We’ve had a phenomenal 3rd annual Crestliner Trumped Fishing Competition and it wouldn’t be possible without your commitment, hard work, and strong angling. We had a blast watching all the fish getting posted and seeing how great of a time you all were having too. Keep on the lookout for info on next years contest, until then we’d like to recognize this year’s four grand prize winners:
Graham Mozelisky: 32.375″ Walleye
Bryce Buchanan: 46″ Northern Pike
Katelyn Hansel: 26.5″ Largemouth Bass
Shawn Dornblaser: 16.750″ Crappie
Congratulations to all of this summer’s winners. We look forward to seeing you all out on the water next year.
If you are looking for a great place to plan your next big fishing trip, the land of maple syrup should be towards the top of your list. There are great, easily accessible lakes and plenty of fish to reel in. If you are looking for a bounty of walleye and northern pike to spar with, then this article has just the tips for you. We promise, you won’t be disappointed with the scenery either.
When you’ve got little ones running around, they may not have the patience you have for a nice day of fishing. It will hopefully come with time, but until then, there are some fun new products out there for them to enjoy their time in the water (and maybe a few toys for the adult too). Checkout these suggestions from Minneapolis TV Station KARE-11. The article may say for July 4th, but shouldn’t every day feel like Independence Day?
In this week’s Deck Talk with Matt Johnson, he explains the importance of finding the hard bottom, especially around or near weeds. Watch the clip here—you might find this tactic to be an excellent method of landing bigger bass this summer!
There are many ways to celebrate our nation’s independence: carnivals & fireworks, parades, picnics, barbecues and more. Our favorite way to celebrate? Spending quality time with family and friends out on the boat. Because many share our same passion for boating, we know that this holiday, in particular, means increased traffic on many local lakes. To help make the most of your day on the water, we remind everyone to boat smart, safe, and responsibly. Doing so will allow you to focus your attention on more enjoyable things—like making memories.
Here’s what you need to know in the month of June to keep your rods & reels active!
The Catfish Mini-Tournament is currently open! This is your chance to flash your cats so get going! This mini-tournament closes on Friday, June 21st.
The May leaderboards have cleared (with exception to the top fish in each of the grand prize categories) so claim your spot at the top for the month of June! This month’s leaderboads close on July 9th at 11:59PM.
We’ve enabled the mobile posting site where you can take pictures and post your fish directly from your phone! Simply head to crestliner.com/trumped on your smartphone device, login to your account, and start posting.
Need a refresher on how to correctly post your fish? Check out this video.
Congratulations to the following individuals for topping the Trumped leaderboards in the month of May. We will be reaching out to you individually to send you your prizes. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to email@example.com.
1st: Darryl Ward (31.31)
2nd:Ryan Miller (30.875)
3rd: Jeremy Mayer (30.375)
1st: Jered Reiss (41.5)
2nd: CJ Houben (41)
3rd: CJ Houben (40)
1st: David Drawdy (24)
2nd: Robert Steelesr (23.5)
3rd: Travis Schallock (22.75)
1st: Steve Koskela (15.125)
2nd: Chris Bogoly (15)
3rd: Steve Koskela (15)
Tales of Tape
Walleye: Tracy Brackenridge with a total of 603.25 inches & 31 fish posted
Pike: Tracy Brackenridge with a total of 377.00 inches & 17 fish posted
Bass: Travis Schallock with a total of 561.438 inches & 31 fish posted
Crappie: Chris Bogoly with a total of 220.875 inches & 21 fish posted
For more information on this year’s tournament, click here!
The fishing on Green Bay during the Masters Walleye Circuit event there was simply incredible. Our tournament finish was no indication of how well the fish cooperated. We place 39th out of 103 teams just two pounds out of the money and 5 pounds out of the top 10. All we missed was one big bit over the course of two days.
Pre-fishing went very well. We started our search on the west shore of the bay north of Oconto and south of Marinette. The word on the street was that fish were shallow and in the warmer water. We search for the warmest water we could find and began fishing in 57 degree water. Day one ended with only 6 fish, but they were all over 22 inches with a 26 inch beauty being our largest of the day. The fish bit on both crawler harnesses and crankbaits. They day gave us enough information to build a plan.
From the data gathered the first day, we continued to expand our search. Switching between crankbaits and crawler harnesses we eventually put a good plan together for the tournament. By the timet he tournament began, our strategy was to fish an area well south of Oconto on a break between five and seven feet of water. This was right on the newly emerging weed beds in the area as well.
The plan was to run #5 Berkley Flicker Rigs in Pink Shine and Blue/Silver on one side. 50 feet back with no weight or with one small split shot put the baits in the zone. These were fished on the deep side. On the shallow side, we ran #5 Ghost Blades in Whites and Pinks 30 feet back with one or two small split shot. This kept baits just over the emerging weeds.
The speed that got the most strikes was just above 1.0 mph. The I-Pilot link made navigation while fishing a breeze. Cruise control and auto pilot used together was the ticket. By the end of the event, we had more than enough way points to create a route and let the Terrova do the driving for us.
Over the two tournament days we landed over 100 walleye and weighed 5 each day over 22 inches. Again, the large Kicker fish that eluded us was the difference. If there was a bite we missed it was the deeper fish of shore. It looks like we got sucked into the shallow bite and ran out of time to explore anything else.
Not a bad start to the year and nothing to be disappointed about. The next stop is Devils Lake, ND in August.
Johnnie Candle – Crestliner National Pro Team Member
Sometimes packing light is the way to go. Especially if you’re fishing small bodies of water or backpacking. This post will explain how you can make a pocket-sized tackle box of out and Altoids container. Arts and crafts, anyone?
If you’re feeling like us in Minnesota, this weather might really be testing your patience—but there is a silver lining. Taking advantage of these conditions (following the melt) to catch bigger bass. Like us, bass need to shake off the chill of winter, and will do so by finding warmer, shallow waters. Many of us may venture off to the sticks to find these trophy fish, when realistically, all you might have to do is look underneath your dock. This article written by Walker Smith of the blog Wired 2 Fish highlights these points, and how small crankbaits may really help your cause (to read the full article, click here: http://goo.gl/jqSLZ).
During the meantime, help everyone’s cause by crossing your fingers in hopes of warmer weather!