Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Tulsa, OK
The 2013 Bassmaster Classic has come and gone and left the naysayers searching for words to explain how the best of the best managed big sacks of fish everyday while fishing in water temps in the 30’s and air temps down in the teens!
As I said before the event, Grand Lake is in my opinion the best non-grass lake in the country with maybe the exception of Lake Falcon but unlike Falcon, these fish are used to the cold water being so far north and a winter blizzard won’t effect the outcome at all. It may only have made it better.
Congrats to Cliff Pace for finding the winning pattern and knocking their lights out the first two days before slow rolling to the official victory on day three. I’ve always liked whatever I’ve ever heard of Cliff, he’s a die hard bass fisherman who day in and day out, just wants to fish. He makes a great champion for our sport and goes to show what hard work and passion can produce.
The Bassmaster Classic Expo Show was off the charts busy and the attendees came ready to spend some of their hard earned money on the things that matter most…..bass fishing! I saw everything from lures to electronics to boats being bought, showing that the future of our sport is bright. In fact, I was taken a back seeing all the kids that were there, wearing their favorite anglers jersey and talking bass fishing like some long lived veterans. That’s what it’s all about, the future and it sure seems as a sport we’re doing something right.
Here’s a few booths that I visited that seemed to always be packed with fans checking out their newest products.
I got the pleasure of spending most of my time working in the Navionics booth showing off our newest technologies and explaining how I count on their products to catch fish day in and day out. Being the only true “software” company to produce lake maps, they are so far ahead of the competition and offer you as a consumer much more bang for your buck. The new, soon to be released Navionics+, will allow consumers to update any lake or any state, no matter the region to better suite their customers individual needs.
To find out more, please visit Navionics website.
Talk about one of the best booth setups of the entire show, Trokar had their visitors on their mind and their Tour Pros were their signing autographs and giving away memorabilia around the clock. Trokar does it big with their hooks and does it equally as big with their pros. With anglers like that, there’s no doubt who makes the sharpest and baddest hooks on the market!
To find out more, please visit the Lazer Trokar website.
Generally in the sport of competitive bass fishing you have choices over what products you want to use and what suites your style. Rarely is there ever a single product that if you don’t use it, you’ll get beat by the guy that does. Now I’d like to introduce you to Hydrowave, a noise simulator that imitates the sounds of bass feeding on shad or other schooling prey. This product does things that I can’t even explain and all I know is when I have it on and tuned to the appropriate setting, I’m catching more and bigger fish. I’m not the only one either, if you walked around the boat yard where the Classic competitors boats were stored you’d see exactly what I’m talking about. There’s no fools in the Bassmaster Classic lineup.
To find out more, please visit the Hydrowave website.
Line may be boring to buy. I mean come on, who gets all jolly about dropping three bills (big bills) on fishing line? No one. Not like they do when they drop half a G on a G Loomis Rod. Truth be told though, line is the most important piece of equipment day in and day out. There’s all kinds of line manufacturer’s these days but most of them are owned by one giant group that makes everything from line, to lures to clothing. Not me, I depend on my line to get a bass that’s potentially worth thousands if not millions to the boat. It’s the only that connects you to all your dreams. Do yourself a favor, invest in a company that does line and does it right, Seaguar. If you think I’m being over dramatic ask the Cliff Pace or any Classic winner about the one fish that got them to that dance in the first place? Then ask them where they’d be if their line had broke on that bass? Case in point.
To find out more, please visit the Seaguar website.
That’s a given! I mean come on, of course Lowrance is going to have a big turn out at the Classic, it’s in Tulsa, their back yard! It also didn’t have anything to do with a new product released that goes by the name HDS Gen2 Touch did it? Of course it did, touch screens are the way of the future and offer anglers much more user friendly option. If you don’t think I’m sincere, my Ranger has two two 9’s and a 12 hanging off of it. Convinced?
To find out more, please visit the Lowrance website.
G Loomis and Shimano
Seriously, I don’t think I need to waste the time and actually spell it all out. I said, “G Loomis and Shimano” they’ve been pumping out the best for years, it’s truly that simple. They have a reputation and they’ve earned it and by the looks of their booth, everyone else knows it too.
One note in particular, I’ve been using the new GLX rods for a better part of six months now and even though I’m skeptical to change, my rig is packed full of the new green blanks. They actually found a way to outdo themselves.