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Mid-December Bass Fishing Potpourri

I realized I am running out of time to put together a big long list of posts for Gift Ideas for the Bass Fishing Maniacs out there like I have in the past.  I hope to get out and do some smallmouth fishing this Friday if weather cooperates.  So let’s get started, I got some fun stuff of mine that I am selling on ebay, reels, tackle, line, tournament shirt, etc.

Also check out the nice sale at 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.
AKINETIX AIR Polarized Sunglasses AKINETIX ARMOR Polarized Sunglasses AKINETIX SHIELD Polarized Sunglasses AK Beanie AK Moisture Wicking Long-Sleeve Shirt (Adult)
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!

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Fisherman Gift #1 – 2009

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!

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Huge Fall Bass Fishing Tackle & Gear Sale!

Hey anglers, time to stock up this weekend!  20% off of Bass Tackle Depot is like saving 25-30% over your local retailers, free shipping over $50, no sales tax and no gas spent driving around.  Get stocked up for next season or get your Christmas shopping done early!  I am pretty sure I am going to order one of the new Skeet Reese rods!
Great selection of rods, reels, hard to find swimbaits and tackle.

Setting a FLW Fantasy Fishing Lineup for Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake is a staple in the FLW Tour schedule.  This lake is known for huge numbers of fish, but not always very big.  One cool thing, is anglers get to fish for the trifecta, as all 3 bass species are present.  Water is reported about 6-8ft high for this tournament, but very clear.

Type of water: highland impoundment of White River
Surface acres: 28,370 acres
Shoreline: 487 miles
Average depth: approximately 55 feet
Max depth: 204 feet
Primary structure/cover: rocks, bushes, lay-downs, docks, points, off-shore brush
Species: largemouth, smallmouth, spotted bass
Length minimum: 15 inches for largemouths and smallmouths, 12 inches for spotted bass

All indications is that this tournament will again be a combination of spawn & post-spawn fish. 

Here are my other anglers to watch:
Scot Suggs
Jacob Powroznik

Basically I am sticking with the strategy to keep littering my lineup with anglers that are hot right now and have past experience and lots of wins & top 10’s this week.

Finally, my fantasy fishing picks:

Rich’s Beaver Lake Roster Tour Stats
  Selected Anglers Tournaments Earnings Missed
 1  ANDY MORGAN       89 $ 734,854 74 48 3 13 30 1
 2  GREG BOHANNAN       12 $ 86,500 10 72 1 2 3 0

      87 $ 1,348,100 70 43 7 16 35 2
 4  MICHAEL BENNETT       31 $ 1,391,850 25 53 3 6 13 2
 5  BRENT EHRLER       30 $ 769,000 26 49 1 4 12 1
 6  SHINICHI FUKAE       37 $ 631,650 26 48 2 10 16 2
 7  CRAIG POWERS       69 $ 536,950 60 67 5 9 15 1
 8  ALVIN SHAW       92 $ 710,522 80 59 2 10 24 2
 9  STETSON BLAYLOCK       33 $ 302,975 27 46 3 6 12 2
 10  BRYAN THRIFT       20 $ 250,700 14 40 1 6 11 0

Its not too late to join my group, prizes will be awarded at every tournament and year end.

Sign up today!
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Best regards,
The Commissioner 
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Gift #8 for the Bass Fishing Rube in your life!

Alright, if you have not bought a fishing gift yet for your favorite angler, you are just about out of time by now, but it is not too late……

Gift cards from a fishing or outdoors store is a great gift.  Many of you do not like buying gift cards, because you think its taking the easy way out or not thoughtful enough, but I do not know any of my Bassin’ Buddies that would not love a nice gift card that will let them buy some great stuff for themselves.

Many fishermen are a picky breed when it comes to buying tackle and gear, often times they prefer to do their own shopping, which makes gift cards a great option.

Not to mention a few great online retailers offer electronic gift cards, so it means you can get them instantly and no shipping!!!  Here are a few places to get them.

Bass Tackle Depot
Bass Pro Shops
Monster Fishing Tackle
Nationwide Tackle

Hope this helps you out of a last minute bind!!!  Also, Merry Christmas and hope you all have a safe and very wonderful Holidays!

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Gift #7 for the Bass Fishing Rube in your life!

It is getting to be crunch time to find and you running out of time to get a good stocking stuffer for your favorite bass angler.  This is a sweet little product that you can sneak in their stocking that will save them a ton of time and a bunch of money over the next year.
Click here to see the first look video Mend It! Video

Mend-It! is a great solution that acts like a glue when used to bond soft plastic baits and swimbaits back together, but does not stick to you or your other stuff.  The great thing is, it brings your favorite, expensive and hard to find colors and baits back to life, which means you can spend more time fishing and less time shopping for new baits.  And more time fishing, means more fish in the boat!!!

You may have heard that this stuff dries up to fast, but they have revamped the packaging. The problems this young company had with product drying out in the bottle has been eliminated with their new patented bottles which insure your Mend-it will outlast your boat, but I would advise you to use it up, because its saves you money, waiting that long would be silly!.  I used Mend-It! last year to fix my swimbaits, my ring frys, basstrix and other baits; it works so much better then super glue or soft bait glue when it comes to bait repair.  I was even able to fix some of my bronzeye and furbit frogs with it.

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Gifts #6 for the Bass Fishing Rube in your life!

The shopping season is dwindling down, so its time to ramp up the Gift Ideas for bass fishing anglers in our lives!!  In my mind, nothing says happy holidays, like the gift of Tungsten

Baits utilizing tungsten, help anglers catch more fish and lure with tungsten, do not contain lead, so they are better for our lakes & rivers.  So if you give your favorite angler a little tungsten in his/her stocking, you can feel good for 2 reasons!  So here are a few ideas of some great ways to give the gift that keeps on giving.

The new 4″ Tru-Life swimbaits are the hot ticket right now, big enough to put big bass & pike in your boat, but not too big to sacrifice bites.  The thing that makes this bait very unique, is the adjustable weight and sink rate system created by the removable tungsten balls that can be put in or taken out on this bait.

Another new Innovation is the Tru-Tungsten soft plastics worms that already have tungsten powder in the head or tails of the worm to weight it.  So this saves the hassle of adding a sinker to your rig, but also helps with hooks ups when setting the hook, because there is no sinker in the way of your hook set.

Or another thought is to keep it simple and just slide some basic Tungsten worm sinkers or Zappu tungsten nail weights in their stockings.

 Tungsten Nail Shot Sinkers

You can find all of this stuff online and most of it at your local tackle retailers, happy shopping!

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Gifts #5 for the Bass Fishing Rube in your life!

This gift idea entry is actually going to be a 3 in 1 combo platter because the guys at Secret Weapon Lures have too much cool stuff to just list one thing!!!  Also, I have attached a person 30% off coupon code at the bottom of this entry for you being a reader!!!  This coupon code is good for buying single spinnerbaits & buzzbaits as well, so if you are already a SWL fan, you can use it to stock up!

Gift Idea #1: Recoil Rig™ Gift Pack

recoilriggiftpack250.jpgNeed the perfect gift to thrill an angler who seems to already have everything? This gift pack supplies special tools an angler can use to coax the biggest bass out of the thickest cover.   Bring your drop shotting and finesse presentations to a new level. You also have the option to look at pages that can thoroughly review the different Fiskedrag for any fishing needs, this way you’ll be able to surprise your fishing friend with something they may have never thought to experiment with!

Keep your bait back where the biggest fish lurk. Twitch, shake, shimmy, splash, and tremble it until a trophy-size bass, snook, walleye, trout, or musky can’t stand it any longer, then hold on! The secret in this weapon is the Spectra™-wrapped latex shock cord that stretches between the fishing line and sinker. Every motion of your rod tip is transferred to the lure, creating incredibly life-like action. Improves catch rates for soft plastics, live bait and cut-bait, too.

This 132-piece kit is available only until Christmas Day. And as an introductory special we have it discounted over 50%!  Backed by Secret Weapon’s unconditional money-back guarantee. Get it now!

Gift Idea #2: Recoil Rig™ Master Fisherman Pack

Double the components… double the savings! This is the kit our Prostaff and top touring pros are snapping up for themselves. Enough components to last an entire tournament season. This is serious fishing tackle for anglers who want an edge on the water. Get it now!

Gift Idea #3: Secret Weapon Tackle Packs

thumbnail-kits.jpgHigh-performance, top-quality fishing tackle for anglers who insist on the finest fishing gear and understand how to get the most from it. Secret Weapon has 22 Tackle Packs that meet the needs of anglers at every level, from novice to professional guide to elite tournament pro. Each tackle system is engineered to enable the anger to innovate-adapt in seconds to changing conditions, to configure the perfect lure for every cast.

Good (500-combination Master Packs), Better (2,000-combination ProPacks), and Best (5,000-combination Expedition Pack) – all unconditionally guaranteed. Already the best value in the sport fishing world, they’re an even greater bargain with your 30% discount coupon code.

Single lures make great stocking stuffer as well!

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Special Coupon from Rich’s Bassin’ Blog!!!!

Anglers like having secret weapons in their tackle boxes – lures they count on when a tournament is on the line, bragging rights are at stake, or a kicker fish is needed to complete the perfect day on the lake. Secret Weapon lures and tackle packs enable anglers to adapt to changing conditions, save money, and ensure satisfaction all year long.

Rated a 2008 Top-10 Fishing Gift!

Share this offer with family and fishing buddies. Discount coupon eexpires December 31, 2008: PCPSRL9
*30% discount is for lures, kits, and tackle components. It does not apply to shipping costs, discount gift certificates, and special sale items.

SWL makes the only spinnerbaits and buzzbaits that I own or use!

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Gift #4 for the Bass Fishing Rube in your life!

All anglers and outdoorsman for that fact really need a good set of polarized glasses.  First and foremost, to protect your eyes from wind, bugs, stray hooks and lures, dust and dirt and numerous other potentially damaging UFO’s.  Let’s face it, most if us would struggle to enjoy life as we know it without our eyes and likely the set you have is the last you will get.

The most important factor of sunglasses is fit, if they are lightweight and fit well, you will keep them on and they will protect your eyes, if you don’t wear them, they do you know good.  The next most important feature is quality optics, low quality optics can strain you eyes in many ways and actually make your eyes tired after wearing them.

With all this said, I trust my eyes to JKruz Eyewear.  My personal choice for cloudy days is Tortoise Storm frames with amber lenses and on bright sunny days I go with my Riptide carbon frames with green mirror tinted lenses
JKruz Storm Series Polarized Sunglasses

These glasses are high quality at affordable prices, check them out!!!  Act now and you can get a free pair of floating polarized sunglasses when you order any other pair, that is a great plan to get multiple people crossed off your list or to get a little something for yourself

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Gift #3 for the Bass Fishing Rube in your life!

As I type my wife and her sister are fighting the crowds of Black Friday, hopefully you are at home reading my blog and shopping online or watching DVR’d bass fishing shows like I am
For the third item, we will pick something a little more affordable for those not looking for big ticket items.  This Rapala Clackin’ Rap is a brand new bait that is priced right for a stocking stuffer or something you can buy 2 or 3 of in different colors and it makes a great gift.

Rapala Clackin' Rap New for 2009
The lipless Clackin’ Rap creates a distinctive sound and vibration profile that allows fish to zero in. The uniquely designed sound chamber features a single steel ball and external metal discs that transmit a distinctive clackin’ sound with maximum vibration. The translucent textured body with internal holographic foil creates an extremely seductive flash. Simply cast, allow to sink to desired depth then steadily retrieve.

  • TECHNIQUE: Casting & Trolling
  • RUNNING DEPTH: Topwater
  • LENGTH: 3 1/8″ long
  • WEIGHT: 7/8 oz
  • Rapala Clackin' Rap Color Selections

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