Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Sportfisherman's view of "The Night Before Christmas"

A Sportfisherman’s view of
"The Night Before Christmas"
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the bay,
all the fish were real happy cause the fishermen were away.
The rods were all hung in the garage with care, 
in hopes that the bluefish soon would be there.
All the fishermen were nestled, all snug in their beds, 
while visions of rockfish swam in their heads.
All the boats in their slips were tied very tight,
and settled at dock for a long winter’s night.
When out on the river there arose such a clatter, 
I ran to the pier to see what was the matter.
When what to my wandering eyes should appear, 
but one giant splash the biggest this year!!!
The Grand Dad of rockfish I saw in the night, 
I just had to know how hard could he fight?
I jumped off the pier and ran through the sod,
grabbed a net, tackle box, and my favorite rod.
Dashed back to the pier threw open my box, 
tried so many lures put my stomach in knots.
Tried Tonys then Bucktails from big ones to small,
put on Rebels and Bombers he would not bite at all.
When down in my box I saw something squirm,
I reached down and grabbed a Killer Ice Worm!
It barely hit water my line got real tight,
I set the hook and then on with the fight.
The rod bent double the drag steady bellowed,
fought it three hours my muscles were jello’d.
Finally landed, I looked at the prize,
but just couldn’t keep it you have to realize,
Fishing’s a sport we enjoy on the bay,
so catch and release is the only way.
As I released the fish, believe it you might,
he said to the group,

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Freshwater Lure of the Month: Rebel Pop-R's December Freshwater Lure of the Month
Rebel Pop-R
"America's Number 1 Popping Lure!"

Often called the “Secret Bait of the Pro’s”, the Rebel Pop-R has been around for nearly three decades.  It is one of the most highly imitated lure of all time – but never duplicated.  Still today it remains the standard by which all other topwater plugs are judged.  It’s popularity is largely due to it’s versatility.  It can be fished shallow, around weed lines, and over submerged cover.

Twenty or so years ago, when Zell Roland was in his fishing prime, he launched the Rebel Pop-R into the national spotlight after he won the Super Invitational in Chattanooga on the Tennessee River.  Zell is one of the most highly respected professional fishermen of all time, and the Rebel Pop-R is one of his favorite lures.  Following this tournament, the lure was put on sale for the general public and stores across the country couldn’t keep them on their shelves.

 A 6 1/2 - 7 foot medium action rod with a limber tip is the best for these top water lures. A rod of this design compensates for the natural reaction of anglers to “set the hook” when they get a top water strike. The limber tip of the rod allows the bass time to eat the lure before the angler over reacts. The medium action soft tip performs even better with a heavy 12 –15 lb test monofilament line.        

The secret to correctly getting the Pop-R to create the “pop” and “chug” sound and the “spitting water” effect is all in the action of the wrist as you move the rod tip. Some anglers actually sand the lure down smooth the give it a slight “walk the dog” action of side to side motion as it is chugged along.     

  Experiment with time that you pause between pops and pauses until you find what's right. The fish will soon let you know what they like. In warmwater shorten the time between the pops, and as the water cools down in the fall seen, take longer pauses between pops in order to produce better results.

December Saltwater Lure of the Month: The Bomber Badonk-A-Donk's December Saltwater Lure of the Month
The Bomber Badonk-A-Donk

Fishermen often come up with crazy names for their baits.  Sometimes the name comes from thorough brainstorming sessions.  Other times, it just happens!  Lures and baits out there have names like the “Near Nuthin, the Heddon’s Zaragossa and the Zara Spook.  But there is one lure out there with such a unique name that I had to dig deeper after reading about the rave reviews in Sport Fishing Magazine: the Badonk-A-Donk.  Why the heck is it called that?
It turns out the word “badonkadonk” is a slang term for the behind of a woman – often a curvaceous booty.  What does that have to do with fishing?  Well, since this particular lure wiggles from side to side across the water, it kind of resembled the sashay of a badonkadonk! Kim Norton, the Pradco Saltwater Division Manager came up with the name.  They then capitalized the “A” in the middle of the word because it is a Pradco trademark that they use in other lures, such as the model A, Flat A, and Long A.
Saltwater fishermen rave about the Badonk-A-Donk lure because of the weight forward design, which makes it cast like a bullet, which is a big bonus when trying to stay off spooky fish.  The key is to use your imagination with this one – make it live up to the name! Make it move fluidly with a “walk the dog” action or “slow dancing” method. 
Tips: To maximize action and lifelike attributes it is beneficial to utilize a loop knot (bowline) when utilizing topwater baits like the Badonk-A-Donk. Ensure that the loop knot is properly tied to not interfere with the first treble hook. Anglers unknowingly tie the loop knot too large, resulting in fouled baits when walking the dog. The breaking strength of the loop knot, coupled with a quality drag system provides the best shot at the fish of a lifetime when throwing topwater baits.

For more crazy names, check out:

Bill Cochran's Outdoors: Lure makers use imagination when it comes to naming products