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 year as I fished my tournaments, I had decided to try to utilize
campgrounds over hotels as much as possible to keep expenses down and
maximize potential profitability of tournament wins. Keeping the
camping deal in mind, I don’t want to eat solely Peanut Butter
sandwiches and try not to do a ton of fast food, so having a good cooler
is pretty important for eating well and affordably.
quite a few of these super coolers that claim to keep ice for a week or
more, so I figured I should do some research, they don’t exactly give
these coolers away. After checking the features and design of all the
comparable coolers, I thought the Yukon Cold Locker from Igloo was the
choice for me. When you think about it, why wouldn’t a company that has
been building quality coolers for more then 60 years understand what
consumers like us demand from a high end cooler.
My New 70qt Yukon Cold Locker
hinges, sturdy construction and tethered drain plug were some of the
highlights for me on this cooler. I mean, who wants to loose a drain
plug on a couple hundred dollar cooler, what good is it then? Check out www.yukoncoldlockers.com to see all it’s features and how it stacks up against the Yeti. Two weeks ago fishing a BFL in La Crosse, WI was my
first camping trip with my new 70qt Yukon cooler. With a little planning, I froze a
handful of small water bottles for my boat cooler, and a couple others
to keep in the cooler, plus dumped my ice maker out right before I left
and I was all set for a 4 day fishing trip and didn’t have to stop at
the local Kwik Trip and shell out $3 for ice every morning, not too mention the time savings. The 70qt is about right for me, still a large cooler to accommodate everything I need, yet not too big to overwhelm all the space in the back of my tow vehicle. I have no plans to try to pack and elk or a bear in this thing, so 70 qt is just right. You can get these at several dealers like BassPro.com and Cabela’s.
The way I figure it, by camping at most of my events, which usually saves me $25 a night in lodging and $3 every fishing day on ice, plus not eating out, this cooler will pay for itself before the end of the year, plus my Diet Mountain Dews will always be ice cold!
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!
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.
It’s the day before Thanksgiving and many of the best online bass fishing tackle retailers have some solid deals to try things you have always wanted or just stocking up for spring. Plus, you may as well get some shopping done from home, while your wife fights the crowds! Many of these sales run before Thanksgiving, through Black Friday to Cyber Monday and some even longer!
So I though I would try to summarize and highlight a few for you here.
Bass Tackle Depot has one of the longest running sales going now thru Nov 30, 20% off almost everything plus free BassWest subscription over $100 and a free $25 Gift card if you spend $300
Land Big Fish runs now thru Nov 26, they have 20-25% off a large selection of select brands.
There are others, like Tackle Warehouse, they are running 20% off as well.
Plus, per usual I am always inspired to dig up some stuff to sell on my ebay page, right now there is Tungsten Jigs, Shakey Heads, and a few other things, check back, as I will likely be adding items for this holiday weekend, since I will be home watching the kids while my wife shops and spends!
ONLINE ORDERS ONLY NO PHONE ORDERS
Offer good thru 12/15/09 12am PST.
*FREE SHIPPING OVER $50.00, NO TAX OUTSIDE CA.
Prices shown are in U.S. funds and are subject to change.
In stock items only while supplies last. No back orders.
Offers good while supplies last.
20% off does not include Jackall, Shimano, Reaction Innovations, Powell Rods and other restrictions may apply,
Sale prices will be displayed in your cart.
I’m not sure how I got started, but within the last few weeks, I have been bidding and winning on several custom painted crankbaits on ebay .Below you will see several baits from my conquests. My quick pictures, don’t necessarily do these baits justice.
The top 2 baits (H2O Express Lipless & New Xcalibur CS300 Squarebill) are from BaitWerks and they are painted in “Rheem Shad”, a shad pattern developed by Elite Series Pro Clark Reehm.
Then there are four 2.5 Shallow Cranks & two DT6’s from Hidden Valley Tackle. I am kind of excited by the Smallmouth patterns, I think they could be awesome on the river, plus the top left TIger Gill color is really nice. Either way, I get to show the bass something new come spring!
So, have a little fun, do a quick ebay search for custom painted crankbaits . Even if you don’t bid or buy, there are tons of beautiful baits out there to admire, almost like going to a bass fishing art gallery.
Also, like I mentioned before, great gift ideas for the angler that has it all.
Fishfinders.com offers great deals on fishfinders and other marine electronic equipment.
Sick Sick Sale! Time to stock up for 2011, there will not be better deals then right now, plus the more you spend, the better the incentives get! This is as good as it gets for Black Friday Bass Fishing Deals!
Also check out the nice sale at Akinetix.com right now, they got some great choices of affordable polarized sunglasses that are very good quality, and some great moisture wicking gear for all seasons of fishing. Tru-Tungsten 5″ Tru-Life Shad Swimbaits have finally hit the shelves, these look to be a great balance of big fish potential and still catching good numbers, I will have a handful of these bad boys for spring, Fo Sho! Also check out the new TT Flea Flicker for all your wacky worm jigging needs!
Swimbait Above is the 5 inch Shad in “Big Sexy” Also relatively new to the bass fishing scene, are punch skirts. Basically you are adding flair to your normal heavy Tungsten flipping rig by adding a specialized skirt between your flipping weight and your favorite flipping plastic craw or creature. So you get the appearance of a jig, but without the bulk to impede penetration into the thick stuff and weedguards that sometimes foul hooksets. Check back for more ideas soon!
Going to start this series a little earlier this year, some of you like to shop early and often. To see past year’s gift ideas, check here. Plus my birthday is on Thanksgiving this year, so for those of you that want to send gifts, it will serve as good gift ideas
Really, is there anything more handy then a good multi-tool on the boat or in the field. This past spring, I picked up a Leatherman Blast, and I think with a roll of duct or electrical tape and my Blast, I can fix anything I need to on my boat. It’s light and compact enough to always carry in your tackle bag or box and takes up less space then a bunch of specialty tools.
In the fall and winter I do a lot of shore fishing, and this tool serves all my needs, so I do not need to carry seperate pliers, line cutters, etc, all in one compact device that easily fits in my pocket or in small tackle bag. The more tools, the less room for baits and that is what catches this fish!
The pliers can tighten nuts, like your battery terminals which need to be checked often. The screwdriver saved my bacon when my front depthfinder mount came loose during a tourney on Lake Michigan. I also have used my knive to cut lures free from underwater ropes that I have hooked, which when throwing a $16 plus japanse crankbait or that lucky plug that catches all your fish, the blast can pay for itself very quickly!
So if you don’t have a multi-tool get one for your fall fishing and hunting excursions, or think about getting one for your outdoors hubby for Christmas!