High-Low Winter Trout Master the ups and downs for more ‘bows and browns

High-Low Winter Trout
Master the ups and downs for more ‘bows and browns

 

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Fluctuating water levels can throw winter trout anglers a curve on lakes across the Ice Belt. But they don’t have to keep you from putting fish on the ice. Armed with the right approach, you can still enjoy banner catches whether your favorite lake is high, low or somewhere in between.

“Rainbows and brown trout are shoreline-related fish from first ice to the early midwinter period, regardless of the water level,” says veteran trout guide Bernie Keefe of Granby, Colorado. “The trick to catching them is identifying areas along the bank that concentrate forage and predators.”

To be clear, Keefe doesn’t advocate chasing the next bite where water levels are in a major state of flux. “Rapidly rising or falling water can create seriously unsafe ice,” he warns. “Instead, focus on lakes where water levels have stabilized for the winter.”

Hot Zones

To get a handle on lake levels prior to your trip, Keefe suggests checking the websites of state departments of natural resources or federal agencies like the U.S. Geological Survey or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“That will give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive, or perhaps encourage you to try a different lake where conditions are more conducive to your mode of access, on-ice transportation and style of fishing,” he says.

“When you get to the lake, look for structure with universal trout appeal, such as inlets, car-sized rocks sticking out of the water along a rocky bank, or a point next to a bay,” he continues. “And if you’d rather play the numbers game than hunt for trophy fish, don’t overlook the backs of muddy bays, where an abundance of insects and crayfish can attract big numbers of small to medium-size trout.”

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Weedbeds can also be trout magnets, but Keefe cautions that lakes prone to major ups and downs often lack substantial greenery.

“Where weeds are present, look for trout along the deep and shallow weed edges, as well as open pockets within the weedbed,” he says. “But keep in mind that if the lake you’re fishing drops 20 feet or more a year, weeds most likely won’t be a factor.”

Depth is a constant concern, regardless of the structure or cover. In general, Keefe targets water less than 10 feet deep. “You’ll occasionally find ‘bows and browns deeper right now, but a guy can make a living in the 3- to 10-foot zone,” he explains.

Tools Of The Trade

Once Keefe keys on a potential hotspot, he reaches for lures proven to attract trout and trigger strikes. “Berkley Atomic Tubes are awesome,” he reports. “So are Clam Leech Flutter Spoons. You can tip the spoon with a waxworm if you like, but you don’t have to, because this is more of a reaction bite.”

He recommends choosing lure colors on the gaudy side of the spectrum. “Don’t be afraid to go wild with bright oranges, flashy metallics, prism tape, the whole nine yards,” he says. “Rainbows in particular are suckers for an underwater disco ball.”

Where multiple lines are legal, Keefe favors a two-fisted approach. “Drill two holes 30 inches apart,” he begins. “Deadstick a Clam Drop Jig loaded with waxies a foot or two above bottom in one of them, and jig a Clam Flutter Spoon up and down the water column in the other.

“Keep a close eye on the dead rod,” he adds. “Trout are attracted by the spoon, but they often hit the easy meal first. This is especially true with large fish.”

If the spoon is a tad too flashy, Keefe tones down the presentation. “I replace the spoon with a second Drop Jig,” he says. “Then I take turns fishing each of the jigs in a circle for 30 seconds or a minute, while the other jig is at rest. A lot of trout come in and drill a jig that was moving, just as it settles down.”

Beat The Clock

Timing is as important as being in the right place, Keefe notes. “This typically isn’t an all-day bite, so plan on setting up shop early in the morning,” he says. “This pattern often grinds to a halt once the sun hits the ice or shortly thereafter.”
After that point, you can pack it in and head for shore. “Or, you can drill a series of holes down the bank and leap-frog with your two rods on the hunt for sulking fish,” he says. “The fish are relatively inactive, so you virtually have to drop the jig on their nose to get bit. But it’s a great way to pick up additional trout you’d miss if you called it quits.”

11bdc45c-ed70-42dc-8510-d5910ccb5931Thanks to the late freeze-up, these shoreline tactics are producing trout on lakes high and low right now, and will continue to do so into midwinter. “By mid- to late winter, many of the fish move away from the bank and suspend over deeper water,” Keefe says. “But that’s a story for another day.”

Yamaha Marine Expands V MAX SHO® Family Again with Versatile 90-Horsepower Four-Stroke Outboard

Yamaha Marine Expands V MAX SHO® Family Again with Versatile 90-Horsepower Four-Stroke Outboard

The V MAX SHO 90 is the Perfect Fit for Multi-Species and Inshore Boats

KENNESAW, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Yamaha Marine adds another power option to its legendary V MAX SHO® family in 2018, the V MAX SHO 90. The smallest of the SHO family is the strongest of all the 90-horsepower outboards on the market, offering class-leading torque and top speed.

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The new Yamaha V MAX SHO 90 is the strongest 90-horsepower outboard on the market, offering class-leading torque and top speed. (Photo: Business Wire)

“The new V MAX SHO 90 is the perfect power solution for boaters looking to replace an older two-stroke 90-horsepower outboard with the clean, quiet efficiency of a four-stroke,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine Group. “It’s also a great choice for inshore and multi-species boats.”

18_F90SHO_Pob_HR_webreadyYamaha’s V MAX SHO 90 leads the 90-horsepower class in torque and top speed. A single overhead camshaft drives four valves per cylinder, delivering more power from less weight.

Not only is the V MAX SHO 90 the fastest in its class, it’s also quiet, which means better fishing experiences. And with Yamaha propellers featuring the exclusive Shift Dampener System™ (SDS™), such as the Talon® SS4™ SDS propeller, it’s even quieter.

For more convenience and control, the V MAX SHO 90 is compatible with Yamaha’s variable trolling RPM switch (VTS™) for slow trolling and again, better fishing. It is also Y-COP® compatible for increased theft protection.

Because it is a four-stroke, Yamaha’s V MAX SHO 90 does not need an oil tank, which means more space for storage or batteries. In addition, the all-new V MAX SHO 90 can be rigged for use with Yamaha’s award-winning multifunction tiller handle. Other features include a full 35 amps of alternator power and a long-span mounting system for less vibration.

The new Yamaha V MAX SHO 90 will be on display to the public for the first time during the 2018 Chicago and Minneapolis Boat Shows.

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

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Abu Garcia® Signs 16 New Professional Anglers New elite pros join legendary brand pro team

Abu Garcia® Signs 16 New Professional Anglers

New elite pros join legendary brand pro team

COLUMBIA, SC – (January 17, 2018) – Powerhouse fishing brand Abu Garcia has added 16 new Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and Bassmaster Elite anglers to its pro team roster. These top- ranking fishermen will be sponsored by Abu Garcia throughout the 2018 Season.

As part of the sponsorship contract, the 16 pro anglers will use their expertise to help Abu Garcia test and evaluate new products and will make appearances alongside Abu Garcia brand representatives at a variety of trade shows and events.

“We are excited to add these elite anglers to our pro team,” says Andrew Wheeler, brand marketing director for Abu Garcia. “They have incredible talent and track records, and we are proud to have them represent Abu Garcia this year.”

2018 Abu Garcia Pro Team

Abu Garcia rods and reels

Justin Atkins – Florence, AL

Justin has also proven himself to be a tough competitor within his first year as an FLW Tour pro. Most recently, he won second place for 2017 FLW Rookie of the Year and won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. Justin has competed in a total of 79 events with 14 top 10 finishes. Facebook: @justinatkinsfishing

Micah Frazier – Newnan, GA

Micah is entering his fourth year as a Bassmaster Elite pro. He has one tournament win under his belt with 14 top 10 finishes and two cup appearances and is a two-time Classic qualifier. He has fished in 97 events. In 2005, Micah became the youngest boater in BFL history to win at the age of 16. Facebook: @micah.frazier.3

Shane Lehew – Catawba, NC

Shane has fished 92 events and was sixth in points in 2017. He has won four tournaments and reeled in 19 top 10 finishes. For the past three years, Shane qualified for the Forest Wood Cup. As a young angler, he won the Junior World Championship in 2007.
Instagram: @shanelehewfishing

Joe Thompson – Clayton, GA

Joe will be fishing on the FLW Tour as a rookie in 2018 and has been one of Abu Garcia’s top field testers and advocates. He has won one tournament with 11 top 10 finishes. Joe has fished 68 total events. Facebook: Joe Thompson Fishing

Josh Weaver – Macon, GA

Josh has been an FLW Tour pro for two years. He has fished 41 events with eight top 10 finishes and two cup appearances. Instagram: @joshuaweaverfishing

Tom Redington – Lake Fork, TX

Tom is a nine-year veteran in the fishing industry. He has one tournament win with four top 10 finishes and has fished 88 total events. Tom is the former host of TV fishing show “Big Bass Battle” and was a regular on the “Belize Outdoors” show. He has also guided for trophy bass on Lake Fork, TX for over a decade. Facebook: @tomredingtonfishing

Chris Groh – Spring Grove, IL

Chris qualified for the Elite Series this year through the Bassmaster Northerns. He will begin his first season as a rookie. To date, Chris has fished 13 events. Facebook: @chrisgrohfishing

Abu Garcia reels

Bryan Thrift – Shelby, NC

Bryan joined the FLW tour in 2007 and has competed in 144 events with 54 top ten finishes, 11 cup appearances and nine tournament wins. Since the beginning of his career, Bryan has been a fierce competitor and was FLW’s 2007 Rookie of the Year and 2010 and 2017 FLW Angler of the Year. Instagram: @bryanthriftfishing

Brandon Cobb – Greenwood, SC

Brandon is one of the top young anglers on the FLW Tour. He has been an FLW pro for four years, and in two of the three cups he has finished in the top five. Brandon has fished 97 events, with 31 top 10 finishes. Instagram: @brandoncobbfishing

Joey Cifuentes – Clinton, AR

Joey has been an FLW pro for one year and has won three tournaments. With 11 top 10 finishes and two cup appearances, Joey has fished 51 events. 2016 was his rookie year on tour where he finished third in the points. Joey has also fished the Costa series and was a top five finisher. Instagram: @joeycifuentesfishing

Bradley Dorstch – Atmore, AL

Bradley Dortch is a first year FLW Tour pro and won the Harris Chain Tour in 2017 using Abu Garcia. He has won two tournaments with four top 10 finishes and one cup appearance. Bradley was also named 2017 Rookie of the Year and has fished 37 total events.
Facebook: @bradleydortchfishing

Anthony Gagliardi – Prosperity, SC

Anthony won the 2014 FLW Cup and has been a main stay on the FLW trail for 18 years. He has fished 195 events, with five tournament wins, 24 top 10 finishes and 13 cup appearances. Facebook: @anthony.gagliardi.flw

Chad Warren – Sand Springs, OK

Chad the joins the Abu Garcia team after completing his rookie season. Prior to joining the FLW Tour in 2017, he competed in the 2016 FLW Costa Series Southwest Division tournament, where he finished fifth place on Grand Lake. In total, Chad has fished 29 events with five back- to-back top 10 finishes. Facebook: @ChadWarrenFishing

Brian Latimer – Belton, SC

After working his way through the grass roots levels of bass fishing, Brian made the leap to Tour level competition in 2016 when he joined the FLW Tour. As a professional angler, his list of accomplishments includes one win and nine top ten finishes. Brian also has eight top 10 finishes and has fished in 92 total events. His accomplishments include winning the 2007 Walmart Bass Fishing League Champion. Instagram: @brian_latimer

John Cox – Debary, FL

John has been an FLW pro for seven years. He has reeled in five tournament wins with 24 top 10 finishes and five cup appearances. In 2016, John made history as the first pro angler to bring home the coveted FLW Forrest Wood Cup in an aluminum boat. He has fished a total of 107 events. Instagram: @johncox_fishing

Chad Pipkens – Holt, MI

Chad has had 33 top 10 finishes and has fished in two Bassmaster Classics. He was the 2012 Bassmaster Northern Open Points Champion and the 2014 Bassmaster Northern Open Lake St. Clair Champion. Chad also has four FLW tournament wins. Facebook: Chad Pipkens

The new 16 anglers will join Abu Garcia’s existing pro line up which includes Mike Iaconelli, Justin Lucas, Josh Bertrand, Fletcher Shryock, Hunter Shryock, Bobby Lane, Adrian Avena, Hank Cherry, Brandon Card and Guy Eaker.

For more information about Abu Garcia, visit www.abugarcia.com.

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About Pure Fishing, Inc.

Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leading global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels with a portfolio of brands that includes Abu Garcia®, All Star®, Berkley®, ChubTM, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Hardy & GreysTM, Hodgman®, JohnsonTM, Mitchell®, PENN®, Pflueger®, Sébile®, Shakespeare®, SpiderWire®, Stren®, Trilene® and Ugly Stik®. Pure Fishing, Inc. operates in 22 countries with a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages. Pure Fishing, Inc., a part of Newell Brands’ strong portfolio of well-known brands, is a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products. Additional information can be found at www.purefishing.com.

About Newell Brands

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. Driven by a sharp focus on the consumer, leading investment in innovation and brands, and a performance-driven culture, Newell Brands helps consumers achieve more where they live, learn, work and play. Additional information about Newell Brands is available on the company’s website, www.newellbrands.com.

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Berkley® Signs Eight Anglers to Its Sponsorship Roster New pros to represent Berkley in 2018

Berkley® Signs Eight Anglers to Its Sponsorship Roster

New pros to represent Berkley in 2018

COLUMBIA, SC – (January 17, 2018) – Pioneering fishing brand Berkley® has announced that it has added eight new Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and Bassmaster Elite anglers to its pro team roster. These anglers will be sponsored by Berkley for the 2018 season and will represent the brand’s hard and soft bait, line and hooks. They will also test and evaluate products and appear at trade shows and events.

“Having these elite anglers on our team is an honor, and we are proud to have strong representation for our brand,” said Jeremy Albright, brand development manager for Berkley. “We look forward to working with our pro team and supporting them on the Tour this year.”

The new pros will join the existing Berkley line up of anglers including Mike Iaconelli, Skeet Reese, Justin Lucas, Josh Bertrand, Hunter Shryock, Bobby Lane, Adrian Avena, Guy Eaker, David Fritts, Scott Suggs and Gary Klein.

2018 Berkley Pro Team

All Berkley Products

John Cox – Debary, FL

John has been an FLW pro for seven years. He has reeled in five tournament wins with 24 top 10 finishes and five cup appearances. In 2016, John made history as the first pro angler to bring home the coveted FLW Forrest Wood Cup in an aluminum boat. He has fished a total of 107 events. John has also qualified for the 2018 Bassmaster Classic. Instagram: @johncox_fishing

Justin Atkins – Florence, AL

Justin has also proven himself to be a tough competitor within his first year as an FLW Tour pro. Most recently, he won second place for 2017 FLW Rookie of the Year and won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. Justin has competed in a total of 79 events with 14 top 10 finishes. Facebook: @justinatkinsfishing

Tom Redington – Lake Fork, TX

Tom is a nine-year veteran in the fishing industry. He has one tournament win with four top 10 finishes and has fished 88 total events. Tom is the former host of TV fishing show “Big Bass Battle” and was a regular on the “Belize Outdoors” show. He has also guided for trophy bass on Lake Fork, TX for over a decade. Facebook: @tomredingtonfishing

Shane Lehew – Catawba, NC

Shane has fished 92 events and was sixth in points in 2017. He has won four tournaments and reeled in 19 top 10 finishes. For the past three years, Shane qualified for the Forest Wood Cup. As a young angler, he won the Junior World Championship in 2007. Instagram: @shanelehewfishing

Joe Thompson – Clayton, GA

Joe will be fishing on the FLW Tour as a rookie in 2018 and has been one of Abu Garcia’s top field testers and advocates. He has won one tournament with 11 top 10 finishes. Joe has fished 68 total events. Facebook: Joe Thompson Fishing

Berkley hard bait and hooks

Joey Cifuentes – Clinton, AR

Joey has been an FLW pro for one year and has won three tournaments. With 11 top 10 finishes and two cup appearances, he has fished 51 events. 2016 was Joey’s rookie year on tour where he finished third in points. He has also fished the Costa series and was a top five finisher. Instagram: @joeycifuentesfishing

Berkley line

Josh Weaver – Macon, GA

Josh has been an FLW Tour pro for two years. He has fished 41 events with eight top 10 finishes and two cup appearances. Instagram: @joshuaweaverfishing

Chris Groh – Spring Grove, IL

Chris qualified for the Elite Series this year through the Bassmaster Central Opens. He will begin his first season as a rookie. To date, he has fished 13 events.
Facebook: @chrisgrohfishing

For more information about Berkley, visit Berkley-Fishing.com

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About Pure Fishing, Inc.

Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leading global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels with a portfolio of brands that includes Abu Garcia®, All Star®, Berkley®, ChubTM, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Hardy & GreysTM, Hodgman®, JohnsonTM, Mitchell®, PENN®, Pflueger®, Sébile®, Shakespeare®, SpiderWire®, Stren®, Trilene® and Ugly Stik®. Pure Fishing, Inc. operates in 22 countries with a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages. Pure Fishing, Inc., a part of Newell Brands’ strong portfolio of well-known brands, is a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products. Additional information can be found at www.purefishing.com.

About Newell Brands

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. Driven by a sharp focus on the consumer, leading investment in innovation and brands, and a performance-driven culture, Newell Brands helps consumers achieve more where they live, learn, work and play. Additional information about Newell Brands is available on the company’s website, www.newellbrands.com.

Justin Atkins Signs With Abu Garcia® and Berkley® Brands

 

Justin Atkins Signs With Abu Garcia® and Berkley® Brands

2017 Forrest Wood Cup winner thrilled to sign with brand titans

COLUMBIA, SC – (January 17, 2018) – Justin Atkins, the winner of the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, has signed a sponsorship contract with powerhouse fishing brands, AbuGarcia® and Berkley®. A longtime supporter of both brands, Justin will be representing Abu Garcia’s rods and reels, and Berkley’s bait, line and hooks.

Justin has already proven himself a strong competitor within his first year as an FLW Tour pro. He has competed in a total of 79 events with fourteen top 10 finishes. Even more impressively, Justin took home two tournament wins in 2017 and made one cup appearance. He also won second place in the 2017 FLW Rookie of the Year race, and won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray.

“It’s been a huge blessing to be partnered with a company I’ve always used,” said Justin. “My father was the reason I grew up fishing with Abu Garcia. I stayed true to the brand throughout my career because with Abu Garcia, every product is reliable. I’m also thrilled to be working with Berkley at a time where new, innovative products are being created – Berkley’s baits can’t be beat when it comes to catching more fish.”

Throughout his sponsorship, Justin will be representing both Abu Garcia and Berkley products. These include Abu Garcia’s vast rod and reel collection and Berkley’s newest bait – PowerBait® MaxScent.

“We are happy to welcome Justin to the Abu Garcia and Berkley teams,” says Larry Tankersley, manager of brand development for Abu Garcia. “He has been a dedicated angler using both Abu Garcia and Berkley products, and we are thrilled that he’s now a part of our pro team.”

Aside from competing in tournaments, Justin spends much of his time off the water visiting high school and college-level anglers. “I’m really focused on mentoring younger anglers,” he said. “When I was in high school, there wasn’t a large fishing program and I want to be a part of the program growth that is taking place today. I want to help inspire and teach young anglers and give back.”

Justin is currently preparing for the next stop on the FLW Tour, Lake Okeechobee, January 25th-28th, 2018.

For more information about Abu Garcia, visit www.abugarcia.com. For more information about Berkley, visit Berkley-Fishing.com

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FB @abugarcia
Instagram @abugarcia_fishing Twitter @Abu_Garcia #AbuGarcia #AbuGarciaForLife

About Pure Fishing, Inc.

Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leading global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels with a portfolio of brands that includes Abu Garcia®, All Star®, Berkley®, ChubTM, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Hardy & GreysTM, Hodgman®, JohnsonTM, Mitchell®, PENN®, Pflueger®, Sébile®, Shakespeare®, SpiderWire®, Stren®, Trilene® and Ugly Stik®. Pure Fishing, Inc. operates in 22 countries with a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages. Pure Fishing, Inc., a part of Newell Brands’ strong portfolio of well-known brands, is a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products. Additional information can be found at www.purefishing.com.

About Newell Brands

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. Driven by a sharp focus on the consumer, leading investment in innovation and brands, and a performance-driven culture, Newell Brands helps consumers achieve more where they live, learn, work and play. Additional information about Newell Brands is available on the company’s website, www.newellbrands.com.

Abu Garcia® Signs 16 New Professional Anglers

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Abu Garcia® Signs 16 New Professional Anglers

New elite pros join legendary brand pro team

COLUMBIA, SC – (January 17, 2018) – Powerhouse fishing brand Abu Garcia has added 16 new Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and Bassmaster Elite anglers to its pro team roster. These top- ranking fishermen will be sponsored by Abu Garcia throughout the 2018 Season.

As part of the sponsorship contract, the 16 pro anglers will use their expertise to help Abu Garcia test and evaluate new products and will make appearances alongside Abu Garcia brand representatives at a variety of trade shows and events.

“We are excited to add these elite anglers to our pro team,” says Andrew Wheeler, brand marketing director for Abu Garcia. “They have incredible talent and track records, and we are proud to have them represent Abu Garcia this year.”

2018 Abu Garcia Pro Team

Abu Garcia rods and reels

Justin Atkins – Florence, AL

Justin has also proven himself to be a tough competitor within his first year as an FLW Tour pro. Most recently, he won second place for 2017 FLW Rookie of the Year and won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. Justin has competed in a total of 79 events with 14 top 10 finishes. Facebook: @justinatkinsfishing

Micah Frazier – Newnan, GA

Micah is entering his fourth year as a Bassmaster Elite pro. He has one tournament win under his belt with 14 top 10 finishes and two cup appearances and is a two-time Classic qualifier. He has fished in 97 events. In 2005, Micah became the youngest boater in BFL history to win at the age of 16. Facebook: @micah.frazier.3

Shane Lehew – Catawba, NC

Shane has fished 92 events and was sixth in points in 2017. He has won four tournaments and reeled in 19 top 10 finishes. For the past three years, Shane qualified for the Forest Wood Cup. As a young angler, he won the Junior World Championship in 2007.
Instagram: @shanelehewfishing

Joe Thompson – Clayton, GA

Joe will be fishing on the FLW Tour as a rookie in 2018 and has been one of Abu Garcia’s top field testers and advocates. He has won one tournament with 11 top 10 finishes. Joe has fished 68 total events. Facebook: Joe Thompson Fishing

Josh Weaver – Macon, GA

Josh has been an FLW Tour pro for two years. He has fished 41 events with eight top 10 finishes and two cup appearances. Instagram: @joshuaweaverfishing

Tom Redington – Lake Fork, TX

Tom is a nine-year veteran in the fishing industry. He has one tournament win with four top 10 finishes and has fished 88 total events. Tom is the former host of TV fishing show “Big Bass Battle” and was a regular on the “Belize Outdoors” show. He has also guided for trophy bass on Lake Fork, TX for over a decade. Facebook: @tomredingtonfishing

Chris Groh – Spring Grove, IL

Chris qualified for the Elite Series this year through the Bassmaster Northerns. He will begin his first season as a rookie. To date, Chris has fished 13 events. Facebook: @chrisgrohfishing

Abu Garcia reels

Bryan Thrift – Shelby, NC

Bryan joined the FLW tour in 2007 and has competed in 144 events with 54 top ten finishes, 11 cup appearances and nine tournament wins. Since the beginning of his career, Bryan has been a fierce competitor and was FLW’s 2007 Rookie of the Year and 2010 and 2017 FLW Angler of the Year. Instagram: @bryanthriftfishing

Brandon Cobb – Greenwood, SC

Brandon is one of the top young anglers on the FLW Tour. He has been an FLW pro for four years, and in two of the three cups he has finished in the top five. Brandon has fished 97 events, with 31 top 10 finishes. Instagram: @brandoncobbfishing

Joey Cifuentes – Clinton, AR

Joey has been an FLW pro for one year and has won three tournaments. With 11 top 10 finishes and two cup appearances, Joey has fished 51 events. 2016 was his rookie year on tour where he finished third in the points. Joey has also fished the Costa series and was a top five finisher. Instagram: @joeycifuentesfishing

Bradley Dorstch – Atmore, AL

Bradley Dortch is a first year FLW Tour pro and won the Harris Chain Tour in 2017 using Abu Garcia. He has won two tournaments with four top 10 finishes and one cup appearance. Bradley was also named 2017 Rookie of the Year and has fished 37 total events.
Facebook: @bradleydortchfishing

Anthony Gagliardi – Prosperity, SC

Anthony won the 2014 FLW Cup and has been a main stay on the FLW trail for 18 years. He has fished 195 events, with five tournament wins, 24 top 10 finishes and 13 cup appearances. Facebook: @anthony.gagliardi.flw

Chad Warren – Sand Springs, OK

Chad the joins the Abu Garcia team after completing his rookie season. Prior to joining the FLW Tour in 2017, he competed in the 2016 FLW Costa Series Southwest Division tournament, where he finished fifth place on Grand Lake. In total, Chad has fished 29 events with five back- to-back top 10 finishes. Facebook: @ChadWarrenFishing

Brian Latimer – Belton, SC

After working his way through the grass roots levels of bass fishing, Brian made the leap to Tour level competition in 2016 when he joined the FLW Tour. As a professional angler, his list of accomplishments includes one win and nine top ten finishes. Brian also has eight top 10 finishes and has fished in 92 total events. His accomplishments include winning the 2007 Walmart Bass Fishing League Champion. Instagram: @brian_latimer

John Cox – Debary, FL

John has been an FLW pro for seven years. He has reeled in five tournament wins with 24 top 10 finishes and five cup appearances. In 2016, John made history as the first pro angler to bring home the coveted FLW Forrest Wood Cup in an aluminum boat. He has fished a total of 107 events. Instagram: @johncox_fishing

Chad Pipkens – Holt, MI

Chad has had 33 top 10 finishes and has fished in two Bassmaster Classics. He was the 2012 Bassmaster Northern Open Points Champion and the 2014 Bassmaster Northern Open Lake St. Clair Champion. Chad also has four FLW tournament wins. Facebook: Chad Pipkens

The new 16 anglers will join Abu Garcia’s existing pro line up which includes Mike Iaconelli, Justin Lucas, Josh Bertrand, Fletcher Shryock, Hunter Shryock, Bobby Lane, Adrian Avena, Hank Cherry, Brandon Card and Guy Eaker.

For more information about Abu Garcia, visit www.abugarcia.com.

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About Pure Fishing, Inc.

Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leading global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels with a portfolio of brands that includes Abu Garcia®, All Star®, Berkley®, ChubTM, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Hardy & GreysTM, Hodgman®, JohnsonTM, Mitchell®, PENN®, Pflueger®, Sébile®, Shakespeare®, SpiderWire®, Stren®, Trilene® and Ugly Stik®. Pure Fishing, Inc. operates in 22 countries with a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages. Pure Fishing, Inc., a part of Newell Brands’ strong portfolio of well-known brands, is a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products. Additional information can be found at www.purefishing.com.

About Newell Brands

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. Driven by a sharp focus on the consumer, leading investment in innovation and brands, and a performance-driven culture, Newell Brands helps consumers achieve more where they live, learn, work and play. Additional information about Newell Brands is available on the company’s website, www.newellbrands.com.

A lifetime on the water twelve months a year.

 

A lifetime on the water twelve months a year.

FISH ‘N’ TAILS

FRABILL CELEBRATES DAN GALUSHA’S 45TH YEAR IN THE OUTDOOR MEDIA

Plano, IL (January 16, 2018) – Veteran outdoor communicator Dan Galusha of Milan, Illinois has a resume so stacked with credentials and accolades that it takes four pages to fit them all in. That’s what happens when an outdoorsman dedicates himself to becoming a fixture in outdoor media for over four decades. The list of awards he has received include well over 200 fishing honors, of which sixteen are world records. Suffice it to say, he’s not only an accomplished outdoor communicator, he’s also one heck of an outdoorsman.

Galusha’s impact as an outdoor communicator is especially notable in the Midwest. Possessing a comforting yet commanding voice that is immediately recognizable to anyone who has heard it before, his knowledge of the outdoors is boundless.

 

Dan Galusha nets his now venerable Plano 777 Tackle Box with a Frabill to promote a tackle and fishing trip giveaway for the Bettendorf News.

“I started in 1973 as a sales rep for Mr. Bass Lures out of Bull Shoals, Arkansas. In 1978, I jumped into the media world with the Milan Mirror newspaper and Midwest Outdoors magazine. Later, I got involved with TV, radio, seminars and then videos. I’ve been published in countless other newspapers and magazines over the years,” Galusha explains.

“A while back, I noticed Ranger Boats was going to celebrate a 50th Anniversary, so I started figuring out how many years I’ve been immersed in the outdoor/fishing industry and media. I assumed it fell somewhere around 40 or 43.  Well, in 2018 I will be celebrating my 45th year in the fishing world and my 40th with Dan’s Fish ‘N’ Tales.”

Galusha’s ultimate-goal was to make it to the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, but he always considered it more a dream than something that would really happen. However, thanks to the nomination from Ron Stallings of TTI-Blakemore, and the support from many others, the dream came true in 2012 when he received the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Legendary Communicator Award.

Galusha has collaborated with Plano and Frabill – two other legends from the fishing world – on many levels for several decades. During the 90’s, Frabill sponsored his TV and radio shows, and to this day Galusha maintains a coveted position on the Plano and Frabill pro staffs.

The ever groovy Dan Galusha with one of his sixteen world record fish, a tiger muskie.

 

 

 

“My history with both companies goes back to when they were separate.  I first worked with Glen Simms and Bill Cork at Plano. With Frabill, I started with the owner, Jeff Marble, and promotions manager, Mark Gostisha, at the time. When I first started with Frabill, the company was still handling terminal tackle and had just started to manufacture ice shelters. So, my association with both companies has lasted through close to 30 years of my media work,” Galusha says.

 

“I can remember when Glen sent me a Plano 777 tackle box to use when I was going to film some shows with Virgil Ward in 1984.  He always wanted me to have the most current gear. I still have that box in the storage shed,” Galusha recalls.

 

“Dan Galusha has been a long-time supporter of Plano and Frabill across all of our product categories including ice, fishing and shooting, as well as a well-known figure in the outdoors industry. He also devotes many hours each year to youth education and growing our sport. We are proud to have him as a member of our pro-staff,” says Plano Synergy Fish Brands Marketing Manager, Chris Russell.

 

 

Dan Galusha and his favorite fishing companion, Pepper during a recent outing.

 

 

 

If you’ve been paying attention to Dan Galusha, it’s obvious he knows a little something about working as an outdoor communicator. He has some sage advice for anyone interested in pursuing a career in outdoor media: “Stay in school and learn as much about writing and speaking as possible, yet develop your own style by being yourself. Know your choice of outdoor subjects firsthand by gaining as much experience as possible,” he advises.

 

“Don’t start every paragraph with “I”, be professional, but have fun with it. And always pass along good information to the audience. Be ready to sacrifice a lot, maybe even write for free to get started, and don’t plan on making a fortune – perhaps not even a living or actual career in outdoor media. If you love your outdoor subject – whether it by fishing or shooting as with myself – or anything else, your audience will pick up on that fact, and stay with you throughout your career.”

 

In 2018, Galusha will be celebrating the first anniversary with the sister of Fish ‘N’ Tales®, Shoot ‘N’ Plink™. Both series of videos can be viewed on the Dan’s Fish ‘N’ Tales® YouTube channel.

 

 

Walleye Wisdom Workshop

Walleye Wisdom Workshop

January 18, 2018

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NPAA member and Cabela’s Pro and Guide Brian Bashore will be touring several Cabela’s locations this winter where the annual Walleye Wisdom Workshops will be hosted.  These workshops are designed to help the novice to advanced angler learn new methods to help them catch more walleye while enjoying time on the water. Topics such as Electronics, Leadcore Trolling, River walleye, Shallow water trolling and Conservation will be discussed in great detail. These workshops have filled up fast in the past so don’t hesitate to reserve your seat. You can register by going to www.thewalleyeguys.com and choosing which location you want to attend. Cost is $30 per person and workshop hours are 10am-4pm.

Locations and dates are:

February 24,   Cabela’s, Rapid City, SD

March 3,          Cabela’s East Grand Forks, MN

March 17,        Cabela’s Rogers, MN

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Aim Weekend Walleye Series names North Dakota Director!

 Aim Weekend Walleye Series names North Dakota Director!

Presented by Yamaha Motor Corp USA and Warrior Boats

Aim Weekend Walleye Series names North Dakota Director!

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM™) is pleased to welcome Jeff White to the AIM event staff as the 2018 Tournament Director for the North Dakota Division of the AIM Weekend Walleye Series (AWWS).

Jeff grew up in Rolla ND and now resides in Bismarck ND with his wife Glory. Jeff and Glory have 2 daughters 1 son and 4 grandkids. He works at Stallion Oilfield Services and enjoys spending free time on the waters of Devils Lake combat fishing. Jeff fished AIM ND in 2017 and qualified for the Warrior Boats National Championship Shootout on the Chippewa Flowage at Treeland Resort in 2018.

“We are glad to have Jeff on board with us” says Denny Fox, National Tournament Director of the AWWS. “He has a lot of experience in many different facets of life that will be beneficial to Aim and the anglers.”

“I’m excited to be involved with AIM” said White, and when asked why he accepted the AIM job he replied, “I enjoy the tournament atmosphere, being with the anglers, like new challenges and since my partner could not fish the whole series this year, I saw this as an opportunity to keep my hand in the action. But most of all I really believe in the CRR format and wanted to make sure this series continued for the anglers and the resource.”

Fox continued “With the schedule we have in place, we are expecting a great season in North Dakota. Jeff brings a lifetime of skills with him that will make him a strong and fair leader of North Dakota.”

Registration will open February 1st 2018 atwww.aimfishing.com

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM™) is a unique tournament organization created and owned by many of the most accomplished and recognizable professional walleye anglers, along with others who share the mission of advancing competitive walleye fishing and making it sustainable into the future. AIM is committed to marketing excellence on behalf of its tournament competitors, the tournament host communities, and the brands that partner with it. AIM is also committed to maintaining healthy fisheries across the nation by the development of the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release™ format which is integral to its dynamic events and unparalleled consumer engagement. For more information about AIM™, AIM Pro Walleye Series™, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, AIM sponsors and AIM anglers, visitwww.aimfishing.com.

AIM Presenting Sponsors: Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. and Warrior Boats, LLC.

AIM Supporting Sponsors: Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Navionics, Garmin, Power Pole, Worldwide Marine Insurance, AirWave Pedestals, Off Shore Tackle, Vibrations Tackle, Pro Chattrr, National Fleet Graphics, Gemini Sport Marketing, Treeland Resort

Jeff grew up in Rolla ND and now resides in Bismarck ND with his wife Glory. Jeff and Glory have 2 daughters 1 son and 4 grandkids. He works at Stallion Oilfield Services and enjoys spending free time on the waters of Devils Lake combat fishing. Jeff fished AIM ND in 2017 and qualified for the Warrior Boats National Championship Shootout on the Chippewa Flowage at Treeland Resort in 2018.

“We are glad to have Jeff on board with us” says Denny Fox, National Tournament Director of the AWWS. “He has a lot of experience in many different facets of life that will be beneficial to Aim and the anglers.”

“I’m excited to be involved with AIM” said White, and when asked why he accepted the AIM job he replied, “I enjoy the tournament atmosphere, being with the anglers, like new challenges and since my partner could not fish the whole series this year, I saw this as an opportunity to keep my hand in the action. But most of all I really believe in the CRR format and wanted to make sure this series continued for the anglers and the resource.”

Fox continued “With the schedule we have in place, we are expecting a great season in North Dakota. Jeff brings a lifetime of skills with him that will make him a strong and fair leader of North Dakota.”

Registration will open February 1st 2018 atwww.aimfishing.com

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM™) is a unique tournament organization created and owned by many of the most accomplished and recognizable professional walleye anglers, along with others who share the mission of advancing competitive walleye fishing and making it sustainable into the future. AIM is committed to marketing excellence on behalf of its tournament competitors, the tournament host communities, and the brands that partner with it. AIM is also committed to maintaining healthy fisheries across the nation by the development of the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release™ format which is integral to its dynamic events and unparalleled consumer engagement. For more information about AIM™, AIM Pro Walleye Series™, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, AIM sponsors and AIM anglers, visitwww.aimfishing.com.

AIM Presenting Sponsors: Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. and Warrior Boats, LLC.

AIM Supporting Sponsors: Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Navionics, Garmin, Power Pole, Worldwide Marine Insurance, AirWave Pedestals, Off Shore Tackle, Vibrations Tackle, Pro Chattrr, National Fleet Graphics, Gemini Sport Marketing, Treeland Resort

4,500 Fish Attractors Added In Missouri

NAV659_Carto_NewsItem_MO_800x424_v1_sg4,500 Fish Attractors Added In Missouri

As part of our ongoing product enhancement, we recently added the locations of 4,500 fish attractors on 36 lakes in Missouri. This is in addition to approximately 5,500 released earlier this year for lakes in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Fish attractors are made up of a variety of manmade and natural materials, such as pallets and cleared brush, to create habitats where fish can forage or hide from predators. They also serve as productive fishing spots for anglers to target. On some lakes with a lot of structure, reducing the contour density can be help make the fish symbol easier to see. Now, just by searching the map, anglers can find more places to fish for bass, crappie, walleye and more!

In Missouri, the following lakes are updated: Austin, Blue Springs, Brookfield City Lake, Buffalo Bill, Bull Shoals, Clearwater, Fellows, Fourche Lake, Fox Valley, Harrison County, Hunnewell, Jamesport Community, Lake Jacomo, Lake of the Ozarks, Paho, Long Branch, Longview, Macon City, Maple Leaf, Mark Twain, Mozingo, Norfork, Pomme de Terre, Pony Express, Prairie Lee Lake, Ripley, Rt J. Reservoir, Sims Valley, Smithville, Stockton, Table Rock Lake, Thomas Hill, Truman, Wappapello, Watkins, and Willow Brook.

See the improvements now

Compare your current charts on our Chart ViewerBoat Safer with the most detailed charts and always have up-to-date information with daily chart updates! If you are an angler, study detailed contours with SonarChart™SonarChart™ Live and Advanced Map Options, then find your ideal fishing spots and, finally, Fish Smarter!

How to get these updates and enjoy Navionics advanced features

On plotter: choose Navionics+ or HotMaps Platinum+. If you already have an active subscription, plug your card into a PC to update your charts (learn more). If you have our Boating app, you can update your plotter card wirelessly with Plotter Sync.

On mobile:  download any of the paid apps or the free version that provides a 2-week free trial! If you already have an active subscription, open the app and tap Menu > Update All.

Renew your subscription

On plotter: choose one of the available options to easily renew, by simply clicking here.
On mobile: open the app, tap Menu > Charts & Upgrades.