2017 Bassmaster Classic

This year the Bassmaster Classic took place in Houston, TX.  The competition was held at  Lake Conroe just north of The Woodlands, TX, the exhibit was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center and the weigh-in’s took place at Minute Maid Park.

This was the first year it has been at Lake Conroe and the first time the Classic has come to Houston, TX.   There were a total of 51 Bass Pros competing in the Classic.  The top prize of $300,000 went to Jordan Lee with a total of 56 LB-10 oz, second prize ($50,000) went to Steve Kennedy with a total of 55 LB-1 oz, and third prize ($40,000) went to Brent Ehrler with a total of 54 LB-14 oz.  It was a very close and epic battle with less than 2 pounds separating first and second place and 3 ounces separating second and third.

We decided to head down to the convention center on Saturday to see the expo, the largest B.A.S.S. expo ever.  At the expo, you are able to see some of the latest and greatest equipment and gear as well as get up close and personal with some of the big name pros including Rick Clunn, Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Jimmy Houston and Hank Parker.

It was a beautiful day on the way down to the expo.  Down the road from our subdivision on the way to I45, we saw some deer, including a nice buck.

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Once we got there and found a parking space, we made our way to the entrance.

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I have to say that we were quite impressed with the Expo.  It was huge and had tons of manufacturers on display including Humminbird, Lews, RaymarineOkuma, Shimano, and Cast Away to name a few out of many.

 

One of the coolest things for kids to do while at the expo was “Ride The Bass”.  I wish our kids had been with us so they could have given it a whirl.  I was actually thinking about going for a ride myself and posting the video but I was only on my second beer at that point.

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There is a new cool app available for those who may be interested in having a fishing tournament.  The app, called icatch, allows you to create tournaments by inviting friends from social media sites.  You can quickly snap photos of your catch, enter the length, weight, species and tournament.  The young man educating us about the app had just launched his sales career and did a great job explaining how it works.

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Another cool booth we came across was the #1 Bass Lake in the Nation.  Any guesses here?  Bassmaster Magazine named Toledo Bend the best bass fishing in the nation.  Here is a picture of the booth showcasing the 40.45 LB’s of bass that George Herr caught and released in less than 50 minutes on 11-9-2014.  Looking forward to fishing this lake soon!

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On the way out, we saw a hot pink decorated booth – Reel Girls Fish.   They sell clothing and accessories for passionate fisherwomen.  We considered buying a few t-shirts but figured we let our wives/daughter pick out and purchase online the ones they like at home.  I fail miserably when picking out clothes for my wife.

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All in all, it was a great time.  It’s amazing how many people are passionate about bass fishing and attended the expo.  There were literally thousands and thousands of people at the expo.  To put it into perspective, we were told there were as many people at the Bassmaster Classic Expo on Saturday as there were at the Super Bowl Expo this year which was also here in Houston at the convention center.  We were there as well and I agree that it was just as packed.

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We would have liked to have stayed for the weigh-in at Minute Maid however we had to get back to The Woodlands.  Looking forward to going to fishing up in Lake Conroe soon to see if we can land a 12 or 13 pounder.

Spring Break ’17

Greetings from FD!  We hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break over the past week, at least those of  you who were on Spring Break.  We had 4 families from our neighborhood in The Woodlands venture to Gulf Shores, Al.  A few of the family’s drove straight to Gulf Shores which was about a 9 hour drive.  Some of us stopped in Baton Rouge, La and stayed at the Hilton, woke up and drove to Gulf Shores that next day.  Needless to say, it was a LONG road trip, especially with the kiddos asking if “we’re almost there” every few minutes.

When we got there, the weather was rather disappointing as expected.  Cold and rainy.  I guess you could say that we rolled the dice a year ago when we put a deposit down on the house…we lost.  The house was fantastic but hanging out the beach was very uncomfortable.  Fortunately, we had gotten wet suits for the kiddos so they had a blast.  The parents took turns going out to the beach to supervise in the piercing wind and rain.

Here are a few pics of our kiddos rocking out in their wet suits…

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One of our initial goals was of course to go fishing.  We were anxious to try some of our new Cuda Brand Fishing Knives to clean whatever fish we caught. Unfortunately, the fishing charters were not catching fish in the bad weather so we passed.  By the way, one of the senior marketing managers at Cuda sent us plenty of free product to give away to our special customers as a thank you.  Simply sign up for our newsletter at our website, make a purchase and make a request for a free Cuda product…first come first serve.

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When the weather was too bad even for the kids, we had to decide on other indoor activities.  One day, we went to the arcade and the kids had a blast.  Other days we would go out to brunch, lunch and/or dinner and play games around the house.  One of the best brunch places in the area is called Brick & Spoon.  They are especially known for their Bloody Mary’s!

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All in all, we had a great time despite the weather.  The kids thought it was awesome so their pleasant attitudes made the trip more enjoyable for the parents.  Hopefully we will be able to share some videos with you all next time. Cheers!

East Texas Winter Bass Fishing

What a glorious day in East Texas. Fishing with a buddy from the military and enjoying the scenery. We used watermelon soft baits found on FishermansDestination.com and enjoyed some solid bass on light tackle!! We did have to work the baits slow with 63 degree water in 4-12 feet of depth (fishfinder)

The weather and sights did not disappoint with 85 degrees and clear skies even the Bald Eagles were out.

Check out FishermansDestination.com for all your outdoor gear and get in the outdoors as soon as you can!!

Bass Fishing Lures

We had a Super Bowl party yesterday and had several of our neighbors over for the festivities.  We had LOTS of food including queso, wings, brisket, and all sorts of apps.  The game was absolutely insane.  Many of us thought the Falcons were going to win, but sure enough, Brady and Belicheck come roaring back in the fourth quarter and won in overtime.  Ridiculous!  The first Super Bowl to go into overtime and the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history – 25 points.  Wow!

We ordered some very cool lures this past week from fishermansdestination.com that I wanted to share.  Check ’em out:

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We are planning to give these lures a shot in several of the ponds throughout The Woodlands this week to see if we can’t catch some bass with these bad boys.  The weather is expected to be nice most of the week with highs into the 80’s…a little warm for this time of year for my taste.  We will share some pics/videos of our fishing outings this coming week.

 

Sunset and Sunrise

While in the Florida Keys last week, we were lucky enough to have clear skies and incredible sunrises and sunsets.  We arrived mid afternoon on Tuesday and enjoyed the sunset on the balcony of the Bud N Mary’s marina.  We had plenty of ice cold ones thanks to our killer cooler.

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The following morning was the day we went fishing.  We headed to our boat around 7 am with food for lunch, drinks, sunblock, and shades.  We were prepared for a great day out at sea.  We were blessed with a sunrise that was spectacular.

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We recently went deep sea fishing in IslaMorada, Florida to celebrate Teek’s 50th birthday.  We stayed at Bud N Mary’s Marina and chartered the boat “That’s Right” for a full day.

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We could not have asked for a better day to be out on the water.  The weather was pleasant with almost no winds and a comfortable 75 degrees. We left at 7 AM sharp and headed out several miles.  We started out fishing for bait fish and caught about a dozen on shrimp.  We could have bought a dozen bait fish at the marina however they cost about $90 a dozen.

We then went to about 20 feet of water, anchored, and dropped our lines baited with shrimp to the floor of the ocean.  We caught 20 to 30 yellow fin snappers and several blue runners using Penn spinning reels and Villain Rods.

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We then went trolling using Santiago casting reels and Beast Rods.  Although we were hoping to catch many big fish, the murky water prevented the fish from seeing our bait.  Unfortunately, the 3 previous days had been extraordinarily windy and had muddied the waters.

Nonetheless, we had a blast.  We caught a lot of yellowtail snapper and took them to a local restaurant that evening.  The chef cooked our fish for us three different ways: almondine, jalepeno style, and the restaurant favorite style.

We will be going back in the summer to celebrate John John’s 50th birthday.  That is when we will be catching the “big fish”!