The 20 Year History of Power-Pole and Platinum Blade

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Power-Pole History 20 Year Anniversary Platinum Blade Payne OutdoorsTwenty years ago, John Oliverio invented Power-Pole, the original Shallow Water Anchor. While fishing the grass flats in Sarasota Bay, Oliverio found he needed to be able to stop his boat quickly and precisely to catch the fish that he knew were there. From that necessity, John invented what would come to be known as the Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchor.

By 1999, the idea had grown from a simple concept in John’s head to a working model made from pieces of LEGO®; it then expanded into a series of prototypes constructed on his front porch, which eventually led to the first working model built in John’s garage. Finally, the first production model was completed in 2000.

“Twenty years later, here I am manufacturing Power-Poles and shipping them all over the world,” Oliverio said. “I never thought it would have such success, or that it would be so well used by some of the best anglers in the world. It’s actually quite a dream for me.”

“To watch this company grow from only ten or twelve employees to over 100 employees … I’ve been totally amazed,” said former Redfish Champion Bryan Watts. He and his brother, Greg, were the first two anglers to ever purchase a Power-Pole for use in a competition.

Both men credit John for never losing sight of what made the company successful at its core from the very beginning, and for never forgetting its mission to “share a sense of adventure with the world through high-performance marine products while instilling and inspiring consumer confidence with superior service.”

“You think about what you can do wrong or right, and I feel one of the things that our company has always done right is customer service,” said Oliverio. “We’ve prided ourselves on being able to provide world-class service so when somebody buys into our product and our idea, you’re not just buying a product off of the shelf — you are buying a part of the company and you’re going to have our support on that product for the life of it.”

To celebrate 20 years of building trust, innovation and excitement with the original Shallow Water Anchor, Power-Pole is offering a special edition 20th Anniversary Platinum Blade for 2019. Along with all of the features that can be expected from the flagship Blade Series, including the virtually unbreakable Everflex® Spike and C-Monster 2.0 Control System, the Platinum Series comes with a custom platinum-colored powder coat finish and special commemorative graphics. Unveiled at ICAST 2019, these limited-edition anchors come in 8-foot and 10-foot models and are available for a limited time exclusively through select dealers across the country.

To learn more about the history of Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchors and the special edition 20th Anniversary Platinum Blade, visit or follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @power.pole.

About JL Marine Systems, Inc.

JL Marine Systems, Inc., is the developer and manufacturer of the original Power-Pole® Shallow Water Anchor – the industry’s leading shallow water anchoring system forsmall skiffs, bass boats, flats boats, bay boats and more.Since their introduction in 2000, Power-Pole anchors have been celebrated among professional anglers and everyday fishermen.

JL Marine Systems offers four Power-Pole anchor models in addition to spikes, anchor accessories, apparel and gear. With a relentless focus on customer service, JL Marine Systems is revolutionizing the industry with the development of technology solutions for total boat control –completely changing the fishing experience at the push of a button. Proudly made in the U.S. at the JL Marine Systems headquarters in Tampa, Fla., Power-Pole products are available via more than 3,500 dealers, retailers and boat manufacturers worldwide.

To learn more about Power-Pole products, visit or follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @power.pole.

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Summer Topwater Fishing | Grass Fishing Tips

Bass are exploding inches from the rod tip! Its a feeding frenzy!! When Matt woke up he knew he had perfect topwater fishing conditions so he jumped in the kayak and headed out on Clearlake with 3 topwater rods in hand. His hunch was right as bass were exploding through the grass beds ambushing baitfish. Come along and see how Matt adjusts to catch as many bass as possible before the wind and waves get a chance to ruin it all.

Matt started the day with 3 baits tied on. He’d selected a Gavacho (popping frog), Teckel Honker (straight retrieve frog), and a Rage Shad (straight retrieve solid body) for their unique actions. Each bait would meet a different set of possible circumstances and at least one was going to produce. Before day’s end Matt also added a Fluke to the arsenal to help convert leery bass.

Fishing weed beds can be overwhelming but it doesn’t need to be. The bass treat this cover like any other. They focus on points, funnels, overhead cover, and small protected pockets. Once you learn to look through the expanse of weeds and see the subtle differences between one clump and the next, the bass become very predictable. Once Matt identified prime spots he was able to use the topwater and fluke combination to successfully lure out the bass.

Below is a breakdown of the gear and equipment Matt used today…

The baits…

Teckel Honker Frog (Grey Camo):

Strike King Rage Shad (Blue Glimmer, Smokey Shad):

Jackall Gavacho (Chart Strike Gill):

Zoom Super Fluke (Smokin Shad):

Fluke Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Superline 4/0:

Kayak Storage…

Plano V-Crate:

Plano Hydroflow 3700:


Old Town Predator PDL:

Matt’s Fluke Combo…

Rod- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado DC HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Matt’s Rage Shad Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 746:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Budget Friendly Frog/Shad Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 7’2″ Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro:

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State Agency Paying $20 For Every Nothern Pike Caught

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Northern Pike are apex predators known for consuming prey up to one-third of their size. Rivers and lakes where pike are native can allow for a more balanced ecosystem where pike and other species live in harmony. However, introducing pike to non-native waterways can be detrimental for local and native species. Colorado’s Kennedy Reservoir is a prime example, this lake has become so overrun with northern pike the state is offering anglers $20 for every pike caught and removed now until Nov 30, 2019.

Like we mentioned, pike like to eat and the pike in
Kennedy Reservoir have been munching on native minnows, suckers, and chubs while also fattening up on the nutrient-rich trout which are stocked by the state.

Pike are known for insane strikes, epic runs, and can now earn you $20 per fish. If there was ever a time to fish for pike in northwestern Colorado, the time is now, Also, regardless of what others tell you, pike are absolutely delicious. Are they a little tricky to fillet? Yes, but once you a get a hang of it, it’s not really an issue.

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The areas in orange is where pike are native and the areas in red are places where pike have been introduced.

If you live in the centennial state, tie on a steel leader and rig up with your favorite pike bait. Based on the native sucker and trout population in the Kennedy Reservoir, I’d probably start off with something that resembles either of those two fish. If the water is stained try something with added vibration like a spinnerbait, crankbait, or chatterbait. If the water is clear, swimbaits and glide baits all day.

Also, pike are known cannibals so using a bait that resembles a small pike may get eaten by a much larger pike, Good luck!

10 Things You Need to Know About Brian Latimer

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Brian Latimer has been making a splash in the pro angler world. Despite spending so much time in the public eye, there are still things about him that most people don’t know. Here are 10 facts about the game changing BLat.

1. He fished his first tournament in 2nd grade


2. He has a wife and two kids he loves to fish with

3. He’s from Belton, South Carolina

4. His favorite lure is the lipless crankbait

5. He plays the guitar when he’s not fishing

6. He has won 2 tournaments

-T-H Marine BFL at Lake Hartwell in April 2007
-FLW Tour at Lake Seminole in March 2019.

Via IG: @Brian_Latimer

7. Lake Hartwell is his favorite lake


8. His dad was a tournament angler

Via IG: @Brian_Latimer

9. At 19, he bought his dad’s bass boat and hasn’t stopped fishing since


10. His career goal is to be the guy that empowers the average angler mentally and skillfully

Via IG: @Brian_Latimer

Now that you know 10 new things about this up-and-coming pro, make sure to go check out his YouTube and Instagram. He produces good content full of tips, tricks, big fish and a behind the scenes look at his life as a pro.

More Western State Land Than Ever is “Landlocked,” New Study Finds

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A recent study conducted by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) and hunting company onX, has discovered that 6.35 million acres of Public Land are “landlocked” by private land, which chokes off public access almost completely.

From TRCP and onX:

“onX and TRCP release a groundbreaking analysis of state land access across 11 Western states

This week, onX and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership revealed the stunning results of a collaboration to quantify how many acres of state lands across the West are entirely landlocked by private land and, therefore, inaccessible to hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationists.

This is the anticipated follow-up to last year’s study of federally managed public lands, which showed that more than 9.52 million federal acres have no permanent legal access because they are isolated by private lands.

The Findings on State Land

Using today’s leading mapping technologies, more than 6.35 million acres of state lands across 11 states in the American West were identified as landlocked by private lands. The detailed findings are now available in a new report, “Inaccessible State Lands in the West: The Extent of the Landlocked Problem and the Tools to Fix It,” which also unpacks how this problem is rooted in the history of the region.

“Based on the success of last year’s landlocked report, we decided to turn our attention to the West’s 49 million acres of state lands, which are important to sportsmen and women just like national forests, refuges, and BLM lands,” says Joel Webster, Western lands director with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “State trust lands, parks, and wildlife management areas often provide excellent hunting and fishing, yet 6.35 million acres of them are currently landlocked and inaccessible to the public. Together with our previous findings, the TRCP and onX have produced the most comprehensive picture of this access challenge across the West.”

The new report and companion website break down landlocked acre totals for each of 11 states. Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming each have more than one million acres of landlocked state lands, creating existing barriers and future opportunities for public access.

“Handheld GPS technologies have revolutionized how the recreating public finds and uses state and federal lands, making millions of acres of small tracts of public lands easy to discover and explore, both safely and legally” says onX founder Eric Siegfried. “GPS technologies have also helped the recreating public become personally aware that inaccessible public lands are scattered across the Western landscape, and onX is eager to help identify the extent of the landlocked challenge and showcase the collaborative tools to fix it.”

Landlocked Acres by State

• Arizona: 1,310,000 acres
• California: 38,000 acres
• Colorado: 435,000 acres
• Idaho: 71,000 acres
• Montana: 1,560,000 acres
• Nevada: < 1,000 acres
• New Mexico: 1,350,000 acres
• Oregon: 47,000 acres
• Utah: 116,000 acres
• Washington: 316,000 acres
• Wyoming: 1,110,000 acres

While the analysis looked at various types of state-administered land, such as state parks and wildlife management areas, the vast majority—about 95 percent—of the landlocked areas identified are state trust lands. Trust lands were long ago granted by the federal government to individual states and are generally open to public recreation in all Western states except Colorado.

“Each year, hunters and anglers across the West enjoy some of their best days outdoors utilizing state land access,” adds Siegfried. “If we can work together to unlock state lands for the public, many more sportsmen and women will have those experiences in the years ahead.”

The Solutions

The report also highlights the various ways in which states are and can be addressing this issue, so that effective solutions can be more widely adopted across the West. Several states have made significant progress with dedicated staff and programs for improving access, and by utilizing walk-in private land hunting access programs to open up state land. Additionally, state-side grants made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was permanently reauthorized earlier this year, offer another promising tool to address the landlocked problem.

“Many states have embraced the opportunity to open these lands to recreational access, and it is our hope that this report will help decision-makers find ways to tackle the challenge more completely,” says TRCP’s Webster. “This includes Congress doing its part by passing legislation that would establish full and dedicated annual funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which must direct 40 percent of all dollars towards state and local projects.”

The TRCP is encouraging hunters and anglers to support full, permanent funding of the LWCF through its online action tools here.

Learn more and download the full report at

The mission behind onX is to always know where you stand: to give outdoor enthusiasts more information about their surroundings than they ever thought possible. onX strives to create the most complete, current, and accurate mapping information available, including landownership, roads, trails, and other access-related data. By providing people the best and most up-to-date data and GPS technology in the palm of their hand, onX seeks to help people have the best outdoor experiences possible.

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing. By ensuring access to quality fish and wildlife habitat, we’re also safeguarding the $887 billion that sportsmen and women help contribute to the American economy.”

Source: Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

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Where Do Bass Go During The Fall Transition? (And How To Catch Them)

Fall is fast approaching and the bass are already on the move. If your fish are starting to disappear and you don’t know why, we’re here to help! As the nights get cooler the bass fishing changes over night, stumping many anglers. The offshore fish begin to gather and the shallow fish abandon their Summer cover in search of new spots. If you’re not ready for what comes next it can leave you scratching your head.

The Fall Transition comes much earlier than most anglers realize. Its not a slow progression, the bass will begin their movements overnight. One day you’re on an awesome topwater bite, the next you can’t find a fish. When this happens its time to step back and look at what is motivating these fish to move. Whether you’re targeting shallow bass or deep, the bass’ next movement is motivated by the baitfish’s location. As the bait begins to gather, so will the bass.

If your fish are out deep, expect them to begin gathering on the best structures. Expect to find them on corners of ledges with deep water access, long tapering points that break to deep water, and later you can expect them to transition toward the backs of deep coves. Shallow fish will abandon the scattered weeds in favor of thick weed clumps and hard structures. As the seasons progress these fish will begin bunching up along ambush points and pockets.

Below is a breakdown of the gear we recommend using during these conditions. We’ve separated it into shallow and deep approaches depending on which group of fish you’re pursuing.

Shallow Flipping components…

Stopper- 6th Sense Peg X:

Weight- Vader Tungsten 1.5 oz:

Hook- Owner Jungle Wide Gap 5/0:

Bait #1- Jackall Archelon (Green Pumpkin, School Gill):

Bait #2- Strike King Rage Craw (Green Pumpkin, Dirty Craw):

Shallow Reaction Baits…

Crankbait- River2Sea Biggie Squarebill (Abalone Shad, TS Minnow):

Crankbait- Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill (Ghost Minnow, American Shad):

Topwater- River2Sea Rover 128 (Ghost Minnow, Sooner, You Know It):

Jig For Deep Or Shallow…

Jig- 1/2 oz Pitchin Jig (Go To, Molting Craw):

Jig Trailer- Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin, Tramp Stamp):

Deep Water Baits…

Crankbait- Strike King 6XD (Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Delta Red, Pro Blue):

Crankbait- Strike King 10XD (Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Delta Red):

Hook Upgrades…

6XD – Gamakatsu EWG Size 2:

10XD- Owner ST-36 Size 1/0:

Biggie- Owner ST-36 Size 2:

Preferred All-around Combo…

Rod- Expride 7’2″ Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget-Friendly All Around Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 7’2″ Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

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Photographer Spotlight: Brian Grossenbacher

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This month’s Photographer Spotlight is more than just a brilliant picture-taker… He is also the co-host of History Channel’s new series, Face the Beast. We had the opportunity to sit down with Brian Grossenbacher and catch up with his recent projects. Some of you may have seen his work in the Orvis Magazines, but if not, you’re in for a real treat. Read on to see how a pro photographer operates!

Flylords: Who is Brian Grossenbacher?

Brian: I would rather make people laugh than making money…I’ve lived a life with purpose but without much direction. I strive for success in whatever I put my mind to, and firmly believe that anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

Flylords: Is photography like an equation or are there times that you just have to wait for the right opportunity?

Brian: Definitely have to wait sometimes…especially in fishing.  There are times when you wait until the angler/model is comfortable and other times when you are waiting on the fish, the light, the action…that being said, some of my favorite images don’t have a fish in them. They are the in between moments that capture that anticipation, excitement, grace, and tradition our sport offers.  Anglers hunkered down waiting out a storm, popping beers at the end of the day, long into a fruitless day of searching for Permit, scanning a stream for the next cast or even being lost and looking at maps…It’s all part of the game…and sometimes you have to wait for it.

Flylords: Where is the craziest place photography has taken you?

Brian: I was very fortunate to fish the Rio Pluma in Bolivia before the lodge was built (Tsamine). We were the second group ever to fish it and the experience was unbelievable.  We didn’t have a Sat phone, rescue beacon or even a GPS…still not sure why…we just had the pilot coming back to get us in 10 days. A broken arm would have been a big deal.  Fortunately, no injuries. Just amazing fishing, great friends and a lifetime of memories.

Underwater Tarpon–Angler Carter Andrews

Flylords: What is Face the Beast?

Brian: Face the Beast is a History Channel show that examines animal/human interactions throughout history that have gone horribly wrong. The first episode we filmed in Myanmar explored the Ramree Island Massacre where 1000 Japanese Soldiers were pinned down in a swamp during WWII. After nearly a month of the 1000 soldiers that entered the swamp, only 15 walked out. Saltwater Crocs killed the majority.


Flylords: Tell us how you contribute to this History Channel segment. 

Brian: I am a co-host of the show with Andrew Ucles, an Australian wild man who specializes in catching things with his bare hands.  He has over 500,000 YouTube subscribers for good reason… he is f***ing crazy and does not have a fear gene in his body. I provide a historical perspective to the storyline and try to keep Andrew Ucles from harming himself or others. The Ramree experience was truly frightening as we hunted crocs daily from a 9-foot FlyCraft raft. Often times we were out from 11pm-3am in the truly remote jungle trying to get close enough to a croc and get a noose around its neck. We ended up catching the croc that we were after…one that had killed a woman 6 weeks prior to our arrival and brutally attacked a young man while we were there. Without a doubt the scariest thing I have ever done in my life but at 51 years old it was a great feeling to try something totally different and challenging and come away knowing that I gave everything I had.

In the second episode, we swam with sharks on and I ended up hand lining a 10’ Bull Shark which was an entirely different experience.

Flylords: Has this opened any doors for your career?

Brian: Only time will tell…we have just filmed the first two episodes.

Flylords: Seems like you are in a little bit of shooting everything… what other projects are you most proud of?

Brian: I really enjoy shooting Bird Hunting as there are many parallels to fishing … rich tradition, beautiful scenery, cool gear and when the action happens it goes from zero to 60 really fast. And then you add great bird dogs to the mix and the photography element is really exciting.

I just finished my second hunting book with Reid BryantTraining Bird Dogs With Ronnie Smith Kennels. Our first book together was the Orvis Guide to Upland Bird Hunting.

German Shorthaired Pointer

I also did a long shoot for Yeti (10 weeks) and we covered everything from Bull Riding and Barbecue to Snorkeling and Shark fishing and was able to photograph truly amazing people like Conrad Anker, Steven Rinella, Tuffy Stone, Douglas Duncan, Camille Egdorf, and Rob Fordyce.

Flylords: What is the best picture you’ve taken?

Brian: Not sure I have taken it yet.

Flylords: What is your favorite shot featured in Orvis Magazine?

Brian: It was an image of a jumping tarpon that I took in Campeche Mexico.  The mangroves were still in the shadows and I was able to adjust the exposure so that they were almost black, bringing the attention to the fish and the water spray. Baby tarpons are such a fun and dynamic fish. In this shot, you can still see the rings from where it took the fly and a separate set of rings where it made its first jump. It all happened in a matter of milliseconds and you can see the fly line curving all the way back to the rod.

Flylords: Is it tough to standby while others catch mouthwatering fish? Or would you rather take the pictures?

Brian: I definitely cannot do both. With fishing, I am like an alcoholic who says he’s only going to have one drink…if I pick up a rod, I have a very hard time setting it back down.  I can’t just make a few casts and then go back to photography. It is usually better if I just stick to shooting. I have been in some truly spectacular fishing locations and have never made a cast.

Flylords: What is the go-to setup for your work?

Brian: Nikon d5, d850, d810 (underwater housing), 70-200mm, 24-70mm, 14-24mm, 85mm, 105mm, DJI Mavic 2 Pro (drone).

Flylords: Any advice for upcoming photographers out there that are pursuing their dream contract?

Brian: Value your work. Don’t give away your photos for the promise of “exposure,” and try not to trade for gear. Gear doesn’t pay the bills and it undercuts everyone else out there trying to make a living selling photo. Be patient, persistent, and flexible and never be afraid to make a U-turn to get a photo.

Paula Shearer Schooner Bay, Abaco Bahamas


This interview was conducted by team member Collin Terchanik.

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REVIEW: Three Rogue Fishing Products

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Rogue Fishing Review Accesories Kayak Fishing Payne OutdoorsRogue Fishing has been listening to kayak anglers requests and turning those needs into kayak fishing accessories. I decided to try out some of their more popular items over the last month and today will report back on three of them: The Ally Stand Up Assist and Drag Strap, The Protector Phone Tether, and the Guardian Utility Leash. If you want to check out the website for other offerings click here: Rogue Fishing

About Rogue Fishing Products

Ally Stand Up Assist and Drag Strap $13

Ally Stand Up Assist Review Rogue Fishing Payne OutdoorsStand strong with your Ally. The Ally is a multipurpose strap that gives you a big lift in all the key areas.
Balance – Remove any uncertainty or concern of standing or sitting in your kayak. Attach the Ally to an anchor point on your boat, easily grab the handle and effortlessly pull yourself up at your convenience. You’ll feel confident and free to pursue adventure in new and exciting ways.
Lift – Your back will thank you when you use the Ally as a drag strap. Simply attach it to the front handle of your kayak, slide one hand thru the handle and grab the strap, then with your other hand grab the handle and lift. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to lift your kayak. Get the tools you need to remove chaos & frustration so you can thrive on the water. 


  • Comfortable handle to help move from seated to standing
  • Added grip when dragging kayak to the ramp
  • Made of super-strong, heavy-duty nylon webbing
  • 28 inches in total length
  • Rogue’s Quality Assurance Warranty


Ally: The Good

If you’ve been fishing in kayaks for very long, a universal truth is that almost all kayak handles are awful. Molded handles make it tough to portage, t-style handles are a solid tug away from breaking. Many people resort to using paracord or even dog leashes. The Ally Stand Up and Drag strap fixes those needs. I loop it through whatever U-bolt or hardware is in the nose of the kayak and can drag without the fear of breaking.

The strap also works well as a stand assist strap for those who want to stand in a kayak but are a little less nimble.

I appreciate the molded flex handle on the strap as it doesn’t cut into my hand when dragging. The seams are well done and strong.

Ally: Room for Improvement

Currently, the Ally is only available in a 28-inch length. For those of us who drag through shallow rivers quite a bit, it would be beneficial to have a 48-inch model as well. This would allow me to wade fish with the boat in slow current but not have it banging around on my legs. It might also help with steeper boat ramps. When I use a bed extender in my truck, the angle when loading can be precarious. A longer strap would allow me to attach it in the bed of my truck so it doesn’t slide off of the bed extender when moving around to get behind it.


Protector Phone Tether $15

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You protect all your kayak gear. Now it’s time to protect your most precious asset. 

 Let’s face it – there’s a lot going on to get that perfect picture of your fish or the scenery around you! From balancing your paddle on your lap, to handling the fish, to getting your measuring board out, one unfortunate slip and all of your contacts, photos, and work life could end up in the water, gone forever. That’s where the Protector comes in! Made from a durable silicone case and the same tough leashes that we’re known for, the Protector will grip your phone tight, keeping it safe from chaos so you can thrive on the water!
The Protector will fit nearly any smartphone*, with or without a case! Other solutions are bulky and clunky but not the Protector. It easily connects in seconds – and you can keep the Protector attached to your pfd, so you’re ready to go the next time adventure calls! Your phone is an investment, it’s your life. Make sure it’s secure with the Protector!
Already have your favorite Rogue leash and just need the phone case? You got it – click here.


  • Made from durable silicone
  • Universal fit, will fit any smartphone – with or without a case**
  • Take on and off your phone in just seconds
  • Compact leash is small enough to stay out of your way, but stretches enough to get that picture for your tournament
  • Rogue’s Quality Assurance Warranty***
* Works best with smartphones ranging anywhere from 4-6.5 inches. Larger phones that also have thick, protective cases may be too large for the case.
** Have a center-mounted camera and worried that the silicone case will cover your camera? Have no fear! The Protector will still work perfectly! You just have to move the silicone over a bit and voila! It’s out of the way of your camera and your phone is safe and sound.
*** The leash is covered under the full Rogue Quality Assurance Guarantee. The silicone case is covered under a 90 day Rogue Quality Assurance Guarantee.


Protector: The Good

I have lost count how many phones have been lost on trips I’m on. Tournament fishing with CPR format, boat fishing for fun, or guided trips all warrant and need camera usage and since we all have a camera on our phones, it’s natural for us to have them out. Just last week I watched a phone go into 40 ft of water. My buddy was pissed. The Protector phone tether should have been what he was using instead of just slipping his phone in his pocket.

The Protector fits most of the phones out there. The silicone x-wing pattern wraps around the corners of your phone and holds on. I did several drop tests with it and couldn’t get it to fail. I was impressed. I tested it on an iPhone X. Anytime I am in the kayak moving forward, I’ll have the protector attached.

Protector: Room for Improvement

I find the coil on the Protector a touch bulky. I understand the function behind it however I’d love to see a straight leash model with no coil. That will make it lay flatter in a pocket and not be in the way as much. This really only applies if you attach the protector to your PFD.


Rogue Fishing Guardian Utility Leash 115 $13

Rogue Fishing Guardian Leash Review Payne OutdoorsKeep your gear where you want it – in your kayak!

Things can turn chaotic really quick in your kayak.  But you don’t have to become a victim of losing a knife or pliers or even your Hawg Trough in the middle of a cast or while measuring a fish during a tournament. Rest assured knowing that your hard-earned gear is staying in place so that you can focus on what you want – success on the water.

From keeping your Hawg Trough afloat to tethering a Bluetooth speaker to your boat, the Guardian 115 will keep you organized so that you can be free to pursue your adventure. We provide the tools you need to remove chaos & frustration so you can thrive on the water.


  • An 11.5-inch coil that extends to over 60 inches long
  • Oversized 35mm split ring that will attach to nearly any tool you throw at it
  • Black carabiner with 35mm split ring to anchor to virtually any point on your kayak or pfd
  • Designed and assembled in the U.S.A. with Rogue’s strict quality standards
  • Rogue’s Quality Assurance Guarantee

Guardian: The Good

This is a really nice leash. For the DIY guy, it may not make as much sense but quite frankly, this is a high component leash for not a lot of money and I don’t want to spend the better part of a weekend playing with old weed eater line and hoping it works out. The 11.5 to 60-inch range is impressive and the connecting rings are really robust. I plan on using these on trolling rods and attaching a cooler in the back tank well in case of a turtle incident.

Guardian: Room for Improvement

I don’t have a ton of suggestions here save for the possibility of adding a few more colors.


Final Thoughts

The products from Rogue Fishing are really well thought out with robust components. The accessories Rogue Fishing offers cater to the hardcore angler as well as the recreational paddler and will perform great for either group. I am looking forward to see what other innovations the crew at Rogue Fishing comes out with next.


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Underwater Footage! Dropshot Worm Comparison – Which Would You Choose?

Which plastic worms look the Best? Let’s head underwater and find out! We’ve rigged some of the most popular dropshot worms on a nose hook and put them to the test. How does your favorite worm stack up? Does it move the way you think it does and are you working it the way you should?

Underwater footage gives us a unique look at lure action. Every time we do this style video we discover baits work differently than expected. In this case we discovered that not all plastic worms are created equal. Some of these worms sink quickly while others drift to the bottom. Some works looked best with a subtle shake, others looked best with an aggressive hop.

Learning these nuances will make a huge difference in your daily fishing! As it turns out, we weren’t using one of our favorite worms to its fullest potential. We need to begin working it with a more aggressive hop to get the best action. Also, we identified two more worms that are going to get fished a lot more often! What did you learn? Let us know in the comments.

Below is a breakdown of the worms used (In order of appearance) as well as some of our favorite dropshot gear recommendations. The worm colors shown in the video were selected for their high visibility. We will include actual color recommendations for each worm as well.

The Worms…

-Roboworm 6″ Straight Tail:

Colors: Morning Dawn, Aarons Magic, Prism Shad, Red Crawler, SXE Shad

-Reaction Innovations Flirt 4.95:

Colors: Bad Shad Green, Lickity Split, Purple Smoke, Spring Break

-Jackall Cross Tail Shad:

Colors: Baby Bass, BM Shiner, Melon Copper, Oxblood

-Roboworm 4″ Sculpin:

Colors: Baby Bass, Natural Shad, Oxblood Light, Sculpin

-Big Bite Baits Smallie Smasher:

Colors: Green Pumpkin Purple, Smoke Purple Flake, Green Pumpkin Orange blk purp prl bl

-Strike King Dream Shot:

Colors: Green Pumpkin, Morning Dawn, KVD Magic, Brown Purple

-Strike King Half Shell:

Colors: Edge, Green Pumpkin Purple, KVD Magic, Triple Magic

Favorite Dropshot Hooks…

-Trokar Dropshot Hook (Size 2):

-Owner Mosquito Light (Size 2):

-Owner Cover Shot Hook (Size 1):

Favorite Dropshot Weights…

Tungsten- Swagger Tackle Tear Drop 1/4 oz:

Lead- QuickDrops Dropshot Weight 1/4 oz:

Favorite Dropshot Combo…

Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902S SJR:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 15 lb Braid:

Leader- Sunline Sniper 7 lb Fluorocarbon:

Budget-Friendly Dropshot Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 7′ Medium Light:

Reel- Nasci 2500:

Line- 15 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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11 Reasons Why You Need a New Fly Rod

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If your fly fishing world extends anywhere off the water, you’re constantly exposed to  more fly rods. You can’t shake a 5-weight without  hitting an advertisement, a review, or someone waxing lustfully over a rod. While some promotion is necessary (you can’t sell fly rods unless you sell them), much of it is superfluous at best and materialistic at worst. The technological jargon and nostalgic pandering turns many people off to the contemporary fly fishing industry as a whole. With fly rods being the central piece of the whole scene, the hyperbole and high cost associated with them draws the ire of plenty of anglers.

But the reality is that you might need a new fly rod.

Digging into your wallet and giving in to Big Fly Fishing might be  a tough pill to swallow. You have morals, you have standards, you have a budget. Still, the fish demand a few hundred dollars’ sacrifice. And they’re  the boss.

I’ve put together a (nice round) 11-point list of reasons why you should maybe definitely, absolutely probably replace your fly rod right away. Or as soon as a good deal comes along.

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