I’ve spent the last few days at the tackle trade show in Orlando talking to buyers and media from around the world about my sponsors’ new products for 2013. One item that’s getting a lot of attention is the Strike King Dream Shot, a 4-inch soft plastic drop-shot that my nephew Jonathon used to win the Green Bay Challenge two weeks ago. Strike King is one of the few lure companies that puts prototype lures in the hands of their pro staff for testing before releasing them to the public.
Megabass, long known for producing quality rods and reels, is expanding their American line. With names like Fast Moving Special, Extreme Mission Type F and Flapping Shaft, these rods are set to open new horizons for bass anglers. There are 13 in all, each made with 30 ton super-low resin carbon material impressed into the shaft. Additional manufacturing processes increase sensitivity and give the rod additional twist rigidity.
We travelled far and wide on the show floor today, recording 17 BASSCams. Check out videos from Aaron Martens, Ish Monroe, Skeet Reese, Mark Menendez, Marty Robinson, Denny Brauer, Gerald Swindle, Bernie Schultz, and Chris Lane. Coming tomorrow expect some videos from Kevin VanDam, and whoever else we find roaming the floor. If you have any pros we haven't found you want to see, leave a comment below and we'll try to see what they are up to.
Legendary rod and reel maker, Abu Garcia, is expanding their popular Veritas line of fishing rods to include groups designed for specific techniques. They now have a Winch Series designed specifically for use with their Revo Winch crankbait reels, as well as a Micro-Guide Series for improved balance and sensitivity.
Randy Howell shows off some new reels that don't come cheap.
We followed Kevin VanDam a bit this afternoon, and it may sound like the most obvious thing in the world, but wow does he draw a crowd. Despite this being a show closed to the public, there were autograph seekers at nearly every turn. One thing I was impressed with was that he was always friendly and willing to pose for a photo or sign something. It must take a lot of patience to be KVD...
What B.A.S.S. has done for catch-and-release in bass fishing, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) wants to do for offshore saltwater fishing.