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Zero to 100 MPH!
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 25 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: April 14, 2014
That’s what I am going to need to do, as the winter and early spring have been very slow for my guide business! High winds, cold weather and muddy water have kept clients on the sidelines. Not anymore. I will be fishing 5 days a week for the foreseeable future! I am getting booked as fast as the weather changed! I try to stay in fishing shape through the off-season, but that is really tough to do. I work out and keep my weight down, but there is nothing that compares to standing for 8 hours a day and making a thousand casts while servicing my clients…retying, giving instruction and...... Read More

The Polar Vortex and Survival Mode
Contributed by DGnewikow - This blog has been viewed 70 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: April 02, 2014
I don’t know about you, but this global warming is killing me! They say if you are under the age of 40 this is the most brutal winter of your life. Much to the chagrin of my children, my home in Tennessee didn’t receive the copious snowfall that much of the country saw this winter. We did, however, have plenty of cold weather. The few times I got out to go duck hunting this winter there was a lot of ice-breaking to be done, and several times we couldn’t break it. That’s cold for Tennessee.
All that cold has obviously affected the fishing this spring. My first couple of ...... Read More

Line Up To Fish
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 68 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: April 01, 2014
It's time. Time to go fishing! The weather says "yes" and you say, "Let’s go"! Grab the rods and head to the water. But before you do, respool! Nothing says, 'I'm not ready to fish' than line tightly coiled with winterized memory!
Photo of fishing line in a tangle... Read More

Guide Guests
Contributed by KStricker - This blog has been viewed 115 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 21, 2014
Over the coarse of the past seven seasons, we've had the opportunity to wet a line and explore a wide variety of waters across the country. On occasion, in an effort to locate fish more quickly, we've relied on the local knowledge and expertise of a professional fishing guide, and in some cases invited a select few to join us as a guest on the program. Now in my opinion, and I think many of you will agree, the job of a fishing guide is without doubt one of the most demanding vocations in the outdoors.
Heck, the outright pressure of producing results on a daily basis alone is a challenging task...... Read More

March Coming in Like a Lion!
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 293 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: March 04, 2014
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!
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 338 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: February 25, 2014
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

Arvid Knutsen
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 393 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: February 17, 2014
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!
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 368 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: February 13, 2014
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!
Photo of FLW pro Dave Lefebre with a nice catch.... Read More

What I Learned About Fishing from Cheerleaders
Contributed by DGnewikow - This blog has been viewed 351 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: February 12, 2014
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

Fish Travels
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 382 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: January 21, 2014
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

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