This week marks the official unofficial start to major tournament bass fishing for the year; yes we have had some Everstarts & Bassmaster Open events, but the real show starts with the Classic.
Like most years, I will be glued to the coverage all weekend long, so feel free to follow me on Twitter or on my FB page and I will make sure you are kept up to date on the high points.
Fantasy Fishing continues to grow and so do the prizes, so make sure to join up, couple of good leagues with free prizes, including those presented by BassTEK & Bass Utopia. If you need some help making your picks, make sure to check out the Fantasy Fishing Insider Podcast that I help out with. The high points of my picks are Jason Christie, Alton Jones, Brandon Card, Casey Scanlon, & Jared Knuth, to here the details and my co-hosts picks, catch the podcast.
Also, the Bassmaster Classic always gets me in the mood to buy lots of new tackle & gear, which means I will be listing stuff on ebay this week to make room for new stuff, catch yourself some deals!
Back from Ireland, finally getting caught up and done a little fishing with things ramping up this week. This weekend I will be fishing the NABC tourney on the Madison Chain and then checking out the Elite Series final day on Sunday in La Crosse.
But back to the contest. I will be reviewing a few baits in the near future, Kompak Craw, VibraGrub & DarkStarr swimbait. The winner of this contest will get some of each of these baits. First step is to check out Evolve Baits website, then leave a comment on this blog entry with the size and color VibraGrub you like best and how you would rig it to catch your favorite fish on your waters. Then leave a comment on my Facebook Page to tell me that you have entered the contest as well. Also, be sure to check out Evolve’s Facebook & Twitter pages. And if you can’t wait to see if you have won baits, check here to buy them anytime. We will end this contest on July 4th.
I look for the La Crosse Elite Series event to be super competitive and tight weights up and down the standings. Look for froggers, river rats and flippers to excel at this event. So as of now, here are my picks:
MSPbass – I think the sun protection Buff kit is a great idea (http://goo.gl/JS4js), all the fancy lures and rods are no good if you have skin cancer! You probably will have a few bucks left over for that Koppers Mouse as well.
Don’t worry if you are not the big winner this time, in the next couple days, watch for a contest to win some cool baits from Evolve Baits.
In other news, my fantasy teams are all set for this week and I took the kids out for some pan fishing. I really need to do some bass fishing in the worst way!!!!
Believe it or not, my wife has convinced me to go on a trip that will keep me away from the Minnesota Bass Opener
Bottom line, won’t be much for bass fishing updates while I am in Ireland for next couple weeks. You might find a few updates from my phone or tablet on the Facebook Page, but no hardcore blogging. To not leave you hanging, I am going to leave my preliminary roster for Bassmater Fantasy Fishing on Toledo Bend.
Also, you still have two weeks to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Sportsman’s Warehouse, get the details here.
Also, here is a picture of some goodies from Evolve Baits. I will be fishing some of these Kompak Craws, Vibra Grubs & Darkstar Swimbaits, but in June you as a reader will have a chance to win some as well.
Thank you to all entries! And your winners are…… Knot2Kinky Leader Material – Chris Van Eyde – we expect to hear how it holds up against Musky & Pike!
And the 3 winners of Invisa-Swivel Sample Packs: Brandon Olson, Mark, Samuel Groves & Jesse Heinecke – can’t wait to hear your thoughts on how they work!
Winners will be contacted shortly. If you missed out, I will start a new contest in the next couple days for a much bigger prize. So make sure you subscribe to this blog via email or RSS and/or tune into my Facebook Page.
Below are my Lake Douglas picks, might tweek this, an Elite Series pro sent me a message and said to pick some flippers, not sure to go with this info or not…..
Who knows, I am feeling less committed to this roster the more I think about it!
Recorded the Fantasy Fishing Insider podcast earlier this morning, hopefully it edits and drops in time for all of you to listen in, but if not, here are my picks.
Last Saturday was so beautiful, had to get out on Pool 2 if only for a few hours. Tried some new water, for the most part unproductive, caught a few fish though.
I am also excited for the Minnesota Bass Expo this weekend, looks like it is going to be a really cool show, check out the list of vendors. I will be there from 4-8pm on Friday, probably find me walking around or hanging near the TBF or Kruger Farms booth. FYI – Kruger Farms had some killer deals at the Northwest Sportshow, do yourself a favor and stop by their Bass Expo booth, they might surprise you, plus they should have some Dobyns Rods on display if you have not checked them out yet.
Don’t forget about the Aquateko contest, you still got 12 days to enter that contest for free tackle!
Last but not least, I did another quick video showing my system for organizing and storing my soft plastics for bass fishing. Check out the video.
Since my office bracket had Missouri over Florida State, I am not talking about the NCAA basketball tournament. The madness that is going on for me, is frantically preparing my boat for the early open water this year, listing more stuff in my Bass
Store, because I have been on a tackle organization kick and trying to keep momentum going after picking winners in the last two fantasy fishing events.
So this week, the Elite Series is on the Big O. If you have not checked out BassRankings.com, its a great new site for doing Fantasy Fishing research and keeping up with which pros are fishing the best!
So here are my picks:
As always, check out our podcast page to get more insight to these picks and some of my runner up choices for each bucket and my co-hosts picks (use their picks at your own risk). Good stuff can be found at BassUtopia.com as well!
Sure this is an exciting week because of March Madness, but what has me all geeked out right now is the warm weather in Minnesota, on the bring of open water bass fishing in March and the Bassmaster Elite Series starting tomorrow on the St. John’s River. So here are my picks, listen to the podcast to get the 411 and the logic.
Mean while, I need to remember to call tomorrow and check if my hot foot will be done so I can pick my boat up before the weekend! I did fill out a few NCAA brackets, but I spent more time thinking about my Fantasy Fishing lineup.
Still need to get caught up on the latest Major League Fishing episode.
I did get out fishing for a few hours on the Minnesota Bass Closer, it was hard to leave the laptop and all the Bassmater Classic coverage, but I decided catching was better then watching. Air temperatures were tolerable, but the wind was ridiculous. I did catch 7 smallmouth pretty darn quick on a homemade smallie beaver bait on a 1/8oz shakey head.
Then the bite just died on me, I switched to a jerkbait and only mustered one follow. Next up was an Ima Square Bill and that produced 3 nice chunky smallmouth to round out the trip. It is always nice to catch a few open water winter bass to keep the cabin fever at a minimum. On a positive note, it was 55 degrees and in all likely hood I will be fishing the Mississippi River in March and catching a few bass out of my boat.
I continue to be tuning into Major League Fishing every week, and it continues to be a solid product. This week in the first Sudden Death Elimination round, 6 anglers fished for two spots, the first two to get to 40lbs moved on, the rest eliminated. Spoiler Alert: Cream rose to the top, KVD & Ehrler advanced. KVD DOMINATED!
FLW Hartwell tournament starts on Thursday, still time to lock in a Fantasy Fishing roster or make last minute adjustments. Below is my roster, soon a Podcast will post here, breaking it all down!
While a February Bassmaster Classic almost assures it will never be in my back yard, I do admit it if fun to look forward to this time of year. Today was the last official day of practice for the 49 anglers, tomorrow is media day and the tournament action starts Friday morning Hopefully we do not have the fog delays that plagued the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
For those that have been part of my Fantasy Fishing leagues in the past, I have joined forces with Bass Utopia. So join the Bass Utopia League, they will be doling out the prizes, I think the winner of Classic week will be winning a Abu Garcia Veritas flipping stick!!!! So be sure to join the group, play every week and you could be a winner!
If you need help picking a lineup, check out our Fantasy Fishing Insider podcast. Too lazy for that, check out my starting lineup for this year’s Classic. I will be posting my lineups here all season long, but you will have to tune into the podcast to get the logic and details.
Along with the Classic, comes the itch to start buying tackle and gear, so to make room, I have been adding things to my eBay store this week, so check it out for some bargains!
Also, quick report on the 2nd Elimination Round from Major League Fishing, it may have been more exciting then the first show. Couple of notables: Alabama Rig or Meat Rake was a factor again
IKE goes psycho, big surprise???
Jerkbait is a major player again
Flipping Bite is found
Anticipation grows for the next episode, waiting a week between episodes has been only downside thus far…