Friday, December 30, 2016


IBASSIN will be in full swing starting next week. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016


Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas from all of us at

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Famed Writer Wade Bourne Passes

Passing of a living legend
By Luigi De Rose

Legendary outdoor writer and TV personality Wade Bourne dies on Friday, December 15, 2016 of a suspected heart attack. Bourne penned over 3000 magazine articles and 6 books plus countless TV shows over his 40 years in journalism. He was awarded the 2016 recipient of the Homer Circle Fishing Communication Award last summer during ICAST in Orlando.

Monday, December 19, 2016

New World Record Spotted Bass Caught in Cali!

FLW Pro Cody Meyer nets early Christmas present.
By Luigi De Rose

All smiles with record spot.
(Photo: Cody Meyer)
FLW pro Cody Meyer catches the potential IGFA Line Record Spotted Bass in California. The bass weights 10.80lbs on certified scales is awaiting official certification.
Via a post on Cody's Facebook page, he said he saw the fish with the Garmin Panoptix ahead of the boat. The spotted bass was suspended over 100 feet of water. This isn't the only big bass boat that day. He and JR Wright estimated that their best 5 bass total weight was over 40 pounds that day.

Here's Cody's gear and tackle:
Rod: Prototype Diawa Tatula spinning rod which is a future signature series
Reel: Diawa Exist
Line: 6lb Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon line
Bait: Strike King Ocho stick bait

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Legal Action against Water Wolf Copier

Getting Even with Copy Cat Companies
Originally written in Angling International
European tackle giant Svendsen Sport has started legal proceedings against a Chinese manufacturer which it says has been ‘blatantly’ copying its award-winning Water Wolf HD underwater camera.
Finally standing up to rip offs.
The Danish company says that copies of the camera, which won three awards at EFTTEX when it was first launched in 2014, have been appearing across Europe and in other markets.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Why You Need To Invest In a Great Baitcasting Reel!

Casting reels are one of the most important parts of bass fishing. The price tags seems to get higher and higher but the quality of these reels is amazing!  Sure, there are cheaper reels out there but buying a great reel really is a wise investment. Check out Mike "IKE" Iaconelli at the Abu Garica booth as he tells you why you need to buy the best reels you can afford.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Legacy of Bass Cat Boat Founder Remembered

With the recent death of Ron Pierce, the founder of Bass Cat Boats, another true legend in bass fishing passes. Regardless of which boat you own, everyone can appreciate a family run business and fine craftsmanship. Bass Cat Boats are world class. The Pierce family created a legacy that will continue well into the future.

Here's a fine video titled: the Bass Cat Boat story.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Important Results on the Movements of Smallmouth Bass

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario Canada, has collected valuable data on bass movement. Every tournament angler, conservationist or the general public are curious on what happens to bass once they are released from a central location. Check out this video to learn more. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Clift wins Toyota Bonus Bucks Team Championship Shootout!

Final Classic spot grabbed by Missouri angler. 
Saturday’s wintry weather, combined with a slack bite and a hard charge by his closest competitor, threatened what only a day earlier appeared to be Scott Clift’s imminent victory in the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off.
Weekend angler heading to 2017 Classic!
(Photo: BASS)
But despite the adversity, Clift indeed was able to finish what he started, and he’s going to the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic as a result.
The 39-year old Dadeville, Mo., resident staked a big lead for himself Friday in the first round of the fish-off on Kentucky Lake. His five-fish limit of 17 pounds, 8 ounces gave him more than a 7-pound lead on the other five anglers competing in this tournament, and he was imbued with the confidence needed to win an event of this magnitude.
But Clift struggled to find the early bite on Saturday that aided his cause a day before. By midmorning Saturday, he only had two bass in the livewell, and Georgia’s Barron Adams (who entered the final day in second place) was surging with an early limit of bass.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ty Faber and John Gardner Win 2016 Toyota Bonus Bucks Team Championship

Faber, Gardner take championship
Ty Faber and John Gardner expected to be deer hunting in Wisconsin by Friday.
There’s been a change of plans.
The Colorado anglers won the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship on Thursday at Paris Landing State Park here in the northwestern corner of the Volunteer State. They boated a two-day total of 37 pounds, 10 ounces on Kentucky Lake, which not only clinched the team title, but gave each angler a 1-in-6 chance of fishing in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic next March.
Easy to smile when you win as a team.
(Photo: BASS)  
Not long after they hoisted the team championship trophies over their heads, it was time for a reality check.
“This hasn’t sunk in just yet,” Gardner said. “I’m still trying to process it. I have no idea what we’re going to do tomorrow.”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Toyota Bonus Bucks Team Championship Day 1: Thompson, Weese Take Lead with 24-10lbs

Canadians not faring well. 
When soaking rains and cold temperatures moved across western Tennessee earlier this week, people wondered how the changing weather would affect fishing in the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship on Kentucky Lake.
Great start for Angler's Choice Team Trail anglers.
(Photo: BASS)
On Wednesday at Paris Landing State Park, Ken Thompson and Brad Weese provided the answer.
Though the duo has only fished together less than a year, they looked like lifelong partners. The team from the Angler’s Choice Team Trail boated a five-bass limit that totaled 24 pounds, 10 ounces and gave them a solid lead after the opening round of the national team championship.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Senko Fishing with Roland Martin

Nobody knows more about worm fishing then legendary angler Roland Martin. With 9 BASS Angler of the Year awards and 40 years of being a TV host, Roland knows his worming. Listen here as Roland teaches all of us how to be a better worm fisherman.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Shimano Targets Youth Through Bass Tournaments

Shimano Starting them Young
Originally posted in Angling-International

Tackle giant Shimano has announced a wide ranging initiative that is aimed at youngsters taking part in bass fishing tournaments – one of the fastest growing collegiate sports in North America.
Announcing the launch of its Youth Fishing Programme, Steve Ferrara, Shimano Fishing Division Vice President, said the scheme aims to educate high school and college-age anglers about the company’s tackle to help them enjoy more fishing success, create lifetime relationships even beyond their time on the water and teach them about the sustainable use of the resource.
“We want them to further appreciate the sport in more ways than just catching big bass,” he said.
Frank Hyla, who has been active on the high school bass fishing scene in Illinois since its inception in 2008, will lead Shimano’s efforts as its Youth Fishing Coordinator. Laying the groundwork for this, Hyla has attended more than 200 tournaments and youth fishing group meetings over the last year to talk about Shimano, its tackle and advocacy efforts.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving America!

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving, please take care when using a deep fryer. Don't take my word for it, listen to the boys from Duck Dynasty.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rapala Canada Teams with Suunto Watches

Suunto Traverse Alpha style and ruggedness! 

Looking of the right hunting and fishing watch and wish to make a statement? Check out Suunto. Handmade in Finland, the Traverse Alpha meets the toughest Military standards while offering a robust set of hunting- and fishing-specific features. Unique to Suunto, the new automatic shot recognition feature uses the integrated accelerometer to detect when a shot is fired and automatically creates a point of interest (POI) based on that location, enabling hunters to accurately track shot distance and elevation.  The watch lasts as long as the hunt takes, with a remarkable 100 hours of battery life with GPS enabled.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Non-Boater Ryan Lavigne Wins 2016 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Lake Conroe.

Three going to 2017 Classic!
Ryan Lavigne of Gonzales, La., pulled off a major upset at the 2016 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Sunday on Lake Conroe.
Darrel Ocamica, Tim Klinger and Ryan Lavigne are Classic bound!
(Photo: BASS)
Lavigne won the tournament as an unlikely candidate — a nonboater — and won it by an enormous margin, 16 1/2 pounds.
The Ascension Area Anglers bass club member bested the field with 58 pounds, 3 ounces over three days of competition, including a 24-0 bag on Sunday.
As part of his win, he earned a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, March 24-26, along with his two closest competitors, Darrell Ocamica of Idaho and Timothy Klinger of Nevada.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Next generation HELIX® products feature MEGA Imaging™ with CHIRP digital sonar

When the Humminbird® HELIX® 10 took home the 2016 ICAST award for “Best Electronics,” few were surprised. After all, Humminbird has raised that trophy for six consecutive years. For 2017, the now iconic HELIX units offer more industry-leading technologies with exclusive new Humminbird innovations designed to deliver better, more usable information about what lies below the surface.
MEGA Imaging™ with CHIRP digital sonar delivers unprecedented detail
With a sonar frequency nearly 3-times greater than traditional 455 kHz frequencies, Humminbird is the first to take fish-finding sonar to the megahertz range, resulting in the clearest, sharpest underwater views. The quantum leap to megahertz frequency provides vastly improved MEGA Side Imaging™ and MEGA Down Imaging™, giving anglers a clear choice when it comes to underwater sonar.
According to Mark Gibson, Humminbird Director of R&D, “Our team has dedicated itself to developing the best imaging technology on the water, and the result is unreal screen detail and never-before-seen clarity. It truly needs to be seen to be believed.”
AUTOCHART® Live expands with vegetation and bottom density mapping
When Humminbird first introduced AUTOCHART Live in 2015, it allowed anglers to map the depth of their favorite body of water, revealing some of the best hiding places for fish. No longer constrained by outdated paper maps or tribal knowledge, it was a step forward for fishermen everywhere. Now, Humminbird has expanded this technology even further.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Speed Kills with the Abu Garica Revo Rocket

The Abu Garica is one of the fastest reels on the planet. Abu Garica has made sure to back up that speed with strong gear and plenty of muscle. Find out more of this 9.0:1 speed demon.

Packing a lightning fast 9.0:1 gear ratio, the lightweight Abu Garcia REVO Rocket Casting Reel is the fastest low-profile reel to ever hit the market. It pulls in an impressive 37-inches per turn to take the slack out of any line, and it’s also extremely tough thanks to its corrosion-resistant X2-Craftic Alloy Frame and Sideplates.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Lew's Sold to a Private Equity Group

Lew's sold to Peak Rock Capital
By Luigi De Rose 
Lew's, a Springfield, Missouri-based company has just been taken over by Peak Rock. Lew's has been doing outstanding as of late, winning multiple ICAST awards at the 2016, and has focused on producing reels, rods and line for the fresh water and in-shore angler.

According to Angler International, who first broke the story, Peter Leibman, Managing Director of Peak Rock Capital, stated that they find Lew’s has a strong competitive position within the fishing category and a rich history of innovation.

Customers shouldn't notice any major changes in Lew's as it undergoes this change in ownership.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day

To all the brave men and women of past and present who keep us Canadian.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Telling Our Story

As we observe Remembrance Day tomorrow, we often think of the many brave people who gave their lives so we can be free. One of the greatest gifts that veterans ensured was the ability to freely enjoy the outdoors. In North America we can enjoy so much. Here's a great video produced by the Ontario Federation of Angler and Hunters on Telling Our Story.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Abu Garica Revo SX Spinning Reel with Andrew Wheeler

The Abu Garica Revo SX Spinning reel is fast, smooth and ultra light. Made with excellent gears and ball bearings, Andrew Wheeler proudly takes us through the many great features of the Abu Garica Revo SX Spinning reel.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Pat Fisher Wins 2016 Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock Lake!

In the fall of 2008, after five years as a co-angler and eight years as a pro on the Walmart FLW Tour, Pat Fisher lost his spot on the Snickers team, and he was forced to hang it up. Today, finishing off his first season fishing above the BFL level since 2008, the Colbert, Ga., pro moved from third to first to win the Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock Lake. Weighing 15 pounds even today, Fisher’s 40-4 total was good for the win and $50,200.
Fisher makes big comeback to FLW.
(Photo: FLW)
“I didn’t have enough money for entry fees or another backup sponsor that could put up that kind of money,” says Fisher of his exit from pro fishing. “We lost everything; lost the house, didn’t have a job. I went from making $120,000 a year to $15 an hour. There was a lot of soul searching.
“I own a roofing company now, and I’m raising three boys and have a wife,” says Fisher. “I had a gentleman call me from Paul Davis Restorations this year, who asked if I wanted to try to get back into it, to fish the Costas. I said the only way I’d do it is if they paid for it, and they said they’d pay for everything. So we did it.”
Fishing the Southeastern Division, Fisher finished ninth out of 250 boats to start the season at Okeechobee. At Santee Cooper, Fisher finished second and would have won had Bryan Thrift not brought in a 30-pound bag. At Wheeler Lake, Fisher finished 54th and punched his ticket to the Championship.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

2016 Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock Day 3: Zack Birge Grabs Lead 26-5lbs.

A lengthy fog delay and clear, post-frontal conditions scrambled the standings and the fishing on day two of the 2016 Costa FLW Series Championship, but Walmart FLW Tour pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Okla., came through with flying colors. Catching 13 pounds, 13 ounces of Table Rock bass, Birge moved from 13th to first with a total of 26 pounds, 5 ounces. In second place, Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas, is a few ounces back with 25-15.
Zack might have enough to win back to back.
(Photo: FLW)
Birge has a penchant for going way up rivers, and he’s proved that he can be successful in skinny water time and time again. From his win in the FLW Series Championship on Wheeler Lake in 2014 to top 10s at Lewis Smith Lake and the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita, the man excels when he’s going farther than anyone else.
“Today I went somewhere different than yesterday,” says Birge. “Way, way, way up one of the rivers. I didn’t fish more than about a 100-yard stretch all day, and I caught about three limits of smallmouths on a crankbait.”

Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock Day 1: Fisher Leads with 15-03lbs.

Table Rock is stingy
FLW Press Release
After four tough days of practice, most anglers figured that the fishing would be a real struggle at the 2016 Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock. Though the weights after day one certainly aren’t up to the lofty standards that Table Rock sets when the weather is cold, every pro in the top 10 brought in at least 13 pounds on day one. At the head of the pack, Pat Fisher of Colbert, Ga., wrangled up 15 pounds, 3 ounces for a slim margin over second-place pro Bradford Beavers of Ridgeville, S.C., who weighed 14-13
“It’s a surprise. It’s a very good surprise,” says Fisher of his day. “I made a long run, a lot of fish got beat up in there in practice, up where I was. But, I was the only one in there today, and I just stuck with it.”
Though Fisher weighed quality throughout and landed nine keepers, a big kicker really keyed his day.
“That big fish was my third fish,” says Fisher. “There was a little stretch there when they were feeding, and that really set the tone for the day. I haven’t seen a fish that big all week.”
Well away from the ramp and way in the back of a creek, Fisher adapted perfectly to the calm and overcast conditions that loomed over the field all morning.
“I’d been catching them on a shaky head in the bright sun and the clear water,” says Fisher, “but this morning with the overcast they came up and ate topwater. I had a pretty consistent day, just catching them all day long on a topwater bait. When I wanted to catch one, I picked up a shaky head, but they weren’t the size I was looking for.”
Though the area he’s fishing isn’t huge, Fisher seems fairly confident that it has enough juice for at least another day. He doesn’t think he leaned on them too hard, and he says that he only saw one other boat back in that general area today.
Top 10 Pros
1. Pat Fisher – Colbert, Ga. – 15-3 (5)
2. Bradford Beavers – Ridgeville, S.C. – 14-13 (5)
3. Christopher Jones – Bokoshe, Okla. – 14-9 (5)
4. Cody Bird – Granbury, Texas – 14-5 (5)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

2017 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Registration Open on the 8th!

Bass anglers hoping for a spot in the 2017 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens tournaments will soon be able to apply, B.A.S.S. announced today. Registration opens for members of the B.A.S.S. Nation and Lifetime members of B.A.S.S. beginning on November 8.

New this year in registration for the Opens is the ability of pro anglers to “link” with co-anglers during online signup. Like other pro-am events, Opens participation is limited to an equal number of anglers and co-anglers. By “linking” or ensuring the participation of a co-angler, anglers can improve their odds of getting into the tournaments.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Who Has the Right on Public Water? Mike "Ike" Iaconelli and Local Angler Scrap it Out!

Who does have the right?
By Luigi De Rose

This topic has come to a head a few times in 2016; conflict between fisherman and tournament angler.  Many cry foul during an event when a local comes in too close. It’s never cool to squeeze someone out of their fishing area but who really does have the right?  How many tournament guys have arrived at their best spot, spied a few boats fishing only to ignore them and willingly go right in. Their excuse is often that money is on the line so they just have to fish their best spot. If you own an aluminum boat, especially a Jon boat, I would say this has happened to you and probably very often. 

The pressing question is how much space does someone really need? Are you entitled to have 50m, 100m or 1km or jack squat? The unwritten rule of "first come first served" has always worked in the past but you cannot always be first. Regardless of which side you're on in this argument, have a look at this video and determine for yourself if Ike violated the respect of another angler. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Cliff Crochet Wins 2016 BASS Central Division Atchafalaya Basin Event with 46-6lbs.

The Cajin Baby going to the Classic
By John Neporadny Jr.
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet cashed in on his home-waters advantage Saturday to claim his first B.A.S.S. victory at the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana.
Big limit grabs win from Roumbanis.
(Photo: BASS) 
Sitting in seventh place after the second day of competition Friday, Crochet rallied Saturday with an 18-pound, 4-ounce limit to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open and earn the grand prize of a $45,000 Skeeter ZX200/Yamaha VF200LA rig and $6,741 in cash. The Pierre Part, La., angler finished with a three-day total of 46-6 to earn his first Bassmaster victory and a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
Crochet described fishing as "slow and steady" on Saturday. Mixing in some small keepers with some kicker bass, Crochet steadily caught fish throughout the day. He finished his limit by about 11 a.m., and then caught his biggest fish of the day — a 5-12 largemouth — at about 1:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open Cancelled Today -- Moved to Sunday!

By Luigi De Rose

Due to unsafe winds, the Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open has been postponed for today and the event will be held tomorrow. The Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open is one of the most spectacular events for monster smallmouth in North America. Each year enormous smallmouth at brought to the stage and this is the tournament where the Canadian record for a 5-bass tournament limit was set.

Scott Cochran, president of the Aurora Bassmasters and the host of this tournament, reminds anglers that a few spots are still available for anyone interested in fishing this event.
The winner of the tournament will win $10 000 in cash! The prize will jump to $30 000 if the Canadian tournament record of 31.8 lbs is broken.

If you love smallmouth and want to have a great time, come to Couchiching Beach Park in the Orillia the weigh-in starts at 3pm Sunday, October 30, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

BASS Videographer Rick Mason Passes

By Steve Bowman
Rick Mason is one of the most viewed, yet unseen men in Bassmaster history.
Mason, a Bassmaster cameraman for the past 17 years, passed away Monday of a heart attack. The 54-year-old man best described as a “quiet giant” behind the scenes of Bassmaster has left a gaping hole in more ways than one among the Bassmaster family.
“I’m still in shock,’’ said Kevin VanDam, who had spent many competition days with Mason as his cameraman. “He’s like a brother to me. He’s always been that positive influence, quiet, strong: The guy you want to have a beer with at the end of the day.”
To most of the Bassmaster faithful, Mason is the sandy-haired block of man toting a camera in the back of a leader’s boat during an Elite Series event, bringing exciting catches and heart-breaking moments to life with his video camera. Lately, with Bassmaster LIVE and the raw nature of the event, he’s the unseen voice asking questions, to flesh out the story on a featured angler. His presence, though, is woven throughout virtually every part of a Bassmaster event.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Abu Garcia Revo MGX Spinning reel

Spinning reels have overcome great triumphs in design. Abu Garica has led the field in creating wonderfully smooth spinning reels. Here's Andrew Wheeler from Abu Garica to explain the Abu Garcia Revo MGX Spinning reel. If you're in the market for a new reel you have to consider the Abu Garica Revo MGX Spinning Reel.
For more on this great Abu reel link over via here

Monday, October 24, 2016

James Watson 2016 FLW Tour Invitational Lake Norris Tournament!

FLW Press Release
Every successful pro angler has a niche: a specific technique or time of year when conditions land right in their wheelhouse and as a result, their confidence swells. For some it’s prespawn reaction baits or maybe sight-fishing stubborn females off beds; for others it’s the sweltering hot ledge bite in 20 feet of water or punching matted vegetation.
"Fall Guy" pulls off key win.
(Photo: FLW)
In recent years, pro angler James Watson of Nixa, Mo., has carved out his fishing niche in the fall of the year. His career resume includes two fall wins in a PAA event and a B.A.S.S. Open, both on his home lake, Table Rock.
Today, Watson furthered his claim as the ‘Fall Guy’ with a Walmart FLW Tour Invitational victory on Norris Lake in Tenn., proving that the seasonal change of autumn is certainly his time to shine. In three days Watson checked in daily limits of 13-10, 13-4 and 9-12 to amass a winning total of 36-10 worth $95,400.
“I love fishing in the fall,” Watson says. “I have more confidence from August to December than any other time of year. The only problem is there simply are not that many big money tournaments during that time frame. Everyone wants to go deer hunting in October, November and December so there’s nothing to fish. I’m so thankful FLW made this opportunity available to us at this time of year.”
Watson relishes fall fishing because in many lakes across the country, lake managers begin to pull the water down to “winter pool” levels, shrinking the playing field and exposing a lot of previously submerged habitat. That draw down usually coincides with the first cold fronts that break up the doldrums of summer. The simultaneous drop in water level and water temperature seems to hit the refresh button on a fishery, opening up new areas and new patterns. And when that happens, Watson is ready to strike.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2016 FLW Tour Invitational Lake Norris Day 2: James Watson Grabs Lead with 26lbs!

FLW Press Release
With air temperatures some 30 degrees cooler than day one, things felt much more seasonable around Norris Lake on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State. A passing cold front brought misty rain and blustery west winds that tossed autumn leaves into the air like confetti. In a single day it went from summer to fall around Ol’ Rocky Top.
Just as anglers predicted, the fringes of a cold snap certainly helped the bite as the limit count went from just nine on day one to 20 on day two.
One man who felt right at home amid the sudden turn in weather was James Watson of Nixa, Mo., who is steadily carving out his niche in professional fishing as a fall guy. When things cool off, Watson’s fishing heats up. Today, he brought in 13 pounds, 4 ounces to take over the lead spot in the Invitational with a two-day total of 26 pounds, 14 ounces, carrying over a 3-pound lead into the final day.
“August to December is my time,” Watson says. “I love fall fishing; it’s when I have the most confidence.”
Also, Watson does not mince words when describes his penchant for tough tournaments.

Friday, October 21, 2016

2016 FLW Tour Invitational Lake Norris Day 1: David Williams Snags Lead with 15-01lbs

Williams find key bites on difficult day.
(Photo: FLW)
Autumn has kissed the hills of Lake Norris with color, however, water temperatures still hover near the mid 70’s and bass still think it’s summer. At least that’s what a lot of pros who crossed the stage on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State on Norris Lake think. A common refrain from the stage was, “It’s not cold enough yet,” in reference to why the bite seemed to be pretty stingy on the northeast Tennessee reservoir.
On the day, only nine five-bass limits were weighed in and 6 pounds, 3 ounces stands as the top-20 cut line. But as with all bass tournaments, at least one angler always dials up the right combination to put a solid limit in the boat. Today that limit belonged to David Williams of Maiden, N.C., who sacked up 15 pounds and an ounce to take the day one lead.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Skeet Reese Explains Berkley Fishing Line Selection for the BASS Elite Tour

Berkley makes some of the very best fishing line in the world. Monofilament, Fluorocarbon, Braid and even NanoFil all have their place on your fishing reels. Listen to Bassmaster Classic Champ Skeet Reese explain what Berkley fishing lines he uses for all his fishing. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Humminbird Launches HELIX 5 G2 with CHIRP and AutoChart® Live

Humminbird® is pleased to announce the HELIX™ 5 G2 units, the second generation of the Humminbird HELIX 5, bringing anglers new features and a compelling value. The GPS units in the family all come pre-loaded with AutoChart® Live and are compatible with all Humminbird LakeMaster® charts, including SmartStrike™. In addition, the new units include digital sonar, Side Imaging and Down Imaging capabilities that have been enhanced through the use of CHIRP operating frequencies.

All units feature the original HELIX 5’s best-in-class, ultra-bright 5-inch diagonal HD widescreen color display and professional features, but also include a new updated user interface.

“Easy viewing and operation are now only part of the story,” says Humminbird Brand Manager, Ray Schaffart. “With the new HELIX 5 G2 we decided to deliver flagship Humminbird fish-finding technologies like CHIRP digital sonar, AutoChart® Live and Smart Strike™ at an accessible price point, giving more anglers state-of-the-art capabilities. Now, fishermen are not limited to what they can do because of screen size.”

The HELIX 5 G2 family consists of five models to meet the individual needs of anglers and boaters. All units feature an updated operating system, 800H x 480V 5-inch 256-color TFT display, and allow for gimbal mounting, or in-dash mounting with an optional kit. International models support 200/50kHz. Optional 50 kHz transducers are available for extreme deep-water use. All models in the HELIX 5 G2 family are upgradeable, allowing users to receive software updates when they are available.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Berkley Dredger Series Crankbaits with Adrian Avena

If you love to crankbait for bass then you need to focus on the new baits from Berkley. The Berkley Dredger offers a huge range of colours and depths for all you cranking needs. BASS Elite angler Adrian Avena explains why the Berkley Dredger crankbait should be in your boat.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lake Simcoe Open's New Rules

Here's some of the new rules for the Bass Pro Shop Lake Simcoe Open. As an angler or spectator, this is one of the most thrill tournament of the season!
The following rules shall apply to the Lake Simcoe Open except that (i) these rules may be changed by the Aurora Bassmasters (AB) immediately upon notice by AB to its members, sponsors, partners, suppliers and/or participants, which notice may be published on or
Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left solely to the Tournament Director or to his/her designee. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director or a rules committee may impose such sanctions as deemed appropriate by them; including, without limitation to, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry free and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Subject to any protests process in paragraph 28 below, the decision of the tournament Director of his/her designee shall be final in all matters. Penalties for rules violations may include the following: (a) loss of catch for the day of the violation, (b) disqualification from the tournament in question, (c) disqualification from future tournaments/events, whereby disqualification may be from a specific number of events or for a specific period of time or may be a lifetime disqualification and, (d) any different or additional penalties determined by the tournament directors.
1) Competitors must be 16 years of age or older. Competitors under the age of 18 must have written parental consent accompanied by a completed proof of General Rules, Regulations & Liability.
2) Entry fees are non-refundable. The Tournament Director reserves the right to refuse or deny application. Payments must be received in-full by Saturday October 17th. Late Entries will be accepted afterwards right up to 7pm at the pre-tournament meeting beginning at 5pm on Friday October 23rd at the Highway Man Inn, Orillia.  Late entries will be assessed a late fee payment of $50.00 to complete their registration.  These will be accepted on a first come/first serve basis (cash only during pre-tournament meeting)
2a) Tournament Director reserves the right to add up to 10 boats to the proposed 100 boat cap in 2016. A waiting list will be compiled and farmed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
3) All competitors must hold a valid Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Fishing License and must be on your person & produced upon request- MNRF Conservation Licenses are not valid for the Lake Simcoe Open.