Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gonna "Whip Em!" next year!

Whip Em Baits Announces my addition to their team.

I'm really happy to announce that I'll be fishing with Whip Em Baits in 2015.  As many of you know, I go back a ways with Whip Em Teammate Destin Demarion, and I had an opportunity to use theirs baits while he and I fished together at Oneida last year and saw the quality in their products immediately.  We caught a ton of fish, and I've been working out the details with them ever since.  I've gotten to know more about the company and owners over the past few months and they're really a tremendous group of hardworking, trustworthy individuals that provide high quality fishing products.  I'm really thankful for the opportunity and I look forward to putting a lot of fish in the box with their baits in 2015!

-Jim Root

Friday, November 28, 2014

Totally Wacked Out!

Weedless Wacky hooks from Lazer Trokar, an essential part of your terminal tackle!

Wednesday night I got home and found that my new hooks from Trokar had just arrived!  Wanting to spare not a minute more, I quickly called my buddy Danny and made plans to hit the lake the very next day at 6 am, to give them a whirl.

For whatever reason, this small lake really delivers HUGE largemouth when you target them with a wacky-rigged plastic worm presentation.  The minute you throw anything else, your bites drop off dramatically.  But as the summer months passed and the weeds grew up, the ability to land those big fish became more and more difficult.  We weren't getting good penetration with our hooks, fish were coming off in the weeds, and we were having to watch as the big fish shook our baits just out of our reach.  I found that Trokar had a weedless wacky hook in size 1 and 1/0, and couldn't wait to order them.  Knowing that my experience with Trokar had always been good with drop shot and Texas rigging plastics, I knew that I would be able to count on them to deliver.

And did they ever deliver.

That morning at the lake was epic.  In under two hours we had boated over 15 fish, and our best 5 went just under 22 lbs, including this 6.5 pound monster.  While that might seem like a modest weight for Guntersville, in NY, that's a really big deal for that tiny window of fishing.  The weed guards are small, just one wire one each side.  They're also flexible and not overly rigid to the point of tipping off big fish.  They do a great job of helping you navigate your rig through all types of weeds and grasses cleanly, and even the small weeds that are picked up fall off quickly while submerging.  They're sharpened the same way all Trokar hooks are, meaning best in the business out of the box AND at maintaining that edge.  These hooks are great because they are presented in a finesse profile that actively camouflages that raw power they deliver; power that people who have lived the "Trokar Experience" have come to trust more than no other.  Tie them on a Dobyns Champion 703SF Spinning rod with 10lb Seaguar InvizX Fluorocarbon line and you'll have every bit of confidence you need to land fish like you see up above when give the opportunity.

Don't fall victim to inferior gear.  "The one that got away" is an awful feeling that's hard to shake.  No terminal tackle kit is complete without these hooks.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Click to WIN!

The V-T2 Livewell system from NewPro Products is a great gift for your angler. Now until December 25th you can save 20% off by entering code JimRoot at checkout. And on December 1, 2015, ‪#‎CyberMonday‬, one lucky winner will be selected at random to receive one free. To enter all you have to do is like this picture, and follow +NewProProducts! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sneak Peek!

Last week I brought you an in depth introduction to the science of barometric pressure (click here to read it).  In part two, I'm going to break down how BP impacts the largemouth and smallmouth fishing on this legendary lake.  You won't want to miss it!