Aug 26

Minn Kota

July, 2015

Madisonville, LA

Minn Kota® Pro Dwayne Eschete from Madisonville, Louisiana, and his partner, Eddie Adams, from Metairie, Louisiana, recently won the IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Open Presented by Cabela’s.

Thirty of the nation’s top redfish teams gathered in Houma, Louisiana, on June 18 and 19 as part of the IFA Redfish Tour. Founded in 2000, this premier inshore redfish tournament series is dedicated to competitive catch-and-release fishing.

minnkota add“I’m guessing many anglers across the country aren’t familiar with redfish tournaments,” Dwayne said, “so let me give you a quick summary. We can use artificial lures only, and redfish have to measure 16 to 27 inches. That means we’re trying to catch fish pushing the maximum in the slot. Ideally, you want reds measuring 26 3/4 or even 26 7/8 inches. A team can weigh in two fish per day, and you have to keep them alive so they can be released afterward. If you bring in a dead fish, your team is assessed a weight penalty.”

Tournaments with slot limit restrictions are often very close when it comes to total weight, so it’s extremely important to catch thick-bodied redfish that push the slot limit maximum.

“A typical 26-inch redfish will weigh about six pounds,” Dwayne said. “Bring four of them to the scale and your team finishes with 24 pounds. Those are decent fish, but in a tournament like this one, 24 pounds probably won’t crack the top 10, and maybe not the top 15. The key is finding big fish that still fit the slot.”

To find these heavy redfish each day, Dwayne and Eddie boated approximately 100 miles east of Houma to target clear water on the east side of the Mississippi River. Recent spring rains had muddied the waters around Houma, making sight-fishing difficult, and Dwayne had found prime conditions while pre-fishing for another redfish event.

“My go-to technique is sight-fishing,” Dwayne said. “The system I use is simple, but effective. With a bait caster and 50-pound braid, I toss a 1/4-ounce Knotty Hooker Jig rigged with a four-inch, white Berkley Gulp Shrimp. The water is super shallow, usually 12-18 inches, with tons and tons of grass. But the grass helps filter the water, keeping it clear enough to spot cruising redfish. My Majek boat is perfect for skinny water, and I stand and cast from a sturdy, folding tower that’s raised into position after making the long boat ride to the area.

“Perhaps the most important part of my entire sight-fishing system,” Dwayne continued, “is my Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor. Using the remote, I simply press the ‘Deploy’ button twice and the motor is automatically lowered into the water. And depending on water depth and thickness of the grass, I can use the Ulterra’s Power Trim feature to raise and lower the shaft. I can steer the motor with the remote and sight-fish while standing on the tower. And when it’s time to use the outboard to change spots, I press the ‘Stow’ button once and the Ulterra is lifted out of the water and stowed for travel. It’s an incredible tool.”

During the two-day event, Dwayne and Eddie registered four redfish for a total weight of 36.15 pounds; the second-place team had 35.01 pounds. “Catching a 9-pound redfish that fits the slot is very rare,” Dwayne said. “We had one red that weighed 8.51 pounds, and the other three topped the 9-pound mark. It was an event Eddie and I will certainly never forget!”

For more information, visit minnkotamotors.com, contact Minn Kota, P.O. Box 8129, Mankato, MN 56002, or call 800-227-6433.

Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Outdoors and consists of the Minn Kota®, Cannon® and Humminbird® brands. Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as offers a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Cannon is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories. Humminbird is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fishfinders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers and premium cartography products.

Jul 01

Mel Seichepine “Big Daddy” Youth/Adult Benefit Tournament

For the past 12 years, at the end of May, we have held the Mel Seichepine “Big Daddy” Youth/Adult Benefit Tournament on the Nanticoke River in Delaware. The tournament launches out of the City Ramp in Seaford Delaware. Participants compete in a team format and each team consists of an adult (Captain) and 2 youth (some boats have only 1 youth based on the situation). Fair competition and fun for the day is foremost.  Based on previous years we expect to have a good representation of Teams competing for prizes that have been graciously donated by the many businesses in our community. Each boat is also required to pay an entry fee of $40.00.

Proceeds from this tournament along with a portion of Federation Member annual dues help fund the Delaware TBF Scholarship program. This program gives college students or students accepted to colleges a $500.00 scholarship to be used as they see fit to help with their continuing education. Each applicant for the Scholarship is required to submit a letter of recommendation from a school educator or athletic coach, an essay on conservation, fishing or other outdoor activity and a transcript of the last semester grades. Each application is screened by the Delaware TBF Scholarship Committee and Scholarships are awarded at the annual Delaware TBF Banquet in February. The Scholarship application can be found on www.deltbf.org under “Forms/Downloads/Youth Downloads.

In the past 12 years we have awarded over $21,000.00 in scholarships. In this our 13th year we are excited to once again help more students achieve their higher education. We realize this is something we can’t do on our own and we are very appreciative for the help we get from the community and our business supporters.  We try to give each youth and Captain some fishing related product such as baits, tackle or something they can use while on the water. We also award prizes for the top 3 finishing teams. This year’s top 3 teams are:

Jun 30

Delaware Bass Federation 2015 State Team

 

Back Row left to Right: Team Captain Jeff Semans, Mike Morris, Kenny Spicer, Brian Barnes, Bobby Smith, Craig Morris, and Neal Wharton. (Not pictured Jason Vaughn) Front row: Mark Hogan, Brian La Clair, Roger Shirkey, and Jobe Tomer

Back Row left to Right: Team Captain Jeff Semans, Mike Morris, Kenny Spicer, Brian Barnes, Bobby Smith, Craig Morris, and Neal Wharton. (Not pictured Jason Vaughn)
Front row: Mark Hogan, Brian La Clair, Roger Shirkey, and Jobe Tomer

September 27th and 28th 2014 was the qualifying tournament for Delaware TBF on the Sassafras River out of the Turners Creek Ramp. The Qualifying anglers were permitted to fish all of the Sassafras River and all areas not deemed off limits by Maryland DNR and other local authorities. Although fishing was tough these anglers managed to best the rest of the field. Congrats to these Delaware anglers who will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Divisional in Lake Erie September 23rd – 26th hosted by The Pennsylvania Bass Federation.