I know in my last post, I said I was going to blog more, not that great, but here I am. Work, Business, Family and other stuff has kept me off the water more then I would have chosen.
I have only fished 3 small tournaments thus far, but good news, cashed checks in all of them. Winning would have been better, but anytime you are cashing and losing less money then most, so that is a good thing!
Two of the tournaments I fished down in La Crosse with my buddy Kevin, we fished some Bass World Sports team tournaments, got big bass in both and got 3rd and 4th places. They may tournament all are fish fell pray to Bladed Swim Jigs and Tubes, no real surprise for the river.
The other event was a Bass Pursuit event on O’Dowd on June7th, it was a tough bite, but we scratched out a few 2-3lbrs on Dropshot and 3/8oz BassTEK Jigs in Magic Craw on deeper weed edges bordering hard bottom areas. The weights were so low, we didn’t even both to snap a picture of the fish.
Next up this week is the annual Pan-O-Prog event on Lake Marion which is close to home. It always seems to be a grind, but it’s nice to fish a few events close to home.
To close, here is a recent video on a local pond to my house. I don’t always have a ton of time to get out in the boat, but I sneak a little fishing in when I can, not bad eh?
First off, apologize to you long time readers that made the transition to the new site, as you have not been rewarded with new content here. I am planning on changing that, effective immediately. While I am not going to promise a new post every day, I do plan to try to do something small every day to make this blog a better site again and get it back to the form it once was.
When I was forced off my old platform, many of my posts suffered, broken links and lost images. So some of the most popular posts will get reworked so they are readable and usable again.
Also, I added my Twitter feed on the right side of the page, so that should make things a little more interactive and fresh. I have also added videos to the video page and freshened up some of the other pages on this website.
And most importantly, try to at least blog a few times a month here instead of a few times a year like last year.
Also, please leave a comment or shoot me a message via Facebook or Twitter and let me know what you would like to see more of here. Whether it be tips, tournament recaps, videos or other.
I think anyone on any level will be quick to admit that making money at tournament fishing can be quite the uphill climb. So I am going to share some of my tips on things you can do to keep your expenses down based on my tournament fishing, specifically last year’s Great Lakes BFL season where I finished 7th in the points in my first season in that circuit.
So like I mentioned, you can apply this to most any circuit, but I like the alliteration of BFLs on a Budget! For me, most of my savings comes from my lodging decisions. When I can, I like to stay at campgrounds near where I am fishing and on the water if possible. The nicest campgrounds are usually much cheaper then the lowest end of motels, meaning I can usually camp for an entire practice and event for what many guys spend for one night at most motel/hotels. Not to mention the cost effective motels are often not the newest, cleanest or most secure. Campgrounds have awesome parking situations, plus I feel like they are pretty safe and secure, there are always exceptions, but for the most part, they are like communities where everyone watches each others stuff. Often you can call and get a pretty good rate at campgrounds when you let them know all you need is electric hookup & don’t need full RV hookup.
Some people like tents, but for the most part, I make a bed in the back of my SUV, that way I don’t have to get up early on tournament days to pack up and worry about airing out a dew covered tent when I get home. My bed consists of dense foam camping mat, paired with various layers of sleeping bags and blankets depending on weather. I also like the security of sleeping in a vehicle connected to my boat, like a built in alarm system for my gear. Basically, half my vehicle is a bed and the other half is gear storage for stuff that isn’t in my boat.
The next big piece is to plan ahead for your food. I have a big Igloo Yukon Cooler that I fill with drinks, food & ice before I leave home. I pair that with a brown grocery bag of bread and other dry goods and I am good for my trip. My cooler will last about 4-5 days without having to buy more ice. The ice keeps lunch meat, cheese, sausage sticks, yogurts and other items which keeps a nice variety. That paired with my dry goods, granola bars, nuts, jerky and other reasonably healthy snacks. This ends up being so much cheaper and healthier then fast food or gas station offerings.
Getting your food and drinks from grocery stores or a Walmart is much more cost effective then buying single drinks or snacks on a daily basis from a convenience store. Just about any snack or drink is less then half the cost when bought in carton quantities over eaches.
The next biggest bucket of savings is doing what you can to be smart with your fuel usage, so if you can leave early enough that you can keep your tow speeds down that will save a chunk of cash. Also, putting in two sun up to sun down days on the water is way cheaper then 3-4 for days of just fishing 9hrs. One of my key components is too make sure my batteries last as much as 14 hours if needed and my Minnkota on board DC charger does that. It recharges my trolling motor batteries from my outboard once the starting battery has been topped off.
I also try to put together a pre-fishing game plan for the few days I have, so that I am being smart with the miles I put on the boat and SUV. Having a buddy to travel helps as well and often you can have each other’s backs as things come up.
Hope these tips are helpful or inspire some new thinking or ideas for some of you. Let’s face, unless you are one of the few anglers that wins an event in a season, cashing checks likely won’t cover your expenses if you are spending $90 a night on a hotel and another $30-40 a day on food for every practice and event day, the math just doesn’t work out.
Whoa, been awhile since my last post here, but I have done a little blogging over at the KrugerFarms.com and NBC Sports Blogs, feel free to subscribe to those as well.
But either way, time is rapidly getting away from us for Christmas shopping, so I am going to share some of my ideas on great Xmas gifts for bass fishermen and women. You may use these ideas to help build a better list for your loved ones or hopefully your loved ones can stumble across this list and use it to get you something cool that fits your passion come Christmas morning.
If you want to see what is on my personal list, check out my Pinterest board, creating a gift wish list on Pinterest is a great way to keep an active list that you can share with friends and family for Christmas, Birthdays or any gift occasion!
This is a nice feature from MN DNR, some of our fishing regulations are way out of whack, but this seems like a nice perk! Technology is great when it can save you time and/or money!
Forgot to buy your license? Then connect to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) mobile licensing page to purchase select fishing and hunting licenses via your smartphone. “This service is a convenience for people who need a license when they’re on the go,” said Steve Michaels, DNR license program director. “Not every type of license is offered but the mobile purchase site is ideal for people who have yet to purchase a fishing, small game or state stamp validation and suddenly discover that they need one.”
Customers who purchase off the mobile site won’t receive a conventional paper license. Instead, they’ll receive a text message or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers. More than 1,100 sales of electronic licenses have been logged since the mobile site’s soft launch in late June.
“The site isn’t, as yet, full service,” Michaels said. “There are features and products in the works. Even so, mobile license purchasing is a convenience DNR has not offered before and the sales numbers show our customers are responding.”
License types available for purchase on the mobile site include short-term angling, individual angling, resident combination angling, resident individual sports, resident combination sports, small game and state stamp validations. Any license that requires a site tag such as deer or turkey is not available for mobile purchase. Once a customer purchases and receives mobile license information by text, email or both, he or she must be able to provide the email or text information to a DNR enforcement officer upon request as proof of a valid license.
Mobile device users will automatically be identified when visiting the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense and selecting the “Purchase” button at the bottom of the page.
I recently signed up for three months of Mystery Tackle Box. Similar concept as Tackle Grab, or as I said before Fruit of the Month Club for Bass Fisherman. For roughly about $15 a month, depending on your subscription plan, you get a box of bass fishing lures sent to you door every month.
The idea is you get to try new stuff and the box is guaranteed to be worth more then your $15 investment, plus your shipping is included. They also have an online store where you can buy more of the products you go in your box, so if you like them and catch fish, you can buy more.
All in all I feel like my box was decent value. I was most excited for the Ish Monroe Biggie Square Bill crankbait, that clearly is worth about $9 alone. The other stuff was a Stanley Jig, which is a decent jig but not for me, I pretty much only use tungsten jigs. Then I got a couple partial packs of plastics, the Twin Menace seems like a cool bait, the other creature bait was fairly ordinary in my mind. The box also came with quite a few coupons, so if it happens to be stuff you are in the market for, it could save you some nice change! If you have not tried the Rod Glove products, give them a whirl, I love them and use them to protect all my Dobyns Fishing Rods!
Stay tuned, more videos in the next two months about my other boxes!
Between the big St. Paul and Minneapolis sport shows is this weekend’s MN Anglers Expo in Blaine. Last year in April the same group put on a very good 1st year Bass Expo, to get better traction, they have changed it to the Anglers Expo and moved it up to February.
If you have the fishing bug like I do, I encourage you to take in this show this weekend. I plan to be there all day on Saturday, when I am not walking around taking in the expo you will likely find me hanging around the KrugerFarms.com booth.
Kruger Farms is sure to have a wide selection of fishing gear and if you have been thinking about checking out a Dobyns Rod, Kruger Farms is sure to have a wide selection to check out, plus many other show specials! Either way, make sure to stop & say hello.
Also, below is a $1 Off Admission coupon I came across to share with you.
I recently had the opportunity to try Tackle Grab for a month. The basic principle behind Tackle Grab is you sign up for a monthly membership ranging from $12-16 depending on how long you sign up and you get new baits in the mail every month. Kind of like fruit of the month club, but for fishing. Interesting thing about Tackle Grab is that you fill out a profile, which asks you questions about the species, type and location of fishing you do most often to help tailor your tackle pack to your needs and wants. Check out the following video to see what I got in my box.
All in all, I think the value that I received in my initial January box was worth more then the $15 box of single box membership. I got a sample pack of two drop shot weights from Road Hog Baits, a Kahara Yajirobee 3 Blade ($15 value), some Optimum drop shot baits, and some Evolve Kompak Craws ($5) & a Yo-Zuri Pin Minnow jerkbait ($8). So 5 things with a retail value around $30-$35. It is all stuff I could use, not sure if I would have bought it all if I was shopping, but that can be a good thing as well. The Optimum Baits Wacky Shads are solid, as I have used them before (comparable to Jackall pintail or cross tail shads) and I love the Evolve Kompak craws, I have actually caught smallies on the ones in Tackle Grab between filming video and posting this blog.
I guess the other unique thing, is you earn points every month for being enrolled, you also can earn points by doing reviews, referring friends and other activities, those points can be used to shop in the Tackle Grab store of additional items, either new stuff you want to try or if you want more of the stuff you already received in your box.
Overall, if you are into trying new baits, and wanting to build your bait arsenal, this can be a pretty cool service for anglers.
Looking for a new destination to experience a
fishing trip of a lifetime?Well, look
no further than the Mississippi
Mississippi Gulf Coast hosts the most abundant and diverse species of salt
water fish within the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you’re a freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing, or deep sea angler,
the Mississippi Gulf Coast has it all for you.
a national average of about 68 degrees, Gulf Coastfishing is every angler’s dream.The
numerous bays, bayous, and other shallow inshore waters will help ensure all
day non-stop fishing action filled with catching species such as flounder,
grouper, tarpon, barracuda, red snapper, and bonita.Charter trips are always a great idea.The guide will be able to show you the
region’s hot spots where you can spend half the day or the entire catching fish
for sport or for dinner!It’s a great
way to spend time with your family or with a few of you best buddies.Nothing feels better than that adrenaline
rush of sitting around on the boat to strapping in and reeling in a monster
saltwater or deep sea fishing isn’t your cup of tea, don’t fret.Choosing to fish inland is a great option as
well due to Mississippi’s rich lakes, rivers, and streams that are home to
largemouth bass, catfish, and trout.You
may also want to enlist the help of a guide as well for these fresh bodies of
waters.Many of the guides also are
professional or semi-professional anglers who compete in the Bass Master
tournaments.If you chose to enlist the
help of these professional anglers, not only will you be shown the best fishing
spots in the area, but you will probably receive some tips and techniques from
a pro!So if you’re looking for great
fishing in a great part of the world, be sure to check out the Mississippi Gulf
So recently a fishing buddy and I were going back and forth on top jig colors for a side project we are working on. We spent quite a bit of time going back and forth, so I decided it may be easier to poll a larger audience to confirm or debunk our assumptions on what colors bass anglers across the US favor for their flipping jigs.
It started out as a simple survey I put together, but responses came in rater quickly and exceeded the limit of the free Survey Monkey account. So I am writing this post to share the results from the first 100 responses which only took a few hours to get and now we have hundreds of responses I cannot access until I pay to upgrade. So my thought, is to share the initial results here on my blog and invite more of you to participate.
Once I hit a larger threshold of responses, I will pay the fee and then sharer the larger results with all of you. So please take this survey, if it takes more then 60 seconds you are probably over thinking it. Also, consider emailing, sharing, this blog post and results with your fishing friends so we can gather as much data as possible.
So below are the 1st 100 response result summary and below that the chart that was posted to survey.