Tackle Update: Gearing Up for the 2009 Tournament Season – Part 2

In the next few weeks I’ll be headed South to Oklahoma’s, Grand Lake. With the bass season closed in Minnesota I’ve been just itching to get out and stick some six pounders right in the lips. Lately, in an attempt to get ready for the upcoming season as well as keep my sanity, I’ve been spending some time looking into the new products that are hitting the market.

The first on my list is the Texas based company, Power Tackle. This company offers some of the best built and most sensitive rods on the market. Every rod in their lineup is built to the most exact specs for ultimate performance. I know I’ll be getting my hands on their Ultimate Football Jig Rod to aid me in dragging jigs over the deep rocks for tournament winning bass. This rod reeks of success. It comes with 7 foot 3 inches of the highest quality graphite available, that’s not only the most sensitive on the market, but the strongest as well. I have always been a G Loomis guy and have put them at the top of the totem pole, but let me say that they may finally have some serious competition to contend with. I do believe Power Tackle has everything needed to become bass fishing’s most elite line of bass rods.

Today was a good day, I finally picked up the new Shimano Chronarch D. I’ve been waiting a long time to own this reel and see myself getting a lot more of them in the future. I’m a giant fan of both the Chronarch and the Core and this new reel is the perfect mix of them both. It’s the Core MG with an aluminum body and a fast 7.0:1 gear ratio. It will make the perfect addition to that Power Tackle Football Jig rod. I plan to use that combo as well as the new Tacklesmith Tungsten Football Jig on Grand Lake in the next few weeks. There should be a pretty solid pre spawn bite and the big fish should be found on the deep points of the creek arms that lead back to the spawning flats. Making this the perfect setup for picking those points apart.

Other tackle that has found it’s way into my tackle compartment is the Jackall Giron swimbait. This small sized sunfish look alike is the answer to swimbait fishing in the Upper Midwest where bluegill populations are plenty. Swim these under boat docks or along submerged weedlines and prepare to get bit.

I’m also looking to the Biovex Bio Jack Hog Master to flip up giants from the thick mats that litter the gnarly backwaters of the Mississippi River. These soft plastic baits are designed to entice the biggest bass out of the roughest terrain. Match this with a 4/0 Youvella Pro Flip Hook, a 1/2 to 1 oz. Tru Tungsten Flippin’ Weight, along with some 20 lb. Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon and you’ll be flippin’ up toads one after another.

Jackall Giron SwimbaitBiovex Bio Jack Hog Master
**From left to right:the Jackall Giron Swimbait and the Biovex Bio Jack Hog Master.

Just when I was about to pull the trigger and add the Hummingbird Side Imaging Unit to my boat, I found out that Lowrance is soon to release their version of side imaging. This will be an accessory that will adapt to Lowrance’s new HDS line of sonars. I have also heard that they will work with LCX units as well. I don’t know that for fact but will update something as soon as I have a definitive answer. This is going to be a very hot product once it releases and I’m imagining demand to be pretty high. I’m thinking they will be found in stores and online by mid to late summer.

That’s all for now. Check back soon for my preview on Grand Lake. The weather has already been in the 80’s down there and I’m expecting a strong bite again this year. I can’t wait!!

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