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REBEL TracDown Ghost

It’s common to remember good lures gone by, but it’s even better when one returns to the lineup better than ever before. Rebel Lures is proud to announce that the Ghost Minnow – one of the most-productive little slender minnow twitch baits ever – has returned with new color patterns and hardware that is better for the fish, the fishery and the fisherman.

Well-known to anglers as a top-producer of trout, smallmouth bass and other gamefish, the new TracDown Minnow was redesigned and is now available with cutting-edge paint schemes and barbless treble hooks, which are safer for the fish, our fisheries and fishermen. If an angler gets one of these trebles in his or her skin, it simply comes right back out, yet studies have shown barbless hooks penetrate a fish’s mouth easier than the barbed variety. These hooks are perfect for all anglers but especially good for younger or less experienced fishermen.

The Tracdown Minnow measures 2-1/4-inches and is available in both trout-focused color patterns and traditional bass/panfish looks. Super-realistic, super-smart and super-effective, the new Tracdown Ghost Minnow is a stream superhero.

For more information visit www.lurenet.com

Source: PRADCO Public Relations


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Back in the day, I couldn’t understand how my father and other anglers could be so patient with a jig tied on their line. Gaaa! Boring! Slow! Nothing fast about a jig!

But with age and trial-by-fire comes education and today, I’d probably take a jig first and foremost if anyone said “Pick just one” for bass fishing. Heck, I’d take a jig for catching redfish and maybe pike, too. Aggressive fish will blast ’em.

Check out the new jig from BOOYAH Baits. If you like to fish craws, worms and beaver-critters, this stand-up version may be the ticket for you.

The new Bank Roll Jig from BOOYAH Bait Co. was created with the help of some of this country’s best jig fishermen.

The stand-up jig features a top-heavy flat top design that keeps it upright on bottom – effectively standing on its head. The skirts are special, too. These unique skirts feature multiple colors and produce reflection like no other. Plus, it’s equipped with one of the strongest hooks available in a bass jig.

If used with a crawfish-imitating trailer, the Bank Roll keeps the claws up in a defensive position – exactly what bass are expecting to see when approaching a real craw. When used with a more-baitfish or beaver-style trailer, the Bank Roll swims with a slightly down-turned attitude and mimics baitfish feeding action when crawled slowly across the bottom.


The angle of the hook adds up-and-down “floppy” action when shaken or lifted, and the long, full silicone skirts never seem to stop moving. When flipping or pitching to cover, the Bank Roll presents a natural, nose-down attitude that keeps the hook super-strong hook positioned for perfect hooksets.

The unique skirts mimic crawfish and bluegills with equal accuracy. BOOYAH limited color selection to only the top eight as determined by our pro anglers (ever try to get a dozen pro anglers to agree on anything?) to catch bass anywhere in the country. The Bank Roll is available in two sizes, 3/8- and ½-ounce.

For more information, go to www.booyahbaits.com.

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BASS announced its revamped qualifying route for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, with some interesting changes in store.

Notable is that 28 positions from the Angler of the Year standings will qualify, along with every Bassmaster Elite Series winner and Bassmaster Open winner during the 2011 season. That’s right. Win a Bassmaster Open and get a Classic berth.

More emphasis will be put on the college scene, too, with the 2011 College Bass Championship winner earning a Classic berth.

The Elite Series field for 2012 also will be capped at 90 competitors. Previous fields have fluctuated between more than 100 and about 94.

Definitely will be interesting to hear what the Elite Series pros think about this.

Here’s the full press release from BASS:

BASS announced Monday a new qualifying structure for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series, expanding the Classic field to include an enhanced cross section of anglers and putting an increased emphasis on performance in single events.

While the overall number of Classic spots (36) awarded through the Elite Series will remain unchanged, in 2011 each Bassmaster Elite Series regular-season event winner will receive an automatic berth into the 2012 Classic. The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings will still determine the majority of the Classic qualifiers as the top 28 in those rankings will also advance to the Classic.

Following the Elite format, each of the nine Open event winners will receive automatic spots in the 2012 Classic. With each pro-level event winner receiving a Classic berth, BASS has upped the cache of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens by allocating nine Classic berths, up from six, to the Series. The traditional points system used in the Opens will only determine future Elite Series qualifiers and will have no bearing on Classic berths.

The Classic field will increase to 54 — assuming all competitors are in good standing — clearing the way for a guaranteed entry for the 2011 College Bass champion. The entire qualifying structure, for both the Elites and the Classic, can be found below.

Providing a dedicated avenue for the College Bass Championship, again to be held in Little Rock, Ark., in 2011 and aired on ESPNU, will enhance the profile of college bass fishing and represent an added, youth component to the Classic. There are currently 220 colleges registered to compete to qualify for the 2011 College Championship. The qualification process for college anglers can be found at www.collegebass.com.

The defending Classic champion will automatically qualify as in years past. Additionally, six Bassmaster Federation Nation anglers will continue to qualify as well as the champion of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series operated by American Bass Anglers. In the case of double-qualifiers, BASS will work down the Elite Series AOY list.

The 2011 Classic and Elite Series qualifying implications will remain as previously released. In 2012, the Elite Series field will encompass 90 competitors. BASS has a renewed emphasis on restricting the Elites to smaller fields, putting more focus on individual anglers and creating increased brand-building opportunities for the best anglers in the world.

As such, the 2011 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings will advance 73 anglers into the 2012 Elite Series. The top five in points standings in each of the three Opens series will also receive 2012 Elite qualifying berths, and, if any of those competitors decline, BASS will work down the Opens standings to fill the five berths. Additionally, the 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion and the 2011 Federation Nation Champion can elect to fish the Elites. All double-qualifiers will work down the Elite Series AOY standings.

As BASS previously laid out, only active Elite anglers have three exemptions — former Bassmaster Classic champions, former Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year winners and anglers with 10 or more Classic experiences — that can be applied if an angler fails to qualify through the outlined avenues.

With the revamp of the qualifying structure, the 2011 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open payout has also been revised. In addition to the Classic qualifying berth, the winner of each event will receive $10,000 and a $45,000 boat package. The total prize package — including the Classic berth — reflects the prestige of scoring an Open victory.

Each event will pay through 40th place with a more even distribution toward the lower rung. Additionally, with the allure of increased Classic berths, the potential of sustained full fields throughout each division increases.

Entry fees will be slightly upped — $1,250 per event on the professional side and $350 per event on the co-angler side — but BASS has raised the stakes for Opens anglers.

The Opens will only feature the top 12 pros and co-anglers on the final day of competition, which at each event will be held at a conveniently located Bass Pro Shops. BASS members can sign up by calling 1-877-BASS-USA.

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Brunswick Corporation has sold Triton Boats brand, which should help an improving bottom line for the company as it climbs from the recession.

The buyer is Fishing Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Platinum Equity, which purchased Champion and Stratos bass brands, among others, in an auction last autumn. The purchase came through the Genmar bankruptcy proceedings and threw quite a bit of concern in the pro anglers and industry, both watching to see what effects would transpire.

Brunswick’s fiberglass boat production will move from Ashland City, Tenn., where Triton was founded, to Flippin, Ark., where Ranger Boats is located.

Here’s another solid piece, with links, about former Genmar chairman Irwin Jacobs regarding the bankruptcy and breakup of the company.

Arena team moving, too?

What a weird coincidence with another move that will throw ripples into the little world of arena football.

A report at ArenaFan.com has the Alabama Vipers, which are based in Huntsville, moving to Atlanta or Nashville. Those cities had AFL teams in the past and current Vipers coach Dean Cokinos was the Nashville Kats’ head coach before coming to Huntsville.

Atlanta’s team, the Force, played in the Gwinnett arena and left it lacking a major spring-summer tennant when the league’s troubles emerged in 2008-09. Now after a couple of years of regrouping and some AFL teams joining AF2 teams — like Huntsville’s — in a hybrid league, it appears they’re starting to shake out some cobwebs from former AFL cities to get back into larger markets.

Interesting, to say the least. Huntsville has supported the Vipers pretty well and the games are fun to attend. Loud, but fun. The Vipers’ website touts ticket sales for this week’s event as the “Last Game of the Season.”

Might it be the last game in Huntsville? We’ll see.

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BASS has announced it is returning to Alabama in 2011 for the third straight year to put on its angler of the year post-season tournaments featuring the top 12 from its regular-season points standings.

Here’s the first part of the announcement:

BASS announced Monday that the organization will head to Alabama, the state where it was founded more than 40 years ago, in 2011 for the Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason, the third consecutive year the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year will be awarded in the River Region.

The Postseason is set for July 23-30 and will again be played out on two productive Alabama fisheries, with the first leg, the Trophy Chase, set for Lake Jordan out of Wetumpka and the finale, the Trophy Triumph, slated for the Alabama River from Montgomery.

The current post-season events are in the gap between the first one, held last weekend at Lake Jordan and won by Russ Lane of Prattville, and this weekend’s tournament on the Alabama River out of Montgomery.

Here’s the full release at Bassmaster.com.

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GUNTERSVILE, Ala. – If you’ve ever wanted to experience a crankbait or deep jig bite, now’s the time to do it on Guntersville Lake.

I suspect you could do the same on some of the other Tennessee River impoundments. Fishing has been on fire on the lower end of Pickwick Lake this year, and the addition of “grass’ in the lake is helping. There absolutely is no doubt whatsoever that some vegetation helps fish, their fry and forage species survive the spawn and grow bigger.

Chickamauga reportedly is turning on pretty well, too. If you’re not familiar with it, Chick is in Chattanooga and is the lake above Nickajack in the Tennessee River chain. Vegetation is returning to Chick, as well, including coontail. Word is anglers have been catching some decent bass working a Spook or topwaters over the coontail and swimming a jig through or over it.

But the deep bite on Guntersville is the ticket right now. It’s red hot. Typical for summer, of course, with bass and forage species – mostly shad – ganged up on channel ledge drops, points and humps anywhere from 12-20 feet (or more). Sometimes they move around a bit and you have to locate them. Other times, there’s a sweet spot of hard bottom – maybe with mussel shells – where they stay. If TVA is generating water through the dam, the current helps pinpoint the fish and get them to feed a little better.

Hadley Coan and I fished recently in The Orthopaedic Center’s 11th annual “Coaches Kickin’ Bass” big bass tournament on Guntersville. The four-hour derby is part of the TOC’s bigger tournament a day later and this year they had almost 200 coaches and trainers from more than 31 high schools and colleges. The tournament is a big “thank you” event to them from the TOC staff and it’s a fantastic event.

Coan and I didn’t catch anything big, probably a 4.75-pounder was our biggest. We didn’t even weigh ’em in because if you don’t have a 6-plus or 7-pounder, you might as well not come to the scale. But we had a good time catching some solid chunks.

Coan was on fire with a Strike King football jig and Rage Craw chunk, dragging it slowly with an occasional small hop. He caught spots and largemouths. I was throwing a Strike King 6XD in Tennessee Shad and digging a trench with it. The 6XD gets deep in a hurry thanks to a specially-designed lip. Word is Strike King may have some new “XD” toys to introduce in a few weeks at ICAST, the annual fishing trade show.

I love catching crankbait bass, whether it’s on a small one or large deep-diving bait. They just mimic forage so well and, if put in the right area, typically result in a bite. It’s fun to be churning a bait along, feeling it bump the bottom and then it just goes mushy. Or you get that definite “whomp!” Or you stop the retrieve for a second after bumping a stump or coming off a break and a fish demolishes it.

My rod of choice lately is one from Crowder Rods, a 7-foot fiberglass rod combined with a Revo SX reel and 10-pound Vicious Fluorocarbon. It’s a good combo, light and agile, and will fling a big crankbait a long way.

If you’re into deep summer fishing, there’s no better time to do it and Guntersville, Pickwick or Chickamauga might just be the place.

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