Thursday, April 30, 2015

President of Shimano in USA announces two-year expansion plan

Shimano American Corp has announced a two-year expansion plan for its headquarters in the US which it says will increase its connection to markets across the country.
David Pffeifer, Shimano American President, said the work at its Ladson, South Carolina facility will bolster its fishing operations.
He added that a stronger presence on the East Coast is necessary for key segments of Shimano’s fishing division. “The Charleston area is closer to a number of influential fresh and saltwater markets, enabling us to create a more local connection to those areas by growing the operations at our existing facility in Ladson.”
Shimano Tackle Division President Steve Ferarra said that the expansion would take between 18 to 24 months. “We will start planning the office space needs immediately, along with proposals for implementing the necessary positions. Our team is very excited to enter this next phase of our business plan by increasing our presence and connection to the East Coast markets while maintaining our operations on the West Coast.”
In October 2013, Shimano opened a 99,000sqft expansion to the Ladson distribution centre, giving it more than 202,000sqft of warehouse and office space.
Courtesy of Angling International

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Congratulations to Curtis Richardson Winner of the Eastern Division at FLW TBF National Championship

Ontario Angler Qualifies for ALL-American 
By Luigi De Rose

While the FLW pros battled it out at Beaver Lake, American and Canadian "amateur" anglers fought for their chance to "Live the Dream" at the 2015 The Bass Federation National Championship on Grand Lake, Oklahoma. The ALL-American is a pinnacle tournament that has launched the careers of many legendary anglers. 

Belleville angler, Curtis Richardson became the best of the Eastern Division and earned a covenant place in the 2015 ALL-American with his 34 pounds. Canadian team member Tommy Lee snapped this photo of the big bass that secured first place for Curtis. 

For more information on Curtis' performance and the other Division leaders click here

Monday, April 27, 2015

Matt Arey Wins 2015 FLW Tour Event at Beaver Lake!

In Matt Arey’s bio, he lists Beaver Lake as his favorite lake in the country. Many have assumed this was some kind of joke or mistake. But it’s not. Beaver Lake really is Arey’s favorite lake, and today the Quaker State pro proved why, winning his second Walmart FLW Tour title on Beaver Lake in a row.
Big limit on day 4 cliches Beaver for Arey. (Photo FLW)
Arey saved the best for last, weighing in the biggest limit of the tournament – 17 pounds, 13 ounces – on the final day to win by nearly 6 pounds over Tracy Adams. Arey's four-day total was 55-06, and his winning margin was substantial on such a challenging lake.
“It’s been an unreal week,” says Arey, who pocketed $125,000 for his win. “Stuff happened today that never happens; it’s been a day I’ll never forget.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

2015 Walmart FLW Tour Beaver Lake Day 3: Morgan Maintains Lead into Final Day.

Instead of worrying about hitting it out of the park or putting immense pressure on himself to come up with a grand winning strategy, Morgan just scraps, scrapes and claws at the ground right in front of him, making the best of what he’s got.

Junk fishing save Andy Morgan as Beaver become difficult.
(Photo: FLW)
Morgan’s performance on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake was a prime example of his “make the best of it” attitude. After burning up the spawning fish he had located in practice during the first two days of the tournament, he was forced to fish by the seat of his pants today – something he thoroughly enjoys.
“My sight fish are done, so I just went hunting new opportunities,” Morgan says. “It got sunny and windy today. The wind blew onto classic flat points and created mud lines down the river. That’s something that has not occurred the last two days. It’s something new to work with; something that wasn’t there yesterday and might not be there tomorrow. But all I care about is now – right this minute. This truly is a fish-for-the-moment lake. The playing field on this old lake changes day to day, and over the years of coming here I’ve learned to appreciate that and now downright enjoy that aspect of it.”

Saturday, April 25, 2015

2015 Walmart FLW Tour Beaver Lake Day 2: Morgan Climbs to Lead!

“Hidden largemouths” is quickly becoming the buzz term at the Walmart FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac, as those atop the leaderboard are using the term to refer to spawning largemouths that are so well hidden that other competitors never found them. These hidden fish are covered by thick brush, hidden so deep that they were only found during the very rare windows of sunshine during practice or located off the beaten path. The latter are not in obvious pockets or places where one would expect to find beds, but rather out on the main bluff channels where few ever look.
Andy is moving a lot. Sight fishing when he can. (Photo:FLW)
On day one, Jacob Wheeler caught hidden largemouths to take the lead. On day two, former Beaver Lake champion Andy Morgan caught hidden largemouths to take over the pole position going into the weekend. His catch of 15 pounds, 7 ounces today gives Morgan a two-day total of 28-09 to take the lead by just 11 ounces.
“All the ones I’ve caught the last two days are spawning bass I found in practice and marked on my GPS,” says Morgan. “I never saw them because the water is just a touch too dirty to see them with all the cloud cover and wind. I would just fish along, and every bite I got I would shake off and mark on the GPS. In all I had about 15 of these fish marked, and I have caught just about every one of them now. I caught No. 15 just before weigh-in today, so I’m fresh out.”

Friday, April 24, 2015

2014 Walmart FLW Tour Beaver Lake Day 1: Wheeler Tops All with 15Lbs.

Jacob Wheeler has a plan to win the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Rayovac on Beaver Lake this week. That plan involves primarily the largemouth species, a target weight of 14 pounds per day and a lot of fish management.
Today, Wheeler surpassed his target by nearly 2 pounds with a 15-pound, 14-ounce catch that puts him in the driver’s seat at Beaver Lake, in the lead by just a scant 5 ounces over second-place pro Bryan Thrift.
“Largemouths are the way to win here at Beaver Lake,” Wheeler says. “They are the fish to go the distance here, and that’s what I’m focusing on.”
Wheeler plans to focus on shallow largemouth. (FLW Photo)
Wheeler claims to have roughly 100 waypoints signifying fish he found on beds during practice. Today he plucked just three of them and caught two “just power fishing,” and they were all largemouths.
“To me this tournament is all about fish management,” he continues, “fishing for certain ones on certain days and taking advantage of the small windows to see the fish based on wind direction. These fish have all been up for a while now, and they’re smart – extremely hard to catch. In order to catch them I have to be able to see a fish the whole time I’m fishing for it. That way I can tell how the fish reacts to certain baits because that tells me a lot about how catchable the fish is. If I’m just casting to a fish that I can occasionally see and can’t really tell where it is or what it’s doing, it’s just a waste of time. I wasted 35 minutes on one I never caught today because the wind just would not let me see what was going on.”

Standings Below

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jackall's Cool Topwater Popper

Blitz Bass with Binksy!
By Luigi De Rose

At first glace, the Binksy looks odd. Tail spinner, belly blade and a concave face have transformed this Jackall topwater to much more than your average popper. Belly blades have been the rage for the past few years in Japan. The added flash and glimmer of silver is a huge attraction. When ripped along, it create a strong pulse. Blade vibration is a unique concept for a topwater bait and most North American bass have never seen such a bait. The tail spinner allows it to rip well with short rod pops plus it ensures the feather tail hook remains downward in the water. Skittered across the surface or chugged along isolated cover, the Binksy will provide more action than traditional poppers.

At 2.75" long, it is ideal for smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass. At 3/7oz, this compact bait will cast very well on casting gear. A dressed rear hook and matching belly treble will hold anything that bites it.

 The Jackall Binksy is available in 10 colour patterns. Anglers will find top-notch quality consistent with all Jackall Lures.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 New Release from OSP: DAI BUZZN' Heavy Hitter

New Wake Bait from Japanese Star Toshinari Namiki
By Luigi De Rose

Another great crankbait was release earlier this year from OSP of Japan. This gem is their newest wake bait and a lot of attention to details will ensure it produces. The deep angled circuit board lip, called the HP Slashbill keeps the DAI BUZZN' Heavy Hitter running depth to just 5cm (under 2 inches). Making it ideal for cranking above weed patches, rip rap or other cover.

Loaded with two tungsten balls for an ultra loud, pounding rattle this wake bait is designed for stained water and heavy cover. At 64mm (2.5") this chubby crankbait is well balanced with two ultra sharp treble hooks. This floating model, weights 17g (3/5oz) and casts very well with heavy casting gear. The DAI BUZZN' Heavy Hitter uses a custom ABS resin to produce extra vibration and rattle plus ensure a stronger body. Expect top-quality Japanese finishes in all 9 custom colours.

The DAI BAZZN' Heavy Hitter is a new style of baits called OSP Works Secondary. The focus of the Works Secondary line are pro-tuned models that have been modified for specific or unique bass fishing techniques.

Monday, April 20, 2015

ThunderCarbon Fishing Line

High-end Fluorocarbon from Niagara Falls Company
By Luigi De Rose

The Niagara Falls based company Thundermist Lures had entered the line business with
ThunderCarbon. ThunderCarbon is a 100% Fluorocarbon made in Japan under strict Japanese specifications. Ivo Coia, Thundermist Lures' owner, felt that customers wanted a primium Fluorocarbon line. Ideal for everything steelhead and brown trout in rivers to flipping largemouth, ThunderCarbon has a line size just right for the angler's needs. Except great knot strength, invisible, better handling, very fast sink rate and exceptional UV and water resistant.
It is available in 4lb, 6lb, 8lb, 10lb, 15lb and 20lb tests.
MSRP $12.99 - $24.99

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jonathon Van Dam and Mark Zona on Why Low Gear Ratio Reels Work!

The top finishing anglers at the recent Bassmater Elite tournament on Lake Guntersville all stated the need to slow down. Presenting swimbaits at the correct pace was critical to catching the largest bass. The only problem was this most manufactures don’t offer lower speed reels. Anglers had to painstakingly crawl the reel to counter-act the high-speed gear ratio. If they used a slower ration reel, they could have easily matched the mood of the bass. Slower gear ratios have their place unfortunately most angler fail to utilize them.
Need power use a Curado 200PG!
Gear ratios are like tools. They help you catch more fish if you know when and why you need a slower speed reels.  According to Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show, loves his fast moving bait but knows that’s not always the best choice of presentations. “I use a slower reel is when the water temperature is less than 55 degrees and the bait I’m fishing has to be presented slower because of bass’ sluggish nature. Here’s a case where the slower reel like the Anteres HG with its 5.6:1 gear ratio – or the new Alderbaran 50 with a 6.5:1 gear ratio if your looking for a lighter, compact reel to cast lighter lures, corrects my hyper nature and allows me to slow down under those conditions.” Advises Mark.
“I love them for their pure cranking power” states Jonathon Van Dam about the Shimano Curado 200PG which has a slow gear ratio. JVD says, “I like to use slower reels and I love the Curado. It helps me with my deep cranking or slowly working baits on the bottom.”
The new Curado I series are now available in five models – the Curado CU200PG, CU200, CU200HG, and left-hand retrieve CU201 and 201HG. If your after a Curado, pick the Curado 200PG. The 200PG has a slower 5.5:1 gear ratio making it ideal for big baits like the 6XD or 10XD crankbaits advises Van Dam.
Another huge plus for a slower speed reel is pure cranking power. Grabbing bass gear for in-shore saltwater species or big walleye, pike and musky demand pure power. Either waking a huge in-line spinner, minnow baits, or spinnberbaits have tremendous resistance in the water and can fracture weak gears. Speed is not just an indicator of power. Strong, machined gears and precision parts ensure years of use without wear.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

OKUMA Offers Rebates for Anglers

Okuma rewards anglers with rebates in 2015. They got just a bit behind on the shipping of free goods. Thank you very much for your patience and we're just about caught up. Rebates are available through June 15th. Click here for more info: OKUMA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Evidence on Accident at Lewis Smith with FLW John Cox and Bryan New.

By Luigi De Rose

On the final day of the recent FLW Tour event at Lewis Smith, tournament angler John Cox and his marshall Bryan New were ejected from their FLW Tour Ranger boat that was piloted by Cox. The most shocking element of the Sunday, March 29, 2015 event was that each angler's Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) fail to inflate and keep each them afloat. Both anglers were wearing PFDs not a lifejacket. This potentially lethal situation has prompted more questions than answers.  PFD are very popular for their light weight and ease of wear but now many are questioning their value. 

Mustang Survival, one of the manufacturers involved in this accident, created a press release to help clarify the matter. 

Here is their statement:

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, pro angler John Cox and his marshall, Bryan New, were thrown from their boat during an FLW bass fishing tournament on Lewis Smith Lake, Alabama. We are thankful both men sustained only minor injuries in this serious incident.

Media reports indicated Cox’s Mustang Survival Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD) malfunctioned, however we have confirmed these reports were incorrect. Cox was wearing a manual inflatable PFD designed to only inflate upon pulling the manual inflation cord.

The incident highlights two key things for people to be aware of:

(1)   Inflation method – Mustang Survival suggests the use of automatic inflatable PFDs for bass fishing. In the event of unconsciousness, they will automatically inflate to float and self-right the wearer, keeping the mouth and nose out of the water.

(2)   Inspection & Maintenance – Inflatable PFDs are a technical piece of equipment that should be inspected annually at the same time as your regular boat maintenance. A visual inspection followed by an oral inflation test is all it takes to make sure your PFD is in good working condition. Check your user manual for detailed instructions.

“Our team is committed to building quality products that work when they are needed most,” said Jason Leggatt, Vice President, Commercial at Mustang Survival.  “We take these incidents seriously and will be stepping up our efforts to educate people on choosing the best PFD for their activities and on how to properly maintain them.”

Monday, April 13, 2015

Skeet Reese Wins 2015 Bassmaster Elite Lake Guntersville with 92-11lbs

Skeet and Bryon Claim 1 &2 with Swimbait. 
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – When Skeet Reese arrived in Alabama last week for the Diet Mountain Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, he had a solid plan in place for how he wanted to fish.
His plan didn’t work.
So instead, he just followed the lead of his friend and roommate on the tour, Byron Velvick.
Swimbaits and friends won G-ville. (Photo: BASS)
Velvick told Reese about the 7-inch Basstrix Swimbait – the largest version of a 15-year-old soft plastic bait that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity – and Reese used it to win with a four-day catch of 92 pounds, 11 ounces. He entered the final round in second place, more than 2 pounds behind Michael Iaconelli, but vaulted himself to the $100,000 victory with a Sunday catch of 25-5.
His buddy, Velvick, placed second with 88-1.
“You just couldn’t have scripted this any better,” said Reese, a California native who now has eight victories in B.A.S.S. events, including two on Guntersville. “I had a really tough practice. I was going out with the anticipation of catching 13 to 14 pounds a day — unless maybe I could find a big bite and come in with 16 to 17. But Byron turned me on to a bait, and it evolved into something special, a win.”

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Skeet Reese Swimbaits to 2015 Bassmaster Elite Guntersville tournament Win with 92-11lbs

25-05 lb bag vaults Skeet into lead as IKE fails.

2015 Bassmaster Elite Lake Guntersville Day 3: Ike Keeps Leads as Leaderboard Flip-slops!

Ike  Struggles as Skeet Advances!
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Michael Iaconelli’s ever-evolving game plan for the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville took another drastic turn during Saturday’s third round.
The New Jersey pro switched to a Carolina Rig – a technique he calls his “next-to-least-favorite way” to fish – and managed a five-bass limit that weighed 16 pounds, 7 ounces. It pushed his three-day total to 69-8 and kept him in the lead for the third straight day.
Iaconelli’s margin dwindled, however, dropping from nearly 5 pounds as the day began to just 2-2 entering Sunday’s championship round. California pro Skeet Reese caught 25-1 Saturday and jumped into second with 67-6, followed by Tennessean David Walker (67-4) and Oklahoma angler Jason Christie (65-7).
Just enough for IKE to keep lead. (Photo: BASS)
“My least-favorite way to catch fish is with a jiggin’ spoon,” Iaconelli said. “After that, it would be Carolina-rigging.  But if I had not pulled out that Carolina Rig, I probably would have only weighed in about 11 pounds today.”
Iaconelli worked the same area that produced catches of 28-2 and 24-15 the first two days. But the fishing was much tougher due to strong winds that made the lake choppy and eventually caused some areas to become stained with mud.
He said he’ll have to decide before take-off Sunday whether he’ll stick with the area that’s been so good to him or finally make a move.
“I still believe in my heart that the area I’m fishing is the winning area,” Iaconelli said. “It’s so hard to leave. My mind keeps thinking I just need to stay in there the entire day and commit. I’m going to go home and think about it tonight.”
Iaconelli did leave the area briefly Saturday to check out a spot where he had found several fish on spawning beds during practice. But after inspecting that area, he said he abandoned any thought of sight-fishing the rest of the way.
“I took it off the table,” Iaconelli said. “When I ran in there today, there were dudes on the bank everywhere. So I just decided I’m not bed fishing.”
Though it helped him hang onto the lead Saturday, Iaconelli said he believes another 16-pound catch Sunday will sink his chances for a wire-to-wire victory. He thinks it’ll take 20-plus pounds, possibly even mid-20s, to win.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

2015 Bassmaster Elite Lake Guntersville Day 2: Ike Takes 5 Pound Lead Going into Weekend!

Consistency a difficult feat as bass move shallow.
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – After rocketing into the lead with 28 pounds, 2 ounces on the first day of the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, Michael Iaconelli went back out during Friday’s second round with intentions of fishing the same way.
Ike lands a shallow brute!
(Photo: Steve Bowman BASS)
But after a while, things just didn’t feel right. So he followed his instincts, made a quick adjustment and put together another fantastic catch of 24-15 to widen his lead in the event with a two-day total of 53-1.
The remainder of the top five anglers on the leaderboard saw some drastic changes on a day that was delayed one hour by thunderstorms. David Walker (48-6) moved into second, followed by Carl Jocumsen (46-8), Byron Velvick (45-3) and Brent Ehrler (43-13). With the lake itself undergoing changes, even more shifting could happen atop the leaderboard Saturday.
“On Thursday, I thought I knew exactly what was happening,” Iaconelli said. “After today, I believe there’s a lot more fish moving up to spawn than I thought and a lot more fish coming out for the post-spawn than I thought. There are a lot of fish on the move.”
Iaconelli, who never said which lures he was using Thursday, said he switched to a crankbait when things got slow Friday. That’s when he caught two of his largest fish of the day.
“The first cast on a crankbait, I caught one that weighed almost 8 pounds,” Iaconelli said. “The next one on a crankbait was a 6-pounder. That was a key decision, because without those two fish, I probably would have only weighed in about 16 or 17 pounds.”

Friday, April 10, 2015

2015 Bassmaster Elite Lake Guntersville Day 1: Ike Sacks 28lbs and Lead!

G-VILLE Kicks out 20 bags over 20 Pounds!

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Michael Iaconelli arrived in Alabama Sunday limping on a swollen right ankle, and he went to bed Wednesday night worried the fish he had found in practice would disappear due to rapidly rising water temperatures.
But neither issue was a problem once he hit the water Thursday morning.
Iaconelli rolled the dice and followed the bass.
Iaconelli had what he called a “magical day” in the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, taking the opening-round lead with five bass that weighed 28 pounds, 2 ounces. The New Jersey pro’s best single-day catch in recent memory was one of many of head-turners on a day when it took 21-0 to crack the Top 20.
Kelly Jordon (26-1), Bernie Schultz (25-8), Skeet Reese (24-15) and Kelley Jaye (24- 4) rounded out the Top 5 with eye-popping catches of their own.
“The water temperature in practice on Monday was 60 degrees,” said Iaconelli, who injured his ankle during last month’s Elite Series event on the Sabine River in Texas. “By Wednesday, it was 65 to 67 degrees. That’s a huge difference, and I kind of knew those fish I found in practice were going to go away.”
Rather than going completely back to the drawing board, Iaconelli just moved with the fish.
“Today, I tried to visualize where they went,” he said. “Knowing the water went up six or seven degrees, I knew they didn’t go deeper. Everything wants to spawn right now, and I tried to visualize the route they would take.”

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fast Reels for Fantastic Bass Action!

Fast n Furious Fishing
By Luigi De Rose

“I’m a bit hyper – always fidgety and jumpy. Reels with fast gear ratios are a better fit for my fishing personality.” admits TV and Bassmater star Mark Zona. Buying a reel with a super high gear ratio is not just about personal preference. There are a lot of advantages to using a high speed reel. Mark also explains, “more importantly, fast reels makes me a far more efficient angler. It’s easier to slow down my retrieve than it is to speed up, plus I find that when I have to force a reel to wind faster it’s more physically demanding.”

Zona knows that Shimano delivers speed and power on every cast.
There has been a strong push for revered up gear ratios by anglers. Why the need for speed? Generating a reflex strike is what expert anglers can do even when fishing conditions are not favorable.  As the weekend or tournament drags on, fishing generally becomes dreadful except for a lucky few. The best way to switch gears is trying to make the bass bite by forcing them to react to a quick moving lures.
Pitching plastics into heavy cover, ripping jerkbaits or burning crankbaits all work but you have to correct reel.  “I use Shimano’s high speed Metanium XG baitcasting reel with 8.5:1 gear ratio for a big portion of my fishing, especially with bottom bumping lures. Because it retrieves line quickly, I can make more pitches, flips or casts in a day and feel more comfortable doing it.” Clarifies Mark.

The star of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show, is a huge fan of high speed reels. “If I’m cranking deep-running crankbaits or other high-torque fast movers, I’ll opt for the Antares HG geared at 7.4:1, which is still faster than what most recommend. We’ve been told that high-speed reels add stress to wrists when cranking hard-pulling lures than do the slower reels, but that’s not the case with Shimano’s Curado, Antares, Metanium or Chronarch reels – and now also the new Alderbaran HG reels with 7.4:1 gear ratios.” insists Zona.

No Guts No Glory
The true quality of a reel is buried deep inside. Without being able to assess the gears, it’s difficult to separate the good from the great and the great from the exceptional. For decades, Shimano has been producing amazing reels but they have put tremendous effort towards creating top quality gears.
Shimano's X-SHIP provides pure power even with high speed
reels like the Curado 200 HG.

They’ve designed three components that guarantees reels run right: SVS Infinity Braking System, S3D Stabile Spool Design and X-Ship. Each system ensures that the reel provides power, smoothness and durability.
Bassmaster Elite angler Jonathon Van Dam is a strong advocate of the X-ship. JVD declares, “the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, keeps precise alignment with the drive gear even under heavy loads.” Being on Tour, you must have reels that can stand up to the abuse.  Battling a winning fish in an Elite level tournament is not the place for your reel to start grinding.  The benefit of Shimano’s diligence in designing the best reels is that the average angler can enjoy the same quality in their equipment.
High speed reels are beneficial to getting more bites but before you become too impressed with the high ratio, consider what lies beneath the reel frame.  High speed reels need quality parts and gears.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


OSP is a famed Japanese lure company that harnesses the inspiration of former FLW Tour winner Toshinari Namiki. They offer a large selection of baits but are best known for premium hard baits. With the flood of top-dollar lures coming from overseas, OSP has never gained much traction in the North American market. Too bad because they offer a lot of great choices.

Here is one of their newest baits for 2015. It was released at the Osaka Fishing Show earlier this year.

The VARUNA Jerkbait

A suspending bait with a length of 113mm (4.5") and weights 16g (1/2oz). 
It is a slender bait with flat sides and jewelry quality finish.  With three trebles, they'll
 stick to anything that tries to eat it. 

A rounded short lip provides great rolling action and transmits flash well. The cupped lip digs easily
yet won't become overtiring when fished all day. Expect to find the colours you love as OSP offers a wide range of poplar patterns.
Link here to OSP FISHING

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lunkerhunt's Core Strength Lunker Craw and Lunker Bug

Lunkerhunt's Core Strength Soft Plastics are very unique in a lot of ways. With so many choices in the soft plastic lures, it is easy to skip over the truly cool ones.

Lunkerhunt Core Strength reinforcement technology is found throughout the Lunker Craw. There is a mylar skeleton within the lure that has special venting and engineering. Essentially it enables more action and creates a longer lifespan.

For more information check out the video or the Lunkerhunt site

Monday, April 6, 2015

Prevent Pollution of our Great Lakes!

Microplastic particles — not just in the form of tiny beads but fibers and fragments, too — are polluting the Great Lakes and launching new areas of study for scientists.
From face scrubs to fleece jackets, the list of threats to the five lakes, which hold about 20 percent of the Earth's surface freshwater, is growing. The latest concerns are polymer particles under 5 millimeters in size, and there are calls to start scrutinizing water samples for nanoplastics under 0.33 mm. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter!

The team will be enjoying the Easter weekend starting today. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fishing Industry Leader Fears Conservation Budget Cuts

The US fishing industry has expressed its concern that cuts in conservation funding in 2016 federal budgets will have a ‘profoundly negative impact’.
Both the House and Senate’s budget plans seek dramatic cuts for non-defence discretionary spending, which includes conservation and would mean investment shortfalls for critical programmes.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) and its coalition of partners have urged Congress to provide funding for habitat resources that power a thriving outdoor economy.
But TRCP Government Relations Director, Steve Kline, was less than optimistic. “Planned reductions go beyond the already sequestered funding levels, so we are looking at deep cuts to what is already insufficient funding,” he said.