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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Bass Fishing’s Greatest Fan Event Coming Soon

 

Bass Fishing’s Greatest Fan Event Coming Soon

By Craig Lamb

The Bassmaster Classic®. There’s not another event like it anywhere, and it only comes around once each year. The Classic, as it’s called, will bring a number of firsts to its newest destination, and fishing fans won’t want to miss them.

The Classic is March 24-26 in Houston. About an hour north, the 52 pros will compete for the world championship on Lake Conroe. The winner will earn $300,000 when they are crowned, a huge first for professional fishing.

Texas, the birthplace of Skeeter Boats, has only hosted the Classic once in the 46-year history of the event. That was in 1979 at Lake Texoma on the Oklahoma border. A lot has changed since then!

Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, will host the daily weigh-in show. Never before has a professional bass tournament, much less the world championship, been held in a Major League Baseball stadium.

The anglers will weigh in on a custom-made stage near third base, in full view of the fans. Plus, the Daktronics® high def video display, at 54 feet high and 124 feet wide, will come to life with on-water replays and updates.

Within walking distance of the ballpark is the George R. Brown Convention Center. That’s home for the Bassmaster Classic® Expo. It’s arguably the largest event of its kind in the country with 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, the largest in Classic history.

The Classic is now a tourist destination. Last year in Tulsa, the Classic boasted 107,000 fans coming to the weigh-in and expo, breaking an attendance record.

Alton Jones Sr.

The Classic is the chance to cheer on and meet your favorite Skeeter pros, and there are many in the competition. Former Classic champion Alton Jones Sr. and his son will compete rod-to-rod in a family showdown. A dozen top Skeeter pros are fishing the Classic, including former champion Alton Jones Sr. Click here for the complete list.

You can meet them all during what fans like to call Classic Week. Plan your trip to Houston and make sure to see these events. Best of all, admission to all is free.

Takeoff

Takeoff is a cool thing to see, as the Classic pros arrive in their fully wrapped trucks with boats in tow. It’s not just any boat launch. There is a program that includes interviews by Classic emcee Dave Mercer, who goes boat-to-boat to quiz the anglers about their day ahead.

Location: Lake Conroe Park, 14968 TX 105, Montgomery

Weigh-Ins

Come early to take in all of the pre-show entertainment including live updates from the lake and more. Baseball’s fourth largest Jumbotron® will highlight the drama as the competition unfolds. What could be better than sitting in a major league ballpark and seeing the world’s best anglers weigh in their catch?

Doors at Minute Maid Park open at 3 p.m. each day.

Location: 501 Crawford St., Houston

Expo

See the latest, greatest gear and boats, including the newest Skeeter Boats. You can meet the Skeeter Boats pros in the booth, too.

For more on the expo located at George R. Brown Convention Center click here.

Location: 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston.

In the meantime, get your boat show fix at skeeterboats.com. You can request a brochure or download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Meet the Skeeter Pros at Bassmaster Classic®

 

Meet the Skeeter Pros at Bassmaster Classic®

By Craig Lamb

There is only one place bass fishing fans get the chance to meet their favorite pros while seeing them cast for the world championship title… and the chance is coming soon.

Make plans now to attend the Bassmaster Classic®,  March 24-26 in Houston with the competition playing out on Lake Conroe. The Classic has never been held there and with it come a couple of historical firsts you don’t want to miss.

First, Lake Conroe is one of the top rated bass fisheries in Texas. By competition time the bass will be in post-spawn mode, meaning anglers will be fishing for aggressively feeding bass. For fans, it means they get the chance to see trophy bass come across the scale and the most unique venue and stage in the event’s 46-year history.

Daily weigh-ins will be held at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. A custom built stage at third-base will have fans practically able to reach out and touch their favorite pros. Plus, the drama from on the water will unfold on the venue’s high def video display, the fourth largest in major league baseball, spanning 54 feet high and 124 feet wide. Imagine taking in a big league baseball game with a pro bass fishing setting.

The Classic is built around the fan experience. You can even launch your boat on Lake Conroe and follow your favorite pros on the water as they cast for the $300,000 first place award. If staying on land is your thing, you have an even better opportunity to meet the pros up close and get autographs, selfies and even pick up fishing and boating tips.

You can do all that at the Bassmaster Classic® Expo, located within walking distance of the ballpark at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It’s arguably the largest event of its kind in the country with 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, the greatest in Classic history.

Nothing compares to the Classic when it comes to the chance to meet so many pros in one place. Skeeter Boats has an all-star list of the top pros in the Classic, and there are others who will make appearances at the Classic Expo. 

Here’s the lineup of top pros you can meet, and hopefully watch win the Classic. Come see many of them at the Classic Expo in the Skeeter Boats’ booth.

Cliff and Ben Crochet

Cliff Crochet. The popular pro nicknamed “Cajun Baby” is coming off a great 2016 season. He won the Bassmaster® Southern Open held on the Atchafalaya Basin, basically in his own backyard.

Todd Faircloth

Todd Faircloth. The Jasper, Texas pro will be one of the tournament favorites.

Matt Herren

Matt Herren. The Ashville, Alabama pro will be making his seventh Classic appearance. Herren is a shallow water expert and will be a top competitor on Lake Conroe.

Alton Jones Jr.

Alton Jones Jr.  Expect the young Texan and Bassmaster® Elite Series rookie to bring the momentum from his successful 2016 season of B.A.S.S.(R) competition to Conroe.

Alton Jones

Alton Jones Sr. The 2008 Classic champion and native Texan is a pre-tournament favorite to win the title in his home state.

Jared Lintner

Jared Lintner. The California pro is making his sixth Classic and is coming off a successful 2016 season of the Elite Series.

Bill Lowen

Bill Lowen. The Indiana pro is also coming off a hot season on the Elite Series circuit, and he’s a strong contender when the bass bite is hot in shallow water.

Brandon Palaniuk

Brandon Palaniuk. The young pro from Idaho is making his sixth consecutive Classic appearance.

Dean Roja

Dean Rojas. The Arizona pro is a veteran of the sport and always performs well in Texas events.

Chris Zaldain

Chris Zaldain. The Californian is making his third Classic appearance following a successful season on the Elite Series tour.

Classic details

Weigh Ins

Doors at Minute Maid Park open at 3 p.m. each day.

Location: 501 Crawford St., Houston

Outdoor Expo

For more on the expo located at George R. Brown, Convention Center click here.

Location: 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston.

In the meantime, get your boat show fix at skeeterboats.com. You can request a brochure or download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com