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Big Bass Dreams - The Movement August 16, 2016 11:27

Guys,

Thank you for being such a big part of what we do at Big Bass Dreams.  Only members will have access to digitally download the full length film.  I hope you find yourself entertained, excited to go fishing, and inspired to chase your own dreams.  

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bigbassdreams

 


Big Bass Dreams Edition Megabass I-Slide 262t Pre-Order July 08, 2016 15:59


Black Dog Bait Co Jedi Mind Trick w/ FREE DREAM Team Graphic Tee June 16, 2016 11:49


Weedless Magdraft Modification April 05, 2016 02:45 1 Comment


Megabass Destroyer TS78X BACCARAT March 28, 2016 07:14

Guys,

I am so sorry for the lack of content here the last month or so, have literally been on the water with Personal Training sessions every day and it's taken a lot out of me.  However there is some time opening up for me to get back on track with some useful technical info for me to share with you.  

For now, I wanted to extend this offer for my loyal following.  We have a small batch of the most epic Megabass rod I've ever fished coming our way at Big Bass Dreams.  It retails for $599.99.   I'm going to offer you as a member this same rod for $500.00 shipped.  This is what was thought to be an out of production rod for several years now, so this is our only opportunity to grab one if you have been eye balling my content feed. This rod handles the bigger baits incredibly, and feels like I'm fishing the "Hatori Hanzo Sword" of fishing rods... (Kill Bill Reference haha)

Use code - TS78XMember at the checkout page!

http://www.bigbassdreams.com/products/megabass-destroyer-ts78x-baccarat

Once again, thank you for your support and I hope we all catch the fish of a lifetime this season!


Pre-Order on Sneak Peak Release from Spring Collection at Big Bass Dreams February 14, 2016 21:07

Hey members, here's a chance to pre-order 2 of the new designs for spring at a discounted rate not available to non members!

 


Rigging the Baitsmith Magnum February 01, 2016 20:39

Here's a rundown on how and why I rig the Magnum this way.  Now that so many of you are fishing this bait, I want to make sure the big bites you get get into the boat for you so you can hashtag the crap out of it with #BigBassDreams :)


Tying the FG knot with Carl Jocumsen January 19, 2016 11:39

From Dropshotting to the Offshore Tuna, the FG knot is our preferred method of connecting braid to leader...


"The Hang Up" January 09, 2016 12:53

Here's a video demonstrating the technique we just discussed on the last blog... GOOD LUCK!


Fishing the Huddleston ROF 12/16 & Baitsmith Magnum Trout January 05, 2016 10:34

Fishing the Huddleston ROF 12/16 & Smith Baits (formerly known as Baitsmith) Magnum

As you guys may remember, one of my first blog posts I did here through the members only site was on the Huddleston ROF 5. This blog post is going to focus on the faster sinking versions of that lure as well as the very similar Magnum trout in which I fish much the same way, it’s just a bigger profile.  This is a subject I've been EXTREMELY reluctant to share, but you guys have shown that you're behind what I'm doing so I'm going to give you the skinny on how I continue to catch these fish on a lure that they've seen again and again.

So when you go research on the internet and read about fishing a Huddleston, more than likely Butch is going to pop up along with his cast to catch videos.   In these videos you see him make long bomb casts and slow roll the baits every so slowly back to the boat. This is obviously a proven technique but I feel people get brainwashed and limit themselves to what they’ve been exposed to.   I’m not knocking Butch here, or slow rolling as a technique. I just find it comical that so many #InternetExperts will argue up and down with other geniuses on the internet that that is the ONLY way you need to fish this bait and rigging it “a certain way” is the only way to do it. Because they read it online. LAME.

Like I talked about before in the previous Huddleston blog, keeping an open mind will lead to you experiencing different bites and figuring out a different pattern than what 99% of the herd is following through social media and the internet. Blazing your own trail is truly the way to consistent success. You no longer have to be at the mercy of what everybody else is doing, or chasing a bite that you didn’t figure out (which is pretty difficult to recreate anyway). You can go out there, access the circumstances, the current conditions, variables and piece together your own puzzle each and every time. You’ll find there’s incredible power in that, I fell in love with the liberation of not caring what anybody else was doing.  

Ok, let’s get into one of my favorite ways to utilize these faster sinking wedge tail style lures.   While slow rolling your hudd have you ever gotten snagged on say, a rockpile or a ledge? Have you also tried to get that lure unhung from that piece of cover? Probably tried to slack it off a bit with your rod tip high bouncing it around right? Well if you’ve done it enough, I’m sure this scenario has unfolded for many of you. You are twitching and popping the rod tip frantically when it suddenly pops free! At the height of the “pop” you suddenly feel….’THUNK”.   What exactly just happened here?  You went from possibly losing an expensive lure to a hero in a flash haha.

Well here’s how that scenario unfolds from my perspective. As that lure is hung and you are trying to pop it free, that lure is moving quite a bit. Watch it next time when you’re hung in a branch or a rock in clear water.   It looks like a struggling baitfish. Fish are curious by nature, especially big bass.   Especially the big one that lives on the rock or tree you just got hung up in. They’re going to come in to investigate the commotion and nose down on the lure much like they would on a jig on a bed.   When that lure suddenly and abruptly pops free I believe they strike out of straight reflex.

I actually wanted to get my lure hung because I figured out that If I could get it free I had a good chance of getting bit.  Easy enough to do when fishing around rocks and ledges and such right?  Well what about some of the areas that didn't have this cover like big gravel flats or even mud flats?  After this scenario continued to repeat itself time and time again, an idea came to me. Why couldn’t I mimic this action without actually being hung? 

So I started to do exactly that, pretend I was hung. I’d swim my lure for a few feet, stop it and shake it pretty violently.   Then I’d let it just sit there and rest on the bottom since both baits will sit upright (usually) as they rest.   I’d imagine that a curious fish in the area has swam up on my lure to investigate the intruder. Then I’d rip the bait up violently in an upward motion to mimic it coming free of a snag. You have to paint a picture of the scene unfolding underwater. Picture that swimbait swimming along the bottom as it approaches a prime rock pile for instance. Get into the behavior of a nervous or frantic bait fish. How is it going to act?   How would you behave if you were being stalked by a large predator? You’d probably go to the nearest piece of cover and try to hide out, stay put and not want to venture back out into the open.  

Now your lure is in a high percentage zone for an extended period of time.   You now how 3 possible scenarios in which a large bass will strike your lure, a possible feeding behavior, the reflex bite when you rip the bait off the bottom or a territorial aggression display. These fish don’t have hands and feet. They use their mouths to boss other fish around and keep their territories in check.   If you’re lure, especially a large one that has the gall to make itself at home on that fishes’ couch doing the Rick James (Eff Yo Couch!) he’s probably going to get 5 across the face. You get to be Charlie Murphy and do just that with a monster hookset!

Once I opened up myself to fishing these baits in this manner, I started catching fish. Good ones at that. It’s something that the “sheeple herd” hasn’t really figured out yet because there’s nothing on the internet about it.   Well at least until now haha.   I believe I’ve been able to fool some of the wary and experienced trophy fish that have been previously caught on the good old slow roll technique.  Fish don't only get conditioned to a specific lure, but a specific presentation.  Changing up your presentation will open up more opportunities for you.

Now you are taking advantage of their curious nature AND their tendency to strike at a lure moving abruptly in a frantic manner out of straight REFLEX. I believe when they’re eating that slow and steady slow rolling presentation you’re catching those fish in a very small window where they are actively feeding. They’re going to come from a distance and mow it down in a predatory act.  Actively feeding fish are going to be less picky and discerning, they'd probably eat any swimbait in this scenario.  

The problem is that just doesn’t happen that often, especially during the cold water months when these fish slow down with the colder water. Remember that these are cold blooded animals and their metabolism is directly dictated by their surrounding temperature. They don’t need to feed as often when it’s cold. This is why I stress the whole “Recreational Biologist” theme, the more you understand your target species the better informed you can be and more of the puzzle pieces will start to come together.

Now you’re able to trick more fish that are in a neutral feeding mode or inactive mode. It’s playing the odds in your favor, and playing the percentages over a course of time is going to be beneficial to your success rate. This is a great technique when you have located big fish. It obviously takes much longer to fish a cast than if you were to reel it straight in.   Usually this retrieve style is going to take me 5 to 15 minutes at a time. Lot’s of deadsticking time on the bottom. Be patient, be thorough.

It’s also when I believe strongly in using a good scent. I used Pro Cure in the past with good success and for the past few seasons I’ve been helping test Bass Dynasty (which if you read the label is made by Pro Cure, don’t let your head blow up from that shocker).   I have had fish literally EAT these lures fishing them in this manner when using the scent.   Especially the bites I never feel, the bites where your line just starts swimming off to the side. I’ve had to literally reach into their stomachs to remove the lure. 

Now here’s the thing about scents and how I like to utilize them.   I do not believe they make the fish strike at the lures. However I do believe that once they do commit to striking them, the positive feedback they receive from tasting it keeps them holding on to the lure longer and truly convinces them try to eat the lure, especially a soft bodied one. That means you have a longer window of opportunity to detect the bite and hammer home a hookset Bill Dance would be proud of. When you get bit, you now have time to setup for a proper hook set. You will see me square up before I hammer these fish, that extra bit of time you get when using scents allows me to not rush the set. So USE a scent.

I’m fishing these things on a fast action rod, something with a fast taper like a Performance Tackle SBR80M or a Megabass Levante Leviathan, both 8’0” in length.   Just like the ROF 5, you need that faster taper to pop the mouth of these fish open and drive the hook home. A softer rod is going to cost you fish. You simply won’t get the penetration needed with soft baits.   The faster taper rod will also cast these baits much easier as they tend to be a lot of plastic and lead.   

I’ve been fishing the new 2015 Shimano Conquest 400 since they’ve been out and I must say I’m extremely impressed.   I didn’t think they’d be able to improve on the previous generation Conquest but man this thing is a refined piece of engineering.   This is the reel I want to be using when the ONE bites.   It’s smooth but most importantly is it has the cranking POWER to absolutely own these fish.   Works good on 20lb flathead catfish too LOL.   I’ve been fishing 25-30 and even 40lb line sometimes depending on the cover I’m fishing.  Check your line often for nicks and damage and re-spool as often as feasible. I’ve been using both mono and flouro, with the mono having more stretch and more room for error.

Let’s talk about rigging these baits. They all come with a stock jig hook as we all know. Now for fishability sakes and simplicity, fishing it with just a stock jig hook is great. It comes through rock, grass, and wood much better than any treble or quad hook option does.   However now you have the problem of these big heavy baits being connected directly to the hook, and we all know what happens if these fish get airborne and start thrashing their heads around. They leverage these big lures straight out of their mouth and back at us. I do like to cut off the jig hook at times if I’m fishing around sparse cover or if I’m not too concerned about the lure hanging up. You can go back to the ROF 5 blog and see how I like to crimp a treble or a quad to just the front of the dorsal area on the Huddleston.   

With the Magnum, I like to leave the jig hook at all times.   Previously in the past I’ve attached a #2 quad to the ring behind the jig hook in the dorsal area with two 40# #4 Owner Hyperwire Split rings and an 80# Spro Power Swivel.   I have personally never had this fail on me, however I have seen where the foam bodies will crack and or separate and cause people to lose fish (and BIG ones) so I’ve started to utilize wire to crimp directly to the hook shank and secure it from slipping over the barb with a Decoy Versatile Stopper (It’s like a bobber stop but fancy).   If you fish the Magnum with just the jig hook, be wary as they’ve been known to open up pretty easily. When you can distribute the load between the jig hook and the treble/quad it handles big fish just fine.  You can reference the crimping supplies and technique in the previous Huddleston Blog.

Don’t you guys wish there was a better simpler option that addressed all these technical and functional issues?  Well here’s a little secret, there’s one coming very soon. I can’t talk about it too much yet but you’re going to love it. No mods necessary, no tinkering. Just open it up, tie it on and proceed to target the fish of a lifetime. Stay tuned my friends….members will have the first crack at them when the time comes. Just another small way I can say THANKS for supporting this site and my various projects.   For now you’ll just have to make due with the Hudds and Magnums...

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I will edit a new video this week so you can see first hand how I fish this technique. Please stay tuned!  Once again thank you guys for the incredible support!!!


Fishing the Big Bass Dreams x Hog Farmer Bait Company Edition A Rig January 03, 2016 17:25

Hey guys, spent most of this weekend working on this video for you.  Trying to keep things entertaining while at the same time including pertinent information to help you guys continue to succeed on the water.  We've had a good time so far this season fishing this rig, and I expect the bite to get stronger as colder weather and water temps settle in for the next couple months.

You can order the standard 5/8 (5 wire x 8 blade) Hog Farmer or the Custom Big Bass Dreams Edition (10 wire x 10 blades) HERE


Welcome Amphibia Eye Gear to the DREAM Team! December 29, 2015 08:06

I want to announce that the team at Amphibia Eye Gear has joined the Big Bass DREAM Team for 2016!  You guys know I utilize the best tools at my disposal in the chase of the fish of a lifetime.  I legit have fallen in love with these glasses for the simple fact that they are actually helping me piece together the visual pieces to the puzzle.  The lenses are dope, they shed water due to their hydrostatic (AquaArmor) technology and do not fog up on the inside of the lens from the buffs.  No more wiping the lenses with your t shirt or scrambling for a microfiber rag.  

I don't feel the fatigue in my eyes from from the UV rays pounding my eyes all day nor get those damn headaches from the frames pinching my head on top of the buffs and hats (The Genesis Model especially since it's adjustable at the nose bridge).  You guys understand how important seeing the behavior of these fish can be when we target them with these big baits.  I want you guys to try them, so for my membership only Amphibia is letting me offer them to you for the rest of 2015 for 30% off MAP pricing (minimum advertised price).  Use code - Amphibia and see the DREAM like never before.

Oh yea, and they all FLOAT. :D


Sneak Peek at Megabass Islide 262T Promotional Video December 25, 2015 14:37

Here's a promotional video I just put together for Megabass using the Islide 262T this fall.  Sneak peak for my members, hope the holidays are treating you well!

 

 


Rigging the BBD Edition Hog Farmer A-Rig December 21, 2015 06:37 1 Comment

As you've seen, as the water cools and winter sets in the A-Rig becomes a tool I utilize to target some of the larger bass.  They just really respond well to this presentation as the water temps drop.  I honestly think the colder water slows their metabolism, and they can't process that the stupid thing isn't real as quickly as they can when the water is warmer and their metabolism is higher.  But that's a whole other story we can talk about some other time.  

The video breaks down step by step how I rig up this custom rig.  Please check your local regulations for legality of the rig in the water you're fishing.  Here in Texas we can use 5 hooks, back home in Cali we can use 3 hooks but as many "dummies" as we like.  For dummy baits, just cut the hook off after rigging the bait on the leadheads.

10 arms and 10 blades may seem excessive, but remember that we are trying to emulate an entire ball of baitfish.  The more the merrier in this case.  

Shown in Video-

BBD Edition Hog Farmer Rig

Megabass Spark Shads in 4 and 5 inch sizes (Wagasaki Color)

War Baits Lead Heads in 3/8, 1/2 and 3/4 ounce

Pline Split Ring Pliers

Zap A Gap Super Glue

Decoy Egg Snap #5 120lb 

We will have both Spark Shads and War Baits heads available through the membership site soon.  Will be working on a video demonstrating how we've been fishing this rig so far this season with great success.  As always, appreciate your support and your patience in regards to blog content.  It's been difficult to find the time to make it happen but it will continue to trickle in.  Always epic watching you guys that support this continue to evolve and find your own success utilizing some of the concepts and techniques I share with you.


Fishing the Megabass I-Slide 262T November 12, 2015 15:20

As you've seen through social media for the past month or so, my clients and I have been doing rather well on the new Megabass I slide 262T.  

LOL I'm sorry Preston, hate that the world watches this over and over and over but DAMN that fish CRUSHED this bait!!! Forgive me buddy hahahaha.

I'm going to break down how I utilize this dynamic big bait to generate some of the most vicious strikes I've yet to see.

Gear Breakdown -

Reel - Shimano 2015 Conquest 400

Rod - Megabass Orochi F10-80XX Leviathan

Line - Pline 30lb CXX or Maxima 30lb Flourocarbon

Hooks - Stock (probably Owner ST-66)

 

The first thing about this bait is to understand that it's a very unique lure that is truly different than what is currently available in the market.  I've already read some comments from some people about how they don't like how it swims, blah blah blah, etc. etc. etc.  Frankly the fish's opinion is the only one that counts for me.  This is NOT a chuck and wind style lure.  It takes direct input from the angler to impart the action necessary to trigger bites.  It simply doesn't do much on a straight retrieve.  It took me 2 days or so with this lure to figure out how to get it to respond the way I wanted it to on command.  However, once I got a solid FEEL for the bait and what I could get it to do it's been a super productive option for both myself and my clients these past 4 weeks.  

First off it's a slow sinking lure, and tends to fish up higher in the water column.  If you ask the plethora of #InternetExperts, they might say it sucks because it stays high.  Well the key to this lure and any other lure is to understand it's capabilities and recognize opportunities when it can shine.  For instance I've been fishing some shallow water as well as deep submerged grass and timber.  The 262T fishes NICELY in these scenarios when another bait may sink out too much and get fouled or hung.  The super slow rate of fall almost allows the bait to suspend, which gives it a high rate of stall.  However it is CAPABLE of highly erratic movements, which makes it a unique tool in the arsenal.

I am generally fishing this lure with a slow and methodical pace/rhythm/cadence with short bursts of speed and erratic behavior leading up to prime cover/ambush points.  This is where the high rate of stall comes into play with this bait, it's like a GIANT suspending jerk bait and they CRUSH it on that long extended pause at times.  

A sharp and distinct twitch of the rod tip is necessary to get this bait to turn on a dime to begin it's gliding motion.  Simply using the reel to impart action doesn't take full advantage of the lure's capabilities.  Hit it with a hard, controlled snap of the wrist to get the bait to turn 180 degrees and throw just enough slack in the line to allow it to travel to it's fullest potential on the glide.  However, just a little too much slack and you'll allow the bait to turn past 180 degrees and it will probably foul hook the front hook.  It's a fine line that takes time to learn to walk.  You'd be pleasantly surprised at how far this thing will shoot out to the side at times.  Think of it from a following fish's perspective:  short glide, short glide, then a LONG glide and BOOM!  Those fish can't help it when it shoots out that far off to the side, you'll be able to anticipate and call shots on when those fish will commit.

When that bite comes, do not swing to set the hook.  With the sharp hooks, hard body of the lure and the taper of the Orochi rod, these fish will typically hook themselves.  All you want to do is sweep into them to the side and immediately get them moving towards the net.  Just as I have discussed previously, steadily grind them as hard as you can straight to the net or into the boat.  An exaggerated hookset will only pull the bait away from the fish most times, or barely hook them which leads to more fish lost.

This is a lure with a higher than normal learning curve, but frankly that's one of the things I LOVE most about it.  It'll keep these rampant #InternetExperts off our bite since they know EVERYTHING about the life that you and I live.  Put in the time to learn the I slide, I did and it's been paying off.  

 


Super Sneak Peek At the "Big Bass Dreams - The Movement" October 03, 2015 15:33 1 Comment

Hey guys, first I want to apologize for the last couple weeks.  Been super swamped working on stuff like this :)  I will make up for lost time here in the next couple weeks as I make my travels through Texas.

For now, take a look at a really short and still in progress sneak peek at the next feature film...  Please leave some feedback on my social media pages (Instagram & Facebook)!  Excited to share with you guys the entire film!!!


Deep Cranking with the Megabass Deep Six September 03, 2015 01:11 1 Comment

As you guys have probably noticed lately, I've been on a solid deep crank bite.  I learned early on that a deep crank can catch you bunches of fish in a short amount of time as well as a better grade than you'd get worming (typically).  This is a fundamental technique that will improve your fishing with other lures, big or small.  

Fishing on this small reservoir outside of Los Angeles has been tough, most guys are struggling to finesse a few bites during these 85-105 degree days.  I've been on solid fishing by targeting reaction strikes instead of feeding fish.  A deep crank is the perfect tool for this when the fish are sitting in 10-20 feet of water off the bank on structure spots.  

The areas I'm targeting are shallow humps and flats with deep breaks.  The tops of them have grass beds, a combination of hydrilla and this stringy crap which I HATE.  Then in the 10-12 foot zone the grass stops due to lack of light penetration in the off colored water.  This is where I am trying to focus my retrieves, through and into the rocks at the base of the grass beds.  You can make a long cast into deep water and drive that big bill down quickly and into the strike zone.

Deflection is key with fishing subsurface hardbaits, it causes a reaction strike from inactive fish.  Feeding fish are relatively easy to catch when active, you can catch them swimming through the water column without any erratic action or deflection involved.  However, as you know by know fish are inactive for much of the day.  Triggering a reaction strike is much more consistent in the long haul than depending on feeding fish.  This is also why I believe that so many GOOD fish are caught on cranks and other reaction baits, they are striking out of reflex.  They're more prone to make a mistake versus when they have time to inspect a slow moving "feeding" style presentation.

The beautiful part about this strategy is once you catch one or two fish, you can often fire up the rest of the school on the spot and pick them off again and again.  Remember to speed up in the cover, as this will make the crankbait's bill hit and deflect off the cover instead of allowing the treble hooks to snag it.  

Deep cranks are also a great tool for understanding how spots setup.  When fishing a high quality rod like the Megabass "Launcher" and Pline braid to flouro, you can feel exactly what is on that spot, whether it's mud, sand, rock, brush or grass.  A better understanding of how those fish setup on these spots will also come from understanding the deep crank bite, and allow you to better approach and fish the same areas with other techniques (including swimbaits).

I typically fish 3 main colors with my deep cranks, in off color water I like the red crawfish colors like the Megabass Fire Craw as well as Blue Chartreuse.  In stained to clear water I'm typically fishing a shad pattern of some kind.

Gear Breakdown-

Rod - Megabass Orochi XX F5-711XXG Launcher (length promotes long casts, perfect taper for fishing deep cranks and keeping fish pinned)

Reel - 5:1 Shimano Chronarch B (lower gear ratio makes it easier to fish all day when fishing baits with this much water resistance)

Line - Pline TCB 50lb Braid to 2 feet of Pline 15b CFX Fluorocarbon Leader (no stretch of the braid enhances feel and makes it easier to rip weeds free of your bait.  2 foot still Flouro leader keeps the hook fouling to a minimum.  Also promotes confidence that fish will strike your lure even in clear water, although I've found they eat these baits tied directly to braid no problem most times)  

Crankbait - Megabass Deep 6 in Fire Craw (all my baits have swam true out of the box with no need for tuning as is necessary with the other models of deep cranks that I fished.  Dives down to depth quickly and aggressively to get into the strike zone faster.  Color selection from Megabass is confidence inspiring.  I do swap the hooks out for Mustang KVD trebles, the triple grip or EWG style hooks)


Power Options for GoPro August 18, 2015 23:53

As I discussed in my previous post, this little camera is a big reason why you are here reading this very blog today.  Content capture is the foundation on which I am able to share with you these special moments.  Here is a simple breakdown on the latest versions of the GoPro which I have been utilizing for the past year or so.  

So why is it important to capture these experiences?  Do you want to know how this whole Big Bass Dreams project started?  Frankly I just wanted to record myself fishing so I could sit down after a day on the water and watch film, just like serious athletes do.  I didn't realize some of the mechanical mistakes I was making in the heat of the moment that cost me some great fish.  It was intended as a learning tool, to make myself a better angler.  It's amazing what you can learn from watching yourself.  

Then there's the possibility of capturing the fish of a lifetime, the emotion, the rawness of the actual moment.  I've been fortunate to capture several of these incredible moments as you may have noticed.  The key to it all though was having a setup for the GoPro's that allowed me to focus on the real task at hand...fishing.  It's surreal when I go back and watch film that I've captured.  I can literally relive these incredible moments as many times as I wish.   I can share them with my family and friends...and YOU.  You can ultimately decide whether or not to share your content with the world, but the most important thing in my opinion is to capture it for your own viewing pleasure.  What we are trying to do isn't easy, the successes as few and far between as they are are that much more special.  I want to help you capture it on film.  How dope would it be to share with your grandkids the actual footage of your personal best versus the old school fishing story?

Here's a simple breakdown on which cameras I'm using and how I'm setting up the power options for them.  The oldest version GoPro I am currently using is the Hero 3+ Black, with most of my camera setups utilizing the Hero 4 Black along with a Hero 4 Silver.  There is an advantage for using the older 3+ power wise.  As any of you guys know, filming for hours on end can be nearly impossible without having an untold number of backup batteries on hand.  Well, that's why I'm writing this.  There are situations where I can utilize an extended after market battery source such as this one made by Brunton -

This battery pack alone will power the Hero 3 and 3+ for 3-4 hours.  You can literally set it and forget it for a nice block of time.  This is a GREAT option for powering cameras for weather, you can still maintain 100% weatherproofing with this battery option. Also great for using when you're walking the bank, fishing out of a rental boat, float tube or kayak.  Keep in mind it isn't fully "waterproof" so I'd avoid using it for underwater shots.  This option is unfortunately not available for the Hero 4 as the newer version GoPro utilizes a different battery system that loads from the bottom of the camera and not the back.

My favorite way to power any of the GoPro cameras is to "hard wire" them.   Plug them directly into a power source via a Micro USB cord, like the one that comes with the camera.  You can find 3-10 foot options through amazon depending on where you are mounting the cameras.  You will need to utilize the GoPro Skeleton case or a similar option to allow access to the USB port on the cameras.  Take care to handle the cord and the input port very gently as you can damage it if handled in a rough manner.   Keep in mind that I run this style setup as much as possible, frankly you never have to change out a single battery this way.  It means I'm spending more time fishing than messing with my camera setups.  The only time I take them down is in a steady moderate rain.  I leave them out if it's a light sprinkle and so far I haven't had any equipment damaged.  That's a risk I take to capture the content though.  Just know that it isn't very weatherproof since the camera and inputs are exposed to the elements.  The good thing about that is you will capture much better audio and trust me, the audio is just as important of an element as the video capture.

So what do you plug the Micro USB cord into for power?   Well I utilize a couple options.  The first being a solar powered battery pack made by Poweradd.  You can pre-charge these the night before you go fishing and the solar panel will trickle charge it while you fish.  I can utilize one of these battery packs per GoPro and run them for 7-9 hours at a time.  I've drained and charged each one dozens upon dozens of times.  This is a great option if you are not fishing in a boat or don't have a cigarette plug lighter option.

The other option as I previously mentioned is plugging directly into the cigarette lighter port available on most modern boats.   This is my preferred method because it eliminates the charging of battery packs.   When you run 3-6 cameras at a time, every day the little things make a big difference.  I emphasis efficiency in everything I do, time is a commodity we never get back.  The way I take advantage of these cigarette lighter ports is to get adapters that offer multiple USB inputs like this one - 

This allows me to hard wire to the console mounted GoPro as well as a possible back deck angle with a 10 foot Micro USB cord, and at the same time have an open USB port to charge my cell phone which you guys can imagine I use ALOT.

The SD cards I have been using are SanDisk Extreme PRO 64gb Micro SD's.  These specific ones have given me no trouble or corrupted files like I've experienced with older GoPro's (1 and 2) or the other style SD cards, stay away from the red and gray colored ones.  

Mounting options are pivotal to my content capture.  I like to utilize a permanent 3M adhesive mounts when feasible.  I use this on the console specifically.  Then you can just clip them on and off at the beginning and end of the day.  I run a single console boat, so on the passenger side I use a double suction cup mount option.   I've had single suction cup mounts fail on me.  Make sure to utilize some water to really get a good seal, I've yet to have a double suction cup mount fail on me. This will attach to any smooth surface, beware of oxidized spots on older boats, it needs to be really smooth and CLEAN.  

 

The 3rd option I really like to utilize is the Jaws Clamp mount by GoPro.  It's versatility is why it really shines for me.  You can clamp it just about anywhere and be good to go.  Especially useful if you are a non boater or are a frequent guest on your buddies rig.  You can just clamp it and you're good to go!  Also the ability to grab the gooseneck and pivot the camera in an instant is great for capturing that special moment.

Now my absolute FAVORITE mount currently is an innovation new product from the good folks at YOLOtek.  They have a series of new mounting options that I've found tremendously useful.  My favorite is the AquaStick PRO which comes with two USB ports that you can power your GoPro with.  The entire mount goes right into your Navigational Light Ports on either the bow or the back deck.  It's adjustable in height and just makes life so much easier.  Totally worth the $169.99 price tag IMO.  This eliminates an awkward 6-10 foot USB cord running from your drivers console to the back deck or the front deck.  It won BEST of Show in it's category at this years ICAST in Orlando.  Stoked to utilize them this upcoming season.

 

This blog ran on longer than I anticipated, a lot goes into this content capture as you can see.  I know it's a pain in the ass to make sure the camera is running but think about this...WHEN you bang the biggest fish of your life, how upset will you be at yourself for not capturing that moment that comes once in a lifetime?!  I couldn't live with myself hahaha.  I literally won't make a cast unless there's at least one camera running.  I hope these solutions I've had to experiment and learn the hard way help you achieve your dreams of both catching the fish of our lives, as well as the moment you can share and relive again and again.  I will be discussing Video and Photo Capture settings and options in the next blog...  

Once again, THANK YOU for believing in this project.  Lot's of DOPE stuff in running through my mind to make it the best content source available.  

 


The GoPro Revolution August 14, 2015 00:06

The GoPro REVOLUTION

#EverybodyDREAMS - When I first found out about this new camera that was being released that had multiple mounting options and shot video in high resolution, my brain immediately started spinning. It must have been 2009 or 2010 when I first discovered GoPro technology. Nobody I knew had ever heard of it, it was a discovery I tried to keep a secret.   Fortunately the fishing community didn’t really catch on until I had a couple years of utilizing it under my belt. I dropped this crappy independent film, shot virtually entirely with a GoPro Hero, and 2 years later here we are. I’m writing this blog about a revolutionary product that changed my life, and you are reading about how to capture that special moment that could potentially change yours.

So what made me choose GoPro technology over all the others available on the market? Features. It’s because of the features on this little GoPro camera that inspired me. It brought forth dreams of grandeur, my imagination ran with the possibilities of capturing moments that people had accused me of lying about. Sequences of giant bass smashing lures as big as the bass they were catching like great white sharks blasting seals, wolf packs of 6-10 fish from 5-13 pounds a piece taking turns attacking my lure, and other incredible moments I have lived could now be documented…and shared.

It’s been an incredible journey.   Fast forward from that moment I first discovered a GoPro and here I am now chasing and living a DREAM. I’ve left a great career in construction as a project manager/estimator that many people go to school for and work at for years to land. Frankly, who gets excited over video or photos of building foundations and spreadsheets? Not this guy.

I’d much rather struggle financially attempting to achieve my own goals than work for somebody else’s, regardless of how much they may pay me. This is a story I never foresaw myself telling, a journey I didn’t expect to undertake, but it has become the most fulfilling adventure I’ve ever embarked upon. I mean come on, I’m just a city kid from a slightly rough neighborhood outside of Los Angeles, I barely traveled outside the state. Now I’m trying to figure out ways to capture the moments we live for all over the world!

I’ve been fortunate to capture moments special enough to captivate an audience that now literally spans the globe. Fishing is one of those universal passions that transcends borders, language, and culture. We can appreciate another anglers passion regardless of their target species or style of angling.   It’s all one love, and we all DREAM of something bigger on each and every cast.   There is in my opinion no better piece of technology and equipment that can more efficiently capture this content than a GoPro. If you chase the fish of a lifetime like I do, you know what a struggle it is to just get a bite. We can go hours, days, weeks even without any positive reaction from these fish. It becomes mind numbing at time, and truly tests your resolve.

I’ve figured out some setup options, power solutions and features of the GoPro technology that has allowed me to really focus on my task at hand and not on whether or not the camera is on. Here’s the bottom line, I have had to buy all my filming equipment and each and every time I buy a GoPro. There simply is no better solution available. Content pushes my project, this movement. It is what separates what I do from all the other “brands” out there. People like yourself can see first hand that this is how we’re living, not what we’re trying to be. Welcome to my world as I see it, through Social Media and this tiny little camera.

In the next week or two, I will go over power and setup options for capturing video.


Organizing Hard Baits August 11, 2015 22:10

Organization is a vital key to success.  Being prepared for success is no accident.  Each second you spend battling your tackle and gear is a second you can have a lure in the water.  Maximize your time and efforts by paying attention to the little things.  

Here's a tip from FLW Touring Pro Troy Lindner on how he keeps his hard baits organized so he can be as efficient as possible while he's on the water chasing Big Bass Dreams...

This technique should also work well with bigger hard bodies swimbaits, it's better than those lame hook bonnets LOL


Sneak Peak at the Megabass 10" Magdraft in Action August 08, 2015 19:58

Just a heads up, the 10" Magdraft is legit :)  Going to try to work on making them available for members here soon!  *crossing fingers*


Fighting Fish August 05, 2015 19:51 1 Comment

Mechanics.  Form.  How much are they stressed throughout all of sports?  A lot.  However it's not often addressed in regards to fishing, even though it's integral to our success.  Often times when I'm reviewing video of myself, friends and clients fishing I notice the little subtle things in their mechanics that often make the difference between landing and losing the fish of a lifetime.  

This particular blog will address the mechanics of fighting fish.

There are two things I don't want these big fish to do once hooked.  

- Get their heads down

- Clear the surface of the water (jump)

Why don't I want them to get their heads down?  Well if you just watched that video, you'll see that the moment I stop turning the handle and keep the fish coming at me, the fish is able to close it's mouth and shoot straight down.  That was enough force in a split second to straighten out a hook I've only straightened twice in my career.  

I'm sure we've all experienced fish jumping and shaking our lures free.  Once these fish are able to get their heads out of the water and shake their heads vigorously, they are able to utilize the weight and momentum of the lures to shake the hooks free.  I learned this very early in my youth as I had fish jump and shake off my chrome rattletraps time and time again.

So what's the key to the mechanics in fighting these fish?  Well here's the achilles heel of these big girls - their giant mouths.  When you hook these fish with their mouth open, we have the advantage.   Imagine pulling a bucket through a swimming pool.  The large surface area of their OPEN mouths makes it difficult for them to both close their mouths and shoot down, and clear the surface and jump.  

The second portion of the video shows what we call "high sticking" on the west coast saltwater scene.  This is a HUGE no no.  This will lead the fish towards the surface and ENCOURAGE jumping.  Think Bill Dance, it's great for TV...not so much when you have the fish of your life on the end of the line.  Although there are times when you need to set the hook in an upwards manner, it's very important that you drop the rod tip down and into the water as quickly as possible.  Between keeping the rod tip down and even into the water, and the constant force of reeling to keep the bass' mouth OPEN and coming at you, this fish will be pinned against the pressure of the water.

Keep in mind that this style of fighting fish excels with heavy gear when you can control the fish utterly.  It is not possible with lighter line hahaha.  We'll go into fighting fish using standard gear down the road.

It's really that simple.  Keep them down and coming at you into the net or onto the boat.  We'll go into landing these fish soon.  Thanks again for tuning into the website guys, I truly hope it helps those that support and believe in my dream of sharing these experiences.  If you have found value in your membership please spread the word amongst your friends and encourage them to sign up. I'm not proud, I need YOUR help and continued support :)


Fundamentals July 26, 2015 20:09 1 Comment

I take for granted that I grew up in the perfect era. I was a ‘90s kid. An era before the Internet, before social media, before instant gratification was the norm. Life was slower then, learning was a much more involved process.   There were very few books available, very few resources that I could apply to the circumstances I faced as a young angler in the Southern California area. As much as I loved watching TNN outdoors at 6am on Saturday mornings, it just didn’t include any content that was relevant to ME. There was no Google searches, no Wikipedia, no .com that I could use to instantly find information through.

This sucked from the perspective that I really had to learn via trial and error. I was limited in my resources, I was a 10-15 year old kid. Which means I didn’t make money. I had to work via chores, washing cars, recycling aluminum cans, saving birthday and Christmas money, whatever it took for me to buy fishing tackle. So each time I bought a lure that turned out to be junk, it hurt. Trial and error was truly the only way I learned as I embarked on a journey to become a better angler. It was honestly the only option available to me. There were however a few exceptions to this.

As an impressionable young angler, I was very fortunate to have come across some locals at my home lake that had been willing to put up with me and took me at least partially under their wings. Most of these guys were very proficient at a certain type of lure or style of fishing. One only threw a Black and Chrome ½ Oz. Rattletrap, he told me “You can’t throw this thing a thousand times and not catch a bass”. One was a Carolina Rig specialist, he showed me how subtle differences in rigging components made a difference in his catch rate. Old Man Doug fished a Texas rigged 6 inch worm, and I watched him fish that thing as slow as a person could stand to fish one. Then there was a group of teenagers that would walk the bank with these fancy $25 TD Minnows that would catch fish after fish after fish (albeit, small ones). I was fortunate to have about a half dozen lake regulars whom I was able to shadow and fish along side.

These early techniques and styles became a foundation in my approach to bass fishing that I still rely on heavily to this day. They gave me a multitude of options in how I would target these fish on a day to day basis, it molded me and my style of fishing. I realized early on that I wanted to be as proficient as I could with as many different styles of lures as possible. I wanted to be able to fish any kind of situation, circumstance, and conditions facing me.

 

I grew up around a special group of young fishermen, many of whom I continue to call my friends and even family. There was always a healthy competitive factor amongst us, much like most bass fishermen we strived to be tournament anglers one day,(that’s all that was possible in those days, or at least that’s what we were led to believe by the fishing industry and media), even having our own custom formatted tournaments amongst ourselves. One of the best dynamics of our group was that each season, we all took on and embraced a new style of lure. One year it was the deep diving crankbait, another the fluke, the next topwater, etc. etc. The key with each of these techniques is that we would spend an extended amount of time and focus to learn each and every bait. There are so many subtle nuisances to fishing any type of lure, it takes a lot of time to figure each one of them out. Frankly you could never truly learn EVERYTHING about fishing a lure, as there are no true correct or wrong ways to fish them. However, we learned enough to build a solid and basic foundation that we could continue to apply again and again to successfully target and capture bass.

The best thing was that there wasn’t any real content out there on fishing these different lures. So we truly had to figure out on our own what they were capable of doing without having somebody else put ideas in our heads about what they COULDN’T do. No “internet experts” putting up mental road blocks that said you can’t catch a fish doing such and such.   This goes for anything you read here on this blog, take it as a general rule of thumb and not absolute rule.

 

I see a lot of the younger generation that has been fortunate (or unfortunate depending on how you look at it) to have so much information at their fingertips via the internet and social media. There is no shortage of data on ANY topic you could think of. You could reach article after article of fishing techniques until your cell phone battery is dead. The thing is though, who’s writing it? What’s their body of work look like? Have they actually done the things they write about? Did the guy that wrote an article on fishing a senko under a bobber that was published in Bassmaster Magazine really have concrete success utilizing said technique? There in lies the problem, the Internet has created this monster – “The Internet Expert”.

Typically he’s the one who has read so much crap online and via the media that he has actually believed that the concepts he doesn’t even practice are 100% truths. They are quick with the free advice on forums, Instagram, Facebook and wherever else they like to pound their chests. They’re quick to shut down new ideas and dispel them as garbage when in fact all they do is recycle the same ideas they’ve been reading and posting to each other for years. They hide behind screenames, avatars and profile pictures of varying ridiculousness. Best of all, they typically don’t catch any fish. Especially fish of any size, and come up with excuses like, “oh where I live that won’t work”, or “Our fish don’t get that big”. These poor bastards don’t have a foundation, how could they ever build upon it and from it to progress as anglers?

Summer is the perfect time to brush up on the fundamentals for the experienced anglers, and a great time to explore basic techniques and strategy for new anglers.   Over this summer, I’ll be sharing with you various fundamental strategies with traditional lures. The key here is the high rate of feedback you’re going to experience from this fish. This will help you understand their behavior on a deeper level, and from experience you will start to grasp the bigger picture. With a solid foundation in traditional techniques, you will start to anticipate when and where you’ll get your next bite and most importantly WHY.   That’s one of the reasons I believe I’m so successful with so many different big baits and swimbaits, it’s because I can see parallels with traditional techniques that I can draw experience from and apply to a different class of fish. When someone tries to skip the important fundamentals, it’s easy to fail to recognize the why. Why did I get bit? Why did that fish follow? Why didn’t it commit? The key is building that foundation so you can experience more positive reactions from these fish so you can more accurately piece the puzzle that challenges us all. If you’re trying to take the shortcut and be a “swimbait only fisherman” (whatever the heck that is), you’re going to fail to understand the why’s.

I look forward to showing you some of my favorite traditional tactics over the coming months! I truly hope they can help you in reaching your goals, whether that’s to catch more fish or bigger fish.


Changing Line July 23, 2015 19:41 1 Comment

Ok guys, here's a quick breakdown on the process I use when I swap line.  I use a LOT of line throughout a season.  If it loses color, has noticeable wear, or if I'm fishing a setup hard for more than two or three days in a row the line has to go!

As a recap, only strip off enough line that you're actually using.  That's slightly more than a really long cast so the knot doesn't interfere with casting.

I use a Uni to Uni knot to join the backing and new line.  This works for mono, flouro or braid.  I hope this saves you some time and money, because both are extremely valuable assets!