Hollowell Signs on to Host New WFN Show - the Bass Dr.

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Todd recently announced his signing on to host a new hit fishing show on the World Fishing Network (WFN) called the Bass Dr.  Stay tuned for updates on the journey that lies ahead....

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Umbrella Rigs

The Castaic umbrella rigs allow fisherman to catch more bass.  When bass school offshore, they often form in groups of hundreds of fish. 

Being the opportunistic predators they are, bass will attack schools of minnows and the Castaic umbrella rig looks just like a school of minnows.

Cast the rig, count it down to the correct depth and hang on!  It's very common to catch multiple bass on one cast. Even 5 bass have been captured on one cast!

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On the Tournament Trail

tt150x100.pngRiding off the momentum of 2013, I'm looking forward to taking it to the next level in 2014. With a full tournament schedule on the horizon, I'm keeping my skills sharp and eyes on the prize. You can follow me on tour by checking out my Tournament Trail page with my complete schedule with results as they come in. Check back often and hope to see you on the water.
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Back Up Your Waypoints

Posted by todd on April 22, 2014

If you’re using your electronics to their maximum potential, then it’s likely that you are accumulating thousands of waypoints on your unit.  Did you know that your Lowrance unit is similar to your computer?  The more information you store on it, the more memory it takes up and slows the performance on your unit. This Prescription of the Week will help you back up your waypoints and save the data you’ve accumulated over the course of the year.

SDCardFirst, you’ll want an SD Card that has a minimum of 2GB in memory.  I like to use one that has 4GB.  Next, let’s take a look at how to save your waypoints to the SD Card.  Hit the Page button and scroll over to the Wrench/Gear screen.  Select  Waypoints, Routes, and Trails.  If you are simply backing up your waypoints, or you are transferring to another HDS Unit – select Version 4 and press enter.  But Lowrance gives you many more options than that.  If you want to transfer to an older Lowrance unit, like an LCX unit, select Version 3.  If you want to transfer to say Mapcreate software, select Version 2.  And if you want to transfer to a program like Google Earth, select GPX.

WayPointsNext, make sure you select the correct memory card to save your waypoints to and press enter.  Now, you’ll want to give your file a name.  I’d suggest you name this the date that you backed up your unit, like “January 2014.”  Or, if you’re like me and visit many different lakes, I’d suggest labeling your file specific to that particular lake, like “Erie 2014.”  I actually save my waypoints to an SD card, and then erase my unit every time I leave a body of water to make sure the units are performing as quickly as possible and so that I’m not bogging down my unit with thousands of waypoints on lakes that I won’t fish for another year.  But more importantly, it backs up your waypoints so that you don’t lose them!  Just make sure you don’t lose your SD card in the process!  I back up my SD card on my laptop or my desktop computer at home, so that my data is safe and secure with little chance of me ever losing it.

All of this information is located in the user manual for your Lowrance unit, along with instructions on how to load these waypoints back up into your unit. For more tips like these, make sure you like us on Facebook and Twitter.  See you on the water!

 


Choosing the Right Jerkbait

Posted by todd on March 12, 2014

If you’re reading this tip, chances are you are a student of the sport and know that “matching the hatch” is one of the most important factors in selecting the right lure and the right color to catch more fish.  Some lures, like buzzbaits, are reaction baits that trigger fish to strike out of reaction without letting the fish actually get a good look at the bait.  In these situations, color is much less important.  Fishing with a suspending jerkbait is one of the times that color is of the utmost importance, because you are letting the fish stare at your lure without moving.  This tip will help you with choosing the right jerkbait color to “match the hatch” and hopefully catch more fish this spring.

First, wherever you are fishing you want to take into consideration the primary forage that the bass feed on.  If you are fishing around the Great Lakes or in the northeastern U.S., perch are a favorite meal for bass in certain times of the year.  Make sure you carry perch colors in your tackle box if that’s the case.  If you are fishing in Florida, the golden shiner is prevalent, so colors like gold/black can be very effective.  For most of us, threadfin and gizzard shad are the predominant forage in fisheries – so shad patterns make up the bulk of the color selections in my tackle box.  I use the Reaction Strike XRM jerkbait line because it gives me all of the color choices and sizes I need to “match the hatch” across the country.

I like to carry two different types of shad patterns.  One is more of an opaque pattern or one that you cannot see through, colors such as shell white, ayu, and sexy shad.  The other is a translucent pattern, one that is much more subtle and allows some light to pass through.  This includes colors such as spring blue, ghost minnow, and ghost pro blue.  I favor the opaque colors in stained water, or on dark, cloudy days.  I favor the translucent colors in clear water, or bright sunny days.  Remember to always experiment with color and know that the best color choice may actually change throughout the day as conditions change.  The fish must see your bait, but not get too good a look at it to realize that it’s not real.

 


Fighting for Inches: The Mental Game & Okeechobee

Posted by admin on February 21, 2014

Our first FLW Tour event from Lake Okeechobee is now in the books, and the season is under way.  When I received my text from FLW with the results from day one showing me in 142nd place, it was obvious that it wasn’t exactly the way I had envisioned my season starting off. I lost one big fish early that morning that would have put me in the top 25. 

After finishing 117th at Okeechobee in 2013 and having missed qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup by only 14 points, I realized that one more fish last year would have made all the difference.  Suddenly, I was facing the fact that Okeechobee may sting me again in 2014. The mental game of fishing plays a tremendous role in why some anglers succeed consistently. There’s not a worse feeling than having to return messages, calls, and e-mails to family, friends, and supporters after a bad day or a bad event.  The feeling that you have let them down and disappointed them sometimes even embarrasses yourself. So what thoughts go through your head when this happens? How do you bounce back? Can you bounce back? Will you bounce back?

A few months ago, my brother and fellow FLW Tour Pro, Troy Hollowell, shared with me a speech from Al Pacino in the movie “Any Given Sunday” that talked about football being a game of inches. That really hit home with me, and I’ve been able to relate that speech to fishing and to life as a whole. Every day, we are faced with challenges and adversity. And in this sport of professional bass fishing, the competition is fierce and the margin for error is razor-thin. It’s the toughest game I’ve ever played – mentally speaking. One missed bite, one broken line, one wrong decision – they can all be the difference between getting paid and going home with nothing. So you have to be ready for opportunities, and you have to trust that those opportunities will come to you. 

On day two, I made a commitment to fight for every inch I could. With about 90 minutes of fishing time left, I had a stout 8-pound limit and was facing another poor finish on Okeechobee. I had scrambled around trying to make the right adjustment, and it finally happened at 2 p.m. that day. I moved to an area where I had caught some keepers in practice but hadn’t visited on tournament day. And on my first cast I landed a 7-pound fish on a River Rat Tackle Swim Jig that changed the course of the day. I caught two more key fish in the next 30 minutes and made a move to 77th place overall, sneaking away with a check and some valuable points. I packed up the Red Gold Tomatoes truck and boat and headed to practice for the next event at Lake Hartwell – it’s what we do.

Sometimes, some of the smallest victories are the most important – and recognizing those victories can unlock the key to allowing more victories into your life. Life is indeed a game of inches, and so is fishing.  So as I reflect on the first event, I know that I fought for those inches. I believe that at the end of the season those inches will make the difference in qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup. 

Don’t underestimate the power of the mental game of fishing and of life. It can make all the difference in the world.


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