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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020

CONSERVATION
Helping hands are needed to assist in building a series of oyster shell bars at MacDill AFB on Tampa Bay on the mornings of March 5, 6, 19, & 20
FISHERIES
Today, NOAA Fisheries announced the Final Rule to Implement State Management of Private Angling for Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) following two years of a highly successful exempted fishing permit (EFP) that allowed the individual states to manage their portion of the private recreational red snapper quota.
This gigantic lake in north-central North Dakota attracts people because as Perch Patrol guide Korey Sprengel said, “It’s always changing. Every day is a challenge. It’s an incredible fishery.”

Today, the recreational fishing and boating community praised final action taken by NOAA Fisheries to implement state management for private anglers fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) is accepting applications for membership on the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Advisory Panel and the Red Drum Advisory Panel for the next three-year term.
ICE FISHING
A 73-year old Orland man and his dog are dead after the truck he was driving broke through the ice on Alamoosook Lake Wednesday night.

February’s Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity to try ice fishing for the first time, or, for experienced anglers, to introduce their friends to ice fishing.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department urges people venturing out on the ice of Vermont’s lakes and ponds to always put safety first and monitor ice conditions, especially after significant snow fall.
INDUSTRY
AFTCO's freshwater expansion aims to connect a longstanding conservation mission to more anglers.

Brothers & Company announced today that it has hired John Brothers as Senior Data Analyst to serve in BroCo’s Insights Group, which handles data analytics, business intelligence and strategic insights for the agency’s roster of national brands.
Swanson Russell welcomes Lindsey Franklin, Ian Gurney, Randy Hill, Madison Knopik, Kristi Leaders and Brett Summers.
This premium designed, specialized Crappie Jig Head's foundation is a premium-forged steel Gamakatsu® hook that is molded through the round ball lead head.
RADIO
Tune in to this week’s Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio show as host Rob Keck talks to Shane Mahoney, founder and CEO of Conservation Visions, Inc.
SPONSORSHIPS
Abu Garcia will immediately assume title sponsorship of the FLW College Fishing circuit.
STATES
Anglers and the public can now enjoy nature-based recreation and safe creek access to Elk Creek in Erie County.
Arkansas Game and Fish Fisheries Division staff from south-central Arkansas were able to get out and "spruce up" some of the fish attractor sites at Upper White Oak Lake near Camden earlier this week.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would like to remind anglers that emergency regulations affecting spring Chinook salmon fishing in the Klamath River Basin were re-adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission effective December 2019.
The transition to the new license sales system will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, through noon Tuesday, Feb. 18. DNR licenses, permits and applications will not be sold in stores or online during that time.
Don’t miss this opportunity to attend one of six public meetings to provide comments and opinions on how best to manage the 2020 Chinook Salmon fisheries in the Clearwater, Hells Canyon, lower Salmon, Little Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers.
Since the start of the year, DNR fisheries biologists have been stocking trout in lakes and streams around the state to provide places where anglers and their families can cast a line.
The program is aimed at developing a comprehensive and integrated response plan to red tide in coastal waters.
TELEVISION
Capt. Justin Leake shares the boat with Bill Carson of Johnson Outdoors and unlocks the secrets to the company’s innovative “One Boat Network” in One Boat, Many Fish, the latest episode of “Chasin’ The Sun.”
TOURNAMENTS
Inshore anglers from across Florida and surrounding regions will converge at Titusville, Florida, February 8-9, for the first of two regular-season events for the Florida East Division of the 2020 IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour.
The second tournament on the 2020 Elite Series slate will be held Feb. 14-17 at Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn., a lake noted for producing giant largemouths.
B.A.S.S. officials made a decision to cancel the first day of competition on the St. Johns River today after the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a wind advisory making the fishery unsafe for boaters. The wind advisory is calling for winds 15-25 m.p.h. with guests over 40.
After a high-wind advisory forced postponement of the first day of the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River, B.A.S.S. officials announced that the Top 10 would fish a shortened competition day on Monday, Feb. 10.
WORKSHOPS
Join one of these fishing clinics that are open to people of all ages and levels of experience, including those who are completely new to fishing.

The Original ChatterBait bladed jig had already made a sizeable splash in the professional bass scene when in 2017, Z-Man and Japanese lure maestros EverGreen International collaborated on what would quickly become the single most coveted tournament bait in America.

Three years later, the Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer still sits at the top of the game.

With a major collection of tournament wins and dominating performances already to its credit—including the Bassmaster Classic and other elite events— the ChatterBait JackHammer has worked its special blend of magic once more, this time at the January 2020 FLW Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

On day one, Z-Man pro Grae Buck hoisted the largest bass of the event—a 9-pound 8-ounce heavyweight that engulfed a ½-ounce green-shad-color ChatterBait JackHammer dressed with a Z-Man RaZor ShadZ™ trailer.

Eventual tournament champion John Cox credited a black-and-blue Z-Man ChatterBait for its clutch performance. After fishing the first three days with a crankbait, Cox's pattern for staging prespawn bass fell apart. Grinding through the final day, he ran to a pair of favorite trees, where three 2-3/4-pound bass ate Cox's ChatterBait in succession. A cool $102,500 payday rewarded the Florida angler's choices.

Further proving the JackHammer's mettle for heavyweight largemouths, third place finisher Darold Gleason relied on a ½-ounce B-Hite Delight-color ChatterBait JackHammer to elicit bites from shallow, prespawn bass. Meanwhile, keying on isolated cypress trees, tenth-place angler Jon Canada called a chartreuse-white JackHammer his primary lure.

Z-Man pro Grae Buck lipped the tournament big bass, a bruiser 9-8 largemouth caught on a ChatterBait JackHammer.

At Rayburn, two more elite ChatterBait programs yielded top-20 paychecks. Z-Man pro Miles "Sonar" Burghoff notched a respectable 18th place finish thanks to a JackHammer; Burghoff might have risen much higher in the ranks, had a submerged tree not punctured his hull on day-2.

Weighing a total of 41-pounds 3-ounces, fellow Z-Man angler Buck leaned on his big bass and three solid limits to earn a respectable 19th place finish. Buck, a standout collegiate hockey and fishing star during his days at Penn State University, worked a ChatterBait JackHammer around and through mats of submerged vegetation.

"I was keying on massive patches of hydrilla up in 4 and 7 feet of water," said Buck, who won the 2019 Bassmaster Eastern Open on a Z-Man Finesse TRD™. "The key to triggering bites was to rip the bait free each time it contacted a hydrilla stem. Even when I'm fishing the bait in open water, I'll pause or give it one rodtip twitch every so often. Seems like every time you make the bait 'hunt' a little or change direction, you get bit.

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"One amazing thing about the JackHammer is its ability to produce more vibration and thump and a bigger footprint than its physical size might suggest," Buck noted. "I think when you put a RaZor ShadZ on the back, the whole package looks like a gizzard shad. But when bass move up close to it, the lure isn't intimidating. So you get both powerful attracting cues and lifelike physical attributes that result in big bite after bite. The JackHammer has now produced my two heaviest largemouths to date, and a lot of really big smallmouths."

Burghoff, an exceptional, versatile angler who lives near the shores of Tennessee's Lake Chickamauga, fished a similar ChatterBait pattern, with a slight variation in retrieve. "At Rayburn, I threw a ½-ounce JackHammer in a neat pattern called 'Bruised Green Pumpkin,'" he said. "The head is highlighted in blue fleck and the skirt includes a few blue silicone strands added to a green pumpkin base. It's one of the really unique colors that helps set the JackHammer apart from other bladed jigs."

Like Buck, Burghoff employed a Z-Man RaZor ShadZ trailer (green pumpkin) and also concentrated on dense stands of submerged hydrilla. The anglers each fished near drains—Texas terminology for the back ends or pockets of feeder creeks.

"I often fish a JackHammer with what I call a yo-yo retrieve," Burghoff noted. "You're lifting the ChatterBait and letting it freefall back to the bottom. Each time you do this, you're presenting fish with an opportunity to react, to bite something that's vulnerable."

Although Z-Man ChatterBaits have been touted almost exclusively as shallow water tools, Burghoff also likes to 'yo-yo' baits like the JackHammer and new ChatterBait Freedom CFL Football on deeper ledges. "On the Tennessee River lakes, I fish a ChatterBait all summer in those offshore situations," he adds. "I've caught bass in up to 25 feet of water. Where others might fish a crank or a hair jig, I'm throwing a ¾- or 1-1/4-ounce JackHammer, giving fish a different look. The lure's a lot more versatile than people realize."

Miles "Sonar" Burghoff says a ChatterBait can also be a great tool when fished yo-yo style on deep structure.

FISHING CALENDAR
February 1-9
Great American Outdoors Show

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA; https://www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org
 

February 5-9
Pacific Sportsmen’s Show

Portland, OR; www.thesportshows.com

February 15-16
Fly Fishing Show

Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196 th St. S.W., Lynnwood, Wash.; www.flyfishingshow.com

February 21-23
Fly Fishing Show

Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, Calif.; www.flyfishingshow.com

February 22
Texas Team Trail

Lake Sam Rayburn, www.texasteamtrail.com

February 23
Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak

February 27 - March 1
World Fishing & Outdoor Expo

Suffern, NY

March 4-8
Fred Hall Show

Long Beach, CA; www.fredhall.com

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

Wisconsin State Fair Park & Expo Center, West Allis, WI https://jssportsshow.com/

March 6-8
50th Annual Bassmaster Classic

Lake Guntersville, AL, with weigh-ins at BJCC in Birmingham; www.bassmaster.com.

March 7-8
Fly Fishing Show

Lancaster County Convention Center, 3 East Vine St., Lancaster, Penn.; www.flyfishingshow.com

March 10
Inshore seminar with Captain Scott Moore

Inshore seminar with Captain Scott Moore, the Dean of Florida’s West Coast guides, and Captain Mike Anderson of Reel Animals TV and radio, 7 p.m. at T.A. Mahoney’s Marine Supply in Tampa, free food and drink; www.southshoreanglers.com.

March 12-14
Casa de Campo Open

La Romana, D.R.; flyzonefishing.com

March 13-15
Saltwater Fishing Expo

Edison, NJ

March 14-15
Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley

March 21
Texas Team Trail

Lake Toledo Bend, www.texasteamtrail.com

March 26-29
Fred Hall Show

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA; https://www.fredhall.com/san-diego

March 27-29
New England Saltwater Fishing Show

Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, R.I.; http://www.nesaltwatershow.com

April 2-4
Chub Cay Invitational

Chub Cay Resort, Bahamas; chubcayfishingtournament.com

April 4
Western Walleye Expo

Adams County Regional Park, Brighton, Colorado; cowalleye@gmail.com, 970-699-5264.

April 18
Texas Team Trail

Lake Amistad,  www.texasteamtrail.com

 
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