Check out the cool Northamfishing Tackle Co. spinner baits. Great info in this video. You’ll notice GetREELed’s Erik Luzak demonstrating the lures at the show.
Also, you’ll see our friend Frank Laurin from Northamfishing Tackle Co. getting feedback from show visitors.
Be sure to check out Northamfishing Tackle for the best spinner bait lures.
In honor of you guys viewing my blog 10,000 times, I am giving away some awesome free stuff to one lucky winner!!!! There are a variety of prizes to win including:
An FTO 170 tackle bag which holds four FTO 102 utility cases (not included) and features three zippered pockets and a removable shoulder strap. The dimensions of this bag are 14” x 9” x 9”.
A 1435 Plano Guide Series polycarbonate box. The Guide Series waterproof cases provide unparalleled protection for your important items. The strong poly-carbonate structure and TPR lining make the cases crushproof and airtight. Perfect for the boating, fishing, hunting, hiking or camping. The dimensions of this box are 9.75″x7.5″x 4″. This case is airtight and lockable with a patent pending latch with pressure release and features a comfortable moulded handle.
A ONE YEAR subscription to FLW Outdoors Magazine. This magazine is a must have for any angler but should especially appeal to the Bass fans that read my blog. I had to throw something in there for you guys!!
Also included are a couple of packages of weedless jigs from www.fishcraze.com/. Along with those jigs, I will also be including in the prize a selection of my favorite lures for trophy fish…and yes, I am including a couple of the FAMOUS CABELA’S ORANGE HAMMER LURES!!!!
So…as you can see its a big variety of A LOT of great stuff!!! But reaching 10,000 views in only 7 months is a huge deal, and I, of course, owe it all to you guys!!!! Thanks so much for reading, and I do hope you will all stick around to hear my adventures for years to come!!!
NOW…to the RULES…to win these lovely prizes here is what you MUST do:
1. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite fishy tale.
That is it…LOL!! Just leave me a simple comment including your favorite fishing memory, and you, my friends, will be entered in the random drawing to be held next week.
But here is a twist…you can be entered to win TWICE by leaving a comment here on this blog AND on the same post on Fisherbabe.com. You may copy and paste the same tale…that is just fine. When the contest deadline arrives in one week (Monday October 5,2009), I will combine the list and www.random.org will choose a winner!!!
So get to commenting…I just can’t wait to read those stories!!!! Feel free to email me with any questions, but emails will not be entered into the contest…ONLY COMMENTS WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN!!
Happy Posting ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
WWW.FISHERBABE.COM just reached its 10,000 visitor in only just 6-7 months time. Thanks to everyone who reads my blog.
You know that little counter is not just a counter at the bottom of my blog. It is a record of every friend I have made since starting this blog and is a daily reminder of why I love FISHING and writing everyday!!!
Please keep checking back, because I will be posting CONTEST information VERY SOON!!!!
Much love to all of you ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
I haven’t ever really interviewed anyone on my blog before. SO…you can imagine how excited I am that the first person to answer a few questions for this Fisherbabe is none other than Mr. Jason Sealock who is the Editor-In-Chief over at FLW Outdoors. I met Jason recently, and what a NICE GUY!! He was nice enough to send me a few of his amazing magazines to read. I was so impressed that I decided to review them right here on my blog immediately. Annnnnnd…since he is such a nice guy, he agreed to a little mini interview for all my readers!!!
I know…YAY RIGHT??????
So here we go…
The Fisherbabe (FB): Tell us about the magazine and its beginnings. How did this amazing publication come to be?
Jason Sealock (Jason): FLW Outdoors Magazine actually started as a newsletter called CAST in 1980. It was a membership newsletter for anglers fishing the Operation Bass circuit. From there the newsletter became Bass Fishing magazine in the early 90’s. In 2002, it became FLW Outdoors Magazine and was more geared towards teaching readers the tricks and techniques of the nation’s best anglers. In 2006, we split the magazine into three separate magazines – the Bass Edition, the Walleye Edition and the Saltwater Edition. Each magazine was wholly independent. Today we still produce the Bass Edition and the Walleye Edition.
We really try to get in the boat with the best anglers and learn the behind the scenes stuff that you don’t get from regular tournament reporting or even on television. We focus on very detailed aspects that can be expanded in the magazine and then applied to your own fisheries.
FB: How did you become the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine?
Jason: My path is an odd one. I actually graduated from college with a degree in Marketing/Business Management. I went to work in the Information Technology field. I freelanced on the side with an outdoors page for a local paper in Northwest Arkansas (The Morning News). I got to know the staff at FLW Outdoors pretty well through reporting on the tournaments. In 2004, I got a call asking if I wanted to switch careers and come to work full-time as a Public Relations Specialist and Associate Editor for FLW Outdoors.
We took the leap of faith and moved to Kentucky. I worked as associate editor until 2006 when I promoted to Photo Editor. In 2007, the previous editor left for another company, and I took over as editor-in-chief. I have the best young staff with so much talent. We have no preconceived notions on how a fishing magazine has to be made. And we pride ourselves on our hands-on knowledge of the sport, the products and the techniques.
FB: Tell us…what is the most exciting fishing memory you have?
It was 1996. The lake was flooded in early spring, and I was slow rolling a spinnerbait over buck brush. I pulled my spinnerbait over a shallow bush and this huge mouth came out and swirled on the spinnerbait. For an instant, I thought I’d hooked the state record largemouth. The fish shot out towards the middle of the lake. I had a low-profile baitcaster with 12-pound line, and I started to see my spool. So I put the trolling motor on high and chased the fish down to get my line back.
After about 12 minutes, I landed the fish. It took two tries to get the fish in the boat because I needed two hands to grab its bottom jaw and pull it aboard. I remember her jaw felt like a suitcase handle at the time. At the end of the fight, I don’t know who was more worn out, the fish or me.
We shot pictures, and I was going to keep the fish to mount it, but I decided if there was a chance someone else could feel what I did, then I should let it go. So I babied the fish for about 10 minutes in the water until it swam off on its own. Got home to find out the camera didn’t have any film. But I have a witness, a scale, the measurements (44 ¼ inches long with the biggest gut I had ever seen on a fish) and of course the lasting memory.
FB: That is a super cool memory!! What is the best part of working at FLW Magazine?
Jason: The people are the best part of my job. I work with great folks, and I’ve met some great anglers and industry reps that I consider friends all over the country. The folks in the fishing industry are more like a big family than just your peers. And so many folks around fishing will help you, a total stranger, for no other reason than you share a common bond with them. I meet more down-to-earth, good-natured people around fishing than anything else I’ve ever done.
FB: Kinda like you helping me now…LOL!!! We met through twitter, and now you have a great blog that people can follow and be a part of. Are you a member of any other social networking sites? Tell me a little more about your blog and what my readers can expect to see on there.
Jason: I’m still a social-networking newbie, but I think I have a pretty good grasp on it. On Twitter (www.twitter.com/FLW_Magazine), it’s not about selling your products; it’s about connecting with people that share a common passion with you. No one gets on twitter to see what you have to sell. They get on there to be “connected” to people around things that interest them.
Likewise, our blog (http://flwmag.blogspot.com/) is very new. Our goal is to have a new blog every single day. The blog is geared towards more personal experiences with products, at great destinations, and with the top anglers in the sport. We get a lot of great inside information that readers will find here. We’ve started shooting videos and we have a YouTube page at www.youtube.com/flwmagazine. We’re even on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/FLW-Outdoors-Magazine/119868703580.
FB: How lucky do you feel to be doing what you do every day?
Jason: I’m extremely lucky to be in this position. I joke with Charlie Evans (CEO) that they’ll have to run me out of here with a stick. I also know that thousands of people want to have my job, so it pushes me to keep improving and listen to what folks are asking for in the magazine. At the end of the day, you’ve got to make a magazine folks want to read.
FB: …And lastly, how lucky do you feel to be getting interviewed by The Fisherbabe…LOL????????
Jason: I’m very excited to share information with you. Like I said before, the people in and around this sport is what makes it so great. Fishing is a blast, and I still enjoy fishing by myself on occasion. I enjoy the sport more, however, with others.
See what a nice guy he is everyone…he even said he was excited to be sharing information with me!!!! Now about the magazine itself…I LOVED IT!!! The October issue is full of amazing and useful information on how to catch that Bass of a lifetime, and although I really was expecting “just another fishing magazine”, what I got was so much more!!
First of all, there are articles that are great for any fisherman or woman…regardless of the type of fish you prefer to catch. For example, in the August – September 2009 issue, there is a small article on “Capturing Photos Like A Pro” which I LOVED. How many pictures do you get where the tail fin is cut off. That is so disappointing after a great trip, and this article helps you fix the details like that. A great read for anyone who loves to fish…or just take GREAT pictures!!!
Another great little article in this issue is one that lists some of the superstitions of some of the best fishermen in the country. It is a super fun read, and who knew bananas could bring such bad luck!!!
The October 2009 cover (featured above) is one of my favorite covers of any fishing magazine that I have ever read. The photo itself is amazing, and reading the article about Greg Hackney was really, really entertaining. In fact, the October magazine is full of great articles and tips on how to catch more bass. I would definitely suggest you go out and get yourselves a copy ‘cuz there is just too much good stuff to talk about here on this blog post!!!
I hope you guys enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!!! Talking with Jason was informative and great. Needless to say, the professionalism and excitement that comes with FLW Outdoors Magazine has made me a fan for life!!
Happy Reading ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
P.S. Be sure to check out their main website at http://www.flwoutdoors.com/!! If you want to leave Jason and the others at FLW Outdoors a comment on their new blog, the address is http://www.flwmag.blogspot.com/!!
… is something all of you understand that I strive for. Amazingly enough, the market on high fishing fashion has yet to be developed to,what I see at least, its full potential. I mean…Pink Hunter Wellington boots are very cute, but we can do better than that right?
Well…Prada seems to think so. For those of you who do not know what Prada might be, its a very expensive, very posh, very luxurious fashion house. They design amazing outfits that I cannot afford, but lust over ever spring and fall when they show their lines on the runways of all the major fashion forward cities of the world (none of which I have actually been to).
This season, Prada sent their models down the runway in very familiar boots…thigh high fishing waders. The rest of the outfit consisted of a very outdoorsy theme, but my eye was immediately drawn to the waders. Then, in the famous September Issue of the Premier fashion bible which is Vogue, waders (by another posh brand) are featured in a lovely outdoorsy photo spread.
My very favorites are the pairs of high heeled waders that are featured in the magazine. How lovely would it be to step out onto the shores of your favorite fishing hole with some of those babies on…Can anyone say HOTTT!!! Unfortunately, I can also imagine myself reeling in a fighting, fiesty fish and falling face first into the ice cold water.
So…although these waders do not seem exactly useable (or safe for that matter…) I do commend Prada for sending their lovely, leggy models down the runway in something one rarely sees, and more importantly, I commend Ms. Anna Wintour, the Editor-In-Chief at Vogue, for fusing my love for fashion with my love for fishing.
Happy Shopping ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
**images taken from http://www.vogue.com/
First of all, let me begin by saying that NOBODY told ME that fish sperm would be involved in our adventure. I mean, sure its the spawn…buuuuuut I guess I really didn’t think about what that might mean when my husband asked me back in July if I would like to go along for it this year. All I thought was, “Ohhhhhh hungry, hungry lake trout!!!”
Anyways…so about the third day, we drove our boat all the way over to Nodinka Narrows which was about a good 1 hour boat ride away on a good day. The wind had calmed considerably, and it looked like it was gonna be a fabulous day. I was SO excited by the prospect of catching a whopper. I could barely sit still.
So we get to the Narrows and we throw in our lines. As I am sure many of you already know, fishing for lakers involves a lot of trolling. So I let out my line, kicked back, and closed my eyes to wait for the big one. All was going good until…
Fisherbabe: Cody, I think I have one!!
Fisherhubby: Oh yeah…(reel reel reel)? Does it feel big?
FB: Yeah, actually, it feels pretty good. Its seems heavier and bigger than any I have felt before.
FH: Well just take your time. Keep it up and tight. Bring that baby in!!
FB: Ok…here it comes. Are you ready? You aren’t ready!! Get the damn net!! Get it in!! Get it in!!
FH: Calm down. Jeez I got it. This is a nice one Lizzy. Way to go. Lets measure it!!!
FB: How much?? How much??
FH: WOW nice one Lizzzzzzz : ) 18.5 POUNDS!!!
So that seems innocent enough…until I am holding that big fish up for the photo. This is what comes next…
FB: Hmmm…Cody something weird is going on.
FH: Whatcha mean (snap snap of the camera)? Hold it up higher.
FB: Something white is coming out of its…you know. I mean…isn’t that the poopy hole? Is that white poop? No its too thin for that. Cody, what is this stuff?
FH: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
FB: What the hell is so funny…it’s running down my arm and leg, C. What the hell is this stuff. Ewwww…it got on my seat too!!! Hurry up with those damn pictures.
FH: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…well Lizzzzz it is called “the spawn” for a reason!!
FB: What…I don’t…OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… Did this fish just jizz on me? Holy Shit…is that…is that SPERM. OMG OMG OMG OMG…Get it off me…take this fish…Get it off my seat..OH ewwww don’t touch my camera…its dripping off my hands…get me a damn towel…
FH: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…
So yeah…I got spermed on by not one but THREE male fish during the trip. I also got egged on by TWO huge females. I felt like I was working in a damn hatchery…finally I just conceded to touching the stupid stuff and mixed it all together and threw it back in the lake…
There you go…my efforts at conservation…LOL ~
I am not sure I will ever get over my little fish molestation moment. If you look closely at this photo, here, you can see it dripping off my pinky…AND to top it all off…I think this damn fish had hemroids, too.
Dudes…can you say TRAUMATIZED? Gotta love fishing to throw your line back out after that!!
Happy Fishing ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
Ok…well not Canada but it was on our way to Canada so that counts!!! I got to visit Glacier National Park in Montana, and it was a blast. We mainly just drove through on our way up to Edmonton, but the sites were so beautiful that it was worth the extra hour it took to get there!!!!
I saw the carved out areas where glaciers USED to be…and it was awe inspiring and sad at the same time.
I really love the scenic drives that come along with our trips up north. The scenery is always amazing. The little ponds and lakes on the sides of the roads always make me just throw my collapsible in the trunk and hit the road.
There were so many lovely waterfalls to be seen in Glacier National Park. They took a little walking to get to, but the beauty was worth the hike. This one is one that I did not get to, but my husband took my camera along on his hike and shot it for me. Isn’t it lovely?
We hiked along the riverbed to get to this little falls, and all I thought about the whole time was “I really hope a bear doesn’t get me…”!!! LOL
I am always worried about bears in Canada….even though I have never actually seen a bear in Canada. But it doesn’t hurt to be on the look out.
This was one of the most fantastic scenes I have ever witnessed. The pink sky and silouette of the mountains made for a majestic site.
Kinda makes a person feel small…
If you ever get the chance to visit this beautiful National Park, I suggest doing so!!! On a more serious note, however, I suggest you go very soon. The Glaciers are receding so fast that I am very afraid that they will just be tales to tell my grandchildren.
Stayed tuned…tomorrow the post is all about fish porn. Oh yeah…I said fish porn!!!
Happy Evening ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
Picked up a pocket Dictionary the other day and I thought I’d share a few Definitions. Such as….
1. n. The art of casting, trolling, jigging, or spinning while freezing, sweating, swatting or swearing.
1. n. One of two cold, wet, devious, and temperamental creatures of somewhat limited intelligence found at either end of a fishing line. See FISH
1. n. Remarkable aquatic animal typically weighing less than 10 pounds which, without gear, tackle, or equipment of any kind and using nothing more than hypnotic suggestion, can easily lure an angler as much as 50 times it’s size tens or even hundreds of miles into inhospitable terrain or unfamiliar waters and keep him there for hours with nothing more than a couple of false rises and a few practiced flicks of its tail.
1. Brief twilight period that separates the time when fish don’t bite because they can see your line from the time when fish don’t bite because they can’t see your lure.
1. v. The thrilling moment when, with a quick rolling or lunging motion, an unseen finned quarry suddenly takes the hook of an angler fishing the spot you left five minutes ago.
This Dictionary is hilarious I found it sitting at the checkout counter at Boarders in the mall but this book can be found almost anywhere. Written by Henry Beard & Roy Mckie and published by Workman Publishing. Funny little book, you and your fishing buddies will love.
You know me…I never tell my trip stories in order I like to mix it up. But the above picture is on our first day at the camp. That’s me between the Inukshuk…which means Rock People as far as I can tell They are pretty cute I must say!!
Lots of crazy things happened on my trip to Mackay Lake Lodge in Northwest Territory, but it was by far my best trip EVER!!! The fishing was great, the company was awesome, and the sites were just beautiful. However, there were some adventures to be had on this trip for sure!!!
First of all, as many of you know, I was very excited because this camp offered a hot shower and running water. I was excited about this aspect because my Heidi Klum status definitely depends on whether I can shower everyday and wash my hair. Well…needless to say…we showed up and the water pump was sitting inside of the shower stall instead of inside the lake. Therefore, I was janked, and there was no shower…which also means there was no indoor toilet. So yeah…another outhouse for this Fisherbabe. All I remember thinking is…”The stupid (insert cursing here) fish better (insert cursing here) be worth this (insert cursing here).”
But overall…the cabins were alright. All four of us slept in one, and it was a cozy little home that made me feel like an explorer.
We got in late so we could not fish that first night. AND THEN…the next day, we awoke to the shouts of my father-in-law that our boat was under water!!!! It had SUNK, because the wind was so crazy and the waves crashed over the back. It was INSANE…to say the least!! Whew!! We all kinda just stood on the dock and stared at it for a while…then we decided to just let the wind die down and go grayling fishing. SOOOOOOOO…I CAUGHT MY FIRST GRAYLING!!!
Yes…that is my hubby holding up the dorsal fin on my grayling because those are slippery little suckers, and I was super afraid of it slipping right out of my hand while my photo was being taken. So he lent me a hand.
Isn’t it adorable…what a cute fish!!! I really enjoyed catching the grayling, and on a more serious note…those little suckers fight like the dickens. It took me quite a while to bring this bad boy in. It was very fun and challenging as I had to hop from wet, slippery rock to wet, slippery rock to keep it from getting away. WHAT FUN!!!
After grayling fishing, we decided to tackle the boat drama and finally figured out how to rescue our sunken ship. I should have taken a picture of that..LOL!!
That evening we went fishing but did not catch anything note-worthy that night. We were all tired so we headed back for some camp grub and some shut eye. The very next day we headed across the water to a spot called NoDinkaNarrows for some BIG MONSTERS. I was excited about this spot, because my hubby told me that the last time he visited Mackay, he had seen the biggest fish he had ever spotted on the fish finder. WHOOOO…
And wouldn’t you know it, the lucky man pulled out the biggest fish of the trip on his first try!!! My beloved caught a 34.5 pound lake trout. It was enormous. I was dumbfounded…our net was not even big enough to hold the darn thing. I had to sink down and scoop the crazy fish up and under the net just to get its fat head into the net…then we hurried and pulled it into the boat. I was so happy for him…the biggest fish he ever caught.
What a Catch!!
Then I’ll be damned if the crazy man did not throw out his stupid line and bring in the second largest fish of the trip. He caught a 30 pounder just a few casts later.
By this time…I was quickly going from proud wife to bitter wife!!! Okay that isn’t true…but I wanted a big one of my own, ya know!!!
My biggest this day was an 18.5 pounder which I was pretty proud of…but next to this monster, it looked pretty small…LOL!!!
BUT WAIT…what do you know…my luck changed a bit, and the next day I caught my biggest fish ever. I threw out the Lucky Strike Half Wave (thats what the 34.5 pounder was caught on, as well) and BAM…a fish hit like a ton of bricks. I was so nervous and anxious. It was SO HEAVY and was fighting and sinking like dead weight. I thought I was going to lose the monster, and I could feel that it was heavier than anything I had caught before. WHAT A FIGHT!!! After about 20 minutes of reeling and fighting, I pulled in a 25 POUND LAKE TROUT!!!
And then…the very next day…I caught another monster. Wow…I was so excited!! The second fish I thought was not as heavy. My hubby asked, “you think you need the net?” I said…”oh…I don’t know. Maybe you can hand net it…LOL.” Um yeah…I got it up to the boat and the hubby yelled…”Uh no…don’t think I will be hand netting that one!!” We got that baby in the boat and it weighed a whopping 23 POUNDS!!!!
Overall, I caught a 25 pounder, a 23 pounder, an 18.5 pounder, two 18 pounders, a 14 pounder, and two 13.5 pounders. So yeah…I caught some amazing fish on this trip, and Mackay Lake is such an amazing Lake Trout Fishery that there are not words for how great it is.
Another great thing about this trip was the new and interesting experiences that I had. There were lots of firsts for me on this trip. For the first time, I got to see the tundra and step on it. It’s squishy, by the way!! I got to see the Northern Lights and go to Yellowknife. I got spermed on by fish (more on that story later…believe me, it is worth the wait), and I got to visit Northwest Territory and go farther North than I have ever been!!! I saw a Caribou up close and personal, also!! It was such and exciting trip!!!
The views in this place were the most extraordinary of any of my trips. I felt so alone and so isolated in the tundra…like perhaps we were the first humans to step on some of the islands that we ate lunch on. When you shut the boat engine off…you actually heard the silence. I had a lot of time to reflect and center. The one thing I was able to figure out is that life is truly precious…and that I am a very lucky fisherbabe!!!
More to come soon~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe