Must Haves When Kayak Fishing – Good Baits & Techniques for Bass

This list of must haves when kayak fishing for bass will help you consistently catch more fish. Jim Morrissey, a Freshwater Tournament Director of Chucktown Kayak Bassin’ and Low Country Kayak Anglers, offered these insights to Kayak tournament angling of 5 must have lures when kayak bass fishing. Hopefully, you can gain some insight on ways you can catch more fish fishing from a kayak.

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How To Catch More Bass With Spoons – Fall Bass Fishing

Ready to catch more bass this Fall? The spoon briefly regained popularity when the magnum flutter spoon was introduced but as a whole, its an overlooked tool for Fall bass fishing. Today Matt and Tim sit down together and teach us everything we need to know about fishing a spoon. Tim takes an in depth look at flutter spoons while Matt focuses his attention on jigging spoons.

The biggest misconception about flutter spoons is they need to be fished deep. We’ve seen great results in 2-6 feet of water around dock pilings in the Fall. Don’t be fooled into believing this awesome fish catcher won’t work for you! Jigging spoons on the other hand require quite a bit of depth. Most of the bites while fishing vertically come between 20 and 60 feet of water.

There are a handful of tricks that will improve your time fishing spoons. For flutter spoons, Tim recommends adding a swivel to the head of the bait as well as a stinger hook on the line above the lure. For jigging spoons Matt also recommends a swivel but instead of a stinger, he recommends a feathered treble hook for converting wary fish.

Below is a breakdown of the gear the guys discussed and used in the video. We’ve broken it up by category to simplify it for you.

Flutter Spoons…

-Nichols Lake Fork Flutter Spoon 1 1/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2ICAGKL

(Silver Chrome, Blueback HD)

-Lake Fork Flutter Spoon 4″ and 5″: http://bit.ly/2kMPIrG

(Magic Shad)

-Nichols Mini Magnum 6″ Spoon: http://bit.ly/2IBHjx7

(Blueback Herring, Super Shad)

-Nichols Magnum 8″ Spoon: http://bit.ly/2ImXDlW

(Blueback Herring, Super Shad, Sand Bass)

Flutter Modifications…

Swivel- Spro Power Swivel Size 4: http://bit.ly/2ay0p7d

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

Hook- Owner ST-56 Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Jigging Spoons…

-Hopkins Shorty Spoon 1 1/2 and 3/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2m1X0rC

(Silver)

-Duh 1 3/4 and 3/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG

(UV Morning Dawn, UV Electric Chicken, UV Black Shad)

-Duh 1.25 oz Crappie: http://bit.ly/2zXfwGa

(UV Morning Dawn, UV Electric Chicken, UV Black Shad)

Jigging Spoon Modifications…

Swivel- Spro Power Swivel Size 6: http://bit.ly/2ay0p7d

Hook- Feathered Treble Size 2 and 4: http://bit.ly/2m7XrAx

Budget-Friendly Jigging Spoon Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 7′ Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Matt’s Favorite Flutter Spoon Combo…

Rod- Shimano Expride 7’2″ MH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Tim’s Favorite Flutter Spoon Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 904 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Photographer Spotlight: Hillary Maybery

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We had the opportunity to speak with pro photographer, Hillary Maybery. Her work revolves around a diverse subject group; fly fishing, skiing, and many other sports. After being one of the first females to compete in the X – Games, her athletic and competitive spirit influenced her to capture jaw-dropping shots of sport and lifestyle settings. She was also called the BEST PHOTOGRAPHER in Sun Valley 10 years running! There is absolutely nothing this woman can’t do! We are very honored to share her talented work, continue on to get the rundown from Hillary herself.

Flylords: Who is Hillary Maybery?

Hillary: An athlete my whole life, a mom to a rad 13-year daughter, dating her dad for 15 years, an easy-going person, and a very hard worker.

Flylords: What lead you to go from a pro snowboarder to a pro photographer? 

Hillary: After 10 years of competing, traveling for photo-shoots, and coaching camps in the summer, I saved enough money to pursue my true passion, photography. Took a year off to go to a photography school, shot every day, spent all my free time in the darkroom, and learning as much as I could about photography – I became obsessed with my goals.

Flylords: What was learning photography growing up like?

Hillary: My parents moved around a lot, I went to 5 elementary schools, and 4 high schools. Growing up made me a great observer and made me the photographer I have become. Photographing people always felt natural and effortless, but the technical side took a lot more time for me to learn. How to manually control light and business/marketing skills to this day are my weakest part of my business. Working on it 😉

Flylords: What was it like working under David Stoecklein? Did you gain the right experience?

Hillary: I assisted Dave and he was my mentor for 5 years. He taught me everything! Such a talented, ambitious, passionate and generous photographer. I learned about light, but mostly how to work with my subjects. He taught me to be confident, strong at directing a photo shoot and at the same time make the experience always fun and be professional. He lived life to the fullest, he cared so much about his craft and the cowboy way of life. Never met anyone as passionate than Dave – to this day I still try to have his work ethics!

Flylords: What are the hardest and easiest things to shoot? 

Hillary: The hardest was when I had my studio and trying to please my women clients to all look like super-models for their personal branding headshots. Ugh, the retouching just took its toll on my soul. I also was a family and wedding photographer, which I needed to do to live and survive in this profession. Now, I can focus on what I love to photograph working outdoors with healthy, talented, and passionate clients who love what they do! I’m always fortunate because of the positive energy we all bring to the photoshoot.

Flylords: Share with us the all-time favorite photo you’ve taken. 

Hillary: No way! Incredible adventures with so many talented friends and clients, but my most favorite images are the early morning light or last light of the day.

Flylords: Do different sports call for different camera setups? What is the “go-to” setup you like to use? 

Hillary: I always shoot with my Canon EOS-1D X. Never miss a moment and water/dust resistant is very important. Attached with my 70-200 2.8 or 35 1.4 are my most used lenses. Portrait’s 5D mark IV with the 85 1.2  – such a gorgeous buttery lens. I’m so hard on my gear, all of it is insured.

Flylords: What’s the number one challenge as a photographer and how do you overcome it?

Hillary: Not working. When this happens, I’ll work on portfolio shoots. Skiing/snowboarding in the backcountry or powder days on Baldy, fishing, bird hunting, or some type of sport to keep me creative and new work to share with Ad Agencies I like to work for.

Flylords: Do you think it’s important to have a positive relationship with the individual you shoot? 

Hillary: Most people feel uncomfortable having a camera always pointed at them. I have an instinct on how to connect with all types of people and engaging with them. Brings out more authenticity while shooting making a client feel comfortable. Number one trait that helps – always smile. Never be negative on a shoot, even when I’m panicking inside about the things that might be going wrong on a shoot! They don’t need to know.

Flylords: Wanna share a few words of wisdom for upcoming female photographers? 

Hillary: *The gear you can’t afford isn’t the barrier keeping you from your success. Gear has very little to do with photography. So much more about producing a great photograph, connection, light, timing, editing and more.

*Keep images simple! The number one reason that most photos fail is that there is no clear subject. Remove clutter, remove distraction. Tell one story, and tell it well.

*Make mistakes, learn quickly. Get out there and do stuff. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t work, change it. Quickly.

*Seems like everyone I come across wants to be a photographer, especially high school teens and young adult women. Some are lazy, have so many excuses or they want it to happen quickly. I read a great book awhile back, the Outliers. The author talks about it takes 10 years or 10,000-hour rule as the key to achieve success and master a skill!

*Hustle and keep at it! Always shoot. Creative Live is affordable for online classes and assists photogs you admire. There’s only ONE YOU that can create an image because of your life experiences. Find your goals, be consistent and work hard on it!

photo by Hillary Maybery @hillarymayberyphoto
Amanda Bauman fishing Silvercreek Idaho @manderspander

 

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REVIEW: NRS Heron 11.0 Inflatable SUP

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NRS Heron Inflatable SUP ReviewI’ve been kayak fishing for over 16 years and have been SUP fishing for only about a year. The Stand Up Paddleboard world is pretty new to me, especially for fishing so I jumped at the chance to spend some time reviewing an inflatable SUP, the Heron 11.0 from NRS.

Unlike standard SUPs, the inflatable ones make it fairly easy to pack in a compact car, get to your spot, inflate, and go fish. No carts, no dragging, and packs small enough to check as airplane luggage. The Heron hits all of those criteria. Here is a bit more about it:

About the NRS Heron

With twin 7″ diameter side chambers and a spacious rectangular deck, the NRS Heron Inflatable SUP Board gives you the room to land hard-fighting fish and the carrying capacity for your tackle, tools and cooler.

NRS Heron Inflatable SUP Review

  • The dual side chambers act like outriggers creating an extremely stable platform for fishing.
  • Inflates to 20 psi (1.379 bar) for super rigid performance and folds compactly for easy storage and transport.
  • With heavy-duty PVC drop-stitch construction and double sidewalls for increased durability, NRS SUPs can handle the abrasion and abuse of a fisherman’s lifestyle.
  • Removable, interchangeable, nylon-reinforced plastic fins let you customize your setup and absorb impacts without breaking.
  • Rigged and ready out of the box, bungee cord is attached to four D-rings on the nose and through four daisy chains on the tail.
  • Additional daisy-chain rigging easily secures your cooler or tackle bag or milk crate behind you.
  • Features two additional D-rings for attaching a leash and tie-downs as well as three Scotty accessory mounts.
  • Three sturdy handles, one in the center of the deck for hauling solo, and one on both the nose and tail for carrying with a buddy or to aid in a swim.
  • Top-quality Leafield D7 inflation/deflation valve for unsurpassed reliability.
  • Pressure relief valve prevents accidental over-inflation.
  • Includes a high-pressure pump with pressure gauge, one Touring fin, one Grass fin, carry bag and repair kit.

The Good: NRS Heron SUP

At 39 inches wide the Heron is pretty darn stable. The water feels different from on top of an inflatable SUP so take it easy when you decide to stand until you figure out the primary and secondary stability points. A good rule of thumb I always try to go by is to find a good seam wall to put your feet in about shoulder-width apart. As light as the Heron is (30 pounds total) it can get out from underneath you with a fast movement to one side or the other.

NRS Heron Inflatable SUP Review

The NRS Heron is fast. It weighs next to nothing and glides with ease. I used the grass fin as I was testing it in the late summer in a small river. The responsiveness was really great as I could change directions or rotate on a spot with relative ease. The SUP had very little drag in the water even with 200 pounds of weight on top of it.

Speaking of weighing next to nothing, I was able to take the inflated Heron, paddle, fishing pole, a box of tackle, and my lifejacket in one single trip to the water. It’s perfect for throw and go style fishing in creeks, rivers, or small ponds.

The rigidity of the deck really surprised me. At not quite 20 psi, the inflatable board felt more like a traditional paddleboard. I was ready for deck flex but never had to deal with it.

One of the biggest concerns I’ve always had with inflatables is overinflation and then popping a seam or bladder. The NRS Heron Inflatable SUP comes with a pressure relief valve that at 20 psi it lets out air so the danger of burst is greatly reduced.

Points of Improvement

The Heron comes with three preformed blocks that can accept Scotty mount bases, two in the rear on one in the front. I was able to mount one rod holder, a Stealth QR2 that has a Scotty base, but I feel like a next-gen improvement would be to do away with the Scotty base ports and make flush mount tracks available instead. 90% of my gear mounts on a track so having the ability to switch from my rotomolded kayak to the inflatable SUP would save me a ton of money and be less intrusive to bare feet.

I’d love to see a backpack harness attachment sold as an accessory. If I were hiking quite a while down a path or beach, I don’t want to lug the pump and bags along with me from the car. Having a couple of straps that attach to the D rings or daisy chain would allow you to wear the board, and walk to the put in with ease.

Final Thoughts

NRS Heron Inflatable SUP Review

If I were traveling a lot more to fish in remote destinations or just needed something for a quick grab and go trip, the NRS Heron Inflatable SUP would be at the top of my list. It’s airplane ready, RV ready, compact car ready and all you really need to do is inflate it and just add water.

 

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Catching Humpbacks on a Fly Rod: Get to Know the Pink Salmon

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This article is written by Chase White – follow him at @anadromous on Instagram for fishy adventures and outdoor inspiration.

Howdy, folks. Back for my second installment here on Lords of the Fly (you can read my first post here) to talk to you about the most abundant (and arguably the most fun) of the five main types of salmon to catch on a fly rod: the pink salmon.

Let’s get the most obvious thing here out of the way… What’s up with the hump? Well, upon reaching freshwater during their spawning migration, male pink salmon develop a pronounced humped back. The females somehow dodged that evolutionary bullet. This hump grows as a result of a reactive-increase in the amount of connective tissue and the growth of free interneural spines and neural spines. Hence the nickname “humpies”. In fact, the scientific name of pink salmon ends with “gorbuscha”, which literally translates to “humpie” in Russian.

In the Pacific Northwest (and other select places around the world), there are millions of pink salmon (pinks) running through estuaries and up into freshwater to spawn. This is a special type of salmon run, in that it only happens every other year, depending on location. In Southern BC, for example, adult pinks return during odd-numbered years, while northern rivers will have their peak runs in even-numbered years. This two-year timing is because pink salmon have a strict two-year lifecycle. Adult pinks enter spawning streams from the ocean, usually returning to the exact same stream where they originated. How they find their way back after two years in the ocean without Google Maps – no idea.

While living in the ocean, pink salmon are silver (or chrome, as many passionate Canadians would say). During the fall spawning migration, adult males will undergo their changes in morphology. This means that when they reach fresh water, the humped back, darkened colors, and a slightly-hooked jaw (also known as a “kype”) will develop, while females remain relatively normal in body shape and color.

After the spawn, the pink fry are hatched in freshwater streams, rearing for several months before migrating towards the ocean. Along the way, they encounter their fair share of predators. If the fry can’t make it to the estuary during daylight, they’re believed to hunker down in gravel for an evening before continuing on their journey to the salt. After spending two years in the ocean, pinks migrate back to their natal freshwater streams to spawn and die, typically within days of spawning. And thus the beautiful cycle continues.

Random fact: sometimes pink and chum salmon interbreed to form the hybrid known as the (sterile) miko salmon.

Pinks are a great fish to catch on a fly rod with lots of harvestable meat. People ask me why I don’t personally retain pink salmon, and my answer is typically two-fold; in river fishing (where I most frequently fish), these animals have already started to decompose from an active enzyme triggered throughout their bodies, but also, releasing fish is just too damn fun. I’m personally much more likely to retain chinook (AKA king salmon) on ocean fishing outings. Personal preference, I suppose.

That said, in terms of conservation status, pink salmon are considered to be critically imperiled in California, and imperiled in Washington. However, in Alaska and British Columbia, they’re considered secure. This year, in our local fisheries of Southern BC, retention of the species was closed earlier than expected as the return numbers weren’t as high as conservation/government agencies had hoped. The truth is – and I don’t want to dip into politics – we need to do more to raise awareness, protect our watersheds and conserve threatened salmon runs.

Science aside, when it comes to connecting with a pink salmon on a fly rod, if you catch one, you can expect to catch many, because they generally travel in large schools (queue the taco-rod-bend-a-thon).

For the most part, pinks chase flies without hesitation, making them one of the easier species of salmon to catch on a fly rod. And as far as salmon go, they’re not massive fish, so typically 6-8wt single handers can get the job done. Although if you’re the two-hander type like myself, spey your hearts out, friends. My go-to setup as of late is a Hatch 7 Plus or an Islander LX on a 13’3” 7wt Winston KAIROS, with the Scientific Anglers Deliverance line system. Don’t go too heavy with sink tips, because these fish love to travel in soft water.

Fly selection is all about size and visibility with these fish. Keep in mind, they typically run during the freshet (runoff), so the water generally isn’t very clear for their run. And since they like to run in softer water, I prefer smaller bead-head flies in bright pink or chartreuse with ample amounts of flash. For bigger, faster water, you can bump up the sizing.

While you may get a ton of hookups if your timing in the run is right, manage your excitement because these fish have a particular knack for spitting your barbless hook out of their rather-boney mouths. Tail-in-hand or not, they’re a great fish to usher new people into the sport with almost-guaranteed smiles.

Relative to the other types of salmon, pinks and chinook generally run early, followed by coho, sockeye, and chum, which are also fun to target on the fly. Check out Fishing BC for beta and inspo on when and how to target other anadromous species in our area like coho and chum. They have a ton of great info for travelling anglers.

And if you’re in our neck of the woods of Southwest BC and want to get on the water, there are some great outfitters to get you out there safely and quickly into fish, such as Valley Fishing Guides (give them a follow to stay up on fishy news in the area).

So now that you’re a pink salmon wizard, start planning that BC trip for 2021 and dial in that spey cast. If we can take care of our fisheries, there will be plenty of fish to go around.

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Unless otherwise noted, all photos and words in this post are by Chase White

Disclaimer: Chase is not a biologist, or any kind of scientist, really. He’s a passionate BC-based photographer, outdoorsman and fly angler. All of the information in this post is casual information that he has acquired from time on the river, intended to inform people about a rapidly depleting resource. Feel free to shoot him a note with any thoughts or fact-checks you have to chase@chasewhite.com – he’s always game to chat.

Check out his other article below:

10 Things You Have To Know For Your First BC Fishing Trip

Get a Few More Years from Fly Fishing Gear

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Most fly fishers enjoy getting new gear. However, it is most enjoyable when it is on your terms. Having something fail or break unexpectedly is frustrating. It is beyond frustrating when it happens on the water. While manufacturers don’t get a total pass on quality control, in the 21st century most reputable companies produce and sell pretty good equipment.

And it is never the rod builder’s fault when you step on the thing.

Even if your gear has a warranty you should take care of it. No company is going to send a new reel via drone while you’re standing in the river. Even if your gear was really expensive  you should take care of it. No list of space-age features will defeat abuses like salt, heat, or moisture.

Below are three simple ways to think about keeping your fly fishing gear safe, a brief piece of advice for either end of the economic spectrum, and an explanation of the picture above:


A place for everything…
Generally speaking fly rods come in cases, reels come in pouches, and waders come in bags. Use them. And the gear you don’t have storage solutions for? Buy something. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to come from a fly fishing catalog. I have free tote bags  and duffels from conferences that keep extra fly boxes and spools from rolling around my car. I bought a  shallow plastic container for $15 that holds everything I need for a trip and keeps it all visible. Nothing gets lost, nothing gets accidentally crushed.

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Fishing a Tiny Creek With Crystal Clear Water For Big Fish!

This tiny creek has crystal clear water and there are so many big fish just swimming around! We never would have believed a creek this small could have so many quality fish if we didn’t see it for ourselves. Today we’re exploring a hidden creek that everyone overlooks in search of big Smallmouth Bass. Its an adventure full of big fish, shallow water, thick brush, and a whole lot of fun!

While kayaking a little creek in a farmer’s field isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, it brought us back to our roots. Its important to take a trip or two every year that refocuses you on why you love fishing so much. We all grew up stream fishing so this drift reconnected each of us with our love of fishing. It certainly helped that there were big bass around every corner!

At the start, the plan was to explore this untouched section of creek from the kayaks. We weren’t sure we could get them down stream and as it turns out, we got stuck a few times. We knew there were quality fish in the deeper sections but weren’t sure how to catch them. With 3 kayaks, we were able to try a variety of lures and to our amazement, all of them worked!

Below is a breakdown of the baits we used to fool these bass. Fall bass fishing is incredible on big lakes and tiny creeks so don’t be afraid to get out there and catch some fish this Fall!

Tim’s Baits…

Topwater- Whopper Plopper 110 (Bone): http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

Ned Worm- Roboworm (Desert Craw): http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

Ned Head- Swagger Tungsten “Flanders” 1/10th: http://bit.ly/2KcIB6M

Matt’s Baits…

Topwater- Yellow Magic 1/2 oz (Smoke Shad): http://bit.ly/2al0dKP

Jig- Bass Patrol 3/8 oz (Brown Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2Hbyf5x

Jig Trailer- Strike King Rage Chunk (Hard Candy): http://bit.ly/2Hd4MFA

Shawn’s Baits…

Senko- Yamamoto 5″ (Green Pumpkin Magic): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM

Kayaks and Gear…

-Old Topwater Topwater 106 PDL: http://bit.ly/2YAQdnu

-Old Town Predator PDL: http://bit.ly/2WyVQka

Life Jacket- Mustang Inflatable: http://bit.ly/2odXXIP

Tim’s Spinning Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7′ Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 1000: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 7 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt’s Primary Baitcasting Combo…

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843C MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Huk Fishing Launches New Fall Apparel Line

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Huk Fall Fishing Apparel Line Payne Outdoors

Huk Fishing continues its popular features in the fishing apparel line into the new fall fishing line. The new shirts, sweatshirts, pants and more offer a ton of features. From quick-dry features to UPF rated fabrics, anglers are sure to find something useful and stylish in the new line for fall.

 

Huk Coldfront IconX Performance Shirt Family

The Huk IconX Cold Weather 1/4 Zip will keep you warm and comfortable by combining durable, water-resistant fleece with cuffs and hem that guard you against the cold.

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  • Hollow core warming fibers trap heat and actively warm the body
  • 4 way stretch
  • UPF 50+ for sun protection
  • DWR coated to repel water and keep stains away
  • Available in long sleeve, quarter zip and hoodie (MSRP $55/60/65)

 

Huk Hull Family

The Huk Hull Hoodie Fleece will keep you warm and comfortable by combining durable, water-resistant fleece with cuffs and hem that guard you against the cold.

Huk Fall Fishing Apparel Line Payne Outdoors

  • Traditional sweatshirt cuts offer casual comfort with softshell-like performance
  • 100% polyester performance fleece
  • Soft brushed interior fabric
  • Highly water resistant with DWR coating
  • 2 way stretch for flexibility
  • Available in crew neck, hoodie and full zip hoodie (MSRP $55/60/65)

 

Huk Pursuit Vented Graphic Long Sleeve Shirt

This long sleeve crew has all the essential technologies and is packed with performance to handle whatever being on the water has to throw at you. The Huk Pursuit is great for layering or wearing by itself. Get noticed wearing world-renowned KC Scott’s captivating and lifelike artwork!

Huk Fall Fishing Apparel Line Payne Outdoors

  • Direct sublimation printed resisting fading and melting and allowing for uninhibited breathability.
  • Featuring 4 way stretch and performance mesh under the sleeve for added air flow
  • Freshwater and Saltwater artwork by renowned marine artist, K.C. Scott
  • UPF 30+ rating
  • MSRP – $40

Huk Reserve Pant

A super-soft fabric makes these your new everyday go-to fishing pants. Our Reserve Pant features stretch for performance, all-day comfort and durable enough for all season.

Huk Fall Fishing Apparel Line Payne Outdoors

  • 4 way stretch
  • Dual plier pockets and rear secure zip pockets
  • DWR coated to bead water and repel stains
  • UPF 30+
  • Quick Drying
  • MSRP $70
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Shimano Opens New Reel Service Center

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Shimano New Service Location South Carolina

From the Pacific Coast all the way to the Atlantic Coast, Shimano now has a reel service center to service many reels closer to home. With its now opened fishing tackle service center at its business office and distribution facility just west of Charleston, S.C., Shimano has the ability to provide maintenance and repair work for its fishing reels nationwide. According to customer service manager Michelle Williams, the new service center is staffed with technicians that provide the same top-quality service they are known for in Shimano’s Irvine, Calif. facility. They can handle any of your Shimano reel service or repair needs for our eastern US customers.

“After anglers buy our reels, we want them to continue to have a great fishing experience by offering convenient reel maintenance and repair services when needed,” said Williams.

“Between our operations now in both South Carolina and California, and our 26 ‘Satellite Service Centers’, we can get you back on the water with reel care done by Shimano trained and certified staff, using Shimano original parts and applying the latest Shimano technology.”

Just as with your vehicle, regular reel service by qualified reel service technicians increases the longevity of your fishing gear and adds to the overall enjoyment of your fishing experience. Williams notes that when reel maintenance or repair services are needed, anglers can simply call 877-577-0600 (in both the U.S. and Canada) to confirm the reel currently is a serviced model before sending it in. Then download and fill-out the reel repair form found on the Shimano web site at Shimano Service Centers .

Shimano New Service Location South Carolina

Shimano also provides reel service and warranty work in Canada at its corporate offices in Peterborough, Ontario, and also a ‘Satellite Service Center’ in Mississauga. Information on handling maintenance and repair work is also provided at the Shimano web site.

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Underwater Bass Footage with CRAZY New Fluke Rigging Trick!

Don’t keep fishing your flukes the same old way! Today we’re showing you underwater footage of new and exciting ways to rig a fluke for bass fishing! Are your clear water fish line shy? Are they in deep water? Do you prefer a magnum fluke? We’ve got a method to rig a soft jerkbait that will help you catch more bass today! Matt is showing us rigging, different sink rates, hook styles and more, in today’s in-depth look at Fall fluke fishing for bass.

Matt begins with basic texas-rigging of an unweighted Zoom Super Fluke. From there he explains sink rates between a Fluke, Shiver Glide, Bass Assassin, and Caffeine Shad. He re-introduces the nose rig method of finesse fishing a fluke then wraps it up with an all-new rigging that combines a swinging hook with a nose weight to fool deep water bass. If the explanations aren’t enough we back it up with underwater bass fishing footage to show how the lures move underwater and how the bass react to them. No matter how you rig it or where you fish, there is information in this video that will help you catch more soft jerkbait fish.

Fluke fishing (soft jerkbait fishing) is one of the most exciting ways to catch Fall bass. As they move into the shallows you can effectively target bass that are blowing up on bait but also those that hang below and refuse to rise to the surface. With the addition of the weighted nose rig, you can now effectively reach deep water bass that are ambushing baitfish as well. The fluke is an incredibly versatile tool that should be in every bass angler’s box. If you haven’t been using it effectively, you’re not alone. Many bass fisherman overlook the soft jerkbait for Fall bass, but now you have the tools you’ll need to put it to work this Fall.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment that were discussed in this video as well as rod and reel recommendations for soft jerkbaits.

Soft Jerkbaits…

-Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

(Electric Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl, Albino, Smokin Shad)

-Bass Assassin 5″ Straight Tail Shad: http://bit.ly/2lFKA92

(Crystal Shad, Salt and Pepper Phantom, White)

-Reaction Innovations Shiver Glide: http://bit.ly/2DUwrtM

(Bad Shad Green, Guntersville Shad, Bad Sexy Shad)

-Strike King Caffeine Shad: http://bit.ly/2jjyvzr

(Pearl Blue, Smoky Shad)

Magnum Soft Jerkbaits…

-Zoom Magnum Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

(Albino, Smokin Shad, Green Pumpkin)

-Bass Assassin 7″ Straight Tail Shad: http://bit.ly/2lFKA92

(Crystal Shad, Salt and Pepper Phantom)

-Magnum Caffeine Shad: http://bit.ly/2kf9OtX

(Pearl Blue Glimmer Back, Smokey Shad)

Soft Jerkbait Hooks…

Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM

Weedless Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Weedless Finesse Wide Gap 1/0: http://bit.ly/2i57dOP

Spring- Owner CPS Spring Medium: http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

Weighted Hook- Frenzy Wack-A-Sack 1/4 oz size 1: http://bit.ly/2oFduEq

Texas Rig- Gamakatsu EWG Superline 4/0: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

(**5/0 hook for Shiver Glide**)

Magnum Jerkbait Hooks…

Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 3/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM

Weedless Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Weedless Finesse Wide Gap 3/0: http://bit.ly/2i57dOP

Spring- Owner CPS Spring Large: http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

Weighted Hook- Frenzy Wack-A-Sack 3/8 oz size 4/0: http://bit.ly/2oFduEq

Texas Rig- Owner Jungle Hook 7/0: http://bit.ly/2sBsR1Z

Texas Rig- Trokar MagWorm Hook 8/0: http://bit.ly/2ncqGD4

All-Around Soft Jerkbait Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’2″ MH: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget-Friendly Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 7’0″ MH: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- SLX 150 HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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