Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Humminbird Lakemaster Ontario Map Card Features with Charles Sim

The Humminbird Lakemaster Ontario Map Card will be released in 2018. Learn from Bassmaster Classic Qualifier Charles Sim as he explains the features of using the Lakemaster maps and colour features to map out his fishing. Learn as he explains how to improve your fishing and boating.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Chris Johnston Wins the 2018 FLW Tour Harris Chain Tournament with 79-06lbs!

Gustafson finishes 2nd! 
by Curt Neidermier

Johnston with help from buddy Gustafson claims first win!
(Photo: FLW)
There might be no better rivalry in international sports than that of the U.S. versus Canada. And this week, we’ve seen two showdowns between the friendly border nations that ended in dramatic fashion. First, it was the U.S. women’s hockey team defeating Canada in an overtime gold-medal game that ended early Friday morning at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Sunday, it was Team Canada taking the first- and second-place spots at the end of a wild day of fishing that saw several lead changes at the FLW Tour event presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain.
When it was settled, Ontario’s Chris Johnston stood atop the podium for his first FLW Tour win with a four-day total of 79 pounds, 6 ounces. Johnston edged out his friend and countryman Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson by 2 pounds, 6 ounces.
“You couldn’t ask for anything better; two Canadians up here,” says Johnston. “We’re buddies. We’re going to go home happy and back to some snow and ice. It’s a vacation down here, coming to Florida, and for us to finish one and two, what more could you ask for?”

Sunday, February 25, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Harris Chain Day 3: Chris Johnston Claims Slim Lead with lbs!

Gustafson in 5th, 7 pound out of lead.
by Curt Neidermier

If it’s going to happen for Chris Johnston, it has to happen early. At least, that’s what his results on days two and three of the FLW Tour event presented by Lowrance at the Harris Chain suggest.
Chris Johnston' needs his "honey hole" to produce one more day.
(Photo: FLW)
On day two, the Ontario pro experienced a quick flurry of action right after takeoff that lasted until about 9:30 a.m. and produced most of his tournament-best 25-pound, 7-ounce stringer. Today, the action was similar. Johnston made his first cast just two minutes after takeoff and hammered away at fish after fish. Yet, the bite shut off earlier – at about 8:15.
Both days he parked on a key indentation along an edge in some offshore hydrilla, and he’s hoping there are enough fish left there to produce one more morning flurry to carry him through to the win. With 16-12 today, Johnston’s 62-pound three-day total leads second-place pro Tony Dumitras by only 14 ounces.
“Today the overall size was better on average,” Johnston says. “Yesterday I caught a lot more, but I did get a 5 and some other big ones [including an 8-6]. At 8:15 is when I started to expand on my area because it stopped. I thought I could expand, but I didn’t get a bite.”
Johnston’s key baits in the morning are a jerkbait and lipless crankbait. The fish are feeding on a shad spawn, and reaction baits have been the ticket in the low-light period. Both baits have produced big bites. The lipless duped the 8-6 bass yesterday.
“I’d like to throw a jerkbait the whole time where they’re chasing, but there’s only about a foot and a half [of water] over the grass,” Johnston says. “So I have to fish something that’ll come over the grass better. I caught my biggest one on a trap. Also, there are a lot of fish there. I can see them under the boat – white bass, bass and probably some gar. So I think the big ones are too lazy. An 8-pounder doesn’t want to come up through that and hit the jerkbait.”
Johnston says that after he left his starting spot he went nearly six hours before catching the next keeper that could help his limit. Along the way, he landed a few on a ChatterBait and broke off a good one on a bed. Eventually he had to audible to a secondary pattern he’s had his eye on all week, stemming back to when he lost a good fish in a fray of surface schooling activity on day one. Ever since, he’s been on the lookout for more breaking fish. Today he found it and was able to capitalize at 3 p.m. with just minutes left until check-in.
“There were quite a few fish in the area. I wish I’d had another 20 minutes,” he says.
Johnston plans to start on his honey hole once again in the morning and keep watchful for schoolers. With the bed-fishing bite heating up and others behind him in the standings working that program, he knows he’ll need to be prepared to pack up and regroup quickly if the morning flurry never comes.
“I’m nervous because if they aren’t there I’m going to hit the panic button really early. It’s been fast and furious the last two mornings, and I’m hopeful there’s one more morning there.”
Top 10 pros
1. Chris Johnston – Peterborough, Ont. – 62-0 (15)
2. Tony Dumitras – Winston, Ga. – 61-2 (15)
3. Glenn Browne – Ocala, Fla. – 58-15 (15)
4. Anthony Gagliardi – Prosperity, S.C. – 57-13 (15)
5. Jeff Gustafson – Keewatin, Ont. – 55-13 (15)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Harris Chain Day 2: Chris Johnston Grabs Leads with 45-04lbs!

Gustafson 16th, Richardson 37th, Cory Johnston 105th
by Curt Neidermier

It didn’t take long for Chris Johnston to get the action started during day two of the FLW Tour event presented by Lowrance on the Harris Chain this morning. Nor did it take long for him to rile up the weigh-in crowd. Johnston was one of the first to cross the stage, dropping more than 25 pounds in the weigh basket to take the lead with a two-day total of 45 pounds, 4 ounces.

Canadian Chris Johnston rockets to lead with 25lb limit.
(Photo: FLW)

Yesterday, Johnston went to Griffin in the morning and caught three of his five keepers there, then finished in Harris. With an early check-in time today, he figured he’d be better off avoiding lost time in the lock and staying in Harris, which is the lake where the field takes off from each morning. 
Smart decision.

“It started right off the bat this morning,” he says. “I went to the spot where I finished yesterday.”
Shortly after takeoff Johnston hooked a tiny bass – we’re talking 4 inches. As he was winding it in, the bass suddenly started fighting back and ducked under the boat. Johnston called for the net, just in case, and when his co-angler dipped the net into the lake he came back up with a 6-pounder. 
“The 6-pounder ate the small bass and the bait,” Johnston says. “They were both in the net, so that was crazy.”

Crazy, maybe, but definitely a good omen, as Johnston quickly landed a limit of bass.
His strategy was to park his Ranger on a 300-yard-long stretch of 12-foot-deep hydrilla packed with shad and pick it apart with a reaction bait.

“It’s definitely key to get them early in the hydrilla,” he says. “I think there’s a little bit of a shad spawn in the morning.

“I’m fishing a main-lake weed edge. There’s a little bit of an indentation in it, and there’s some wind blowing into it. I just hit the Spot-Lock [on the Minn Kota Ultrex] and sat there.”
Johnston caught about 30 bass without moving the boat. That was partly based on playing defense to keep other anglers off, and partly because he was dialed in on an isolated group of fish. He’s hoping this weekend he’ll be able to work up and down the edge more to try and locate more groups of fish. 
Most of his action came on one bait, which he declined to name, but he did make a big upgrade in the hydrilla at 9:30 with a key bait switch.

“That bite died, so I threw a ‘Trap in there and caught an 8-6.”

It was 10:30 until Johnston finally pulled the plug on his honey hole. He spent the rest of the day running some old water and hunting for a bonus kicker, which he got in the form of a 4-pounder that let him cull up to his final weight.

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 FLW Tour Harris Chain Day 1: Jamie Horton Leads with 24-13lbs!

Chris Johnston 12th, Gustafson 21st, Richardson 32nd, Cory Johnston 88th

Horton's 2 big bass pave way to lead.
(Photo: FLW)
They say you should make hay while the sun shines, and apparently the FLW Tour’s best pros already knew that. They steamed back to Florida’s Harris Chain for the second event of the season, which is presented by Lowrance, and enjoyed a sunny, breezy, all-around beautiful first day that resulted in 11 limits of more than 20 pounds. Their co-angler partners added four more 20-plus bags.

At the top of the heap is Alabama pro Jamie Horton, who weighed 24-13 to take the early lead over Florida’s Koby Kreiger. Kreiger, who was assessed a 2-pound penalty after he violated rule No. 9 by running the main motor while he was on the front deck, trails Horton by just 1 ounce.
Horton admits he didn’t really have a sound game plan coming into the day, but he had two patterns that he knew had the potential to produce limits of fish. Thankfully for Horton, he was able to put a few in the boat early to relieve some of the pressure caused by his uncertainty.

“I just caught a couple good ones this morning,” he says. “I tried to capitalize on the shad spawn, what little bit was going on.”

With what would eventually be his second-best kicker in the boat early, Horton switched his attention from shad eaters to spawners in an area where he’d found bedding fish in practice, but where he didn’t expect to see the quality he found during day one. Thankfully, the water had cleared a tad, allowing him a better visual approach, and he was able to slowly decipher what they were “sitting on.” From there he just chipped away at 24 pounds.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New Mercury Vessel View 703 Mointor with Peter Hart

Learn how to integrate your entire system with the new Mercury Vessel View 703 Monitor with Peter Hart of Mercury Marine Canada. Peter explains the whole system and how it can make the boater fine tune their motor to get the best performance.

Monday, February 19, 2018

New Diawa LT Series of Spinning Reels with Dave Chong

The Diawa LT series of spinning reels were designed lighter and stronger in a more compact package. The strength of the Zaion housing is an example of the LT design concept of Light but Tough. At the heart of the reel is a machined Aluminum Alloy DIGIGEAR designed for smoothness, strength and durability. The main shaft utilizes the Magseal, which prevents water and debris intrusion. The reel is long-casting and extremely smooth.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Spring and Boat Show Start Tomorrow!

Spring Fishing &Boat Show
CSFL - Mega Tank Schedule 

Big Jim
JP DeRose 
Paul Powis
Cory & Chris Johnston
Scott Martin

JP DeRose
Dave Mercer
Scott Martin
Bob Izumi
Italo Labignan 
Mike Miller

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Diawa LT Series of Spinning Reels with Dave Chong

The Diawa LT series of spinning reels were designed lighter and stronger in a more compact package. The strength of the Zaion housing is an example of the LT design concept of Light but Tough. At the heart of the reel is a machined Aluminum Alloy DIGIGEAR designed for smoothness, strength and durability. The main shaft utilizes the Magseal, which prevents water and debris intrusion. The reel is long-casting and extremely smooth.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Limited Edition MEGABASS Vision 110

Here's the new secret, limited edition Canadian only
MEGABASS Vision 110 in Northern Effect.
(detailed photo coming soon!)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Takahiro Omori Wins 2018 Bassmaster Elite Lake Martin with 59-08lbs!

Omori wins again on Martin. 
Tak wins with Lucky Craft crank bait of his own creation.
(Photo: BASS)
Before this week, it had been more than 15 years since Takahiro Omori fished a major professional bass tournament on Lake Martin.
But history — both recent and distant — says he should find ways to come back as often as he can.
Omori went into Sunday’s final round of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Martin presented by Econo Lodge with a 4-pound, 2-ounce lead. He managed a final-day catch of 14 pounds to claim the victory with a four-day total of 59-8.
It was Omori’s seventh career victory with B.A.S.S. and his second B.A.S.S. win in three years in the state of Alabama after a triumph on Wheeler Lake in 2016. He also won a FLW Tour event on Lake Martin in 2001.
“This time of year, I like to fish shallow — especially during the prespawn,” said Omori, who surpassed $2 million in B.A.S.S. career earnings with the $100,000 win. “Usually when we schedule a tournament for early February, it’s in Florida and the fish have already spawned. But schedule-wise, coming to this lake this time of year is very good for me.”

2018 Bassmaster Elite Lake Martin Day 3: Takahiro Omori Continues Lead with 32-11lbs!

Omori needs only one more day 
By Bryan Brasher

Crankbait and current key to Tak's dominance.
(Photo: BASS)
While fishing Saturday’s semifinal round of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Martin presented by Econo Lodge, Takahiro Omori caught a bass that had two crankbaits in its mouth.
One was a chartreuse colored bait that Omori had lost on an underwater tree branch Friday, and the other was the red bait he fished with most of the day Saturday.
In 287 events with B.A.S.S., Omori said he’s never had anything like that happen before. But it’s been a charmed tournament for the Japanese-born angler turned Texas resident.
Omori utilized one tiny spot on Lake Martin for the third straight day Saturday, landing a five-bass limit that weighed 12 pounds, 13 ounces. He’ll now lead the field into Championship Sunday with a three-day weight of 45-8 and a chance to claim his seventh career victory.
“That crankbait is just a once-in-a-lifetime story,” Omori said. “I think maybe what happened is that it got hung up and the fish ate it before. Then it ate the other bait today.
“Maybe that’s a sign that everything is going right.”
Omori has been traveling up the lake each day to a small nondescript spot that can’t be easily accessed. He has to trim his outboard up to get through some extremely shallow water and then use his Power-Pole shallow-water anchors to hold his boat in place while making continuous casts to an area about twice as wide as a bass boat.
So far, it’s been worth the trouble.
Omori landed 18-2 during Thursday’s first round and followed that with 14-9 Friday. He’s left with the fish still biting each day, and he’s hoping the spot has one more good day left in it.
“We won’t know until tomorrow,” he said. “I just plan to work on my tackle tonight, get a good night’s sleep and go right back there in the morning.”
His lead is anything but rock solid, with four anglers within about 6 pounds of the lead.
Rookie Roy Hawk caught five bass that weighed 12-10 Saturday and pushed his second-place total to 41-6. He said he might be even closer to the leader if it hadn’t been for one missed opportunity.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Bassmaster Elite Lake Martin Day 2: Takahiro Omori Leads with 32-11lbs!

Single spot soars Japanese angler into lead
By Bryan Brasher

Crankbait the key to Omari's lead.
(Photo: BASS)
Since the Bassmaster Tournament Trail hasn’t visited Lake Martin for a major event in more than 15 years, the belief coming into this week’s Bassmaster Elite at Lake Martin presented by Econo Lodge was that veteran local anglers with recent experience on the fishery had a chance to dominate.
But after two days, the top of the leaderboard includes a guy from Japan, a rookie from Arizona and a longtime pro from Washington State.
So much for local domination.
Takahiro Omori, a Japanese angler who now lives Texas, caught 14 pounds, 9 ounces and jumped from second place into the lead with a two-day weight of 32-11. He’s followed by newcomer Roy Hawk of Arizona (28-12), who is fishing his first-ever Elite Series event, and Washington angler Luke Clausen, who joined the Elite Series last year after a long and successful career on the FLW Tour.
Omori said most of his fish came early — and from one magical spot.
“I don’t want to tell anybody about that spot because I’ve got to go back tomorrow,” Omori said. “It’s a really good spot, but it’s about all I have.”
In the interest of saving fish for the final two days of the tournament, Omori left his best area well before lunchtime and went looking for something else similar.
“After I left that spot, I started practicing,” Omori said. “I tried to find another place to fish, and I couldn’t find it.
“I still have to be open-minded because this time of the year, anything can happen.”

Friday, February 9, 2018

Roland and Scott Martin Win 2018 Black Bass PanAmerican Championship on Lake Okeechobee Day!

Super slow speed anchors USA win.

Biggest limit and 7 pounder rockets Martins into lead.
(Photos: FLW)
Roland Martin wasn’t happy about fishing with the flu, but his fatigue literally enlightened him and his son Scott Martin to a key detail that sparked an impressive come-from-behind victory with a two-day weight of 15.51 kg (34 pounds, 3 ounces) at the inaugural PanAm Black Bass Championship at Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort on Lake Okeechobee.
After placing 10th on day one with a disappointing limit of 4.99 kg (11 pounds), the father/son duo roared back with a day-two limit of 10.52 kg (23-3) – the tournament’s biggest catch, which included a 7-pound, 3-ounce kicker that won the Big Bass trophy. The key, Roland says, was speed.
“You have to learn to be humble; we don’t always catch fish, and yesterday [Wednesday] was a good example,” says the nine-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year. “But we figured something out, and one of the main reasons we caught fish today was that I was extremely sick with the flu and I sat on the ice chest. I’d occasionally cast and reel it very slowly and hardly do anything. But the big fish liked that.”
After fishing the Monkey Box on the lake’s west side on day one, the Martins ran south to Kreamer Island on day two, but found the area uncooperative. With only two pound-and-a-half fish by 10 a.m., they returned to the Monkey Box area, fished the reeds and experienced a furious rally that transformed a dismal day into pure fireworks.
“We got into this one spot and, in one hour, we caught all those big fish,” Roland says.
Team Canada
Scott says their day-two productivity came from an area he had never fished until the FLW Tour event two weeks ago. With the spawn in full swing, the week’s warming trend triggered a shallow move, but these moody and sensitive fish require stealthy and strategic approach. Scott says he enjoyed promising practice results, but the Big O is known for its day-to-day changes.


2018 Bassmaster Elite Lake Martin Day 1: Cliff Prince Scores Lead with 19-13lbs!

Two big bass score lead
By Bryan Brasher

Prince's two big largemouth secures lead.
Photo: BASS
Conventional wisdom says one big bass per day will give you a good shot at winning a tournament on Lake Martin.
So, when Florida angler Cliff Prince caught a pair of giants on back-to-back casts Thursday, he needed a quick breather to collect himself.
One weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, the other weighed 6-3, and they propelled Prince to a leading first-day weight of 19-13 in the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Martin presented by Econo Lodge.
“Back-to-back casts — it was unbelievable,” Prince said. “I had to sit down for a minute because I definitely wasn’t expecting it.”
Like many of the competitors in this week’s 110-angler field, Prince has very little experience on Lake Martin — and the three official practice days prior to the tournament weren’t exactly kind to him.
But before 9 a.m. Thursday, he idled past a spot that he recognized as a potential big-fish haven.
“I didn’t fish that spot in practice,” said Prince, who was tightlipped about exactly where and how he caught his fish. “But I knew I had gotten bit on another stretch like that. I figured if I caught a big one, it would be down that stretch — and I caught two.”
Unlike Prince, who has fished just 85 tournaments with B.A.S.S. — and none on Lake Martin — the two anglers just behind him in the standings have extensive experience on the fishery.
Takahiro Omori, a Japanese angler who now resides in Texas, earned checks in Bassmaster Invitationals held on Martin in 2001 and 2002. He also won an FLW Tour event on Martin in 2001, earning a $100,000 first-place prize.
Omori caught 18-2 Thursday to land in second place.
“I never even pre-fished this time, so it’s been at least 15 years since I was here,” Omori said. “I didn’t fish any of the same stuff from back then.”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 Black Bass PanAmerican Championship on Lake Okeechobee Day 1: Dudley & Schlarb Lead with 16-12lbs!

1. USA – David Dudley and Mark Schlarb – 7.59 kg (16-12)
2. Canada – Rob Lee and Dave Chong – 7.48 kg (16-8)
3. Canada – Spiro Agouros and Fern Campeau – 6.81 kg (15-00)
4. USA – John Cox and Keith Carson – 6.8 kg (15-00)
5. Canada – Cole Bailey and Bruce Leeson – 6.5 kg (14-5)
6. Canada – Hughes Brian and Anais Chaves – 6.13 kg (13-8)
7. Canada – Bob Izumi and Darren Izumi – 5.87 kg (12-15)
8. Mexico – Jorge Bruster and Luis Flores – 5.44 kg (12-00)
9. USA – Alan Boyd and Kyle Alsop – 5.26 kg (11-10)
10. USA – Scott Martin and Roland Martin – 4.99 kg (11-00)
11. Costa Rica – Ronny Villalobos and Maricio Monge – 4.97 kg (11-00)
12. Costa Rica – Carlos Cabero and Henry Marin – 4.87 kg (10-12)
13. Mexico – Victor Concha Jr. and Gerardo Ibarra – 4.75 kg (10-8)
14. Mexico – Richie Gonzalez and Arturo Saldana – 4.72 kg (10-7)
15. Canada – Joey Ford and Shawn McCaul – 4.65 kg (10-4)
16. Canada – Dave Bairstow and Matt Hubble – 4.34 kg (9-9)
17. Canada – Phil Hegarty and Stephen Hegarty – 4.22 kg (9-5)
18. Mexico – Gabriel Torres and Eduardo Yoshii – 3.9 kg (8-10)
19. Mexico – Alex Salinas and Fernando Salinas – 3.67 kg (8-1)
20. Mexico – Tomas Santos and Cruz Alejando Salinas – 2.95 kg (6-8)
21. USA – Shirley Crain and Michelle Jalaba – 2.84 kg (6-4)
22. Costa Rica – Jonnathan Arroyo and Vincente Naranjo – 0.94 kg (2-1)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New Mercury EFI 4 Stroke Engines with Peter Hart

The new Mercury EFI 4 Stroke engines have the best technology of the 4 stroke and the dependability of the EFI motors. Learn all the new features of these motors from Peter Hart of Mercury Marine Canada.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Bobby Lane Wins 2018 Bass Pro Shop Eastern Open on Lake Toho with 60lbs!

Wire to wire win for Lane.

Bobby becomes first qualifier for Classic 19.
(Photo: BASS)
Mobility and versatility were the keys ingredients for Lakeland, Fla., pro Bobby Lane who completed the wire-to-wire win at the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open at Big Lake Toho Marina with a three-day total of 60 pounds.
After buoying his performance with a massive Thursday limit of 31 pounds, 7 ounces, Lane entered Friday with a 10 1/2-pound lead. Adding 10-9 pushed him to 42 even, with a 12-pound lead going into the final round. Saturday saw Lane slam the door shut by nabbing his third limit, this one totaling 18 pounds and leaving him with a 12-5 winning margin.
“From start to finish, this has been amazing,” said Lane, who notched his first win since winning a 2009 Elite Series event on Kentucky Lake. “It was my time to catch a big sack. I’ve been so close before.

Friday, February 2, 2018

FX 21 LE Skeeter Bass Boat Walk Through with Dave Chong

Come check out one of the hottest bass boat on the market. Dave Chong, Yamaha and Skeeter Pro gives us a walk through of the new 2018 FX 21 LE Skeeter Boat. The new Limited Edition FX21 LE boasts a bold attitude with custom colors unique only to the limited edition line. These limited edition models come fully loaded with Lowrance ® HDS 12 Carbon electronics on the dash and Lowrance ® HDS 9 Carbon on bow, Two (2) 8' Blade Power-Pole ® color matched to your boat, Minnkota ® Fortrex 112 trolling motor and storage lighting in all boxes. As unique and individual as you are, set yourself apart from the competition with a Limited Edition FX and leave your competition in your wake.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bass Cast Boats Partners with Renegade Bass Tour for 2018

All Renegade Bass events will be Bass Cat Quest eligible.

Bass Cat Boats, the premier manufacturer of high performance, tournament-ready fiberglass bass boats, has entered a multi-year partnership with Canada’s Renegade Bass Tour starting in the 2018 season. This will allow the company to expand their international footprint among Canada’s most serious bass anglers, much as it has done around the globe in recent years, in countries including Japan and Australia. 
 “Bass Cat is thrilled to work with Renegade Bass in the Canadian market,” said Kevin Short, International Sales Director and a much decorated veteran of the US pro circuits. “After fishing their events, I can say that RBT has developed the best tournament platform in Canada. From the Tour events to the 150 HP Opens to major international events like the Thousand Islands Open, no one has a better product and more exposure in this market than Renegade Bass Tour.”
 Bass Cat President, Rick Pierce added, “We are extremely pleased to join RBT as a partner. Over the last several years we have watched their activity from the states through broadcasting on WFN and their following is growing. We look forward to a long relationship and with the efforts of Kevin and those in Canada, like JP DeRose, we will continue to grow our International presence.”
 That exposure comes via not only the country’s most serious bass anglers, but also through multiple media channels. Over the past three years, Renegade has bolstered not only their tournament offerings, but also their angler education programs. Each year since 2015, they’ve increased their television programming, first on the World Fishing Network, and now adding on Waypoint TV as well. RBT tournament weigh-ins are livestreamed on Facebook as well as on the organization’s website.