Thursday, July 19, 2018

ICAST 2018: Lunkerhunt's New Assist Jigs

Lunkerhunt Assist Jigs are designed for offshore, near shore, and inshore fishing. They are effective when fished from boat, kayak, reefs, piers, and wharfs. Lunkerhunt Assist Jigs come in three body styles: The Flutter Jig, The Needle Jig and the Cut Bait Jig. All Lunkerhunt Assist Jigs have a UV coating and either a single dressed or double dressed assist hook.

All Lunkerhunt Assist Jigs work well with speed retrieves, lift and fall retrieves and traditional jigging techniques. They have been designed for saltwater fishing but also catch a wide range of freshwater species as well.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tokyo Rig by VMC with Mike Iaconelli

Right from the shores of Lake Biwa in Japan, Ike and VMC bring you one of the most innovated rigs since the Jika rig. The brand new VMC Tokyo rig allows you to use a multitude of soft plastic baits from 1 to 50 foot deep. Let's hear from BASS Classic Champ Mike "Ike" Iaconelli as he explains the 2018 ICAST released VMC Tokyo Rig.

2019 FLW Tour Schedule


Jan. 10-13 – Sam Rayburn Reservoir – Brookeland, Texas – Jasper County Development District
Feb. 7-10 – Lake Toho – Kissimmee, Fla. – Experience Kissimmee/Kissimmee Sports
March 7-10 – Lake Seminole – Bainbridge, Ga. – Bainbridge Convention & Visitors Bureau
March 28-31 – Grand Lake – Grove, Okla. – City of Grove/Cherokee Casino Grove
April 11-14 – Cherokee Lake – Jefferson City, Tenn. – Economic Development Alliance, Jefferson County
May 2-5 – Lake Chickamauga – Dayton, Tenn. – Fish Dayton/Rhea Economic and Tourism Council, LLC
June 27-30 – Lake Champlain – Plattsburgh, N.Y. – City of Plattsburgh/Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rapala Rip Stop 12 Jerkbait with Troy Lindner and IBASSIN

ICAST 2018 Released the brand new Rapala Rip Stop 12 jerkbaits. With its unique tail design, this jerkbait will stop on a dine and has such great wobble and flash. Troy Lindner, of the famed Lindner family, has used it with such great success.
If you want a great jerkbait that is larger, heavier and has super action then check out the new Rapala RipStop 12.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Descend Series of Salt Core Soft Plastic Baits by Lunkerhunt with FLW Pro Matt Arey and IBASSIN

The Lunkerhunt Descend Series is a family of soft plastic lures that feature specific sink rates based on the forage they have been designed to imitate. The Lunkerhunt Descend Series consists of three salted soft plastic body styles: The Descend Craw, the Descend Minnow, and the Descend Salamander. All of the Descend Series soft plastics have been made using a revolutionary multi-port salt injection technology. This technology allows us to inject different salt concentrations into different areas within the lure. This results in natural sinking and swimming actions without the need to add weights or other tackle to achieve the desired action. Listen to FLW Pro Matt Arey as he explains these great baits.

2018 ICAST New Product Winners!

ICAST 2018 Best of Category and Best of Show Awards
Garmin USA’s Panoptix LiveScope was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Electronics category and the overall Best of Show.

The ICAST 2018 Best of Category awards were presented on Wednesday, July 11, during the New Product Showcase Awards Reception at the Orange County Convention Center.

2018 ICAST New Product Showcase Best of Category Award Winners
For product details, images and other information please contact the individual award winners’ contacts listed below.

Best of Category and Best of Show – Electronics – Garmin USA
Product:  Garmin Panoptix LiveScope
Contact: Carly Hysell 

Best of Category – Boating Accessories – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product:  Minn Kota Ultrex with MEGA Down Imaging

Contact: Kathy Dutton

Best of Category – Boats and Watercraft – Jackson Kayak
Product:  360 Angler
Contact: Sonia Cronin  

Best of Category – Eyewear – Costa Sunglasses
Product:  Baffin
Contact: Shauna Metz 

Best of Category – Footwear – Rivers Edge Products
Product:  Fish Sandals
Contact: Michael McFadden 

Best of Category – Giftware – Number 6 Brands 
Product:  Cauldryn Coffee
Contact: Jason Shinn 

Best of Category – Lifestyle Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product:  Hexatron Performance Fleece
Contact: Matt Florentine

Best of Category – Technical Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product:  Hydronaut Heavy-Duty Waterproof System
Contact: Matt Florentine 

Best of Category – Fishing Accessory – YETI
Product:  YETI Tundra Haul
Contact: Ravanne Harris 

Best of Category – Fly Fishing Accessory – YETI
Product:  YETI Panga Backpack 28
Contact:  Ravanne Harris

Best of Category – Fishing Line – PowerPro
Product:  PowerPro SuperSlick V2 Brand
Contact:  John Mazurkiewicz

Friday, July 13, 2018

2019 Bassmaster Elite Schedule Announced


Since the Bassmaster Elite Series made a two-week trip to the West Coast back in 2015, fans of the sport have been clamoring for the world’s premier bass fishing circuit to return to that region.
Now, they’re about to get their wish.
B.A.S.S. officials unveiled an action-packed 2019 Elite Series schedule today that includes a Western swing in mid-June with back-to-back trips to Sacramento, Calif., for an event on the California Delta and to Tri-Cities, Wash., for a tournament on the Columbia River.
The Columbia River will be one of three first-time destinations for the Elite Series, along with Lake Lanier in Georgia and Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.
“We couldn’t be happier with the schedule we’ve put together for 2019,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “This lineup of events will be exciting and challenging for our anglers — and for fans of the sport, it literally has something to offer from coast to coast.”
The slate will have a familiar kickoff venue, as the Elite Series returns Feb. 7-10 to the St. Johns River in Palatka, Fla. — the site of the 2016 season opener where Missouri superstar Rick Clunn recorded one of the more memorable victories in B.A.S.S. history. Just four months shy of his 70th birthday, Clunn brought 31 pounds, 7 ounces of bass to the scales during the semifinal round and eventually became the oldest angler to win an Elite Series event with a four-day total of 81-15.
 The St. Johns River has been a regular destination for B.A.S.S., with the organization visiting 20 times for major events since 1973.
“The Bassmaster Elite Series tournament coming back to Palatka and Putnam County is a tremendous win!” said Dana Cameron Jones, president of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, which will host the event. “Putnam County’s natural beauty provides a great venue for bass fishing, and B.A.S.S. provides business for our local community! It was an easy decision to host B.A.S.S. — the economic impact into our local economy by an Elite Series event easily equates to over $3 million dollars, and the media value well over $500,000 is a huge value-add.”
From Florida, the schedule will shift to Lake Lanier in Gwinnett, Ga., Feb. 14-17 — a venue that has hosted eight major B.A.S.S. tournaments since 1983, but never an Elite Series event. The 37,000-acre fishery on the Chattahoochee River has long been known for producing giant spotted bass.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

ICAST 2018: Yakima Kayak Solutions


Making industry waves with their specialized Yakima Sportsman and Heavy Duty Truck collections. Both built for functionality, versatility, and to our new standard for off-road ratings.

BigCatch Kayak Fishing Saddle
Fish on. With a whopping 150lb capacity, this is the first universal kayak saddle strong enough to handle heavy fishing kayaks and sit-on-tops.

EasyRider Trailer 
EasyRider utility trailer hauls big fishing kayaks and rec boats up top with room for coolers and gear underneath. 500lb carrying capacity—load it up.

OverHaul HD Truck Rack
Built for hard work and rugged play, the OverHaul HD adjustable truck rack delivers best-in-class strength and outstanding versatility.




Re-engineered with added abrasion toughness so anglers can rip through the heaviest cover with the same force as standard four-end braids, the new PowerPro Super8Slick V2 braided fishing line combines a new eight-end dense weave fiber construction with proven ‘Enhanced Body Technology’ (EBT) coating process. The new braid is offered in nine different pound test designations, and in five spool sizes to fill from one reel, to bulk spools for multiple fills and for reel spooling by your local tackle shop.
   As with the original Super8Slick braid, the new ‘V2’ version continues to be the smoothest, softest and longest casting braid in the PowerPro line-up. Its use of Honeywell Spectra eight-end fiber provides a stronger, tougher braid, while the PowerPro EBT process makes the Super8Slick V2 structurally rounder. The process floods propriety resin through the finished braid, resulting in a smoother line that reduces backlashes, increases casting distance, makes it easier to tie knots, and offers superior strength to size ratio.
   “For freshwater and salt, from throwing a big jig into a big knockdown or heavy vegetation for a kicker-size bass - to making that extra long cast into a surfacing school of stripers, Super8Slick V2 can give you an advantage,” said PowerPro product manager Tom Woldruff. “The PowerPro engineering staff has decades of experience, and that experience really comes through with the features of this new braid and benefits it provides anglers.”

ICAST 2018: Molix's Elite Pro Signature Colours

These Special Signature Colors series are developed from the experience of the Elite Pro Anglers Brandon Palaniuk (AOY 2017), James Elam and Justin Lucas 

Available for: Kento Jig, Tenax Jig Wide Gap, MF Jig, Nano Jig

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

ICAST 2018: LUNKERHUNT's Yappa Series of Top Water Baits


The Lunkerhunt Yappa Series is a family of weedless, hollow body, topwater lures. Yappa Series lures feature a transparent cupped bill that churns the water surface and generates a wide range of actions that fish can’t resist.
The Yappa Rat, Yappa Bug, and Yappa Frog are made using quality components and feature premium finishes.

ICAST 2018: Shimano's SLX Baitcasting Reels

All reels $99.99 USD!

   Anglers looking for a versatile, easy-to-use, lightweight and durable baitcasting reel, Shimano new SLX reels are the one more fish, one more cast, ‘Can’t Stop Fishing’ option. The series is offered in six models in three different gear ratios, including the 6.3:1 SLX150 and left-hand retrieve SLX151, the high-speed SLX150HG and 151HG with 7.2:1 gears, and the SLX150XG and 151XG with extra high speed 8.2:1.
   Designed around Shimano’s HAGANE body concept - meaning a solid and precise aluminum frame, the SLX compact body still allows for plenty of line capacity - up to 105 yards of 40-pound test PowerPro braid. Shimano’ proven six-spin style Variable Brake System provides spool and casting control, while the sideplate is attached to prevent it from falling off when adjustments are needed with lures and wind condition changes. Each comes with a ‘Curado K type’ long handle with power handle knobs. Even with the aluminum frame and durable brass gears, each reel weighs in at a light 6.9-ounces.

ICAST 2018: Curado Reels Sees Improvements by Shimano


All retail for $249.99 (USD)

Utilizing a microcomputer to control brake force at every moment of the cast, Shimano brings its digital control technology (I-DC4) to a new series of Curado baitcasting reels. Built upon a reel already known for its durability, dependability, and versatility, the new Shimano Curado DC reels will quickly allow all anglers - from the most to avid tournament angler to those who are intimidated by baitcasting reels and the backlashes that can happen - to cast smarter by allowing the DC’s microcomputer to monitor spool speed 1,000 times every second and apply the perfect amount of brake to prevent backlashes and maximize distance. Being introduced at ICAST 2018 and available in August, the DC series includes the Curado DC150 and left-hand retrieve DC151 with 6.2:1 gear ratios, the Curado DC150HG and DC151HG with 7.4:1 gear ratios, and the even higher speed Curado DC150XG and DC151XG with 8.5:1 gear ratios.
     With the I-DC4 braking technology, anglers can fish a variety of lures and in any weather conditions, with limited-to-no adjustments to the reel. There are four external adjustable brake settings depending on fishing situations. The settings are a ‘max distance mode’ for ultra-long casts in calmer conditions; a ‘braid/mono mode’ for general all-around use of those types of lines; a ‘fluorocarbon mode’ that is best when using these stiffer lines; and a ‘skipping mode’ for challenging casts (under docks and piers) or extreme conditions.

ICAST 2018: New Shimano SLX for Under $100

Your game is strong. First on, last off. Every day, rain or shine…or wind or snow. The all-new Shimano SLX is built by, and for, anglers who demand bullet-proof, unrelenting durability from their equipment.
MSRP: $99.99

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

ICAST 2018: Minn Kota Launches New Built in MEGA Down Imaging in Motors

Minn Kota® Launches New Trolling Motors with
Built-In MEGA Down Imaging™

Minn Kota the leader in trolling motor innovation, will debut Built-In MEGA Down Imaging™ in its trolling motors at the American Sportfishing Association’s International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST).

For the first time, anglers will have the option to select a Minn Kota Ulterra™, Terrova®, Ultrex™ or Fortrex® trolling motor with Built-In MEGA Down Imaging sonar. The Humminbird® MEGA Down Imaging transducer will now be integrated into the trolling motor to provide a clean set up at the bow for anglers. Humminbird’s ultra-clear MEGA Imaging™ is the first Down Imaging technology to enter the megahertz range with performance that’s nearly three times greater than traditional 455 kHz frequencies. It results in the clearest, sharpest on-screen images ever seen.

With Built-In MEGA Down Imaging, the transducer is housed in the indestructible lower motor unit and the wiring runs through the composite shaft providing clean rigging that is protected from wear and tear. In addition, having the transducer integrated into the trolling motors allows anglers to see what is directly below the bow of the boat, allowing anglers to make better decisions on where, and how, to fish.

“The integration of Minn Kota and Humminbird products is part of our commitment to providing innovative solutions for anglers as they seek to find and catch more fish,” said Minn Kota Brand Manager Brad Henry.

Shimano SLX Baitcasting Reels with Keith Combs and IBASSIN

Anglers looking for a versatile, easy-to-use, lightweight and durable baitcasting reel, Shimano new SLX reels are the one more fish, one more cast, ‘Can’t Stop Fishing’ option. The series is offered in six models in three different gear ratios, including the 6.3:1 SLX150 and left-hand retrieve SLX151, the high-speed SLX150HG and 151HG with 7.2:1 gears, and the SLX150XG and 151XG with extra high speed 8.2:1. Designed around Shimano’s HAGANE body concept - meaning a solid and precise aluminum frame, the SLX compact body still allows for plenty of line capacity - up to 105 yards of 40-pound test PowerPro braid. Shimano’ proven six-spin style Variable Brake System provides spool and casting control, while the sideplate is attached to prevent it from falling off when adjustments are needed with lures and wind condition changes. Each comes with a ‘Curado K type’ long handle with power handle knobs. Even with the aluminum frame and durable brass gears, each reel weighs in at a light 6.9-ounces.

Monday, July 9, 2018

ICAST 2018 Coverage!

ICAST starts this Wednesday. will be giving you the best coverage via the blog and our Facebook page. The blog will post press releases, product launches and videos. Our Facebook page will have more photos and unique elements along with some instant video right from the floor of ICAST 2018 in Orlando, Florida!

The action will start Tuesday, July 10 at 5:20ish in the evening with the annual new product launch for media members only.

CLICK HERE to Like us on Facebook to get the best ICAST 2018 coverage!

Chris Johnston Wins 2018 Canadian Open Pro/Am with 50-96lbs!

Johnston Bros. 1st and 3rd. 
By Luigi De Rose 

Chris Johnston again proves he is a smallmouth master.
(Photo: John Whyte)
Under a historic cold front where the air temp dropped almost 20C and the wind kicked up after a week of hot, humid weather Lake Simcoe/ Lake Couchiching still illustrates why it is one of the best smallmouth lake on the planet.  Prefishing saw giant smallmouth cruising shallow shoals, glued to boulders and feeding on deep flats. Fresh off a stellar FLW Tour season, Chris Johnston put together two stellar 5-bass limits, 26-35lbs and 24-06lbs, to capture the Canadian Open Pro/Am. Second place went to Brian Huges who landed 50lbs. Newly minted dad, Cory Johnston grabbed third with 48-04lbs. Forth went to Simcoe ace John Whyte with 48-04lbs and Seb Roy finished 5th with 46-03lbs anchored by a 6-05lbs bass, the tournament's largest bass.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

2018 Forrest Wood Cup: Full Field Announced

With the conclusion of the 2018 FLW Tour season at Lake St. Clair today, the field of 56 for the Forrest Wood Cup is now final.
Qualifiers will compete for the $300,000 first-place prize Aug. 10-12 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Ark.
The field includes the 2017 FLW Tour Angler of the Year, the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup champion, the top 40 anglers in the 2018 FLW Tour AOY standings (invitations were extended down to 44th place due to double-qualifications by other means), the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American champion, the 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship winner, the 2018 The Bass Federation National Championship winner and qualifiers from the 2017 Costa FLW Series Championship, including the FLW Series International Division’s top finisher at the championship.
Full field below

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July

Mark Rose Grabs 2018 FLW Tour Angler of the Year!

For fans, the Pennzoil Marine Angler of the Year race is over. For Mark Rose, the Pennzoil Marine Angler of the year race is finally over.
Faith and family guide Mark to another AOY win.
(Photo: FLW)
“Finally” is necessary to emphasize the relief that Rose felt after Scott Martin was bumped from the top 10 during today’s day-three weigh-in at the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury on Lake St. Clair. That Martin didn’t make the cut to Sunday meant that he could no longer catch Rose in the standings. When Joey Cifuentes weighed in and Martin dropped to 11th, the wait was over, and it became official: Mark Rose is the 2018 FLW Tour Angler of the Year.
Rose took over the lead in the standings at stop No. 5 at Smith Lake and was able to ride it out despite a mediocre 67th-place finish at St. Clair. He had a 64-point lead coming in and needed to finish 64th or better to guarantee no one could catch him.
Sixty-four places is a lot, but not really. Not on St. Clair, where 20 places can be separated by only ounces.
Rose knew that, and he knew it was far from a sure thing. And he was reminded about it often because, when you’re the AOY leader, everyone asks you about AOY. When you’re the AOY leader, bass writers crunch the numbers and figure the odds on whether or not you’ll win it. And when you leave the door open at the final tournament and have to wait it out on shore while Scott Martin, a former AOY himself, gets to fish on top-30 day, you’re forced to sit and watch and wonder about your fate.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Mark Daniels Jr. Wins 2018 Bassmaster Elite Lake Oahe with 69-09 lbs!

Bait fish and drop shot key to win. 
By James Hall

MDR's rookie season just improved a lot!
(Photo: BASS)
For the first time in four days, the wind and waves were calm on mighty Lake Oahe. Mark Daniels Jr. was not. The Alabama pro started Championship Monday with a lead of more than 6 pounds over the rest of the field.
However, he struggled to get bites from the bigger bass he needed, and it seemed the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Lake Oahe presented by Abu Garcia was slipping through his hands.
Former Bassmaster Classic winner Casey Ashley was reported on to have caught up to Daniels. However, when the scales settled, Daniels’ last-round 13-pound, 3-ounce limit was enough to take home the big blue trophy. His final tally was 69-9, besting Ashley, the runner up, by more than 3 pounds.
“This is a special place in South Dakota! Beautiful place, beautiful people and an awesome fishery. There is nothing you can complain about here,” Daniels said before getting emotional over his very first Elite Series win. “I have literally dedicated my life to this sport. And I never gave up. And let me say one thing, if anyone out there has something they love, pursue it. I’m living proof you can live your dream if you are willing to work for it.”
And Daniels worked hard for it this week. He found an area where postspawn bass were congregating after the spawn, and he used finesse techniques to catch them. “I was fishing deep points adjacent to shallow flats. The fish were pretty finicky, so I relied heavily on a Finesse TRD soft-plastic bait by Z-Man with the mushroom head (Ned rig), and drop shotting a Z-Man Finesse WormZ,” Daniels explained.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Chad Grigsby Wins 2018 FLW Tour Lake St. Clair with 97-08lbs!

Tube and spy bait devastating 1, 2 punch.
(Photo: FLW) 
After the day-three weigh-in at the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury on Lake St. Clair, then-leader Dylan Hays said whoever cracked 25 pounds between he, Chad Grigsby and Brad Knight would win. He was right.
With all three fishing within earshot of one another, it was Grigsby who got to whoop it up the most today. He caught a 6-pounder early and never looked back, bringing in 26 pounds, 4 ounces to nearly crack the century mark on smallies and win the final FLW Tour stop of the 2018 season.
“This is awesome,” says Grigsby, who caught 97 pounds, 8 ounces total for his second Tour victory. “Winning the first one was great, but this one … I mean, you had to catch ’em every day this event. Fortunately, I just had a very special spot, and I had it all to myself.”
That spot was a 1/8-mile stretch on the southern Canadian side of St. Clair. It wasn’t far from where Hays and Knight were sharing a spot, but having this particular spot to himself was what Grigsby feels made a huge difference in being able to pull out the win.
While the spot didn’t seem like anything too different – an area with water 16 to 19 feet deep with a mixture of sand and patches of grass – what made it special was just how much bait was in there. Today, especially, Grigsby says when he pulled up he immediately noticed even more bait than had been in there all week.
“I saw that and knew something special was going to happen,” Grigsby recalls.
Just as in the previous days, Grigsby had to adjust to figure out what the fish wanted to eat. Willingness to adjust daily was the biggest reason for his victory.
On day one, he was catching some fish, but when the lake slicked off he picked up a Duo Realis Spinbait 80 spy bait – something he hadn’t thrown even in practice – and cracked his tournament-leading 25-13 bag.
The next day they wouldn’t eat the spy bait, and it was a switch to a 1/4-ounce black marabou jig that produced two big bites en route to maintaining his lead with 24-4. The spy bait was the deal again on day three, though Grigsby didn’t execute as well and lost a few fish that resulted in a 21-3 catch, which gave Hays an opening to slide into the lead.
Grigsby knew that if he could execute better with the spy bait his weight would skyrocket back up on the final day, and he proved himself right. While he started catching them on a Venom tube, he mixed in the spy bait, which produced most of his bigger bites.
“I really feel I stayed one step ahead of them all week,” Grigsby says. “Sometimes I’d go 45 minutes without a bite, and then I’d switch things up, adjust and start catching them again. I just had to keep making adjustments.”
The Minnesota pro grew up in Michigan and spent the first 25-plus years of his life fishing St. Clair, so Grigsby was confident he could win on the fishery. But he admits that confidence had wavered after the last few seasons.
“I’ve had to overcome a lot of my own demons,” Grigsby says. “I’ve had such a bad last two years I didn’t even feel comfortable fishing anymore. I had no confidence.
“Coming back to the Tour, especially these last four events, I finally feel relaxed, comfortable and confident in my abilities as an angler. And now winning here just blows everything out of the water.” 
Top 10 pros
1. Chad Grigsby – Maple Grove, Minn. – 97-8 (20) – $128,000 
2. Dylan Hays – Sheridan, Ark. – 95-5 (20) – $30,200
3. Brad Knight – Lancing, Tenn. – 92-5 (20) – $25,100
4. Scott Dobson – Clarkston, Mich. – 89-11 (20) – $20,000  
5. Bryan Thrift – Shelby, N.C. – 87-13 (20) – $19,000                      
6. Todd Castledine – Nacogdoches, Texas – 85-1 (20) – $18,000         
7. Cody Hahner – Wausau, Wis. – 84-11 (20) – $17,000
8. Jeremy Lawyer – Sarcoxie, Mo. – 82-14 (20) – $16,000
9. Ryan Chandler – Hebron, Ind. – 82-6 (20) – $15,500

10. Joey Cifuentes – Clinton, Ark. – 82-3 (20) – $14,000

2018 Bassmaster Elite Lake Oahe Day 3: MDJ Out in Front with 56-06 lbs!

Boyd Duckett 2nd, Casey Ashley 3rd. 
By James Hall
Drop shot key to Daniels' success.
(Photo: BASS)
Alabama’s Mark Daniels Jr., who vaulted to the lead in the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Lake Oahe presented by Abu Garcia Saturday, distanced himself from the rest of the field today. The second-year Elite Series pro brought 17 pounds, 6 ounces to the scales for a three-day total of 56-6, which gives him a nearly 6 1/2-pound cushion going into Championship Monday.
“Man, it was tougher today. I need to get more bites,” Daniels said. “There is fishing pressure in the area, and I think the bass are starting to get hip to what’s going on. I had a lot of fish swim up and look at my bait and not bite today. The first day they would come eat it while it was sinking.”
Daniels is concerned that his school is almost fished out, so his impressive cushion does not make him overconfident. “Tomorrow, I’m going to expand on my area and probably try some new water. I need those 4-pound bites, and I feel like they will be pretty hard to come by if I stay where I’m at.”
Boyd Duckett made a huge surge to second place on the strength of a 16-pound, 6-ounce limit of smallmouth on Day 3. This pushed his total to 50-1. The Alabama pro and former Bassmaster Classic champion credits his success to fish management.
“During practice, I had found three schools of fish,” he said. “One was a community hole that a lot of guys found. One was a little less obvious. And my third was a little hidey hole that I was hoping nobody found.
“I started the first day on the community hole and then went and caught a couple on my second place. Yesterday I just fished my second spot and it had one other angler on it. Today, I finished out my limit on the hidey hole and nobody was on it. So, I feel good about starting there tomorrow.”

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Enjoy a truly special Canada Day!

2018 Bassmaster Elite Lake Oahe Day 2: MDJ Grabs Lead with 39lbs!

Wind swept Oahe tougher than expected
By James Hall

Daniels ready for first BASS win.
(Photo: BASS)
Alabama’s Mark Daniels Jr., who was sitting in second place after the opening round Friday, vaulted to the lead on the strength of a monster 20-pound, 4-ounce limit today in the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Lake Oahe presented by Abu Garcia.
However, before Daniels and the rest of the 107-angler field were able to make a single cast, they had to patiently wait through a 1 1/2- hour wind delay. A brutal storm passed through Pierre last night, pushing 70-mph winds and several inches of rain across the region, turning the 370,000-acre fishery into an angry ocean.
But once the water settled and the anglers were set free, Daniels started off the second round of competition just like he ended Day 1.
“Smallmouth are random. I fish randomly. Sometimes we just intersect,” explained Daniels, whose 20-4 worth of smallmouth gave him a two-day total of 39 pounds to take the event lead.
“I’m fishing transition areas where these big females are leaving spawning flats and chilling out before going deep,” the Alabama pro said. “I’m seeing a lot of the fish I’m catching on my Garmin Panoptix unit, doing the ‘video game deal.’ It’s how I like to fish.”
Daniels believes his fishing spots are replenishing daily with more big smallmouth. “The beauty of the areas I’m fishing is that postspawners should reload the spots. If I’m right, I should be able to bring in another 20 pounds tomorrow,” he said.
North Carolina pro David Fritts proved that his impressive first-day limit of Oahe smallmouth (19-7) was no fluke by bringing in an 18-pound, 1-ounce bag for Round 2. This gives the 1993 Bassmaster Classic champion a two-day total of 37-8, good enough for second place heading into Day 3.
“I’m proud of what I caught today, because where I was fishing, the wind was brutal. I had waves crashing over the bow of my boat all morning,” Fritts related. He believes this intense wave action has cost him the lead.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Lake St. Clair Day 3: Dylan Hays Vaults into Lead with 72-03lbs!


Drop shot and tube key for Hays.
(Photo: FLW)
Lake St. Clair is a massive body of water, yet it seems one stretch along the southern Canadian side is where everyone’s focus will be on Sunday.
Dylan Hays, Chad Grigsby and Brad Knight are all fishing within sight of one another, with Hays and Knight essentially sharing the same area. In first, Hays put 22 pounds, 6 ounces in the boat to get up to a total of 72-3. Slipping slightly, Grigsby is just 15 ounces back in second. Busting 25-5, Knight moved up to third and is less than 2 pounds off the lead.
“Basically, one of us is going to bring in 24 to 25 pounds tomorrow between the three of us,” says Hays. “And whoever does is going to win.”
While the tournament set the two-day FLW record for most weight weighed in, there have been only four 24-plus-pound bags. All of them have been caught by the top three. Grigsby did it day one and day two. Hays also did it day two, bringing in the heaviest bag of the event at 26-7. Today it was Knight with 25-5.
Combined, the three have brought in 213 pounds, 13 ounces of fish from the area. If that isn’t ridiculous enough, all three say they haven’t laid into their best places as hard as they can, and all three say they’ve lost some giant fish that could have pushed their weights higher.
For now, Hays holds the lead, something the second-year pro has never done at an FLW Tour event. Yet, as excited as he is, day three was his worst day of the tournament thanks to losing some really big fish.
“The area has the quality to make up for losing big fish, but if I’m to win it I’ll have to keep them all buttoned up tomorrow,” Hays says. “I wish I had today, because it would’ve been nice to have more than a 15-ounce cushion.”
Top 10 pros
1. Dylan Hays – Sheridan, Ark. – 72-3 (15)     
2. Chad Grigsby – Maple Grove, Minn. – 71-4 (15)       
3. Brad Knight – Lancing, Tenn. – 70-6 (15)      
4. Scott Dobson – Clarkston, Mich. – 68-10 (15)           
5. Bryan Thrift – Shelby, N.C. – 66-2 (15)                 
6. Todd Castledine – Nacogdoches, Texas – 65-10 (15)    
7. Ryan Chandler – Hebron, Ind. – 64-0 (15)
8. Cody Hahner – Wausau, Wis. – 63-11 (15)
9. Joey Cifuentes – Clinton, Ark. – 63-7 (15)    

10. Jeremy Lawyer – Sarcoxie, Mo. – 62-15 (15)

2018 FLW Tour Lake St. Clair Day 2: Chad Grigsby Cracks 50-01lbs!


Grigsby leading smashfest.
(Photo: FLW)
Chad Grigsby figured his only chance at making the Forrest Wood Cup was by winning at St. Clair. He’s halfway there, but he’s far from assured anything with the way the lake is fishing.
The Maple Grove, Minn., pro sacked up 24 pounds, 4 ounces to retain his lead at FLW Tour stop No. 7, which is presented by Mercury. That weight has him as the only pro to crack the 50-pound mark after two days (50-1, to be exact), but he only has a 4-ounce lead over Dylan Hays going into the weekend thanks to even more massive bags behind him.
Weights typically drop on day two, and one would certainly expect that after a day one featuring 39 limits of more than 20 pounds. Instead, the fishing got even better. A total of 50 20-pound bags crossed the weigh-in stage today (36 pro, 14 co-angler), with Hays cracking the derby’s biggest bag at 26 pounds, 7 ounces.
That said, Grigsby is pretty happy with how his tournament has gone so far.
“I’ve had to adjust every day, but I feel like I’ve managed to stay one step ahead of the fish so far,” says Grigsby. “If a bait isn’t working within 5 minutes I try something else. You just keep rotating until they tell you what they want.”
Like he did on day one, Grigsby made a key bait switch to something he hadn’t even thrown in practice – a smaller-profile, “super-finesse” bait – and immediately the bass told him he made the right choice, as he had all his weight by 10 a.m.
After that, he went looking to see if he could find any other areas near his on the southern section of Canadian waters, but was unable to really expand on his pattern or area. Fortunately, his area is pretty large, with a few sweet spots tucked in it.
“I have some waypoints in there that I follow,” Grigsby says. “One of them – I don’t know why – but I’m pretty much guaranteed a fish every time my boat is right on it.”