Great Lakes Angler Blog

MULL BLOG Keeping Swimbaits Straight

Monday, March 02, 2015

One of the newest lures that's taking off in the world of salmon and trout trolling is the soft plastic swim bait. If you haven't tried it yet, get yourself some Z-Man Scented PaddlerZs or Strike King Shadaliscious baits and give them a try. All you need to do is rig them with a treble hook on a weighted bass hook, tie them on to a lead core, copper or diver rod and start trolling. They work especially well in the cold water of spring--my personal-best brown trout, which weighed 19 pounds, 4 ounces, came on Lake Michigan out of St. Joseph in April. It hit a swim bait!  Read Full Story

Mull BLOG VanDam on Storage Solutions

Friday, January 02, 2015

So we're two days into 2015, and around Southwest Michigan, it's cold but not cold enough for much ice on the lakes yet. It's also cold enough that it's not that much fun to wade in and cast for steelhead with spinning gear. So what do you do? How about watch some videos. Here's one my good friend and fellow writer Louie Stout put together for his LouieStout.com website, which is actually a page for Michiana Outdoor News. In it, the world's greatest bass fisherman, Kevin VanDam discusses how he stores tackle. Of course he's sponsored by Plano, which is why he shows a lot of Plano storage boxes and bags. What the heck, I enjoyed watching it.  Read Full Story

MULL BLOG KVD Line for Salmon and More

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Got this release from Bass Pro Shops yesterday and of course it is touting this Kevin VanDam fluorocarbon fishing line for bass fishing. But my eyebrows popped skyward when I saw the price for the 20- and 25-pound stuff, which would make great leaders for leadcore and copper lines. And it would be tempting to spool smaller downrigger reels with 12-, 14- or 17-pound test for spoon rods. Heck, guys who dial in brown trout with light leaders of fluorocarban are going to like the 8-pound stuff, too. Read on...  Read Full Story

Chicago Angler Wins Tracker Marine Grand Prize

Friday, October 18, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, MO – When Steven Reay, an angler from Chicago, opened up the first envelope announcing he had won a 2013 NITRO Z-7 boat with 150hp OptiMax motor and trailer, he was skeptical. However, he sent in the requested information, and when he received a letter confirming he was being awarded the grand prize, he went from disbelief to delight. Reay’s lucky day was the result of a random drawing as part of the Tracker Marine Group’s NITRO “Ride With The Pro” Sweepstakes.














Kevin VanDam, the all-time money winner on the Bassmaster Tournament trail (left), poses with Steven Reay, a Chicago angler, who won a 2013 NITRO Z-7 boat with 150-hp OptiMax motor. This grand prize package was the result of a random drawing as part of the Tracker Marine Group’s NITRO “Ride With The Pro” Sweepstakes.

“I submitted a photo to the Facebook page back in February and then forgot about it. So, when I got the confirmation letter, I was totally amazed, just blown away,” Reay said. “It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever won.”

In addition to the NITRO Z-7 boat, OptiMax motor and trailer package, Reay also received a grand prize package, retailing at more than $30,000, which included:

• KVD Signature Series HYDROWAVE
• KVD Strike King Lure Kit
• MOTORGUIDE Tour Edition trolling motor
• Humminbird Model 597 GPS Fish Finder
• Pair of Oakley KVD Signature Series eyewear
• QUANTUM rod/reel combo
• $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card

In addition, Reay was invited to Missouri so he could receive his prize at Bass Pro Shops’ flagship superstore in Springfield. During a visit to Table Rock Lake, just south of Springfield, Reay also got to meet Kevin VanDam, the all-time money winner on the Bassmaster Tournament trail.

“It was awesome to meet KVD, it was one of the best parts of the trip,” Reay said. “He even signed my new boat.”

Reay said he plans to do even more fishing now and is excited to take his grandson.

NITRO Boats hosted the Ride With The Pro contest on its Facebook page from Feb. 22, 2013, to Aug. 26, 2013. To enter, participants were required to ‘like’ the NITRO Facebook page and complete and submit requested information via an online entry form. Participants were invited to submit a photo of themselves and complete a simple online entry form. All photos submitted as part of the contest may be included in a photo mosaic that will appear on Kevin VanDam’s tournament boat wrap at a future BassMaster Elite Series event. In addition, the boat wrap will be unveiled on the following Facebook pages:

More than 8,500 people entered the Ride With The Pro sweepstakes. Participants were encouraged to enter each month for an increased chance to win the grand prize, as well as having a chance to win monthly prizes including:

• Two KVD Signature Series HYDROWAVE fish finders equipped with special features just like Kevin VanDam’s
• Two Bass Pro Shops Gift Cards
• MOTORGUIDE Freshwater Edition trolling motor
• Three pairs of polarized Oakley KVD Flak Jacket eyewear
• Humminbird 597 GPS fish finder system, equipped with features such as a color LED display and dual beam PLUS SONAR
• Set of QUANTUM Bass Pro baitcast reels with medium-heavy KVD casting and cranking rods
• Plano Tackle bag and Strike King Lure Kevin VanDam Kit

For more information on this event and other Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine Group events, please visit http://www.basspro.com/ or http://www.trackermarine.com/.


  Read Full Story



Recent Posts



Tags

Bethel University Muscle Squared 65 Lake Assault Chargers Michigan City, Indiana Shelter Tournament Grade Circle Hooks Ned Rig spreader light Boating safety Rovermax LR 100 Forage Minnow Gene Larew Macho Minnow Martin-Flory Bass lure Gravity Izaak Walton League KVD Speedbag Wormfile Dollahon River Fishing 580P lenses Mazurek Fish Hawk XD4 toilet Angler Black Earth Creek Pro Polish Gill NA Kill switch LOTSA Team Aqua-Vu EZ Dock MWC Corey Schmidt Hobie Pro Angler HELLA Cabela's Foul weather gear Marine NewsWire Fish America Foundation Pop-Up LED Bowlights Nautical Reef Runner Mr. Twister Vick Mystery Tackle Box Tip-Up News/Social Masters Walleye Circuit Endura Coleman cooler Michigan DNR fitness Whale Oculus South Haven, Michigan DuraSafe Electronics Lock Weather Buoy News Personal Flotation Device Chronglobal Shipping Grunden's Mustad Onyx weather Mosquito repellent Bass fishing One-Handle-Does-It-All System Andrew Semprevivo SeaEra QC Boat lifts Boat Covers dock lines Plano Tackle Boxes Blue Heron Communications Bro Brosdahl Wounded Warriors Ultimate Flannel Shirts Whistler Spoon Multi-species High school bass fishing IGFA Dan Egan Rough Weather mudsnail Delorme Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing Brite Wash Rain gear Kevin Van Dam Volvo Penta Indiana DNR Tyee Gear Jeff's Tackle Shop Grand Rapids Ultimate Outdoors Show PFDs CMP Global Bass Pro Extended Warranty GPS for Lightning Connector Youth U.S.S.A. EZ Splice Fasteners iPilot Link Prosepec Electronics St. Croix Rods Silver Horde Serious Shine Up Stream Hydration Back Pack Alaskan Scholarship Gary Giudice Smart Guide Publications RAT FINKEE Aquatic AV Dollohan Gary Dollahon Plano Soo Locks Kayaks Fishouflage Gunnison, CO Hamlin Bass Pro Shops LCWCC Niagara Falls Keep Kool 1675 Pro Guide Mag Light Quantum splice Titan Chain Soft Jigwobbler Fort Wayne, Indiana St. Croix SeaLife Cameras Invasive species Size limits LakeMaster Western States Version Lock Legend Extreme Blue Collar Outdoors Clam Lowrance Boat US Walleyes Brian Brosdahl Sun protection ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Lake of the Woods ChartSelect Princecraft DSC Lake Huron Mack's Lure spoon TRAC tree stand injury Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case Black Velvet Alaska Accessories New Zealand ShowSpan Downriggers Hunting KVD Army Corp of Engineers ABT Records Seakeeper gyro blue marlin Ryan Kleckner Rubrail Davis Instruments Buff Telescoping JIggler Long Rod Torpedo Divers USCG Tides Spencer Yachts Ditty bag Safety LineGrabber STRATTEC Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plate Line Lake Ontario InvisaSnap John E. Phillips ASA Rugged Shark Minnesota EVOLVE FISHING CO BoatUS WileyX NMEA Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel bimini top Mark Zona spinning rod Video Bheestie Bag Plano Synergy Lighting Rippin Lips Tom Neustrom Stabenow Steve Wood Conservation Marathon Footwear Barry Brown Marine LineSnubber Bibs Autotether great lakes theft Headgear Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Hobie Matt Straw Lake Erie Personal Flotation Devices Aluminum Deep V Series Safe boating Balog Magnum Flow-Troll 360 Sport Shows Free Fishing Weekend Global Spectrum Tracker Marine Ravenswood Media Legend Gold Jonathon VanDam BOLT Padlock BoatUS Angler Aqua-Vu USO Wildlife Forever Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS Electronics Promise Keeper Wild River series JVD FRIDAY FUNNIES Tournament Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Green Bay ABT X-2 Countdown iPad Homeport Marine Marketing Costa La Mar Deck Plate Audio Chicago barrier Bad Elf Acme Costa Sunglasses Ethanol Side Imaging Sunglasses Knife sharpening Okuma Slide Moor MULL BLOG PulseTech WFN Home Port Marine Marketing Berkley Mike Seymour Fiberglass boat University of Buffalo hardbaits Insect repellent Bristol Bay Salmon Chaco Wedding Ring Mary Snyder Sportsman's rights Shock Wave Shoes Storage TRAC Ecological F-Series Storm Gear Earth Day South Haven Triton Boats Fiberglass tiller Milennia MIL-iDock Thermacell Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plates and Kits Batteries YUM yachtpaint.com Honda Accon Marine B.A.S.S. Uncle Norm's JBL Scott Martin FLW Jerky NAIFC Championship Strike King Deep Sea Diver Green Bay, Wisconsin Contest Oakley Sunglasses Whale Pumps iPhone Conservation Larson Electronics Line Recycle Bin KVD Speedbag Marsh Madness Camera mount Northland ODNR Walleye tournament GPS Speedometer Frabill Tommy Skarlis Bug repellent Air show Lund Dogs Interlux Lake Michigan Oshkosh Traxstech cruzin Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series Venice, Louisiana Crankbait Net Bait Rigs jeffstackleshop.com Lakemaster Dave Genz Mark Chmura Sheldon's Louie Stout Dave Mull Matt Serbenski METS Bob Schmidt AKOYA Absolute Outdoor, Inc. Kindle book Swim bait Wind Power Ryan Wilson Custom Jigs & Spins Synergy Outdoors sunglass iPilot Streams On board Wisconsin Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Skamania Mania Odd'ball Fin Spin Sunstream Boat Lifts Bass BASSMASTER Swanson-Russell Knives Reese Frigibar Glacier Glove Ice Features Future Fisherman Foundation Brandon Newby Rods Catch & Cook Gull Lake Marine Snow-Shoe Tip-Up Launch ramp Coast Guard Tools ATV Games Innovative Outdoors McMurdo Extreme Baitcast Reel Lip-Stix Kurt Mazurek Bait head Kevin VanDam Bass Pro Shops Gift Card radar Sphaera Technology New Lures Coleman Lights Raritan Rig'N Tails Orca Fin System Trade Shows BASSMASTER CLASSIC Bug bite relief MATE USA Marine General Monel Metal Insurance Beckson Marine Deck Plate Salmon Unlimited of Illinois Ascend CLASSIC Flat Slider 75 Ranger Boats PRADCO Marine Lighting Mercury Marine eZSplice Church Tackle National Guard Apps marlin Minn Kota Patrick Hurst thieves trailer tongue Shurhold treestand injury Evolve Lures Aqualuma Yamaha Iaconelli Beckson Holland www.bigweeniebrand.com Rippin' Lips Marine Radio Traditions Media Tight Lines Jewelry thieves YUM Dinger Boga Aqua Vu Cannon exotic species Husky Jerk Jeff Gustafson Salmon Big Bear Products Power Fishing The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch Spreads Normark ONIX EZ BoatPort Rapala USSA Marine Speakers Optima Beckson Marine Swim Whizz RedHead Radial Moisture Muncher Simrad Lake Superior YUMphibian Lead Brad's Manistee Tackle Bag Tim Popfinger Cliff Pace MUSHING Muskie Lure Rushton Gregory Yamaha ATV The Harry Lure Port of Indiana inReach Boat maintenance Walleye Boats Fuel Navigation Scott Glorvigen Bait Holder Practical Sailor Z-Man Chatterbait Turning Point Props Catfish Traditions Rescue Trout Unlimited Kayak Swedish FireKnife Shoremaster Humminbird Skarlis WeatherStation award Slender Spoon Boating Asian carp Ranger VS1780 Wake Fishing Clay Dyer tackle storage PLB Side Thruster redfish Hevi-Beads Grab Rail Full Throttle Olcott, NY Lund Boats Jack Links Bristol Bay exotic invader Betsy Sharpeners Boat names Glorvigen Evinrude Rain suit Faria Angler 175T VMC Costa Del Mar Dave Mull Blog Jeff Wenzel Water Buddies Contaminants AmVets Radio Pharmaceuticals Speakers USCGA DuraSafe Great Lakes Troller Mack's Lures boat rental Andrew Dordek Brown trout Ultracoat Dunkirk, NY binoculars Owners tournament Ditch Tournaments Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Michigan Lake trout Ranger Topwater jigs clubs Alabama Rig Todd Sokolow Grady-White OHIO SOG Goby Airmar Marcum Multitools Ice Fishing Fishing Clubs Soul5 Tackle Labs New York trailer tongue Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs

Archive