Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Is KVD The Greatest Angler?

from http://www.kevinvandam.com/
I had a thought about the greatest angler of all time.  When that is said one naturally thinks of King Kong himself KVD.  Now I want to stop right there.  As I continue remember I am a Michigan boy born and raised KVD is one of our own.  I am also not saying he is not the greatest angler of all time.
I fish from a 1979 Ranger bass boat.  The boat at one time was the greatest thing on the water, not anymore.  The 21ft bass boat loaded with side imaging, Power Poles and Hydro wave are the greatest now.
So with that said I come to my point.  Hank Parker won the 1979 Bass Master Classic fishing from a Ranger boat.  My guess something like what I fish from today.  No side imaging no Power Poles and I bet it only held 12 gallons of gas like mine does now.  They were only rated for 115 hp motors.  
I think of guys making long runs now, if an angler was to make a long run in 1979 how many times would they have to stop for gas?  Those boats also don’t handle the greatest in wind.  Plus let’s be realistic the trolling motor has come a long way in 30 years I am not sure but I doubt that they had 101 lb trolling motors back then.
What I am getting at is KVD really the best?  He has better equipment then guys like Hank Parker did.  Could KVD accomplish what he has in a 1979 bass boat?  It seems to me that stats are what we look at.  However shouldn’t the equipment that is available be considered too?  Rods and reels have also come a long way as well.
Like I said from the start I am not saying KVD is not the greatest angler, but when we look at the bigger picture I have some questions.  Maybe if Hank Parker had not retired at such a young age the scope of things would be different.
I wish we could put KVD in an old bass boat and have him and Hank Parker and other older bass anglers go at like Roland Martin and Bill Dance.  Remember in the new Rocky movie when they do the virtual matchup that’s what we need, a virtual matchup between them.        

Sunday, July 24, 2011

New Blog

from bassmaster.com
I just saw on Tbrinks.com that Fletcher Shryock has a new blog.  If you dont remeber Fletcher is the angler who won the 2011 B.A.S.S. Open event on Lake Norman giving him a spot in the 2012 BassMaster Classic.  He is 26 and I would have to think the win has opened many doors in bass fishing for him.  I checked out the blog and have to say it has potental to be a good one.  Make sure you go check it out too.  You can click on his name and it will take you to it or heres the site: http://fishingwithfletch.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Abu Garcia MGX

I have been reading about and looking at pictures of the new Abu Garcia MGX which is coming out in October.  I have never had a good Abu Garcia reel; I have had some cheap ones.  What intrigues me is it only weighs 5.4 ounces.
It will also come in 7.9:1 gear ratio.  They say on the site that it will be similar to a 7.1:1.  I don’t know.  They look awesome and will sell for 349.95.  I think I want one.  Guess I am going to have to start saving my pennies so I can.  You can see more about the MGX at the Abu Garcia website.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Maybe A New Bass Fishing Series?

Is there a new pro bass fishing league in the making or just around the corner?  Well according to "Kramer Gone Fishing" there is.  It has sponsors logo’s and even TV time.  The only catch you and I cannot just join and make the field of anglers.  It is more of an all pro bass fishing series.  If it is true I am excited about the idea.  I look forward to hearing more about it soon. 
For the entire story from George Kramer check it out at "Kramer Gone Fishing"    

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Cast 2011

OK so I cast has started and I am not there.  I was hoping to go but it did not happen.  I was gonna go with my great sponsor Invisa Swivel but they ended up and did not go this year.  However I will be at I Cast 2012 with them.  My fellow bloger and friens T Brinks is at I Cast.  He is bloging on his site about all the great stuff.  Make sure you go check out Tbrinks.com and see all the great products at I Cast.

Advantage Baits Spinnerbait video

This is a look at the Advantage Bait Company Spinnerbait.  I will be shooting in the next day or so on the water with the Advantage Bait Company spinnerbait, so make sure you check it out when I get it done.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Teacha Worms Week Winner

Well my first Contest is over and we have a winner.  W2FNut.  Please email me at so I can get you your prize pack.  Thank you all who read the reviews and posted.  Also to all who did post sorry I did not respond to them.  I had problems with the site letting me.  I hope to be having more contest in the near future so please continue to check out the site.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Art Of The Shakeyhead

The shakey head is a lure I have used alot.  However I have never caught a bass on it.  After talking with Joshua I about it I found this and want to share it with you all.  I use Atomic Tackle Company Shakey heads so check them out

Written By: Joshua Vest
Alot of people think this is a new style of fishing brought to us from guys like Mike Iaconelli when its really not. Its derivative goes back with guys like Al Linder to the older days of bass fishing, ie the 1970s and 1980s. Then it was a more common tactic in the north of the USA for smallmouth, Large mouth, pike, walleye and such and was refered to as the "jig worm". It was rigged just as a plastic worm on a jig head of variationor rigged weedless (texas rigged) and some of the walleye jigs were not so different from the jig head now known as the shakyhead. the "jig worm" was used for slower fishing in the tougher months, shallow and deep. The only real difference between the "jig worm' and the "shakeyhead" is now we have jig heads specially designed to "accent" the action. A little advancement in technology so to speak.

Its usefullness is really anytime of the year but its most focused on when the bite is tough. well these days for me I always have a shakeyhead rigged up and at my feet as a "go to" bait instead of a fallback, its even overtaken the placement of my texas and carolina rigs (those are alwys still there). The important thing to remember with the shakeyhead is that it is a finese style. It really requires slowing down, sometimes much more than we like to think is reasonable. Yes you can catch fish on it using it like a jig or swimming it but your not maximizing its potetial.   The shakey head is best suited for spinning gear. 6'6" 0r 7" medium to medium light is sufficiant. best if yoy make sure this is a rod of good quality and very sesative with a fast to xtra fast tip.  you want to be able to get a long cast from a light bait if necesary. 6lb test seems to be the choice line and after trying a few sizes myself I agree.
Now that you have the right rod and line set up it comes down to where to use it. It is not the most efficient bait for "fishing the feild" or covering territory, I tend to narrow my target for it down from a few feet to a few inches, a precise cast is in order for this. My target is ALWAYS going to be a form of structure. that could be anything from a clump of vegetation, large or small, to a bridge piling, a stand alone rock, a stump,  a lyadown, a dock, and even sometimes a shallow ledge that may run as long as 100 yrds, the key thing is to have structure. Ill throw it at that peice of structure and let it sink to the bottom and take up my slack, it may sit there for 5 to 30 seconds without doing anything, after a short spell of siting ill shake my line to make the worm twitch a little, a few more seconds of no bite and ill hop it back toward me a few inches to a foot or so and let it sit again, ill do this only ubtil the bait has been brought out of the target area, then i quick retreive and recast. The bite is the next important thing, we all love the one where they just grab it and run or you just see your line swimming off, these are no brainers for when to set the hook. but on the other hand theres the bite that people think are shoert striking, thats the bump, bump, bump, bump bite. thats not reallty a short strike, your just trying to set the hook to quick, when this bite occurs ya just gotta sit on it, just keep the line a little snug till your sure its in his mouth, then set the hook. this is a little tougher one cuz we feel the bite and want to nail it, and its hard to convince ourselves sometimes to just sit there and feel the bite until hes got it all. alot of times ive noticed this bite to be typical of a smaller fish but honestly, im not gonna take the chance because we all know that a small fish is better than no fish. and alot of smaller fish is way better than no fish. The last of the typical bites is the single little "bump" that your not sure you even felt. you go to move or pick up some line and feel a little pressure on the end, in this case ill put a little more pressure on to see if it moves, if it does AT ALL i set the hook, this action takes only a couple seconds, to much to quick or waiting to long will cause the fish to spit the bait. once in a while this will end up being the bait up against a small brach or stick but again, im not taking that chance, if i put pressure on and it moves, im setting the hook. 4 out of 5 times with a fish on the end.
Now for the worm. I tend to start myself with my same ol favorite worm for texas rigging, on the lake I most commonly fish its a 7" berkely pwoerbait wirth a curl tail and my kiler color for this lake is electric grape, foloowed by electric blue and black/ blue fleck. its a very stained water lake. but just the same im starting with my favorite worm. i may end up switching to a 6" or 7" straight finese worm. ill move to a slower action if the bite isnt a strong as desired and then ill start downsizing. I may end up on a 4:" stick worm by the time im there but im starting bigger with more movement and the working down. color will obviously depend on the water you fishing.

This style os fishing, if given due chance and done right can be one of the most devistating tools you can have, sometimes I dont wait for the bite to get tough before going to it, sometimes i just start with it and pound fish continuosly but most of all, SLOW DOWN and focus on the target

Drop Shot Video

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Chris McDonald Fishing New Facebook Page and Contest

Chris McDonald Fishing is now on Facebook.  Help me get to 500 Likes.  When I get there I will give away a prize pack to a luck person who is a fan on Facebook.  I can only reach 500 with your help.  So Please help me get there.  There is a link in the bottom right hand corner of my blog which you can "Like".  Get your friends to "Like" it too and help me hit 500 with every 500 "Like's" I will give away more stuff.  You can also check out the Facebook page HERE.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Advantage Baits Spinnerbait


Spinnerbaits have not changed much since they were created in 1951.  Every so often a new look will hit the market like spinnerbaits with two arms or an odd shaped blade.  I had the opportunity to fish a new spinnerbait on the market, manufactured by Advantage Bait Company (USA).  At first glance the Advantage Spinnerbait looks like every other spinnerbait on the market, however, it is not.
The Advantage Spinnerbait has a new patented process they use on the blades called Extreme Flash Technology™ (EFT™).  The blades go through a revolutionary procedure where the blade is etched in a precise pattern causing small grooves in the surface.  This causes the blades to put off more flash then a normal spinnerbait blade.
The components of the spinnerbaits are also the best on the market.  The blades are made of aluminum which makes the spinnerbait lighter than a normal spinnerbait.  I noticed that Instead of the spinnerbait falling like a rock when you cast it and engage the reel or while burning it over vegetation then killing the bait, it would sink more slowly than other spinnerbaits I have fished.  This slow fall allows the spinnerbait to stay in the strike zone longer.  I also noticed while reeling the bait back to the boat that the Advantage Spinnerbait feels alive compared to other spinnerbaits that feel like dead weight at the end of your line.  The blades come in 24 karat gold plated, bright nickel plated, and bright copper plated finishes.  Advantage Bait Company also offers candy transparent powder-coated blades in chartreuse and white.  The chartreuse blade is amazing in low light conditions like early morning and dusk.  The only way I can describe it is that it looks like a halo around the spinnerbait.  For durability, a stainless steel spring separates the blades instead of a plastic spacer.  The Advantage Spinnerbait also uses the highest quality ball bearing swivel.
The skirt is hubbed and is made of 100% silicon.  It features a built-in "necktie" trailer which gives the bait the look and bulk of a trailer without needing one.  It also helps give the skirt great action in the water.  The head of the bait is hand painted to match the skirt so you get a streamline looking bait.
There is one more really cool thing about the Advantage Spinnerbait, it comes in a clear plastic reusable storage container.  The container floats as well, which I found very useful.  While out on the water, I was changing colors and as I was walking to the back of the boat to put the lure away, I dropped it in the water.  That could have been a costly mistake!  But, because the container floats, I was able to grab the bait and put it away.
I fished it on a Wright and McGill Skeet Reese spinnerbait rod with 12 lb test mono.  I would make a long cast over a weed flat and reel it back if I did not get a bite by the time I hit the weed line I would kill the bait and let it sink.  As I paused a bass would crush the bait.  I liked how easily it came through weeds.  It would collect some here and there, but not like most spinnerbaits.  I think it is because it is so light it does not sink down into the weeds like most spinnerbaits do.  I also fished it around timber and lay downs.  It deflected off of cover nicely.
Overall, the Advantage Spinnerbait by Advantage Bait Company is a great product.  It is not a cheap spinnerbait - they run about $15 a piece.  The quality of the bait is worth every penny of it.  I did find myself hesitating when throwing it around lay downs not wanting to get hung up and lose it. 
I would give the Advantage Spinnerbait a 9 out of 10.  I would give it 10 out of 10, but the price is very steep.  If you are willing to pay $15 for a high quality spinnerbait this is the spinnerbait for you.  I can tell you when I lose the ones I got to fish with and review I will be ordering a few more.  I think the advantage of having them outweighs the price tag.  Make sure you visit Advantage Bait Company and check them out for yourself.    

Friday, July 8, 2011

Teacha Worm's Week: Swimbait


Teacha Worms’s week is coming to an end.  For my last review I will look at the “Swimbait”.  It is a 4.25 inch swimbait.  The “Swimbait” is not very wide which is one of the things I like most about it.  The body of the bait has a very big cavity in it to help keep your hook from hanging up or being noticeable.  It also features a paddle tail like the hollow belly swim baits on the market.  The details of the “Swimbait” are very cool as well.  They are very faint but are there.  It has small ridges on it making it look like it has scales.
I rigged the “Swimbait” on a 4/0 hook.  I used both weighted hooks and UN weighted, I would skin hook the bait to make it weed less.  The “Swimbait” works well with both.  I fished it through weed beds with little trouble.  Every so often it would catch some weeds on the nose. 
The action of the “Swimbait” is a little different than a hollow belly swimbait.  I think it is because it is not as big around.  The tail had good action as it is reeled in and the bait had a good side to side action.  I found most strikes came when I would reel in and then stop the bait.  The bass would hit it as it began to sink.
This is defiantly my 2nd favorite bait from Teacha Worm’s.  It is worth the money you will spend.  They are about $1 a piece but that is less than you would spend on a hollow belly swimbait.  The only thing I did not try with the “Swimbait” is putting it on a scrounger head.  The “Swimbait” held up about like the other baits from Teacha Worm’s I was able to land 2 bass on it before it ripped.
Over all the “Swimbait” gets a 8 out of 10.  I think the price is fair considering what other swim baits are going for.  Also I have had many swim bait’s rip after one fish.  So I think the Teacha Worm’s “Swimbait” is a great buy.    
All Teacha Worms baits come in over 20 colors and you can also get even more choices when you start adding in custom colors as well.  You can also get scent added in.  For more info on color choices you can see them HERE.
The Teacha Worm’s Week contest will come to an end on Monday.  So if you have not left comments on each day’s blog make sure you do by midnight on Monday.  Every Comment you leave is worth one entry into the contest.  The winner will be drawn Tuesday and will be announced then.  Make sure you have a chance to win and good luck!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Teacha Worms Week: Floatin' Lizard


The “Floatin’ Lizard” is a 5 inch soft plastic lizard.  It’s a very slender bait with a larger spot in the middle.  It has 2 legs on each side.  What I find fascinating about this bait is the tail.  It has two curly tails much like a twin tail grub.
The bait has great action and is by far my favorite lure from Teacha Worm’s.  I rigged the “Floatin’ Lizard” on a 2/0 thin wire hook.  I fished it on a Carolina rig near weed lines on a flat before a drop off.  I have caught a lot of bass on this spot with a lizard Carolina rigged.  So I figured it was a great place to test it out.
As the “Floatin’ Lizard” falls the tails stay floating up.  They flap and have great action as it falls.  Because the “Floatin’ Lizard” floats it has a very slow fall.  I caught 2 bass on the “Floatin’ Lizard” before it ripped.
Because the bait is so narrow and has such a slow fall rate it is a great bait for those days you need to finesse the fish into biting.  I think it would be a great bait to Texas rig as well.
Like I said this is my favorite Teacha Worm’s bait I used.  It is a great lizard with a unique tail.  I would give the "Floatin' Lizard" a 9 out of 10.  I would have given it more if it had not ripped after two bass.  It is great bait, make sure you check out Teacha Worms’s website and order some today.
All Teacha Worms baits come in over 20 colors and you can also get even more choices when you start adding in custom colors as well.  You can also get scent added in.  For more info on color choices you can see them HERE.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Teacha Worms Week: Kickin Frog and Teacha Bug


The Teacha Worm’s “Kickin Frog” is a 4.25 inch soft plastic frog.  It looks like most soft plastic frogs you can pick up at tackle store.  However the “Kickin frog” is a two color bait, one color on the top and another on the bottom.  It also has a channel on the bottom of it allowing you to hook the “Kickin Frog” easily; it also helps with your hook up rate on because you do not have to go thru as much plastic.
I rigged the “Kickin Frog” on a 5/0 Trokar swimbait hook.  It has a screw lock on the front which is perfect for the “Kickin Frog”.  The 5/0 hook is the perfect size for the “Kickin Frog”.
The “Kickin Frog” has two legs that go out to the side of the bait.  Rigged with the swimbait hook the frog sinks very fast.  So as soon as the bait hits the water you want to start reeling it in fast so it stays above the water.  It works well over matted grass; the hook did catch a few times going over lily pads. 
I also worked it just under the water.  I would allow the bait to sink for only a split sec and then start reeling it in.  I would keep it moving at a steady pace just under the water’s surface.  I used this technique along weed lines.
Like other soft plastic frogs you need to give the bass a moment once they take the bait.  I would fish it with the rod tip up so when the bass took the bait I had to drop the rod tip to set the hook.  This gave the bass enough time to get the bait in its mouth.  If the bass hit the bait but did not take it I would reel the “Kickin Frog” in reel fast and throw a “Teacha Bug” as a follow up.
The “Kickin Frog” held up to the bass as well.  I was able to catch 3 bass on it before it became junk.  I would give the “Kickin Frog” a 7 of 10.  I would give it more if it had a different action than other soft plastic frog.  However you can get the “Kickin Frog” in so many colors you cannot get other soft plastic frogs from the big store. 

Follow Up Bait “Teacha Bug”
The “Teacha Bug” is thin like the Teacha Worm’s “River Swamper”.  It has 3 legs on each side and two claws in the front.  The body has a nice channel running down both the top and bottom of the bait.  The claws flapped as it falls to the bottom.  The legs also move a bit on the fall too.
I Texas rigged the “Teacha Bug” on a 3/0 hook.  It was the best fit however you could go to a 4/0 hook.  I used it as a follow up to the “Kickin Frog”.  If a bass hit the “Kickin Frog” and did not take the bait I would pitch the “Teacha Bug” to the boil from the bass.
It did not hold up as well as I would like.  However I was pitching it into heavy cover.  I was only able to catch one bass on the “Teacha Bug” but I would think it is because of how I was fishing it.  The bass tore one of the claws off.  I attribute it to the heavy cover, and pulling the bass free.
As a follow up bait to the “Kickin Frog” it gets an 8 of 10.  Over all it gets a 6 of 10 because of how easily the claw came off.  It is interesting bait none the less.
All Teacha Worms baits come in over 20 colors and you can also get even more choices when you start adding in custom colors as well.  You can also get scent added in.  For more info on color choices you can see them HERE.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Teacha Worms Week River Swamper


The “River Swamper” is a small slender soft plastic.  I am not sure what it resembles.  With that said I love the look of the bait.  The tail is flat like a beaver’s tail and it has 8 small legs on each side. 
It is a very thin bait with a channel down the bottom of it which helps with your hook set.  You do not have to drive the hook thru much plastic with the channel in it.  I used a 2/0 hook, however you can use up to a 5/0 I found out well testing hooks on it.  I went with a thin wire 2/0 hook and it worked very well.
The bait floats so I Texas rigged it.  Well dragging it back to the boat it would stay nose down and the tail would move up and down.  I also played with it in a testing tank and the tail created a nice pulse as it moved.  I did not find the legs on the side did much (other than make the “River Swamper” cool looking).
The bait held up very well.  I caught 3 bass on it and it ripped at the nose after the 3rd bass.  I was still able to use it by rigging it further up the nose of the bait.  I worked it through some heavy grass and it came through it alright.
I really like the “River Swamper” it has a unique shape.  I would give the “River Swamper” an 8 of 10.       
All Teacha Worms baits come in over 20 colors and you can also get even more choices when you start adding in custom colors as well.  You can also get scent added in.  For more info on color choices you can see them HERE.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Beast


“The Beast” is 6.25 inches long.  It is a much bigger version of the classic beaver bait most of us are use to pitching and flipping around heavy cover.  With “The Beast” being such large bait I never used it to pitch and flip however I am sure you could.
I rigged “The Beast” with a Trokar 5/0 hook which fit it nicely.  I fished it Texas rigged and also on a Carolina rig.  Both methods worked well and I watched a lot of bass follow it to the boat.  Even though “The Beast” is a large bait it has a very slow sink rate.
The body of the bait is very thick, but with that said it was easy to put a hook thru.  The claws can with stand a lot of pulling without ripping off.  Even pulling it thru grass they did not rip off.
The claws had great action as it moved in the water.  They fluttered up and down as you worked it through the water.  It came through sparse grass with ease however in thicker grass it would hang up and snag on the grass.
Over all I was impressed with “The Beast”.  I was really surprised about how slow it sank.  If you like big baits “The Beast” is for you.  I think it would be a great bait for flipping in California.  Like I said earlier I had a lot of small fish follow “The Beast” back to the boat without committing to it.  That tells me that it interested them and I am lead to believe that if I was around some big bass I would have had them in the boat.
With a price tag of 1.67 each I would recommend you know you are going to be around big bass or are going to be fishing big bass water like the California Delta.  I believe it would be a great bait out there.
The Beast gets a 6 of 10 only because of its size.  If I lived in a area with bigger bass it would get a 8.  The price hurts it a bit.
All Teacha Worms baits come in over 20 colors and you can also get even more choices when you start adding in custom colors as well.  You can also get scent added in.  For more info on color choices you can see them HERE.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Man Caught Cheating During Bass Tournament

From: Ky3.com
I ran across an article about a man in Missouri that has been accused of cheating in a bass tournament on June 4.  It seems like every year we hear about guys cheating at tournaments and being brought up on charges.
I hope that David R. Gann (guy accused of cheating) is banned from bass fishing tournaments for life if found guilty.  I hate that people feel the need to cheat.  The article said that it was a family style tournament, so I’m guessing not much money was on the line….what 500 at most. 
All I can say is guys let’s just go out there and fish and stop the cheating.  You can read the full article here.