A couple of weeks ago I headed down to Belleville, ON and fished with several people (including two of the Insiders Club Fish with Italo Winners), and we had excellent fishing for walleye and largemouth bass. Part of my focus on that trip, was to also locate and confirm open-water weedlines where I could shoot a Rapala crankbait TV show for largemouth bass. Well, I confirmed the spots and yesterday I was blessed to shoot an excellent show with Al Gallagher who works for Yamaha Canada and is the G3 boat expert! We started fishing a little late and did not get out on the water until 9:30am. . By that time the wind was already howling, which was what I was hoping for since the conditions a couple of weeks before, when I had caught lot’s of largemouth, were similar.
We headed out of the Belleville boat launch, right to Big Bay. My choice for cranking was the new Rapala DT Thug crankbait that will be on the market this fall. It’s a unique crankbait in the that it is just the right size for largemouth & smallmouth bass, it dives to about 8′, it’s onstructed out of Balsa, the DT Thug is 2 1/2 inches long and weighs 3/8 oz. Featuring two No. 6 VMC® SureSet Black Nickel Hooks that hold on tight to fish and will get the hawg out of the thick. It has a really bent-lip (similar to the lips I have modified in the past using a lighter to make the Rapala have more of a side-to-side wobble), which produces an action bass can’t resist!
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Both Al and I fished the new Rapala Shift & R-Type Spinning Rods matched with Volt & R-Type spinning reels loaded with Rapala Titanium Braid 20 lb. test line (6 lb. test monofilament diameter), and finished off with a 2′ section of 20 lb. test Rapala Fluorocarbon leader. Within 3-casts I had the first largemouth on, and from that point, we caught bass, live on-camera off every open-water weedbed we fished. The winds picked up so strong, that it was too difficult to shot boat-to-boat, so we did fish some more protected open-water weedlines, but even though we caught largemouth bass there too, they were not as productive as the weedbeds that were more exposed to the wind.
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In addition to catching about a dozen nice-size largemouth bass, we also landed one decent pike and walleye fishing the bass areas. As a bonus in the show, Al was able to give viewers excellent tips on the unique features and awesome modifications G3 has made for anglers looking at getting one of the most reliable, fisherman-friendly and performance aluminum fishing boats on the market. If you would like to see the line of
G3 boats, just go to, http://www.yamaha-motor.ca/products/index.php?group=B .