Friday, March 31, 2017

When to Fish a Bladed Jig or a Spinnerbait with Brett Hite.

Bladed jig or spinnerbait? Which one is the best to fish where? BASS Elite angler Brett Hite is a master at both. Learn as he explains when to fish the bladed jig and when to use a spinnerbait. Brett won his first Elite tournament with a bladed jig. Brett helped create the Evergreen Jackhammer Chatterbait which just got released to the North American market.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New G. Loomis IMX-PRO Rods

Providing the right flex and power, along with the right lengths and the optimum components, G. Loomis introduces its new IMX-PRO bass rod series designed for fishing bottom contact baits. The main goal behind the 24 models – including jig and worm, Carolina rig, flip/punch, drop-shot and shaky head rods, is to provide serious tournament anglers with a broad offering of high performance, technique-specific fishing tools. 
            In redesigning its IMX rods, “we’ve taken advantage of improvements in both our manufacturing processes and materials,” said G. Loomis’ Bruce Holt, an avid angler who knows more about G. Loomis bass rods than just about anyone. “Our rod engineers – led by David Brinkerhoff, used G. Loomis’ proprietary Multi-Taper Technology to design the IMX-PRO blanks to fish specific techniques, using strategic scrim placement to create very specific tapers to enhance the action for each of those techniques.” Holt notes the blanks are up to 18% lighter than comparable E6X rod blanks, and anglers will quickly sense a noticeable step above performance improvement over previous IMX rods.
The IMX-PRO jig and worm casting rods – 10 in total – include three 6’8”, four 7’ and three 7’5” models. Within the offering, the IMX-PRO 803C JWR “provides an ideal blend of power and sensitivity to fish small to medium-size plastics and jigs, and still have the power to move big bass,” Holt said, “while the heavy power 894C JWR is the best option to pitching big baits to land that always needed kicker fish.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ted Galone Addresses Loyal Anglers.

TOP BASS 2018 return
By Luigi De Rose

The founder and president of TOP BASS FISHING SERIES had to postpone the 2016 season due to poor health. TOP BASS are popular events in southern Ontario. Their absence disappointed many anglers who enjoyed fishing at a grass roots level. 
Here is a press release from Ted himself. 

Dear Anglers,

At this time I would like to inform you that while I am getting better, I still have some health issues that are preventing me from operating the Top Bass Fishing Series for the 2017 season. 

I do hope to be well enough to allow for the return of the Top Bass Fishing Series for the 2018 season. When the series returns, Team of the Year and the Angler of the Year will be honoured, as won in 2015.


Ted Galone

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jordan Lee Wins the 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe with 56-10lbs!

Lee conqures Classic!
By Bryan Brasher

In 2013, Jordan Lee was a member of the Auburn University fishing team.
Today, he's on top of the professional bass fishing world.
The 25-year-old pro from Guntersville, Ala., stayed within striking distance all week at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods. Then during Sunday's final round at Minute Maid Park, he caught five bass from Lake Conroe that weighed 27 pounds, 4 ounces, pushing his three-day total to a tournament-best 56-10.
Amazing final day makes 25 year old Lee a Classic Champ!
(Photo: BASS)
Lee earned $300,000 and the most coveted trophy in the sport, while Steve Kennedy — a resident of Auburn, Ala. — finished second with 55-1.
"To all of the guys fishing the college tournaments right now, this just says you can do it," Lee said. "It's hard work — and you're going to have a lot of days out here that aren't good.
"On this lake, I wasn't sure there was any way I could do it. But you're never out of it here."

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 Bassmaster Classic Lake Conroe Day 2: Brent Ehrler Leads with 43-4lbs!

Ehrler leads for second straight day.
By Luigi De Rose

Ehrler commands the Classic!
(Photo: BASS)
Not everything in Texas is bigger could be the theme of Day 2 of the 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe.  Under ideal conditions, the entire field fumbled to find true Texas trophy bass which the lake is known for.  

Brent Ehrler had little to worry as he leads the field after another stellar day with a 5 bass limit for 20-01 lbs and a two day total of 43-04lbs. Ehrler maintained a steady rhythm of working brush rows and surrounding flats in the mid-section of the lake.  Brent isn’t in any secret location as many other competitors fished close to him without success. Ehrler caught the majority of this bass pitching and flipping creature baits. He also caught several key fish on a vibrating jig in mid-morning.

Dave Lefebre jumped to second with a 20-11 pound limit. His 41-01lb two-day total is only 2 pounds off the lead. He is also fishing the shallow bays and cuts in the mid to upper section of Lake Conroe.

Edwin Evers, 3rd with 39lbs for two days, was the quickest to reach 20 pound today as he cashed in on a hot shad spawn bite.  Edwin seemed to spend the rest of the day experimenting with shallow and deep presentations with minimal luck. James Elam has 4th with 37-10 lbs and Bradley Roy round out the 5th position with 37-07 lbs. 

Interestingly, 6th place Mike Iaconelli, scrambled after a horrible morning fishing deep and pieced together 16-06 pound limit by moving in close proximity to Ehrler. Social media was a buzz as BASS LIVE commentators questioned the moral justification of fishing the Day 1 leader’s prime areas. Expect fireworks if the two clash over territory tomorrow especially as Ehrler has been in command of the lead the entire tournament.

Berkley Big Bass went to Skylar Hamilton who landed a 9.01-pound brute. Saturday definitely saw a steep drop in big bass being caught. Six anglers got skunked today showcasing that not everything is big in Texas as they were shut out of landing a 16” keeper bass.   

2017 BASSMASTER Classic Lake Conroe Day 2 Mid-Day Report

Pleasant Saturday bad for anglers
By: Luigi De Rose

Ehrler working his magic.
(Photo: BASS)
It's just past 1pm central time and a lot has happened. Actually, a lot has not happened and anyone catching a few is moving up the leaderboard. Most expected the leader board to flip flop but change is happening very slowly. Most anglers have a few while many are still searching for their first keeper.

Shad Spawn
Shad spawn was amazing for Evers who quickly sacked 20 lbs. in very quick order. He did well yesterday doing the morning shad pattern but the added wind today seemed to helped him catch quality. Van Dam exploited the shad spawn yesterday yet today it was a failure. It took Kevin a few hours to get his first keeper. He is sitting in 7th with 4 bass for 11 pounds. Edwin seems to have been the only one to capitalize on the shad spawn today.

Flipping bites/wood
Brent Ehrler is fishing this pattern and it continues to work very well. Brent hit a flurry while flipping brush and using a vibrating jig in more open water. He quickly advanced pasted Evers for the unofficial lead. Several anglers are also in the same section of the lake and pattern Ehrler is on but Brent is out fishing them.  Steve Kennedy, who is sharing water with Ehrler, has moved up to 4th with almost 15 lb today. Dave Lefebre has limit for 17lbs and is sitting in 3rd. Remember that most anglers stated the best action has come in the afternoon, so anyone in the Top 10 can grabbed the lead with one giant.

Keith Coombs only catching 3 bass for 7-11 on Day 1 was a shocker. Today Alton Jones has zero. Not one! He was heavily favoured and an pick to win but things are falling apart. Clifford Pirch said he caught multiple limits yesterday but currently has 1 bass for 2 lbs. Mike Iaconelli is struggling and abandoned his deepwater fishing. He is flipping brush but only has 5 pounds with 2 bass. Wesley Strader and Matt Herren have zero so far according to BASSTrakk. This might be a computer glitch but it could be just rough fishing.

Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 Bassmaster Classic Lake Conroe Day 1: Brent Ehrler Leads with 23-3lbs!

Giant 9-12 largemouth vaults Ehrler into lead. 
By Luigi De Rose

Brent all smiles as he takes the lead on Day 1!
(Photo: BASS)
A windy, cloudy first day of the greatest tournament of the year made for finicky fishing for most Classic anglers on Lake Conroe. Focusing on the morning shad spawn worked for Van Dam and Evers but many including G-man and Coombs couldn't connect making for a terrible morning. The sight fishing bite didn't seem to materialize for most. Neither did the numerous monster Texas bass that swim in Conroe. Mid-morning and into the afternoon produced more larger bass for the top 10 anglers.

Former Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) winner Brent Ehrler grabbed the lead anchored with a 9-10lb Texas giant. That bass was the Berkley Big Bass Day 1 winner. Brent spent most of the day in the mid-lake region.

Classic rookie, Bradley Roy grabbed second with 22-01lbs. Cliff Crochet, 22-08 for third, had a steady fishing day in the shallows of the upper regions of the lake. He said the fishing was consistent and matched his power fishing style well.

Mike Iaconelli, 21-02lbs for 4th had a slow morning except for the capture of a 6 lber which kept his spirits high as he remained in the lower section of the lake.

Clifford Pirch rounded out the top 5 with 20-11lbs. Clifford started along the dam among Van Dam, Ike and several others. He had a mid-moring flurry which several key bass were landed.

Experts agree that monster bass will make the difference of whom heroes or zeros. Ehrler's near 10 pound largemouth made a world of difference; without it he would be far from the lead. Ike's morning was set with a solid 6 pounder caught on a Carolina rig. He openly stated that it helped him confidently fish slowly all day.

Surprizingly, 4 of the Top 10, Brent Ehrler, Mike Iaconelli, Dave Lefebre and Matt Herren are past  Toyota Texas Bass Classic winners. Their past wins might offer them great understanding of the nuances of these Texas big bass lakes. Saturday's sunny, calmer weather should allow Classic angler great freedom to fish throughout the lake in search of a few monsters.

2017 BASSMASTER Classic Starts TODAY! will be up-dating you daily all three tournament days.
BASS Live start at 7:00am CT
Friday's weigh-in 4:30pm CT

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Our 3 Picks to win the 2017 Bassmaster Classic’s picks to win the 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe.
By Luigi De Rose

Predicting the winner of any sporting event is a challenge. Usually, there are just two teams so the odds are far greater you’ll get it right even with a spread. At the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, 52 anglers have a chance at victory. Sure, some anglers are lucky to just be at the Classic but the skill ranges from great and peaks at superb. Picking a winner for Conroe is exceptionally more difficult as it very new lake of almost all the competitors. Plus, the Classic is being held in March, which is much later than the past few Classics. Past TTBC on Conroe were summer tournaments and that is a world of difference.

For what’s its worth, here are my picks to win the 2017 Classic.

Alton Jones
Texas angler, Alton Jones is a wizard with a Yum dinger this time of year. He already has one Classic win but always seem to excel during the spawn. In all three stages of the spawn, Alton knows how to catch them. Especially if the bass are in transition.  The last three Classics crowned a home state winner and the streak might continue with Jones.

Skeet Reese
With a Classic win on the Red River, a shallow, cover filled fishery, Skeet has the expertise to do well here. We won the 2015 Elite tournament on Lake Guntersville by scraping his pre-spawn pattern and targeting shallow wood on the final day to sack a 4-day total of 92-11lbs for the win. Skeet is strong this seasonal time period and doesn’t shy away when the monster bass are chomping. Not sure if he’s prowess with a swimbait will be a huge factor this weekend but Skeet is very versatile.

Dean Rojas
Dean was recently added to the list of top anglers yet to win a Classic. With several wins in Texas and a master at sight fishing he might get himself off that list this weekend. Dean is always a top finisher when the bass are shallow. He has shown now to catch them in a range on conditions. Best known for casting to beds or zipping a frog around shallow cover he came in second when TAK won the Classic and he has been dying for a trophy of his own.  If it becomes a bed-fishing event, Dean should be very close to the lead everyday.

Part 2 coming tomorrow.

If you got something to say on my picks let us here about it on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lowrance Unveils 16-inch HDS Carbon

Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957
and longest running sponsor of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.), today at
the 2017 GEICO® Bassmaster Classic, announced the production of the HDS
CarbonTM 16, a new high-performance fishfinder/chartplotter with a 16-inch screen –

the largest ever produced by Lowrance.

The massive 16-inch high-definition screen on HDS Carbon 16 displays provides an
even bigger stage to showcase the clarity, high resolution and superior target
separation of SolarMAX™ HD technology, exclusive to the HDS Carbon series. Setting
up a four-panel split on the HDS Carbon 16 gives anglers the equivalent of four

seven-inch screens on a single display.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Evergreen International Co., Ltd. and Brett Hite to launch the most premium 
ChatterBait lure ever built in conjunction with the 
2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic
Z-Man Fishing Products, manufacturer of Original ChatterBait® brand bladed swim jigs and 10X Tough ElaZtech® soft plastics, is pleased to announce the release of its next game-changing bait—the new ChatterBait Jack Hammer custom bladed jig—on March 24th at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo. A free, open-to-the-public event that showcases the latest and greatest in fishing and outdoor products, this year’s Expo will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

As with its ChatterBait Freedom release at the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, the ChatterBait Jack Hammer reflects Z-Man’s willingness to partner with another forward-thinking tackle company—in this case, leading Japanese lure maker Evergreen—to offer anglers more bladed jig options based on its patented, tournament-winning design. Built in Evergreen’s factory, the Jack Hammer will be marketed and distributed exclusively by Z-Man in the United States.

The latest example of Z-Man’s commitment to continually evolving, improving, and expanding a bait that’s unmatched in its ability to deliver a crankbait action, jig profile, and spinnerbait flash, the ChatterBait Jack Hammer raises the bar on premium construction and detail, yet again. Built around a heavy duty black nickel Gamakatsu® flipping hook, the Jack Hammer’s head shape—equipped with lifelike 3D eyes—facilitates a low center of gravity for balance and easy skipping. It also touts a super-strong, snag-resistant Decoy® Egg Snap line tie, and hard and thin, stainless steel hexagonal ChatterBlade®. Additionally, its dual-wire trailer keepers hold all types of soft plastic trailers more securely than ever before. To round things out, the Jack Hammer features hand-tied silicone skirts in patterns that have been personally designed and selected by ChatterBait pro and bladed swim jig guru Brett Hite, in addition to highly detailed, color-matched head and blade paint schemes.

New JACKALL Chan Wake Bait 130

The new Chan Wake Wake bait from Jackall is one cool topwater lure. Listen to Big Jim Laughlin as he explains all the great features of this tail spinner wake bait.

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Rhythm Wave, Archelon and Cover Craw with Legendary Angler Jim McLaughlin

Jackall has a lot of great baits for bass fishing. Jackall's new Rhythm Wave swimbait is selling like hotcakes. Available in 2.8, 3.8 and 5.8 inches you can go from super finesse to monster hunting. The Cover Craw and brand new Archelon are equally cool. Listen to legendary angler Jim McLaughlin as he explains how to fish these new baits from JACKALL.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Storm® Arashi® Spinbait

Check out the video link below or click the photo.
When pressured bass won’t give your bait a second look, show ‘em something they’ve never seen before. Throw ‘em a Storm® Arashi® Spinbait.
“Subtle differences can be key,” says six-time Bassmaster Classic contender, Brandon Palaniuk. “When this bait falls, it’s going to fall horizontal, and when it does that, it’s going to shimmy on the fall. And that triggers a lot of strikes. That draws a lot of fish.”
Although similar in appearance to a top-water prop bait, a Spinbait is a finesse offering you fish deep for suspending bass. And although suspending bass are notoriously hard to catch, Spinbaits command their attention like other lures can’t.
“We’re almost playing mind tricks with the fish,” says Palaniuk in this ibassindotcom video. “This bait [has] a really big profile that the fish can feel, but it comes in a really small package.”
That’s a function of the Spinbait’s unique, counter-rotating, 3-2 propeller design – three blades in front, two in back. “That actually creates a different turbulence in the water,” Palaniuk says. “So you actually get this little pulsating action. … That’s really important to get those fish that are just tracking, or following the bait, to actually trigger and react and eat the bait.”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Shimano Chronarch MGL with Bob Mahoney

Come see the new Shimano Chronarch MGL. Listen to Bob as he explains that the  Chronarch MGL Casting Reels have been re-tooled with Magnumlite Spools, which allow for a low moment of inertia, requiring very little force to get it spinning. As a result, casting distance is increased by 15% when compared to the same capacity of a standard spool.  The Shimano Chronarch MGL Casting Reels combine X-Ship and MicroModule gearing to form a powerful, yet ultra-smooth gearing system.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bradley Dortch Wins 2017 Walmart FLW Tour Harris Chain with 72-09lbs!

JT Kenney 2nd with mega limit
by Rob Newell

Rookie FLW Tour pro Bradley Dortch of Atmore, Ala., seems to have a knack for the postspawn time of year when bass are retreating off beds and headed “out” to their late spring haunts. Last May, Dortch won his first Costa FLW Series event on Lake Wheeler by putting himself in front of bass that were leaving beds due to rising temperatures and falling water.
Dortch surpasses Cox and Kenney with rattle bait.
(Photo: FLW)
Dortch used that same postspawn strategy during the FLW Tour event presented by Ranger on the Harris Chain to take home his first Tour win Sunday with a five-bass final day limit of 22 pounds, 2 ounces that pushed his four-day total to 73 pounds, 9 ounces, good for a 1-pound, 13-ounce margin of victory over runner-up JT Kenney.
“I don’t know what to say, this is crazy,” Dortch says. “This is something I’ve been dreaming and working toward for years. It’s a dream come true – I can’t even believe I won it.”
After an unseasonably warm winter where Harris Chain bass got a head start on the reproductive process, the FLW Tour arrived just in time to catch the tail end of the spawn. While others took the headlines early in the event by sight-fishing, Dortch bet that the postspawn train would be coming down the track if he just waited them out at stations located on the outsides.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 Walmart FLW Tour Harris Chain Day 3: Cox Leads with 54-14lbs!

Sight fishing battle becoming more difficult each day. 
by Rob Newell
For two days, John Cox has been the king of the Harris Chain, dominating the FLW Tour event presented by Ranger at the Harris Chain with his favorite sight-fishing technique. But Saturday his sight-fish gave him the slip and now the outliers are moving in on him from all directions.
Local John Cox hunting every secret spot he has for nesting bass.
(Photo: FLW)
Cox posted a 10-pound, 4-ounce catch on day three and as a result his nearly 6-pound lead shrank to just over 2 pounds. He still leads the field with a 54-14 three-day total, but now pros from North Carolina, Texas and Alabama seriously threaten King Cox’s throne atop the leaderboard in his Florida domain.
“Would you like me to sum up the day for you?” Cox asks with a laugh. “Okay, well, I burned a lot of gas and I didn’t catch anything – how’s that?”
Cox’s frustration came from the fact that he ran many, many miles and burned a lot of trolling motor battery for his dismal catch.
“I only caught five keepers all day,” he says. “That’s it.”
Piling onto Cox’s disappointment is the fact that the wave he was hoping would move up with the impending full moon tomorrow doesn’t seem to be materializing.
“The fish were just acting so weird today,” he says. “I found one male that had a 5- or 6-pound female with it. I shook the male off several times, trying to catch her first. Then I went ahead and caught him and when I did, she just swam out to my boat, looked at me, and hit the highway – gone. It’s like she knew what was going on – those are the little signs that tell you it’s not really happening.

2017 Walmart FLW Tour Harris Chain Day 2: John Cox Extends Lead to 6 Pounds with 44-10lbs!

John Cox has a large history book of bass fishing memories on the Harris Chain of Lakes near his home in DeBary, Fla. Today, Cox had to leaf through many of the chapters in that book to come up with an 18-pound, 15-ounce catch to increase his lead at the FLW Tour event presented by Ranger at the Harris Chain. After two days, his total is 44 pounds, 10 ounces, and his lead over Shane LeHew is nearly 6 pounds.
Cox catches them on very difficult day.
(Photo: FLW)
Cox stayed committed to the looking game today, running far and wide across the Chain to assemble his catch. To give some idea of how much water he had to run to find bass still clinging to beds, several of his fish were caught up to 10 miles apart.
“I covered a lot of water today,” Cox says. “It’s not like I’m pulling into one secret canal or backwater and catching 19 pounds. I catch one, run, look, run, look, run…catch another and keep looking.”
Cox was headed for an average 12-pound bag today when he made a last-minute decision to check one main lake spawning spot where he found two four-pounders locked on beds.

Friday, March 10, 2017

2017 Walmart FLW Tour Harris Chain Day 1: John Cox Leads with 25-11lbs!

Cory Johnston 53rd, Gustafson 107th, Chris Johnston 108th & Richardson 133rd
John Cox of Debary Fla. has fished the Harris Chain of Lakes since he was a kid. Today, his lifelong history on the Chain came into play big time by helping him drop 25 pounds, 11 ounces on the scale to lead day one of the FLW Tour event presented by Ranger.

Cox getting some bed fishing. (Photo: FLW)
Cox began the day by running straight to 10 to 15 beds he had marked during practice. By 9 a.m., however, he hadn’t located a single one of the bass he had found on beds during practice, so he completely scratched his practice finds and used his long history with the lakes to run “all around the Chain.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tactics for fishing Pre Spawn for bass with FLW Pro Cody Meyer

Pre-spawn is the time to catch numbers and trophy bass. Listen to FLW pro Cody Meyer as he explains some of the best presentations for targeting bass in the early spring.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Casey Martin Smashed 40 Pound Limit to Win by 20 pounds.

Casey Martin of New Hope, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 40 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the first T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division event of 2017 on Lake Guntersville. Martin’s catch was the second-largest single-day limit to ever be weighed in at a BFL event, and the third-largest all-time across all FLW tournament circuits.
Casey Martin claims big win on G-Ville.
(Photo: FLW)
“It was pretty insane to weigh in those bass,” said Martin, who took home $6,859 for his win. “I’m still in disbelief. It happened so fast that it hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
Martin said he started out targeting both largemouth and smallmouth bass in different areas, and was able to put together a limit fairly quick.
“At that point, I figured I had enough weight to earn my entry fee back,” said Martin. “So, I decided to swing for the fence at that point and run to some deeper water, near causeways. They can be good this time of year.
“I came across a school of fish at one point, looked at my graph and it was lighting up,” continued Martin. “I caught one bass that was close to 7 pounds, and within 10 minutes I had three more in the boat – a 9-pounder, and two in the 8-pound range.
Martin said he used a Picasso Double Barrel ½-ounce underspin with a 4-inch Smoky Shad-colored Z-Man DieZel Minnowz to catch all but the 9-pounder. For that, he said he used a swimbait on a 3/4-ounce Freedom Tackle Hydra Hybrid Jig.
“Later on I made a run to an area near Goose Pond and caught another 7-pounder out of some grass on a Rat-L-Trap,” said Martin. “I didn’t think I had 40 pounds, I thought I only had 33 or 34. I’ve seen those kinds of limits come in at BFL tournaments before.”

Monday, March 6, 2017

How to become a better Bladed Jig (Chatterbait) fisherman with Brett Hite

One of the most popular baits in bass fishing is the Chatterbait. Brett Hite has made the Evergreen Jackhammer bladed jig one of the most talked about lures on the Bassmaster Tour trail. Learn from Brett Hite has he explains the finer points on using a Bladed jig.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hottest Brands in Fishing

Here's a cool list of some of the industries best selling brands. Are you a fan of these products? Maybe you should be. 

Southwick Associates' has announced the 2016 top brands for many angling product categories. This list has been compiled from the internet-based surveys completed in 2016 by panels.  

In 2016, the most frequently purchased tackle brands included:

*     Top combo brand: Shakespeare
*     Top spinner bait: Strike King
*     Top swivel brand: Eagle Claw
*     Top leader brand: Seaguar
*     Top fly reel brand: Orvis
*     Top fly tying material brand: Hareline Dubbin
*     Top fish finder brand: Humminbird
*     Top clothing brand: Columbia
*     Top rain gear brand: Frogg Toggs
*     Top fishing net brand: Frabill
*     Top knives brand: Rapala