River2sea Ruckus Product review by Michael Coleman

As the season changes  from late winter to early spring and the cold water starts to warm the River2Sea Ruckus lipless crank bait is a bait you need in your arsenal!!!! With super loud tungsten bearings, the Ruckus measures up at 3 inches and weighs in at 3/4 of an ounce. This makes this bait a casting dream. Heavy winds are not a issue for the Ruckus with the tungsten weighting system and armed with River2sea hooks makes this bait ready to go right out of the package. The Ruckus retails at 12.99 it’s a must have bait. There are many ways to retrieve the Ruckus just simply cast it out an burn it back or try the yoyo technique. A very effective way is to throw it around sparse cover and rip it off the grass or just simply let it sink to the bottom and drag it around. The Ruckus is available in a large verity of colors for more information about the Ruckus go to www.river2seausa.com

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Winter JiG Fishing 101 by Preston Henson

Winter Jig fishing 101

 As we move into February and the lakes still are cold and have not hit that magic 53-degree mark and fish either suspend or lock themselves to the bottom. In this article I will talk about those fished glued to the bottom and how to attack them with a jig.

 First will start off by looking at the different jigs I use to attack this scenario. First is a good old fashion rubber jig with a twin tail grub or some kind of plastic trailer. My go to is the River2Sea Papa Mur. I wont get in to specific colors because every lake has its colors, I will say this browns always seem to be a good start with some king of other color mixed in. Remember to match your hatch. When fishing these jigs I prefer a football style head since I will be most likely be crawling and dragging this jig keeping constant bottom contact. For weight I start with a ½oz or 5/8oz in the Papa Mur for 25 feet or less and move to a 3/4oz or 7/8oz in the Papa Mur when fishing deeper. The biggest key is to keep bottom contact and drag your jig along the bottom.

 The second Jig is an over looked but my favorite style for cold water fishing, THE HULA GRUB or also called a spider jig or grub. Colors I prefer are your cinnamon and green pumpkin colors. I attach them to a 1/2oz football head for 25 feet or less and 3/4oz for deeper. Same retrieve as the standard jig just a crawl and drag.  I use an open hook setup witch means no weed guard.


 Lets look at the equipment I use for these baits. The rod I use is a Phenix Ultra MBX 707MH paired with a Lews Team Lews Custom in a 7.5:1 gear ratio. I use the higher gear ratio to pick up more line since we generally are fishing deeper. Line size varies, I prefer 10lb Fluorocarbon when I can get away with it but will go up to 12lb if I have to if there are more rocks or if the water is dirty.

 Areas of the lake that I target are main lake humps, river channel and creek swings and point near the main river channel. Allot of times these fish will be so tight to the bottom they will not show up on your graph. Look for clues such as bait near by or bottom type change like sand to rock or small to big rock etc. etc.

 The retrieve is very simple. Like I mentioned earlier it’s a slow crawl and drag. I sometimes use my trolling motor to just inch the bait along.  One key I have success is dragging my bait up hill, allot of amateur anglers make the mistake of always fishing shallow to deep. I get allot of my bigger bites with this technique dragging up hill, what I mean by this is casting out deeper and bringing the bait shallower.

 The bite can be very light and can just feel like the slightest change of pressure and other times they will knock slack in your line. If you find yourself missing allot of fish try reel setting on the fish what I mean by this is just reel into the fish and when the rod loads just lean into them.

 I will use both styles of jigs and listen to what the fish prefer that day. I hope this helps you on your next outing during these cold winter days and remember to be slow and patient this time of year and listen to the fish.



Dressing up for the Cold with Pro Angler Mark Lassagne

Dress for Success

You don’t have to miserable fishing in cold weather

Heading out to uncover your boat for a day on the lake you notice the cover is frozen solid and there’s ice across the windows of your truck.

You ponder for a minute – do I really want to go fishing today? Knowing that you’ll be numb at least for the first few hours. The minute goes by, hell ya I’m going fishing who’s gonna listen when I whine about it being too cold anyway.

Truth is you don’t have to be so cold it’s uncomfortable – yes it’s cold and I’m not saying you won’t be a little cold but with the right gear it’s bearable.

Every day is different but with layers you can adjust for the conditions.

We’ll go over a generally cold day and then make adjustments for extreme cold and or rain.

Base Layer: I use Cabela’s Polartec, be sure to get tall. After going through a ton of different manufactures I found these to be the best for fishing as the bottoms are a little bit taller where they don’t fall down exposing skin. With the top, I get the Tall size, that can be tucked further down, again so you don’t expose any skin. Below the thermals I wear snug boxer briefs cuz it’s no fun if they bunch up. On top, I wear a snug tee shirt under the thermals for the simple reason I wear the thermals for several days and I want them to stay as clean as possible. You also want the tee shirt long so it will stay tucked in too.

2nd Layer Bottoms: On top of the thermal bottoms I wear insulated nylon sports pants. I have two different pairs, one that is light weight for mild days and another that has heavier insulation for colder or rainy days. You can usually find a good selection at Marshalls for a good price. Be sure to get a color that matches your jersey so you’ll look good at weigh in. Jeans or pants will work in a pinch but sports pants are more comfortable (flexible) and keep you warmer.

2nd Layer Top: Your upper body needs more insulation, so over my thermal I wear a long sleeve tee shirt and then a hooded sweatshirt over that. I have a few different hoodies so I’ll use thicker ones, like an Okuma sweatshirt when it’s colder.  If it’s down in the 20’s Columbia makes a thin Omni-Heat jacket that works instead of a sweatshirt but only when it’s really cold because it will keep you so warm you’ll overheat once it warms up a little.

Outer Bottoms: For the outer layer, I wear Gil FG2 Tournament Trousers. You’ll want to have insulated bibs. Rain pants just don’t work when it’s cold and especially if it’s raining, they will ride down and you’ll get a cold and wet ass – just no fun. There are lots of great rain gear out there but I’ve been using these for a couple years and I’m staying dry even in heavy rain. Let me tell you when it’s 42 degrees pouring rain and you feel the cold water soaking through your thermals working up your back you’ll wish you had these.

Outer Top: On top, I have a couple options. If it’s dry I wear a light weight Stormr Nano jacket but if it’s raining I use the Gil F2 Tournament Jacket. When it’s dry, you need wind protection because your base layers will keep you warm but they are not wind resistant. When it’s raining, it very important to stay dry. You want a good hood that will cover your head with without too much downward pressure (which will give you a headache) and still be able to see out of, you want the front to be able to close up tight so no water comes in when you’re running – The Gil F2 does a good job.

No matter if the rest of your body is warm: cold hands, feet or head can make for a miserable day.

Socks: First I wear a good pair of compression socks the ones from CEP Compression USA work well and that’s it for socks. With the new compression socks you don’t need to double up or do anything special.

Boots: Columbia Newton Ridge waterproof boot, these are the best boots ever – lightweight comfortable, warm, waterproof with good traction, pretty much perfect for fishing.

Extra Feet Warmth: Even with good compression socks and waterproof boots your feet might get cold so on those super cold days I use ThermCell ProFLEX HD heated insoles. These are pretty cool and adjust with an app on your phone. The only thing I don’t like is they are a little thick and can cramp your feet if you don’t have extra room in your boots.

Hands: Probably the most difficult to keep warm. I use Buff Sport Series full fingered gloves when it’s really cold and then fingerless when it’s not as bad – both can be worn while fishing. Sometimes when it’s raining I’ll wear thin rubber mechanics gloves underneath. When driving, I wear the Polar Tec gloves, purchased from Phil’s Propellers. These Polar Tec gloves (I think are made in Sweden) are thick rubber with a nice lining where it’s easy to put on even if your hands are wet.

Head: Heat rises so keeping your head warm goes a long way. I start with a Savage Gear Balaclava (like a buff) this one covers the top of your head, your face and down your neck perfect for cold weather. Then if it’s not too cold I’ll wear a beanie but on those super cold days I use a Columbia Nobel Falls Trapper lined hat.

When it’s raining (while fishing) I usually wear a hat with a sturdy bill over the Savage Balaclava and then the hoodie hood over that and then the rain gear hood on top. Make sure it’s not too tight or it will give you a headache.

Driving: When driving in the rain I wear a motorcycle helmet and tuck the collar of my rain gear up in side.  The Save Phace helmet works great for the passenger but I’ve found they fog up making it difficult to see and the reason I opt for a helmet. With a helmet, I can flip the visor up if it gets foggy. One downside to a helmet is when it’s rough your head will bounce around but it sure is nice in the pouring rain. I believe there is a lightweight helmet option out there but I haven’t researched since mine works fine.

On clear days, I rarely wear a helmet and opt for goggles that overlap my face gear without mush skin exposed. Using the Balaclava, the Columbia Trapper with Goggles will keep your face and head warm on a long run.

In addition to the clothing I bring along some Hot Hands heat packs and put one in each pocket for a little warm up. These are great for the cold but they don’t work when wet.  Thermacell has an electric hand warmer but I have not tried them yet.

I’m hoping my years of trial and error combatting the cold will help you be a little more comfortable on the water this winter.

Gear List and Links

Cabela’s Polar Tec http://bit.ly/CabelsPolalTec


Stormr Nano Jacket http://bit.ly/StormrNanoJacket


Gil F2 Tournament Jacket and Bibs http://bit.ly/GilF2RainGear


CEP Compression USA Socks http://bit.ly/CEPCompressionSocks


Columbia Waterproof Boots http://bit.ly/ColumbiaBoots


ThermaCell Heated Insoles http://bit.ly/ThermalCellInsoles


Buff Gloves http://bit.ly/BuffGloves


Polar Tech Gloves at Phil’s Propellers in Redding, CA call 530-275-4939


Savage Gear Balaclava http://bit.ly/SavageBalaclava


Columbia Trapper Hat http://bit.ly/ColumbiaTrapper




Christmas Gift Suggestions with Ron Howe


Ron Howe talks about great Gift ideas for Bass Fishermen ,IMA baits are available at www.Monsterfishingtackle.com


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Fishing and Fitness by Sean Wayman


Fishing and Fitness

    So we all love setting the hook on big fat bass. Matter of fact I love setting the hook on all bass. That said fishing all day, getting up early, getting to bed late, standing and casting all day, running the boat in rough water, it all takes a toll on this old guys body. My lower back would be sore from hard hits in rough water, balancing on the deck in windy conditions, and lifting all those big bass into the boat. Ok maybe that part is a bit far fetched. My shoulder would  also get sore the last couple hours of the day. Multi day tournaments or days fishing just amplified this. When I was younger none of this was an issue, but as father time creeps in changes take place. My lower back was a real problem at times, and it did effect my fishing in every way, casting, hook sets, and definitely runs in the boat at speed in rough water. Well times change and even for the Elite pros on tour. There are many that work out in preparation for the grueling season. Some work out seriously and other to get in shape and increase endurance. Aaron Martens, John Cruz, Ish Monroe, Carl Jocumsen and Im sure many others all work out to some extent or another. Aaron Martens last year credited his workout for his stellar season.  
   Working out is tough at first but in short time it becomes very enjoyable and makes one feel good. It can be done in just a few hours a week or you can do a bit more if you desire. Ive been lifting weights for the past 2 years. I began that shortly before my 48th birthday. I started out with just 3 days a week one hour each and worked my way into more. For me working out changed my eating habits. I no longer was willing to eat fast food. I was eating cleaner and feeling better because of it. There are many routes on can take to get in better shape. You can do a home workout program if that works for you. I started out with P90X at home. They are 1 hour workout and include stretching. These worked for me for a bit, but Im not great at, or real motivated for home workouts. That said it is a great program. The gym is another option and my primary choice. If you dont know how or what to do in the gym, a trainer is a good option until you learn a bit. You may have a friend you can workout with, helps with accountability. Something I recently added to my routing is Crossfit. Zack Birge the young FLW star recently started doing Crossfit. Crossfit is a great way to get in shape. Again most of these classes are 1 hour. I lift 5 days a week and Crossfit 2 nights a week. If just doing Crossfit 3 days a week would be great. Crossfit incorporates some cardio amd some lifting moves. Also stretching, and combination movements. Crossfit is for people of all levels and is a lot of fun. Ive also found the folks in the class to be very supportive. Core work is also a big thing in Crossfit and the biggest benefit to fisherman and adults in general.
  So what are the benefits you ask? Well my lower back has not hurt in 2 years. My shoulders dont get sore as often. Many days on the water I still feel good and fresh at the end of the day. If Im not tired my head is more clear.  Not to mention we all should be concerned about out over all health. Means we can fish more and longer into out lives. Lose a few lbs and the boat is faster. In my case I have gained 40 lbs, but I was rather skinny. The bottom line is there are plenty of benefits to exercise when it comes to our fishing. Give it a try and stick with it for a few months. I think you will be glad you did and you will enjoy your time on the water just a bit more.
Sean Wayman

Cal Coast Fishing Tackle Management with Michael Coleman

Cal Coast Fishing Tackle Management with Michael Coleman

Cal Coast PDF



Hotfoot Maintenance by Mike Tremont

Boat Maintenance and Your Hot Foot.
Just wanted to share an experience I had out on the water that I didn’t expect. I’m big on preventive maintenance, but this experience may help you stay out on the water longer.
The throttle started sticking as I was motoring. It progressed to minor annoyance to a serious problem quickly. I had replaced my throttle cable a year prior, but I had just had some work done at a shop which left a few things detached. These were my thoughts as I was trying to troubleshoot the problem. At this point the pedal was stuck in the idle position. After looking under the cowl and inspecting what I could on and around the pedal, I was stumped. Called it an early day and idled a few miles back to the ramp.
Below are some pics of what I found wrong. The pin that floats between the pedal and pivot that attaches to the cable had seized up.
 Hot Foot 1
The bolt at the lower arrow was the entire problem. I applied a small amount of marine grease there and everywhere else there is an arrow on the next 2 pics.
Hot Foot 2
Hot Foot 3
Amazing what a little grease can do. So if you’re having to to push a little harder on that Hot Foot than usual, take a few minutes now. It may keep you out on the water a little longer next time out.
Hope this helps and I’ll see you out there!
Mike Tremont

Timing on Tidal Water with Mark Lassagne

It’s all about timing on tidal water

 When you guide and fish tournaments on tidal water you need to figure the fish out on a consistent basis or you’ll be out of business.

 Pro angler and Delta guide Mark Lassagne had them dialed in this last weekend boating a 5 fish limit for 25.77 and his partner for the day landed 19.35 with their best going about 30lbs. Mark and his partner took 1st and 2nd while 3rd place only has 11lbs.

 You have to wonder was it just luck, a killer spot and could it happen again? It wasn’t luck and the day consisted of many different spots and yes it’s happened before and it will happen again and again.  Look back on YouTube on the Informative Fisherman’s channel where Mark and Nick went out and landed over 30lbs this time of year. Last year Mark won a couple events and just missed winning a couple more all using the same technique and all in different areas.

 If you’ve followed the publisher of Bass Angler Magazine you know Mark Lassagne’s go-to technique is punching where he has done quite well over the few years.



 OK, Mark likes to punch and he gets big ones doing it but where does he fish?

 We asked this this question and the answer was “it doesn’t matter”!

 What? How could that be? Mark said, “It matters what but not specifically where”.

 Mark went on to say, “you need three things this time of year: the right tide, current and green stuff”.

 The fish want to be in the thick green vegetation, hyacthin is best but they have been spraying it so that’s not always an option so fish penny wart or most anything green that makes a canopy with some water under it, even dead hyacthin is ok.

 The current, summer and early fall bass like to be in the current, not ripping but just some moving water is good.

 The right tide – this is the toughest one and will take experimenting. This can change from day to day depending on other factors like weather, wind, if they are pulling water, bigger tides, water clarity, area and type of cover.

 Mark guided twice last week where his clients caught over 30 fish each trip, those days the best bite was the last hour of the low tide into the first hour of the high tide then the bite died for a while. On Saturday when he caught the big bag the best tide was the top of the incoming.

 Mark’s key to a successful day is running the tides; he generally starts in one area sampling different (generally productive) spots to see what’s going on. Then based on what he’s found Mark adjusts his plan. If he can’t get bit he will either stay in the area waiting or head west going into the tide.

 The tide starts in the ocean (west) and travels inland eastward (also south and north) where you can fish the same tide for several hours.

 Once Mark starts to catch fish he will travel to the best cover in that area looking for those good bites. The bite will get good for a period of time 30 minutes to two hours where you will notice a spike in activity. Mark said, “You’ve probably noticed it before pulling up to a spot and wacking um”. Watch this spike catch as many as you can then head inland where you can catch that same tide again and again.

 Mark is always asked about spots, on last Saturday Mark shared that he caught big fish on several spot he had never fished before – just looking for places that look right.

 Next time you’re your out try hanging out until they bite and when they do look for those key spots and follow the tide as far as you can.

 Mark’s punchin setup

 Okuma Matt Daddy 711XH, Okuma Helios 7:3 to 1 reel, 65lb braid, 6th Sense bobber stop, 4/0 Gamakatsu heavy wire hook, 1OZ River2Sea Trash Bomb Tungsten Weight and Yamamoto Flappin Hog

 Good Luck

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Tackle Management with Ron Howe ICast 2016

I Cast Cal Coast Fishing

Ron Howe talks about tackle management and a new product the Cali Clip from Cal Coast Fishing that will be on display at ICAST 2016. Make sure to go bye Booth #2011 and check out all the Cal Coast Fishing products!


IMA-Skimmer Grande


Ima Lures Skimmer Grande

The Ima Lures Skimmer Grande is a topwater walking bait that subtly glides across the surface replicating the action of small shad that are often found roaming the surface. The Grande size Ima Skimmer retains the design of the original, but increases the size from 4.5″ to 5″ in order to mimic lager species of forage that predatory fish feed upon. The Ima Skimmer Grande possesses a slim profile that has proven to be one of the most appealing bass lure shapes ever. As a result of this subtle shape, the lure will glide across the surface softly much like the wake of a lone shad as it seeks refuge from the predators below. There’s a whole lot to be said simply for this slender profile and silhouette, and the Ima Skimmer Grande is really the only topwater hardbait that has perfected it.



A large part of the Skimmer Grande’s action is caused on the ending movement of each zig or zag as the tail-weighted back end of the Ima Skimmer Grande stirs the water slightly causing a natural boil. So every time that the Skimmer zigs or zags left or right, the final movement of the weighted tail interrupts the consistency of the slick surface and the lure slips out barely ahead of the boil, just like a desperate baitfish narrowly escaping a bass’s lunge.The Skimmer Grande’s action then becomes a non-stop series of ever-widening boils emanating behind it. It’s like having a school of surface-feeding bass on the scene, all boiling the surface behind the Ima Skimmer’s tail. If there’s ever anything that gets a non-committal bass to bite, it is other bass feeding in front of it – and that’s the competitive feeding cue that the Skimmer’s tail-stirring movement sends out to all bass within range of sensing the surface-feeding boils trailing out behind the Skimmer.

The IMA Skimmer Grande measures 5″ in length and weighs 5/8oz.


IMA Skimmer Grande Specs

  • Length: 125mm, 5in
  • Weight: 17g, 5/8oz
  • Classification: Top Water
  • Hooks: Owner ST-36 #4