Magic Wands for Tommy Skarlis’ and Jeff Lahr’s Win at the Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship

 

Magic Wands for Tommy Skarlis’ and Jeff Lahr’s Win at the Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship

 

Pros credit St. Croix Rod sensitivity as huge advantage for capitalizing on tough bites 
 

Escanaba, Michigan (October 18, 2018): Brutal winds. Rain. Sleet. Snow. This past weekend, Denver, Iowa-based walleye pro Tommy Skarlis and partner Jeff Lahr fought rough weather to place first for the second consecutive year at the World Walleye Championship, held this year on Bays de Noc out of Escanaba, Michigan. The World Walleye Championship (WWC) is the crown event on the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC).

 

In and of itself, the win is an amazing feat, but also follows the duo’s 2017 MWC Championship win on Minnesota’s Cass Lake Chain, making the duo’s accomplishments the first back-to-back MWC Championship wins in over 20 years. It also gives them a shot at a third title next year at 2019 Cabela’s MWC on Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago, which would be a first in the sport.

 

Despite 20 mph-plus winds, Skarlis says several factors added to his ability to produce fish while the majority of teams struggled on some level to produce walleyes during the event. One was the “incredible” sensitivity of the St. Croix rods he and his partner employed during the three-day event.

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation-wise, Skarlis says he and his partner could feel the majority of bites despite the conditions and what’s typical with gliding baits.

 

“Most anglers say when you’re jigging baits like Moonshine Shiver Minnows, Jigging Raps, Johnny Darters, and Rapala Flat Jigs you don’t feel the bite, you pick it up and the fish is just there. But we felt 90% of the bites we had on the drop thanks to our St. Croix rods, used with a combination of 10-20 pound superline or 10-pound monofilament tied to the bait with a fluorocarbon leader. The walleyes were eating perch, gobies, alewives… so we caught them on metallic-colored, glow, and plain old goby-colored lures. There was no must-have color pattern.”

 

Skarlis says that “like a golfer,” he carries three or four rod choices for every shot he has to make—and with St. Croix Rods there are numerous tools for every walleye situation he encounters. “St. Croix makes five, six, or seven different choices to help you get the job done. I had three rods rigged up for each tactic at all times,” says Skarlis.

 

For vertical jigging glide baits, that meant St. Croix Legend Elite ES70MF seven-foot medium power, fast action models. “I like the fit and grip of the full cork handle, which allows me to keep my fingers on the blank and the opportunity to feel bites at all times.”

 

 

 

St. Croix’s Legend X gave Skarlis the “feel” to bag big walleyes at long distances.

 

 

 

For casting glide baits a long distance from the boat in the crystal-clear waters of Bays de Noc, Skarlis says he preferred the St. Croix Legend X (XLS70MF) seven-foot medium-heavy power, fast action model. “I really like how the split grip lightens the weight of the rod and allows me to fish longer and more comfortably, plus, I can really distance cast with this rod. For example, our big fish—the 7 pound 10 ouncer—hit my bait long distances from the boat. With this rod, I could still feel the bite, and it had the backbone to set the hook at that distance.”

 

Skarlis and Lahr also both carried numerous St. Croix (LXS70MF) Legend Xtreme rods, a model the two call “the goose that laid the golden egg” and is equally proficient as a vertical jigging and casting rod. “We were using it for both jigging and casting,” says Skarlis. “And I also kept a (LXS68MXF) six-foot, eight-inch medium power, extra fast action Legend Xtreme rigged for when the fish were really close to the bottom and I had to downsize baits and really finesse them.”

 

Skarlis and Lahr worked hard on Day One, locating walleyes both deep and shallow. Ultimately, it came down to time management, and they knew there was still hope when they finished at the scales in tenth place with 14-03, just behind fellow pros Larry Rhoads II and Dan Johnson, who weighed an 18-06 five-fish limit.

 

“We could have had a bigger weight, but we chose to focus on the really deep fish on Day One and I didn’t give us enough time to work those fish,” says Skarlis. “I told my partner, ‘We’re going to need to average 19 or 20 pounds a day to win this tournament.’ But we didn’t stub our toe the first day. We just had to work harder on Day Two and we climbed the board to fifth. Then we went out on the third day and I knew we needed a couple 24- to 29-inch fish that would go with the three unders around 22 inches.”

 

On Day Two the duo fought brutal winds by idling their big Evinrude into the wind, PowerPole Paddle deployed to slow down their drift while methodically jigging with gliding baits. “We were challenging two-to-three-foot waves with the back of the boat, but had located the fish we needed,” says Skarlis.

 

 

 

 

Concentrating deeper, by 11:30 a.m. on the final day, Skarlis and Lahr didn’t have any fish so they moved into 20-30 foot depths. “It was the move on Day Three when I started moving around and found fish, that really made a huge difference. It was similar to how we won the last championship on Cass Lake last year,” says Skarlis.

 

At the end of the three-day event, Skarlis and Lahr weighed 54-14 ounces for first place, edging out second-place finishers Larry Rhoads II and Dan Johnson by four ounces.

As the most decorated walleye pro in the history of the sport, Skarlis says switching to St. Croix Rods nearly ten years ago has made some weighty contributions to his tournament accomplishments. “Honestly, when I switched to St. Croix, the rods took my game to another level. The sensitivity is unmatched for numerous techniques, including jigging, live bait fishing, etc. Plus, with St. Croix’s handcrafted quality in each and every model, I have the confidence that they’ll perform under any adverse situations I face. They’ve been a real game changer.”

 

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AQUA-VU: Reel…and Reveal

 

 

Reel…and Reveal

 

Patented Aqua-Vu® micro Revolution underwater cameras find fish faster than ever

 

 

Crosslake, MN (October 17, 2018) – Innovation is a good word. It’s an important word, and an even more important concept, because it refers to the creation and implementation of a truly original idea. In its purest form, innovation breeds a new endeavor made possible by a unique device. Example? Sky diving isn’t quite sky diving without Sebastien Lenormand’s invention of the parachute.

 

Prior to the invention of an Aqua-Vu, spying beneath the water’s surface could only be accomplished via scuba tank or submarine—two devices most anglers aren’t likely to own. In the two-plus decades since originating the fascinating fish-finding method known as underwater viewing, Aqua-Vu has earned at least a dozen design patents, initiating and owning every advancement in underwater optics technology.

 

Aqua-Vu micro Revolution 5.0 Underwater Viewing System

 

 

 

Beyond the company’s original, self-contained underwater viewing system, other innovations include firsts in miniature camera housing, integrated infrared lighting, on-screen displays of depth, temperature and camera direction, and boat-mountable and TV- and sonar-compatible camera systems. Aqua-Vu also produced the first handheld (Micro Series) and high-definition (HDi Series) underwater viewing systems.

 

Their latest design patent (#D832,084) spotlights Aqua-Vu’s Revolution® Camera Reel System—an invaluable little instrument that organizes camera cable like a fishing reel manages fishing line.

 

“The reel is the deal,” laughs Brian “Bro” Brosdahl, legendary fishing guide and professional angler. “For years, underwater viewing meant extra camera cable lying on the boat floor or on the ice. The micro Revolution makes this a non-issue; the reel saves so much time and energy by instantly paying out and retrieving camera cable— even in deep water.”

 

 

 

 

Brosdahl calls the micro Revolution camera “an absolute game-changer for finding fish, ice or openwaterIt’s one of my favorite new tools of the year.”

 

“Panfish” Phil Laube, another exceptional angler and longtime Aqua-Vu user says the new hand-held units have transformed his ice fishing. “I have so much fun just hopping from hole to hole now, quickly spying on fish, because of the convenience of the camera reel,” says Laube, who relies on an Aqua-Vu to find big fish on new bodies of water. “The micro Revolution lets me instantly drop the lens into 10, 20, or 30 feet of water, and retrieve it just as fast.”

 

The time-saving difference, Laube says, translates to more fish and more fishing hotspots found in less time. “I’m learning things so much faster than what’s possible with sonar. In 20 feet of water, a sonar unit with a standard 20-degree cone angle only gives you a 7-foot-wide circle of bottom coverage. But the camera can show a much broader perspective—especially in clear water or with the IR lights turned on—and of course, everything I see is live, dynamic and real.

 

“It does other things sonar can’t, like confirm fish species and size, type of vegetation, and exactly where fish lie relative to your position. All this real-life data gives me immediate confidence when I drop of a lure down the hole.

 

 

 

 

“Sonar’s a great tool when you’re fishing. But for fish finding, the micro Revolution has become the go-to technology. And if I want to sight-fish, the camera works awesome for that, too.”

 

Laube offers one other intriguing tip for finding fish with the Aqua-Vu. “I get people asking whether or not the camera spooks fish. It’s funny, but lots of times it’s just the opposite.

 

“If I drop down and see the right habitat—a nice stand of aquatic vegetation, boulders or just baitfish—I keep the camera down there for a minute or two, and wait. I’m telling you, the camera housing itself can be a major fish attractor. Fish like pike, bluegills, perch, bass and even walleyes detect its underwater signature and often swim right over to investigate. You ultimately end up seeing fish on spots you wouldn’t otherwise know were there. That’s a pretty cool benefit, and one most folks don’t even consider.”

 

While official patents and behind-the-scenes engineering don’t mean much to anglers, the end results speak for themselves. “What’s cool,” Laube adds, “is that when I’m done, I reel up the camera, and slip the whole unit into my coat pocket and start catching fish.”

 

Available in retail stores nationwide, purchase of the micro 5.0 Revolution (MSRP $349.99) and micro 5.0 Revolution Pro (MSRP $449.99) qualify for a free Pro-Viewing Case/Car Charger Accessory Pack ($60 value.) Both underwater camera systems also include an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 8-hours of continuous use and a battery charger. For more information, visit www.aquavu.com.

 

 

Brian ”Bro” Brosdahl calls Aqua-Vu’s micro Revolution camera a game-changer.

 

 

 

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American Sportfishing Association Appoints New Officers

American Sportfishing Association Appoints New Officers
Sportfishing industry appoints executive committee and ex-officio members
Alexandria, VA – October 16, 2018  The American Sportfishing Association(ASA) appointed a new Executive Committee as well as ex-officio members to the board of directors during the 2018 Sportfishing Summit, the recreational fishing industry’s annual business meeting held October 9-12, just outside Charleston, S.C.

This annual fall business meeting brought together more than 200 fishing and boating industry and community leaders to provide a venue to discuss the issues impacting recreational fishing during committee meetings, networking events, general sessions and the association’s board of directors meetings.

Board of Directors Appoints Executive Committee
During the Summit, the following individuals joined Chris Megan, publisher, On the Water, LLC, Chairman; and Kirk Immens, president, Sportco Marketing Group, Immediate Past Chairman, on ASA’s Executive Committee. The board of directors appointed Zack Swanson, general manager and vice president of Sales, Rapala, as Vice Chairman; Dan McDonald, president, Yakima Bait Company, as Treasurer; Louis Chemi, COO, Freedom Boat Club, as Secretary; and Jessie Simpkins, director of Marketing, St. Croix Rods, as At-large member.

Dave Bulthuis, vice president, Government Affairs and Industry Relations, Costa; Neil Eibeler, CEO, Pure Fishing; Carey Graves, vice president of Sales, Daiwa Corporation; Kenneth S. Hammond, CEO, The Hammond Group; and Phil Lillo, owner, ‎Don Coffey Group, were appointed as ex-officio board members.

Foley Appointed ASA Lifetime Board Member
Peter Foley, president of Boone Bait Company, was unanimously appointed a life-time board of directors member. Foley has devoted decades of his time and experience to the association, having served numerous terms as a board member, Executive Committee member and board Chairman from 1985 – 1986. He also holds the title of Treasurer Emeritus.

“I want to thank these individuals for their support and commitment and look forward to working with them to advance the association and the sportfishing industry,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “The experience and perspectives that these members bring to the board of directors will continue to serve the industry well.”

The 2019 Sportfishing Summit Location
The 2019 Sportfishing Summit is scheduled for October 8-11, at Skamania Lodge located on the Columbia River Gorge, in Stevenson, Wash.

Thank You 2018 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors
The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2018 Sportfishing Summit.

Premium – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pure Fishing, Inc.and USDA – Forest Service.

Gold – Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Costa, Southwick Associates, TakeMeFishing/Vamos A Pescar and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Silver – Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Coastal Conservation AssociationCongressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Engel Coolers, Forbes-Tate Partners, Freeman, Map Your Show, National Marine Electronics Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wired2fish, Inc. and Womble Carlyle.

Keep Florida Fishing Applauds Congressional Passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act

Keep Florida Fishing Applauds Congressional Passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act
Important Everglades Restoration Legislation Moves to the President’s Desk
Alexandria, VA – October 10, 2018 – Keep Florida Fishing®, (KFF) an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, today praised the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives for passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021). The Act, which incorporates the biennial Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), includes authorization of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir project and requires an expedited review of how Lake Okeechobee levels are managed under its regulation schedule. The legislation also supports restoration of the Kissimmee River and requires the development of a Harmful Algal Bloom technology program. All are important components that will help address South Florida’s water quality issues.

The U.S. House previously approved the compromise legislation on September 13th, the bill now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.

“Thank you to everyone who has contacted their representatives to support WRDA. This legislation is crucial to reducing the ongoing estuary discharges and algal blooms affecting the state. Passing WRDA is a monumental step in restoring the Everglades and providing clean water for our fisheries, and we greatly appreciate the leadership of Florida’s Congressional Delegation in securing its passage. We will continue to work with Congress to ensure that sufficient funding is available to carry out the Act’s provisions,” said Kellie Ralston, Southeast Fisheries Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association.

“This is a tremendous win for Florida’s waters and anglers. WRDA includes several provisions that will address the state’s current water quality issues. This bipartisan compromise will dramatically advance Keep Florida Fishing’s mission to ensure anglers have clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both,” said Gary Jennings, Director of Keep Florida Fishing.

About Keep Florida Fishing®
Keep Florida Fishing® is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association with the goal of ensuring Florida anglers have clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both. Florida is considered the ‘Fishing Capital of the World’ and home to more than three million licensed anglers, supporting 128,000 jobs, providing $9.6 billion in economic activity and contributing more than $53.3 million for fisheries conservation. Click here to learn more. Find Keep Florida Fishing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry and anglers a unified voice when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic, conservation and social values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 49 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing, our national angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for 800,000 people.

Raymarine Pro Tommy Skarlis, Partner Jeff Lahr Win Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship

A peek at the helm of Skarlis’ winning warship

 

 

Raymarine Pro Tommy Skarlis, Partner Jeff Lahr Win Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship  

 

Iowa pro and partner take first for second consecutive year, fellow Raymarine pro Larry Rhoads II and partner Dan Johnson finish second
 

Escanaba, Michigan (October 11, 2018): This past weekend, Denver, Iowa-based walleye pro Tommy Skarlis and partner Jeff Lahr fought brutal winds and cold to place first for the second consecutive year at the World Walleye Championship, held this year on Bays de Noc out of Escanaba, Michigan. The World Walleye Championship (WWC) is the crown event on the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC).

 

This year’s win follows Skarlis’ 2017 MWC Championship win on Minnesota’s Cass Lake Chain. It has been over 20 years since any professional walleye angler has posted back-to-back MWC Championships. Moreover, the recent win at Escanaba immediately qualifies the duo for the 2019 Cabela’s MWC on Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago, giving them a shot as the first team to win three World Walleye Championships in a row.

 

It’s been a long time in the making, as over 30 years ago Skarlis says he only dreamed of fishing the circuit. To have had the success he’s had—especially after a deer stand accident and broken neck nearly ended his career—he says he thanks God and feels “humbled and blessed.”

 

 

Skarlis and Lahr weigh 54-14 ounces for first place at the 2018 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship​.

 

 

 

“I don’t think I’m great, I just want to be great, so I attempt to fish smart at every event. Honestly, I fish scared, go in like a lamb and try to come out like a lion. As we say in Iowa, ‘Shoot for the moon and hit the barn,’’’ says Skarlis.

 

Despite 20 mph-plus winds, Skarlis says several factors added to his ability to produce fish while the majority of teams struggled on some level to produce walleyes during the event. Perhaps the most important was his ability to find, mark, and catch the fish he located on his Raymarine electronics.

 

“It’s was pretty much a ‘mark the fish, catch the fish’ scenario with my Raymarine Axiom units,” says Skarlis.

 

Specifically, Skarlis’ Ranger 621FS is outfitted with four Raymarine Axiom MFDs, two at the console—an Axiom 12 and Axiom PRO 9—and the same setup on the bow.

With regards to their system for boating winning fish, Skarlis and Lahr relied on their Raymarine Axiom Pro and Axiom units’ DownVision and SideVision, used in combination with Navionics mapping and high-resolution CHIRP 2D Sonar, as well as Raymarine’s patented RealVision 3D.

 

 

Raymarine Axiom Pro family

 

 
“It’s nice having two big screens running everything in full view or split screen to give me lots of info at the same time. The clarity and speed is absolutely amazing. If it looks like there’s a fish there, it’s a fish. The CHIRP Sonar, DownVision, SideVision, RealVision 3D, and how fast the mapping responds is just amazing. RealVision 3D helped me to identify the bumps and humps and it gives you a good idea of how the structure lays out. Combined with Navionics cartography, I feel like I understand every piece of structure. I use SideVision, too… all of it.”

 

He continues: “The speed of the units is unlike anything I’ve ever used. I could zoom into the mapping on one unit and split-screen the 2D CHIRP Sonar and DownVision on the other unit to immediately differentiate fish from the three prevalent patterns we identified from 20 all the way to 60 feet. We had to move quickly from area to area, mark fish, then catch those fish.”

 

Skarlis laughs as he refers to the Raymarine units at his dash as “Ray Ray”. “They’re my two friends. Kind of like how Clint Eastwood had Smith and Wesson.”

 

 

Axiom and Axiom Pro units easily allow user to split screen and view RealVision 3D (left); DownVision (right, top); and mapping (right, bottom).

 

 

 

He’s quick to credit his Raymarine electronics for giving him the ability to easily and accurately map and navigate waters, too, especially critical on large and potentially perilous bodies of water like Bays de Noc.

 

“On the top unit I run Navionics cartography to adjust for navigation and finding structure on the fly. I pretty much shade everything 10 feet and under so I know where it’s safe to navigate. Especially in the rough water of Days Two and Three, I had to run the shoreline and knew that (especially on Little Bay de Noc) there are rock piles that come within inches of the surface, so I had to move out and come back in. The speed and precision of my Axiom units and Navionics mapping gave me the confidence to navigate safely. Same goes for shading areas when fishing. I touch two buttons or the screen and can quickly shade to five or 10 feet, then once I get to where I’m fishing I shade everything 25 feet and deeper in white and everything 25 feet and shallower in blue. The best rock piles were those that topped out in 20 to 22 feet of water, so when we were pitching, this worked perfectly. When vertical jigging for these fish, I’d locate by shading out to 35 feet, then drive S turns up and around the breaks until I marked the fish. Then I’d touch the fish on the screen in CHIRP 2D Sonar, store a coordinate and then jig around that spot until I caught the fish or drove it off the screen.”

 

Skarlis and Lahr worked hard on Day One, locating walleyes both deep and shallow. Ultimately, it came down to time management, and they knew there was still hope when they finished at the scales in tenth place with 14-03, just behind fellow Raymarine pros Larry Rhoads II and Dan Johnson, who weighed an 18-06 five-fish limit.

 

“We could have had a bigger weight, but we chose to focus on the really deep fish on day one and I didn’t give us enough time to work those fish,” says Skarlis. “I told my partner, ‘We’re going to need to average 19 or 20 pounds a day to win this tournament.’ But we didn’t stub our toe the first day. We just had to work harder on day two and we climbed the board to fifth. Then we went out on the third day and I knew we needed a couple 24- to 29-inch fish that would go with the three unders around 22 inches.”

 

On Day Two the duo fought brutal winds by idling their big Evinrude into the wind, PowerPole Paddle deployed to slow down their drift while methodically jigging with gliding baits like Moonshine Shiver Minnows, #9 Jigging Raps, and Rapala Flat Jigs. “We were challenging two-to-three-foot waves with the back of the boat, but had located the fish we needed,” says Skarlis.

 

Presentation-wise, Skarlis was able to feel the majority of the bites despite the conditions and what’s typical with gliding baits.

 

 

Raymarine Axiom 2D Sonar tracks gliding baits deployed vertically to deep, bottom-hugging walleyes.

 

 

“Most anglers say when you’re jigging these baits you don’t feel the bite, you pick it up and the fish is just there. But we felt 90% of the bites we had on the drop thanks to the St. Croix rods we were using, all medium-fast seven-foot Legend Elite, Legend Xtreme and Legend X, used with a combination of 10-20 pound superline typically tied to the bait with a fluorocarbon leader. The walleyes were eating perch, gobies, alewives… so we caught them on metallic-colored, glow, and plain old goby-colored lures. There was no must-have color pattern.”

 

Concentrating deeper, by 11:30 a.m. on the final day, Skarlis and Lahr didn’t have any fish so they moved into 20-30 foot depths and quickly located walleyes with their Raymarine Axiom units. “It was the move on day three when I started moving around and found fish, that really made a huge difference. It was similar to how we won the last championship on Cass Lake last year,” says Skarlis. “I could tell the difference between the walleyes and smallmouths by looking at the 2D CHIRP SONAR screen next to DownVision. The smallmouths were fatter blobs—like watermelons—and the walleyes looked like bananas. It’s amazing that I can easily mark fish at 35 to 40 mph on 2D CHIRP SONAR, then go back with DownVision and actually tell what species the fish is. At the end of the day, I can get my baits in front of more fish with Raymarine units, which means I can catch more fish.”

 

 

Split screen view of DownVision (left) and 2D Sonar (right) clearly reveals bottom-hugging walleyes.

 

 

 

At the end of the event, Skarlis admits the recent MWC Championship was fun, even when the weather conditions were less than ideal.

 

“I wish I would have had Axioms my whole career. They make me feel like an electronics genius because they’re so fast and easy to use, and with the shaded depth feature I can quickly and accurately find areas that are similar. That’s the excitement – these things are easy to use, zoom in and out on my map on the fly – and the processor is ultra-fast. I’ve seen it all, and it blows my mind,” says Skarlis.

At the end of the three-day event, Skarlis and Lahr weighed 54-14 ounces for first place.

 

Fellow Raymarine pro Larry Rhoads II and partner Dan Johnson finished second at the event with 54 pounds, 10 ounces, running one Raymarine A97 and one A98 at the dash and one A97 at the bow. At the dash, one unit is dedicated to split-screen sonar and DownVision, while the other runs Navionics mapping.

 

“I had installed this boat with A97 and A98 Raymarine electronics a couple months before Raymarine Axioms hit the market, but they’re still nonetheless amazing in what they do on the water,” says Rhoads.

 

 

Raymarine pro Larry Rhoads II utilized Navionics’ one-foot mapping contours as a crucial key to their success. ​

 

 

 

“We had two different patterns going in pre-fishing: a shallow weed pattern and a deep-water ledge pattern. The Raymarine A98 DownVision was critical in identifying the weeds that were still alive versus the stuff that was dead and at a 45-degree angle or lying on the bottom. So, this allowed us to drive around and identify the still live and green weeds.”

 

Ultimately, however, the decent weather of pre-fishing shifted to a fierce northeast wind and frontal pattern, which convinced Rhoads to drive around and glean the best high-percentage areas from the one-foot contours his Navionics Platinum map chip revealed.

“Due to the fronts, we discovered a deep-water pattern by which walleyes were bellied into the base of 40- to 50-foot breaks, which would show up on my 200kHz sonar but really popped on DownVision, which became critical. We’d cruise mile-plus stretches of break, find wolf packs of fish, put down a waypoint, and cast or jig gliding baits like Johnson Johnny Darters, Jigging Raps, or Moonshine Shiver Minnows, primarily in perch patterns, which the walleyes were coughing up.”

 

All said and done, fellow Raymarine pros Rhoads and Johnson feel incredibly satisfied with their second place performance at the WWC at Escanaba.

 

“We didn’t give it away. We have no regrets. Tommy and Jeff beat us. We fished a super clean tournament. We stayed within six miles of the launch the entire event, so, in the end, we spent over seven hours a day each day in fishing time rather than travel. We focused on key areas and worked them hard. In the end, we lost by four ounces to some of the legends of the sport. I can’t think of any better guys to have lost to.”

Rhoads and Johnson finished the event with 54-10 for second place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors. The Raymarine-branded product lines include radar, autopilots, GPS, instruments, fishfinders, communications, and integrated systems. Raymarine is a brand of FLIR Systems, a world leader in thermal imaging. For more information about Raymarine visit www.raymarine.com.

 

American Sportfishing Association Appoints New Officers

American Sportfishing Association Appoints New Officers
Sportfishing industry appoints executive committee and ex-officio members
Alexandria, VA – October 16, 2018  The American Sportfishing Association(ASA) appointed a new Executive Committee as well as ex-officio members to the board of directors during the 2018 Sportfishing Summit, the recreational fishing industry’s annual business meeting held October 9-12, just outside Charleston, S.C.

This annual fall business meeting brought together more than 200 fishing and boating industry and community leaders to provide a venue to discuss the issues impacting recreational fishing during committee meetings, networking events, general sessions and the association’s board of directors meetings.

Board of Directors Appoints Executive Committee
During the Summit, the following individuals joined Chris Megan, publisher, On the Water, LLC, Chairman; and Kirk Immens, president, Sportco Marketing Group, Immediate Past Chairman, on ASA’s Executive Committee. The board of directors appointed Zack Swanson, general manager and vice president of Sales, Rapala, as Vice Chairman; Dan McDonald, president, Yakima Bait Company, as Treasurer; Louis Chemi, COO, Freedom Boat Club, as Secretary; and Jessie Simpkins, director of Marketing, St. Croix Rods, as At-large member.

Dave Bulthuis, vice president, Government Affairs and Industry Relations, Costa; Neil Eibeler, CEO, Pure Fishing; Carey Graves, vice president of Sales, Daiwa Corporation; Kenneth S. Hammond, CEO, The Hammond Group; and Phil Lillo, owner, ‎Don Coffey Group, were appointed as ex-officio board members.

Foley Appointed ASA Lifetime Board Member
Peter Foley, president of Boone Bait Company, was unanimously appointed a life-time board of directors member. Foley has devoted decades of his time and experience to the association, having served numerous terms as a board member, Executive Committee member and board Chairman from 1985 – 1986. He also holds the title of Treasurer Emeritus.

“I want to thank these individuals for their support and commitment and look forward to working with them to advance the association and the sportfishing industry,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “The experience and perspectives that these members bring to the board of directors will continue to serve the industry well.”

The 2019 Sportfishing Summit Location
The 2019 Sportfishing Summit is scheduled for October 8-11, at Skamania Lodge located on the Columbia River Gorge, in Stevenson, Wash.

Thank You 2018 Sportfishing Summit Sponsors
The American Sportfishing Association extends its thanks to the following companies and agencies for their generous support of the 2018 Sportfishing Summit.

Premium – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pure Fishing, Inc.and USDA – Forest Service.

Gold – Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Costa, Southwick Associates, TakeMeFishing/Vamos A Pescar and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Silver – Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Coastal Conservation AssociationCongressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Engel Coolers, Forbes-Tate Partners, Freeman, Map Your Show, National Marine Electronics Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wired2fish, Inc. and Womble Carlyle.

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry and anglers a unified voice when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic, conservation and social values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 49 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing, our national angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for 800,000 people.

FLIR/RAYMARINE: Selected by the US Coast Guard

Raymarine by FLIR next generation automatic identification systems will enable vessel traffic awareness and encrypted communication between U.S. Coast Guard vessels. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jetta Disco. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLIR Systems Awarded US Coast Guard Contract

with Value of $9.9M to Support Encrypted Automatic Identification Systems 

 

 

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (October 16, 2018) – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Second Generation Automatic Identification System (AIS-2) program. The indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a ceiling value of $9.9 million to provide second generation Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders, associated peripherals, and spare parts for nearly 1,774 boats and 282 cutters in the USCG’s active fleet.

 

The government anticipates the purchase of vessel class-specific kits and spare parts to equip all USCG vessels with AIS-2 over the next five years.

 

“We are pleased to provide AIS hardware and software technology to support the US Coast Guard’s mission,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO at FLIR.  “Our technology will provide enhanced levels of secure communication and coordination between Coast Guard boats, cutters, and shore stations. This award further extends our technology partnership with the Coast Guard, providing next-generation communication capabilities to complement their Raymarine SINS-2 navigation systems.”

 

The contract will be managed and executed by the FLIR Commercial Business Unit in the Nashua, New Hampshire facility.

 

 

 

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About FLIR Systems

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, FLIR Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,500 employees, FLIR’s vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense” by leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection. For more information, please visit www.flir.com and follow @flir.

 

About Raymarine:

Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors. The Raymarine-branded product lines include radar, autopilots, GPS, instruments, fishfinders, communications, and integrated systems. Raymarine is a brand of FLIR Systems, a world leader in thermal imaging. For more information about Raymarine visit www.raymarine.com.

 

Fish Monkey Shakes Hands with Pro Angler Brian Brosdahl

Fish Monkey Shakes Hands with Pro Angler Brian Brosdahl 

Partnership to yield advanced hand-protection for ice fishing

Destin, FL (October 16, 2018) – You might say Brian “Bro” Brosdahl’s had a hand in the design of modern day apparel for ice fishing — gloves, mitts and other outerwear that keep you fishing comfortably through the toughest elements imaginable. But even in the Ice Belt, a warm sun shines for at least half the year. “In my work, a pair of fishing gloves have become standard equipment,” says the legendary guide and tournament angler. “Rain, sun, snow, ice, wind — doesn’t matter. The beauty of Fish Monkey is they have a glove to match every situation on the water.”

Brosdahl, who recently shook hands on a promotional deal with Fish Monkey’s Tim Mossberg, says he chose to represent the rising-star apparel company on reputation as well as highly favorable field experiences with their fishing gloves.

“I was hearing lots of good things about Fish Monkey gloves from fellow guides, tournament anglers and other industry friends I trust. The first pair of Guide Gloves I put on my hands told me they were already the best-fitting, most comfortable and functional fishing gloves I’d ever worn—among at least five or six other brands I’ve tried over the years.

“What I particularly appreciate about Tim and Fish Monkey is their passion to push the envelope in glove design, and their desire to lead the industry in fishing gloves. Truthfully, with nearly twenty different situation- and condition-specific models available, I’d say Fish Monkey already owns the category.”

Fish Monkey president Tim Mossberg says hiring Brosdahl will help expand his company’s message and reach into Midwestern and Northern markets. “Bro is a rare individual in fishing,” says Mossberg. “Not only is he able to provide us with valuable product-design intel from his vast field experience, but Bro is also one of the most diligent and personable promoters in the game. The ‘Bro Road Show’ spans all across the northern ice fishing belt, with twenty to thirty stops at key retail stores, including Scheels, Cabela’s, Bass Pro, Fleet Farm and top independents. Bro’s retail presence and magnetic personality will certainly help our ongoing efforts toward distribution growth.”

Mossberg also notes that Brosdahl will serve as a primary confidant as Fish Monkey augments its line of winter and ice fishing apparel. “Bro has been on the leading edge of winter glove development since day one. His knowledge and experience in helping design new patterns will result in the warmest, most functional gloves on ice. Everyday anglers are our customers; they’re the primary beneficiaries of each new glove design.”

“In summer, Fish Monkey gloves protect my hands from harmful UV rays and other elements,” adds Brosdahl. They improve my grip on the fishing rod, and actually enhance my performance on the water. During the winter, hand protection is equally important, but you can’t sacrifice dexterity or fishing performance. I think ice anglers and wintertime outdoor enthusiasts will be impressed with some of the new Fish Monkey designs we’re developing.”

The new leader in intelligently designed fishing gloves, Fish Monkey features the single most comprehensive line of condition- and situation-specific angling gloves available. Among its nineteen diverse glove styles, Fish Monkey offers seven distinct models that beat back cold-weather so you can concentrate on getting the job done.

New for fall and winter, Fish Monkey has unveiled its Tundra EX Series (MSRP $69.95) — a totally waterproof, premium insulated full finger fishing glove. Fish Monkey’s “Cold Busting Technology” wraps your hands in total warmth, dryness and comfort, while you focus on the task at hand and take your winter fishing to the next level.

For more information, visit www.fishmonkeygloves.com or call (888) 659-8864.

The Fish Monkey Story

No one is sure where the Fish Monkey first appeared. Some said it was in the mountainous jungles of Guatemala near the old Mayan ruins at Tikal, or at the foot of the volcano they call Fuego. Others said it was on the beaches of Isla Mujeres, Mexico’s famed Isle of Women. Still others reported seeing the mysterious creature in other places around the world: Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica.

But all the reports had one thing in common: wherever there was good fishing, the Fish Monkey was there as well. It was reported to have a phenomenal grip, stronger and more secure than any human could ever have. No matter how slick or slimy, the Fish Monkey could handle the situation with ease.

With those legends in mind, the founders of Fish Monkey Performance Gloves set about to replicate that world-famous grip. Fish Monkey is the world’s premier manufacturer of gloves designed specifically for the water. Whether you’re on the deck of a sport-fishing boat wiring a thousand-pound blue marlin off Bermuda, casting jigs and poppers to giant trevally in the Pacific or poling a flats skiff in less than a foot of water off the Bahamas, Fish Monkey has a glove that’s designed just to fit your needs. Extremely durable, with padding in just the right places, and a fit like a second skin. Protection from sharp teeth and the sun. And all with that legendary Fish Monkey grip.

So when you demand the very best protection for your hands, reach for Fish Monkey Performance Gloves. Become part of the legend.

CONTACTS:

Cory Schmidt

Traditions Media, LLC

cory@traditionsmedia.com

(218) 821-4148

Jim Edlund

Traditions Media, LLC

jim@traditionsmedia.com

(612) 481-7396

Learn 2 Fish With Us Educates Pulaski Cub Scouts To Fishing

Learn 2 Fish With Us Educates Pulaski Cub Scouts To Fishing

On Monday, October 8th, Learn 2 Fish With Us and the National Professional Anglers Association traveled to Pulaski, Wisconsin, where Captain Greg #138 and Karen Karch #121  presented their Fishing Basics seminar to Cub Scouts.  Besides Cub Scouts, sibling also attended, which brought the youth count for this event to just over ninety.  That was an awesome turnout!!   During the Fishing Basics seminar,  Captain Greg covered safety while fishing, parts of fish, how to us a spin cast and spinning fishing combo, how to cast, how to tie a Clinch and Palomar knot, different fishing presentations, live and artificial bait, fish identification and the Aquatic Invasive Species message of ‘Clean Drain Dry’ .  We also reviewed catch and release along with when fishing try to leave the area you’re fishing cleaner than when you arrived.  The cub scouts will be able to use these skills to obtain the fishing belt loop.

The youth were so excited when they learned that would get an educational book which was Shakespeare’s, My Fishing Journal along with a fishing related prize.  Thanks to the National Professional Anglers Association and Learn 2 Fish With Us, youth received one of the following: a spin cast or spinning fishing combos, NPAA Future Pro shirts or a Plano tackle boxes with tackle.

 

Greg would like thank his and Learn 2 Fish With Us sponsor’s: Shakespeare, Thrivent Financial, Writing By Design LLC; Mercury, Triton Boats, National Professional Anglers Association, Future Angler Foundation, Bass Pro, The Boat Doc, Berkley, Off Shore Tackle Company, Plano, Dave’s Musky Club, Northland Tackle, TTI Blakemore Fishing Group, Maui Jim, Mad Wraps LLC and The Reel Shot.

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Learn 2 Fish With Us mission statement is ‘Grow the sport of fishing by educating and inspiring beginner and experienced anglers.  To learn more about the following organizations check out their websites Learn 2 Fish With Us at www.learn2fishwithus.com   NPAA at www.npaa.net and Future Angler Foundation at www.futureangler.org

 

 

 

Greg Karch

Certified Angler Educator / Instructor

NPAA Member #138

Learn 2 Fish With Us Founder / President

Mission Statement “Grow the sport of fishing by educating and inspiring beginner and experienced anglers”

Website:  www.Learn2FishWithUs.com

Cell: 920-213-0373

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