Product Review Blade Runner A-Rig by Michael Coleman


The Blade Runner A- rig is one of the most affordable and stealthy A- rigs on the market retailing at $13.49 the airhead finesse rig is quickly becoming one of my favorites and is a great value!  Built with five durable stainless steal-wires and four willow blades this bait is very durable .The airhead is great for lakes in open water or heavy cover applications. I prefer rigging it with the Bass Assassin Lures salt water ball head in a quarter ounce and the Bass Assassin Lures Die Dapper swim bait. I prefer rigging the two top bates with hitchhikers and the bottom three with the ball heads this will ensure that the bait runs true and will prevent the bait from spinning. I personally believe in the odd man theory to have all your baits the same color and the one on the middle wire a little bit different color .The A rig  could be a great way to catch fish and a lot of fun! You can find the Blade Runner Airhead A-rig @ Fisherman’s Warehouse and the Die Dapper swim bait @ BassAssassin.com

 

The path to the Classic begins on New Melones

The path to the Classic begins on New Melones

 Darrell Ocamica of Idaho, Tim Klinger of Nevada and Ryan Lavigne of Louisiana all started by competing in B.A.S.S. Nation events in their respective state, and now they’re heading to the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic later this month. Anglers in California have the opportunity to climb the same ladder beginning March 18.

 California B.A.S.S. Nation competition begins this month

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The path to competing in the Bassmaster Classic begins in California on New Melones Reservoir, March 18-19.

 Any angler in California — boater or nonboater — has a chance at competing against the best bass anglers in the world at the 2019 Bassmaster Classic. The road to qualify begins at any of the four California B.A.S.S. Nation tournaments scheduled for 2017, moves on to the Western Regional next spring and culminates in the 2018 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, in which three of the nation’s best anglers earn a berth in the 2019 Classic.

 

“No angler from the California B.A.S.S. Nation has ever made it all the way to the Classic before,” said Mark “Chief” Torrez, president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation. “Our state has the best anglers in the country, and there’s no reason one of our members can’t end our streak this year and get one of our guys onto the biggest stage in bass fishing.”

 

The first tournament of the season is on New Melones Reservoir in Angels Camp, March 18-19. The top boater and top nonboater at New Melones automatically advance to the 2018 State Team, becoming the first to qualify. The rest of the 20-person State Team will qualify either by winning one of the other three tournaments this year (Oroville, Delta or Nacimiento) or by finishing in the top of the points bracket (best three out of four tournaments).

 The 2017 State Team, which qualified last year, will put their skills to the test beginning in April at Lake Shasta. The 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional presented by Magellan will be held in our home state, April 19-21. The Western Regional is held at a different Western lake every year.

 The best boater and best nonboater from California’s 2017 State Team will qualify for the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan this fall at a location to be determined. The Top 3 anglers at the championship advance to the 2018 Classic.

 In just a few weeks, you can watch three of last year’s top Nation anglers compete in the 2017 Classic, including two from the West. From March 24 to 26, on Lake Conroe in Houston, Texas, Darrell Ocamica of Idaho, Tim Klinger of Nevada and Ryan Lavigne of Louisiana will represent their states on the world stage.

 To be on track to make the 2019 Bassmaster Classic, competitors must either win a California B.A.S.S. Nation event or finish in the top of the points by the end of the season. Points are determined on a 100-point scale at each tournament, with the winner receiving 100 points, second-place receiving 99, etc. The top points winners, based on their three best tournaments, will qualify for the 2018 State Team.

 The full schedule is as follows:

 Date                                       Lake                                                       Location

March 18-19                         New Melones Reservoir                Angels Camp, CA

June 3-4                                Lake Oroville                                     Oroville, CA

July 8-9                                 California Delta                                Oakley, CA

Oct. 14-15                              Lake Nacimiento                              Paso Robles, CA

 

To register to compete at New Melones, download the entry form here: http://calbn.com/new-melones-reservoir and submit it by March 8. You must be a member of a California B.A.S.S. Nation club to be eligible to compete.

 If you have questions about tournaments or about joining a club, contact Mark Torrez at (805) 233-0883 or mark@calbn.com.

 Keep up with the California B.A.S.S. Nation at www.facebook.com/californiabassnation.

Bass Assasin Product review the Die Dapper Swimbait

If you’re out fishing tournaments or  you’re just out on the water fun fishing the Bass Assassin Die Dapper swim bait is a bait that just catches fish it’s a bait that every angler should consider giving a try. There are 38 colors to choose from all enhanced with B.A.N.G scent and a new liquid salt infused into its super soft plastic. This swim bait has a real life type action! The Die Dapper is by far one of the best plastic swim baits on the market today coming in two sizes the 5 inch and the 3.5 it is offered in qty 10 per bag and retails at $4.95. There is several popular ways to rig the bait up, on a ball head or on the Alabama rig or on a drop shot. Dragging this bait along the bottom on a small jig is deadly! To see more check out  www.bassassassin.com

Review written by Michael Coleman fishing 

Lake Okeechobee Elite Series Prediction

Well it’s that time of year and very rarely does the elite series make a stop at the Famous Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee means big water in Seminole Language and trust me it’s a very big body of water and most of it is 4ft or less and averaging 9ft at full pool. 

  The lake isn’t what it usually is right now. This time of year we usually see 25+ to win a tournament and 18+ get a check. Lately 20lbs wins and 15lbs get a check and in a BFL 9-12lbs will take you home some money. 
  Why’s the lake fishing so horribly this year well it’s quite simple actually drawdowns and over spraying and way to much pressure. For a lake of such size this year it’s fishing incredibly small with 2-3 areas of the lake playing key factors in tournaments and to fish those 2-3 areas you’ll be accompanied by 50-100+ boats. 
  The spawn this year has been completely out of whack when you find a fish on a bed take advantage of it he won’t be there tomorrow they’ll pull up and pull right off.
   What’s going to be productive your typical baits are still going to be the key to Okeechobee. Alot of flipping, spinnerbaits, swimjigs, frogs and chatterbaits will be the big key to unlocking this tournament. 
My predictions for the tournament I believe it’s going to be won up north by harney pond area as its just fishing so good and I think a variety of baits will be used to win it as you just have to fish the moment and it’ll take between 60-80lbs to win just depends on the mood the lakes in it’s fishing good one day than horrible the next.
By Bryceson Wright

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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Michael Coleman fishing

 

Christopher Evola joins RB BASS Group of Anglers

Hometown: Tracy, California

Birthday: February 19

Favorite Music: Country

Home Lake: California Delta

Favorite Lake: California Delta

Favorite Technique: Punching and throwing a frog

Primary Fishing Strength: Optimism

Boat: Ranger 520 DVX with 225 Mercury Optimax

Tow Vehicle: F250 – Ford King Ranch

From a young age, I was introduced to fishing and I now have the opportunity to pursue my dreams in the fishing industry with the goal of fishing the entire FLW circuit and winning an FLW event. Besides being an up and coming professional angler I’m a Police Officer with Bay Area Rapid Transit in California. As a Police Officer, I have the responsibilities that involves the protection of life and property, providing information and assistance to the public, enforcement of laws and ordinances, criminal investigation and crime prevention and suppression. When I’m not fishing, or working I enjoy spending time with my family and hunting. My wife, Melissa, my 5-year-old son, Vincent, and 2-year-old daughter, Raelynn all love the outdoors. I believe it’s important to challenge myself and follow my passion as I want to lead by example and teach my son and daughter to challenge them selves and follow their passion one day. Some of my fishing tournaments and accomplishments consist of:

  • 2016 Ultimate Frog Challenge – Pro – 3rd Place
  • 2016 Police, Fire and Corrections Badge Packer Tournament – 5th Place
  • 2015 California Delta Future Pro Tournament – 13th Place
  • 2016 River2Sea Open – 14th Place
  • 2016 FLW California Delta – 45th Place
  • Tracy Bass Turkey Shoots – Several 1st Place Wins

My passion for this sport is great and I love being challenged and adapting to multiple new situations.

California B.A.S.S. Nation revises 2017 schedule

Because of damage to the Spillway / dam at Oroville Lake, the California B.A.S.S. Nation is postponing the Oroville tournament and moving up the New Melones event.

Oroville tournament moves to June; New Melones event is now in March

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Damage to the dam at Oroville Lake has caused two major changes to the California B.A.S.S. Nation tournament schedule for 2017.

The Oroville Dam has made national headlines in recent days due to its impairment and, with rain still in the forecast, there is no guarantee of immediate improvement in the conditions at Oroville Lake. The first California B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier of the season, scheduled for March 18-19, has been rescheduled for June 3-4.”ENTRY FORM

New Melones Reservoir was scheduled to host the second qualifier of the season, May 20-21. Instead, it will be the first tournament, held on Oroville’s original dates, March 18-19. “ENTRY FORM

The other events on the schedule are not affected by the change.

“It’s about safety first,” said Mark “Chief” Torrez, president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation. “We do not take risks with the safety of our anglers. We also wanted to make a decision early so competitors could make a plan.”

The revised schedule is as follows:

Date                                       Lake                                                       Location

March 18-19                       New Melones Reservoir                Angels Camp, CA

June 3-4                                Lake Oroville                                      Oroville, CA

July 8-9                                 California Delta                                 Oakley, CA

Oct. 14-15                            Lake Nacimiento                              Paso Robles, CA

 

The top boater and top nonboater at each event will qualify for the 2018 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team. The rest of the team will be made up of the best anglers throughout the season, based on points. The State Team will represent California in the 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional, at a location to be announced. California’s top boater and top nonboater from the regional will advance to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to compete for a spot in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic and a berth in the Bassmaster Elite Series.

The points winner in each division, Boater and Nonboater, will earn the California B.A.S.S. Nation Angler of the Year award.

To be eligible to compete, each angler must be a member of a B.A.S.S. Nation-affiliated club. To find a club in your area, contact Mark Torrez, California B.A.S.S. Nation president, at (805) 233-0883, or visit www.calbn.com.

Keep up with future announcements by following California B.A.S.S. Nation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBassNation).

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ABU Garcia Revo ALX Low Profile

Engineered to give anglers the compact performance of the MGX along with the versatility of a heavy-duty fishing reel, the Revo® ALX low profile reel features an aluminum frame for added strength while the C6 carbon side plates and aluminum main gear allow for maximum weight optimization. Easily adjustable and ultra compact, the ALX is suited to throw baits from lightweight finesse baits all the way through to heavy jigs.

  • 8 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
  • X-Cräftic™ alloy frame for increased corrosion resistance
  • Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
  • Infini II™ spool design for extended castability and extreme loads
  • MagTrax™ brake system gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
  • Compact bent handle and star provides a more ergonomic design
  • Flat EVA knobs provide greater comfort and durability
  • Aircraft grade aluminum main gear provides weight reduction without sacrificing durability
  • Ti coated line guide reduces friction and improves durability
  • Recessed reel foot allows for a more ergonomic reel design
  • Lube port for easy access maintenance

 

ABU Garcia Max Toro Low Profile

For all of your heavy-duty applications, the MaxToro delivers high performance features specifically engineered for casting larger baits and fighting hard pulling fish. A one piece graphite frame construction allows for a surprisingly compact lightweight design, while still incorporating the powerstack drag system, that will stop any fish.

Available @Monsterfishingtackle.com

 

  • 4 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
  • Duragear™ Heavy Duty provides increased fighting power and extended gear life
  • Carbon Matrix™ drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range
  • MagTrax™ brake system gives consistent brake pressure throughout the cast
  • Extended bent handle for increased cranking power
  • Large PVC knobs provide greater grip