Archive for April, 2012

The Bass Federation-A Model Of Success

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Youth, Conservation, Fishing, the foundation principles of The Bass Federation. If there are three better concepts to build an organization around, we have yet to see it. Okuma believes heavily in the Federation model.  It’s important. And because of that we sponsor the State Federations of Florida, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Virginia, Tennessee, Utah, Northeast Mississippi and Idaho. These groups don’t ask for much, and return far more to the sport than they ever take from it. We’re very proud to be involved and appreciative of the feedback we receive, from photos to product feedback on rods and reels like Komodo, Citrix, Krios, Helios, EVx and more.

bass federation

Since 1968, the independent state bass Federations have worked together to support the grassroots growth of fishing and the growth of the entire sport fishing/outdoors industry in their states.

If you’re an avid bass angler, there’s little doubt that you’re already familiar with The Bass Federation. If your new to the sport, or simply haven’t connected with an organization, the following outline, provided by the Tennessee Bass Federation, provides a lot to look forward to.

The Bass Federation

TBF is a 100% member owned company; it’s owned, controlled and governed by its members through their home state federations like the Tennessee Bass Federation. The “federation,” TBF, is the oldest and largest organized grassroots fishing organization in America, the only member owned national fishing organization. Our sole purpose is to support our core values, which we have held for more than 40 years; youth, conservation and fishing.

TBF is made up of individuals and groups that believe in the organization and its future as a way a life, not just a company, but a “family.”  As a family, TBF’s members step up as club leaders, officers and presidents all over the country, without these volunteers TBF could never be successful. Unlike other companies, TBF’s national office line is always open, and there’s never, never an automated response. The TBF family takes care of its family.

Tennessee Jr. Bass Federation Championship

A great bunch of kids involved in the sport thanks to an exceptional group of adults. There will never be "an ap" for this.

TBF’s sponsor partners make the federation unique in the industry, as well as, successful long-term. They offer federation members and their clubs an array of member benefits and opportunities. TBF’s sponsors partners make it possible for TBF to pay back 100% of membership dues to member programs, which include industry leading insurance coverage, a host of No–Entry Fee events, a TBF member-only online store, individual member discounts, falling price auctions, tons of special offers, and massive support of their youth, conservation, state team, and state federations. Taking advantage of one or more benefits can save any member more money than their yearly dues costs to belong to BOTH TBF and FLW Outdoors, plus so much more.

Speaking of tournament opportunities, on a national average a TBF member pays less than $200 a year in total TBF member dues and entry fees to fish through their state, to the divisional, the Federation National Championship, the BFL All-American and the Forrest Wood Cup. You cannot fish for less anywhere…. on any circuit, much less one that offers berths in the biggest events in the business. It really does pay to belong to TBF.

Tennessee Bass Federations State Team

There's a lot more to the Tennessee Bass Federation than competitive tournaments and Okuma is very proud to have their state team wearing our jerseys.

Though being a TBF member is a bargain unequaled in the industry, TBF is about so much more. The federation is youth, conservation and fishing, not just tournaments. It is about the next generation, conserving our natural resources, fighting for clean water, as well as, saving money and qualifying to advance. All those things are important to the federation but they do not define what the federation is. The fun and camaraderie and the family-feel is what TBF is all about. Fishing for fun and bragging rights with life-long federation friends, and protecting the future of fishing and the rights to fish with our kids and grandkids is why TBF has grown and has continued to grow all these years. Family and fishing is why TBF exists; it exists 100% for its members and to support the things, the sport, they love. And like its members, TBF will continue to support the sport of fishing for decades to come.

Introducing Okuma T480 Aluminum and Raw II Spinning Reels

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

At Okuma Fishing Tackle, over-and-above the conventional tackle, the baitcast reels and the rods, more people know us for spinning reels than any other product. Spinning reels are our roots as a manufacturer, having brought tremendous advancements to anglers, including Elliptical Oscillation and Dual Force Drag, and having made top-end features and technologies more accessible than ever before.

Corrosion of standard aluminum reel frame after 240 hours

This is a standard, unfinished baitcast frame after 240 hours (10 days) of continuous, alternating salt spray and air. Notice the very serious white oxide compound taking hold.

In high-stress fisheries like saltwater, salmon & steelhead, stripers and big cats, aluminum reel bodies are a fact of life. Within these fisheries, more and more anglers are fishing braided Spectra fiber fishing lines. These fibers do not stretch like Nylon monofilaments, and instead of cushioning stress, they transfer it directly to the rod and reel. Stronger and more rigid than graphite reel bodies, aluminum resists flexing under these loads to maintain the alignment of internal components over the long term.

New T480 Aluminum at 240 hours of saltwater testing

New T480 aluminum, uncoated, at the same 240 hour mark as the baitcast reel frame.

Aluminum’s weakness? Corrosion. Though aluminum is better than steel, aluminum can corrode over time. Of course, anodizing, paints and Okuma’s CRC (Corrosion Resistant Coating process) in concert with regular cleanings and maintenance can stave off corrosion. But what if you could multiply the corrosion resistance of base materials? Aluminum is aluminum, right? Wrong. There are tons of aluminum alloys, with more in development each day.

New T480 aluminum after a full 20 days of testing

New T480, unfinished, after a full 20 days, 480 hours of alternating salt spray and air testing. Both the 2nd casting and 299th casting show minimal corrosion, if any. Of course, in actual reels this aluminum is anodized and painted to protect it even further.

Okuma T480 aluminum alloy, showcased in new Raw II spinning reels, just may eliminate corrosion for the modern angler.

T480 derives its name from testing conducted in concert with materials suppliers. It stands for Timeline 480 Hours. In testing, raw, uncoated T480 aluminum was subjected to a continuous 480 hours (20 days) of alternating saturated saltwater spray and air. This process greatly accelerates the effects of corrosion by providing the perfect environment for it to take hold. Within the 480 hour timeline, the process leaves standard aluminum alloys deeply pitted, severely enough that you’d probably be shopping for a new reel. T480 on the other hand, is virtually untouched.

In the actual reel construction process, T480 is hardly raw. Frame parts are anodized, then painted, then treated throughout with the Okuma CRC process (a penetrating coating of Corrosion X HD). Only then are the products assembled. Which leads to Raw-II spinning reels.

Raw-II spinning reels were developed to revolutionize mid-range saltwater spinning reels by delivering the most powerful and corrosion-resistant reels in their class. Raw-II frames, side plates and rotors are all constructed of T480 aluminum, delivering a full metal jacket. Priced competitively to reels that utilize standard aluminum frames, graphite side plates and graphite rotors, Raw-II reels showcase power and long-term durability in the saltwater environment.

Raw II Size 80

In the larger sizes, Raw II utilizes a plate aluminum handle arm and oversized EVA knob for absolute confidence and control when bearing down on the largest fish.

With a powerful foundation, Raw-II’s drag system applies the full strength of the reel to battle with large fish. Featuring Okuma’s first greased all-Carbonite Dual Force Drag in a spinning reel, the Raw-II 80 can turn out up to an amazing 50-pounds of liquid smooth drag. The Carbonite drag washers do not compress over time, and therefore a consistent range of drag pressure remains available over the life of the washers.

The Raw-II spinning reel family includes 30, 40, 55, 65 and 80 sizes. Seven HPB stainless steel bearings provide fluid mechanics while Okuma High Density gearing keeps Raw-II’s footing secure under the most extreme pressures. Sizes 30 and 40 are outfitted with custom carbon fiber handle arms to minimize weight, while the 55, 65 and 80 sizes feature heavy-duty aluminum plate handles. Click here to view the complete Raw II family.

Casting, jigging or pitching live baits, Raw-II spinning reels deliver a complete package that addresses not only the fish and techniques used to catch them, but the harsh nature of the environment that these epic battles will take place.

Dead Eye Rods Put The Crosshair On Walleye

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Walleye anglers have precious few choices in rods developed specifically for their techniques and fisheries. Sure, many make due with bass rods or salmon rods, but all too often, these choices compromise the specifics of rod actions that make a given model the most balanced, efficient and effective rod for its intended purpose. Years in development, new Dead Eye walleye rods deliver 24 models, each featuring a technique-specific combination of materials, action and components to achieve the very highest level of performance.

Dead Eye rods include jig rods, slip bobber rods, crank bait rods, dead stick rods, lead core rods, planer board rods and all-purpose baitcast rod and Slow Death rods. As the foundation of walleye fishing, the jig rods offer the most extensive selection. Below is a quick introduction, followed by a model-by-model breakdown of applications.

Dead Eye Rod

Dead Eye rods feature five handle configurations, with all blanks being richly colored.

Dead Eye spinning jig rods are in 6-1/2- and 7-foot lengths, constructed with moderate/moderate fast and fast actions. The blanks are all IM8 graphite for superior responsiveness and extremely light weight that provides all-day fishability. The balance here is to provide exceptional sensitivity, yet retain a very nice progressive action to protect light lines and assure fish make it to the hand. The most popular models are available in both one and two-piece construction offering a tournament style rod, or one that’s more easily stored and transported for the destination angler. Cork split grips further reduce weight and ALPS gun smoke stainless steel guide frames with Zirconium inserts complete the ultimate fishing tools.

Dead Eye Spinning Handle

The most prominent models in the Dead Eye family are the spinning rods, each featuring custom split grips for reduced weight and improved balance.

Dead Eye slip bobber models are 7-1/2-feet in length, increasing casting distance and the speed at which line is picked-up within a sweeping hookset. Materials and construction features mirror the jig rods.

The crankbait and the all-purpose baitcast rods complete the IM8 graphite selection. The crankbait rod delivers the same split grip comfort as the spinning rods, with the addition of a trigger grip. The all-purpose baitcast rod offers a traditional full cork rear grip that’s more compatible with rod holders.

Dead Eye bottom bouncers, Slow Death and dead stick models are constructed upon carbon composite blanks. With lengths up to 10-1/2-feet in length, the materials maintains the necessary durability in the rod blank, but dramatically reduces blank diameter and weight in comparison to fiberglass construction. The result is a graphite feel, with the durability of glass. Shrink tube handles operate flawlessly in rod holders, are extremely durable and are far easier to clean than cork grips. Triangular EVA fore-grips provide a confident grip. Gun smoke stainless steel guide frames with polished titanium oxide inserts complete the rods.

Dead Eye Troll Rod

Trolling models feature shrink tube rear grips for durability and triangular EVA fore grips for a secure hold.

The two Slow Death rods are built to fish the technique surrounding Mustad’s trademarked Slow Death hook. The parabolic action of these models allow fish to achieve a firm hold of the bait, before the rod butt sets the hook. A great overview of the Slow Death hook and technique is available here:  Slow Death Video

Lead core and board rods are built for toughness. Glass fiber blanks take the punishment of heavy applications while slow and moderate actions provide a smooth application of resistance to striking fish that assures ample time is allowed for the fish to achieve a solid hold of the bait prior to the rod fully loading and setting the hook. Shrink tube handles are again for the rod holders and long-wearing durability. Models include telescopic handles for easier storage in standard rod lockers.

Because each water body is different and often approached with different techniques, rod lengths and powers, we’ve outlined each Dead Eye walleye rod to assist in helping to choose amongst the selection. Of course, there’s plenty of latitude available for personal preference…

You can view the individual specification of each model on the website here:  Dead Eye Product Page

SPINNING RODS

DE-S-661-MLFT Jigging 4-10
Shorter 6′6″ length and highly responsive fast action of the DE-S-661-MLFT make it ideal for pitching and vertical jigging with jigs, live bait and/or soft plastics where precise control over the presentation and incredible sensitivity pay major dividends in landed fish.  Medium-Light power is designed for still waters where lighter weight baits are the norm.  Fish it with 4- to 8-pound mono or 6- to 14-pound braid with a fluorocarbon leader for exceptional performance on even the most highly pressured fish.

DE-S-701-MLFT Jigging 4-10
A full 7’ in length with highly responsive fast action, the DE-S-701-MLFT is ideal for pitching light jigs or delivering slip sinker and slip bobber presentations where its’ length aids in casting distance and a fast line pick-up on the strike.  Powered for still waters, the action is perfectly balanced to fish 4- to 8-pound mono or 6- to14-pound braid with a fluorocarbon leader.

DE-S-701MFT Jigging 6-12
Combining a fast action and medium power the DE-S-701MFT is perfect for casting small crankbaits and blade baits, along with spoon jigging applications.  Rated for 6- to 12-pound line, 8- to 10-pound mono or 14-pound braid is ideal, creating a rod that will excel within a number of techniques.

DE-S-662ML Jigging/Cranking, 2-piece
The 6’6” length and medium/light action of the DES-S-662ML creates an exceptional rod for pitching and vertical jigging with light jigs, presenting live bait and working soft plastics where exceptional control over the presentation is rewarded with strikes. The rod’s two-piece construction travels conveniently on fly-in trips or in smaller vehicles.

DE-S-661ML Jigging/Cranking
The 6’6” length and medium/light action of the DES-S-662ML delivers an exceptional rod for pitching and vertical jigging with light jigs, presenting live bait and working soft plastics where exceptional control over the presentation is rewarded with strikes.  A one-piece build delivers tournament-level responsiveness.

DE-S-662M Jigging/Cranking 6-12
A step up in power from the DE-S-662-ML, the DE-S-662M is a highly versatile rod that’s ideal for vertical jigging in rivers where larger jigs are essential to cutting through current, as well as fishing a variety of live baits and plastics. The two piece design travels and stores conveniently, requiring only a minimum of space.

DE-S-661M Jigging/Cranking 6-12
A step up in power from the DE-S-661-ML, the DE-S-661M is a highly versatile rod that’s ideal for vertical jigging in rivers where larger jigs are essential to cutting through current, as well as fishing a variety of live baits and plastics. A one-piece build delivers tournament-level accuracy to the action of the rod.

DE-S-701ML Jigging/Cranking 4-10
A full 7’ in length with highly responsive fast action, the DE-S-701-MLFT is ideal for pitching light jigs or delivering slip sinker and slip bobber presentations where its’ length aids in casting distance and a fast line pick-up on the strike.  Powered for still waters, the action is perfectly balanced to fish 4- to 8-pound mono or 6- to 14-pound braid with a fluorocarbon leader.

DE-S-701ML Jigging/Cranking 6-12
This highly versatile 7’ rod features a fast action and highly capable medium/light power.  A great single rod choice for fishing a variety of jigs, slip sinker rigs and blade baits, it’s one-piece design is a rod you’ll count on in nearly every fishing environment.

DE-S-702M Jigging/Cranking 6-12, 2-piece
Just like the DE-S-701M, this highly versatile 7’ rod features a fast action and highly-capable medium/light power.  A great single rod choice for fishing a wide variety of jigs, slip sinker rigs and blade baits, the DE-S-702M is constructed in two-pieces for easy travel and storage.

DE-S-701M Jigging/Cranking 6-12
A great general purpose jig pitching rod suitable for fishing heavier jigs, rigs and blade baits, the DE-S-701M delivers exceptional casting distance.  Its’ medium power is at home on still waters as well as moving rivers where defeating currents with heavier baits is a necessity.  Consider 10-pound mono or 14 pound braid as the perfect line for this rod, moving lighter or heavier as conditions demand.  One-piece design delivers tournament-level performance for the most demanding anglers.

SPINNING, SLIP BOBBER/CRANKING

DE-S-762M Slip Bobber/Cranking 6-12, 2-piece
At 7’6” in length the DE-S-761M makes an ideal slip bobber rod where long casts, easy line mending and fast sweeping hooksets are rewarded. Additionally, this rod doubles as a perfect rod for casting crankbaits, paddle style swimbaits, larger jigs, blade baits and jigging spoons…any application where its’ longer length can play a role in angler success.  Two-piece construction travels and stores easily.

DE-S-761M Slip Bobber/Cranking 6-12
At 7’6” in length the DE-S-761M makes an ideal slip bobber rod where long casts, easy line mending and fast sweeping hooksets are rewarded. Additionally, this rod doubles as a perfect rod for casting crankbaits, paddle style swimbaits, larger jigs, blade baits and jigging spoons…any application where its’ longer length can play a role in angler success.  One-piece construction delivers tournament-level feel for the most demanding anglers.

CRANKBAIT

DE-C-701M
Ideal for casting diving crankbaits and working paddle style swimbaits, the DE-C-701M is one of two casting rods in the Dead Eye series for anglers utilizing heavier presentations with baitcast reels. Split grip handle design minimizes weight while maximizing maneuverability.

DE-CAP-701M-T
With a moderate action and 8-17 pound line rating this all-purpose baitcast rod features a full cork grip for use as both a casting rod and an effective trolling rod to serve multiple purposes as conditions demand. One-piece construction with telescopic handle is easily stored and always at the ready.

BOTTOM BOUNCERS

DE-CBR-710M-T… At 7’10” in length, the DE-CBR-710M-T is ideal for fishing ½- to 3-ounce bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses and/or single hook minnow or leech rigs. The telescopic design makes it easy to stow this rod even in smaller boats.

DE-CBR-861M-T…
At a full 8’6” in length, this longer version of the DE-CBR-710M-T is ideal for fishing 1/2 to 3 ounce bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses and/or single hook minnow or leech rigs in situations where the widest trolling spread is desired. The telescopic design makes it easy to stow this rod even in smaller boats.

SLOW DEATH/ DEAD STICK

DE-CDS-861M-T Slow Death/Dead Stick 6-15
Designed to complement the Mustad Slow Death hook and presentation style perfectly, the slow action of the DE-CDS-861M-T allows fish to achieve a solid hold of the bait prior to feeling any resistance from the rod. Its power and action are also ideal for dragging split shot rigs and small jigs.  In dead stick applications, this rod is designed to fish a second line while the angler is casting another presentation such as a jig or crankbait.

DE-CSD-10622M Slow Death/ Dead Stick
Designed to perfectly complement the Mustad Slow Death hook design and fishing technique, the DE-CSD-10622M delivers a long and soft action rod ideal for this subtle presentation.  In pressured fishing environments, this more stealthy approach catches walleye when other more traditional methods fail.

OPEN WATER/ PLANER BOARD RODS

DE-C-762ML, 2-piece
At 7’6” in length and featuring a slow action with light power, the DE-C-762ML delivers a great general purpose two piece trolling rod suitable for fishing small crankbaits, spoons and spinners in combination with in-line planer boards.

DE-C-861M-T
At 8’6” in length and rated for 10- to 20-pound line, this moderate action rod is the “go to” trolling rod for fishing in-line planer boards in open water. The telescopic design makes this rod a dream to stow even in smaller boats.

DE-C-1002M, 2-piece
A full 10-feet in length, the DE-C1102M is for anglers who prefer a slightly longer and more forgiving open water trolling rod. A fantastic choice for fishing crankbaits, spoons and spinners with in-line boards, two-piece construction brings this rod down to a comfortable size for travel and storage.

LEAD CORE

DE-LC-762M Lead Core
At 7’6” in length featuring a beautifully moderate action, the DE-LC-762M is the perfect trolling rod for fishing crankbaits and spinner rigs in rivers using lead core line to structure troll.

BIG BOARD RODS

DE-CBB-701ML
The light tip of the DE-CBB-701ML stands out as ideal for detecting strikes when trolling with big board systems. An exceptional choice for trolling crankbaits, spoons and spinner rigs.

DE-CBB-761L
A longer and slightly lighter version of the DE-CBB-701ML, the light tip of the DE-CBB-761L stands out as ideal for detecting strikes when trolling with big board systems. An exceptional choice for trolling crankbaits, spoons and spinner rigs.