9th Annual Berkley Big Bass Challenge set to take place on October 18th – 19th.

9th Annual Berkley Big Bass Challenge set to take place on October 18th – 19th.

October 9, 2014 in Fishing & Hunting by Carl H. Martens

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 9th annual Amateur Berkley Big Bass Challenge hosted by BassChamps will take place on Lake Fork, Texas. The 2 day event is set to start on October 18th , 2014. The big money event will take place out of Lake Fork Marina and continues to grow in popularity as over 800 anglers last year vied for over $100,000 in cash and prizes including two Skeeter bass boats. 

Latest Abu Garcia Reels and Rods now at Retail

Latest Abu Garcia Reels and Rods now at Retail

September 29, 2014 in Fishing & Hunting by Carl H. Martens

COLUMBIA, S.C.  – Anglers need wait no more for the latest in product introductions from Abu Garcia®. The popular tackle maker introduced new rods and reels at the 2014 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) in July and these items are now available at retail outlets nationwide. Named best new freshwater reel by industry members and media attending ICAST was the Abu Garcia Revo® Beast, a workhorse reel built to throw big baits. 

Rugged Shark® Tidal Wave – Lightweight Drainage Moccasin

Rugged Shark® Tidal Wave – Lightweight Drainage Moccasin

April 21, 2014 in Apparel, Fishing & Hunting by Carl H. Martens

The Tidal Wave maintains the comfort of the traditional hand sewn moccasin construction, while enhancing performance through H2FLO-VENT™ technology, a new, lightweight outsole system which circulates air, and drains water for total foot comfort. Designed for boaters, anglers and water sports enthusiasts, this boat oxford style is made with waxy full grain leather, mesh inserts for optimum breathability, and non-corrosive metal hardware. 

The Latest and Greatest in ICE FORCE Products 2014

The Latest and Greatest in ICE FORCE Products 2014

January 8, 2014 in News and Media by Carl H. Martens

While the recent sub-zero temps nearly shutdown the upper half of the U.S., the “Polar Vortex” wasn’t all bad. Thanks to the record-setting cold, many lakes are now safely frozen over, and ice heads everywhere are chomping at the bit to get back on the ice in search of wily Walleye and cagey Crappie.

Luckily for them, ICE FORCE, a collection of the most legendary brands in ice fishing, offers premium gear and accessories to help anglers celebrate the peak of the hardwater season like the pros. 

Tubbs Flex Alp Snowshoe Review

Tubbs Flex Alp Snowshoe Review

January 1, 2014 in Featured, Snow by Carl H. Martens

The Tubbs Flex Alp snowshoe intrigued us a great deal from the moment we first received news of its arrival into the snowshoe market.  The Tubbs Flex series are lightweight (4.4 lbs), compact (the 8″ x 24″ design makes for easy storage), highly functional in all types of terrain, and extremely easy to use.

Visiting my parents’ house for the holidays provided me with my first opportunity to test out these shoes.  My father and I went out in single digit temps to a local favorite for cross country skiers, Nelson Lake which is located in Batavia, Illinois.  From the tracks in the snow it was evident skiers, hikers and other snowshoers had been out before us.  My father had on Atlas BC24 snowshoes and I wore the Tubbs Flex Alp snowshoe.