How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar


How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar

Edwin Evers is an 11-time B.A.S.S. winner, including the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro

 by Edwin Evers

When it comes to electronics, a question I get asked a lot is, “How do you customize your fish finder settings at the beginning of a day on the water?”

The short answer is, “I don’t.”


You might think that a guy who makes his living with a rod and reel and who’s always looking for ways to tweak a lure or find a stronger knot would spend a lot of time tinkering with his electronics to get them dialed in just right. One of the best features about Lowrance’s fishfinder/chartplotter displays is that they’re so intuitive that they’ve removed the need for guesswork and a lot of customization. Before I take off to start my fishing day, 90 percent of the time, I just start my Lowrance HDS-12 and HDS-16 displays when I launch in the morning and turn them off when I put the boat back on the trailer at the end of the day. Generally speaking, these units do everything I need to do automatically, so I can focus on fishing.

The only time I make any adjustments is with the SideScan Imaging feature of StructureScan® 3D. If I’m in 10 feet of water, I’ll set the SideScan Imaging to show me a range of 60 to 80 feet on either side of my boat. At 30 feet, I’ll double that, but no wider. That’s because I’m often using it to look for actual fish, and they can be easy to miss if you don’t keep your SideScan Imaging range tight. If you’re looking for great electronics that will help you find and catch fish just by turning them on, check out Lowrance. It won’t let you down!

Edwin Evers is an 11-time B.A.S.S. winner, including the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro

The latest release from Lowrance is the HDS Carbon series, available in 16-, 12-, 9- and 7-inch displays.

Anglers in the market for a do-it-all integrated system need a processor that can smoothly drive the high-tech capabilities of HDS Carbon, like StructureScan 3D with SideScan and DownScan Imaging, dual-channel CHIRP sonar and SiriusXM Weather Chart Overlay. HDS Carbon takes processing power to a new 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 are engineered to withstand higher temperatures than conventional units, offering enhanced reliability in warmer climates. The secret behind the new SolarMAX HD displays comes from the implementation of the most advanced in-plane switching (IPS) 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 on screen fish targets, the improved clarity and sharpness of SolarMAX HD displays are clearly evident from any angle.

HDS Carbon expands the Lowrance arsenal of sonar technology with dual-channel CHIRP and Network Dual Sounder. Dual-channel CHIRP enables anglers to get dual-range sonar coverage from the same transducer with a dual channel CHIRP sonar transducer installed on their boat. Anglers can also cover more water and mark fish targets more clearly with Network Dual Sounder technology, which provides sonar data from a network of CHIRP transducers.

Edwin Evers is an 11-time B.A.S.S. winner, including the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro

In addition to integrated wireless connectivity that enables anglers to download software updates and map purchases directly to the unit, HDS Carbon features Bluetooth control of multiple Power-Pole shallow-water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease with HDS Carbon using proven Lowrance navigation technology, built-in C-MAP Insight mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and compatibility with the most expansive selection of optional cartography on the market, including Insight Genesis custom mapping, Insight PRO by C-MAP, Lake Insight HD by C-MAP, C-MAP MAX-N+, Navionics and more.

HDS Carbon also supports Broadband Radar, SmartSteer control of Motorguide Xi5 trolling motors and Lowrance Outboard pilot, and full engine data integration through compatibility with Mercury VesselView Link.

To get the complete view of new Lowrance HDS Carbon fishfinder/chartplotter displays or find a dealer new you, visit


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Wins Top Billfish Honors and Sniper Captures the Dolphin Jackpot


Wins Top Billfish Honors and Sniper Captures the Dolphin Jackpot in the 2017 Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament

By Capt. Dave Lear

 The bite wasn’t on fire for the 28th annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament. The record 97 boats competing had to search hard in their efforts to find cooperative fish. Some ventured 70 miles south while others ran 30 miles due east from Oregon Inlet. In the end, though, all five award categories were filled, and several nice game fish were raised at the scales. As one team declared when checking out the leaderboard, “We caught a beautiful day.”

Photo By: Capt. Dave Lear

Capt. Rom Whitaker led his team aboard Release, a 52 Bobby Sullivan, to the first-place trophy on the basis of four billfish released (one blue marlin, three sailfish). The all-friends team has been competing in the Alice Kelly for seven years.

“This is awesome,” says angler Allyson Hoggard, who released a blue and a sail. “We’ve had the same team for seven years, all friends, so we’ve earned this, for sure. Capt. Rom is the best ever. This tournament is really a fun setting and a chance for all of us to get together. We have a good time and raise money for a cause we all believe in.”

The other four top teams all scored 300 points for three billfish, and the final outcome was determined by time of release. True Grit, a 54 Paul Mann run by Capt. Hank Beasley was second (three sails), followed by Uno Mas, a 68 Bayliss with Capt. Tommy Lynskey at the helm for three white marlin. Capt. Jordan Croswait on Legacy (57 Bobby Sullivan) skippered the fourth-place team to three white marlin as well. Gratitude, a 60 Paul Spencer run by Capt. Carson Forrester, came in fifth place with two sails and a dolphin.

Photo By: Capt. Dave Lear

Susan Wolf took the top dolphin honors as well as the optional jackpot of $19,550 for her 20.5-pound fish. Wolf was competing aboard Sniper (58 Paul Mann) with Capt. Jimmy Bayne.

The largest yellowfin, a 61.8-pounder, was cranked in by Suzan Quesenberry, fishing aboard Trophy Hunter. Kenneth Brown is the skipper of the 55 Buddy Cannady.

Michelle Desrosiers was on the winning end of a 45.1-pound wahoo. She was fishing on Sea Rounds, a 52 Viking run by Capt. Doc Hoefer. The boat was about 31 miles out on the 700 line in 45 fathoms when the striped speedster hit a purple/black lure. That catch turned out to be her biggest fish ever. Desrosiers and her team mates all work at the same medical facility with Dr. Hoefer.

“It was a good day,” Hoefer said after the weight of the wahoo was announced. “We thought we were going to get rained on this morning, but we never felt a drop. It turned out to be a nice day.”

Photo By: Capt. Dave Lear

Emily Bracher, competing on Pelican with Capt. Arch Bracher, was named both the top junior angler and the Paula Stanski Award winner for Angling Excellence for her white marlin release. A total of 64 billfish were let go by this year’s tournament fleet.

“Thank you, Alice, for bringing us all together once again,” said Director Heather Maxwell. “We couldn’t do this without our wonderful sponsors and all our dedicated volunteers. We raised some serious money for a very worthy cause, and we all had fun. So it really was another beautiful day.”

Photo By: Capt. Dave Lear

Celebrating 28 years, the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament has become a major event on the competitive East Coast big-game circuit. It was started to honor Kelly, the late champion for Outer Banks women, as well as to raise money for a very important cause—fighting cancer. It’s also the opportunity for women anglers to showcase their Gulf Stream talents while having fun with a defiant splash of pink in the form of t-shirts, costumes, ribbons, bows, and lures.

The Outer Banks Cancer Support Group is the major beneficiary of the Alice Kelly Tournament. All base entry fees are donated to the organization, and additional fund-raising efforts include a raffle drawing and a bra-decorating contest. The 2018 tournament will be held August 11-12 at the Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo.


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Duck Down: Experience Waterfowl Hunts in the “Golden Triangle”

Duck Down: Experience Waterfowl Hunts in the “Golden Triangle”


When it comes to exploring great locations for the waterfowl hunt, the State of Arkansas should be at the top of the list.


Resting in Stuttgart, Arkansas – like a jewel among the grass – is 3,000 acres located in the heart of Arkansas’s Grand Prairie. It is here the Duck Down Guide Service can be found and is literally a duck hunter’s paradise. With exclusive access to hunt more acres and offer a wider variety of hunting options than any other guide service in or around Stuttgart, Duck Down is simply waiting for you to book your guided duck, goose, dove or predator hunt for the upcoming seasons.

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It is important to note that Duck Down is not your ordinary guide service; you will not be taken to the same shot up and shot out blind day after day after day. In fact, it is the amount of acreage that has been one of the biggest keys to Duck Down’s absolute success. Another key comes from the fact that Duck Down is located only 15 minutes west of the “Duck & Rice Capitol of the World,” and only a mile or so north of the largest wildlife management area in the entire state (Bayou Meto) that is managed specifically for ducks. Hundreds of thousands of ducks inhabit Bayou Meto’s 33,000 acres, and when the season opens, thousands of hunters from Arkansas and other states all over the country flock to this world famous area to hunt. This constant hunting pressure causes the ducks to seek refuge in the nearby fields of Duck Down’s farm, which is why there is never a shortage and the waterfowl hunter finds the ultimate success.


When you book your hunt, know that you will be hunting in what is known as “the golden triangle” of Arkansas duck country. With more than 2 million migrating waterfowl calling this area their home for the winter, by utilizing Duck Down, you are set upon a remarkable piece of property that was the largest land transaction ever made in Southeast Arkansas history.


Currently taking reservations for the 2017/2018 Hunting Seasons, (1st season: November 18-26; 2nd season: December 7-23; and 3rd season: December 26-January 28), it is time to include yourself in one of the popular Duck Down Arkansas Guided Duck Hunts.

These guided morning hunts begin one hour before legal shooting time and end at 10:00am. At that time, your guide gathers the decoys and prepares for the ride out. Afternoon hunts begin at 2:30pm and end at the close of legal shooting time. The packages that include lodging come with a great stay at B’s Duck Lodge/Big Jim’s Lodge, and the prices are as follows:

            1 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $445.00 / $570.00

               *1 person for 1 guided morning duck hunt with lodging and meals;

            2 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $890.00 / $1,140.00

            *1 person for 2 guided morning duck hunts with 2 nights lodging and meals;

            3 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $1,335.00 / $1,710.00

               *1 person for 3 guided morning duck hunts with 3 nights lodging and meals;

            4 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $1,780.00 / $2,380.00

            *1 person for 4 guided morning duck hunts with 4 nights lodging and meals;

            And the 5 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $2,225.00 / $2,850.00

            *1 person for 5 guided morning duck hunts with 5 nights lodging and meals

There are even combo hunting packages with lodging and meals where the hunter can not only enjoy the duck hunts in the morning, but also be thrilled with the guided afternoon Speckle Belly Goose hunts. This is acreage that is well-known for the high numbers of Speckle Belly geese that migrate down and claim the Duck Down property as their winter home. Responding to the calls as well as the mallard does, these birds have exceptional eyesight, which makes for a more adventurous and thrilling hunt. But once the decoys are set and all hunters are hidden, these birds can’t seem to resist the sweet ‘yodels’ and ‘clucks’ that the Duck Down guides have mastered.


These combo hunts are also available in packages ranging from 1 day to 5 days, and included with the package hunts are: lodging, meals, maid service, transportation to and from blind, gas, bird retrieval, hunting location, hunting blind, decoys, batteries, bird processing, bird packaging and that experienced and excellent Duck Down hunting guide.


So brush up on that “fowl” language of yours, get the calls in check, and book your trip to that “golden triangle” of Arkansas duck country that awaits the passionate waterfowl hunter in you!




Learning the “Calls” of the Hunt


Learning the “Calls” of the Hunt


When it comes to learning the “waterfowl calls” in order to bring you the most successful hunt possible, and fill up that bag to its ‘limit,’ it is important to know what calls you need to learn, as well as what products are out there on the market that can bring you the most success.

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These calls serve a very clear purpose; they are designed to do something that very few other hunting supplies are able to do – bring your prey directly to your door, so to speak. And, yes, while it does take time to master them, whether you are a beginner or not, they can be mastered.


There are eight calls important to you. The first is the “Basic Quack.” As easy as this one may sound, there are some callers who actually never master a basic quack, and then wonder why the ducks don’t show up. There are people who use qua qua qua when it is time to end the basic quack. Unfortunately, there needs to be a clean, crisp, ‘quaCK’ instead. Stick to the basics, end your quacks correctly, and everything will fall into place.


The second call comes in the form of the “Greeting Call.” The greeting call is usually used when the hunter first sees ducks at a distance. It is a series of 5 to 7 notes, given in descending order, released at a steady rhythm: Kanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc.


The “Feed Call,” is best described as tikkitukkatikka, with the call being sent while raising and lowering the volume ever so slightly. Award-winning waterfowl callers state that the feeding call, although not used often, should be learned in order to add variety.


The “Hail” and/or “Highball Call” is an overused call in the minds of the pros. They will state not to use this call within 100 yards of the ducks. But when you do use it, blow high, hard, and loud. Hails are the loudest of the lot, and you must try to sound as natural as you can. If you decide to try the hail call, start with a long, strong: Aaaaaaink…Aaaaaink, aaaaink, aaainkaink as you taper off in sound and volume.


When ducks do not respond to your greeting call and you want an immediate response, it is the “Comeback Call” that is used. More urgent and delivered faster: Kanckanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc, it is still about 5 to 7 notes and should not be overdone.


One call that is actually overlooked a great deal but has been proven to be highly effective for the waterfowl hunter is the “Lonesome Hen Call.” When ducks are call-shy, this will be more appealing to them. The call is nothing more than widely spaced, drawn-out, Quaaaaink quacks. And it is definitely necessary to space these calls out, leaving several seconds between each one; if the quacks are too close together, it scares the ducks away.


The “Pleading Call” is used to grab the attention of ducks flying 75 to 200 yards above. A series of 5 to 6 quacks that are really dragged out, as if you are begging the ducks to land, the sound is a Kaaanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc with the first note held a little longer than the rest. It’s the caller’s way of literally pleading with the ducks to come into or return to the spread.


Last, but not least, is the “Whistle.” For the Mallard, Pintail or Wigeon hunt, masters swear by the whistle. Using whistles in conjunction with calls allows the hunter to “speak the ducks language.” Using whistles also gets younger people involved because there is no way to mess up.


So…what calls are out there on the market that can truly help make your hunt a success? There are many, but one is the Duck Commander Camo Max Duck Call. Hand tuned, it is made to emulate the hen mallard calls. One of the most popular and versatile duck calls in its line, this call is able to achieve the sound of a mallard hen with great accuracy.


If hunting in lush vegetation, the Buck Gardner Double Nasty Camo Green Duck Call is the perfect one to have along. Designed for the more rugged hunter, this call is made out of hardened acrylic material, making it durable and resistant to wear and tear.


Learning and inexperienced hunters will be aided a great deal by the Ha-Yardel-Fleets DR-85 Mallard Call D Reed. This is a great example of a learner’s duck call, with a simplistic design that is easily adjustable. Sturdy, this call is able to take a lot of hours of practice without any actual damage being done to the reeds.


There are many more to research, but by first learning the actual calls, you can better your chances at having the ultimate waterfowl hunt experience!




Most Important Hunter Safety Tip: Wear Your Harness!


Most Important Hunter Safety Tip: Wear Your Harness!


Experienced hunters do not need to be told that wearing a safety harness is an absolute must when it comes to ensuring ultimate safety. Making sure to have a quality treestand safety harness is necessary, and whether you are a pro or a rookie when it comes to the hunt, it is the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association you can turn to for a better understanding of treestand safety, information on safety standards, guidelines and tips, as well as a full product list offered from all TMA members.

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From the very beginning, TMA worked to develop performance standards, test methods, practices, terminology, and to promote knowledge related to treestands and safety related accessories. Their mission was to reduce the risk of injury to the individual who hunts from an elevated platform or treestand. When it comes to laying out their standards, offering data that all hunters should be aware of before going out on the hunt, the TMA is crystal clear about the fact that wearing a safety harness must be done to ensure treestand safety.


And when it comes to the creation of treestand safety harnesses, vests, lifelines and more, it is the company of Hunter Safety System, Inc. that works on a daily basis to make sure all treestand hunters can find quality products that will allow them to remain as safe as possible.


Born from a love for hunting and an extremely frightening accident, Hunter Safety Systems, Inc. came about when one of the owners of the company had a treestand collapse beneath him. Because the hunter wasn’t wearing the harness that was provided with his treestand, he was headed straight to the ground. It was a literal miracle that he was able to catch hold of the top of the climber, descend down the tree, and immediately call for help.


That’s when the problem within the industry was first realized. All of the available harnesses on the market at the time were basically “tangled masses of webbing” that most hunters were not inclined to deal with when trying to reach their favorite hunting spots before daylight. It was that evening that a virtual “think tank” of hunters came up with ideas in regards to creating a harness that would be simple to put on and would not hinder the hunt in any way. What came about was a harness built inside a vest which would be extremely easy to get in and out of. They then took on the issue of how to make this device adjustable to fit a variety of body sizes. Hunter Safety Systems, Inc. accomplished that task and hunters all over the country have written a slew of testimonials about how these harnesses have, quite literally, saved their lives.


When looking for the right safety harness to meet an individual’s specific needs, the hunter has a wealth of products at their fingertips to choose from when visiting the website of Hunter Safety Systems, Inc. Harnesses are broken down in all different categories, spotlighting the assets that come with each product. The list includes names, such as: Crossbow, Hanger, Hybrid Flex, Patriot, UltraLite Flex, Elite, Contour, TreeStalker II, Lil Treestalker and 4X / 5X. Each listing offers information on price, features and more.


With the education and updates, news, information and data in regards to hunter safety, the TMA ( covers it all. And when it’s time to get that perfect harness, Hunter Safety Systems, Inc. ( is the one to turn to. With these two caring and intelligent “friends” looking out for the hunter – a safe and successful hunt can be had by all.





Recognizing Changing Conditions Often Critical in Relocating ‘Lost’ Bass


Recognizing Changing Conditions Often Critical in Relocating ‘Lost’ Bass


Matt Herren’s recent victory in the Toyota® Texas Bass Classic, one of the most prestigious bass tournaments in the country, hinged almost entirely on the Yamaha Pro’s ability to recognize and adjust to rapidly changing water conditions, even though he’d never before seen the lake he was fishing.

Herren won the three-day event on Lake Ray Roberts in north Texas with 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 12 ounces, beating 37 other top-ranked anglers from both the Bassmaster® Elite Series and the FLW® Tour. This is his thirteenth season as a fulltime tournament pro, during which he has qualified for six Bassmaster Classics® and five Forrest Wood Cup® championships.

“When we started our two-day practice, the lake was more than two feet high,” he explains, “and as expected, the fish were holding around shallow shoreline bushes and biting really well. Then, around noon that first practice day, the Corps of Engineers started dropping the water level, and I knew the shallow bite wouldn’t last.

Understanding how bass relate to their habitat, be it a lake, a river, or even a tidal system, is an important part of bass fishing, and having to relocate ‘lost bass’ that move when water levels change is one of the most common problems bass fishermen face.

“The first question you have to ask yourself is, ‘Where are the bass going?’,” Continues the Yamaha Pro, “and the second question is, ‘How are they going to get there?’. I think the key to answering both questions is locating a ditch or channel the bass can use to swim from shallow to deeper water. That’s how they’re almost always going to move, and that’s what I found that allowed me to win at Lake Ray Roberts.
“Very seldom, when bass are leaving the shallow water, will they simply scatter heading back to deep water.  They move into shallow water using channels, and they move back out using those same channels.”

Herren had noticed several small channels or ditches leading out from the shallow water when he’d started practice, and he followed them with his electronics out across the shallow flats to depths of about 10 feet. There, he also realized the channels contained abundant cover, in this case, flooded cedar trees, and that’s where the traveling bass had stopped and were suspended.

“When a lake is falling, you can fish your way down one of these channels, or just idle down it until you find some type of cover that might hold bass and start fishing there,” says Herren.  “Fish will not always move far, but they can certainly move fast, and this speed is what a lot of fishermen don’t realize.  During the Toyota® Classic, they moved 300 yards in less than 24 hours, and I’ve been in tournaments where they moved both further and faster.”

Herren caught the suspended bass with a 5/8-ounce jig he pitched into the limbs. Each tree, however, only held a single bass, and if they didn’t bite his falling jig on the first pitch, he tried another tree. He caught some fish on crankbaits and soft plastics, but the majority came on his jig.

“The part of the puzzle I haven’t figured out,” laughs the Yamaha Pro, “is why each tree only had one bass, and when I removed that bass, another one did not come in to take its place. I was actually fishing new water on every single tree, so I’m just glad there were a lot of trees for me to fish.” Y

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It’s Bowhunting ONLY at Brushy Hill Ranch in Texas

It’s Bowhunting ONLY at Brushy Hill Ranch in Texas

For over twenty years, wrapped in the beauty of the South Texas landscape, Brushy Hill Ranch has “bowed” to the bowhunter and no one else.

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Twenty-plus years is a huge milestone for any business, but the clients who return again and again will state that they do this for a purpose. With almost 13,000 acres, Brushy Hill Trophy Bowhunting Ranch, offers some of the best “fair chase” hunting for whitetail deer (not to mention turkey, as well as year-round wild boar/hog hunting) in South Texas, at some of the most affordable prices anywhere. Best of all, there are NO trophy fees for any hunting done at Brushy Hill. When you add the fact that all hunts include unlimited hog hunting and lodging in one of the Brushy Hill’s cabins at no additional cost to the hunter, and you see clearly why Brushy Hill is every bowhunter’s dream.


Pete Denney is the owner/operator of the ranch, and holds immense pride knowing that he is responsible for creating one of the Lone Star State’s largest bowhunting ONLY ranches; and he should be proud. Situated in the world-renowned “South Zone” of Uvalde County (a 3-buck county), the ranch features a wide variety of hunting terrain that includes heavily wooded areas (pecan, oak, etc.,), creek and river bottoms (two miles of the Sabinal River and Ranchero Creek, to be exact), mesquite and pear cactus flats, as well as the high Guajillo hills, and everything in between.


Brushy Hill is also a fully-functioning, working ranch. With this abundance of water sources, and being covered with typical South Texas high-protein shrubs and food sources that encourage horn-growth, trophy whitetail bucks are everywhere – which is what made this area famous. The year-round bowhunters have harvested numerous 150 and 160-class Pope and Young bucks, which are as numerous as the deer feeders found all over the property.


Hunters are free to set up almost anywhere, and in any manner they want – within ranch rules, of course. There are no pre-set stands on the ranch. In addition, “Spot & Stalk” hunting is permitted during off-season. Hunting on a large day lease like Brushy Hill can be very different than hunting other types of properties. Why is that? Because the game on a day lease ranch see hunters on a regular basis, year-round, so they can be highly intelligent. Which means hunters get a real challenge and a whole lot of fun.


Even though some hunters are self-guided, semi-guided and fully-guided hunts are options at Brushy Hill. Just head to the website and give a call at least two weeks in advance so the guides have the time to scout and prepare specifically for you and your family or friends.


The varied terrain provides bowhunters with a wide variety of opportunities. When it comes to the Whitetail Deer Hunts, the very large and healthy population includes bucks up into the 170+ inch “Pope and Young” range. Remember, though, these guys are smart – the current ranch record stands at 168 1/2, which means the old bucks have outsmarted hunters for a good, long time.


For Whitetail Deer Hunts, rates are $180 per day, per hunter, with a two-day minimum. The 2-4 day hunt price includes: lodging, 1 buck, 1 doe, legal tag limit of long-horn (7″ & longer) spikes, 1 turkey, unlimited hogs, small game, varmints and any exotics that may cross your path. Long horn spikes (over 7″ each side) may be taken all season and do not count as your buck. Hunters are encouraged to harvest these spikes as part of the ranch’s management program.


For hunts five days and over the price includes: lodging, 2 bucks, 1 doe, legal tag limit of long-horn (7″ and longer) spikes, 2 turkey, unlimited hogs, small game, and varmints. There are even bowhunting lessons available.


So if you’re new to bowhunting or just enjoy the experience of a fully-guided hunt, at Brushy Hill Ranch, you get it all. But remember…those big bucks are out there. Will you nab your trophy? Good luck!


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The Best in Canadian Black Bear Hunting Guides Awaits You!


The Best in Canadian Black Bear Hunting Guides Awaits You!


Located in the very heart of North America, about a hundred miles northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, lies one of the most beautiful spots in all the world. Here, the avid hunter will find Nopiming Provincial Park along the Ontario border, and be introduced to the rugged, unforgettable, untouched beauty of this Canadian Shield landscape.

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Not only does this area offer incredible wildlife habitats but also countless opportunities for vivid photography as you create memories while seeking out the Canadian Black Bear this fall. And the name to call upon in order to have a most successful hunt, as well as make all these memories, is Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters.


With a territory spanning 2400 square miles of accessible wilderness, Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters provide you with a “bucket list” opportunity to view everything from black bear to whitetail deer to timber wolf, moose, fox, and many more. The area also gives those passionate for the rod-and-reel excellent fishing opportunities for northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass.


One of the most amazing packages that Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters is thrilled to offer, however, comes in the form of their fall trophy black bear hunts set in the premier hunting spot for trophy black bear in all of North America: Manitoba, Canada. Owning exclusive black bear outfitter rights for the best section of Manitoba (*approximately 700 square miles of superb black bear habitat in the healthy mixed boreal forest along the Ontario border), all color phases of black bears will be found.


All fall hunts for the black bear are over active bait sites with tree stands set up for the appropriate firearm (bow, muzzleloader, or rifle). Accessed by ATV, 4×4 truck, or boat, the guides at Big Woods have thought of everything to make sure your trophy black bear hunt becomes a rip-roaring success. So successful, in fact, that you will head back each and every year to experience more.


During the fall season only, running five days (Monday to Friday), the trophy black bear hunts also include a free timber wolf hunt. There are also combo hunts to choose from that include whitetail deer, waterfowl and upland game birds. Not only is there a menu of hunts to choose from, but your accommodations are as comfortable as you can possibly imagine. A true “home away from home,” you are provided with a two-bedroom, heated cabin with screened-in deck, double beds, carpeting, gas barbeque, color TV, satellite feed, microwave, fridge, stove or hot plate, and are equipped with bedding, coffee maker, toaster, cutlery, plates, pots and pans.


With two hunters per cabin, you can also depend on hot and cold running water with indoor plumbing and showers. Not to mention, all meals are included with your hunting package, with homemade hot breakfast and supper served in either the lodge’s licensed restaurant or your very own cabin, plus a bagged lunch provided for your days out on the hunt.


When you’re not hunting, you will literally be stunned by the surroundings. Your cabin is situated about fifty yards from the water on a ridge overlooking beautiful Bird Lake, located just 15 miles – as the crow flies – from those amazing woodland caribou calving grounds. Accessible, beautiful, remote wilderness just waiting for you to come and enjoy it all.


Fall Black Bear Hunting dates range from August 28th to September 30th, 2017. Rates for the five-day hunt run $3500 U.S. per hunter, plus taxes and license/allocation fees. Big Woods will even pre-purchase your license prior to arrival if you would like, which entitles you to that free timber wolf hunt.


This package doesn’t stop with just the A+ cabin accommodations and delicious home-cooked meals, however. You also are provided with the best of the best when it comes to professional, licensed and insured guide services; pre- and post-hunt transportation between Winnipeg (hotel or airport) and the lodge flying; transportation from the lodge to and from the hunting area(s); use of safe, comfortable hunting stands in hunting sites that are baited before and during the hunt; use of a rifle and archery range; field dressing; and even taxidermy preparation.


So…what’s left to say? Nothing to do now but head to and check it all out for yourself. After seeing the pictures, alone, you will book your trip immediately. Then all you can do is sit back and watch the clock, counting away the minutes until the lazy days of summer end so you can head to Manitoba’s Big Woods and find that trophy black bear that awaits you!





Back Bay Flounder North and South


Back Bay Flounder North and South

Fishing inside waters for aggressive flounder can benefit from the right boat and the right techniques no matter where you chase them

 In the world of gamefish, flounders probably don’t come to mind. Then again, maybe you’re not that familiar with two of the more popular recreationally caught species that make up the clan. In fact, they are two of the most sought-after gamefish on the East and Gulf Coast. Why? Because they are readily available for a good portion of the year, they are fun to catch, and they are good to eat. Now that’s a fishing trifecta!

The summer flounder’s range extends from North Carolina to Massachusetts, and for a good portion of the year, they frequent bays and tidal rivers. The southern flounder has a more extensive range. In the Atlantic, the range stretches from North Carolina to northern Florida. In the Gulf, the range stretches from Northern Florida to Texas. They are most frequently caught in bays, tidal rivers, bayous, and inlets. The two species look surprisingly similar in shape, coloration, and dentation. Both species are aggressive predators, capable of putting up a good fight on the appropriately sized tackle.

Both species of flounder share the characteristic flat or laterally compressed form. Both eyes are on the topside of the body, along with a large mouth filled with needle-like teeth for gripping their prey. They lie on the bottom using a chameleon-like ability to alter their top skin color to blend in with their surroundings like a warrior in camouflage. These adaptations make the perfect ambush predator. Regardless of which species are found in your area, they are actively pursued by recreational fishermen and most fun to catch when inhabiting estuaries and near shore structure. The ideal boat to pursue this species is a bay boat equipped with the right accessories to get you into position and help you maintain it. 

A few years back we spent a couple of days fishing with the captains Vickers, Mike Junior and Senior, both northeast Florida fishing guides, ostensibly for sea trout and redfish. We were working backwater channels and creeks off the Intracoastal Waterway near St. Augustine, Fla., using a powerful electric trolling motor on the bow of their 23-foot Yamaha-powered Pathfinder® bay boat to cruise silently through the narrow passes. We were casting a variety of soft plastic lures on jig heads when a fish smashed one in just a few inches of water, close to a school of finger mullet. It was the most aggressive strike of the day, and the fish immediately ran for the deep water through the middle of the channel taking line off the light-spinning reel with ease. We all thought it was a nice redfish, but as it came to the net, it turned out to be a 7-pound southern flounder. What a surprise! It wasn’t the last one we caught during our outings.

On a more recent day of fishing, we joined Ken Pontari of Valhalla Yacht Sales, a Contender®® bay boat at a public ramp in Brigantine, a shore town on a barrier island just north of Atlantic City. The bays, channels, and creeks sheltered from the ocean by the barrier islands extend along a good portion of the State’s coastline. There was a striking resemblance to the places we fished with the Vickers and other Yamaha backwater pros in the Gulf States. The scenery is beautiful, tranquil and teeming with bird life. It’s home to a vibrant population of summer flounder from spring through mid-summer. Ken promised to show us his techniques he uses to target the flounder, as well as how his bay boat and its specialized equipment play into his success. 

The 25-foot Contender® is a hybrid bay boat with a step-hull, modified Vee-bottom that makes it ideal for fishing skinny water as well as open ocean. Powered by a Yamaha F300 outboard, it’s capable of incredibly quick holeshots in mere inches of water and top speeds in the 50-60 MPH range. The shallow water capability is aided by the hydraulic jack plate, which is located between the engine and transom. It can lift the big outboard high, reducing the depth of water needed to get the boat on plane. During the day, we ran through passes and over shallow bars (that would have left most boats hard aground) to get to some of Ken’s secret flounder holes. When the bigger flounder finally exit the bay in the late summer and fall, Ken runs the Contender® offshore to an artificial reef to fish for flounder. He uses some of his shallow water tricks there, too. 

Ken’s boat is equipped with a 36-volt electric trolling motor on the bow and a Power Pole®shallow water anchor system on the transom. Both units are controlled via wireless remotes that Ken wears on a lanyard around his neck while fishing. He can put the boat into position to present lures from the bow-casting platform using the trolling motor, then press a button on the remote to deploy the Power Pole® to remain stationary. He can be jigging from the aft casting platform and use the other remote to control the speed and direction of the trolling motor without having to run back to the bow or stop fishing. These tools make any back-bay fishing experience more productive whether it’s for flounder, redfish, sea trout, weakfish or striped bass.

We left the dock cruising down a well-marked channel at a brisk 45 MPH, and Ken turned the boat hard into a narrow reed-lined channel passing over a shallow bar without slowing down. We were able to fly over grass beds, sand and mud flats to reach a spot where two creek channels met away from boat traffic. There, the current has scoured out a deep trench about 200 feet long and 12 feet deep. This is an ideal ambush point for flounder waiting for baitfish pouring out of the channels on the outgoing tide. The current was running pretty hard, and there was a strong breeze that would have made it nearly impossible to drift the length of the hole effectively. Ken dropped the trolling motor and used it to keep the boat in the exact position he desired.

The fishing technique we used in this condition was jigging beneath the drifting boat; Ken broke out two light action graphite spinning rods filled with 10-test braid tipped with long fluorocarbon leaders. They were rigged with two jigs, one above the other in a high/low fashion, each fitted with a Berkley® Gulp!®tournaments. It didn’t take long to produce a nice fat fluke. A few fish later, Ken picked up the trolling motor, he hit the throttle on the big Yamaha and whisked us away to another spot. He took us to the back of Abescon Inlet where the tide was about an hour away from incoming high. He set up a drift, again using the trolling motor to be sure we floated over some very subtle structure spots where he often finds bigger fluke. The water was deeper, so we had switched to a heavier bottom jig, but he used the same jigs and technique. 

“Flounder move into the estuaries from offshore in early spring, well before the season opens,” Ken said. “Some of the first places I fish are way back in the bay and very shallow where the water warm earliest. I like places where a creek enters a channel or pond-like area and flounder wait in ambush for baitfish coming out of the grass beds, with the falling tide. I fish with a single light jig with Gulp!®, and I use the Power Pole® to hold the boat in position to cast to likely ambush points. A little later in the season, the flounder will spread out around the bay, gathering in spots where there are deeper holes, channel bends or structure in and around inlets. The larger flounder will begin moving out of the estuaries in midsummer, and fishing along the beaches and further offshore around structure like artificial reefs will produce a lot of nice fish.

“The Contender® is the ideal boat to catch them on the reefs, too,” he continued. “The trolling motor has a GPS guided system called IPilot that can hold the boat in a spot regardless of the current or wind effecting the boat. It can also be set to follow a specific track or just maintain a heading with a touch of the remote, so the boat will move over the exact bottom at the exact speed I want it to. This makes jigging flounder with the high-low rigs I like to use incredibly productive.” 

A little later in the tide, Ken ran the Contender® to an expansive area of marsh grasses swaying in the morning breeze until he came to a back channel that emerged through an opening in the tall reeds. It was emptying into a large shallow bay and protected by a wide sandbar that made access to the spot impossible for more traditional fishing boats. He used the jack plate to raise the big Yamaha high enough to idle into position. He cut the motor and deployed the Power Pole,® putting us in the perfect location to cast to spots where fluke will often gather to feed. 

“This is a pretty good flounder spot, but we catch a lot of striped bass here in the spring and fall,” said Ken. “And the fishing for big bluefish in the early spring has been fantastic in the bays the past few years. This boat lets me get wherever the fish are and has all the whistles and bells to make catching them easier.”

Our thanks to Ken Pontari for a beautiful day on the water in an awesome fishing boat, and for sharing some of his tricks for catching flounder. These are techniques that will work for summer and southern flounder regardless of where you fish. Y

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Mollie Brings 2017 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship to Florida

  Mollie Brings 2017 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship to Florida   The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama: For the first time in its seven-year history, a charter boat has won the prestigious Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship. Mollie, a 66 G&S operated by Capt. Jeff Shoults of Destin, Florida, captured the title after competing in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship that just concluded. Eric Hayles and Chance Young are the two mates working the cockpit of the custom sportfisher. Unlike previous years where private yachts earned top billing, Mollie had different sets of anglers for each event. “It is a little more difficult dealing with different teams each tournament,” Shoults said at the awards presentation. “But my crew makes it easy by explaining what’s going on and keeping everything together. We worked hard this season and I’m confident we’re going to win some more money in future tournaments. But at this point in our careers, it’s very gratifying to win this trophy and to be recognized among our peers.” The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship consists of five events in the central Gulf of Mexico and is sponsored by American Marine Brokerage. The affiliated tournaments include the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic and the Blue Marlin Grand Championship. The Triple Crown is scored on a hybrid system that includes both weight and release points for the top three finishes in the blue marlin divisions only. Bonus points are also accrued for series participation, weighed marlin lengths and tournament marlin records.  The winning team receives The Championship Trophy, a seven-foot tall, one of a kind masterpiece handcrafted by metal artist Frank Ledbetter that is valued at $18,000. In addition, the Triple Crown Champion earns bragging rights amongst the region’s top big-game contestants.

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In winning the exquisite marlin sculpture and honors this season, Mollie placed second in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic with a blue weighing 654.2 pounds and was also named the top release boat with four more blue marlin credited. The team also earned bonus points for fishing the circuit and length allowances, for a total of 410 points. Lyon’s Pride, a 62 Viking owned by Bob Lyons, with Capt. Daniel Menard and mates Robert Eliason and Kendall Sauls finished second in the standings with 350 points. Team Supreme was third with 285 points. The 76 Viking is owned by Allen Krake, with Capt. Chase Lake and mate Rodney Johnson as the crew. The Triple Crown Championship has now made its way across the Gulf. Patron took it home to Texas in 2011 and Done Deal captured it twice in 2012 and 2013 to represent Louisiana. Sea Mixer put Alabama on the map in 2014, while Relentless Pursuit gave Louisiana another showcase in 2015. Breathe Easy (Alabama) was last year’s winner.

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“The Triple Crown Championship trophy will be right at home in Destin with its long sport-fishing heritage,” says GCTC Director Scott Burt. “Congratulations to Capt. Jeff, Eric, Chance and all of Mollie’s anglers for an outstanding year. This boat is always a contender in the Gulf tournaments, and now they have the hardware to match that skill and dedication.”  

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