2013 Elite Series Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole
Mississippi River - La Crosse, WI, Jun 20 - 23, 2013

Tommy Biffle and other tales from the trip to La Crosse

No one had to convince these guys of the value of Power-Poles. But that combination of high wind and shallow water on the Mississippi River created quite a sales pitch.

Shamblin's duties in La Crosse included overseeing the installation of some new "fast up" and "fast down" Power-Pole foot control buttons for some of the Elite Series anglers. It's a product that will be available to the public in the fall.

Shamblin hinted at some bigger announcements from Power-Pole at July's ICAST show in Las Vegas.

New products are always nice. But if you want to hear a good ol' story about hard work, ask Shamblin about the company's first years of sponsoring Chris Lane. This was long before Chris Lane was a Bassmaster Classic champion, and before Power-Pole was a success in the bass fishing world.

Short version: Chris never said no when Power-Pole asked him to make an appearance, no matter how small the venue, no matter how far away from home.

There's a lesson in the story for those trying to make it in this sport.


In an obscenity case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964, Justice Potter Stewart famously said, "I know it when I see it," in attempting to define pornography.

James Overstreet, Brian Beebe and I started telling our various fish hook removal stories last Sunday while on the water following Aaron Martens. We've got some good ones, almost obscene in their goriness. But nothing tops this YouTube video.

I've successfully done the "string method" of hook removal – once on Mike McClelland, in fact – and this guy doesn't quite get it right. To watch this is closer to sickness than fun. But, just so you know, the only exposed flesh in the video is one man's arm.

Maybe you'll learn something here for future fish-hook emergencies. That's the purpose of it. Keep the kids away. If there's such a thing as fish hook removal pornography, I think I've seen it.