Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Installation of V-T2 Livewell System Video

Tournament anglers have two goals when they hit the water.  1) catch 5 legal bass and 2) keep them alive for weigh-in.  Goal number one seems to outweigh goal two in most fishing articles and videos.  Yes catching them has to happen first but keeping them alive is just as important.

A few months ago I wrote about the benefits of adding the V-T2 Livewell System to your boat (read post here).  With Tournament season a mare three days away I finally had a non-rainy cold day to install my V-T2’s. 

The process is simple and painless (assuming you can bring yourself to cut two holes into your bass boat).  The process takes about 15 minutes.  You need a 3” hole saw, a 9/64 drill bit and a 5/16 socket or wrench.   In the video below I used a towel to catch the shavings from drilling the hole.  V-T2 recommends a garbage bag, which after installing my set would have been a better option. 

If you want to find out more about the V-T2 System you can check them out at  The 49.99 you spend might just be the difference between a live bass and a dead one, which could be a check in your pocket.  Make sure you check out the V-T2 System, you don’t want to regret it later.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chris Lane Starts Bassmaster Event in Flames

This morning at the start of the BASSMASTER Elite event on Lake Dardanelle Chris Lane woke up to a miserable morning.  This was taken from

"Chris Lane awoke to a call to move his truck and boat from the hotel parking lot as one of the angler's boats was on fire. It was his.

He watched in horror as the Russellville Fire Department attempted to put it out.

"They got the call at 2:02 a.m. and it was out by 2:20. It didn't want to go out," he said, adding the cause of the fire is being investigated. "I lost pretty much everything. Fortunately, nobody was hurt."

 He can't say enough about everyone who helped him. He was at the launch with Fred Roumbanis' old boat, which now has Jodie Haralson's name on the wrap.

 During launch, anglers were still offering him tackle. He thanked them and said he would be OK.

 "The boat's a total loss. There's no reason to tow it home," he said.

 Lane was still working on getting the electronics set up on the loaner as the last of the Elites blasted off.

 "It is what it is. You have to make due," he said”

There are conflicting reports Jeremy Starks posted on Facebook this morning: “Someone broke into Chris Lanes boat then burned it last night. Lost all of his tackle. Wish him luck today.”

Whatever the cause it was a tuff start to his day.  Despite this Lane has to put it behind him and fish today.  I am sure more details will be given after the investigation has happened.  If his tackle was stolen and boat set on fire I hope they catch those responsible.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Is Keith Combs The Best In Texas?

Keith Combs has set records in the Texas Toyota Bass Classic (TTBC) over the last few years.  Last year when he won his 2nd TTBC title, he was the first angler to repeat as champion.  After winning again over the weekend he has now won 3 TTBC titles and is in a league of his own. 

This year Combs did it in dramatic fashion on Lake Fork with a weight of 110lbs for a 3 day tournament.  Being the 2nd time in his career he has broken the century mark.  In 2013 at the “Elite Series Rigid Industries Falcon Slam,” Combs weighed in 111lb over 4 days.

 When you do the math Combs bass averaged 7.33lb pounds this year in the TTBC.  That right there says something about Lake Fork, the lake proved it is still one of the best bass lakes in America.  Being a guide on Lake Fork most likely helped him in understanding the lake.  This weekend Combs proved he knows how to find and catch big bass in Texas.

When you look at Combs career in B.A.S.S. he only has the one win on Falcon but in other tournaments held in Texas by B.A.S.S. he has cashed a check with the exception of the first B.A.S.S. Open on Lake Amistad this year.

Looking at Combs record with FLW as well you see the same pattern when he is on Texas lakes.  Combs continually cashed checks.  Time and again is in contention to win the event as well.  The one lake that stands out as his achilles heel seems to be Amistad.

Combs talent on Texas water cannot be over looked.  He understands the water and the bass in his home state.  I would say it is safe to say that he will be a front runner next year to win the TTBC once again.  If they move the event to Amistad I might not say that with his results on that lake.

Truth be told Combs is a great TTBC champion and I think over the last four years he has helped the
event.  In 2011 Combs won by beating Mike Iaconelli in a sudden death fish off.  In 2013 he won by 12lbs leading all 3 days of the tournament.  He capped it off this year with his 110lbs of bass.  Even though he didn’t win in 2012, he finished 3rd in the TTBC.  The run Combs is on in the TTBC event is reminiscent of KVD’s run at the classic in 2010 and 2011.

As I followed the TTBC this weekend I could help but wonder what Combs might have done in the MLF event in Denton Texas that is currently being aired.  Would he have put a smack down on the field like KVD did in the Alpena MI event?  Personally I would have liked to see Combs be part of the MLF field in Denton TX.  It would be interesting to see how Combs would do on Texas waters in the MLF format where the anglers don’t know where they are going and are not given an practice time.  

Keith Combs is a force to be reckoned with in TX and he has proven it time and again.  If the TTBC wants a new champion my suggestion would be to move the event to Amistad, but I said it once and I’ll say it again I think Combs has been good for the TTBC.  I think it is safe to say he has not held the TTBC trophy for the last time.  The TTBC is right in his wheelhouse and it seems like it was almost made for him.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Misfire Leads to FLW Win

From FLW Website
Jonathan Henry won the FLW Rayovac event on Lake Guntersville on April 26th.  On the last day Henry weighted in 30.14lbs, the heaviest bag of the tournament.  He fished bridges and community holes on his way to the win.  FLW told of his winning bait like this: “Most of his damage was done on a 6-inch Scottsboro Tackle Company Fringe swimbait in a color called “shad # 1” tied to 20-pound test Gamma fluorocarbon line.”

What you don’t know is the rest of the story about the swimbait that help Henry win.  The following is from Fringe Tackle Companies Facebook page:

“Here's the story on the bait that won so you get it straight from the source. On April 5th I posted a
From Fringe Tackle Companies Facebook page
picture of the bait along the lines that it was a good bait but I wanted a mulligan. It was what I term a color misfire where it didn't achieve the illusion I was trying to. Truth be told I wasn't even going to finish putting eyes on them. At some point shortly after I offered them to Scottsboro Tackle as a "one of" not to be duplicated. Jonathan Henry got them from Scottsboro not me directly (I've never spoken to him) Then Saturday happens which causes me a panic because as is my norm when I have a misfire I put the recipe in a pile of to be "thrown away" papers, I do this so they don't get mixed with "good" recipes. Luckily I found the recipe and that's what I duplicated for Scottsboro under the "Basswhacker Shad" I pictured yesterday. There you have it, the bait was in a word a "dud" to me...a $40K dud that under normal circumstances I would've probably not sold but Scottsboro said they'd take them so they actually deserve credit for taking a chance on it. Just one of those flukes that happens in life...who'd a thought..”

A simple “misfire” led Henry to a win on Guntersville.  “Just one of those flukes that happens in life,” is an understatement.  Anglers should learn from this, a simple not what I was looking for, lead to a bait that won.  Just because we think something won’t work doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it a try.  If you think there’s a chance it might, even a small chance, give it a shot.  You don’t have to commit to it forever but pick it up and try it for a few minutes, you never know a misfire might lead to something big, just ask Fringe Tackle and Scottsboro Tackle Shop.

From Fringe Tackle Companies Facebook page: Swimbaits
being shipped to Scottsboro Tackle Company 
If you are looking for the winning bait you are going to have to wait, they are currently sold out at Scottsboro Tackle.  You can get on the waiting list from what I understand.

You can find Scottsboro Tackle Company on line at

Fringe Tackle Company can be found at
You can read the whole story about the tournament on Guntersville HERE.