|March Coming in Like a Lion!
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|Nasty weather again this week. For a guide, it just means more time to get ready. I think I am now more than ready! I drove to Chesdin Marine in Petersburg last week, while we had a break in the icy weather, to pick up my new Skeeter bass boat for this season. It was ready to roll! Almost that is!
After getting a new boat for every season for the past 18 years, there are a few things I insist on doing myself. I rely on my batteries more than most, especially my deep cycle trolling motor batteries. After several seasons of having to replace failed batteries mid season, I looked into newer bass ...... Read More
|Here We Go!
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|Here We Go! The 2014 Tourney Season is underway and my blogs begin. I hope you enjoy reading them throughout the season and I thank you all for your support
I will be fishing 13 major events in 2014 - (9) BASS Elite Series, (3) BASS Northern Opens, and (1) BASS Central Open. I am also fishing 2 Major League Fishing Television events that will air on the Outdoor Channel in Q1 and Q2 of 2015.
Feb. 6 - Feb. 8, Lake Amistad - B.A.S.S. Central Open #1
These last several years I have avoided fishing bigger tournaments on my home water of Lake Amistad due to the demand of my guide service ami...... Read More
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|After guiding full time for 15 years, some clients become very good friends. Two weeks ago I lost one of those friends. Arvid Knutsen always made me laugh. Sometimes I would fall to the deck laughing so hard. His was a self-deprecating humor. Booking his first trip with me many years ago, he told me he had never caught a bass with a guide. He was willing to learn and researched me as the guy for the job. Our first trip Arvid did catch “a” fish. I did see that he had a long way to go. Once or twice the first year, then eventually every Friday, we hit the water and had fun!
He improv...... Read More
|Ice Fishing Gadgets and Gizmos!
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|Watching Grumpy Old Men leads to an impression that ice fishing is only for grumpy old men! I had never ventured onto a frozen pond, so this off-season; I thought I’d give it a try. I called FLW Kellogg’s pro Dave Lefebre about a crankbait story and he invited me to come up to Lake Erie to ice fish. He’s really into it! When you fish with a bass pro, they have every new product on the market, and Dave had everything!
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|What I Learned About Fishing from Cheerleaders
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|As I pound out this blog, I'm flying home from Orlando. I know what you are thinking. Family vacation? Florida fishing trip? Actually, I'm on the way home from the National High School Cheerleading Championship, where my daughter's team competed and did quite well in the competition.
I agreed to go on this trip quite reluctantly. I always want to support my kids, but just wasn't sure if spending four days with a bunch of 13-14 year old girls was going to be good for my nerves. My attitude changed quickly when I started watching the competition. Squads of junior high and high schools girls with...... Read More
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|What a wild week! In my off-season I travel for shows and fishing trips. Last week I did both. I flew to Raleigh on Friday to emcee the Bass University. We had a super two-day show with Mike Iaconelli, Ott Defoe, Kevin Short, Pete Gluszek, Brandon Palaniuk, and Ish Monroe. Nearly 100 guys took notes as these top bass pros presented Power Point seminars on everything from electronics to using specific lures.
A flight on Monday landed me in Erie, PA for an ice-fishing trip. I had never done this before. It was tough to pack for Raleigh's 70-degree days and Erie's 20-degree days. FLW Kellogg&rsqu...... Read More
|Made Better By a Knucklehead Like Me
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|I do a sweepstakes every year with BoatUS ANGLER, and believe it or not, I actually take it serious.
Look, I’m not the smartest crayon in the box, but I’m wise enough to realize that while I’m fortunate to fish all the time, to the person that wins that trip, there’s a real good chance they only get to fish a few times a year, and it’s likely they’ve never caught a boatload of big smallmouth
That said, it’s a big deal to the sweepstakes winner. And in turn, it’s a big deal to me.
We’ve had three different sweepstakes winners now, and it&r...... Read More
|New Years Resolutions
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|Once again the calendar turns to January and we enter a New Year… 2014 is now upon us.
As I was enjoying the Holiday season I realized I need to make a change for 2014… Yep, that’s right a resolution for the New Year. I am hoping it will make for some improved performance in 2014 and ultimately make my year even more fun and rewarding. It’s a pretty simple resolution but generally very hard to keep… well, I guess most resolutions are.
My 2014 resolution is “Do my own thing”. I need to fight my own battles in 2014. Dock Talk is very addicting ...... Read More
|Its Tool Time!
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|It was another week where the water was cold, the wind was blowing and ice formed on the boat ramps. Not a good week to get out, so it was time to continue work on my gear for next season. I took all of the bearings out of my bait casting reels and soaked them in lighter fluid and after drying out, oiled them with a slight drop of Quantum's Hot Sauce.
For some of the reels, I took them down to the frame and cleaned every part in the reel. This takes some time, but will put any reel back into perfect condition. I learned how to work on my reels out of necessity, but perfected my confidence in t...... Read More
|Still Fishing and Working
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|This time of the year, weather plays a big role in fishing on the Potomac. Windy conditions can either dictate fishing locations or keep you off the water altogether. Last week we were able to hit the water a couple of days. Fish are moving around transitioning from shallow grass flats as the hydrilla continues to die off. Most of the plants are dead, but stalks and stems still offer some cover for fish as the water is in the upper 40s. Fish were in areas that had grass with hard edges near deeper water. Slowly crawled crankbaits produced along with small soft plastics. Expect next week to be s...... Read More|