Sunday, January 22, 2012

Makeover for

Hopefully when you checked into my website you noticed the we're sporting a fresh, new look for the 2012 season. I wanted to showcase Biovex, my title sponsor as well as the rest of my sponsors who without there support, I never would be packing my boat and heading south to throw down in the Bassmaster Central Opens.

Over the years I've taken great pride in the Blog portion of my website and am looking forward to continuing to do so well into the future. Since day one, I've tried to always give a true and personal look into what all goes into chasing my dream of competing on the largest stages of professional bass fishing. I openly wear my heart on my sleeve and try very hard to portray both the ups and the downs that I face on a regular basis. I'm very thankful to see first hand all the return visitors that continue to follow what I have going on. This started as a personal journal if you will, or as personal as a public blog can be. I'm still amazed by how fast it is growing and I receive emails all the time with people commenting on what they've read and personally showing their support which is equally rewarding as it is humbling.

Now that we have so many followers I plan to start doing some fun giveaways and spread the love around to my readers. Biovex, a leader in Japanese Tackle has graciously agreed to donate boat loads of tackle that we'll be giving away in different contests. Biovex will soon be releasing their products here in the U.S. and the buzz has been overwhelming! I can personally attest to how well these baits perform. They're the real deal! I've been working with them on designing some high quality and even higher performing baits unlike anything else on the market. The amount of detail that goes into designing and manufacturing these baits is second to none and though I've been fortunate enough to use these baits to cash paychecks for years, I'm excited to see others get that same opportunity!

Currently we're looking for some contest ideas to get the ball rolling. If anyone has any ideas that we could use please send me an email at or leave your contest idea on my Facebook page and I'll add your name to the first drawing for a SWEET Biovex tackle package!

All for now, I got a boat to get tournament ready and unfortunately snow to shovel off the driveway so I can physically get the boat out of the garage. Got to love a Minnesota winter!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tackle Update: Lowrance Introduces Gen 2

I'm happy to announce that I've teamed up with Lowrance, the leader in fishing and boating electronics! It honestly couldn't have come at a better time being that Lowrance just rocked the water world with the release of their new HDS Gen 2. This is perfect timing as now I'll be fully rigged up and ready to breakdown new and unknown water competing in the 2012 Bassmaster Opens.

Lowrance has always been known for producing the best sonar capabilities on the market. In the past few years they've made awesome technological advances in releasing StructureScan as well as introducing the fastest GPS module in the LGC-4000 that actually pings the satellite an impressive five times per second, making course tracking spot on.

Now they've really set the standard by introducing StructureMap which allows an angler to combine Navionics mapping data to StructureScan to get a real-time view of the lakes contours as well as the actual lake bottom both underneath and off to the sides of the boat.

After working the Warner's Dock Open House this past weekend, the buzz with the attendees was terrific and the response was even better. Lots of heads being turned with this kind of new technology!

Lowrance also made the new Gen 2 the fastest chartplotters ever by drastically beefing up its internal processor which provides lightening-fast chart updates, panning and zooming, plus faster start-up and menu options.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding Lowrance or Navionics options or order yours today at Warner's Dock!

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Bassmaster Central Opens Preview

It's official! I received notification from B.A.S.S. that I was granted entry into the 2012 Bassmaster Central Opens to compete against some of the best bass fisherman this country has to offer. A challenge I'm not taking lightly but an opportunity I'm taking very seriously.

I've been working very hard doing my homework and preparing myself so that when I pull into Lewisville, Texas in a mere month, all I'll have to focus on is the fishing itself. I'm trying to familiarize myself with bodies of water I've never been to by utilizing what I can find on the internet and studying my maps.

Here's a quick overview of the 2012 schedule.

Lake Lewisville, TX - February 9th-11th

Lake Lewisville located just north of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolis will be hosting the first stop of the year. This time last year, B.A.S.S. had this exact same event here and it's fair to say the lake fished tough. The weather was cold, windy and wet but that's what one should come to expect when fishing north Texas in February. I myself am planning for the same weather and in many ways would like to see the lake fish the same while I'm down there. I'm not there for a warm vacation, I'm there to compete and being cold is what a guy from Minnesota is used to this time of year.

Last season, Mark Tucker won the event with a 3 day total of 45.15 pounds, 20th place was 12.6 pounds and the last check getter sitting in 40th place caught a mere two day total of 9.9 pounds. A tough bite to say the least and big bites were few and far between. Just because there weren't many lunkers weighed at the scales doesn't mean they don't exist. In 2005, Kevin Van Dam caught an 11 pound 13 ounce monster on this very lake setting the lake record. What's astonishing is that the record went on to be beat 3 more times in a matter of months until eventually settling out at a whopping 13.63 pounds!

Generally the lake is host to much of Dallas/Ft. Worth's recreational boating throughout the summer months but being this event falls in the heart of the winter, my guess is the only pressure this lake will be under is heavy fishing pressure.

Table Rock Lake, MO - April 26th-28th

Table Rock, known for it's deep, clear water is a legendary fishery for both largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass alike. Generally known as a deep fisherman's lake, April could very well set up as a sight fishing event as bass should be bundled up on beds preparing to spawn.

All I know is that I'll be needing to have my dual Power Poles installed by then as well as my Lowrance HDS-10 unit keyed up ready to mark waypoints on all the fish I find on beds.

I'm excited to bring my knowledge of Minnesota finesse fishing to the ultimate finesse style lake east of California. Table Rock has a reputation of being a light-line fishery and though I wouldn't mind jacking 'em up with 20 pound Seaguar Fluorocarbon, I won't hesitate to bust out the 8 pound Tatsu either.

Fort Gibson Lake, OK - September 6th-8th

I don't know much of any of these three lakes and I know even less about Fort Gibson, which is probably why it's the one I'm excited about the most. I prefer to fish water I've never been to as it seems to have away of surprising me at the scales. Something about zero preconceived notions aids me in finding and catching fish.

What I do know is Tommy Biffle's the man, and he just so happens to reside on this lake and recently won the Bassmaster Elite Series event that was held here. Tommy felt the need to instead of practice, mow is yard and still ran away with the title.

Tommy caught them in away I'm very familiar with and actually prefer to catch them on any given day. Though Mr. Biffle ran away with the title, the rest of his competitors still managed to put together impressive bags even with only a very limited practice. Meaning Ft. Gibson Lake is looking to be alive and well.

I still got much to accomplish before jumping on Interstate 35 South, literally I get on 35 right behind my house and don't exit till I cross Lewisville Lake in Northern Texas, some 15 hours away. I can't wait to move south! The gas isn't cheap but competing against the best bass fisherman in February when Minnesota is frozen over, now that's gotta be priceless!

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