Best Reels for Bass FIshing

Two of The Best Reels for Bass Fishing

Quantum Catalyst Pt Spinning ReelThe Quantum Catalyst Pt Spinning Reel is sized to fit any of your fishing needs.

The smallest size CT10PTIC is great for panfish and some bass fishing. The line capacity is 100 yds. of 6 lb. The medium sized CT20PTIC does well for bass and pike, but a big pike might be a bit too much. Clamping down the drag to the max of 16lbs is enough to stop most pike and bass, provided your line doesn’t break. The line capacity is 100 yds. of 8 lb. test.

If you are going after pike or big bass, the CT30PTIC is a good choice, and with a capacity of 120 yds. of 10 lb. line, it can handle bigger fish.

The largest model, CT40PTIC has a line capacity of 200 yds of 12 lb test. If you are going after salmon, steelhead, striper and redfish the largest reel is the one for you.

The bail is made out of titanium and is flexible. A key to owning the Catalyst is using the Quantum Hot Sauce for reel maintenance. The gear lube should be applied at

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Tournament Bass Angler Killed While Protecting His Boat and Equipment

Bass Fisherman Jimmy Johnson

Bass Fisherman Jimmy Johnson

A few days ago, people in the bass fishing community learned of a terrible crime that had been committed against a well-known tournament angler while he was in Mississippi for a big tournament.

56 year old Jimmy Johnson was staying at a hotel and had gone outside to check his boat after dark. When doing so, he discovered someone attempting to burglarize the boat and steal items from it. The perpetrator drew a gun and shot Jimmy in the face, killing him.

(http://www.bassmaster.com/news/bassmaster-opens-angler-shot-death-mississippi-motel)

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Fish N’ Chips Poker Challenge

Head to Head against Bass Fishing Champions

Fish & Chips Poker Challenge

Fish & Chips Poker Challenge

If you ever wanted to go toe to toe with B.A.S.S. Elite champions like Ish Monroe and Byron Velvick or FLW champions Zack Thompson and R.J. Bennett, here’s your chance! Though admittedly, it won’t be a fishing competition; these bass fishing icons will be taking on the enthusiast and fans of both fishing and poker. Also joining in the fray is lure designer Alan Fong, Jeff Huth and Don Paganelli so you can be sure it will be an exciting poker tournament full of opportunities.

According to Bass Angler magazine, the Fish N’Chips Great Outdoor Poker challenge will be making 2 qualifying rounds at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort on September 5 and October 3. This is a good chance for poker fans and bass fishing hobbyists to meet and greet these champions and maybe even get some professional tips and tricks. Of course, they’re not going to be as friendly when you’re facing them on the felt tables as they are also well known card sharks.

Another plus for the tournament is you get to collect bounty when you beat any of the bass fishing champions which you can add to your winnings. And the best part — you don’t even have to be a Future Pro Tour member to join. Anyone who loves the outdoors can qualify. The seats are limited so try to grab one as soon as you can because the prize for winning first place in the competition will get you a small recreational boat, 2 ATV Quads and $2,500 worth of premium hunting and fishing gear.

Don’t be intimidated by all the names. If you take a look at partypoker.com poster boy and currently highest ranking poker player Marvin Rettenmeier, he’s not physically intimidating and even started his career online. Poker and bass fishing may not share the same battlefields but the disciplines to master both competitive sports is patience, hard work and determination. This is why a lot of anglers out there take up the sport of poker because apart from being a good time killer, it’s an awesome background sport to fishing. Playing it doesn’t scare the fish and you don’t need any special equipment, just a deck of cards will do.

So if you miss the first qualifying event, you can still practice your poker skills while waiting for the fish to bite. Coincidentally, if you fail to grab the remaining qualifying seats, you can still be a spectator or participate in the HPT (Heartland Poker Tour) at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort happening on September 20-30 where the final table will be televised. Of course, if the limelight is not your thing, you can also participate in the daily night tournaments at their poker rooms.

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