Raymarine Signs Three Bass Pros for 2016


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Raymarine Signs Three Bass Pros for 2016
New Pro-Ambassadors to Use Latest Raymarine Freshwater Products in upcoming Bassmaster Elite Series Season

WILSONVILLE, OR – January 20, 2016 – Raymarine, a division of FLIR Systems and a world leader in marine electronics, is pleased to announce three additions to its roster of Bassmaster Elite Series Pro-Ambassadors for the 2016 season. Each of the Pro-Ambassadors will use Raymarine electronics equipment to compete in 2016 Bassmaster Elite events.

The new Raymarine ambassadors include:

  • John Crews of Salem, Va., a 10-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and 2010 Elite Series Champion
  • Bill Lowen from Brookville, Ind., a 10-year veteran of the Bassmaster Elite Series and five-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier.
  • Jay Brainard, from Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Okla., a first-year Bassmaster Elite Series pro whose strong 2015 earned him the Bassmaster Central Open’s Angler of the Year award, and a berth in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic.

Beware too much versatility

JCREWSIn the last few columns we’ve talked a lot about the benefits of versatility and how it’ll help put more bass in your livewell. Like a lot of things, however, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.

It’s great to have a dozen rods with different baits on the deck of your boat. Actually, it looks pretty cool. The thing is, though, it doesn’t always help us catch bass. That many combinations will only work if we know how and when to use them. Most of us would be better off with three or four combinations that will catch bass under a wide array of conditions and that we really know how to use.

With that in mind I’m going to give you two setups that I think every angler should carry. I’ll let you pick one or two more from the ones I’ve described in previous columns or from your previous experience on the lake or river you’re fishing.


The shaky head

This is a presentation that’s easy to use, inexpensive and it’ll catch fish almost anywhere and at any time of the year. Set it up correctly and you’ll fall in love with it.

I like to start with a 1/8-ounce weight and a 4-inch worm, although I’ll go up to a 1/4-ounce weight if it’s windy or if I’m fishing a little deeper. Generally I’d say you should use the heaviest weight you can get away with. I know that sometimes a slow fall will trigger bites but I really try to stay heavier if I can get the head through the cover. The heavier weight bouncing and scratching on the bottom will trigger a lot of bites, too.

Color choices for your worm are basically limitless. My starting point is green pumpkin or a natural green hue of some sort. Green pumpkin is a term of art. Every manufacturer has a slightly different version of it. Pick the one you like the best. Obviously, the version I like the best is the one I use with Missile Baits.

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