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 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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To Fish or Not to Fish is The Question of The Season

Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier Rain Jacket

Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier Rain Jacket

I spent a day on the water this past weekend with a good friend of mine. We fish together quite a bit during the season.

With the weather here in New England turning colder each week, I always wrestle this time of year with the decision of when to put the boat away for the winter and go into hibernation mode. It’s never an easy decision.

Heading into this trip I had pretty much made up my mind that this would be the last trip of the year because I figured we’d freeze our butts off out there. One thing I forgot to factor into my decision, though, was the fact that I had some great new foul weather gear that I had bought back in February right before my trip to Lake Fork. I had brought it along just in case the wind kicked up and made it unbearable.

Sure enough, after a few hours the wind was starting to get the best of me. So [Read the rest of this entry…]

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Shimano Curado 200E7 – My Favorite Baitcasting Reel!

I’ve owned a lot of different reels over the years. Some of them have been great reels that lasted a long time, while others have been absolute trash… not worth the money I spent on them.

I’ve owned several different brands including Shimano, Quantum, Abu Garcia and some others that I don’t even remember.

Quantum 1310MGI remember reading some reviews of the Quantum 1310MG about 20 years ago when it was a new item. the reel received rave reviews from a now-defunct magazine called Tackle Test. They put the reel through some pretty rigorous tests and it passed every one of them with flying colors!

I ultimately ended up owning this reel when a client that I was guiding on a night trip accidentally broke my windshield on my boat. He felt so bad that he gave me his rod and reel combo, which happened to be the 1310MG! The reel turned out to be a workhorse and I still own it today as a backup reel.

Ultimately, though, I did find a favorite reel. Over the years I bought a lot of Shimano reels. I liked their design, their quality and the overall prices of their various reel models.

For several years I refused to spend more than about $60 for a reel. I just had a hard time justifying it… especially in light of the fact that I had two daughters and they came first, before my fishing habits.

Now that the kids are married and away from home I can spend my money a bit differently though 🙂

Shimano Curado 200E7A couple of years ago I took the plunge and bought a Shimano Curado 200E7. I have to admit that I had a hard time at first, dropping $179 on a reel, but once I spent some time on the water with this reel I was convinced that it was worth every penny of the price.

The Curado 200E7 has become my absolute favorite baitcasting reel. I have even bought two more of them over the past year 🙂

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