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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Winning: Top Outdoors Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Ten gifts Dad is guaranteed to love, no matter your budget

Minneapolis, MN (May 30, 2018) – Competing with your siblings for Dad’s affection is just silly. He loves all of you equally, right? Uh… maybe. Remember what your sister gave him for Father’s Day last year? Yeah, he does, too. Step it up; It’s the thought that counts will only get you by for so long.

The outdoors is our wheelhouse, so if your Dad spends time there, your best move is to trust us while carefully reading our list of can’t miss Father’s Day gift ideas for 2018.

FLIR BREACH PTQ136 Thermal Monocular

FLIR’s newest, lightest and most compact thermal imaging monocular, the powerful BREACH PTQ136 is the perfect gift for the active outdoors Dad who thinks he already has everything. Powered by the compact, 12-micron FLIR Boson ccore, FLIR BREACH delivers crisp images, onboard recording and seven color palettes to quickly detect people, animals and other subjects up to 1,200 yards away, day or night. Instead of using light, BREACH detects minute differences in temperatures, amplifies them and displays the scene realistically on a high definition screen. BREACH is the ideal tool for increased situational awareness in any dark environment, and is especially useful for game recovery, wayfinding in the outdoors, home and property surveillance and personal security. BREACH retails for $2,495. Learn more at flir.com.

Old Town Predator PDL Kayak

The most advanced pedal-powered fishing machine of its kind, the 13’ 2” Old Town Predator PDL will get Dad to the spot fast, and keep him on the spot without paddling. With forward, reverse, and loads of maneuverability and stability, Dad will experience precise boat control while his hands remain free for fishing. The removable pedal drive installs in seconds and tips up instantly for shallow water docking. The revolutionary pedal drive hits an impressive 5.5 MPH with a 10.3:1 gear ratio for efficient pedaling in forward or reverse. The entire boat was overbuilt for simple boat control, toughness, ease of transport, ample gear storage, rigging, and fishability. Available in Camo, Lime Camo, Urban Camo, and Black Cherry, the Old Town Predator PDL has an MSRP of $2,799.99. Learn more at www.oldtowncanoe.com.

Aqua-Vu micro Revolution 5.0 Underwater Camera

The micro Revolution is the most user-friendly underwater camera ever built. Complete with a 5-inch color LCD, thumb-sized underwater camera and 60-feet of cable, the micro underwater viewing system also features an integrated camera cable reel system for instantly deploying and retrieving the optics. It’s simply the fastest, most entertaining way for Dad to discover fish and other secrets lurking beneath the surface. Includes camera fins and weights for both ice and open water use, as well as a built-in lithium ion battery and battery charger. MSRP is $349.99. Learn more at aquavu.com.

ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag Combo

Whether Dad needs to restore or maintain the odor-adsorbing capacity of his activated carbon scent-control hunting apparel, or deodorize his regular hunting clothing or accessories, the new ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag Combo is the best and most comprehensive odor-destroying storage solution available for hunters today. Offering a generous 8,190 cubic-inches of storage space, the ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag is available in black, as well as a choice of three popular camo patterns. The fabric is heavy 600D nylon with a DWR treatment to shed external moisture. It is lined with a PVC backing inside for easy care. The bag comes with a carbon adsorbing pad that fits into an interior mesh pocket to trap odors from gear and the air inside the bag, and is also pre-plumbed with an OZInject internal piping system to distribute odor-destroying ozone throughout the interior. A ScentLok OZ500 ozone generator comes bundled with the OZChamber 8K Combo Pack. This advanced ozone generator is specifically designed to emit a powerful stream of ozone molecules that seek out and destroy virtually all types of odors and bacteria in their path. ScentLok CycleClean technology allows the powerful OZ500 to regulate output by alternating between active and resting phases for maximum efficiency and longer product life. Retail price starts at $199.99. Learn more at ScentLok.com.

Raymarine Axiom Pro High Performance Multifunction Navigation Display

Axiom Pro is engineered for captains (and fishing and cruising fathers) who want it all. Available with RealVision™ 3D, 1kW CHIRP sonar, and Raymarine HybridTouch control, Axiom Pro is the new standard for “all-in-one” multifunction devices. With a blazing fast quad core processor, a super bright IPS display, and the smart LightHouse OS, Axiom Pro delivers a fluid and intuitive navigation experience. Axiom Pro is easy to expand into an advanced navigation network that includes multiple Axiom displays, CHIRP radar, Evolution autopilot, FLIR thermal night vision technology, and more. Available in 9”, 12.1”, and 15.6” display sizes. MSRP starts at $2,299.99. Learn more at www.raymarine.com.

St. Croix Avid Series Inshore Saltwater Fishing Rods

Offering 16 spinning models and six casting models, St. Croix’s award-winning American-made Avid Series Inshore saltwater fishing rods will provide Pop with pride and performance on any inshore piscatorial pursuit. Featuring high-modulus SCIII graphite construction using IPC tooling technology and premium-grade corrosion-proof components, these handsome rods are advanced, inshore fishing tools, designed and built for superior performance. MSRP ranges from $230-$290. Learn more at stcroixrods.com.

Howard Leight Impact Sport BOLT Digital Electronic Earmuff

While you may get a kick out the way Dad feigns hearing impairment whenever Mom is talking, real hearing loss is no laughing matter. Help Pops protect his hearing on the shooting range, in the field, on the job or at the racetrack with the new Impact Sport BOLT digital electronic earmuff from Howard Leight. Featuring all new digital compression circuitry resulting in 5X sound amplification of low-level frequencies, Impact Sport BOLT’s lightning fast attack time of just .5 milliseconds effectively compresses any continuous or impulse noises of 82 dB or higher. A sleek, extremely low profile earcup design allows full clearance while shouldering a firearm, while an external AUX jack cord allows connection to an MP3 player or scanner. Retail price is about $80. Learn more at HowardLeight.com.

Flambeau “IKE” Ritual 50 Backpack

Get Dad the ultimate mobile tackle storage solution that will allow him to chase the bite like professional angler, Mike Iaconelli. Lightweight and durable, the Flambeau “Ike” Ritual 50 Backpack is the perfect marriage of simplicity and function for transporting Pop’s essential fishing gear from home to the honey hole. Includes one Zerust 5007 Tuff Tainer and one Zerust 140-IQ “IQ” Series Utility Box featuring a high-capacity footprint designed to withstand heavy jig-based loads and interchangeable compartment tray cups for quickly reconfiguring in-box organization or swapping from box to box. UV and water-resistant, the “IKE” Ritual 50 also features deep storage side compartments, two exterior “V” cup tool holders, front saddle pouch with rubber coated mesh, a line spool purse and a waterproof vinyl phone pouch. MSRP is $69.99. Learn more at flambeauoutdoors.com.

BUFF Elite Gloves

Providing comfort, ergonomics and sun protection in abundance, BUFF’s new Elite Gloves are the most advanced angling gloves ever made. Three-quarter length fingers offer protection while leaving fingertips free to tie knots and perform other fishing functions. The palm features tough yet breathable synthetic suede bonded with an abrasion resistant film to improve durability. Available in multiple, distinct styles, these gloves combine UPF 50+ sun protection with one-of-a-kind engineering that minimizes chafing, maximizes durability and keeps Dad comfortable on the water. They even have grippy pull tables for easy-on, easy-off. MSRP is $45. Learn more at buffusa.com.

LIVETARGET Hollow Body Frog

Dad loves bass. Bass love frogs. The LIVETARGET Hollow Body Frog is available in three lengths and weights and a full spectrum of fourteen strike-provoking color patterns (MSRP $13.49). No matter which size, color or species of living frogs inhabit the shorelines and emergent vegetation on Dad’s favorite lake, you’ll find a LIVETARGET Hollow Body Frog to mimic them perfectly. Let the gripping and grinning commence. MSRP is $13.49. Learn more at livetargetlures.com.

Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Tatsu is Japanese for dragon. Need we say more? Seaguar delivers an amazingly strong, yet supple, fluorocarbon line unlike any other through a superior, state-of-the-art double-structure process. It fuses two custom, 100% fluorocarbon resins, creating the world’s only double-structure main line. Fill Dad’s spool with Tatsu and help him to fish fierce with extraordinary knot strength and castability. Available in 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 25 lb. tests, Seaguar Tatsu retails for around $35 for a 200-yard spool. Learn more at seaguar.com.

Z-Man Bait BinderZ

Keep Dad’s collection of fish-catching ElaZtech softbaits perfectly organized, utilizing the pre-punched holes found on standard-size Z-Man bait bags. When stored in the Bait BinderZ, baits remain easily accessible and away from other softbaits that can react with super-active ElaZtech. Bags feature tough 500-denier nylon, zippered enclosures and treated nickel-plated rings for corrosion resistance. MSRP is $14.99. Learn more at zmanfishing.com.

Visit Lake of the Ozarks while traveling Route 66

Get Your Route 66 Kicks at Lake of the Ozarks

By John Neporadny Jr.

The nostalgia of Route 66 continues to captivate summer vacationers who want to cruise the legendary old highway through the heart of the country.

The old popular song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” can certainly apply to bass anglers who want to cruise the interstates that roughly follow the old highway that was decommissioned in 1984. Bass anglers can follow the same route highlighted in the National Lampoon movie “Vacation” in which Clark Griswold takes his family from Chicago to Los Angeles to visit Walley World. However, the side trips you can take will be to some of the top bass fishing spots in the country rather than Clark’s zany misadventures off the beaten path to visit Dodge City or Cousin Eddie in Arizona.

One of those stops for bass anglers close to the old Route 66 is at Lake of the Ozarks. While travelling on Interstate 44 through Missouri, stop at Lebanon and head north on Missouri Highway 5 for about 25 miles to reach the Lake of the Ozarks. The 54,000-acre lake was the largest manmade reservoir in the world when the dam across the Osage River was built in 1931. The lake has been the site for Bassmaster Central Opens and Invitationals throughout the years and former Bassmaster Classic champions Denny Brauer and Guido and Dion Hibdon honed their skills while guiding and competing in tournaments there.

Thousands of boat docks lining the lake’s 1,150 miles of shoreline provide excellent year-round cover for largemouth and spotted bass. The lake lost most of its natural cover when the standing timber was cleared before the lake was formed but anglers and dock owners are constantly filling the lake with new cover by planting brush piles throughout the impoundment. Summertime bass are also attracted to the lake’s steep bluffs, creek channels, humps and points.

101 Bass Fishing Tips, John Neporadny Jr.

101 Bass Fishing Tips

The best summertime bass patterns at the lake include working 10-inch Berkley Power Worms in brush piles 15 to 30 feet deep and running deep-diving crankbaits or dragging Carolina-rigged creature baits on main lake points, channel drops and humps.

Recreational boat traffic is extremely heavy on the lake during the summer, so visiting bass anglers should try fishing early and late in the day. Fishing after sunset is excellent throughout the summer as it usually takes around 20 pounds to win night tournaments.

The 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass imposed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has helped produce consistently good bass fishing for more than three decades. In recent MDC electrofishing surveys taken on two arms of the lake, the percentages of keeper bass ranged from 15 to 24 percent.

For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.

For copies of John Neporadny’s THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide call 573/365-4296 or visit www.jnoutdoors.com.

Reprinted with permission from Bassmaster Magazine.

St. Croix Rods Supports High School Bass Fishing

High School Fishing:
A Different Breed of Pro

Today’s student-anglers (and coaches) see value in networking

Park Falls, WI (May 18, 2018) – Will Simmons planned to be fishing by lunchtime; maybe just a little after. A transplanted crappie fisherman turned bass nut, and now coach of the Obion County Central High School (OCCHS) fishing team, Simmons was en route to his first fishing photoshoot. Together with Cody Gregory, a stand-out member of the OCCHS team, Simmons was on his way to meet with photographers and marketing execs for St. Croix Rods, who chose nearby Reelfoot Lake for the job at hand.

Simmons and Gregory figured they’d knock out the shoot in a couple hours and be free to spend the evening casting for bass. How hard could it be?

“We were quickly surprised,” Simmons reflected, “on how much went into that shoot.” Plans for a relaxing day on the lake were immediately cancelled.

Neither Simmons nor Gregory were disappointed, however, and used the opportunity to learn everything they could about the business of fishing. “It was real eye-opener, and a great experience,” Gregory reflected. A former Tennessee State Champion, Gregory recently received a fishing scholarship to attend Bethel University, one of the nation’s premier fishing-supportive schools.

“I’m working toward a business degree, and I want to get a job in the fishing industry,” Gregory added. “If I can’t be a (tournament) pro, I may look into a rep position.” Gregory added that the St. Croix shoot “wasn’t as easy as it looks. A lot goes into these types of things behind the scenes. They sure require a lot of patience…”

“St. Croix has an incredible camera crew,” Simmons added. Agreeing to take part in the event was an easy move for the coach, as he wanted to learn more about ways to network with the legendary rod builder. “I wanted to talk about developing a relationship between St. Croix and our team. The Mojo line, for example, is really appealing for high school and college anglers. This week, I fished a bunch with the new Mojo Power Shake rod (MJS73MHF) and was blown away with the combination of finesse and power. I really look forward to using a Power Shake for fishing around the bushes of Kentucky Lake.”

For some time, St. Croix has realized the need for high-quality gear at all price points, to fit into any budget. Recently, the Bass X series (casting and spinning) joined the Mojo Bass line (casting and spinning) with tournament-grade gear priced for student athletes.

Cody Gregory – now also a top-5 finisher in the bass fishing National Championships – has long been a St. Croix fan. “I’ve used them since I started fishing,” he added. “St. Croix rods have always been top of the line, but the new models are in a class of their own. The Dock Sniper is instantly one of my favorites.” A true specialty rod, the Mojo Dock Sniper (MJC70HF) combines heavy-power and fast action in a seven-foot frame, making it ideal for tournament winning dock tactics using casting jigs and stout line.

In addition to being technical about his fishing, Gregory’s recent photoshoot experience illustrates his passion for other aspects of a fishing career: “I jumped at the opportunity,” he said, when it came to the St. Croix invite. Now armed with even more knowledge and experience in fishing, Gregory will continue to push hard, looking to again qualify for Nationals this April.

Simmons also sees the recent event as a means to learn more of the fishing business. “In the future, we’re going to try to be more appealing to colleges and aspire to work more closely with Bethel University. This photo shoot can only help those efforts.”

As student fishing expands, so does the commitment to the cause by manufacturers like St. Croix Rods, with support at all levels of the movement.

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Floating worm for Lake of the Ozarks

Floating worm trick for Lake of the Ozarks spawning bass

By John Neporadny Jr.

When pollen coats the water surface of Lake of the Ozarks, Mike Malone knows it’s time to throw a floating worm.

The pollen coating on the surface signifies bass are bedding on Malone’s home lake, but the tournament veteran suggests you can use other signs of spring in your region to determine when bass are spawning. When the spawn is on, Malone opts for the floating worm, a finesse bait that has produced for him for 20 years.

“It’s a stealthy, finesse bait that doesn’t make a lot of noise when it hits the water,” he says. “You are able to skip it under cover such as boat dock ramps, cables and tree limbs, etc. in a real quiet presentation. It works best during the spawn when the fish are pretty skittish.”

“Many times I have been able to fish behind guys who were flipping a jig, a worm or a tube and catch multiple fish with the worm,” Malone says. “I have had many 20-pound bags throwing that worm. It’s just a timing deal to catching the big ones and it is a pretty deadly bait for three or four weeks in the spring.”

101 Bass Fishing Tips, John Neporadny Jr.

101 Bass Fishing Tips

The local angler will throw the floating worm in sunshine or overcast weather but wind creates problems for him since it tends to blow his line and unweighted worm too much. “Wind is taboo,” he says.

Finding the spawning banks is the key to Malone’s floating worm technique. On Lake of the Ozarks, Malone looks for pea gravel pockets or clay banks protected from the wind. He also throws the worm along indentations of bluff banks that hold spawning bass.

Malone’s favorite bait for this presentation is a 6-inch Zoom Trick Worm in bright hues such as yellow and bubble gum but occasionally he will throw a green pumpkin or bullfrog color worm to imitate bluegills. He recommends experimenting with different colors until you find one the fish seem to prefer. “The fish do get conditioned to seeing stuff over and over again, so anything different is probably going to work,” he says.

The Trick Worm is rigged wacky style by impaling a 1/0 Gamakatsu Drop Shot Hook slightly above the worm’s egg sack which gives the worm a fluttering action. “I want that worm to pulsate at both ends when I twitch it,” Malone says. His floating worm tackle consists of a 6-foot, 8-inch St. Croix Legend Elite medium action/extra fast tip spinning rod and Lew’s Tournament Pro Speed Spin spinning reel filled with 10- to 20-pound test Toray braided line in a low-visibility green.

Making long-distance deliveries is a key to Malone’s floating worm tactic. “It is pretty important to make long, long casts if the water is clear because typically those fish will see you by the time you see them,” he says. “If I can just make a long cast into an area where I can see beds but I don’t really see any fish that is a good thing because those fish are just in the shadows just off the beds. Nine out of 10 times I can catch one there.” He also turns off his electronics to prevent spooking these shallow fish.

Even though rigged without a weight, the Trick Worm sinks slowly throughout Malone’s presentation. Most of the time Malone retrieves the worm similar to a jerkbait with a twitch-twitch-pause cadence. He usually lets the worm sink for a second or two before repeating the sequence. The tournament competitor notices some days the fish want the worm moving but on other days he has to let it sink down to depths of 4 to 6 feet to trigger bites.

Since bigger bass usually inhale the worm, Malone sets the hook immediately when he feels a tick. “I reel up the slack and I pop them,” he says.

If he notices a bluegill biting on the worm, he lets the sunfish pull until it drops the worm and then gets ready for a bigger bite. “A lot of times that is when I catch a good bass because they hate bluegill,” he says.

The floating worm also serves as a good follow-up lure when a bass blows up and misses a Luckycraft Gunfish topwater plug Malone also likes to throw during the spawn. “Those big fish if they don’t kill (the topwater lure), they slap at it,” Malone says. “So they are exposed then and I drop my Talons (shallow-water anchors) and I throw that floating worm on them. Seventy-five percent of the time I am going to catch them then.”

When the floating worm bite is on, Malone recommends having plenty of worms on hand since you might be going through three to four bags of your favorite colors while catching 50 to 100 fish a day. The worm will produce both numbers and quality fish during the spawn. “I have caught a bunch of fish between 4 and 6 pounds on it,” says Malone, whose biggest bass caught on a floating worm was a 7-pounder.

For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.

For copies of John Neporadny’s THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide call 573/365-4296 or visit www.jnoutdoors.com.

Lake of the Ozarks Spawning Bass

Catching Spawning Bass Around Lake of the Ozarks Docks

by John Neporadny Jr.

Boat docks become a haven for black bass in the spring when it’s time for them to spawn at the Lake of the Ozarks. While fishing with former Lake of the Ozarks guide Jack Peischl years ago, he showed me a few tricks for taking spawning bass from these havens.

“One of the things a lot of people don’t realize on the Lake of the Ozarks is that during this time of year bass get back in any places where they have a lot of protection, so when they spawn their eggs don’t get washed away by the boat wakes or the wind,” says Jack Pieschl of Sunrise Beach, Mo. Some fish will be scattered on any available cover they find along the bank, but the biggest fish seek the best protection. “It seems like the big ones are smarter,” Pieschl says. “They know that docks offer the best protection of anything, so they’ll get back in behind the docks where the catwalk attaches to the dock and in the shady, flat secluded areas where you can hardly get to the fish.”

Since bass have plenty of hiding places among the lake’s myriad docks, finding the choice spawning banks is the key to catching these nesting bass. Pieschl looks for docks in the first or second pea gravel-pockets coming from the main channel back into a feeder creek. He avoids coves that have heavy water flow, and targets, quiet narrow pockets where maneuvering a jet ski or pleasure boat would be difficult. “Almost every pocket will have one side that is pretty steep and the other side will be a little flatter,” Pieschl notes. He concentrates on docks along the deeper side of the pocket, which is usually where the biggest fish build their nests. “Bigger bass tend to stay on the deeper side,” Pieschl says.Since he prefers clear water for locating bass on the nest, Pieschl favors the coves and pockets close to his home in the Shawnee Bend and Horseshoe Bend areas on the lake. Other good clear-water sections to try Pieschl’s techniques are the Gravois arm and the North Shore area.

101 Bass Fishing Tips, John Neporadny Jr.

101 Bass Fishing Tips

In the early stages of the spawn, bass are busy building their nests so they are susceptible to bottom-bumping lures, such as jigs and plastic craws, tube baits and plastic lizards. One of Pieschl’s favoritie ways to catch these fish is to throw a 7-inch plastic lizard in either pumpkinseed or pumpkinseed with a chartreuse tail into the bass’ nest. If a fish ignores the lure after it settles in the nest, Pieschl starts tapping the butt end of his casting rod to make the lure quiver. Keeping the lure quivering in the nest for a couple of minutes tends to aggravate the bass into hitting the lizard.

Pieschl often has to fish in close quarters behind docks, so he selectsa 5 1/2-foot rod with a fast tip that allows him to skip his bait under the dock cables. When flipping behind the docks, he relies on a 6 1/2- to 7 1/2-foot heavy-action rod that has enough backbone to pull the fish away from the dock’s cables and other obstacles. He uses 8-pound test line for skipping his lures and 10- to 12-pound test for pitching and flipping.

When the fish are guarding the nest or roaming around it later in the spawn, Pieschl switches to a suspending stickbait that he jerks behind the docks. This technique is especially effective for bigger bass that spawn behind the deeper docks. ‘The bigger bass want to spawn on the back of docks where the water is at least 3 or 4 feet deep,” Pieschl says. Sight fishing can be difficult in this situation due to the shadows of the docks and a bottom-bumping lure tends to blend in with the bottom when it sinks 3 to 4 feet deep. By using the stickbait, Pieschl can see the lure during his whole presentation and the fish will move off the nest to take a swipe at the flashing bait. “Those are fish that a lot of people don’t fool with,” says Pieschl. “When they sight fish here, they spend a great deal of time fishing for the bass that are easiest to see.”

Pieschl moves in behind the docks and pitches his stickbait over the cables and under the catwalks to the bass lurking in the shadows. “It’s very important that you can cast exactly where you want the bait to land,” he says. An errant cast could wrap your lure around a cable or catwalk. Pieschl prefers for the lure to splash when it hits the water, which attracts the bass’ attention.

His technique works best on calm, sunny days because the fish holdtighter to the docks then. Bass tend to roam more on cloudy days. Pieschl selects a medium-diver suspending stickbait with chrome sides for sunny days and a gold-bodied stickbait for cloudy weather. After pitching behind the dock, Pieschl pulls the stickbait with his rod tip down, which causes the lure to dive about 1 foot. He tries to bounces the lure up and down in the same spot on a slack line. Pulling the lure too hard causes the stickbait to move too far towards him and away from the fish. The stickbait hovering in one place resembles a bluegill darting around the nest, which triggers the bass into attacking this intruder. “Bass are reluctant to chase things very far during this time,” Pieschl says. “But if they are behind those docks, they are on the nests and they’ll guard them closely.” Sometimes Pieschl lets the lure sit on the surface and barely twitches it to make the stickbait wobble. This action causes some bass to move up and smash the lure on top.

The stickbait technique allows Pieschl to cover the back of a dock with one retrieve that lasts about 30 seconds. If he knows the spot has a big fish on the nest, he will cast to the same area five or six times before moving to the next dock.

Even though the fish can probably see him, Pieschl claims they still repeatedly strike at the lure and eventually get hooked. The stickbait’s three sets of treble hooks stick even fish that just bump the lure as they try to knock it away from the nest.

The fun begins after the fish is hooked. “Most of the time you have them on only 15 to 20 foot of line and they can get under the dock or into the brush behind the docks,” Pieschl says. The guide relies on bait-casting equipment and 10- to 12-pound test line to horse the fish out from behind a dock. Since he’s constantly fishing over the cables, Pieschl frequently reties his line.

When you fish the Lake of the Ozarks this spring, look for docks in secluded pockets to twitch a stickbait or quiver a lizard around for nesting bass.

For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.

Copies of John Neporadny’s book, “THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide” are available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site www.jnoutdoors.com.

College Scholarship Opportunities from the Ike Foundation

The Ike Foundation® Announces College Scholarship Opportunities for Young Anglers

Pittsgrove, NJ, March 5, 2018. The Ike Foundation® is a non-profit organization founded by Mike and Becky Iaconelli. The mission of the Foundation is to introduce urban and rural children to the wholesome sport of fishing while instilling in them a love and respect for the outdoors. The Ike Foundation® also provides five college scholarships to deserving high school seniors who share The Ike Foundation’s® mission.

The 2018 Ike Foundation® Scholarship Dinner raised over $15,000 this year, with help from the local community and sponsors as well as generous support from the fishing community and corporate sponsors.

Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors pursuing full-time enrollment in a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States. Awards are based on academic achievement, demonstrated volunteer commitment (preferably in the fishing or conservation world), and a personal statement of how fishing has impacted their life and prepared them for college. Completed and submitted application materials must be postmarked or submitted online before April 1, 2018.

The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee conducts a blind review of all applications to determine the final award. Trustees score submissions using a pre-defined point system. Scholarship awards may be applied to tuition, fees, supplies, books, or equipment. All interested applicants should go https://theikefoundation.org/2018-scholarship-application.

The Ike Foundation® hosts and sponsors several fundraising events per year. All proceeds support the mission and are tax-deductible via a credit card contribution on the website https://theikefoundation.org/donate.

Follow The Ike Foundation® @TheIkeFoundation on Facebook, on Twitter @FoundationIke and Instagram @theikefoundation.

The Ike Foundation® appreciates the generous donations from individuals and corporate sponsors, including Bass Cat Boats, Toyota, Yamaha Outboard Motors, Abu Garcia, Flambeau, Rapala, RAM Mounts®, Casio, and more. A full list of sponsors can be found at https://theikefoundation.org/sponsors.

Janet Griscom
Professional Edge Fishing, Inc.
PO Box 970
Pittsgrove, NJ 08318
856-816-1692
janet@professionaledgefishing.com
www.mikeiaconelli.com

ST. CROIX ROD: Enter the Dock Sniper

Dock Sniper Multiplies Mojo’s Accuracy

St. Croix’s all-new Mojo Bass Dock Sniper – being showcased at the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic –  gives the power of precision at a perfect price.

PARK FALLS, WI (March 9, 2018) – It’s no secret that bass love docks. From everyday anglers to professionals, bass-heads learn to look for these manmade structures as prime target for green and brown backs. And while countless bass anglers grew up luring bass from the shadows of these platforms, they’ve never had the perfect tool for the task. Enter St. Croix’s Mojo Bass Dock Sniper (MJC70HF), a specialty bass rod that’s built for extreme accuracy, as well as the muscles to bring fish back to the boat.

The 7’, heavy power, fast-action rod shoots for precision, as accuracy is requisite to hitting sweet spots. The Mojo Bass Dock Sniper’s fast-action tip allows gentle, precise placement of baits, while its heavy backbone gives you the lifting power to hoist bass away from underwater brush piles, cables and ladders that threaten to snag your catch.

Dock fishing is often a close-quarters combat situation with limited visibility and maximum mystery. As winter weather begins to warm waters across the country, bass gravitate to these manmade habitats, whose shallow water real estate and attached, heat-absorbing watercraft serve as a veritable underwater lair. There, bass will soak in heat, warming their winter bones while gorging themselves on the bounty of sunfish, baitfish and other waterlife that also call docks home.

Let the accuracy of St. Croix’s new Mojo Bass Sniper help pinpoint casts into those bass-holding nooks and crannies. (Image courtesy of FLOE​)

“The Mojo Bass Dock Sniper is really a multi-tool,” says St. Croix’s Dan Johnston, who recently put the rod to the test in the legendary wooded-waters of Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake. “It can be skipped, casted or pitched. You can present almost any 1/2 ounce to ¾-ounce bass bait. They’re right in this rod’s wheelhouse.

“It’s a great rod for big spinnerbaits. You can pitch them around cover when you’re in a confined space like around a boat dock. The Mojo Bass Dock Sniper has a tremendous amount of power, too, and it maneuvers so well in tight quarters. Without question, it’s a must-have for bass anglers wanting to throw big baits around obstructions and cover.”

In addition to premium SCIII graphite and Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC™) mandrel technology, Mojo Bass Dock Sniper features Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings and black frames; a Fuji® ECS reel seat, Kigan hook-keeper; split-grip, premium-grade cork handle; two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish; and 5-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service. Mojo Bass Dock Sniper retails for $130.

About St. Croix Rod

Now in its 70th year, Park Falls, Wisconsin based St. Croix Rod remains a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods with a heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial® and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.

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SEAGUAR: It Will Go Down to the Line

Seaguar pro Keith Combs. (Image courtesy of BASS)

Seaguar Pro Anglers

Line up for the Bassmaster Classic

Premium Seaguar fluorocarbons and braids connect anglers to winning bass

New York, NY (March 13, 2018) – One critical connection links the competitors at the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic to their large-mouthed quarry as the event rolls into Greenville, South Carolina: their line. When nine Seaguar pros launch their boats into Lake Hartwell, they may cast hi-tech braided lines, or opt for premium 100% fluorocarbons, but their goals will all be the same: claim Classic victory and hoist a trophy skyward on Sunday.

Lake Hartwell is no stranger to the Bassmaster Classic. Indeed, this year’s event marks the third time in the past ten years that the 56,000-acre reservoir will become the epicenter of the bass fishing universe. Unlike the most recent event in 2015, a frigid February classic that featured boats frozen to trailers and an offshore bite, the 2018 Bassmaster Classic is almost certain to be warmer, with more water in the reservoir and the bite focused on shorelines and near-shore cover for prespawn largemouth. Nevertheless, notoriously fickle spring weather has Seaguar’s seasoned pros prepared for any angling contingency.

Much excitement surrounds the possibility of a Hartwell shallow water shootout, with roaming prespawn bass as the primary targets. Coverage techniques, like shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits, augmented by pitching presentations around docks and flooded vegetation, will dominate along shorelines and in the reservoir’s creek arms.

Seaguar InvizX is a smooth casting, robust line with incredible feel, and is an excellent choice for shallow water power fishing. Specially designed to dominate in freshwater, Seaguar pros will spool up with 12 or 15-lb test InvizX as they cover water with extra-long casts and mobile presentations. Like all Seaguar’s 100% fluorocarbon lines, InvizX boasts exceptionally low visibility beneath the water’s surface, helping to trigger wary, early spring bass in Hartwell’s typically clear water.

When approaching specific targets with methodical flipping or pitching presentations, Seaguar’sDenny Brauer Signature Series Flippin’ Braid will be found on Classic competitors’ reels. Seaguar pro angler and 1998 Bassmaster Classic Champion Denny Brauer knows a thing or two about flipping for giant bass, and lent his expertise to the development of this premium braided line.

“I’ve never, EVER, had this line break. It’s a great line, and as a bonus, its jet-black color will get you more bites,” noted Brauer. Flippin’ Braid is constructed from eight ultra-thin strands in a tight, round-profile weave, and is exceptional at cutting through heavy cover. “Flippin’ and pitchin’ are about pulling big fish out of the nastiest vegetation you can find,” said Brauer. “You’re on a short line, and you need to feel the quick reaction strike and then literally horse the fish out of heavy cover. For these applications, Seaguar’s 65-pound Flippin’ Braid is just what the doctor ordered!”

Not all of Hartwell’s top weights will be extracted from the shallows. Indeed, with the 2015 Classic being won offshore, many competitors will opt to target staging areas to intercept oversized bass before they can reach shoreline-focused anglers.

Seaguar AbrazX, a 100% fluorocarbon with double the abrasion resistance of comparable lines, will be a critical element of deep water jig and crankbait applications. Seaguar pro angler Jordan Lee relied on AbrazX to carry him to his 2017 Bassmaster Classic championship, as he probed hard-bottom areas with deep diving cranks and football jigs. Lee noted, “when I was digging that crankbait down into the bottom cast after cast, it never once broke off.” When gearing up for the pivotal last day of the 2017 Classic, Lee spooled up every reel with 17-pound AbrazX because it is strong, abrasion resistant, and still thin enough to get long casts. “Seaguar AbrazX definitely boosts my confidence when I’m dragging baits on hard offshore cover because I get far fewer frays in my line,” Lee asserted.

Seaguar is well represented at the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic, sending Keith Combs, Mark Daniels Jr., Mark Davis, James Elam, Jordan Lee, Matt Lee, Brandon Palaniuk, Cliff Pirch and Jesse Wiggins to the premier event in competitive bass fishing. With the Classic title on the line, look for each to rely on Seaguar as the single critical connection linking them to their finned quarry. Just like our team of Bassmaster Classic competitors, Seaguar premium fluorocarbons and braided lines are Always The Best!

Your 2017 Bassmaster Classic champion, Seaguar’s Jordan Lee. (Photo courtesy of BASS)

About Seaguar Fishing Lines

As the inventor of fluorocarbon fishing lines in 1971, Seaguar has played a prominent role in the advancement of technologies to improve the performance of lines and leader material for both fresh and salt water anglers. Seaguar is the only manufacturer of fluorocarbon fishing lines that produces its own resins and controls the manufacturing process from start to finished product. Today, Seaguar is the #1 brand of fluorocarbon lines and offers a full spectrum of premium products including fluorocarbon mainlines and leader material, fly tippet and leaders, 8-strand and 16-strand braid and monofilament fishing lines.

 

 

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Storing Plastic Baits







FILE PLASTIC BAITS THE KVD WAY

NEW PLANO KVD WORMFILE SPEEDBAGS DELIVER KVD-LEVEL PERFORMANCE AT AN ASTONISHINGLY FAIR PRICE

Plano, IL (March 14, 2018) – Kevin VanDam knows a thing or two about bass fishing. Need proof? VanDam has won the Super Bowl of bass tournaments, the Bassmaster Classic, an unprecedented four times. And he has been named the Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year, seven times. Any questions?

Anglers like VanDam don’t outfish the rest of the crowd by leaving things to chance. So, what is it that separates the best anglers from the rest? Besides their inherent ability, pro anglers and guides consider organization, tackle and equipment management a critical component to their daily routine on the water. Ultimately, operating efficiently saves time. Making decisions quickly and having the ability to implement them is how elite anglers stay in the game longer. In KVD’s words, “If you’re looking for something, you’re not catching bass, and that’s a problem.”

Plano’s new KVD Wormfile Speedbags™ offer KVD-grade performance and efficiency for organizing plastics. Available in two different sizes, small and large, KVD Wormfile Speedbags are optimized for storing up to 20 or 40 individual bags of soft plastics, respectively. “These fast-access zippered bags keep individual bags of soft plastics upright and uniformly oriented, so you can find what you need fast,” says VanDam. “And Plano’s patented fold-down design allows them to be fully opened to reveal wide interiors for even greater visibility, while remaining sturdy and self-supporting.”

KVD Wormfile Speedbagsare constructed with a high-performance, waterproof fabric shell featuring a Thermoplastic Elastomer, or TPE coating. This durable design is the same TPE waterproof fabric shell found on KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags and offers unmatched water-resistant protection from the elements. The speedbags also feature a just right, bright red interior that not only improves visibility in low light, but won’t bling too brightly in direct sun either.

Like millions of other anglers, KVD relies on Plano to keep his fishing gear protected and well organized – at home, in the truck and on the water. “Obviously, my entire boat is geared towards efficiency with my tackle storage, and the foundation is the Plano 3700 Stowaway box. But, what I’m really excited about this season are the new KVD Wormfile Speedbags for organizing my plastics.

This storage option keeps the baits in the original, unique packaging, which is very desirable. Baits like Dream Shots and Ochos stay nice and straight and are easy to organize. Plus, baits like Rage Craws that are packaged in individual clams maintain the integrity of their unique packaging,” says VanDam. “This is much better than putting all of your baits in a big bag where appendages can become kinked or the body may end up bent. It’s a great system.”

Today’s soft plastic baits come in an ever-increasing number of styles, sizes and colors to cover a range of presentations and applications. That means even casual anglers carry more soft plastics with them than ever before. But carting around a selection of bulky plastics takes space, and simply piling them into a single bag makes finding what you’re looking for a challenging and time-consuming proposition. KVD doesn’t go that route, so why should you?

Affordable KVD Wormfile Speedbags are just what bass anglers need to organize soft plastics by style, size or color and label the exteriors to make finding exactly what you need ever easier. These classy black bags feature bright red accents and interiors, failsafe looped zipper pulls and side-carry handles for transport. Ultra-efficient storage of soft plastic baits has never been easier… or looked this good.



Plano KVD Wormfile Speedbags™ Features and Specifications

Available in two sizes
Model PLAB11700 Small holds up to 20 packs of soft plastics
Model PLAB12700 Large holds up to 40 packs of soft plastics
Patented fold-down, easy-access bag
Fold along threaded line to reveal wide interior
TPE coating surrounds bag with water-resistant protection
Bright red interior improves visibility in low light
Side carry handle for easy transport
Model PLAB11700 / 9.5”L x 4.5”W x 6.25”H / MSRP $14.99

Model PLAB12700 / 14”L x 4.5”W x 5.5”H / MSRP $19.99

It’s no coincidence the world’s most successful competitive angler trusts Plano to protect and transport his gear. New KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags and Wormfile SpeedbagsTM provide avid anglers with customizable storage, premium-grade protection and unmatched organization and access. So be like KVD; power on and fish fast. These exceptional new bags will take care of the rest.

Plano: Original Fishing Gear, Since 1952

Owning Plano® quality is a tradition that began when the company created the first-ever molded plastic tackle box in 1952. Since then, the Plano brand has found its way into the hearts and hands of four generations. There are many reasons why anglers choose Plano, including quality, variety-of-style, performance and innovation, but our favorite is “It’s what my dad always used.” Learn more at www.planomolding.com.

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