Dove Season by Chris Krammes

DOVE SEASON

With days now shorter and nights getting cooler I can’t help but feel a new hunting season around the corner. Yes, dove season is only a couple weeks away! It’s time to dust off our shotguns and get in some much needed practice before opening day! What better way to kick off a new hunting season than with a September dove hunt!

Traditionally our group meets up the weekend before, either at our local sporting clays range or on our farm to shoot skeet. It’s a great way to be prepared before taking to the field. If you’re not able to shoot at home there are plenty of clubs around the area that will allow nonmembers the opportunity to sharpen their shooting skills.

After digging all of my gear out it was clear that it was time to restock! Realizing time was running out I headed for our local Bass Pro Shops. While at the Bass Pro Shops in Ashland we found everything and more that we could possibly need for the upcoming season. Bass Pro Shops has a wide selection of dove hunting necessities from shot shells, clothing, skeet throwers and clay targets. Don’t forget ear and eye protection! I was so consumed by all there was to choose from I almost forgot to pick up a couple more MOJO dove decoys.

Now I'm completely stocked up and you’ll find me on the range this weekend!

See you out there!

Chris Krammes


 

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Duck Dynasty by Timothy Nace

Hey Duck Dynasty fans, get ready for season 4 by getting all your gear at Bass Pro Shops! We have everything you need from Uncle Si’s tea cups, tee shirts, bobble heads, action figures and more. We just received season 3 on DVD along with seasons 1 and 2. We also have the books “The Duck Commander Family” and “Happy, Happy, Happy”. So come on down to Bass Pro Shops and get ready for season 4 as it airs on A&E Wednesday night at 9:30pm!Duck Dynasty Gear

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Fish On

I launched my skiff out of Hopewell City marina Friday afternoon. I headed up river in search of bait needed for an evening of cat fishing with a longtime fishing buddy of mine, Howard and his friend James.

Bait turned out to be easy to find and after a 15 minute soak our gill net delivered 7~10 medium sized gizzard shad as well as a few slab sized.

Ok, game on! With plenty of bait in the cooler we were pumped to get our rods in the water, so we headed down river. We stopped at our first spot furthest from the marina at the beginning of the incoming tide. Our game plan was to fish 6-7 spots working our way back to the marina varying depths and structure.

On our first spot we put out 10 rods and within the first 30 minutes we doubled 10lb and 31lb blues. Giving that spot another 20 minutes it was time to move. Our next spot resulted less luck so after another hour we moved again. This time fishing wing dams in shallow water we picked up a 20lb blue and with the tide ticking away we decided to make another move. After about a 20 minute run up river we anchored at the entrance of a secondary river channel. We had 90 minutes left in the tide so this spot would be our last chance for a big fish. With another 10 rods spread across the channel we waited. After 45 minutes I was beginning to question my decision to anchor there.  With the stillness and quiet of the dark, we started to nod off.  At about midnight the alarm of screaming drag got our attention.  It was enough to revive us and get us pumped! After a short battle the 52lb blue all scarred up rolled to the surface. We took pictures, weighed it and released that big boy back into the water. Thinking that fish would end a great night of fishing, I decided to give it another 30 minutes. What a good decision that was. The alarm of the drag screaming again! Fish on! The rod tip was nearly touching the water. What a big fish! As he broke the surface his huge tail soaked everyone. We knew this was the best fish of the night and the scale proved it! The last fish of the night weighed in at 57lbs and was just over 48” long. We were thrilled! With cameras full of pictures we headed home.

All fish were released as we always do to catch another day.  We will definitely be back for more in a couple weeks!

Good luck!
Chris Krammes
 

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Let's Frog!

By Teddy Carr


I like hot sticky weather for a good froggin’ bite, but of course that has been in short supply in Virginia thus far, but we have a ways to go before we give way to autumn. This weather scenario is also not an absolute or a hard and fast rule for froggin’ either there are plenty of fish being caught on a frogg right now.

Seeing how I like to proclaim myself somewhat an expert on this style of fishing (note self proclamation) I want to pass on to you some of my knowledge and techniques. First it should be called Breamin’ instead of froggin’ because the bite has nothing to do with a bass eating a frog. A frog bite has everything to do with bass feeding on bream as it all relates to emergent vegetation. Any strike or blow-up on a frog in open water is nothing more than a topwater bite. I don’t think I’ve ever used a soft bodied frog in any other situation other than over heavy vegetation such as milfoil, coontail, or pads etc. Focusing in on that premise lets explore my philosophy on the gig a little.  Because I fish the tidal Potomac more these days most of what I’m writing to you is how it relates to that particular body of water but I believe it carries over to other lakes and rivers as well. First bass have a lot to feed on during the summer but they have to make a choice on where they want to eat it or where they want to call home. Bass that want to feed on white perch and the soft bodied shad families will spend more time out in front of a grass bed or along the edge of a pad field. In other words they feel right at home in an open water environment. Bass that decide to call the confines of a weed bed it’s home feel right at home in the thick jungle of weeds and a menu of crayfish, yellow perch, small minnows, and bream is just fine by them.

Which frog, When?

I always start with a moving frog like a YUM Money Frog or a Bass Pro Humpin’ Toad, if I get bit I stay with it. The choice out of the gate is a simple one for me, I choose the moving frog because I’m a power fisherman and I like to cover as much water as I can as fast and efficiently as I can. The moving or swimming variety as some refer to it excels when the bass are on an active bream beat down. One of the tells that a beat down is happening or about to happen is when you hear that popping or sucking sound coming from the grass bed. That sound is coming from bream feeding on critters that are living on the under side of the vegetation. The preoccupied bream is an easy target for well concealed bass that is hungry. A moving frog taps into the reactionary nature of a bass in this situation, oh its a lovely thing! Also on a side note if the strike is violent probably means the bass was positioned under the bait on the bottom, if the strike is light or if the bass basically humps up on the lure means it was positioned just under the surface. I know I don’t have a life I just set around in my bass zone analyzing such things. If the bass are in a non aggressive mood then a popping frog or regular frog is probably the wiser choice. My favorite two are the Booyah Pad Crasher and the Booyah Pad Crasher Popper.

Colors

I always use darker colors like green-pumpkin, dark watermelon, or black. I like to accent them with some orange or yellow.

Gear

I use a 7′ 6″ med-hvy rod for all my frog presentations. The soft tip allows the fish to load up without detecting you and then you have the backbone to drive the hook home and the power to pull his head up and get the old boy coming your way. I use 65-pound Bass Pro braid as my fishing line of choice, heavy and no stretch attached to a 6/0 heavy off set shank hook if using a swimming frog. As for a reel you want one that has a real heavy duty drag system then lock that baby down so a freight train couldn’t pull line from it. Then go to work. We have begun our 4-hour frog trips if you’re interested contact us and we would be more than happy to show you up close and personal some breamin’

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Fly Fishing in Central America by Harry Robertson

An exciting letter from Harry Robertson: 

Hey Bass Pro Team,


Please pardon the redundant report. Hampden-Sydney College where I
preform two seminars yearly asked for an after graduation trip to
Central America. This trip would be open to family members as well as
the students. A good opportunity for the father-son type trip or a great
graduation present for seniors. The dean of Students joined us and the
entire group had a marvelous time.

  
I had prearranged avenue with Dr. Alfredo Lopez, the CEO and on
location manager of Rio Indio Lodge along with Mike Lilla, fishing
manager to offer an educational calendar that would include half of each
day clearing paths in the jungle and half a day guided fishing. The path
would be available to the local Rama Indian tribe to take visitors on
nature walks explaining the jungle flora and fauna.

The Rama Indian guides in the jungle and on the water offered an insight
into the ECO lodges offerings....we left only footprints! the path
cleared will have a sign at its entrance with credit to the Beyond the
Hill participants. This denotes the college's intention to prepare the
students for how to assist those willing to help themselves to cope with
everyday life after college. It has worked extremely well in several
other Central American countries. There are plans to make this an annual
trip stretching the helpful activities to the nearby Rama Indian
village.


Now for the fishing, my part of the program. I had explained how the the
jungle species are found in different locations at different times of
year. The fish we targeted were Mojarra, Machaca and Guapote. When
waters are high during the rainey season the fish are scattered
throughout the vast jungle almost impossible to fish for. As the dry
season progresses the bait fish are driven into concentrations in
lagoons and rivers. The best season to target the aforementioned species
is March, April and May. We were on the end of the dry season and did
not expect excellent fishing...what a surprise!

We were armed with nine foot fly rods, high capacity reels, nine foot
leaders and a variety of surface flies that included grasshoppers and
popping bugs in various colors. The poppers in solid white or solid
black were the most successful. We would cast to shore cover near
the overhanging trees. All the gear was furnished by the Bass Pro
program and worked well. If you want to know models and and weights
please get in contact at www.hanoverfly.com.


There was no evidence that the Guapote I had enjoyed catching that month
were still around. A few Machaca were a nice addition to the afternoon
fishing with popping bugs. These fish are equipped with molars to crack
nuts, fruit, or masticate foliage and blossoms. This food source finds the
fish waiting below towering Fig Trees....but these fish are  also are
carnivores! There explosive, lightening fast strikes often result in
broken or cut leaders but if hooked put up a marvelous battle.

The Mojarra is a brute cousin of our North American Bream. The fish has
fins that end in delightful points making it look like it was styled in
India. These fish are much thicker than our bream and real street
fighters when hooked. They wait in ambush near logs and vegetation to
dart out to take naturals. They eat minnows as well as insects. They are
lovely in muted colors.


We had an instance when around a ten pound Snook tried to wrestle a hooked 

Mojarra from the line with no success but provided a
heart stopping moment for an entry level angler. The Snook are in the
same are in  sizes to twenty pounds a bit later in the year. In
September they are in evidence in the lagoons and rivers along with a
huge migratinfg run of Tarpon. Fishing for them while residing at the
lodge is minutes away where the Rio Indo River exits into the Caribbean
Sea. The sea is calm during that month.


I shall return with client friends in September and shall report on that
fishery after that. Now I must change the travel bag to accommodate gear
for first trip to Alaska where I will target the Coho ( Silver Salmon ) in early
August and later that month to Montana during the "Hopper Season", a
yearly favorite.


 

Harry Robertson



    
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Positive Reinforcement Part 2

Positive Reinforcement:   Part 2

 

 Hello again, after a great day of training I thought I would add a little more to my last blog on Positive Reinforcement. There are so many times that we catch ourselves making comments like, “what am I doing wrong?” and, “if I could only figure it out and narrow it down I could be successful.” -You know, nothing could be further from the truth. To me those statements are like saying, “if I were to study by doing a problem all the wrong ways, I will eventually find the right way to do it.” Stop harping on yourself for doing things wrong; instead figure out how to be successful. Always think about all of your successes and never your failures.

 

Let’s talk about the Archer; mentally prepared vs. unprepared. An unprepared archer will shoot great and say, “Well I guess I got lucky that time.” When he shoots a bad shot, he’ll say, “Why do I always do that?” Now on the other side, when a mentally prepared archer shoots a bad shot he knows it was bad and says, “Next time I will do better.” When he shoots a great shot he acknowledges his accomplishment. I am sure that you can see the difference.

 

I always tell myself that if I practice failing, I will fail. So, with some good encouragement from a dear friend I have learned how to think positively and complement myself when I do something good. I hope you do this as well. Don’t forget, it is not bad to tell yourself you did something good.

 

 Until next time,

-Rex

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Bass Pro Pursuit X1 Spotting Scope Review

    Hello there, My name is Rob Panosh, I would like to take a moment to write about an experience I had with a particular spotting scope, The Bass Pro Pursuit X1 25-75x70.

My friends and I head down to the shooting range a couple times a month to sight in newly scoped Rifles and to do some 100 yard target shooting. Walking 200 yards every time you need to see where your hitting the target gets old fast, and we've all gotten that uncomfortable stare you get from all the guys with spotting scopes as you go to check your target, so we decided to try out a spotting scope.

I have owned and attempted to use a couple different spotting scopes in the past to no avail, only to find with my low budget they just weren't bright enough to read a target at 100 yards, or the target would shrink and darken so much when zoomed that the (((shake))) would not allow you to see where your shots were being placed. This was very frustrating, and I was back to walking down range.

Yesterday, a real good buddy of mine swung by the Bass Pro Shops in Ashland, Va. and showed up at the range toting a box that said PURSUIT X1 25-75X70 Compact Spotting Scope.  Great timing as we were getting ready to throw some lead 100 yards down range hoping to pierce the Bullseye.

Upon setting up the Spotting scope, we immediately took notice of its Short Compact Lightweight design. In the box we also found a compact folding tabletop tripod, padded case, and a shoulder strap, everything you need to get started. It had a wide easy view angled eyepiece, cassegrain-style mirror system in the huge 70mm exit lense for a super bright field of view, Fogproof Lens, Waterproof lightweight polycarbonate body sporting a protective rubber armor.

Well here we go, first set at 100 yards lets see what it can do.You could hear the sounds of approval as each of us looked through the scope to see the Large Bright target crisp and clear with the bullet holes in it, in fact one guy saw a lucky barn fly land in the lower left corner of the target, I say lucky because he took off JUST before I got a lock on him with one of my tack drivers.

Come to find out incredibly we did not even begin to zoom the scope, it was still at its factory beginning 25x70 power position with all of its 25-75 zoom to go which tells me this scope is very capable for you guys out there poking stuff out to 500 yards. Is this a Win Win situation ? Lets talk about price. I was floored when I compared prices with the competitors of this same exact power scope, I saw it for $320.00 + up, much of what you would expect to pay for a scope of this capability. To my surprise the Bass Pro Shops Pursuit X1 25-75x70 came in well under that at $169.99!  I am Hooked, not only did this Scope perform allowing for a great experience and relaxed day on the range, it cuts its competitors price in half.

Thank you Bass Pro Shops, Well done!!

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Positive Reinforcement

Well I am back. The first time that we talked we had a little time to talk about the mental game involved and what it takes to be competitive or to shoot at the competitive level. Well, I have been using what you may call "Positive Reinforcement"; this works for me and I hope it may help you as well. I always approach any given situation with a positive attitude and always reinforce myself that I am going to do the very best I can every time that I am training for an event as well as in life . The more we talk and write about something happening we really improve the probability of that situation really happening. So, all I would recommend is to be careful on what we  picture in our minds because that is what will probably happen. Just a small situation that has probably happened over a hundred times or more is when two competitors are having a conversation and one tells the other all the things that went wrong through out the competition. You must remind yourself to be strong and over come the negative thoughts and think of all the positives that happened instead. This will approve your ability to be positive and to reinforce positive outcomes. Well, for me, it's back to the range for now and we will talk again later. 

- Rex    

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Lake Anna Bass Fishing and Trash Talking

                              Dennis Daniels & Hank Ruffin holding up a 20 lb plus 5 fish limitDennis Daniels & Hank Ruffin holding up a 20 lb plus 5 fish limit

I have several dozen pictures from the last three months that need to be posted and written about. I've met some really great people this spring. Most of the fishing trips have produced very nice catches... All of them have been fun!

I had to take a few minutes to share this one. I think the best way to describe this trip was competitive! Dennis has a way of lighting a competitive fire in all of his friends! I'm not sure if I can do it justice in this post, but I'll try. I have to start out by saying that both Hank and Dennis have been out (on separate occasions) earlier in the year. We caught some fish, but truly struggled in the previous trips. For example, Hanks last trip offered a 25 degree cold front, sleet, snow and he was already suffering from the flu! (The Bass Pro 100mph Gortex was awesome!) We managed to put together a decent limit in the past but I really wanted this trip to be a good one for both of them.

Dennis organized the day with 3 of his buddies... Walt, Darryl, and Hank (All pictured in Taylor's previous post). Taylor guided Walt and Darryl, while Dennis and Hank hopped in my boat. Most people take fishing trips to relax and wind down. Dennis and the gang chose to turn this into a vicious competition. There was trash talking at the ramp, on the phone, during lunch, between partners, between clients and guides, and on and on! There was never a dull moment. Each boat landed between 20-30 nice keeper bass during the course of the day. Dennis started early with a 3 pounder on a "skitter pop". Hank struck hard around 9 am with a 5 1/2 lb hawg that took "big fish" honors, shortly followed by a 4 pounder. Sometime around 4 o'clock Dennis landed another angry 4 1/2. And dropped plenty of high fives and explicit shouts in celebration. Towards the end of the day Darryl lost one on a crankbait that may have taken the lunker prize. It was one of those days where the next big bite could happen at any time.

Great day on the water... Looking forward to seeing these guys again at the end of June.

Quick reminder... 
We are doing "Happy Hour" fishing trips this summer, everyday from 5pm to dark.
These evening trips are a ton of fun and a great way to wind down after work! The boat traffic dies down and the temperature cools as the sun sets.  On average the trips produce a dozen or so angry Lake Anna Striped Bass from 5-15 lbs.

Feel free to call Taylor or me (Charlie) at 540-287-3591 to book a trip or learn more about Lake Anna. I've been a resident of Lake Anna  for over 25 years and have plenty of relationships with owners of rental properties, marinas, restaurants etc. We're happy to assist with lodging, large groups, boat rentals and more.

Tight lines!

Charlie Bowles

 

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Hand held GPS’s and Spring Time

                

This is the time of year that everyone loves. We can now get out of the house to do all types of sports comfortably that really wouldn’t be fun in the extreme cold. Geocaching is one of them that really gets the whole family involved.

Here at Bass Pro Shops, we enjoy assisting people with this new sport. We can make suggestions on what type of GPS would be a good starter as well as giving recommendations for the seasoned enthusiastic Geocacher.

This May at our Go Outdoors Event, we will have seminars on Geocaching for the young and old. So come on out to Bass Pro Shop in Ashland, Va. and check us out at the Marine Electronic Center, we are here to help.

 

               Larry G Martin

                Marine Lead 

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Fishing Report

Fishing

by David Brayman

FRESHWATER FISHING

     For the freshwater fishermen, there are plenty of shad to be caught in the lower James River up to the fall line with darts and spoons being the primary lure, no specific color. This fishery will continue for another 2 to 3 weeks before it begins to wind down. Along with the shad the Striped Bass have started to get caught with both schoolies and big fish in the mix. A jig head lure with a white body will produce good results, 4, 6, or even 8 inch bodies will work. For the bass fishermen, the fish have begun to work into a pre-spawn/spawn patterns. Top water and plastic lures producing best results. The Small mouth bite is getting better as well with the fish following their larger mouthed cousins. For the crappie live minnows and and jigs are doing well.

SALTWATER FISHING

     The croaker and spot are a little slow going coming to us, but they are being caught. The Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum are beginning to make their way to the flats areas in places like Mobjack Bay. The large Drum are making their presence in the ocean going inlets like Fisherman’s Island inlet. These big fish are being caught up to the 50 inch marker. Softshell crab, or cut bait will produce for these bruisers. Another good fish to pursue is the Tautaug. These fish are bait stealing KINGS, if you aren’t paying full attention. Cut crabs, sand fleas, or fiddler crabs are best bait for these guys.

     As Spring comes into play around us, we begin to remember those little things we needed to get done last year. Changing that mono line out, sharpen bait knives, replace last years lost tackle. Getting these things done now, can prevent lost time later.

     Our Feature product this month is the Ascend fs128t Angler Kayak. This is one to get excited about, it has GREAT potential to become a big contender in the fishing community. Come by and take a look for yourself!

  • Sit-on-top/Stand up design provides the ultimate kayak fishing platform
  • Solid casting platform with pull up assist strap for stable switch to stand up fishing
  • Removable 360 degree swivel seat with 3 position height adjustment.
  • Multiple watertight dry storage hatches with easy access
  • Deep molded side storage trays accept all kinds of fishing gear and tackle
  • Multipurpose molded dash - catch all trays, cup holder, and recessed tackle tray storage under seat
  • Adjustable foot braces
  • 4 flush mount rod holders - 2 by seat, 2 forward
  • Molded rod tip stagers on bow deck hold top of rod while fishing
  • Fully adjustable rod tender - provides vertical adjustment and 360° of horizontal adjustment
  • 8 scupper drains - big enough to accept transducer (sold separately)
  • Anchor trolley
  • Maximum weight capacity: 350 lbs.
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Becoming a Pro Staffer by Rex Reichert

Becoming a Pro Staffer: What does it take and what does it mean?

I have been asked this question a time or two while participating in the world of archery. The word “Prostaff”, what do you think it means. Is it that you are a professional in the archery world? This is what most people believe it to mean. However, to me and many others who are prostaffers, the “pro” means “promotions” of that and other products in which you wish to endorse. It takes a lot of time to become a true promoter of the product in which you choose. I have been promoting archery products for a long time and have had a great time in doing so. It is important to take time and have dedication and the knowledge on the product in which you are going to promote. Take the time and do your homework and become the best you can be!

 

Talk to you again real soon

 

- Rex.

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Archery: Practice, Discipline and Dedication

 

Well after the rain let up I decided to go out and do some training for some up and coming archery events. What does it take?  Well, I will be the first to tell you it takes a lot of dedication and a lot of practice. Don't worry, it will all pay off in the long run.  Sometimes I ask myself , "why do I love the sport of Archery?" First and foremost it is because of my love for the outdoors. I have learned that there is a lot of mental preparation that goes in to shooting at the competitive level. To me, being outside under the clear blue skies and shooting my bow is one of the best forms of meditation in the world; Just you, your bow, and the arrows. Mental preparation is the best tool you have and over the next few months I will try to help you understand the importance of this.

But for now back to the practice range I go. We will talk again soon.

- Rex

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Tips to safely enjoy the outdoors

May is the time of year that just about everyone who enjoys the outdoors will be there. From fishermen -oops-persons'- hey cut me a break I'm old school and I hope my daughters don't see this, to hikers, lawn care and gardeners. If you are outdoors lets make it a safe time. Just a bit of a warning for things to watch out for; Number one: Insects! Ticks, chiggers, mosquitos and spiders (Black Widows), are all out there but can be avoided with bug sprays or just plain caution. Watch where you sit, place your hands, unpack your sleeping bags etc. Next, snakes; Copperheads are the most commonly encountered. Take the time to put on shoes and long pants. Most snake bites happen after dark by people stepping on them as they rest on sidewalks or steps' that are holding the warmth of day. Use a flash light and use some common sense. For water safety, use your pfd and don't turn your back on little ones.

Until next time, enjoy!

 

Marshall “Smokey” Stover

White River Fly Shop

Ashland Va.

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I've got the Blues by Captain John Garland

This spring, fishing for Bluecat fish here on the James River has been red hot. My client’s on board have been catching two to three state citations each fishing trip; Citations have to be 38 inches or 30 pounds.

There are plenty of hickory shad to catch on jigs to keep people active and in turn, I have bait that I can also use to put on the line for the Big Cats.

The people that I have fished with have been wonderful! What a great feeling I to be a part of someone's moment that they will always remember, and so will I. Thanks to everyone who boarded Screaming Reel Charters this spring.

After the spawn is over, get ready for some red hot evening and night trips,

 

                 Tight Lines,

                  Captain John.

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Fishing Tips by Teddy Carr

  I just finished up with the Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament on the Potomac River. I caught fish all day but just couldn’t manage a big bite to get me over the hump-so to speak. But one of the keys to success is being on a good pattern that is producing to enhance your odds of catching the big ones you need. I had figured out my lure pattern and choice earlier in the week. I was smashing them on a Booyah Boogie Bait in white. But its not enough to just have the right lure selection, you also have to have the right rod and reel set-up and that reel has to be spooled with the right line. With all the specialty lines out there today we have a huge leg up. I use Bass Pro Shops 30-pound braid for my bladed jigs like the Boogie Bait along with a heavy action rod. This allows me to rip this lure out of the grass and pads that I routinely fish as well as get a good hook set. I spool it up on a Bass Pro Shops Pro-Qualifier reel that gives me maximum casting distance. Even though I didn’t win this tournament my set up is a winning combination for catching bass.

 

Teddy Carr

 Member of the Aflac Fishing Team and Bass Pro Shops Pro-staff

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Big Cat Quest: Saturday, March 16, 2013

Looking back on the tournament from this past weekend, I feel that the event was challenging. There was great competition with fishermen from all over various parts of the United States who brought their skills and knowledge to Virginia to fish on the Mighty James River. Ken Freeman, of Outdoor Promotions, has a great circuit for Catfishermen of all ages to compete in due to the hourly set-up and various target weights that were needed to win.

My partner Chris Krammer and I were on the water at 4:30am; luckily we had all the bait we needed for that day.  We were on the river the day before catching shad and eels for bait. We went down river from Jordan Point Marina because that was our game plan. During practice, the bite was hot down river so we did not want to deviate from our original plan. We boated our first fish by 9am; a lovely 35 pounder!  After this, a drop in air temperature and cold rain seemed to effect the biting where we were. Boats were nearby, but we didn't see anyone boating fish; it was just plain tough!  We moved around to various fishing holes but the big bite never came. You can locate the fish but you can't make them bite if they don't want too.

Some fishermen didn't catch anything, and of course, depending on where you were some did. The winning fish weighed in at 71 pounds caught by a crew from North Carolina. Awesome fish, and congratulations to the winning team!  At the weigh in, Bass Pro Shops had food and drinks for everyone. Hot dogs and refreshments were well received by all of us. Bass Pro Shops is a First Class organization in which I have the great honor of representing!

Overall the event had a great turn out, and I look forward to the next Big Cat Quest tournament next year!  Special thanks goes to all the wonderful people who made this tournament possible; awesome work!

 

                                                                         See you on the water,

Captain John.

 

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Lake Anna Report – March

Charlie Bowles- Fishing Guide

www.CVOfishing.com

 

Pro Staff:

Bass Pro Shops

Johnny Morris Carbonlite Rods and Reels

Lowrance Electronics

Seaguar Flourocarbon

 

Bass

When the water reaches the magic temperature of 55 degrees Bass will “stage” or move towards the shallower creeks and coves. During this period the Bass will “wake up” and get much more active than they have been in the winter. The lower end of the lake is going to warm before any other area. Dike 3, Valentine Cove, Levy Creek, Rockland Creek, and Dukes Creek will be great areas to concentrate your efforts. Use ½ ounce to ¾ ounce Spinnerbaits, 5” Jerkbaits, and ¼ ounce swimjigs and swimbaits. Don’t forget your favorite variety of finesse baits when the bite gets a little tougher or you are trying to follow up the other baits. I also like to use lizards and senko type baits on a Carolina rig. This technique allows you to cover a lot of water and detect changes in the bottom.

 

Striper

There are lots of  stripers in the Dike 3 area.  Many of the larger Stripers will be caught in the main rivers near Terrys run, S-turns, Christopher run, and Duck in hole creek. ¼ ounce to ½ ounce Swimbaits and Jerkbaits will be very productive in these areas. If you are a live bait fisherman use a shallow presentation during lowlight and overcast days. During bright sunlight go out to deeper feeding flats and use down lines.

 

Crappie

Watch for Crappie to move to some of the 15 ft rock piles and bridge pilings later in the month. Use  2” pearl grubs and tubes and small and medium minnows. 

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Roland Martin Came to Richmond

 

Roland Martin and GM Greg Bulkley

Bass Pro Shops in Ashland, VA was honored to have guest speaker and legendary angler, Rowland Martin, at out Great American Boat show on Saturday, February 9, 2013!

Martin, host of Fishing with Roland Martin on NBC Sports, has an impressive list of accolades over the years to include, nine-time BASS Angler-of-the-Year.  In addition, Martin was the first professional bass fisherman to be inducted into all three Halls of Fame (IGFA Hall of Fame, Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, and Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame).

Roland Martin popularized the concept of "pattern" fishing - determining a particular way to catch fish for a given time and lake, and then applying it to similar locations around that lake. He has been an able and enthusiastic spokesman for bass fishing, conservation, and the pursuit of the American dream for decades, generating a large following of fans.

 

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Take a Kid Fishing

Just in time for our Spring Fishing Classic, our very own Larry Martin has a few words of wisdom and advice on the latest electronics for us.

 

Take A Kid Fishing

Every year, Bass Pro Shops has a Bass Pro University in Destin, Fl. This year I had the great pleasure of being selected to attend. While the event offers a tremendous amount of useful information on Fishing, Boating, and Marine Electronics, the best information I received in the 5 day event came one evening when Hank Parker, Sr. was asked to speak at our dinner. He was so sincere and original that it really hit deep in my heart and mind when he asked for our help to take back our children. He then went on to explain how the world, in all its changes, has driven us away from the basics of what life is all about; Our children. Fishing is a sport by all means, but it is also a great opportunity to teach our children just how important it is to get back with nature. Our children have got into a dangerous trend of electronics; Don't get me wrong, electronics are great in the right  situations, but we need to be able to separate them from our family life and fishing can help do just this. You can't get to know your child by emailing or texting them, but if you take them fishing a few times they will get to know the real you. And when they do, you will be surprised just how little you knew about them also. Seeing each other every day in passing doesn’t do it justice; you can't really explain and teach morals in the car on the way to school or social events. However, when you are out in nature teaching them to fish and how enjoyable it is, it’s great.

Hank Sr. I commend you. You are truly the greatest of the great by trying to bring back the family life that we need for our children that has seems to be lost in this world. I’m the lead in Marine Electronics and boy have we got loads of exciting new items this year. But before I go into them, let me please express that when we take our children fishing it is important that we go back to the basic’s; don’t make it look so difficult. You should just have fun and do the simple things that you as a child had a ball doing.

 Now for the big kids’ toys, the new Lowrance HDS and Elite series this year is going to be hard to beat. The new 7, 9, and 12 inch touch screens are so fast and easy to use. They will be hard to keep on the shelves. The new Insight Genesis software addition will be a great way to increase the data of your favorite fishing spots.

Garmin with their new echo series and chirp feature will bring clarity to the fishing experience.

 Minn Kota and Humming Bird has really got their act together. The new I-Pilot link with its Ethernet connection to the GPS-Sonar unit has really taken the show. You can set way points and routes so quick and easy that it leaves you hands-free which enables you to fish more. It even creates routes and trails at the dock before you go out fishing.

Let’s not forget the Navionics new Nav+ feature that will enable you to create your own map data of the lake of your choice. Just troll the lake while copying the data to a blank chip. Then, send it to Navionics and 24 hours later they will send you a revised chip with your data incorporated on it.

 Now, the Best of the Best has to be for all the venders that helped in the on the water experience we had at the Bass Pro University. With the personal experience we have on the water, we at Bass Pro Shops can offer firsthand knowledge on our Popular electronics.

 So come on in and visit me at the Ashland, Va. Bass Pro Shops and let our staff demo a fish finder combo or electronic unit to you.

Larry Martin

Marine Lead

Bass Pro Shops

Ashland, Va.

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