Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tackle Update: Trokar's Newest Hooks

Now that the 2011 ICAST is officially wrapped up, I'm very excited to announce Lazer Trokar's new release of some pretty bad ass hooks!

Everyone has been asking and anticipating for them to jump into the treble hook market. Obviously Trokar wasn't about to rush perfection and instead waited until they knew they had the best trebles in the game. Introducing the new Lazer Trokar Round Bend Treble and Extra Wide Gap Treble. Both hooks are short shank and are offered in sizes 2, 4, 5 and 6. Size 5 is a very unusual number for trebles but let me let you in on something, when so many high level bass pros demand it, go out and buy it!

The Round Bend is ideal for your smaller finesse and balsa style baits where the Extra Wide Gap is ideal for all your heavy cranking needs.

These hooks live up to all their hype!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Denny's Super 30

Lake Minnetonka, Wayzata, MN

I guess it's fair to say that summer is finally here. With temps in the 100's and humidity levels soaring over 90, these hot conditions are shaking things up on my favorite body of water, good ole Tonka.

Bass have been moving and if you're able to stay with them they're balling up in big schools. All of practice I spent finding these schools and honestly they can be found in all levels of the water column from dirt shallow to as deep as you fell comfortable fishing.

Ryan Brant and I had a pretty good practice and was very enthusiastic to get the deal done come Monday. We started out early when Ryan busted a 4 pounder right out of the gates and I followed up with a nice 3 1/2 to follow. The problem came just after when we tried to get to our better schools and found many boats occupying these areas. We ran around and I was able to pop another nice 3 pounder off a new spot Ryan had found in practice.

Things were going but with a couple hours burnt up we weren't exactly loving our start, we were able to finally get on some stuff that was holding a few schools and things started to heat up quickly. One area I popped a nice bass just shy of 5 pounds and Ryan finished it off with another nice 3 1/2. Shortly thereafter on a very similar type area I boated another 4 pounder and now we were sitting very good and it was only noon.

Unfortunately for us we weren't able to keep up with our mid day whack fest and fell short in an attempt to cull out a couple more 2 3/4 bass that where hindering our sack. We caught lots and lots of fish and culled like crazy but just couldn't muster up enough giants to really tip the scales.

We weighed in our best 8 for 26 pounds only good enough for a 14th place finish. No money but consistency is key when the big money is also tied to the end Team of the Year points. We currently are sitting in 7th and only 12 points out of first with 2 events remaining.

The weather was hot and the fishing was even hotter! We caught lots of fish and I'll tell you that we busted them real good on the new Trokar Hooks, I just can't tell you which ones.. That might just give it away.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Book Your Guided Bass Adventure Today!

Can you believe it's already mid July? Wow! It's crazy how fast summer flies by and how slow the winter crawls. I've been keeping very busy out floating on the water and I'm happy to admit that the bass have been jumping into the boat to join me. Between guide trips, preparation and actual tournaments, I've got the pleasure to see some really nice fish and better yet while out doing guide trips I've got the honor of seeing and sharing some fine people's firsts! First bass, first bass on a frog, first bass sight fished and first four pound bass of the year, I've been fortunate to share with the very people that made them happen.

The bass are finally starting to school up in big numbers on their usual summer haunts. This is my favorite time of year to catch them as the potential for a trophy or multiple trophies is never more possible. The long spring slowed down the spawn and really put the vegetation in a funk, with the warmer weather as of late and forecasted into the future things should continue to balance out nicely.

My schedule looks to be filling quickly but there's still some available space for a few guide trips. I've also been getting quite a few inquiries regarding the upcoming fall smallie bite! I personally am hoping for a long fall as the smallmouth action will be off the charts!

Contact me today!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tackle Update: Navionics Teams with Minnesota Based Rapala

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WAREHAM, Massachusetts – Navionics, the world leader in electronic navigation charts for dedicated chart plotters and mobile devices is partnering with Rapala lures to provide a winning combination for anglers worldwide.

Rapala will keep anglers updated on their newest products and events by using the Navionics mobile application as a location based communication tool. Navionics mobile is a must have for anglers to help find that perfect fishing spot. “The Navionics App allows anglers to view over 17,000 lakes and the entire coastal region of the US and Canada on their iPhone or Android smart phone” says Don Black, Global VP Sales and Marketing for Navionics. “Navionics mobile combined with product information from Rapala creates an unbeatable combination for the serious angler”.

We are excited to partner with Navionics on this app”, says Kelly Brockpahler, Marketing Director for Rapala USA. “This tool will give anglers information they need, real time, to catch more and bigger fish, wherever they are”.

Navionics is the world’s #1 selling marine application for the Apple iPhone and iPad in HD, and was the first app to be launched on Android smart phone’s and is now available for Nokia smart phones. Ideal for boaters, fishermen and water sports enthusiasts of all kinds. Navionics charts which run on a wide variety of smart phones give user’s access to charts anytime, anywhere. Plan on-the-water adventures; check tides, set routes and markers, record tracks, or access the world’s richest collection of boating and fishing related points-of-interest (POIs). Future free updates will add additional features and now includes the latest Navionics Revolution in charts, “User Generated Content”!

About Rapala Rapala was unofficially founded in 1936 when Lauri Rapala invented the Rapala fishing lure. Rapala has grown from humble beginnings to a market leader in the fishing tackle industry. The Rapala brand’s functionality and high quality are known by fishermen around the world. Rapala maintains its strict standards of craftsmanship while delivering its fishing products to anglers in more than 130 countries. For more information on Rapala, please visit

About Navionics For 25 years, Navionics has developed and manufactured electronic navigation charts and systems for marine, inland lakes and rivers, and for outdoors use. Navionics is based in Massarosa, Italy, and operates sales and manufacturing facilities in seven countries - conducting research and development, operations, production, sales, marketing and distribution. Navionics headquarters in Massarosa, Italy serves Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, and manages the research, development, and production facilities globally. Navionics US headquarters, based in Wareham, Massachusetts, oversees the Americas. Navionics UK and Navionics Australia provide sales and distribution to their local regions.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tackle Update: Introducing Seaguar's New Kanzen Braid and Senshi Mono

Seaguar has already built a lasting reputation for making the finest fluorocarbon lines on the market but today I'm happy to announce the release of their much anticipated Kanzen Braid and Senshi Monofilament. These two new lines are joining an elite lineup but for very good reason.

Senshi Monofilament is strong yet very supple and has the best cast ability of any line I've ever thrown. Senshi makes for great topwater line but I'm very excited to use it in all my carolina rig leaders and even more excited to employ it on my jerkbait rod for those cold days on the water.

I'm stoked about the Kanzen Braid! I've been waiting for someone to come out with a braid of this caliber. It has a thin diameter but is as strong as any proven braid on the market. One area in particular that sets this braid apart is that it is a waxless braid, perfect for spinning gear. It doesn't dig into your spool like other waxed braided lines do. Couple this with a Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon leader and you have all the best elements for the perfect spinning rod setup.

Check out any of the Seaguar lines at your local tackle store and see what it's like to fish with the world's #1 fishing line.

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