Young Guns From College Bass-Fishing Ranks Storm Onto Bassmaster Elite Tour

 

Young Guns From College Bass-Fishing Ranks Storm Onto Bassmaster Elite Tour

Bass fishing is one of the fastest-growing high school and collegiate club sports in the country. Recent high-profile wins by young anglers who got their start in college are making the world take notice. In the past month, Lowrance Pro Jordan Lee, a 25-year-old professional angler from Guntersville, Ala., won the 2017 Bassmaster Classic Championship on Lake Conroe in Houston, Texas. A few weeks later, Lowrance Pro Dustin Connell won the Bassmaster Elite tournament held at Mississippi’s Ross Barnett reservoir. The 26-year-old professional angler from Clanton, Ala., is the first College Series angler to win an Elite tournament. Connell’s winning four-day total catch of 64 pounds, 13 ounces moved him up to the top of the Rookie of the Year standings.

Image by: Garrick Dixon.

For both Lee and Connell, college not only taught them how to fish, but how to maneuver through the unique challenges of tournament fishing and the nature of the business of being a professional athlete. One of the advantages these young professionals possess is that they already have a strong understanding of the technology required to be at the top of the standings. At the Classic, 15 of the top 25 competitors, including seven of the top 12 anglers, were using Lowrance HDS fishfinder/chart plotters to navigate and find key fish-holding areas, and Lee and Connell were no exception.

During practice at Lake Conroe, Lee used HDS-12 Gen3 with StructureScan® 3D imaging to identify an underwater “point” with a hard-bottom area that he thought would hold fish. He returned to the location on the final day, where he was stranded by mechanical issues on his boat, which held him in the same spot all day. Staying in the same spot proved to be the difference as Lee jumped from 15th to first place with a 27-pound, 4-ounce, five-fish limit, the biggest single-day catch of the tournament.

During Connell’s practice, he caught a 4- and a 5-pounder right away and then spent the rest of his time scouting for similar spots with his Lowrance sonar and GPS units. “The accuracy of the Lowrance sonar units is incredible,” said Connell. “The speed and detail of my displays allow me to find exactly where the fish are. Lowrance makes no compromises, and I can take their innovation to the bank.”

One of the many of the innovations that top anglers use too lead the pack is Lowrance DownScan Imaging™. With more than 60 years of innovation behind the brand, Lowrance has perfected an approach and reputation for sonar performance that no other company has been able to match. For example, giving a more realistic view of what is below the boat, DownScan Imaging reveals life-like images with crisp detail, so rocks look like rocks, trees look like trees and fish look like fish. It is a true representation of game-changing sonar technology.

“The key to delivering products that provide meaningful benefits to our professional and recreational anglers is our refusal to accept shortcuts when it comes to giving our customers what they want,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “Whether taking the lead at one of the largest tournaments in the world or going out for a relaxing weekend on the water, Lowrance anglers count on their fishfinders to be accurate, reliable and easy to use.”

With DownScan Imaging becoming such an important tool for anglers, it’s important for fisherman to understand that not all down imaging sonar solutions are made alike. Recently, Lowrance tested its DownScan Imaging technology against the Garmin’s ClearVu, and the differences on the water were quite revealing.

As this summer’s tournaments progress, look for more exciting performances from these young rising stars. They have the technology. They have the talent. And right now, college-athletes-turned-pro are taking the bass fishing world by storm.

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Brandon Palanuik, Chris Zaldain Choose Skeeter, Here’s Why

 

Brandon Palanuik, Chris Zaldain Choose Skeeter, Here’s Why

By Craig Lamb

Brandon Palanuik and Chris Zaldain come from different parts of the country and favor totally different angling styles, yet they share one strong, common interest.

No matter where you live and how you fish the office for a successful bass pro is his boat. And Paluniuk and Zaildain choose Skeeter as their choice.

Palanuik, of Hayden, Idaho, and Zaldain, of San Jose, Calif., are top pros on the Bassmaster Elite Series. They have a combined

Palaniuk and Zaldain also represent the next generation of Tour anglers that demand cutting-edge features in a bass rig. Staying competitive requires fishing from a boat that delivers performance, fishability, and toughness. They know, like many of their peers, that only Skeeter delivers it all.

Their boats, motors and trailers get put to the ultimate test. For eight months they will be on the road competing for weeks at the time. Fishing means dealing with rain, snow, rough water and all types of fishing scenarios.

Chris Zaldain

Model: Skeeter FX 20

Power: Yamaha V6 4.2L four stroke V MAX SHO 250 h.p.

 

Features I like the most:

I really like the billeted aluminum frame with the tool organizer and drink holder. A trolling motor recess plate is standard on most any quality bass boat, but Skeeter has taken it to another level with that feature. Everything stays organized and ready at the fingertips up front.

What else I like is the rod tie-down straps at the bow. They are the best in the industry. Skeeter recognizes that anglers have a lot of money invested in rods. I can secure six or more rods on each side of my boat—that’s thousands of dollars in value—and not worry about losing them. It’s a rubber coated with a stainless steel hook—the most heavy duty and secure rod strap of any boat.

For fishability, I like the hull design. The low gunwales prevent lures from getting caught on the deck, plus you can make low, underhand casts without the rod striking the boat.

Brandon Palanuik

Model: Skeeter FX 20

Power: Yamaha V6 4.2L four stroke V MAX SHO 250 h.p.

Features I like the most:

What I really like about the new 2017 FX series is single live well with dual capabilities. What that means is you have a live well that is fully connected. It has a removable divider in the center that is easy to take out with thumbscrews. The benefit of that is when I’m not fishing a partner or team tournament I can remove it for more fish space. Big fish have more room to prevent stress.

What’s really key for me is that if a pump goes out, the live well remains fully functional. I can use the functioning pumps without worrying about fish care. Plus, I can use both sides of the pumps for even better fish care when big bass are inside.

What else I like is the hull design and ride of the Skeeter. It rides practically the same in rough and calm water. Boat control is amazing. So is response time in rough water. The hull responds fast, and that really is important in rough water.

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Cajun Baby chooses Skeeter for a reason

 
Cajun Baby chooses Skeeter for a reason

By Craig Lamb

Cliff Crochet, known on the pro bass tour as the Cajun Baby, has a lot to be proud of besides his south Louisiana roots. In Cajun country, boats are part of life, either for a livelihood or connection to the outdoors for recreation with friends and family.

Crochet quote about Cajun roots.

Crochet’s resume includes 9 Top 10 finishes, three appearances in the Bassmaster Classic, and a win in his backyard. That happened last October on the Atchafalaya Basin in south Louisiana. Crochet has $431,578 in B.A.S.S. earnings, and his star is rising as he gains more experience.

Crochet, like his peers, chooses Skeeter for it’s legendary performance in tournaments. Skeeter invented the bass boat, and with that mark came the first B.A.S.S. tournament in 1969. Since then, anglers running Skeeter boats have won millions in winnings.

For eight months of the year, the boat favored by Crochet is on the water from Texas to New York and points in between. At the top professional ranks, there is no room for failure, and Skeeter delivers the confidence, performance, and fishability demanded by top pros like Crochet.

Here’s why he chooses a Skeeter.

Model: Skeeter FX 21

Power: Yamaha V6 4.2L four stroke V MAX SHO 250 h.p.

Features I like the most:

The size of the front deck is a favorite. I have plenty of room to move around and don’t feel confined. That really matters when you are fishing in heavy cover. The benefit of the wide deck is having more room for casting baits into tight areas. Accuracy is better and so is lure presentation.

The interior layout has a lot of little things that are big to a tournament angler. What comes to mind, and what I really like is the recessed receptacle and storage area for a trash can. It’s removable and helps keep trash where it belongs, instead of blowing out into the water.

I also like the new design and material used to cover the cooler. It’s insulated too, but the lid is more designed to be stepped on than previous models. You get so much more with a Skeeter, and they listen to the needs of anglers more than any other boat builder.

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Lowrance provided Serious Excitement on and off the Water at the Bassmaster Classic

 

Lowrance provided Serious Excitement on and off the Water at the Bassmaster Classic

Lowrance® continued its domination of America’s tournament-fishing circuit late last month as Lowrance Pro Jordan Lee won the 2017 Bassmaster Classic Championship on Lake Conroe in Houston, Texas. A 25-year-old professional angler from Guntersville, Alabama, Lee became the sixth consecutive Lowrance angler to win the Classic when he finished with a three-day total of 56 pounds, 10 ounces, taking home $300,000 and the most coveted trophy in the sport. Steve Kennedy, who also competed in the event with Lowrance marine electronics, finished second with a total weight of 55 pounds, 1 ounce.

On the final day of the Classic, 15 of the top 25 competitors — including seven of the top 12 anglers – were using Lowrance HDS fishfinder/chart-plotters to navigate and find key fish-holding areas. For Lee, 2017 was his second appearance at the Bassmaster Classic. He finished 6th in the 2014 Classic at Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

During practice at Lake Conroe, Lee used his HDS-12 Gen3 with StructureScan® 3D imaging to identify an underwater “point” with a hard-bottom area that he thought would hold fish. He returned to the spot on the final day, where he was limited by mechanical issues on his boat, which held him in the same spot all day. Staying in that spot proved to be the difference as Lee jumped from 15th to first place with a 27-pound, 4-ounce, five-fish limit, the biggest single-day catch of the tournament.

At the tournament, there was plenty of excitement off the water as well. Lowrance announced the production of the HDS CarbonTM 16, a new high-performance fishfinder/chart plotter with a 16-inch screen – the largest ever produced by Lowrance.  

The massive 16-inch high-definition screen on HDS Carbon 16 displays provides an even bigger stage to showcase the clarity, high resolution and superior target separation of SolarMAX™ HD technology, exclusive to the HDS Carbon series. Setting up a four-panel split on the HDS Carbon 16 gives anglers the equivalent of four seven-inch screens on a single display.

Anglers in the market for a do-it-all, integrated system need a processor that can smoothly drive high-tech features like StructureScan® 3D with SideScan and DownScan Imaging™, StructureMap™, Broadband Radar™ and SiriusXM® Weather Chart Overlay. HDS Carbon 16 delivers on that front, taking processing power to the next level with a dual-core processor that allows anglers to switch between applications and simultaneously view independent sonar feeds with ease.

Lowrance SolarMAX HD display technology features high-definition views and clear visibility in all conditions with the widest available range of viewing angles – even when wearing polarized sunglasses. The new displays feature 1920×1080 HD resolution and are engineered to withstand higher temperatures than conventional units, offering enhanced reliability in warmer climates. The secret behind the new SolarMAX HD displays come from the implementation of the most advanced IPS (in-plane switching) screens in fishing electronics. With superior color accuracy and boosted high-definition reproduction, IPS screens are perfectly designed for viewing picture-like sonar images. Whether viewing menu panels or onscreen fish targets, the improved clarity and sharpness of SolarMAX HD displays are clearly evident from any viewing angle.

With Live Network Sonar, HDS Carbon 16 gives anglers the capability to view and control two independent, live sonar sources at different locations — like the front and the back of the boat — from a single display. This powerful feature provides anglers with a comprehensive picture of underwater activity with convenient and complete control. 

In addition to integrated wireless connectivity, HDS Carbon 16 features Bluetooth® control of multiple Power-Pole® shallow water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub®2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease behind proven Lowrance navigation technology, high-resolution mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and a multitude of mapping options accessible from the unit’s dual microSD card slots. HDS Carbon 16 is compatible with the most expansive selection of optional cartography on the market, including Insight Genesis™ custom mapping, C-MAP Insight PRO, C-MAP Lake Insight HD, C-MAP MAX-N+, Navionics® and more.

HDS Carbon 16 supports radar, SmartSteer™ control of Motorguide® Xi5 trolling motors and the Lowrance Outboard Pilot and full engine data integration highlighted by compatibility with Mercury® VesselView® Link.

Congratulations to Jordan Lee and all the anglers competing in the tournament. And look for more exciting developments from Lowrance in the near future.

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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water

 

Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water

This Season Alton Jones Jr. Joins His Father to Fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® and the Elites

Never, in all of his previous 26 seasons of bass tournament competition, has Alton Jones been concerned with how many fish any other anglers may be catching, but that will change this year. That’s because the Yamaha Pro’s 24-year old son, Alton Jr., will be joining him on both the Bassmaster® Elite circuit and in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® as he begins his own full-time professional career.

They will be the fifth father-son duo to compete against each other in a Classic,® but the first to do so in the Elite Series. Although they have been fishing together for years, they have never before actually competed against each other.

“He’s a better fisherman than I am, too,” admits Alton, Sr., winner of six B.A.S.S.® events during his career, including the 2008 Bassmaster Classic.® “He’s more versatile, and he understands the fish better than I do. He may not have as much experience as the other pros, but he’s still going to be a tough competitor.”

“Little Alton,” as many know him, graduated from Baylor University with a degree in marketing in 2014, all the while planning to start fishing professionally as soon as he graduated. He spent the next two seasons fishing the Bassmaster® Open Series just to qualify for the Elites and did so through his consistently high finishes in the Central Division this past year. By winning one of those events on the Red River in Louisiana, he also qualified for the Bassmaster Classic® to be held next month at Lake Conroe near Houston.

“Dad had me in the boat with him when I was still an infant,” laughs Alton Jr., now also a Yamaha Pro, “and later I traveled with my parents to each tournament and fished every practice day with him for years. I always thought becoming a bass pro sounded good, but it wasn’t until the 2008 Bassmaster® Elite season that I made up my mind.

“That year, I fished eight Elites as a co-angler and loved every minute. It was an incredible experience because I got to fish with a lot of the top bass pros, and afterward I knew without a doubt I wanted fishing to be my career. I was ready to start immediately, but my parents wouldn’t let me until I earned a college degree. That was a long four years, but I’ve already realized the benefits of having that degree, particularly a degree in marketing.”

Understanding his son’s desire to turn professional, as well as to add extra incentive to complete his college education, Alton, Sr. made a fully rigged bass boat available for Little Alton to use anytime he wanted to, as long as he maintained good grades. Little Alton took advantage of the opportunity, fishing numerous weekend tournaments throughout Texas during his time at Baylor. Those events, in which he won several boats and cash prizes, helped prepare him for the Opens, and ultimately, he believes, for this season’s Elites

Although both father and son visited Lake Conroe before the impoundment went off-limits, they did so separately. The discussions they’ve had about the Classic® lake, as well as about other lakes they’ll fish during the season, have only been about general overall strategies. The experienced father has not given his son any specific information.

“He really doesn’t want any information,” emphasizes Alton, Sr. “He is his own man on the water, and he’s very confident in his own abilities to locate and catch fish. He’s proven that many times over, and besides, our fishing styles are completely different. He doesn’t need my advice.

“When I started taking him fishing with me, I wanted him to grow to love fishing just so he and I could spend time together,” says the long-time Yamaha Pro. “When B.A.S.S.®changed their rules about tournament practice partners, it ended that opportunity for both of us. 

“Honestly, what I’m most excited about this upcoming Elite season is being on the road together and having more father-son time. Am I concerned about fishing against Little Alton? Of course not. Naturally, I’m his biggest fan.” Y

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