Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday: Time to Treat Yourself.

The internet is awash of deals today. Have a look at these great sites to find that early Christmas present or just that something special you deserve. Good luck and remember to get the free shipping!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Shimano Reinventing the Shopping Experience

Shimano "Corner Concept"
Originally posted by Angling International

Fishing tackle giant, Shimano, has reiterated its support for dealers by rolling out a new store initiative across Europe.
The Japanese-based manufacturer, which has gone on record as stating that it will not sell direct, has given a further boost to its bricks and mortar outlets by introducing the ‘Corner Concept’  – a special area of a store reserved solely for Shimano products.
It has already fitted out 20 tackle shops in Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK and is on target to complete another five by the end of the year.
In an exclusive interview with Angling International in December 2014, Shimano Europe Fishing Holdings Managing Director, Cor Ax, pledged his support for retailers by insisting the tackle giant would remain loyal to them and not deal direct.
The company’s Senior Marketing Manager, Gerard Bakkenes, said: ”Internet shopping is growing immensely. At Shimano we strongly focus on our dealers. It is very important to support retail as they are the output channel to consumers.
“With the installation of the Shimano Corner we want to generate traffic which helps the retailer. By having a Shimano Corner, retailers will enhance customer experience in the store.”
Erik-Jan Brunninkreef, Retail Sales Manager at Shimano Europe, added: “We want people to go into the shop where they can actually touch and feel the products and get personal and professional advice from the retailer. Because a wide and complete assortment is available in the Shimano Corner and displayed together, it will enable the retailer to do upselling – for example, not only sell a reel, but also matching Shimano products to go with it.
“For consumers the purchasing decision will be easier, having a complete range of products to choose from and to actually touch and feel them.”
With the Corner Concept, Shimano offers a flexible in-store display that can be updated to create a customer experience around the Shimano brand. It can be set up in different dimensions to adapt to available store space.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ranger Brass Resign!

Huge Shake up at Ranger!
By Luigi De Rose

Top-tier executives at Ranger Boat have just resigned. Several outlets have stated that CEO Randy Hopper, Vice-President of sales Keith Daffron and vice president of finance Mendel Hughes are no longer with Ranger Boat of Arkansas. This dramatic event come nearly a year after the announcement that Ranger was being purchased along with competitors Triton and Stratos boats.

Here's Randy himself explaining the amazing Ranger 520C. 

Norman Lures Sold to PRADCO

Text and Photo Originally Posted in Fishing Tackle Retail 
FORT SMITH, Ark. – PRADCO Outdoor Brands, a leading manufacturer and marketer of fishing and hunting brands and products, has acquired legendary fishing lure brand Norman Lures, formerly of Greenwood, Arkansas.
Dick and Holly Nethers of Fort Smith have owned Norman for the past 18 years and will remain involved in a consulting capacity. Under the Nethers’ leadership, Norman has continued a legacy of innovation and development with fishing lures and colors.
Norman Lures was founded by Bill Norman in the early 1960s. Some of Norman’s early creations are still being marketed and used to catch fish today. These include the DD22 and Deep Little N, which continue to be standards in deep-diving crank baits.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Our Hottest Rod and Reel Video of the Year!

The new E6X rod series introduces anglers to what G. Loomis rod designers refer to a ‘swing-weight’, the proper rod balance needed when fishing ‘tip up’ techniques like pitching/flipping and casting tubes, jigs, soft plastic jerkbaits and drop shot rigs, and ‘tip down’ lures like crankbaits, spinnerbaits or swimbaits. “Proper balance lets anglers concentrate on what is happening on the end of the line, rather than the tip of the rod,” said G. Loomis’ Bruce Holt. “With the E6X series and the G. Loomis’ Multi-Taper Technology behind them, we can provide light, sensitive, yet powerful rods for all types of bass fishing techniques – what anglers know and come to expect form G. Loomis and all at a very comfortable price.”

There are 12 E6X technique specific casting rods designed for jig & worm use, for flipping and punching, crankbait and spinnerbait specific, along with four technique specific spinning models for small jigs, tubes and worms, plus two drop shot spinning rods. Holt notes that both the casting and spinning jig & worm rods have the needed extra-fast tips, the crankbait rods have the needed slower, softer actions, while stiff, powerful actions are found on the flip/punch rods and unique actions are featured on the spinnerbait, swimbait and drop shot rods. The entire technique specific rods feature split grip handles with cork grips, along with Fuji reels seats and guides.
The 12 Classic multi-purpose E6X models include six ‘Mag Bass’ and flipping action casting rods, and six spin jig spinning rods. They all feature fast tapers with powerful but-sections, load easily for casting accuracy. All the E6X Classic rods come with full cork grips, Fuji guides and Fuji exposed blank trigger reels seats.

“Offering both performance and value, just about all anglers can experience what G. Loomis rods are all about,” said Holt. “The rods really become an natural extension of you, providing the fish-catching fingertip sensitivity that anglers who know expect from G. Loomis rods. And while we have a main focus on bass fishing, anglers will discover E6X rods that have great actions and lengths for walleye, northern pike and inland striper situations.”
As with all G. Loomis rods, the new E6X rods are handcrafted in Woodland, Washington USA. For more information, visit, call 800/GLoomis, or stop by your nearest G. Loomis tackle dealer.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Navionics: Dock-to-dock Autorouting

Dock-to-dock Autorouting, a unique breakthrough in boating navigation, quickly creates detailed routes even through narrow waterways and channels, based on chart data and nav aids. It is available in the Navionics Boating app for iPhone and iPad, with a Navionics+ subscription.

Now with Navionics Boating version 8.4, Dock-to-dock Autorouting gets another important feature: POIs (points of interest) nearby the destination, like the harbor master, marinas and moorings, fuel stations, restaurants and bars, shops, taxis & launch services, repairs and dealers, appear automatically within the Autorouting menu, complete with phone numbers and other valuable information like VHF channels for marinas. With a simple tap, you instantly have all the details of your arrival point at your fingertips. That's a big advantage! Learn more.

We are also proud to announce that at METSTRADE show in Amsterdam, Navionics Dock-to-dock Autorouting received a special mention at the DAME Design Award, the most prestigious international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Simrad HALO™ Pulse Compression Radar Wins Big Award.

The Simrad HALO™ Pulse Compression Radar, the world’s first high-performance recreational solid-state, open-array radar system with pulse compression technology, has won the prestigious 2015 Design Award METS (DAME) in the Marine Electronics category at the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“We are very excited that HALO Pulse Compression Radar has won such a prestigious award, especially on the 25th anniversary of the competition,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “This is important recognition of the hard work by our engineering teams to get this state-of-the-art radar system into the marketplace. It demonstrates our ability to lead the marine technology industry with innovative and specialized marine products for both recreational and commercial use.”

Simrad’s HALO Radar combines the advantages of Broadband Radar™ and traditional pulse radar systems – providing navigational visibility and awareness as close as 20 feet (6 meters) within the pulse radar’s short-range “blind spot,” where once only Broadband Radar could operate – all while offering exceptional long-range performance up to 72 nautical miles.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

FLW Rayovac Register Now Open

This is the week to register for everyone planning on fishing the FLW Series in 2016. Registration has been open for the top 40 pros and co-anglers from each division of the 2015 FLW Series and the top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division of the 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) for some time. Tuesday is when everyone else can begin to get in on the action.
 Registration dates
November 17 – Ranger Boat owners and sponsor entries
November 19 – TBF members
November 20 – Everyone

Monday, November 16, 2015

PowerPro Maxcuatro a Line Above the Rest.

PowerPro Maxcuatro more than just an award winner. 
By Luigi De Rose

A lot has been written about how fishing lines are all the same. As an Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine columnist for two decades, I have overseen their line guide for years. Many lines are the same but the PowerPro Maxcuatro is not one of them. Maxcuatro is truly unique. So much so that it easily won the 2015 ICAST Award for Best New Line. The research and development team of PowerPro has figured out what a lot of companies cannot; how to make heavy-strength lines manageable and thin enough to spool on smaller reels.

PowerPro has been secretly developing Maxcuatro to compliment their already dominant market share of braided line. They claim Maxcuatro is 30% to 40% thinner than other braids because it is constructed using Spectra fiber from Honeywell. It will be sold in 50lb, 65lb, 80lb, 100lb tests. Available in higher pound tests allows anglers super strong line without sacrificing yards on the spool or casting distance. Bob Mahoney, Marketing Manager for PowerPro, stated that not only is having super-thin, heavy pound test line ideal for casting but it is amazing for Great Lakes trollers who can now scale down in reel size without worrying about line capacity.  
MSRP $32.99

Friday, November 13, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Lest We Forget
All the old and young who gave so we could have so much. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

B.A.S.S. announces sites of BASSfest and Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship.

bass press release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two special events of the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series will be held at new, or relatively new, venues for the world’s premier bass fishing circuit, B.A.S.S. announced today.
The fan-favorite BASSfest will be held June 8-12 at Lake Texoma on the Oklahoma-Texas border, and the season finale, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship, will take place at Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake.
“Similar to the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, the Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments have become extremely popular ‘happenings’ for bass fishing fans. By taking our fishing festivals to Lake Texoma and Mille Lacs, we will expose the sport to new fan bases,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “And, our Elite Series anglers are sure to enjoy the new challenges these lakes present.”

Monday, November 9, 2015

Albert Collins Wins 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship!

Charles Sim becomes second Canadian ever to fish Classic!
MONROE, La. — Albert Collins’ victory in the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship was a year in the making. The Texas angler lost his bid to the Classic by 1 1/2 pounds on the Ouachita River in November 2014; he’s been planning for his next chance ever since.
Collins ended the 2015 championship with 44 pounds, 15 ounces over three days, and he earned a berth in the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro. He also won the Bryan V. Kerchal Memorial Trophy and a Skeeter ZX200 with a Yamaha motor, a Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance electronics.

Remove location key for Collin's come from behind win. (Photo: BASS)
Collins has qualified for the Classic before, back in 2013 when he won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Championship. But he really wanted to make it through the B.A.S.S. Nation.
“It means something special to qualify through the Nation,” said Collins, who has tried several times to qualify through the Nation Championship and, like one year ago, fell just short.
“What I learned last year was that I needed an aluminum boat,” said Collins. “Last year, I used my fiberglass boat, and it’s just not made to go through those stumps and all that shallow water. So I bought an aluminum one for this tournament.”

Saturday, November 7, 2015

2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Day 2: Jamie Laiche Continues to Lead!

Canadian Charles Sim sits in 14th. 
Jamie Laiche of Gonzales, La. holds a 2 pound lead.
(Photo: BASS)
MONROE, La. — The conditions changed on Day 2 of the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on the Ouachita River, but the first-day leader did everything the same and managed to stay on top of the field.
Louisiana’s Jamie Laiche added 13 pounds, 14 ounces, ending Day 2 with 30 pounds, 4 ounces and a 1 1/2-pound lead.
“I did the exact same thing,” Laiche said, “but I didn’t get that big bite like I did yesterday. I caught a ton of fish, but the size wasn’t there.”
The air temperature dropped 5 degrees from yesterday and the Monroe area got an inch of rain. Day 3 should bring more rain and even cooler temperatures.
None of those weather changes bother Laiche.
“I have the opinion that if it affects me, it’ll affect everybody else,” he said, calmly. “If the Lord feels like it’s my time, I’ll find ’em.”

Friday, November 6, 2015

2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Day 1: Jamie Laiche Grabs Leads!

Canadian Charles Sim in 7th!
MONROE, La. — Jamie Laiche of Gonzales, La., only traveled four hours to get to the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, so it seems like he would have home-lake advantage over the rest of the field. However, he had never fished the Ouachita River until he started pre-fishing it earlier this fall, and now he leads the event on Day 1 with 16 pounds, 6 ounces.
Sixteen pounds take lead for Laiche. (Photo: BASS)
“I call the Atchafalaya Basin my home water,” said Laiche, “and so I’d call myself a shallow-water, stump, cypress tree fisherman. This is right in my wheelhouse.
“I’m used to fishing tough for seven to eight bites a day, which is how this is fishing,” he said.
Laiche is one of a handful of anglers who brought small boats to navigate the stumpfields of the Ouachita.
“I gambled a little and brought the smaller boat,” said Laiche, referring to his 17-foot Bass Tracker boat that is only 6 feet wide but floats in 7 inches of water. “It’s got a small motor on the back that floats high, and that’s key to getting into those shallow backwaters.”
The drawback to that small boat? “It goes 28 miles per hour,” said Laiche with a laugh. “They’re all passing me.”

Thursday, November 5, 2015

KiwiGrip a Solution to Your Skid or Slip Problems

Trying to figure out a solution to making slippy areas safer? Then you should have a look at this cool product. PYI,  the premier manufacturer and distributor of high-quality marine, boat, yacht, and shipping equipment and supplies, is the worldwide provider of the KiwiGrip Nonskid Deck Coating System. With UV stabilizers for consistent color, no added fillers, and a low VOC for safe application without wearing a respirator, KiwiGrip makes choosing a nonskid for your boat easy. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2015 FLW Canada Events

2016 Regular season events are $700 per team. All events are capped at 125 teams.
Top 10 from each qualifier earn positions into the FLW Canada Championships.
Top 5 Teams that fish all 3 events that do not earn a top 10, also qualify into the FLW Canadian Championships
The FREE FLW Canadian Championships possible locations are as follows and will have a MAX of 42 teams.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ray Hanselman Wins the FLW Rayovac Championship on the Ohio River!

Hanselman 4.0
by Rob Newell 
In the world of tournament bass fishing there are two types of learning. One is the mechanical side of the sport, which involves tactics and techniques. The other is learning how to win tournaments, which is so abstract and visceral it simply can’t be taught.

This is Ray's 4th Rayovac Win this year! (Photo: FLW)
On Saturday, Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, Texas, proved that he has mastered both versions of the tournament-fishing learning process by accomplishing the unthinkable: In a single Rayovac FLW Series season, Hanselman not only won all three Texas Division regular-season events, but he completed the Rayovac Grand Slam by winning this week’s Rayovac FLW Series Championship on the Ohio River. The tournament was hosted by the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Paducah.
“This is epic,” Hanselman says. “I really don’t know how else to explain it. I’m in shock. It’s so hard to put into words.