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Tuesday
Oct312017

Best new Product of 2017

One of the coolest new things that I've seen this year are the new NON-PUNCTURING Cull tags from T-H Marine.  Check them out on the video!
 

Thursday
Oct192017

The new 15 foot talon is coming!!!

Earlier this summer I got to throw a couple of the new Minn Kota 15 foot Talons on my boat and play with them for a day...all I can say is that they are awesome!!!  Check out the video:

 

Tuesday
Sep262017

Fun Summer of Fishing!!!

Everybody knows that I love to compete in bass tournaments and next week I'll share some photos and info from all of the bass tournaments that I have fished around home this summer.  In between tournaments, I fish a lot, for everything...bass, walleye, pike, musky, crappie and even lake trout.  The beauty of fishing Lake of the Woods and Sunset Country in general is we have SO MANY awesome fishing opportunities!  
Here are some fun photos from this past summer:

Earlier in September my girlfriend Shelby caught her first musky and it was a beauty!  She was pumped, I was proud, pretty awesome stuff!  You never know when you're going to hook one of these critters on these lakes in NW Ontario!

In May I got to spend a day fishing with my good pal Jay Siemans - Jay is one of the BEST photographers I have ever met and he's doing very well for himself, traveling all over the place for photo and video shoots.  
This was one of the great shots that Jay got that day!  Check out his website at www.jaysiemensmedia.com  

My brother Ben lives in Toronto so he doesn't get to hit the water in Sunset Country as much as he used to.  He was back for a week in August and we had a pretty good day smallmouth fishing out on the Winnipeg River!  He still knows how to catch'em! 

In July I had the honor of taking our Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, out for a boat ride on Lake of the Woods, along with his daughter, Ella-Grace.  It was very cool to get to spend some time with them out in the boat, we talked fishing, camp living and fun stuff!  My Dad was along driving some of his security guys with us.  

The boat ride with our Prime Minister!  Headed through Devils Gap on Lake of the Woods.  

More people visit Sunset Country www.visitsunsetcountry.com to catch walleyes than any other species and for good reason.  We have some of the best walleye fisheries on the planet - for both big fish and numbers.  If you come and visit us to catch a few walleyes, make sure you experience a shore lunch!  
In that walleyes mouth is a Northland Fire-Ball Jig - the best jig ever made for fishing with live bait.  The short shank jig presents the bait in a more natural fashion and they virtually eliminate line twist that you get with regular jigs.   

These lake trout are some of the funnest fish to catch and the most beautiful!  They are some tough fighters!  

Tuesday
Sep122017

2017 FLW Tour Season - Part 2 

While the season started out good, it went downhill for me after the first couple of events.  When the season was finally over, I was actually kind of glad, it just felt like I couldn't get a break.  I had fun, always do visiting new bodies of water and getting to hang with all my pals on Tour but the pressure really started to build up - to cash a check, qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup and do well for all my friends and family that support me.  It's in the books now and I'm gearing up to kick ass again in 2018!


We visited Lake Cumberland, Kentucky in early April which was an uneventful week for me.  After that we went to Beaver Lake, Arkansas, which is a lake I have been to several times and had a great tournament at last year.  My practice at Beaver went well but the water levels changed drastically between the end of practice and the start of the tournament because of heavy rains so that really hurt my finesse program that I had going.  

My first day at Beaver went pretty good and I stayed within check range but my second day really stunk.  I made the mistake of trying to fish the way I did all week but a lot of the fish moved shallow because of the quickly rising water...learn and carry on I guess! 

Prior to going to Beaver I spent a couple days at Table Rock Lake in Missouri fishing with some sponsor folks and the fishing there was awesome, weather was not. It's one of my favourite lakes that I have visited in the U.S. 

After Beaver the next event was at the Mississippi River, out of Lacrosse, Wisconsin.  This picture of the flat tire on my truck pretty much sums up my week there.  Not good.  99th place I think.

Prior to the Mississippi event, Minnesota Vikings superstar Brian Robison hosted a charity tournament that matched FLW Tour pros up with Vikings players and alumni.  It was a great time!  My partner and I finished 2nd in that one...of course it was for fun!  We caught some beauty fish on Pool 5 of the river, that was fun.
Here are a few of my northern FLW pals - Matt Stefan, myself, Andy Young and Austin Felix alongside Robison.

The final event of the season took place at the Potomac River out in Maryland.  One last chance to make some money and qualify for the Cup.  Unfortunately my mediocrity continued and I ended up with a 70 something finish and missed making the Cup by 11 points.  I worked hard, didn't lose any fish, it just wasn't meant to be I guess.  

The good news my girlfriend Shelby flew down to the last tournament to check out the event and help me out with the long drive home.  We had fun, did a little shopping, went to a concert in Pittsburgh and made it back in one piece!  Bring on 2018!  

 

 

Monday
Jun262017

2017 FLW Tour Season - Part 1

I apologize to everybody because it's been months since I have updated things here!  A lot has happenend since I last posted in December...been through the entire FLW Tour season, had some good ice fishing days and few successful wolf hunters.  I'll try and get everything updated over the next week or so!  

Tour Stop #1: Lake Guntersville, Alabama (Early February)

The first stop of the season went well.  Despite some super tough fishing, I was able to grind out a limit each day en route to a 22nd place finish, only ounces out of the top 20 cut.  I was super happy to get out of this one with a decent finish. I caught a few fish on a Jackall TN70 lipless rattle bait and a few flipping a Northland Impulse Dipstick.  

After the Guntersville tournament I had a day to burn up so I went down the road to Lewis Smith Lake to catch some big spotted bass.  We have visited Smith Lake for Tour events twice since I've been fishing and it's one of my favourite lakes in the South so I was excited to get out there.  I ended up catching a few big spots out deep on swimbaits and drop shots so it was a fun day.  

The day I went to Smith was the day of the Super Bowl and it was rainy so I pretty much had the lake to myself.  My boat this year is the new Lund 2075 ProV Bass and it has been awesome to fish out of.  Runs great, has a ton of storage, looks good, I love it!  

Tour Stop #2: Lake Travis, Texas (mid-February)

After Alabama I made my way to Texas to get ready for the next event at Lake Travis.  I had a couple days of fun fishing with my pal Jeff Sprauge, one of my FLW Tour competitors.  He took me to an awesome lake and showed me how to catch a few fish...good times!  

My brother Ben came down to Travis to practice with me and we had a great time and caught some nice fish.  We ended up getting on a deep program and that was where we caught all of our fish.  This was the big one of the trip and six pounder that Benny caught.  

Aqua-Vu is one of my new sponsors this year and using a camera while practicing at this event was very helpful for distinguishing what I was looking at on my Humminbirds.  One school of fish I marked that I thought were all bass turned out to be a big group of gar.  This camera was able to show me which brush piles had fish in them, it was fun.  

This ended up being a great tournament and I finished up in 13th spot, leaving me sitting in 5th place in the points race through two events.  Little did I know, the season was about to start going downhill.  

Tour Stop #3: Harris Chain, Florida (mid-March)

I went down to Florida a couple days early to warm up at Lake Toho and while the fishing was not fast and furious I did manage to catch a couple of big ones minutes apart one afternoon.  That is a seven and an eight pounder right there!  This is why fishing in Florida is so fun, any flip can kick out one of these things!  

My practice for this tournament was not bad...my travel partner for the season and my best buddy on Tour is Brandon McMillan from Florida so he gives me some good direction in the Sunshine State.  I love fishing down there but my tournament results are all over the map.  Heading into this one I was looking forward to the event. 

While I caught some decent fish at this one I ended up falling a little bit short of cashing a check and ended up in 72nd spot...not great but not horrible I figured.  I had gone nine events in a row where I finished in the money so I figured I was due for a tough one.