What’s Next…

So, I just committed to being a captain for the kid’s club tourney this Saturday on the Harris Chain of Lakes… Work has been crazy, so I’m really looking forward to getting the boat out and fishing a bit with the kids. Plus, we have our regular club tourney the following weekend on the Harris Chain, so hopefully the kids will figure out some patterns that I may be able to use the following weekend.

That being said, there’s probably more than a few product write-ups (Reviews) that I need to do. Mainly regarding 13 Fishing rods (Club sponsor) and the Daiwa Tatula line of baitcasting reels.

I’ve become a big fan of 13 Fishing rods ever since I won one in a charity tournament. The one I won is probably my favorite rod. I’ve been meaning to purchase more of them, but have only managed to purchase one additional one – so there are two in my current arsenal.

The one I recently purchased was out of this line: http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/13_Fishing_Envy_Black_Casting_Rods/descpage-FEBC.html. TW had it on sale during December, and my frogging rod has seen better days, so I bought a 13 Fishing Envy Black Casting Rod 7’3″ Heavy with extra fast tip. It is a great frogging rod, but more so if you are fishing from a casting deck on a boat. If you’re throwing hollow bodied frogs from the shore, I’d recommend the 7’1 version. I’ve noticed that when fishing from the shore, the 2 extra inches is a bit too much in some cases. The rod itself is fantastic. Great quality and very light. Great sensitivity as well…

I’ve been on a Diawa Tatula kick ever since buying my first one a year or two back. I now have 4 or 5 different versions, including the Zillion version (Daiwa Zillion TWS Casting Reel 100XXSL) that I got on sale. All of them are tremendous reels for the money. I was a hardcore Shimano guy before I got on the Tatula kick, but since I can get basic high-speed lefty Tatulas online for around $110 a pop (Amazon, shipped to my door), I’ve not really looked back. Phenomenal product at that price-point. Every bit as good as my more expensive, Shimano reels that I’ve obtained over the years.

I’ll try to do more in-depth reviews of the above at some point, with pics. Stay tuned…

So, in closing, if you know of any hot patterns on the Harris Chain right now, feel free to message me or comment!

I’m shameless, I know…

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First Bay Area Bassmasters Tourney of 2017 is in the Books…

We recently fished our first tournament of the year with our club, Bay Area Bassmasters. Our club is now officially ginormous, as we fielded 47 teams/boats on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes.

It was the first regular season tournament fishing out of our new rig, a 2011 BassCat Puma. The boat is great, but we weren’t so great in it that day! We lost more than a few fish, as we probably had 10~15 bites with at least 6~7 of those being keeper fish. Out of those potential keepers, we only managed to boat three of them! It was actually fun because we were getting bites, just frustrating that we weren’t capitalizing on those bites by getting them into the boat’s live-well . I know we lost one that was a solid fish that looked to be approaching 3 pounds. Landing that one would have bumped us up quite a bit in the standings! It was a weird day for us…

We finished 35th out of 47 boats (Link to results).

We got the majority of the bites on a club sponsor’s bait that I had won in the club raffle during the club meeting earlier that week. The sponsor, MirrOlure is a new one for our club in 2017. The bait was the Lil-John XL, june-bug colored. It is an interesting bait that looks like a fluke at first glance. I rigged it weightless as we were fishing over and in-between topped out milfoil / eel-grass clumps in a cove. The water was the clearest we’d found in the chain that day, and the depth was between 5-7′. The bait has a great twitching action that is like walking the dog under water or on top. Got some vicious strikes coming off the edges of topped out grass clumps with the bait still on top. It’s a great bait with a unique action. I’ll definitely pick up some more in my usual colors. You can also rig it with jig heads, but we’ve not tried that yet. Looking forward to giving that a shot at some point.

So, we’re not off to a fantastic start, but the Harris Chain of Lakes is our next tournament on the schedule, and we’ve done well in the past there. I’m hopeful about the next one!

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Bass Clubs are Dying? Not Bay Area Bassmasters…

So I read this article in December of 2016 and it bothered me: http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/recreation/fishing/below-the-waterline-time-is-now-to-revive-bass-and/article_4b90f0e3-f0ce-5e58-84bf-192cd7ee739c.html

The author, Terry Brown, is President of Wired2Fish.com, an industry leading, daily website and social media fishing centered community that provides information on products, industry newsmakers and fishing techniques.

It bothered me so much that I tried to find a way to contact the author – basically to tell him that if what he wrote did indeed represent a general negative trend for bass clubs across the country, that our club, http://www.bayareabassmasters.com is an outlier!

Bay Area Bassmasters just had its first club meeting and tournament of 2017. We were big before, but now we are just plain huge! We are a team format club that now has upwards of 50 teams in the club. We have increased in size every year I’ve been involved, and most of the years preceding our team’s involvement with the club. If bass fishing clubs across the U.S.A. are in as dire of straits as Terry’s article seem to imply, then Bay Area is bucking that trend in a big way, as we’ve been the largest B.A.S.S. Team Format club in the country for many years now, with no end in sight. We fielded 47 boats in our first tournament of the year!

This is the first bass fishing club I’ve ever been a part of,  and now it’s like an extended family to us. It is comprised of a group of extraordinary guys and gals, who were nothing but supportive and generous to Brian and I last year when we experienced a series of unfortunate events, leaving us boatless near the beginning of the 2016 season. The members of Bay Area stepped up, loaning us boats time and time again to make us able to finish out the season – E.g. it took forever insurance to figure out that the boat was a total loss, and therefore settle the claim. It also took us a long time to find a quality tournament rig to replace the Nitro. We found that replacement boat just before our end of the year classic on Lake Okeechobee (I bought it the day before). It was a crazy year, and they were crazy supportive of us!

Anyhow, I would invite the Author to come down and check out our club. It is well run. The rules are crafted in such a way as to minimize conflict during meetings. We have great sponsors, and we give back to the local community, donating thousands of dollars a year to one of our local hospice orgs, Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care, as well as donating material and time (sponsoring) a spectacularly successful youth bass club, Tampa Bay Junior Bass Club. For instance, the youth club currently has a waiting list of kids wanting in – as we get more volunteer boaters/captains, more kids on the waiting list get in…

If anyone out there knows how to get in touch with the author, Mr. Terry Brown, I’d love to have him come check out our club as a case study example of a good club that is certainly bucking the negative trend he has described in his article.

#bayareabassmasters #BABtillidie   ;^)

 

 

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Bass Nomad’s favorite moment: Rick, River and Skeet — Bass Nomad Online

Our friends at Bassmaster.com were gracious enough to include us recently in their “My favorite moment” series. The 2016 Elite Series season was memorable in many ways, but nothing was as powerful to us as that afternoon in Palatka, Florida where Rick Clunn and his son River shared one of the greatest moments we’ve ever […]

via Bass Nomad’s favorite moment: Rick, River and Skeet — Bass Nomad Online

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Bobby Lane Cup…

I had a good time captaining in the Bobby Lane Cup a few Saturdays back. I think my anglers had a good time as well.

The weather was nice, but the fishing was tough. Most of their bites came from deep within mats. They finished 33rd out of well over 100 teams. I think that’s a pretty respectable result.

Here are some random pics and a video for you to enjoy…

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Hooked up with a Big One Today!

Too big to get into the boat, so I had to let it go near the ramp… It was at least 16 feet long!

Hehe… These nice folks had their starter rope break on them. Gave them a tow back to the ramp. They got a new pull start rope and we’re back out within an hour or so. 

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2016… What a Train Wreck!

It hasn’t been a great year for me personally, nor ‘us’ as a team. As a result, I’ve done absolutely nothing with the blog…img_0764

The negative events of this year went something like this:

  1. Death of my Father
  2. Death of my Father-in-Law over seas
  3. Our near-death experience with an escaped Bull on a back country highway in the middle of the night
    1. Totaled the truck and boat, but we both walked away from it
  4. Death of my Uncle
  5. Got notified I’d be laid off at the end of the year
    1. Had two offers internally within a week, though.

The positives:

  1. People are awesome! Bay Area Bassmasters is chock full of said ‘awesome’ people!
    1. The guys in our club really overwhelmed us with kindness, loaning us boats and offering help so we could fish the rest of the season. Can’t thank them enough!
  2. We’re still alive, got a better boat, replaced the truck, got a better job.

All that said, you can’t replace family members, and we lost more than our share this year. It really hurt.

I’ll probably elaborate on these events in future posts. I have a lot of pics and things to post. I’m hoping I’ll be able to squeeze them in during the holiday season.

I’ll be captaining for some kids tournaments over the next few weekends on Lake Kissimmee in my new-to-me Bass Cat Puma. I’m looking forward to it.

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