Friday, January 18, 2013

Cool Way to Organize your Hooks From Dwain Batey


Dwain Batey posted this picture on Facebook.  It is a really cool idea for keeping your hooks organized.  I think I may have to try this myself.  What do you think about it?  Would you do it?  Gotta say the more I look at it the more I like the idea. 

Dwain Batey's comment was "Laminated part of the label for each of my hooks to put in the box"

Angler Spotlight Sam Sagaser

Q: Name?
A:sam sagaser

Q: Age?
A:43

Q: Married?
A: yes

Q: City and state you call home?
A:new cambria, missouri

Q: Tournament trails you fish?
A: BFL/Ozark Div. Co-Angler and Filming my own fishing show for my sponsor and local Cable tv station

Q: Biggest win?
A: Would have to be on Thomas Hill Lake in April 3,2011 Tough conditions and I won the tournament and also had my 1st big bass of the tournament.  I won with 3.10 pounds and my big bass was 1.10 pounds

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Professional Bull Rider, I rode bulls into my mid twenties

Q: Favorite food?
A: Shrimp boil

Q: Favorite type of music?
A: Hard Rock/Metal

Q: First Job?
A: Part-time at Wal-mart jr and sr years of high school

Q: Guilty Pleasure?
A: Chick-O-Stick

Q: What do you take with you when you travel?
A: I had my Grandkids sketch their footprint when they were little and had them sign it.  And that travels with me always.

Q: Favorite body or water?
A: Right now it has to be Table Rock Lake and Stockton Lake

Q: What do you like better lakes or rivers?
A: Lakes,mainly because I've never fished rivers

Q: Boat?
A: Don't own a boat right now,but I've got a best friend who let's me use his.

Q: Motor?
A: n/a

Q: Tow vehicle?
A: Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4

Q: Hobbies?
A: Reading the Mack Bolan Series of books by Don Pendleton

Q: Favorite sports besides fishing?
A: PBR (Professional Bull Riding)

Q: Technique your best at?
A: Swim Jigs

Q: Technique you’re the worst at?
A: Not really a techniqe, but trying to learn how to fish clear water

Q: Sponsors?
A: BassOnTheLine.com
   Lews Reels
   Denali Rods
   Atomic Tackle Company
   RC Tackle Company
   SkippyFISH Baits
   Red Leaf Outdoors
   Thee Fishermans Soap
   The Rod Glove

Q: Favorite movie?
A: A old movie called the Learning Tree

Q: Favorite moment in fishing?
A: Up to this point,Fav. moment would have to be my biggest win

Q: Favorite tackle store?
A: BassPro Shops but I shop mainly online from BassOnTheLine.com

Q: Childhood hero?
A: My Mom

Q: Hero now?
A: My Grandkids because they have their whole future ahead and will see and experience things I won't

Q: Favorite drink?
A: Miller Lite and Coke Zero

Q: What shoes do you wear when fishing?
A: Sandles or tennis shoes

Q: Pet peeves?
A: I've got to have a Chick-O-Stick in the boat with me on Tournament Days

Q: Fears?
A: If you didn't have Fear in your life,what would the Challenge be...

Q: What time is your alarm clock set for?
A: On Tournament mornings or travel days it's always earlier than I want LOL 2 to 3:30 am just depends

Q: What do you do for a living?
A: Route driver for Macon Coca-Cola

Q: Favorite soft plastics?
A: Mega Bite Custom Poured Lures

Q: Favorite hard baits?
A: Bandit Lures and Rapala

Q: When was the last time you used a spinnerbait?
A: 1/12/13

Q: What is the weirdest thing you have in your boat?
A: Brandon! But if you ask him he'll say me!

Q: If you could fish with one person dead or alive who would it be?
A: To go bass fishing with my best friend Chralie Slater who was killed in a car wreck

Q: Pre-tournament rituals?
A: Listening to Rock n roll real LOUD

Q: Do you listen to music when fishing?
A: Usually when I'm out pre-fishing or fishing by myself


Don’t forget you too can be in the Angler Spotlight. You can also recommend others for the Angler Spotlight all you have to do is email . If you recommend another angler please let them know I will be contacting them so there are not surprised. Tell your friends to check out Chris McDonald Fishing so everyone can see these great grass roots anglers in the ANGLER SPOTLIGHT.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fletcher Shryock's New Look

I like the young guns in the Bassmaster Elite Series, Fletcher Shryock is one of those guys.  I have read a lot him over the last year and a half.  I respect him and think he is going to be around for a while.  After his run in the Northern Opens and win on Lake Norman in 2011 I was a Skyrocket fan!  I saw his new wrap on Facebook and had to share.  I have to say I really like his new wrap, it might be because I like orange, but either way it looks sweet.


Fletcher's New Boat before wrap



Fletcher's New Boat wrapped



Fletcher's Truck


Another view of Fletcher's truck






Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mike Martin Making News

My friend Mike Martin has been making the video rounds on the net today for a 3lb goldfish he caught well ice fishing.  Yes you heard me right a goldfish......I just saw the story for the 4th or 5th time but this time it was on the news reel on Yahoo.com, pretty cool check it out.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Angler Spotlight: Rob Melendez


Q: Name?
A: Rob Melendez

 
Q: Age?
A: 41

Q: Married?
A: Yes, wife Brandi, 2 Kids

 
Q: City and state you call home?
A: Frankfort, IL

 
Q: Tournament trails you fish?
A: I.B.F.N. open series and state qualifier  

 
Q: Biggest win?
A: Local Club “Classic” tournament

 
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Photographer

 
Q: Favorite food?
A: Bacon!

 
Q: Favorite type of music?
A: Rock

 
Q: First Job?
A: Carpenter

 
Q: Guilty Pleasure?
A: Skittles and Bacon

 
Q: What do you take with you when you travel?
A: headphones

 
Q: Favorite body or water?
A: Lake Michigan

 
Q: What do you like better lakes or rivers?
A: Lakes

 
Q: Boat?
A: No boat I’m a co-angler

 
Q: Motor?
A:

 
Q: Tow vehicle?
A:

 
Q: Hobbies?
A: Playing with the kids and pouring jigs

 
Q: Favorite sports besides fishing?
A: Football, I’ve coached youth football for 7 years

 
Q: Technique your best at?
A: Crankbaiting

 
Q: Technique you’re the worst at?
A: Drop Shotting

 
Q: Sponsors?
A: Boca Bearings and Culprit lures

 
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

 
Q: Favorite moment in fishing?
A: When I had to wade in a local pond to land a 5 pounder for my youngest son, the look on his face was priceless

 
Q: Favorite tackle store?
A: Bass Pro Shops

 
Q: Childhood hero?
A: Walter Payton

 
Q: Hero now?
A: The U.S. Military

 
Q: Favorite drink?
A: Gatorade G2

 
Q: What shoes do you wear when fishing?
A: Rugged Sharks

 
Q: Pet peeves?
A: People that don’t fold the American Flag correctly (I’m former military and love my flag and country)

 
Q: Fears?
A: Spiders and Snakes

 
Q: What time is your alarm clock set for?
A: 4am

 
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: Plumber

 
Q: Favorite soft plastics?
A: Incredi-craw from Culprit

 
Q: Favorite hard baits?
A: Zoom WEC-1

 
Q: When was the last time you used a spinnerbait?
A: Couple months ago

 
Q: What is the weirdest thing you have in your boat?
A: I keep a big musky lure in my tackle box to tie on when I head to tourney weigh-ins (get some weird looks)

 
Q: If you could fish with one person dead or alive who would it be?
A: Aaron Martens, like I said drop shotting is my worst technique so why not learn from the best at it

 
Q: Pre-tournament rituals?
A: Pack my PB&J and listen to some rock

 
Q: Do you listen to music when fishing?
A: yes


Don’t forget you too can be in the Angler Spotlight. You can also recommend others for the Angler Spotlight all you have to do is email . If you recommend another angler please let them know I will be contacting them so there are not surprised. Tell your friends to check out Chris McDonald Fishing so everyone can see these great grass roots anglers in the ANGLER SPOTLIGHT.

Monday, January 7, 2013

BFL Win for Stinson On Okeechobee: Were did he come from?


January 5th on Lake Okeechobee Steven Stinson won the BFL event held there.  His total wining weight of 32-10oz was 6-5oz more than 2nd place.  I am betting you are thinking, big deal, guys win BLF’s all the time.  You are right, they do, however Steven Stinson win stands out, because he is from Pickering, Ontario and won a tournament and some good money a long way from home.

This is an interesting fact simply because Steven Stinson drove roughly 1500 miles to compete in a BFL event.   He also beat the local anglers by getting on a group of fish that no one else had found.  The other interesting thing is we are talking about Lake Okeechobee, which during this time of year is known for big bags.  Stinson and 2nd place finisher Jim Hurlock Jr. to catch over 20lb.  The rest of the field could not catch more than 19 or less pounds.  I have heard from other guys near Okeechobee that tournaments being held there are calling for 30 plus pound bags to win, even small ones, 20 plus pound bags are coming to the scales nonstop.   

We are talking about the same lake were in 2012 Randall Tharp broke the century mark (over 100lbs in a tournament) and 20 to 30 plus pound bags were brought to the scales by a lot of the pros fishing the tournament.  It’s also the same lake that Scott Martin and others have been boasting about how on fire it is right now.   

I am in no way trying to take away from Steven Stinson and what he did.  On the contrary, I think it is a great win for Steven.  There is not a lot of information about him that I can find.  FLW only has records of one other FLW tournament he has participated in.  I am sure he fishes a lot of tournaments in Ontario.

Steven Stinson won $6,011 for his win on the Big O.  Congrats to Steven for his win.  I have a few questions though.  Did he hitch up his boat and make the drive for one tournament?  Did he move down there for the winter and learn the lake?  How long had he practiced for the BFL event?  Is he going to be fishing the EverStart Series event on Lake Okeechobee this weekend? 

So what do you think about Steven Stinson’s win?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Awesome Video about Big Bass: A Must See!


Mike Long, if you don't know the name you most likely don't throw big swimbaits. Mike Long is a California angler know for catching big I mean BIG bass (his biggest being 20.12 oz lunker largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001). Mike has a website where he posts some great big bass fishing content (mikelongoutdoors.com).

I was looking around his site when I ran across one of the coolest big bass videos I have ever seen. It is a 10 minute video but it is worth every minute you watch. It shows some incredible footage. I have posted the "Big Bass Trailer" below but you have to go to his site to see the entire video.

What to expect from the full video:

"Ever wonder what goes on down there with the big ones? How they relate to other fish? What they see? What their food choices are? Big Bass inhabit a world of wonder and intrigue. Get to know the life of the big bass with this fantastic bass-eye view of their world."(from Mikelongoutdoors.com)




CLICK HERE FORFULL VIDEO



 
 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Angler Spotlight: Becky Gardhouse


Q: Name?
A: Becky Gardhouse
 

Q: Age?
A: 29
 

Q: Married?
A: No

 
Q: City and state you call home?
A: Schomberg Ontario Canada

 
Q: Tournament trails you fish?
A: Canadian Sport Fishing League (CSFL), Canadian Bass Anglers Federation (CBAF), Renegade Series, Top Bass Series

 
Q: Biggest win?
A: The 2012 fishing season was my first year doing tournaments and I had two wins. Even though I primarily fish bass tournaments, my most memorable win is still my first victory of the season which was a Walleye tournament. I had fished it a couple of years previous, finishing second, which is where I got originally bitten with the tournament fishing bug. When I was up on stage holding my first trophy, what I felt solidified my decision to continue following my dream & justified everything that I’ve sacrificed to get to where I am now.

 
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Veterinarian

 
Q: Favorite food?
A: Italian & I raise Black Angus beef cattle so I’ve never met a steak I didn’t like!

 
Q: Favorite type of music?
A: Country & Classic Rock

 
Q: First Job?
A: Herdsperson for a beef cattle farm

 
Q: Guilty Pleasure?
A: Shopping & travelling

 
Q: What do you take with you when you travel?
A: A fishing rod, camera & my GoPro

 
Q: Favorite body or water?
A: Lake Simcoe

 
Q: What do you like better lakes or rivers?
A: Lakes

 
Q: Boat?
A: 2012 Legend XGS

 
Q: Motor?
A: 2012 Mercury 60hp (but upgrading this year!)

 
Q: Tow vehicle?
A: 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Edition

 
Q: Hobbies?
A: Showing purebred cattle all over Canada, playing guitar & writing

 
Q: Favorite sports besides fishing?
A: Hockey & baseball

 
Q: Technique your best at?
A: Flipping & pitching

 
Q: Technique you’re the worst at?
A:Finesse presentations

 
Q: Sponsors?
A:Fishbum Outfitters, Maui Jim, Eagle Claw, Legend Boats

 
Q: Favorite movie?
A: 8 Seconds

 
Q: Favorite moment in fishing?
A: My favorite moment is when a fish breaks the surface of the water to strike your bait. The surge of adrenaline that hits you when you feel that rod load up is what keeps me coming back for more!

 
Q; Favorite tackle store?
A: Bass Pro Shops

 
Q: Childhood hero?
A: Bill Dance

 
Q: Hero now?
A: KVD

 
Q: Favorite drink?
A: Chai Tea Latte

 
Q: What shoes do you wear when fishing?
A: Columbia’s Drainmaker running shoes. You can never be too careful especially on a tournament day, a rogue hook in the foot can end your day before it even begins!

 
Q: Pet peeves?
A: People who don’t respect the rules by fishing illegally or not respecting limits & people leaving trash either in the water or on shore.

 
Q: Fears?
A: Something happening in my life that would not allow me to continue fishing whether it be in tournaments or for pleasure.

 
Q: What time is your alarm clock set for?
A: On days I’m going fishing, 3am! Any other day 8am…

 
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I manage a livestock feed & farm supply retail store

 
Q: Favorite soft plastics?
A: It’s a tie, Berkley Gulp Alive! & Xzone Lures’ line of soft plastics

 
Q: Favorite hard baits?
A: Rapala X-Raps

 
Q: When was the last time you used a spinnerbait?
A: I use a spinnerbait in almost every tournament I fish. My go to for a slow day on the water is the Strike King KVD tournament series with double willow blades. They’ve never let me down!

 
Q: What is the weirdest thing you have in your boat?  
A: I keep a tiny little statue named “Ku” on my console that my best friend brought back from Hawaii for me. As the story goes, ancient Hawaiians worshiped Ku for such things as good fishing, long life & prosperity!

 
Q: If you could fish with one person dead or alive who would it be?
A: Kevin Van Dam. I’d love to be able to spend a day on the water picking his brain & seeing him in action.

 
Q: Pre-tournament rituals?
A: Before a tournament I empty all the tackle boxes, reorganize & re-pack the products that I’ve found to be productive during prefishing as well as my tried and true go to baits. I also sharpen all the hooks as I go. For new lakes that I’m not as familiar with, I’ll spend quite a few hours doing research by analyzing structure & Navionics charts. When it comes down to tournament morning, a good nutritious breakfast is key. Finally, I have my playlist loaded on my iPod in the truck to get me charged up & ready for blast off!

 
Q: Do you listen to music when fishing?
A: Only in the last two hours. I always find that music motivates me for a strong finish when you’re looking for that big kicker to round out your tournament bag!



Don’t forget you too can be in the Angler Spotlight.  You can also recommend others for the Angler Spotlight all you have to do is email .  If you recommend another angler please let them know I will be contacting them so there are not surprised.  Tell your friends to check out Chris McDonald Fishing so everyone can see these great grass roots anglers in the ANGLER SPOTLIGHT.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Zeko Shoes Giving Back to Anglers



Bonus bucks, we all love a little extra prize money from fishing bass tournaments.  Sure the check after the weigh-in makes it all worthwhile, but getting that bonus check from the company you bought your boat from or the truck you drive is a nice bonus.  Each year it seems we see more and more companies stepping up and giving back to the anglers who support them and keep them in business.   

This month Zeko Shoes announced that they will be offering bonus bucks to anglers in 2013.  In what they are calling their “Strap ‘em on, Let’s Go Fishing”; there is potentially a $100,000 in total prize money ready to be given back to the anglers who support them.

Zeko Shoes will be offering their bonus money in a few select tournament trails which include the FLW Tour, The Ever Start Series, The Walmart BFL Series, PAA tournaments, B.A.S.S. Opens, ABA Bassmaster Weekend Series, and B.A.S.S. Elite Series tournaments.

You have to register with Zeko Shoes before winning to be qualified for the money.  Registration begins 12/1/12 and runs through 7/30/13.  There are a few catches with Zeko’s bonus bucks.  You can only win (collect money from Zeko) three times per calendar year.  The event has to have 75 anglers fishing in it to qualify even if it is on the list of tournaments, if it has less the tournament won’t count.

Co-Anglers are eligible to for Zeko’s “Strap ‘em on, Let’s Go Fishing”.  The co-angler must be registered with Zeko and the tournament must be on the list.  There has to be 50 other co-anglers competing for it to be an eligible tournament.

“Zeko shoes must be worn fishing during the tournament. It is encouraged that you wear your Zeko shoes during the whole tournament on and off the water.  Zeko shoes logo must be prominently displayed on the windshield or dashboard of your boat and on your fishing jersey and/or hoodie and worn during the competition. Tournament finish affidavit forms must be submitted within 30-days of your tournament win for eligibility review and qualification. (Please allow up to 6 weeks for approval and processing). It is your responsibility to turn this in a timely manner.”

The payouts from Zeko will look like this:

All 2013 FLW Tour Tournaments, all 2013 PAA Tournaments, and all 2013 B.A.S.S. Elite Series Tournaments get $500 for the pro who wins the tournament if they are registered with Zeko.  The first place co-angler who is registered with Zeko gets $200.

All 2013 Ever Start Series Tournaments, all 2013 Walmart BFL’s Tournaments, all 2013 B.A.S.S. Open Tournaments, and all 2013 ABA Bassmaster Weekend Series tournaments payouts look like this the winner if registered with Zeko gets $200 while a registered co-angler who is registered with Zeko gets $75.

The registration will cost you $20 which gives you access to Zeko shoes logos and the forms you have to fill out to claim your prize money.  Don’t forget you have to also purchase a pair of Zeko shoes and wear them during the tournament.

My Thoughts

I am glad that companies are trying to help out anglers by giving back.  I like the idea of bonus bucks in bass fishing they allow an angler to keep fishing and competing.  I do have a few issues with the way Zeko Shoes is going about it.  1st I don’t like that you have to win the tournament, most bonus bucks give back to the top placing angler who qualifies.  Also it seems like the co-anglers gets the short end of the stick, I would think that they should get half of what the boater gets.

You have to basically put out $95 plus shipping to be qualified.  $20 for registration and $75 for your shoes.  If you are lucky enough to win as a co-angler twice you will make your investment back and put a few dollars in your pocket.  You are also basically being a bill board for Zeko Shoes.  Looking at it from their point of view it is a great marketing strategy; you buy their shoes and pay them a small fee for a chance at a little extra money in your pocket.

If you already own a pair of Zeko Shoes dropping the extra money seems like it could pay off.  I personally have never used Zeko Shoes but know that a lot of anglers do like them.  If you are interested you can see for yourself what is involved and register at Zekoshoes.com.     

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Chris McDonald Fishing is going to Spotlight Grass Roots Anglers In 2013


Happy New Year from Chris McDonald Fishing!  Over the last year I have been trying to figure out what direction I want to take Chris McDonald Fishing in.  I love writing about bass fishing and sharing product reviews with my readers.

I enjoy sharing the thoughts I have about what I see going on in the industry I love.  I enjoy finding new companies and helping them to be able to get their name out there just a little more.  Sure I have tried to figure out how to get more people to read my articles, follow my blog, twitter and Facebook page.  I understand the more traffic I have the better my chances of advertising dollars are.

The truth is I have come to realize that I don’t care as much about the money, I could make if I had a site like Wired 2 Fish, or Fishhound and many others.  I love the little corner of the internet I am in.  I enjoy the fact that I have a hand full of loyal readers.

The truth is I like what I do.  I like helping others in the fishing community.  That’s what my goal has been all along to help others.  I have a plan for 2013 that is going to take some help from you.  I want to help those anglers who are not on the radar of the big sites.  

What I want to do in 2013 and beyond is have an angler highlight every week.  So in 2013 I want to highlight 52 anglers who may never get that from a big site.

I want to be a site for the grass roots guys who fish tournaments because it’s fun.  The guys working hard for their sponsors but are not on the Elites or FLW Majors.  The guys fishing the Everstarts, Bass master Opens, the BFL’S, club events you name it.  I want to highlight these guys.  I want them to be able to have their moment, promote their sponsors and have their fifteen minutes in the spotlight.  I want the fishing world to know about these weekend warriors who are sacrificing, working hard and doing it to live the dream of fishing for a living.

So here is where I need your help.  I want you to get a hold of me at and recommend guys even yourself to highlight over the next year.  I will need a name and email address where I can get a hold of them, so I can send them a list of questions for them to answer.  If you suggest a friend please make sure they know I will be contacting them so they are not surprised.  Let’s make this a great year for the little guys, because in the lake of bass fishing sites that’s what I am, just a little guy.  I want to give back and I can only do it with your help.

Let’s make 2013 a year for the little guys working hard in the fishing world.  It is going to be a great 2013 season!  Please help me find those anglers to highlight.  It will be first come first serve sort of thing.  I will get the names from you send the questions and the order they come back in will be the order they are posted.     

We are going to start as soon as possible with Spotlighting an angler so please help me out and send in your ideas ASAP!  Happy New Years!!!!