Archive for January 2013

I Just Want to Fish

I Just Want to Fish

 

I sit at my desk day in and day out looking out the wall of windows in my office building thinking of how nice it would be to be sitting in my little boat, listening to the birds sing, as I troll along a shoreline pitching a jig or burning a crankbait.  Remembering the sign we used to sell at the Stuckey’s in North East Texas along I-40 I worked in when I was young that so philosophically stated, “The worst day fishing is better than the best day working”.

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This makes me think of all of those lucky souls who have my dream job as Professional Bass Fisherman. How does that philosophical sign ring in their ears? I can’t imagine a better life than traveling around the country, waking up at 4am heading to the boat ramp, dumping the boat in the water and heading out on the lake for the day be it for practice or an actual tournament. I even look forward to all of the things in between. Things like sitting on my boat getting all of my equipment ready for the season, the next tournament, sitting in my hotel at night going over lake maps, fishing reports, local blogs and forums to find out what, where and when the fish are biting on the next lake I am heading to.

I even look forward to my losses as much as my victory’s. Walking up on stage to weigh in a big bag of Lake Amistad air, a small bag of Table Rock Bass, and most of all that first day I get to walk on stage with a 30lb bag of Bassmaster Classic winning Largemouth.

3lb bass

It is a dream I dream every day as I look out these windows, as I lay my head down at night after reading a few articles in the latest issue of Bassmaster Magazine and watching a few Bill Dance videos on my cell phone. At 34 years old, I am not sure it is still in the cards for me, but, I know I will spend the rest of my life chasing that dream. There are so many things I need to do before that first Classic or Forest Wood Cup.

I hope all of you will come with me as I embark on this epic journey of rollercoaster type success and failure in my chase of Bass Fishing Fame. Look for my “Plan for Success” in my next article in this series I am calling “The Yellow Brick Road”. So many of you know how much of a pipe dream this truly is. Some of you will be routing for my success and some of you for my failure. I welcome you all as in your own way you will be pushing me forward through all of the highs and lows I have heading my way.

With all of that being said, the first thing I need to do at this point is enter and finish my first tournament as a co-angler. That is the next goal in my Plan. To find out more about my
“Plan for Success” look for the next article!

Thanks for reading,

Blaine Wimberly (Future Forest Wood Cup and Bassmaster Classic Champion)

If you can’t keep them tight, at least keep them wet!

 

Baitcast Frustration

I have been using a Spinning reel for as far back as I can remember. Other than using a cane pole for pan fish, I don’t ever recall using anything else. That being said, my new obsession with bass fishing has vaulted me into the reality that a baitcast setup is the only way I will eve become competitive in tournament style bass fishing.

While I am sure a lot of you know the difference between a baitcast reel and a Spinning reel. My Roommate has brought it to my attention that not every one knows what they are. Without using photos, I will do my best to describe each. A Spinning reel is one which is open faced leaving the line exposed and the line comes off the end of the spool after lifting what is called the bail. This type of reel (while not the easiest) is one that is very easy to operate and I can count on one hand how many birds nests I have encountered using this type of reel over the past 25 years or so.

The baitcast reel has always been an illusive mistress to me. I have watched my father use them for years. My brother was lucky enough to have my father teach him how to use one, but, I never got that chance. So, it has been a reel I have shied away from for years. The baitcast reel is different than any other reel in the fact that you have to control the entire cast from start to finish with your thumb on the spool. Like the spinning reel, the spool is open and the line is visible. Instead of there being a bail to open and close during the cast, you simply have to click a thumb release at the rear for the reel just behind the open spool. Sound simple, right, not hardly. These reels are notorious for backlash.  Since the spool is pulling from the center of the spool instead of off the end, it allows the spool to spin more freely. By design, the spool is very free spinning. Because of this, the reel typically has two separate breaking systems that allow resistance to slow down the spool when casting. When dialed in properly, the breaking systems can reduce the chances of backlash. I can tell you unequivocally that it doesn’t stop it altogether.

If you happen to allow the lure to hit the water before stopping the spool with your thumb, no matter how well you have the reel dialed in, you have the chance of backlash. This is where my frustration is setting in. I purchased my first baitcast combo at Walmart last week. The lucky first combo was the 6’6″ Medium Abu Garcia rod with the Abu Garcia BlackMax baitcast reel. It was a middle of the road rod and reel combo costing $69.99 before tax. I took it out on the lake the next day and tried to get used to it and quickly realized my small boat was not the best place to learn to use a baitcast reel.

I decided to head to Bass Pro Shops and bought this little treasure and something I don’t think I will be able to live without on my quest to learn to use my baitcast reel properly. These practice plugs are great for getting out in the yard and learn how to cast more accurately.

Bass Pro Shops Practice Plug

Bass Pro Shops Practice Plug

 

Check it out and see if it helps you. I will post more on my Baitcast learning adventure later.

Keep your lines tight,

Blaine

Baddest Boat I have ever seen!

Okay, so my obsessions include anything bass fishing. This isn’t bass fishing, but….

You have got to see this!!! Make sure to watch the video to the end. It takes a minute or two to get it.

A Total Bass Obsession

ad·dic·tion  

/əˈdikSHən/NounThe fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.

There are many things one can become addicted too in life. When one thinks of an addiction, they think of things like smoking, drugs, alcohol and other addictions that follow those lines. I’m not sure many people think of things like Bass Fishing as being an addiction.

Well, I am here to tell you that it is just as addictive and can easily become just as expensive and damaging as any drug.

Have you ever let a bill go unpaid because you needed a new rod and reel? Have you ever been counting the money in your hand wondering if you should go grocery shopping or head to Bass Pro Shops to pick up those latest lures? Ever been asked by a very attractive woman to go shopping for thongs and turn her down because the weather was just right for heading out to try and catch that personal record Largemouth?

I’ve been there and I am proud to say, I  still am. “Proud?”, you say? Yes, proud to be a bass addict. I can’t think of anything

better in the world that sitting on my boat, looking out over the beautiful water, slinging that lure out, watching it hit the water and reeling it in with a twitch here, a twitch there then BAM!!! That line goes tight, the rod bends and the fight is on!

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Landing that 5lbs horse of a bucket mouth bass get the heart pounding and  adrenaline racing through the vains and you can’t think of anywhere on earth you would rather be.

So, can one be addicted to bass fishing? I am here to tell you yes, by all means, one can easily become addicted to bass fishing.

Finally picked a Direction for the Blog

20121230_144104Bass Fishing is the chosen direction. It is my new obsession. I have missed out on several things I would have loved to put on here, like the 5lb Largemouth I caught in 48 degree water on a Storm Swim Shad the day after a small snow storm. Although I have missed a few things, I think I am starting this thing at just the right time. I am going to upload some random photos shortly of fish I have caught over the past few months just to get caught up, but then I will be posting regularly from then on about all things in my life that pertain to bass fishing.

My ultimate goal:
The ultimate goal of all of this is to one day fish professionally. This is a dream I am picking up from my father. He went pro for a short time. I would just like to try to pick up that torch and expand on it and I want to take all of you along for the ride. No matter where this ends, the trip should be a lot of fun. So, come on and join me on my bass fishing adventures.

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