Tuesday, June 6, 2017
I have just earned a slot at the 2018 KBF (Kayak Bass Fishing) National Championship!
The event will take place on Kentucky Lake next March, where anglers from around the country will battle for the chance to win for $100,000!
I started this season with only one goal to see if I could earn my place to compete at this event. I decided to take three different paths to get there. I have been fishing the KBF, KBL, and GLKFS.
In my first four online tournaments I finished in the top ten three times. 7th in the KBF April Challenge, 4th in the KBL Midwest Bass Battle for May, and 3rd place In the KBF May State Challenge. It was this 3rd place finish that did the trick!
I put a lot of miles on my vehicle, a pile of hours fishing, and had some obstacles to overcome. I really think my faith played a huge role as well. Today I feel very blessed!
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I have to thank my sponsors who without their products this would of been harder to achieve.
Monday, May 8, 2017
It is May, the temperature is 43 degrees and falling (Beardhead weather to be sure), wind is 20 mph and we have seen more rain then we have in a few years. Everything in my body was saying, stay on the couch and binge watch some Netflix. The problem was I was bored out of my skull.
So I figured I would just make a fast run over to a local lake. This lake I fish often when I have little time. It use to be great but after years of no management and poachers it is just the shell of it's former glory.
I knew the fish before the storm were building beds. But now after all this water and cold where did they go and were they even thinking of feeding again?
When I decide to go on a quick trip I usually grab one or two rods and one or two presentations. I like to see if I can guess a pattern before I leave my garage. Sometimes I am right on and other times I am the Mayor of Skunkville. So I grabbed my swim jig rod and a worm rod, both armed with new Ardent Reels. I brought a Shur-Set Tackle Shimmy Jimmy white and blue bladed Jig with a white swim tail and a shaky head with a 7 inch black worm.
My hope was the fish put the feed bags back on and moved in close to shore to get the yummy morsels the flood water was bringing into the lake. But lets face it with a major cold front, rain, and dropping temps, bass having a case of lock jaw was just as possible.
So I threw the blade bait along the shore as tight as I could and moved it fast looking for reaction strikes. It paid off big. I landed 4 of 6 of my fish on the Shur-Set Bait. This bait will SHUR be a go to from now on. I picked it instead of a standard chatter bait because the Shimmy Jimmy's profile was broader and its wiggle was wider. I added the largest swim tail I had to make the bait more visible and put off a wider wake n shake in the chocolate milk I was fishing in.
Whenever I came to brush or even a stick in the water I flipped the shaky head black worm combo. I like black in any situation but most of all in stained water. This presentation scored me two more fish and one lost.
It just goes to show no matter how crazy the weather you can still have an awesome Angling Adventure.
Shur-Set Tackle can be found here: http://shur-set.com/
Ardent Reels can be found here: https://ardentoutdoors.com
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
SoftScience A New Sole Mate for Angling Adventures
This season I finally stopped using cheap waterproof shoes that rip, break, un-tie, and take forever to drain and dry. This year, I’ve discovered some great fishing footwear from SoftScience and I have picked up two different pairs for the 2017 season. The Terrafin and the Fin 2.0.
The Terrafin is an awesome wading boot for walking the waters and kayak fishing. I wear these in cool and cold weather with dry suits, waders, and rain pants. These boots are lightweight and I mean shockingly light. Also slip-resistant on moss-covered rocks and when pulling your yak up an embankment. Both have a soft Trileon™ sole that conforms to uneven surfaces. This lace-up wading boot, with its self-draining system and all-synthetic mesh upper, dries faster than any other fly fishing boot.
The Fin 2.0 could possibly be the most comfortable performance fishing shoe. These lace-up fishing shoes with a self-draining system and all-synthetic mesh upper, dry quickly and offer best-in-class foot support and traction on wet and slippery boat decks and kayak plastics. These are so light and comfortable that I wore them around the house instead of my gym shoes! I will be using these in the hot days of summer when I need to stay cool and dry off quickly. The material is breathable, comfy, and the they are roomy.
SoftScience is doing some truly amazing things in fishing footwear. With just the self draining technology and the light weight alone. These things truly rock. You can find them at www.softscience.com