Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Look on Buzzbaits

I just saw a post on The Fishn Report about the Fishbelly Helix Ninja Buzzbait.  The blade has a different design and actually has a whole in the blade.  It looks awesome to be honest.  Tackle Warehouse has them for sale they cost 11.99 and come in 5 colors.  I may have to look into getting some of these baits.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Spinnerbaits

I am excited I have some new Spinnerbaits comming for me to test and review.  They are not cheap spinnerbaits either.  They are from Advantage Bait Company.  The spinnerbaits run about 15 bucks each.  So I am wondering would you pay 15 for a spinnerbait?  Leave your comments about why or why not.  I am interested in what you all think.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Way to Cast

Thanks to TBrinks I saw a sweet video that he found on Big Indiana Bass.  Make sure you check it out.  Also if anyone sees anything abour how he is doing it let me know.  I would like to learn that trick.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Vicious Crankbait

I recently did a review on the Vicious bullet weights being sold at Wal-Mart.  I thought I would try one because I had talked to other anglers that had used the walleye crankbaits from Wal-Mart with great success for both walleye and northern pike so I thought it was worth reviewing.
The crankbaits are only 1.97 and as I said earlier they look cheaply made.  I normally stay away from lures like this because I have never had success with cheaply made lures.  There is no indication on the package or even the bait itself to let you know what depth it will dive too.
I fished the crankbait on 12 lb Vicious fluorocarbon and a Wright and McGill Skeet Reese cranking rod.  The best I could come up with is the crankbait dives to about a foot or less.  It has a sort of square bill on it but it seems to be more or a normal bill.  The hooks that come on it seem cheap as well.  They were also too big for the bait.  The hooks would come together almost every other cast, so you had to unhook the hooks from each other.
I fished the crankbait through lay downs and rocks as well.  If the bait had been able to dive deeper it may have been a good bait for fishing a crankbait threw rocks because it did float.  However the limited diving depth kept it from being affective in that area.  When I brought it through lay downs it did not deflect off of cover very well.  Instead it would get stuck and with the hooks constantly coming together it made it hard to pull it free from the limbs.
I believe that your money is better spent in your wallet.  With only one color offered in the bass crankbait it does not give you any options in that category.  With all of the downfalls I have pointed out I think the two dollars you would spend on the bait would be better spent being saved for a good brand crankbait.  I would give the Vicious crankbait a ½ out of 10.  It only got that and not a 0 because of the price.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Bass Fisherman's Journal

I found a new blog today called "A Bass Fisherman's Journal".  The Author is KS Big Bass.  From what I can tell its a journal of his fishing adventures check it out


I am always excited when I get to tell you about an organization that is willing to think and look beyond themselves.  I was introduced to a new organization today called F.I.S.H.

In action

Here is what Rodney Howard the founder had to say:

We here at F.I.S.H. are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those in need and to assist charitable foundations. Our goal is to be a foundation for families and organizations to acquire assistance on every level possible. There are so many people in need of help in travel expenses, food cost, and other cost that comes with illness and life’s tragedies. We are going to put our best foot forward and make this happen to assist these people. There will also be charitable organizations as well as our military that we will be donating to and assisting often. We will be hosting fishing tournaments, fund raisers, and auctions at the tournaments to raise money for these causes. This is going to be about bringing bass fisherman and hope for families in need together. Within the next two years we hope to be able to reach out to surrounding states and make a difference in their communities as well.
Our reps will be on location at many of the larger circuits to speak and spread the word of our organization. Reaching out thru areas such as the FLW,PAA,B.A.S.S, and others will bring your product much recognition and be there for the public to view in as many locations as possible. Our group would like to have the use of three of your boats to wrap with our logo and display at these events. These types of tournaments will give us publicity and promote your boats to the whole bass fishing community thru out the year to come. Your sponsorship and assistance will be included in all of our events and on our literature as well as our media exposure. I have all confidence in the success of this project.
They resently raised close to 4,000 dollars for a little boy named Dawson who has brain cancer.  I will be keeping you updated as I know more.  You can check out BIGBASSMANIA.COM for some more info.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What about the "IT" factor

I was reading an article on "The Wired Angler" about the "IT" factor of a bait.  It was well written and made some great points about what makes a bait the one that has the "IT" factor.  I can say I have baits that I favor over others.  Now what cannot personally say is that I have a bait that catches them over a bait just like it. 
The only time I have even come close was a couple of summers ago.  I was out fishing the river and I must have bagged 20 plus bass which on the body of water is a tuff task.  I spent the whole day throwing a $1.00 spinnerbait I picked up from Wal-Mart. 

That day I was convinced that it was that bait catching fish.  I was so sure it was that bait that every time I hung it in a tree I would go get it and some of the hang ups were not easy to get to. 

I heard KVD speak once and he was talking about bait with the "IT".  He would find a crankbait that just had a different wobble to it than others of the same kind and color.  That one with the different wobble would out fish other baits.

So I am curious does anyone have a bait with the "IT" factor.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Art of the Deal

With the rising gas prices it seems like anglers are having to pinch pennies to do the thing they love.  I am no different I have seen a lot of tackle I want and wish I had.  But maybe there are things we can do to still get some new tackle even with gas close or over 4 dollars a gallon.
My wife and I spend most Saturday mornings going to garage sales.  Not only is it a great way to spend some one on one time with my wife.  Sure I give up fishing on Saturday mornings but the time I get to spend with her is just as much fun as being on the water.
During most years I go to 100’s of garage sales without finding much of anything (fishing wise).  However every once and a while I walk into the holy grail of garage sales.  If you look hard enough you can find some great deals on fishing stuff.
Saturday I walked into the holy grail of garage sales.  I ended up buying 3 new rods for around 5 bucks a rod.  They looked as if they had never been used.  I could not find a scratch on any of them.  Now they were not the Quantum’s or Abu’s or anything like that.  They were Gander Mountain guide series rods (which I have used and like).  I spent about 15 dollars on basically new rods that would have cost around 100 at the store. 
Another great way to spend less on tackle is to buy clearance tackle at the store.  Now not all of it is good or a great deal but if you look close enough you can find some great deals.  I was at Dicks not too long ago and found a Lucky Craft Sammy 85 for 4 bucks.  That’s right a 15 dollar lure for 4 bucks.  I picked up the last two they had.  This is the first Lucky Craft Lure I have bought simply because I can't seespending 15 for a lure.     
So keep these few tips in mind, when looking for garage sales with fishing stuff I found a trick that might be helpful.  Craigslist is a great place to start.  You can click the garage sales section and then narrow your search by putting fishing in the search bar at the top of the page.  I hope these few tips will help you get some good stuff without killing your fishing budget this year.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

New Game Go Fishing

I found a new game the other day on Facebook.  It is called “Go Fishing”.  It’s a corny game, you make cast with your mouse and fight them in by clicking the mouse as well.  I started playing yesterday and think I will play it for a few days and then will have my fill.
You buy bait and sell fish to make money.  I was surprised about all the different kind of fish you can catch from crappie, brim, bass, perch, walleye and Coho just to name a few.  Like I said it’s kind of corny but could be fun come winter time when I am stuck without fishing for 3 months.  You can check out the app page on FaceBook.  Go to the seach section and type in Go Fishing

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Things To Come

It seems like I don’t have enough time anymore.  I have a bunch of product sitting here I need to test and write reviews on.  With spring in MI being really weird like 40 thru the beginning of May and now anywhere and everywhere temp wise day to day I feel behind.  I have so much to test and get some good reviews out.
So the good news for those of you reading my blog is that I will be having some new reviews coming soon, things like Bio Line from Eagle Claw, Some more HAVOC reviews, The Norman Flat Broke and some other great things.  So hang in there with me until the weather becomes a little more cooperative and I can get out there and do some field testing.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vicious Weights

Many anglers have made the switch from lead to Tungsten weights; I can say I have not.  Even as the proposal to band lead was filled I still never converted.  I cannot justify the cost of Tungsten to lead.  Yes I know that Tungsten is smaller and more compact, I understand all the benefits of Tungsten but when you have a budget for fishing supplies it just doesn’t work.
I was in Wal-Mart the other day when I ran across a display for Vicious terminal tackle.  Hooks, some lures (hard and soft) and lead sinkers.  The price was good $1.97 for 12 which makes each sinker a little over .16 cents each.
I bought a few packs of each size.  The weights are made of lead like I stayed earlier.  However they are short fatter lead weights then most you see on the market today.  I used the weights on a Texas rig.  I fished the weights on Smith Mountain Lake along natural rock bottom.
Because lead is so malleable it is not common to ding and dent your lead weights in the process of fishing a Texas rig.  I was impressed with the resultants of the Vicious weights.  Even though I was using it on rock it did not dent as much as I am use too.  After a full day of fishing there was only a small dent on one side. 
I also took a Vicious weight and another lead weight I had and took a hammer to them.  They both bent and changed shape.  It took more hits from the hammer for the Vicious weight to bend like the other weight I had.
These weights are worth the money and I will pick some more up the next time I am at Wal-Mart.  They get a 6 of 10 in my book.  You might be able to pick up lead weights cheaper but for the money they work great.   I truly think them seem to hold up better to rocks than any other lead weight that I have tried.  It would have gotten a better rating if Vicious offered more sizes.  The three sizes they have worked great but I would have loved to see more variety.