At the ripe young age of 3 or 4, my father took me on my first fishing trip. We went perch jerking in his old wooden, V bottom boat on the Lake of the Pines in East Texas. After returning home with a stringer of perch, dad told me it was time to clean the fish. It was then that I took off down the hall where my parents found me in the bathroom with a bar of soap in hand, scrubbing those little guys. I’ve been hooked on fishing ever since.
Wow! I never thought summer would ever end. Although not the hottest we have ever experienced, it was still quite unbearable at times. If we could just get some overdue rain, we would be in great shape. As the summer moves into fall, now is an opportune time to spend some quality time with your children. In today’s hectic, rat-race like lifestyles we have, it is important to make time for our kids and make quality out of the time.
As a professional angler, though not full time, I find it difficult to harm, kill or eat that which helps put food on the table. I can't tell you how long it has been since I put a bass to the knife that eventually ended up on my plate. It's been years. I just can't bring myself to destroy something that I earn part of my living on. But, lookout crappie, trout and white bass!
Preservation and conservation has been a tool of outdoorsmen and women for many years.
As an avid outdoorsman, my love for the adventures of fishing and hunting has come to me as a time-honored family tradition passed down through the years. My brothers and I were fortunate to have a father and grandfather that enjoyed spending time with us and passing on one of America's oldest, handed down traditions - fishing. We began our fishing at an early age in our life.
This subject is one that is close to my heart. Whenever I travel around the country or around Long Island, I am amazed by the plethora of beauty and wildlife.
Try to imagine the world without trees, flowers or birds. How would you describe that world to someone who has never seen it? Now try to envision a large lake without aquatic life or a stream without fish. Difficult isn't it? Well that could be the future for our children and great grandchildren if WE don't clean up our act right now.
If you’re a tournament angler, by now you’ve probably heard a lot about establishing a pattern when you’re on the water. On any given day, there can be one or more patterns that are going on and the anglers who can identify the most productive pattern can usually be found on top of the leader board at the end of the day.
When you think about multi-day tournaments or even one day events with multiple days of practice, it is important to identify more than one pattern. Why? So you have something to fall back on as conditions change, or as you burn through your fish. Think of it as learning your ABCs… only now it’s pattern “A”, pattern “B” and pattern “C”.
As most tournament anglers already know and what future tournament anglers will quickly learn. Sponsors are what can help make an angler a champion. Don’t get me wrong, having a sponsor is not going to make you an instantly better angler. They will however make it possible for you to compete in the extremely expensive world of professional bass fishing. Just don’t fall into a long term agreement that is going to greatly benefit your sponsor and only enable you to wear a cool looking patch on your shirt and have a few free lures in your box.
No one wants to be considered as a Klutz, Rookie, Beginner, Schmuck, or even termed a novice. When you go bass fishing and you want to be seen by your peers as a knowledgeable fisher person - read on- this article will help you to disguise yourself as a bass fishing professional.
Shoes- does not sound important. The shoes a person puts on their feet prior to entering a bass boat can be a big clue. Combat boots, hunting boots, any footwear that will hold dirt, sand, mud, and rocks in the soles is taboo. These parts of the earth that cling to the bottom of land footwear do amazing things in a boat. First if you step on the painted parts of a boat with these shoes you scratch the paint. If you step on the carpet some of the stuff comes off and when the boat accelerates the stuff gets in your eyes and smarts as it hits your skin. So, the kind of footwear to wear is usually deck shoes or tennis shoes.
There are several things you should know before you choose a bass fishing tournament partner. The individual should be one you can work with in harmony, sharing expenses, ideas, opinions, responsibility and knowledge openly and without either of you being offended.
The team that works together has a much greater chance for tounament success. Spend as much time as possible fishing together before you commit to each other. Eight plus hours in the same boat can be a long day and season if you are not a team that shares the responsibility for success and failure.
Many people would like to compete on the tournament trails, and would do very well, even win large sums of money. The first thing you have to ask yourself is, "do I have what it takes"? I will try to outline below some of the roadblocks and requirements to answer your questions.
Well to start with, you need angling know-how. A good understanding of the lifestyle and habitat of the fish you want to catch, including feeding and mating habits. Then, you have to think like a fish! These are just a few of the prerequisites you will need before "stepping up to the plate". I began fishing in London, England at the age of six on the banks of the river Thames. Ten years later, I was competing in local tournaments or matches against some of the best in the country. Using the oldest cliche' of all " I was hooked". By the age of twenty, I was fishing in championship competition in different lakes, rivers and streams, all over Europe.
Check out our review of the Nautic Start II - Lithium Reserve Power Source and Mini Jump Starter! We spent 6 weeks testing out the Nautic Start II and have to say, we're very impressed with the results. This is a must have for anyone for home use, car, boating and camping. This unit is small, compact & powerful.
We found these great little compact fly fishing boxes that can be used to make the perfect mini bass fishing lure kits. Compartments are all separated, so you don't have to worry about cross contamination. What's awesome is that you can set up a bunch of different kits (i.e. Grubs, Drop Shot, Finesse worm, etc.) and either bring them with you bank fishing, or, they make for easy access on your boat. Instead of having to walk back to your tackle compartment on your bass boat, you can keep one of these in your pocket and never have to take your foot off the trolling motor if you break off and need to tie on a new rig.
Here's a full review of the new Connect Scale and Bluetooth connected fishing app. You can manage and cull up to a 10 fish limit with the Connect Scale culling system. Not only does it weigh the fish, it will capture weight, photo, location, air temp automatically and allows you to enter other important details about each catch that can be stored and shared via Facebook and Twitter.
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If you’re looking to obtain and keep quality sponsors, the book “Get Paid to Fish” is a “must read”. It is packed with details that you better know if you are going to approach any company for sponsorship. Written by Bernie Barringer and Jim Kalkofen, whom both have over 20 years’ experience in fishing and outdoors activities, this book is the key to opening doors for those anglers who want to get paid to fish. It also offers some valuable insight not just from the writers, but from industry legends like Kevin Van Dam and Al Linder (to name a couple), detailing what it really takes to get a paycheck from a sponsor.
Freedom's Live Action Hybrid Jig's and Spinnerbait's enhance the action of any favourite plastic or swimbait giving them a life like appeal that fish have never seen before.
Overall Rating 8.00
Manufacturer: Freedom Lures
About Fredom Lures
Freedom Tackle Corp. is committed to providing anglers with cutting edge technology. We strive to improve the accuracy and efficency of anglers without restricting their freedom to customize. Think of our products as tools that enhance the systems you already fish with. We pride ourselves in each and every product we produce, which is why every product we sell is unique to the industry and truly one of kind.
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to fishing, I’m not shy about letting people know how I feel about the sport. I’ve got so many different bass fishing shirts, hats, hoodies and jackets I’m running out of space in my closest.
Recently we came across a company “Fishin Decals” who as their slogan states make “Awesome Decals for Avid Anglers”. They’re some of the most detailed images of game fish that I’d ever seen. The details on the largemouth and smallmouth bass are really spot on. These decals are designed to go on just about any flat surface, like cars, boats, kayaks, tackle boxes, mailboxes, etc. I got one of their largemouth and smallmouth bass decals (actual decals seen above). They look great on the window of my truck and my fishing buddies are asking where they can get some. They even have small decals that you can put on your fishing rods.
Products Reviewed: Baby Mega Ring Shad, Floating Series Finesse Craw, , Baby Hoo Daddy, Tube Worm, Ribbon Tale Floating Worm, Floating Lizard, Mega Ring Shad, and the Fat Tail Tube
They are high performance professional grade lures that can give you an edge in any tournament.
Overall Rating 9.42 (Based on the overall ratings of each Reviewer)
Keitech was established in 1996 by Kei Hayashi, one of the most successful tournament fishermen in Japan. Keitech offers Tournament Quality Fishing lures based on a “Wealth of Fishing knowledge & advanced production technology”. Their no-lead tungsten design limits the environmental impact while providing a technical advantage. Keitech lures feature biodegradable soft plastics, high density tungsten compounds, high end performance rubber compounds, and ultra fine silicone rubber. They offer high quality tungsten jig heads, jigs, soft plastics and special compound rubber skirts.
"The Blakemore Rock’N Runner takes chatterbait fishing to a whole new level."
Overall Rating: 9.3
Manufacturer: Blackmore Lures
Blakemore took the original Road Runner and spiced it up with a harder rockin' action that drives fish wild. This Rock'n Runner spinnerbait delivers a slow presentation, flash and vibration for the ultimate attraction to appeal to even the most finicky of fish. Cast it near structures, retrieve it slowly and hang on. The design begins with a wobble blade/spinner blade combination. Holographic eyes give it a realistic appearance. A Sampo swivel delivers smooth performance. It's all set on a Bleeding Bait Hook™ that triggers feeding fish for more than just a look. Tie line on at the snap.