Friday, May 31, 2024

Humminbird Honoured

Humminbird Receives “Large Industry of the Decade Award” By The Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce 

Humminbird, the pioneer in fish finder technology, has received the “Large Industry of the Decade Award” By The Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce for their rich history of operating in the State of Alabama. Founded in 1971, Humminbird was acquired by Johnson Outdoors in 2004 and has continued to lead the industry with cutting-edge products that cater to anglers of all levels. This award underscores Humminbird's commitment to innovation and quality, solidifying its position as a leader in the field.

At the Chamber of Commerce Centennial Director’s Reception in late April, several member organizations and individuals in the industry of the year, industry of the decade, small business, and employee categories were presented with awards of excellence. Eufaula’s Johnson Outdoors - Humminbird Marine Electronics division received the award that was accepted by General Manager Craig Packard.

“Humminbird and Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics have long been innovators and leaders in the fish finder industry. They are truly ‘Made in Alabama’ and deserve our sincerest community appreciation,” said Clayton. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, we extend our congratulations and best wishes to Craig and his amazing team at Humminbird.

Added Jeff Kolodzinski, Brand Manager - Fishing. “Receiving the Large Industry of the Decade Award is an incredible honor for us at Humminbird. Our commitment to innovation and quality has always been at the forefront of what we do, and this recognition by the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team. We are proud to be a part of the Eufaula community and look forward to continuing to contribute to its growth and success.”

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Guide to Choosing Batteries for Trolling Motors


Choosing the best batteries to power your trolling motor and other marine accessories can be one of the most daunting experiences in boating. With so many options available it can be easy to end up confused by manufacturer recommendations, specifications, and what really matters in battery selection.

In this article, we’ll outline how to select the best trolling motor batteries for your boat in easy-to-understand terms so you can get out on the water with confidence.
Some of the topics we cover are:
  • Trolling Motor Battery Types (Lead-Acid, AGM & Lithium)
  • Deep Cycle Marine Batteries
  • Dual Purpose Marine Batteries for Trolling Motors
  • What is Group Size?
  • What is Amp-Hour Rating and why does it matter?
  • Cranking Amp Ratings Explained
  • Tips for Trolling Motor Battery Selection

Monday, May 27, 2024

Nishine Lure Works DS drop shot hook

 The new Nishine Lure Works DS drop shot hook is really something new. This new style of hook ensures baits run straight and swim naturally. You do have to use a specific knot but don't worry, it's easy to tie. Come along and learn all about the new Nishine Lure Works DS Drop Shot Hook.

Expertly crafted with precision and innovation, the Nishine Lure Works DS Hook Drop Shot Hooks rely on a specialized construction that is enhanced for the Drop Shot technique. Unique from other drop shot hooks on the market, these feature a modified 90-degree bend that is purpose-built to be a platform for the Snell Knot with an elongated tag end. The Snell Knot and modified bend work in tandem to hold your favorite finesse plastic in a perfectly horizontal position to tempt the most lethargic fish into biting. In addition to their innovative bends, the Nishine Lure Works DS Hook Drop Shot Hooks also feature extended shanks that are longer that most traditional drop shot hooks. These longer shanks enable anglers to use slightly bigger finesse baits while simultaneously optimizing hook up ratios thanks to the wider gaps that hook fish deeper in the lip rather than the teeth. An exciting improvement to the productive Drop Shot rig, the Nishine Lure Works DS Hook Drop Shot Hooks will help you put more fish in the boat when the conditions are challenging.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Lee frogs to second Heavy Hitters title, VanDam closes career with $100,000 big bass

For the second time in his career, Jordan Lee hoisted a Heavy Hitters champion trophy belt. Photo by Phoenix Moore

By Mitchell Forde

MLF Press Release

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The first time Jordan Lee ever tasted tournament victory, competing on Lake Guntersville at age 17, he earned the win throwing a topwater frog. Ever since, he’s continued to hone his skills with his favorite technique, waiting for an opportunity to show them on the national stage.

When he finally got the chance at General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Lee made sure to take advantage. 

Lee caught each of his seven scorable bass during Thursday’s Championship Round and nearly all his weight throughout the event walking a Berkley Swamp Lord over matted hydrilla on Lake Toho. His 27-pound, 14-ounce final-day total proved just enough to clinch a second Heavy Hitters championship belt.

“It doesn’t get any better,” Lee said. “It literally does not. I won my first tournament ever when I was 17 throwing a frog in stuff like that, and you don’t get the chance in any tournament, really, to throw it over grass like this.”


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

“No Information Rule” to include current BASS Open EQ anglers!

 To find out more on the matter, listen to Bill Lowen on Chirs Zaldain’s podcast. 

By Luigi De Rose

B.A.S.S. has now broadened their “no information rule” to include current BASS Open EQ anglers. Several BASS Elite anglers have voiced their disapproval that the 9 BASS EQ qualifiers for the 2024 Elites had opportunities to seek out experts and collect information prior to them qualifying for the Elite. BASS Open anglers were not under the same restrictions as Elite anglers regarding the “no information” rule.  The main thorn was that many of the 2023 BASS Open EQ who were well ranked in the points openly recruited information once the 2024 BASS Elite season was announced. They felt that their qualification for the Elite was a sure thing and began pre-fishing many of the venues of the 2024 Elite season. 

Several veteran Elite anglers have notified BASS and have been burned up social media and podcasts voicing their displeasure. Well their concerns have reached BASS and the rule has been changed.  BASS notified all 2024 Elite and Open anglers via text message late last week of the rule change but no official statement has been released.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Daiwa's New Lexa HD 500

Musky reel ideal for big swimbaits, Alabama Rigs and glide baits

Introducing the Daiwa Lexa HD 500, a reel that combines power, precision, and durability for the ultimate angling experience. Crafted with an aluminum frame and side cover, this reel is built to withstand the toughest conditions while remaining lightweight for comfortable handling. With a maximum drag of 30lbs, it's ready to tackle even the most formidable opponents.


The Magforce cast control system ensures smooth and precise casting, making it ideal for various fishing techniques. Its stainless drive gear guarantees long-lasting performance, even when battling hard-fighting fish. The Daiwa Lexa HD 500 is equipped with the Ultimate Tournament Drag (UTD) system, providing consistent and smooth drag pressure for maximum control.

With a 120mm swept handle, you'll have a secure grip and precise handling, allowing you to conquer the most challenging fishing scenarios. This reel can hold an impressive 250 yards of 65-pound braid, making it perfect for landing those trophy-sized fish. Whether you're targeting giants or enjoying a day on the water, the Daiwa Lexa HD 500 is your trusted partner in the pursuit of angling excellence. Elevate your fishing game with this reel that combines strength, control, versatility, and a capacity to handle the big ones.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Patrick Walters wins the 2024 Minn Kota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Murray with 93 pounds, 15 ounces.

 Walters wins in dominating fashion at Lake Murray

Wire to wire win for Walters who sacks massive 26lb limit on final day. 
(Photo: BASS/Andy Crawford)

By David A. Brown

BASS Press Release

PROSPERITY, S.C. — Despite the gloomy weather, Monday brought bright prospects for Patrick Walters, who leveraged the opportunity to inflict a straight-up South Carolina smackdown en route to notching a wire-to-wire victory in the Minn Kota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Murray.

Following Thursday’s storms, which postponed the event’s scheduled start to Friday, a mostly cloudy Day 1 saw Walters catch 25 pounds, 8 ounces and establish a lead of 3-3. Adding a second-round limit of 19-13 kept Walters on top and expanded his margin to 4-15. With 21-14 on Day 3, Walters carried a margin of 8-4 into the final round.

Saving the best for last, he rocked Championship Monday with 26-12 — the Rapala CrushCity Monster Bag of the Tournament worth a $2,000 bonus — and tallied an incredible four-day total of 93-15. Besting Missouri pro Cody Huff by 12-11, Walters won his third blue trophy and the $102,000 top prize. He also has two career wins in the St. Croix Bassmaster Opens presented by SEVIIN.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

2024 Minn Kota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Murray Day 3: Patrick Walters Takes 9lb Lead into Final Day!

Canadians Chris Johnston 23rd, Cory Johnston 24th & Gustafson 44th. 

By David A. Brown

BASS Press Release

PROSPERITY, S.C. — The thrill of a blistering start more than offset any frustrations of a long dry spell, as Patrick Walters held on to his lead for a third day in the Minn Kota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Murray.

Day 1 saw the two-time Elite Series champion from Eutawville, S.C., launch what has thus far been a dominant performance with the tournament’s heaviest bag — 25-8. That opening pace-setter gave Walters a 3-3 lead.

Adding a second-round limit of 19-13 kept him in the top spot and expanded his margin to 4-15. Then with 21-14 on Semifinal Sunday, Walters pushed his three-day total to 67-3 and now heads into Championship Monday with a margin of 8-4 over rookie JT Thompkins. (Severe weather postponed the event’s scheduled start by one day).

“I had most of my weight by 8:30,” Walters said. “It doesn’t matter when you get ’em or how you get ’em, as long as you get ’em in the boat.”

Since Day 1, Walters has done the majority of his damage by targeting the early-morning blueback herring spawn. Bass feed aggressively when these large baitfish become distracted with reproduction, so he has been mimicking the profile and motion of this food source with topwater baits and soft-plastic jerkbaits.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

2024 Minn Kota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Murray Day 2: Patrick Walters Remains in the Lead!

Canadians Cory Johnston 11th, Chris Johnston 17th, Gustafson 41st & Gallant 55th

By David A. Brown

BASS Press Release

PROSPERITY, S.C. — Patrick Walters admitted he missed his goal by a few ounces, but you wouldn’t know it from the Day 2 standings.
After turning in an opening-round limit of 25 pounds, 8 ounces — the tournament’s heaviest bag — the pro from Eutawville, S.C., added 19-13. Tallying 45-5, Walters leads rookie J.T. Thompkins by 4-15, as the Top 50 anglers head into Semifinal Sunday of the Minn Kota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Murray. (severe weather postponed the event’s scheduled start by one day).

“I knew it was going to be a slower day,” Walters said of the day’s calm, sunny conditions, which contrasted Friday’s cloudy, windy makeup. “The goal was to just survive and get 20 pounds, but I was just a few ounces shy of that.
“The sunny skies don’t bother me, but it means the bite is probably going to end quicker. At 9:30, it shut off for me and I felt like it did for the whole lake.”
At the day’s beginning, Walters knew he was facing a do-or-die scenario. With no time to dally, he went to work on the blueback herring spawn.

2024 Minn Kota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Murray Day 1: Patrick Walters Smashes 25lbs and Lead!

Canadians Gustafson 26th, Chris Johnston 39th, Gallant 43rd Cory Johnston 60th. 

By David A. Brown

BASS Press Release

PROSPERITY, S.C. — With more than 48,000 acres, Lake Murray has plenty of places to find a bite. Dialing in the better ones is a process of elimination that favored home-state pro Patrick Walters.
Sacking up a limit of 25 pounds, 8 ounces, the pro from Eutawville, S.C., leads Day 1 of the Minn Kota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Murray.

Exemplifying the importance of multiple options, the two-time Elite Series champion leveraged the morning blueback herring spawn, but also found consistent action throughout the day.

“It’s important to have (a diverse game plan) because you can start on the wrong spot,” Walters said. “You need options because you can run around little bit and make a couple of decisions.”

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Elite: Day 1 postponed at Lake Murray

Due to the forecasted severe weather throughout Thursday, B.A.S.S. has elected to postpone Day 1 of the Minn Kota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Murray.


Monday, May 6, 2024

Josh Butler wins the 2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Logan Martin Lake presented by SEVIIN with 49 pounds.

By David A. Brown,
BASS Press Release

LINCOLN, Ala. — Josh Butler played the long game and, despite some midpoint frustrations, he executed that strategy to near perfection.
Committing to his plan, the Hayden, Ala., pro claimed a wire-to-wire victory with a three-day total of 49 pounds in the St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Logan Martin Lake.
“The Lord just blessed me,” Butler said. “When it’s your time, it’s your time.”
Butler, who recently left another trail to pursue Bassmaster Elite Series qualification and earn a berth in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Classic presented by Jockey Outdoors checked the latter box and moved closer to the former with this week’s performance.
Taking the top spot with a Day 1 limit of 19-7 — the event’s heaviest bag — Butler anchored that catch with a massive largemouth that went 7-13.
“That was a game-changer,” Butler said. “That fish was probably the reason I won.”

Friday, May 3, 2024

2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Logan Martin Lake presented by SEVIIN Day 1: Josh Butler Scores Lead!

Big bag moves Butler into Day 1 lead

Josh Butler takes the Day 1 lead at the 2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Logan Martin Lake presented by SEVIIN with 19 pounds, 7 ounces. (Photo: Crawford/BASS)

By David A. Brown

BASS Press Release

On a day when quality was hard to come by, Josh Butler’s early bonus quickly put him on course to sacking up a five-bass limit of 19 pounds, 7 ounces and leading Day 1 of the St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Logan Martin Lake presented by SEVIIN.

Anchoring his bag with an absolute Coosa River tank that went 7-13, the pro from Hayden, Ala., heads into Day 2 with a lead of 3-9 over Georgia pro Emil Wagner.

“That’s the biggest one, by far, that I’ve ever caught here,” Butler said of his kicker. “I’ve caught fives and sixes, but never one nearly that big. The Lord blessed me today.”

Capitalizing on the seasonal day-maker known as the shad spawn, Butler started his day with a couple of small keepers. Adding one around 2 1/2, his big fish was No. 4.

Butler said he hit a few different areas for his shad spawn bites and caught all of those early fish on a spinnerbait with a particular design the fish clearly found appealing.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

DAIWA: The Tiniest of TATULA's

DAIWA adds a second Bait Finesse baitcaster – new TATULA BF70 – to its expanding collection.


Rather suddenly, “Downsizing” and “fishing small” have new meaning, particularly in the global world of bass fishing. “Bait Finesse” is the latest rage in the pursuit of largemouth and smallmouth bass. And, to no surprise, DAIWA is on the forefront tendering two new reels specific to these micro-fishing techniques: the recently unveiled PX BF70 and now its sister baitcaster, the TATULA BF70

The baseline for Bait Finesse (BF) is presenting smaller, more natural baits with the same authority achieved via their larger counterparts. To do so requires the downsizing of gear without sacrificing performance. And that necessitates specialized baitcasting gear.

DAIWA Marketing Manager calls BF “ninja fishing,” the technique employed by bright-minded “bank beaters” who ply small lakes, ponds, streams, and canals. It’s about traveling light with technical and tactical gear to target often pressured fish in tight confines. 

Casts are short, fired with GPS-guided missile accuracy. Adding to the challenge is the lightness of the lures. We’re talking one- and two-inch crankbaits, hair jigs, inline spinners, lightly weighted plastics and the like.

To achieve this level of control, DAIWA injected exceptional technologies into a fantastically lightweight, palmable baitcasting reel. Mills said DAIWA eliminated as much weight as possible while maintaining outstanding performance.