Jun 15



Humminbird® SmartStrike® Coming to HELIX® 9, 10 and 12 CHIRP
HELIX anglers gain revolutionary fish-patterning power; free software download available this month

EUFAULA, AL (March 3, 2016) – Previously compatible with Humminbird® ONIX® units only, revolutionary fish-patterning program SmartStrike® will soon be compatible with HELIX® 9, 10, and 12 CHIRP. That’s big news for any angler who wants to eliminate unnecessary searching and wasted casts.

“If the features available in HELIX 9, 10 and 12 CHIRP like AutoChart® Live weren’t impressive enough, we’ve added SmartStrike compatibility to really kick it up a notch,” says Humminbird brand manager, Jeff Kolodzinski. “Whether you’re a pro angler or taking the family out on a weekend fishing trip our goal is always the same – to find and catch fish in a very limited amount of time. SmartStrike does just that by helping anglers develop fish-catching patterns quicker than ever before.”


Here’s how it works: SD card-based cartography product SmartStrike allows anglers to quickly run searches for various target species by entering criteria like season, time of day, water conditions, cloud cover, wind, depth, structure, slope, aspect, sun & current exposure, and more. A press of the button later and your LakeMaster HD map comes alive with color-illuminated spots to investigate, greatly reducing the amount of time it takes to learn new lakes, reservoirs and rivers – not to mention, teach us more about home waters.

“SmartStrike is a great pre-fishing tool that can be used before you even hit the water,” says 4-time Bassmaster Classic Champion Kevin VanDam. “Enter your various criteria and it automatically highlights high-probability areas of the lake to fish. Then, once you get on the water, you can use SmartStrike to narrow it down even more. It’s kind of like having your own guide or local knowledge.”

Not only does SmartStrike help anglers locate and pattern fish more efficiently, once you find fish in a given area, simply click on that area, select Find Similar Areas, and millions of data points are searched to return other areas just like it. Combine that with simultaneous use of Humminbird LakeMaster’s patented Depth Highlight, Shallow Water Highlight and Water Level Offset, and creating milk runs has never been easier and more rewarding.

Get Software Update Notification

Humminbird Helix 9, 10 and 12 CHIRP users should verify they have registered their product in the free Humminbird Select Program for automatic notification when the new software becomes available later this month. The software update will allow compatibility with SmartStrike for eleven North American regions, including Dakotas/Nebraska, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Mid-South States, Mid-Atlantic States, Minnesota, Northeast States, Southeast States, Western States, Wisconsin and Woods/Rainy, purchased separately.

With any of these SmartStrike map cards anglers can take advantage of awesome LakeMaster features, including the following:
•    Minn Kota® i-Pilot® Link™ compatibility
•    Easy-to-read contours
•    Depth Highlight Range
•    Water Level Offset
•    Shallow Water Highlight •    Scrollable Lake List


For more information, please visit Humminbird at  www.humminbird.com.

Jun 15

FLW announced today that Johnson Outdoors has agreed to a sponsorship extension with the company


FLW announced that Johnson Outdoors has agreed to a sponsorship extension with the company.

February, 2016

FLW announced today that Johnson Outdoors, owner of Minnesota-based trolling motor manufacturer Minn Kota, has agreed to a sponsorship extension with the company. 2016 marks the 16th consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered.

The Minn Kota brand will continue to receive exposure through FLW’s multiple media platforms, including on-site activation and lakeside demos at FLW’s world-class tournaments and expos, FLW Bass Fishing magazine, FLWFishing.com, FLW social media channels, and the FLW television show, which is broadcast to more than 564 million viewers worldwide.

“The 16-year partnership between FLW and Minn Kota demonstrates the long-term commitment of both organizations to grow the sport of professional angling,” says Trish Blake, president of marketing at FLW. “We look forward to further building upon a very strong association with one of the most respected brands in our sport.”

“Minn Kota has delivered unparalleled innovation for over 80 years, and the coming year will be no exception,” adds Joe Brown, senior business director-marketing for Minn Kota. “Our longstanding partnership with FLW provides the perfect showcase for our products while supporting the FLW community and the growth of competitive fishing as a whole.”

Since its founding, Minn Kota, which will mark its 82nd anniversary in 2016, has led the way in product innovation and cutting-edge technology. To view the company’s entire catalog, visit www.minnkotamotors.com  More information about FLW at www.flwfishing.com

Jan 04

2016 Delaware State Team

Delaware 2016 team

Front Row L/R, Brian LaClair, Rodney Oberdick, Terry Algier, Jim Short, Mark Hogan, Roger Shirkey
Back Row L/R, Bobby Smith, Jay Walls, J.R. Clark, Mike Morris, Fabian Rodriguez, Craig Morris, Jeff Semans

This Team will compete September 21-23 in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Divisional Tournament on the Monongahela River in Morgantown West VA. The Team is no stranger to this river and are looking forward to the competition. The top 2 anglers from each State Federation competing in this tournament will move on to the TBF Federation National Championship April 12-17, 2017 at Table Rock Lake and Kimberly City MO. Each member associated with The Delaware TBF want to say good luck and Bass Wishes to the Team.

Sep 16


HUMMINBIRD: Humbly Accepts 5th Consecutive Award
Humminbird® Awarded Fifth Consecutive ICAST Win Humminbird® HELIX 7® voted ICAST 2015 “Best of Electronics” by dealers and outdoors media Eufaula, Al. (July 22, 2015) – According to recently released statistics from the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), ICAST 2015 shattered


Humminbird® Awarded Fifth Consecutive ICAST Win
Humminbird® HELIX 7® voted ICAST 2015 “Best of Electronics” by dealers and outdoors media
Eufaula, Al. (July 22, 2015) – According to recently-released statistics from the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), ICAST 2015 shattered all previous attendance records, drawing nearly 13,000 Sportfishing industry professionals to Orlando, Florida, July 14-17.

One of the most anticipated events of each ICAST is the New Product Showcase, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, which rewards innovation through “Best of Show” new product competition. Voted on by outdoors media and buyers, winning products often reveal industry trends well ahead of marketplace movements.
And this year – for the fifth year in a row – Humminbird® took top honors in the show’s Electronics category, as the attending community of dealers and outdoors media voted the new Humminbird HELIX 7 the best example of fishing electronics for 2015.

ICAST 2015

Let’s recap the past five years:
2011: Humminbird’s 1158c DI Combo earns the popular vote.
2012: 360 Imaging™ follows suit as the biggest thing since the introduction of Side Imaging®.
2013: Bow 360 is championed for bringing around-the-boat underwater imaging to boat bows.
2014: Humminbird’s ONIX® Series takes top honors.
2015: Humminbird’s HELIX 7 is crowned “Best of Electronics” for it’s ultra-bright, nearly glare-free screen and top technologies at a real-world price.

Humminbird graph pic

The accolades are always well received, but Humminbird remains focused on creating technologies like patented Side Imaging®, LakeMaster® cartography and 360 Imaging® that help anglers find and catch more fish.
This year’s win may be the most satisfying yet for the Eufaula, Alabama-based company and the overall marketplace.
“Our goal was to combine our leading-edge technologies with solutions to the real-world problems anglers and boaters face each day on the water. The result is a bigger, brighter, nearly glare-free screen with numerous proven, fish-catching features and innovation at these price points,” says Jeff Kolodzinski, Brand Manager, and Humminbird®.

humminbird pics

Kolodzinski continues: “This is a profound achievement for our entire team – from engineering to our American manufacturing to customer service. It really underscores where we are headed as a company, bringing anglers what they want: units that are easier to use and that help them catch more fish.”
Along those lines, anglers and boaters can choose exactly the HELIX 7 that is right for how they fish, whether that means a sonar-only unit all the way up to the full complement of Side Imaging®, Down Imaging®, Dual-Beam Sonar with SwitchFire®, and chartplotting. HELIX 7 is also compatible with Humminbird® LakeMaster® AutoChart® and AutoChart® PRO, which make real-time user-generated high-definition mapping possible, no upload to a server or cloud required.
Suggested Retail Prices
• HELIX 7 Sonar: $399.99.
• HELIX 7 Sonar GPS Combo: $449.99.
• HELIX 7 DI: $449.99.
• HELIX 7 DI GPS: $499.99.
• HELIX 7 SI GPS: $699.99.
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Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. consists of the Humminbird, LakeMaster, Minn Kota and Cannon brands. Humminbird® is a leading innovator and manufacturer of fishfinders, fishfinder/GPS combo units, ice flashers and digital depth gauges. LakeMaster® is the premier brand of high-definition electronic fishing charts. 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


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.