Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fishing Excuses......

I ran across this list the other week while surfing online for my next blog article. Try to use some of these the next time you don't catch'em... Tom, Jr.

From the web site: http://www.superiorfishing.net/main/excuses.htm

 

·        Currents too strong

·        Barometer rising

·        Wind "clocking" around

·        East wind

·        Barometer falling.

·        Too calm

·        Fish shut down just before we started

·        The lake needs a good storm to stir them up.

·        Fish are not here (or they'd be hitting)

·        No currents

·        Foggy

·        Sunny

·        Too windy to control boat

·        Wrong moon phase

·        Fish facing wrong way

·        Trolling wrong directions

·        Too many bait fish

·        Not enough bait fish

·        Didn't have right lure action

·        Didn't have right lure color

·        Single hooks

·        Treble hooks

·        Didn't have enough time

·        Water too rough

·        South wind

·        Gear not working properly

·        Partner not fishing seriously

·        Trolling motor troubles

·        Cloudy

·        Others fishing our spot

·        Lost fishing coordinates

·        Couldn't see landmarks

·        Should have fished elsewhere

·        North wind

·        West wind

·        Upper level low (Bonehead)

·        Hooks dull

·        Not watching downrigger

·        Fish hit during nature call

·        Short net handle

·        Inept netter

·        Inept captain

·        Shakedown trip (checking equipment out)

·        Followed another fisherman's advice

·        Gloated about successful prior trip

·        Jinxed

·        Bragged about last trip

·        Neither fishing major or minor

·        Fish "Hitting Short"

·        Fish "Slapping lure with their tails"

·        Recent thunderstorms

·        New equipment

·        Tackle in other tackle box.

·        Skim ice

·        Net not "Dipped"

·        Weights Wrong Color

·       Too prepared - even brought cooler ice

·        Trolling too fast

·        Trolling too slow

·        Forgot beer

·        Didn't remove hook protector

 

Thanks for reading..... Branch

 

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a prostaffer for Bass Pro Shops in Atlanta, GA, an up and coming freelance outdoor writer and a full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 26 years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 16 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim, live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their two labs “Jake” and “Scout."

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Product Review - Maui Jim Peahi

Oh my gosh, have you seen the new Maui Jim – Peahi sunglasses?

My favorite time of the year is spring, because I try to be on the water as much as possible to fish and pleasure boat. Last week, I had the opportunity to be on the water for six days at the Georgia TBF Top 6 on Clark Hill Lake. All week I wore tried out the new Maui Jim – Peahi sunglasses. 


Pe’ahi (“peh-AH-hee”), the name comes from an area located on Maui’s northern shore; known for its big waves and extreme high waves, 0 feet tall. This area is a legendary reef break and respectfully referred to by surfers as “Jaws." Peahi is where classic fashion meets versatility.


Maui Jim Sunglasses, newest style sunglasses are called the Peahi. Not only are these glasses stylish, but they are very comfortable. These Maui Jim’s sunglasses will continue to give you the ultimate coverage and protection against wind, debris and UV rays in a generously proportioned wrap that’s big on style. They are very lightweight, flexible, sporty and hypoallergenic. The Peahi’s come with a built-in non-slip nose pad to ensure total comfort. These sunglasses are designed to be worn in salt water with its corrosion-proof nickel/silver alloy hinges. All Maui Jim sunglasses have scratch/impact resistant lightweight polarized lenses that provide incredible clarity on and off the water.
picture courtesy of Maui Jim 


The Maui Jim Peahi Sunglasses are made to block out harmful glare and still allows you to see the vivid colors around you. They come with a super-thin glass (ST Glass) lens that can be used for general wear. The ST Glass is 20% thinner and lighter than conventional glass giving you a superior optic that is durability and scratch resistance without the weight of a conventional glass lens. Polarized Plus 2 technology purpose is to block the glare and UV from all angles. This allows the lenses to manage blue light and then boost colors for unmatched color clarity and contrast. HCL Bronze Lens is perfect for low-light conditions or for those who like a subtle bronze hue for everyday wear. I personally really like the excellent contrast a bronze lens offers you. The adjustable metal core temples create a personalized fit to anyone face. Spring hinges gently hug a person’s head for a lasting comfortable fit. Interesting fact I noticed is these sunglasses are made in Italy. A case is included with all Maui Jim Sunglasses.


When you purchase a pair of quality sunglasses, you expect a good warranty. Maui Jim's warranties its products against damage and defects. This is effective for the first two years of original ownership with proof of purchase. Though the company will repair or replace the product free of charge at its discretion, shipping fees are the owner's responsibility. In addition, Maui Jim is not responsible for repairing prescription sunglasses' lenses, but the company can repair a damaged or defective frame from a prescription pair.


picture courtesy of Maui Jim

“Experience life as it was meant to be experienced with the Maui Jim Peahi.”

To read more about Maui Jim sunglasses go to their web site at: http://www.mauijim.com/

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and a full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 26 years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 16 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim, live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their two labs “Jake” and “Scout."


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

They call it fishing for a reason!

As the old saying goes, if we caught fish every time we went out, they’d call it catching instead of fishing.  So, I guess my trip last week to the Georgia TBF Top 6 on Clark Hill Reservoir was a fishing trip. I did do some catching, but a lot of fishing! My team (Joey, Donny, Danny, Hunter, RW and me) Cumming, GA Bassmasters finished 4th in the team competition.



Practicing for the tournament was descent. We were catching a lot of 1-2 pound fish, but we never could locate the big girls! Bass fishing has been pretty good in the pockets for a few days, and then the fish moved out on the points. I spent some time up the Savannah River in some pockets near the Hwy 378 Bridge, in the Fort Gordon Rec. area and around the bridge in Little River in pockets and on some shallow humps. We had been catching our share of 1-2 pound fish by using a Strike King Lizard in Green Pumpkin on a Carolina Rig or using a Strike King 1/8oz. “Shakeyhead” with Zoom Trick Worm in Green Pumpkin.

I really believe the key to catching fish last week in the clear water was using a quality Rod and Reel that is spooled with a soft, high quality fluorocarbon line. All week my main rods and reels were the following: a Bass Pro Shops -Johnny Morris Carbon Lite Reel and Micro Guide Trigger Rod 6’9 MH or a Johnny Morris Signature Series II Rod 6’8 Medium and Reel Spinning Combo. I spooled both reels with Vicious Pro Elite Fluorocarbon Line 6lb. on the spinning reel and 14 lb. on the baitcaster reel.

Two things I must mention: #1 the companies that supported our team – Mercury Marine, Yamaha Outboards, Vicious Fishing and Lowrance Electronics. Secondly, I cannot forget the incredible staff and people that put on the Georgia TOP 6 TBF Championship tournament – truly a class act! It has been a long time that I have been in a tournament so well organized from the arrival at the park up to the weight in. Good job Larry and his team!

I will leave you with this today with fishing excuses from Joe - http://www.superiorfishing.net/index.htm

·          Currents too strong

·         Barometer rising

·         East wind

·         Barometer falling

·         Too calm

·         Fish shut down just before we started

·         The lake needs a good storm to stir them up.

·         Fish are not here (or they'd be hitting)

·         No currents

·         Sunny

·         Too windy to control boat

·         Wrong moon phase

·         Fish facing wrong way

·         Too many bait fish

·         Not enough bait fish

·         Didn't have right lure action

·         Didn't have right lure color

·         Didn't have enough time

·         Water too rough

·         South wind

·         Gear not working properly

·         Partner not fishing seriously

·         Trolling motor troubles
·         Cloudy

·         Others fishing our spot

·         Lost fishing coordinates

·         Should have fished elsewhere

·         North wind

·         West wind

·         Hooks dull

·         Fish hit during nature call

·         Followed another fisherman's advice

·         Jinxed

·         Fish "Hitting Short"

·         Fish "Slapping lure with their tails"

·         New equipment

·         Tackle in other tackle box.

·         Weights Wrong Color

·         Too prepared - even brought cooler ice

·         Didn't remove hook protector

·         Sun facing wrong way

Time to go catching - Thanks for reading….. BRANCH


Monday, March 12, 2012

The Guy is just a Winner!

The Guy is just a Winner!



On Sunday night my Dad called me on my drive home from the Lake Hartwell FLW event and wanted to know how my 2 buddies (Brent & Marty) did in the tournament. I told him Brent won and Marty finished 3rd.

Dad said “Brent is just a winner, son!” And that’s the truth.

Brent Ehrler is a winner because he has the mindset of a winner and he takes the actions of a winner! Their all actions that every one of us can take too directly affect our personal life and our business.

First of all, Brent is compassionate about the sport of bass fishing.  When you see him starting a tournament you can tell that a fire burns in him different than his competitors. His mental focus is different than anyone I have ever been around; some call in: “In the Zone!” The first person who has to believe in what you have to say is YOU…and then others will get on board. Brent’s work ethic is legendary. The guy is always doing extra work such as studying maps, reading online about a lake and practicing prior to the tournaments from daylight til dark.

There are some competitors that don’t understand him. It’s the same in your personal life and at your business.  The one thing we all have is the same amount of time.  Use your time wisely, have a healthy personal life and a work ethic towards your goals. Your goals might be different than mine, but they are just as important.

Brent is a very focus forward person. He is looking towards the next catch, the next fish, the next spot and now the next trophy. Good things happen fast and you must be prepared to move forward and up.

Finally, there is a mission in that guy’s head. Brent’s focus is on securing a future for his family (wife Kelley and his son Ollie). It’s not all about the fish, trophies & the money. You must have a mission for your person life and business if you want to make stuff happen.

You are a star my friend! Keep on shining bright! You continue to be an inspiration to many!

Thanks for reading….. BRANCH

Friday, March 9, 2012

You know, Kenny is ok in my book!

I got a nice note and picture from my friend Liz at Full Circle PR the other day I wanted to share with the Costa Nation and my fishing friends.   Full Circle PR, is the marketing company for Costa Del Mar sunglasses.  The photo was taken earlier this week of country music superstar Kenny Chesney and Amanda Perryman from Costa Sunglasses.  Kenny and Amanda are presenting a check for $50,000 to Pat Murray to benefit the Coastal Conservation Association.  These funds were raised through sales of the Kenny Chesney Limited Edition Costa Sunglasses throughout his “Goin’ Coastal” concert tour last year.


Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources.  The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.


CCA is good group in my eyes because they help us all catch more fish!  So a big thanks goes out to Kenny and the folks at CCA.......


You can read more about Coastal Conservation Association at: http://www.joincca.org/index.html


Also don't forget about our friends at Costa - join the nation of Costa! http://www.costadelmar.com/






Thanks for reading….. BRANCH

Friday, March 2, 2012

Lately, I feel I am completely overwhelmed….

When I think of all the people I have met along my life's journey – in elementary, middle school, high school, college, in the back of an ambulance, at Bass Pro Shops, in an airport, at the race track, on the water, at my church, at our favorite restaurant and yes even online - I think of how many twists and turns our lives take in order for us to meet when we did, where we did, so that we could become friends, fall in love, open our hearts, dream bigger dreams, live more fully, laugh more, and follow the way.

When I think of the love, the courage, the strength, the peace, the joy, the wonder, the gratitude, the grace, the mercy, the forgiveness that I have been granted it makes me want to say hmmmmm……

When I think of a friend it is someone that will just give you a hand shake/hug (it’s a man thing) for no reason. Or my favorite, pick up the phone and say, “How are you?” It’s not a big long answer, but it makes me think. Yep, I am good! I have the love of my life with me, my children are happy, our parents are healthy, our faith is strong and our dogs are – “Living The Dream”.

So as my friend comes to town to tonight to stop and make appearance at Bass Pro Shops; we know the first thing we will both do when we see each other. Yep, time for a man hug! He is my buddy, a friend and just a all around good dude!

 So I ask you, “How are you?”

Thanks for reading….. BRANCH