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1. Stat of the Day
2. Money Matters
PRESENTED BY: Big Bite Baits
The best boat owner’s incentive in 2020?
Photo courtesy of Caymus Boats
Caymus launched their first models earlier this year and recently announced a lucrative incentive program for their owners fishing tournaments. “Today, most bass boat manufacturers offer a tournament contingency program whereby an angler who wins an event in one of their boats can pocket a cash bonus,” Bentz explained. “But our Caymas Cash program raises the bar by paying competitive anglers fishing from a Caymas boats as much as $10,000 for a tournament win. Nobody in the bass boat industry even comes close to that level of cash bonus payout.”
To pocket the ten grand, an angler must win a Caymas Cash Platinum Level tournament in a Caymas bass boat equipped with a 250 HP Yamaha outboard, Bentz said. “Caymas Cash Platinum Level tournaments encompass over 100 events on 13 different tournament trails supported by Caymas dealers across the Southeastern, Southwestern and Central United States. If an angler does not place 1st in a Caymas Cash Platinum Level tournament then the highest finishing Caymas/Yamaha angler among the Top 25 finishers in a Platinum Level event will win $2,500. Further, in Silver level tournaments Caymas anglers can earn up to $7,000 for a win. We feel these enhanced payouts will prompt serious tournament anglers who are contemplating the purchase of a new bass rig to take a close look at a Caymas boat.”
3. Behind the Scenes
Rives Wears Numerous Hats At SPRO
Although his official title at SPRO is Sales Manager, Georgia native Syd Rives does a little bit of everything to get the job done. We recently caught up with Rives as he was helping conduct an inventory of the SPRO warehouse in Kennesaw, GA to get some background on his role with the company.
How long have you been working for SPRO? “I’ve been with SPRO for almost 14 years now.”
What does your role with the company involve? “I work with 20 independent sales reps and communicate our business plan with them. I also assist in product development, marketing, and wear several other hats. I’ve always liked to tinker with baits and lures, so helping with bait development is something I really enjoy.”
Which aspects of your job are the most rewarding? “I am very passionate about fishing and love sharing my knowledge and experiences with other anglers, media guys and pros. Fishing is a constantly evolving sport and I really enjoy learning about new techniques to increase my chances to catch more fish. Being able to talk about fishing and baits with some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry on a daily basis is something I will never take for granted.”
Can you give us some insider information on anything exciting that SPRO is working on for 2020? “I can’t get into too many details about what we have coming in 2020, but I can talk about the new colors we have arriving in our RkCrawler crankbait. This bait has been a hot seller for us since we introduced it, and expanding the color selection just made sense. We have some other variations of crawfish colors available, but are really excited about the new baitfish colors we are introducing. All of these new colors should be available on our website within the next week or so.”
4. Anglers Tribune
Arey Looks Forward To Continuing Toyota Relationship
Photo Courtesy Matt Arey
Logging a top 10 finish in the Toyota Angler Of The Year standings during his first year of Bassmaster Elite Series competition has North Carolina pro Matt Arey looking forward to the 2020 campaign. Arey, who joined Team Toyota in March will be burning up the roads in his Tundra next season in search of Bonus Bucks and big bass. “First off, grateful is an understatement for the opportunity to partner with not only a brand that I’ve owned/driven my entire life, but a company that has done SO much for the fishing industry,” says Arey. As a long term B.A.S.S. partner and avid supporter of the TPWD Sharelunker program, Toyota has played a big part in growing the sport of bass fishing. Arey who has owned numerous Toyota vehicles since his teenage years wouldn’t begin to put his faith in any other brand to get him where he needs to go and back. “Reliability, towing power, and comfort are just a few of the reasons for my loyalty and love of the brand. I’ve owned 5 Toyota Tundras, and look forward to owning many more.” Arey concluded.
5. Baits Not Being Talked About
Mann’s bait company launched the Alabama rig phenomenon, but since then a number of companies have built versions that have grown in popularity, due to their quality and performance. Hog Farmer offers eleven options in the umbrella rig category to meet the rules of numerous tournament like BFLs or state laws. No need to worry about tariffs impacting the prices on these rigs as they are all made in the USA. All the rigs pair well with swimmers of any size.
6. What We’re Watching & Listening To
Matt Arey and Bryan Thrift Let’s Talk Fishing
Bryan Thrift and Matt Arey have a YouTube show that will help you become a better angler and brings you insight from the BPT, FLW Pro Circuit and Bassmaster Elite Series. Matt and Bryan have spent the last ten years competing against the biggest names in professional bass fishing. Their success has landed them ranked among the top anglers in the world. Follow along to get actionable tips, tactics, and tried and true techniques directly from some of the best. Watch a recent episode here.
7. Jersey Watch
Johnny Johnson
Since 1997, Johnny Johnson has been entertaining the folks of Arizona with his home spun fishing program, Fishing with Johnny Johnson. His unique approach to fishing has made him a favorite among local bass anglers throughout the region. Johnson took home the coveted WON Bass US Open title in 2016, bringing even more recognition to his impressive list of sponsors. Johnson regularly films entertaining commercials for Arizona’s Hatch Toyota, and makes frequent appearances at numerous Bass Pro Shops locations throughout Arizona.
Photo courtesy of Johnny Johnson
8. Regional Recommendations
Strike-Zone Fishing was established in 2003 to offer the residents of Jacksonville an informative and customer service based outdoors shopping experience. There staff is passionate about the outdoors and making sure you have the right gear for your fishing, hunting, and paddling adventures. The fishing specialists at Strike-Zone are knowledgeable in freshwater, saltwater, surf fishing, vertical jigging, and more.
9. Best for Last
Cold Weather Fishing Guide
Fishing in the elements can be extremely rewarding. However, it’s important to select the proper gear to keep you warm and dry when spending a day on the water during the winter. One of the keys to a comfortable day on the water during bitter cold conditions is proper layering. There are multiple layers needed for winter fishing, including a base layer, mid layer and outer shell. Equally important to your cold weather fishing clothing system are a good pair of fishing gloves, headwear for freezing temperatures, cold weather footwear and a good set of cold weather rain gear in case of wet cold conditions. Proper planning for a day of cold weather fishing can make all the difference in your level of comfort, as well as your ability to concentrate and perform to the best of your abilities. Learn more about the type of gear you need to tackle a day of winter fishing here
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