Feel the Vibe

On a recent trip down to El Salto Lake outside of Mazatlan Mexico, the guys from Savage Gear got into a wide open bite on the Fat Vibe baits.  With the incredible side to side vibration, loud distinctive rattle, and swim action on the fall, these baits just plain got it done.  The action was fast and furious, and the bass just kept coming.

The Savage Gear Fat Vibe lipless crankbait was designed to fish the entire water column drawing strikes from a great distance.

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The distinct rattling noise and exaggerated belly makes the Fat Vibe deadly on a lift and fall retrieve.

Fat Vibe Largemouth

The Fat Vibe does not spiral down on the fall like most lipless crankbaits, but rather has a side-to-side swimming action on the fall.

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Available in the hottest colors with high quality, super sharp hooks.

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Here is a video with a more detailed look at the baits and description by Savage Gear USA Product Manager Mike Bennett.

 

 

 

 

Musky; The Fish of 12,837 Days with Matt Breuer

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THE FISH OF 12,837 DAYS

by Matthew Breuer

Written for Angling Buzz

As a fishing guide, a lifetime angler and a fishing promoter, I pride myself in being able to say that I’ve caught this fish or that fish, the one fish was blah-blah pounds, while the other was blah-blah inches long. I caught a limit of that species in 10 minutes once. 6 fish on 6 casts another time. You get the idea — stupid ego stuff that means nothing to anyone, aside from a child. They’re easily impressed, and believe that anything is cool if you tell the story with enough enthusiasm. Well, what if I told you that it took me 12,837 days to catch my first muskie while actually targeting them?

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To be fair, I’ve caught quite a few muskies. I’ve also landed more than my fair share for clients, and watched more muskies come off or break lines than I can count while guiding or fishing. They love eating small walleyes or perch that are being skimmed across the top while pulling crankbaits. I’ve caught muskies on small crankbaits, I’ve caught them on jigs and shiners, caught them on bouncers and blades with a crawler, caught one on a perch while ice fishing, 3 on walleyes while reeling them in, 1 on a small largemouth bass, 1 on a spinnerbait used while bass fishing, snagged one, and caught roughly 5-6 on crappies that I had hooked on the lake my parents lived on until their retirement. These fish all had one thing in common. None of them were caught while actually targeting them.

The story isn’t that depressing, as I was able to catch a 51.5” fish on 6lb. test while pitching jigs for walleyes. Very cool moment. But to spend half a lifetime without being able to put a muskie in the boat for myself on muskie gear was beginning to feel like a monkey on my back. I was tired of netting them for other people, and wanted to feel what they felt..
2016 was going to be my year. That was my only goal in fishing for the year.

 

Musky Caught on a Savage Gear Swimbait

MAKING IT HAPPEN

This summer has been like many others here in northern MN. Extremely busy. I’ve hardly had time to hang out with my kids, let alone find time to get out muskie fishing. When a call came in from Okuma/Savage Gear/Waterwolf asking if I’d be willing to take Mads Grosell muskie fishing, a big yes went to the mastermind behind Savage Gear and their ultra-realistic baits. Mads and Mike Bennett from Savage gear, along with Chad Sandstrom from Team Okuma Midwest arrived in Bemidji, and before we knew it every bait they wanted to test was tested, and we had raised 7 muskies, got Mads his first ever muskie, and caught an 8lb. walleye to boot. I decided right then and there that I was going to put in the time, and work the new baits over, and get myself a muskie.

I knew I’d need help and motivation, so I looked to my wife and one of my best friends. My wife; who is always begging to go muskie fishing would provide the motivation, and Brian Jones, owner of First Choice Guide Service in Cass Lake, MN, to provide the location, boat skills, and comradery.
The first trip out yielded a nice fish for Brian, several other follows, and I lost a nice fish that surfaced and shook my bucktail. It was a heartbreaking moment that dug at me for weeks. Our second adventure provided less action, but I was able to connect. I was tossing the new 12” Line-Thru SS Trout from Savage Gear, and was determined to catch a fish on it. About halfway through our evening, I was hooked up. I watched the bait slide away from the fish and the hooks, just like it was meant to. A fun tussle, a pile of adrenaline, and a perfect hoop job and we had my first intentional muskie in the boat. Lots of high fives ensued, hugs were given, and a monkey was peeled from my back. It was a great moment, shared with two of my favorite people.

Musky from North Country Guide Service

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS

I’m unsure where the fisherman’s tale of muskies being the fish of 10,000 casts came from, but in my research and experience, I think that it’s part fiction, and part science. I’ve never heard of someone actually counting, and actually hooking one on their 10,000th cast. I have, however, watched a client cast once, troll 200 yards, and then hold up his first muskie. I also have a very good friend who is averaging a muskie every 3-4 hours this season. Muskie numbers are on the rise, the number of muskie anglers is on the rise, and technology is helping anglers cut the curve by a long ways. Some baits are so realistic that I want to fillet them and deep fry them. It’s easier now is my point… for some…

After I finally caught my first, I really thought hard about the amount of time I’ve actually spent chasing the elusive esox masquinongy. I figured that I’ve fished for muskies about 37 times. I spent an average of 4.5 hours on the water. If I averaged out burning bucktails and casting pounders or jerk-baits, I figured that I casted roughly 55 times per hour. That accounts for small breaks for water, stretching, whining about my back pain, cussing at muskies that followed and didn’t eat, and moving from spot-to-spot. If you’re any good at math, you’d realize that I was pretty close to being the guy from the age-old tale. A guy who casted 10,000 times… almost. I beat the odds. It took me roughly 9,157 casts to catch my first “on purpose” muskie.
My wife has one muskie trip under her belt, and is next in line to scratch the itch. She was along when I caught my first, and I hope to put her on her first in a much shorter period of time than it took me. I also hope that I don’t have to wait another 9,157 casts until my next fish. If I do, I guess whoever came up with the old tale about muskies being the fish of 10,000 casts will be close once more.
Matthew Breuer
Northcountry Guide Service

Savage Gear Line Thru Musky Bait

Savage Gear’s Award Winning Hard Bait for ICAST 2016-The 3D Suicide Duck

Suicide DuckOur new innovative Duck lure has been causing a stir in the pond and in the fishing industry. It won “Best of Show” at the ICAST industry show in Orlando Florida for the hard lure category this past week. This will be our third year winning a “Best of Show” award at the annual ICAST show, we are calling it our “3-peat” of the previous years.
Our 3D Suicide Duck will be great for hungry pike, musky and bass looking for a fluffy and easy snack. It has spinning webbed feet that mimic a fleeing duck when attached to the line. This spinning action creates a bubbling trail behind the duck, the lure can be fished fast or slow for a different effect. They are rigged with both top and bottom hook configuration so anglers can customize the bait for any fishing situation.duck

Check out the 3D Duck in action in this ICAST 2016 clip from Tackle Warehouse.

 

It is the first of its kind in our Savage Gear product lineup but we are always looking to broaden our horizons with our new products so be sure to look for our new product additions such as the 3D Rad Rat and the 3D Burbot this fall on our site www.savagegear-usa.com. The new 3D Ducks will be available for sale around September, check your local retailer for arrival dates.

Springtime Bass Bed Fishing Basics

By Tyler Torwick

With Spring time upon us, as a bass fisherman you know what that means – its time for the spawn! Arguably the best fishing of the year, and the best time to catch your personal best, many anglers look forward to March, April and May.

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With water temperatures warming up and fish getting more active, there are several ways to catch these fish. During this time of year water temperature is very important, it is very possible to find fish pre spawn in one part of the lake, and fish on beds in another part of that same lake. The further South you are in the United State the sooner the spawn will begin.

When I am fishing this time of year there are two strategies I keep in the back of my mind when breaking down the lake. Unless I have fished the lake recently and know the fish are on beds, I will keep a few rods rigged up for chasing pre-spawn bass just in case. Pre-spawn bass can be approached several ways. When I know the bass are not on beds yet, the first thing I do is look at my map and locate creek channels, ledges and drop-offs adjacent to shallow spawning flats. These bass will stage in this deeper water before conditions are right for them to make a bed. In addition to the nearby deep water, I also like to look for schools of bait. If you can find bait, near deep water and adjacent spawning flats, you have found the three things necessary for an ideal spot.

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In addition to the deep water, you may sometimes find the bass up shallow, but not yet active on a bed. When I find fish in the backs of creeks I like to begin with a search bait. I love throwing a buzzbait, a spinnerbait such as a Savage Gear Ti-Flex Spinnerbait, and a topwater bait. All of these baits create a lot of movement and commotion in the water that will aggravate the fish and cause a reaction bite.

Long casts are key to success since fish are shallow and easily spooked. An Okuma Helios HS-CM-701MH is an ideal rod for this application. The length of the rod allows for long casts, while the fast taper allows you to work the movement of the baits exactly how you want them. You also want a high-speed reel to work that bait quickly and to take up line once you have worked the bait out of the strike zone. I prefer an Okuma Helios reel due to the smooth drag and super lightweight frame. One tip I also like to recommend is rather than fishing monofilament like most anglers use, I recommend 30# braid for this application. The low stretch, high sensitivity of the line is ideal for making very long casts and getting a solid hook set.

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Now onto what we have all been dreaming of – sight fishing! There is nothing better to get your adrenaline pumping than slowly easing up to a bed, with your trolling motor on the lowest setting, and seeing a massive female largemouth guarding her nest. Once bass have built their nests they become very territorial. During the spawn you will always find bass in pairs, the male will always be the smaller bass, and it is his job to guard the nest. This can pose a problem when trying to catch the bigger female.

Before we discuss ways to catch the female rather than the male, I would like to touch on a couple baits I use when trying to get fish to bite while on a bed. With sight fishing, it is very important to be able to pitch a bait very accurately towards a bed. Due to this, I like to use a shorter 6’6” or 7’ rod. Something with a medium heavy to heavy action is best since getting a hard hitting hook set it important. I personally fish the Helios micro guide HS-SKR-701MH rod.

Bass can be very territorial of their beds, but getting them to bite at the first bait you cast into the bed is not always the case. There are three animals I find bass worry about the most when it comes to protecting their beds: Bluegill, Crawfish and Salamanders. Each of these three creatures love to eat fish eggs and will raid a nest in a heartbeat. To imitate a bluegill I like using a very realistic swimbait, a warmouth, or a bluegill colored jig with a similar-colored trailer. To imitate a crawfish there is absolutely no better bait than a Savage Gear 3D Craw. Paired with a standup jig head, this is a deadly bait. (This bait in white happens to be my go to bed fishing bait). Lastly, to imitate a salamander, a simple soft plastic lizard, Texas rigged with the weight pegged works well.

Once you have these bait all tied on, it is time to experiment with each bed. Keep in mind that each bass is different and not every single fish in that lake is going to hit the same bait. When I find a bed, I like to be as quiet as possible as to not disturb the fish, if you have Power Poles, this is the time to use them! I always begin with the Savage Gear 3D Craw and work my way through my baits from there. If the bass are short biting your bait and only getting the claws in their mouth, this is because they are trying to kill it and not eat it. You can either add a stinger hook to the bait, or just downsize baits.

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If after cycling through all of my baits I still cannot get the fish to bite, I then focus on different areas of the nest. Sometimes you’ll find a bass will get extra agitated when your bait is on a certain side of the nest. When you figure out what angers the fish the most keep working that side until they bite. Sometimes you may have to work a single bed for over half an hour! One tip I like to recommend is when you do find a bed with a big fish on it that you simply cannot get to bite, keep a long wooden dowel in your rod locker. I like to take the wooden dowel and stick it in the mud somewhere outside of the nest. This allows me to leave the fish alone for a long period of time but be able to know where the nest was and be able to cast to it later but from farther away as to not risk spooking the fish. Leave that fish alone and come back to it in a few hours. With that dowel there, you will know right where she is without relying on a GPS waypoint.

More often than not you will catch the male bass first. When this happens I just keep fishing and target the female after I have caught the male. Usually I will let the male bite my lure, but I do not set the hook. Sometimes they hook themselves and you can’t avoid it though. My biggest tip when trying to get past that pesky male and catch the big female is to use two rods. Each state has different laws regarding this, and some tournaments have rules against fishing two rods at once, so please do your own due diligence and familiarize yourself with the local laws. What I like to do is have two rods at the ready. I will pitch one bait into the nest allowing the male to eat it. I will then leave the reel in free spool and quickly set the rod down on the deck of the boat without setting the hook, and pick up the second rod. Fire a second bait into the nest as quickly as you can while the male is still preoccupied with the first bait. If all goes according to plan the female will take charge and protect her nest.

One thing I do want to touch on is the fish’s safety. Those eggs on that nest are the future of our sport. When you take that fish off that bed it leaves those eggs or fry vulnerable to predators. Bed fishing can be a controversial issue. I see no problem with it, but I feel it is important to release that fish as quickly as possible. Practice CPR – catch, photograph and release. The quicker you can take pictures and safely return that fish to it’s nest the better.

Angler Sticks 13-lb. 11-oz. Largemouth On Savage Gear 3D Craw

We love getting photos and hearing stories of big fish caught on Savage Gear lures. Chris Conley of Pleasanton, CA sent us over some great photos of a big bucketmouth he stuck on a Savage Gear 3D Craw.

“There’s a lake near my house in Northern California filled with trophy bass like this one.” Conley said. “I’ve avoided this lake because the fish are so hard to catch. They get so big from eating planted trout and know the difference between a live fish and a swimbait. The lake has 20+ feet visibility which makes them extremely weary.”

The big female choked down the Savage Gear 3D Craw

The big female choked down the Savage Gear 3D Craw

“A guy named Blake at the local bait shop (who also deserves the credit) has fished the lake and swears by the Savage 3D Craws with the stand-up jig head. The lake does have crawfish the exact color of the 3D craw I picked up that day.”

13Craw_4 copy“I came across a bed and saw this female nearby. I pitched the craw in her direction and gave it a few shakes. She gulped it down without any hesitation and that was it. I’ve tried jigs and other crawfish imitations in this lake without any luck but the 3D craw was the ticket! I also caught an eight pounder the next day off the same bait. All fish were of course released.”

Click here to see the full 3D Craw line up: http://www.savagegear-usa.com/product/view/lures/3d-craw/3d-craw-1

Savage Gear 3D Frog Part of the Ultimate Frog Challenge

The Savage Gear 3D Hollow Body Frog will be a part of the Ultimate Frog Challenge – an event coming up on July 25-26 on the California Delta.  The Savage Gear team is excited to be involved in this event and looking forward to all the big fish photos that are sure to come in from this event.

Check out more info here:  http://www.westernbass.com/forum/ufc-ultimate-frog-challenge-comes-the-california-delta-t93458.html

 

An Unforgettable Redfish Strike..

**Reposted from Andrew Benak’s blog at andrewbenak.com.

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The sheer thought of getting out and fishing in 42 degree weather will keep most “men” at home. When it is your only day to fish and you know everything else is spot on for a good day… you just gotta man up and go. So my buddy spent the night and we headed north. Arrived right before the sun came up was starting to lose feeling in my fingers before we even left ha. At this point there is only one thing to really “warm” me up and this is locking onto some redfish…. and that is what happened! Just minutes after we arrived we were already seeing redfish. The first one I came up on is the first one that was missed in the video. Was a little bummed I missed it but was excited that the fish were active. We continued to work the area and I managed a nice 25.5″ redfish along a bank. After that I took a side “bend around” pretty much a little narrow cut that goes around a spoil island. I got half way and just had that feeling and thought to myself.. “alright where you at?” as soon as I ended that thought I got that crisp, bright copper flash RIGHT in front of me.. the fish stayed calm and actually stuck his head down in the mud. Made my cast and actually reeled up and over the redfish’s body (not a smart thing to do but I had no choice) which got his attention and he well.. he gave me the most unforgettable and my favorite redfish take..ever..  I still can’t stop thinking about that fish.  Simply unforgettable.  Hope you enjoy the video!

 

 

Chance at Giant Ling Cod and freezer filling Rock Fish

Hello Savage fans!

Now is your chance to get out and try for a couple giant Ling Cod and to fill your freezer with tasty rock fish!  Savage Gear and Okuma sponsored 1.5 day trips have just been added aboard the Tribute out of Dana Landing in San Diego California.

These are great trips with lots of great food and fun to be had by all.  Not to mention a chance to get out and try some of Savage Gear and Okuma’s hottest new toys and most likely bring home some fantastic swag in the process!

The trips will be taking place Jan 24-26 and Feb 21-23.

Be sure to check out their website to see these trips and the many others they have coming up.

http://www.tributesportfishing.com/index.php

These trips will fill up fast, so come on down and lets get fishing!

 

Happy Fishing!