns are particularly reliable and strong right now. That’s why pro leader Justin Lucas sampled both shallow and deep water on day one.
Justin Lucas holds first by leaving the bank.
(Photos: FLW)
Capitalizing on unexpected cloud cover, Lucas started his day close to the bank and caught a solid 17- or 18-pound limit, which included one that was still on a bed.
“I don’t think anyone was expecting it to be this good in the morning,” Lucas said of the early bite. “The clouds rolled in and stayed for a long time. It really helped.”
Within the first hour, Lucas had nearly 16 pounds. The former Californian who now resides in Guntersville, Ala., said he caught a 5-pounder on a frog, he sight-fished the 4 1/2-pound female off her nest and his other shallow fish came from “fishing slow.”
“I still have a lot of 2-pound bucks on bed, I just didn’t catch them because they wouldn’t have helped me today. But they could definitely help me tomorrow or on the weekend if I make it that far.”
Lucas then paid a visit to his most productive offshore spot, a spot he described as “magic.”
“Right away I double hooked with two 4 1/2-pounders but one came off before I got it in the boat. So I immediately threw back and caught a 3-pounder and that’s when I realized I should probably leave it alone.”

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

AR Custom Wooden Minnow Baits

AR Lures has been recently filtering into local tackle stores. One of their most popular models is the minnow baits. Under a few different names, each AR Lures offers different models, lengths and running depth minnow baits. Each wooden bait offer solid quality, exquisite colour patterns, and  quality treble hooks.  Find out more at

Jerkbait: 115mm; 1/2oz (14g); sinking model

Minnow 110: 110mm;3/5oz (16g); depth 1-2 foot 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


BPS Release
Bass Pro Shops, America’s most popular outdoor store, will locate its third Canadian store in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, as an anchor for The Outlet Collection at Niagara — a 520,000-square-foot shopping center under construction by IvanhoĆ© Cambridge. Located at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Way and Glendale Avenue, this high visibility site will be the new gateway to the Niagara Peninsula.
NiagaraOnTheLakeOntario rendering
Artist's rendering of Niagara Outpost.
The new 80,000 square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outpost store is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. Niagara-on-the-Lake enjoys a rich tradition of outdoor sports and history as it is situated in Southern Ontario where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario.Some 10 million people visit this area each year and another 2.5 million people are within an hour’s drive of the site.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for Bass Pro Shops to place our third Canadian store in this beautiful part of Southern Ontario,” said Johnny Morris, Founder. “We are very excited to bring Bass Pro Shops to this premier site in Niagara-on-the-Lake and we are very grateful to developer IvanhoĆ© Cambridge for selecting Bass Pro Shops to be the premier anchor tenant in this extraordinary new retail development. We look forward to bringing Bass Pro Shops’ low prices and friendly expert service to the many sportsmen and women who live in the region. We are also excited to add to the momentum of an area that already draws millions of visitors each year,” Morris continued.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Edwin Evers Wins the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Alabama River Tournament

By Deb Johnson
Bass Press Release

“Man, you’ve got me,” Brent Chapman said to Edwin Evers.
Evers was already in Sunday’s final-round hot seat of the Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite. Chapman, the leader for the two previous days, was the last of the 12 finalists to weigh in. He climbed the stage steps already knowing it was over for him.
No one in the crowd under Montgomery’s historic Union Station Train Shed heard Chapman’s remark on stage. But that’s how Evers later told the story.
Evers wins and takes lead in AOY race.
(Photo: BASS)
“I didn’t realize until he said ‘you’ve got me’ that I had a chance,” Evers said after he’d hoisted the eighth trophy of his Bassmaster career and claimed his second regular-season Elite Series win. “I’m so happy. I can’t believe it.”
Evers of Talala, Okla., got the best of Chapman by 1 pound, 12 ounces. Evers took home $100,000 and a win-you’re-in berth for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
He took over the Charge by weighing four limits of spotted bass for a total of 75-13. The Charge was the first time, Evers said, that he’d won on spotted bass alone. He also hit a career high by weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces of spotted bass on Saturday, the largest sack of that species he’s ever caught.

Happy Mother's Day!

2013 Bassmaster Elite Alabama River Day 3: Chapman Still Leading but River Levels Drop

By Deb Johnson
BASS Press Release
Brent Chapman is on a tear.
Saturday, the reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year led the four-day Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite for the second consecutive day.
Brent Chapman is leading as leader board has mixed.
River levels dropped making Sunday's fishing
unpredictable. (Photos: BASS)
Chapman also came close to tearing up his bass rig. During a stomach-churning run upriver against Coosa River rapids to reach the big spotted bass in Jordan Dam tailwaters, his boat struck a rock.
“Where I’m fishing, my Triton-Mercury isn’t supposed to go,” said Chapman on the Bassmaster Elite Series stage as he weighed in 18 pounds, 3 ounces, enough for the Day 3 lead by 1 pound, 3 ounces over Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla.
“I didn’t rip anything off, but I’ll have it checked out,” said Chapman, who brought 59 pounds, 4 ounces to the scales over three days, much of it from his sweet Coosa set-up.
It might dry up on him on Sunday in the event’s final round. The water level of the entire Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river system is dropping. That means the boat-eating rocks might be too close to the surface to make a run to the dam come Sunday morning.
“I’m going to go as far as I feel I can safely go, and that’s where I’m going to start fishing,” the leader said. “There’s still good, fishable water up there in many places. And there’s still some great fishing down here (near Montgomery). If I have to go fishing, I’ll go fishing.”
In bass-speak, “go fishing” is the equivalent of starting over.
It looks like Niagara Falls but it isn't. Many won't fish on
Sunday if water levels by the dam continue to drop.
Chapman had company on the Jordan Dam tailwaters. On the way up Saturday morning, he and Jared Miller of Norman, Okla., met near the first set of rapids. After a consultation, Chapman said he’d lead the way. They both got through, and then Miller took the point. Chapman pulled up to his spot, and Miller crept closer to the dam. (Waiting on land, Bassmaster cameramen shot Miller’s wild ride as he tried to navigate the churning water below the dam. See it here.)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

2013 Bassmaster Elite Alabama River Day 2: Chapman Tames White Water and Spots to Take Lead

By Deb Johnson
BASS Press Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alton Jones and Brent Chapman stood side-by-side. They were the first two Bassmaster Elite Series pros in line to weigh in Friday, the second day of the Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite.
The white water below the dam has be producing the best
bass of the tournament.   (Photos: BASS)
Jones sized up Chapman’s weigh-in bag. “I'll go first,” Jones told Chapman. “I want to lead for at least one minute.”
Jones had it right. His 20 pounds, 4 ounces earned him a fleeting look at the hot seat. Chapman’s 23-5 handily beat him. Chapman’s two-day total was 41-1 to Jones’ 36-10 — a 4-7 difference.
Jones had nothing to feel bad about. Together the two squashed the hopes of the other 98 Elite pros who followed them to the scales. No one knocked them out of first and second.
The reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, Chapman, of Lake Quivira, Kan., weighed five spotted bass to move up from sixth place on Day One. In his bag was the day’s largest bass, a 5-11.
Chapman rode Coosa River rapids in his bass rig to reach his fish.
Chapman easily took the lead with his big bag. 
“It was a fun day. Things could not have gone better for me,” Chapman said. “But it was a little nerve-wracking getting there (to his fishing spot).”
“Knowing what’s under the water is kind of scary,” he said. “If the water drops at all …” He shook his head. “There’s literally times you feel the boat go up and then feel it go down because you drop so much.”
The ride was worth it to get to a sweet spot he has going below the dam.
“I’ve got ‘a cast,’ a really neat little spot where they’re sitting up in one little eddy,” he said. “I caught a good one to start the day, and within a hour had a 20-pound bag.”

Friday, May 10, 2013

2013 Bassmaster Elite Alabama River Day 1: John Murray Captures Lead with Spots.

By Deb Johnson
BASS Press Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Bassmaster Elite Series pros could have given themselves sore throats Thursday if they’d hollered every time they hooked into an Alabama River spotted bass.
John Murray holds off the pack with a strong
limit of spotted bass.
(Photo: BASS)
Among them was John Murray. Spot-on his game, the pro from Phoenix, Ariz., brought in five spotted bass that weighed 18 pounds, 9 ounces. It was enough for the first-day lead by 5 ounces in the May 9-12 Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite out of Montgomery, Ala.
He has his challengers lined up for the remaining three days of competition. The first and sixth anglers on the leaderboard were separated by only 13 ounces.
Two anglers tied for second place at 18-4, both with limits of spotted bass: Paul Elias of Laurel, Miss., and Jason Williamson of Aiken, S.C.
In fourth was Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., with five bass that went 17-15. Fifth was Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla. His weight was also 17-15, but with four bass that did not survive because his livewell wasn’t on, he slid one spot below Lane.
Sixth place was taken by reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Ka., with 17-12.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Help IBASSIN Reach 100 000 views on YouTube!

Dear Loyal Fans,

We are ever so close to 100 000 views on Youtube. Lets reach this milestone by the end of the week.
Spread the word and I'll have a prizes for you loyal fans.

Here are some of our most popular videos:

IBASSIN RULES #1 Punchig Weeds
IBASSIN RULES #2 Skipping 
IBASSIN RULES #3 Spinnerbait Smallmouth
IBASSIN RULES #4 The Jika Rig one Year Later

Monday, May 6, 2013

Skeet Reese Wins 2013 Bassmaster Elite West Point Lake Event with Heroic Last Day!

By Deb Johnson
BASS Press Release
Skeet Reese is on fire — again.
The Auburn, Calif., superstar of bass fishing was victorious Sunday in the Bassmaster Elite Series’ West Point Lake Battle after starting the final round in seventh place, almost 2 1/2 pounds behind leader Tommy Biffle.
Its been a while!
(Photos: James Overstreet BASS)
But when Reese weighed 15-4 Sunday, he squashed the other 11 finalists’ hopes of winning the four-day Battle out of LaGrange, Ga. Closest to catching Reese was Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., who finished second with 44-6, exactly 2 pounds back.
Reese won $100,000 and his 14th Bassmaster Classic qualification. He also racked up points in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, rising eight steps in the standings into third place.
“We play for the win — and the money’s always nice. But I fish for one title — Angler of the Year. For me, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Reese, who has won the AOY crown once, in 2007.
The West Point event win, the seventh of his Bassmaster career, was his first since he won two Elite competitions in 2010. He was in contention for the AOY title throughout 2010, but Kevin VanDam took it.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

2013 Bassmaster Elite West Point Lake Day 2: Biffle Bounds into Lead

By Deb Johnson
BASS Press Release
LAGRANGE, Ga. — Saturday was a rainy day in Georgia, but Tommy Biffle was not singing the blues about the West Point Lake Battle.
He managed to fill a five-fish limit after falling one bass short on both Day One and Day Two of the Battle.
Biffle eeks out a lead with 33.09 for three days.
(Photo: BASS)
Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., seized the third-day lead in the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series’ Battle with a total of 33 pounds, 9 ounces. Seventh after Thursday, he popped into third Friday before taking the hot seat Saturday.
The loss of a “good keeper” early Saturday had him wondering if he’d even weigh four bass.
“I was a little bit worried I’d only have three, because I’ve been getting (and boating) four bites a day,” he said. “Today I had six, but I didn’t catch the quality I’ve been catching. As tough as the fishing is, I was glad to catch five.”
Biffle liked Saturday’s wet, wet weather. He said he actually hoped for a thunder and lightning storm on the water to change the barometric pressure.

Friday, May 3, 2013

2013 Bassmaster Elite West Point Lake Day 1: Combs Leads on Stingy First Day

By DEb Johnson
Bass Press release
Zero. By 1:30 p.m. Thursday, that’s how many bass Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, believed he’d end up weighing in on the first day of the West Point Lake Battle, the fourth event of the Bassmaster Elite Series season. In six hours of casting, he had not had one bite.
Suddenly, “Things just started to roll,” he said.
Combs catches enough to lead on
very difficult first day.
(Photo: BASS)
Combs ended the day leading the tournament after weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces. He was 4 ounces in front of Greg Vinson of Wetumpka, Ala., who turned in 15-10. Behind Combs and Vinson was the 2013 Bassmaster Classic champ, Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., who was third with 14-2
“I have some sight fish, I had some flipping fish, I had some fish in the current, I had some cranking fish — and I ran all that stuff and didn’t catch any. I thought I wasn’t going to catch a fish today,” Combs said.
Fishless, he re-ran all the same water, trying all his different techniques again and again. His breakthrough was a largemouth off a spawning bed. Then he moved and was able to fill his five-fish limit with smaller spotted bass for about 7 pounds total, he estimated.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Jackall Pro Jared Lintner on Bed Fishing the Clone Gill

Regardless of where you bass fish, bed fishing is exciting. IBASSIN got to chat to Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner. He shared in wisdom on how he catches bedding bass.

“I and the bass look for the pockets that are quiet and out of the way. Stay away from areas that get heavy boat traffic or high waves.” Explains the 8-year touring pro.  The pockets that face east warm up quickly and draw in a majority of the bass, especially the biggest ones.

Jared Lintner knows the value of the
Jackall Clone Gill.
One bait that shines the brightest for bed fishing is the Jackall Clone Gill. This soft plastic bait perfectly duplicates annoying panfish.  The Clone Gill is the perfect shape and size of a Blue Gill. “These fish raid bass beds. They are the worst enemy of the bass and bass will chase them off their bed.” Explains Jared, a California pro.

“The key to fishing the Clone Gill is to drop it right on the bed and shake it.” Advises Jared. After he makes the perfect cast and adds a few shakes the bass should eat it. It can be that simple.

Jackall’s line of clone baits perfectly matches natural prey. Jared loves the fact that these baits are compact yet solid enough to handle a solid hook.

He rigs the bait with a 2/0 Gamakatsu hook and teams it with a 1/4oz to 1/2oz bullet weight. It might seem heavy but it helps make great casts and assists the bait's glide.  Jared rigs this bait Texas style with the bait on its side. Having the bait rigged sideways really makes it spiral.

Another great rig is drop shotting the Clone Gill. Jared switches from the EWG hook to the Weedless Wicked Wacky hook. He nose hooks the bait and plops it on the bed. The Clone Gill is firm enough to be re-rigged several times yet hold its integrity.  This well-made bait becomes a real asset when working a big bass on a bed.

Here is Jared Lintner’s gear list:
Rod: G Loomis 895 JWR casting rod
Reel: Shimano Core 100mg 7
Line: 20 Lb Sunline Shooter
Best colours: Baby Blue Gill, Blue Gill and Crappie

(Make sure local laws on bed fishing are always followed)