Oct 03

Tony Lain places 6th at the 2014 WON BASS US OPEN!!

Going into the 2014 WON BASS US Open I had something to prove. In two previous US Opens, I failed to catch a five bass limit each day. I was mathematically eliminated from any chance of finishing towards the top of the leader board. My goal this year was to get a five bass limit at all three competition days. Regardless of the outcome, I wanted to prove to myself that I could catch keeper-sized bass at Lake Mead, one of the most challenging tournament lakes I ever fished.

I pre-fished for three grueling days in the extreme paralyzing heat of Lake Mead. Pre-fishing was brutal, three long days of blistering hot weather and bites were scarce. At times, I would go several hours without a bite or seeing any signs of aquatic life. I grinded out three days of pre-fishing and finally saw a good pattern of bass. Throughout my practice days, I got big bites from at least five bass in the three to four pound range. The key baits that I used while practicing and in the tournament were three different reaction style lures. I did well with a 1/2 ounce buzz bait and 1/2 ounce spinner bait, both lures made by Revenge Baits. During practice, my two biggest bites were from these two baits. I also got solid bites on top-water walking baits, a mid-depth crank bait and a Revenge football jig. After my pre-fish was done, I convinced myself to do well in the tournament by keeping my finesse gear in the rod locker and cover miles of water with reaction baits the majority of the time during the event. “Hero or Zero!”

I relied on the buzz bait in open water, casting over the top of grass beds and submerged rocks. I used a Daiwa Tatula heavy action 7’4” frogging rod paired with a Tatula Type-R 8.1:1 reel. This rod worked well for this technique because its longer length and softer tip allowed me to make extremely long cast as well as the fast reel made it easy to keep the buzz bait on top and to pick up an abundance amount of line during a hook-set. For the buzz bait, I chose 55 pound test, Bawo Finesse Braid, with 25 pound test, Polyamide Plus leader. The spinner bait was also a key bait for me. For the spinner bait, I used a Daiwa Zillion medium action 7’0” rod paired with a Zillion 6.3:1 reel. This was the perfect rod for making a long and accurate cast which allowed me to not spook those pressured bass in the clear waters of Lake Mead. I used 14 pound test, Bawo Superhard Premium Plus Hi-Grade, a fluorocarbon line when tossing the spinner bait. Most spinner bait bites would come at the end of a long cast, and the 6.3:1 speed reel and low stretch TOARY line allowed me catch up to those energetic bass that would charge right towards the boat after being hooked. When the water got slick, I went to a top water walking bait. For working the top water walkers I used a Daiwa Steez FleXlite medium heavy action 7’2” rod, paired with a Steez 7.1:1 reel. With this technique, I also used 55 pound test, Bawo Finesse Braid, with the 25 pound test, Polyamide Plus leader. The extremely light weight of my Steez combo allowed me to comfortably work the walking baits all day long with less fatigue. When conditions got really windy, I went to a mid-depth crank bait, where I was able to utilize a Daiwa Tatula medium action 7’0” rod, paired with a Zillion Crazy Cranker 4.9:1 reel. Bassmaster Elite Series and Daiwa pro-staffer Randy Howell won the Bassmaster Classic with this rod, so enough said. My cranking line was 12 pound test, Solaroam Superhard Upgrade. On the last day of the tournament the bite changed and the bass in my areas stopped biting reaction baits, so my AAA partner for that day and I switched to the football jig and put a limit of keepers in the boat. My football jig combo consisted of a Steez Compile-X 7’1” rod, paired with a Steez 6.3:1 reel. The Solaroam Superhard Upgrade, in 14 pound test, was also the perfect line for dragging football jigs on the bottom over Quagga mussel covered rocks at Lake Mead. At the end, I accomplished my goal my weighing in a five bass limit each day worth a three day total of 25.33 pounds. Blackwater TORAY fishing lines helped me get a 6th Place finish at the 2014 WON BASS US Open!

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Feb 05

Blackwater/Toray Unveils Expanded 2014 Pro Staff

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Blackwater/Toray Unveils Expanded 2014 Pro Staff

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February 5, 2014

Rancho Dominguez, CA – Blackwater International, known to most bass anglers for importing Japan’s ultra-premiumToray brand of fishing lines has announced their expanded 2014 National Pro-Staff.

Headlining the list are Elite Series anglers John Murray, Kurt Dove and recent BASS Wildcard winner Chad Morgenthaler. Joining the Elite series anglers will be several well-known FLW Tour anglers, including; J.T. Kenney, Wesley Strader, Adrian Avena, Michael Murphy, Michael Neal, Randy Haynes and Marcus Sykora.

The announcement of their 2014 tour-level staff comes on the heels of recent efforts to ramp up marketing efforts and brand exposure for the previously hard-to-get Toray lines. In addition to their increased pro-staff, Blackwater Toray will also be expanding social media marketing, running fishing line contests, and providing increased opportunity for user interaction with their staffers.

Blackwater/Toray Brand Manager Tracy Kuroye couldn’t be happier with the revised tour-level staff, saying “We are so excited about the new additions to our pro-staff this year. We have tremendous confidence that they will be great ambassadors for the sport both on and off the water. Toray fishing line is the most technologically advanced fishing line made in the world, and as such we wanted our pro-staff to be composed of not just guys that bring big stringers to the stage, but with guys known for their attention to detail, critical thinking, and professionalism. All of these guys do that extremely well.”

Blackwater International was formed in 2005, in an effort to bring the highest quality fishing lines in the world to the US market. They are the only authorized US importer of Toray fishing line, the number one selling line in Japan. Toray fishing line uses molecularly proprietary resins to create the most sensitive, thinnest, and smoothest handling lines in the world. For more information about Blackwater/Toray, go to www.blackwaterfishingline.com.

Jan 14

How to Dropshot some Toray Line

How to dropshot some Toray Line
Written by: Rob Edwards “Bassjunkies Fishing Addiction”

The drop shot technique has been around for ages on the west coast, and although it is not a new technique to most tournament anglers, there are still quite a few out there that don’t have the confidence to go out in a tournament setting with a drop shot on the front deck.

That’s because gaining confidence in new techniques can be hard. At times it feels like all the planets and stars have to align at the just the right time for an angler to really feel comfortable with any new presentation. Actually, a lot of anglers could benefit from really analyzing that phrase and thinking of the planets and stars as the combination of the right rod, reel, and line. If you get the combo right, new techniques can come pretty easy. If just one of these things is out of synch, you may miss fish and lengthen your learning curve.

Over the past few seasons I have gone from being a relative drop shot novice to just short of being a junkie. At first, I had issues picking it up, mostly due to confidence in what I was feeling. I tried out a few different rods and found what I consider the best drop shot rod on the market, the Dobyns DX742Sf. Once the rod was in place I was able to pair and balance it with the right reel, a Daiwa Lexa 2000 Spinning Reel. After that things started to get better. I was able to feel the bites, but found that something was still missing in the hookset and losing fish department. That solution came down to the line, and this past season I finally found the perfect 1-2 fishing line punch to complete the ultimate drop shot combo.

It consists of Toray BAWO Super Finesse Braid as a mainline, with a leader of Toray BAWO Super Finesse 100% Fluorocarbon.

You may have already read my review of Toray Super Finesse Braid or found out on your own that although this braid has finesse in its name, it packs a major punch and is one of the best casting braids I have ever used. Toray “Braid” is a round 8-Strand braid that makes the perfect main line for drop shot fishing. It offers a limp yet highly sensitive feel that still provides no stretch for burying the hook at all depths, not to mention it casts a country mile. These are huge advantages that most monofilaments or fluorocarbons can’t offer.

This newfound confidence in using a braided line for drop shotting doesn’t mean there is no longer a place for fluorocarbon lines because there definitely is, as a leader. No fluorocarbon is better suited to this than the Toray BAWO Super “Finesse” 100% Fluorocarbon. This line is the ultimate in finesse fishing, its dainty enough to fool the most line-shy fish but like its counterpart braid is deceptively strong. I put it to the test this past season and was highly impressed with how well it allowed me to present my baits while maintaining the power when needed.

When attaching braid to fluoro on or off the water, you want a line that is easy to work with and keeps its strength at the knot (something that all Toray lines are known for). Toray’s “Finesse” is very supple, which makes tying complicated leader-to-mainline knots a breeze.

By pairing Toray “Braid” with “Finesse” fluorocarbon, you get the strength and dependability of braid and the stealth and finesse of fluorocarbon. This combo has made a huge impact in my fishing success, and given me confidence in even the toughest conditions.

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Oct 31

Setting up a Great Lakes Drop Shot

Setting up a Great Lakes Drop Shot
Written By: Destin Demarion

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Smallmouth Bass of the Great Lakes are pound for pound one of the hardest fighting fish most bass anglers will ever catch. With all of their acrobatics, you need to be extremely well equipped to handle everything they throw at you. That all begins with a system, from rod and reel, to line, hooks, and weights. I have spent a lot of time developing just such a system, and although I encourage you to experiment on your own, I can guarantee that this setup will put a lot of fish in the boat. The following is the nuts and bolts of the system I use for drop shotting Great Lakes Smallmouth.

The Rod and Reel:
I prefer a drop shot rod with a lot of flex, usually medium light with an extra fast tip. A medium light rod has a lot of flex which is great for playing out those big, goby fed smallies of the Great Lakes. The rod flexes to absorb the shock of the hook set and helps to drastically cut down your chances of breaking off due to the light line. A rod with some flex in it also does a good job of handling those big four to six pound class fish if they surge at the boat, further increasing your landing percentage. Many anglers don’t put nearly as much thought into gear ratios when it comes to picking spinning reels, but drop shotting deep smallmouth is a situation where the amount of line you pull in per handle crank becomes extremely important. Having the fastest gear ratio reel does a couple of things for you. First, it allows you to make up a lot of ground as a smallie crashes the surface to jump. This is a common occurrence when you hook a smallie deep; its first instinct is to head to the surface to throw the bait. Second, a high gear ratio gets you in contact with your bait quicker. Wind and waves are the norm on the Great Lakes, and rough conditions may cause you to lose contact with your bait, leading to lost opportunities. The next pieces of the drop shot puzzle are the connection between you and the fish: the line, hook, and weight.

Line:
For a main line, I use a light braided line. I prefer 10-12 lb Toray Bawo Braid with a 2-3’ leader of 7 lb Toray Superhard “Upgrade” Flurocarbon. Braid has no stretch which increases your hookups on deep fish by a huge factor. It also comes off the reel super smooth, casts like a rocket, and resists wind knots better than running fluorocarbon as a main line. The Toray “Upgrade” is nearly invisible in the water which helps you get way more bites in the gin-clear big water. It is also extremely abrasion resistant which cuts down on the chance of breaking off on the dreaded zebra mussels that cover just about everything in the Great Lakes.

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Hooks, Baits, and Weights:
When it comes to the business end of my setup, the majority of the time I use a 1/O drop shot style or octopus style hook. When fishing deep, the case in most Great Lakes situations, this small, sharp hook point will get better penetration than a heavier gauge hook. It takes much less pressure to hook a fish with a large amount of line out with the lighter wire hook. I will almost always nose hook my bait to present it in a very natural way. By nose hooking the bait, you enable the current and wave action to impart very subtle movement upon your bait, which in turn will help generate more bites.
I generally load my drop shot with a finesse style worm that will sit parallel to the bottom of the lake; a flat underside will help enable your bait to do this. I also want my bait to be very soft in order to not only move more naturally in the water, but to also feel more natural to the fish which helps them hold on longer. There are a variety of great drop shot baits out on the market now, and as long as you get it in some reasonably natural color, you shouldn’t have a problem getting bit.
As far as leader length goes, I generally start with a 12” leader. I may go shorter or longer depending on how tight the fish are holding to the bottom or if I am fishing cover, opting for longer lengths the heavier the cover.
I usually use a cylinder style drop shot weight that clips onto the end of the line. I like the cylinder for two reasons. First, I believe it comes over rock and other cover well. Second, it helps impart a little more action to your bait in a natural way. I believe with the round weight it takes more effort to impart action on your bait. I utilize both, but in most Great Lakes situations I like the cylindrical style. The weight size I use most of the time would be 3/8 oz, but I like ¼ oz in shallower water or calmer conditions, and ½ oz in extra deep water or in rougher conditions.
I lived on Lake Erie during my four years of college, and was able to hone this system on the best training ground in the world. Attention to detail is extremely important in fishing. I’ve found something that works extremely well for me and I guarantee it will help you hook up with and land more smallies on the Great Lakes. Just remember, the smallies that roam the big water are muscular torpedoes that will make your drag sing and break your heart on numerous occasions; having the utmost confidence in your tackle and all its components helps to minimize the heartbreak thing.

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Oct 10

Tournament Report – BASS Weekend Series Divisional Oneida Lake — By Pro-Staffer Bill Lortz

Tournament Report – BASS Weekend Series Divisional Oneida Lake
By: Pro-Staffer Bill Lortz

It was late September in upstate New York and I was preparing for the BASS weekend series divisional championship on Oneida Lake. Due to past experience I had on Oneida, I knew that smallmouth bass and the umbrella rig would be a major factor in this tournament.

The morning of my first practice day, the weatherman was calling for a picture-perfect day with light winds, high sun and temperatures in the mid-70s. I headed out into the lake and made about an 8 mile run down to the area that I was going to start my practice. I immediately started catching fish but they weren’t the right size I would need to do well in the tournament.

After a couple hours, I moved out to the mid-range depths and started throwing an Alabama Rig. After catching numerous fish and having a couple fish jump off, I realized that the aggression with which the fish were hitting was causing the hook to pull out of their mouths. My original set up was pretty standard, a 7’6″heavy action rod 7-1 gear ratio real and 55 pound braid line. Because of all the lost fish, I decided to re-spool with 20 lb. “Upgrade” fluorocarbon. As my practice progressed, I realized that switching to the fluorocarbon was key. It allowed for what the proper stretch to offset such an aggressive strike. I ended my practice day feeling very confident that I had found a pattern that would serve me well when the tournament began.

I put my boat in the water as the sun was rising on the second practice day. Again the weatherman was calling for a picture perfect day. I knew I had to concentrate on those mid areas that I had identified the day prior because the weather predicted a cold front and rain to move in for the tournament days. Once I began fishing, I again started throwing an Alabama Rig, but this time with the intent to figure out how to catch the better quality fish. I experimented with slowing down my retrieve and fishing deeper in the water column. By doing this, it didn’t seem like I got as many bites but the ones I got seemed to be from better quality fish. I also noticed that the bigger fish were hitting my rig a lot more subtly. I decided to stay with 20 “Upgrade”. I knew that the near invisibility and sensitivity of the line would allow me the best of both worlds, the ability to feel the subtle strikes and the strength to keep the big ones buttoned up. As I finished my practice, I was feeling extremely confident in my plan for the tournament.

At the start of day one of the championship, the weather did a complete 180 from practice and brought strong winds and looming rain showers. The change in conditions caused the smallmouth bite to slow down, and the bite from the bigger fish to be even more subtle than it was in practice. Throughout the day I really appreciated the sensitivity of the Toray fluorocarbon. I continued to use the umbrella rig throughout the day and was progressively able to upgrade my catch. For the day, I caught approximately 30 fish and ended up in fourth place with a total weight of 16.90 lbs., almost 3 pounds behind the leader.

Day two dawned with weather conditions even worse than day one. A major cold front came through dropping the air temperature almost 25° from the day prior. The wind was also very strong creating 3 foot waves in my main area. When I approached my first spot, I was concerned that the weather change may have shut the fish down completely, but it didn’t take long to figure out that they were actually eating the bait much more aggressively. Once again by the end of the day, I had landed around 30 keepers. As I crossed the scales on day two, I weighed in five smallmouths for 17.79 lbs., almost a pound better than my day one weight. I ended up with 34.69 lbs. for the tournament and earned a second-place finish, just 3 ounces shy of the day 1 leader and winner of the tournament.

Looking back on the tournament, I was one of only a couple people to increase my weight from day one. Many of the fisherman were in the same general area as I was and had a very hard time on day two. I believe that the sensitivity, invisibility and strength of Toray Superhard Upgrade fluorocarbon made the difference for me and propelled me to a second-place finish. Overall, I boated 50 to 60 smallmouth bass across both days and I didn’t lose a single fish or broke off. This high finish was a true testament to the strength and durability of Toray Superhard Upgrade 20 lb. fluorocarbon.

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Sep 23

Solaroam Super Hard Upgrade Fluorocarbon

Solaroam SuperHard Upgrade – Bringing a Braid Junkie Back to Fluorocarbons
Review by: Rob Edwards BassJunkies Fishing Addiction

Over the past 8+ years I have become somewhat of a line junkie; meaning that I really enjoy trying out new lines (usually braids). Each season I would spool up with a few new lines and give them a thorough test drive before repurchasing the ones I truly loved. In 2011 I got my first look at Japanese lines (Sun Line) and it kind of opened my eyes to what was actually possible and brought me back around to using fluorocarbon as an alternative for certain techniques. Although impressed with how far fluorocarbons had come in the past several years, I was not hooked, and continued on my journey to test out newer and better lines.

This year I was able to try out three different lines by premium Japanese line manufacturer, Toray. In this review I will focus on my (now) primary fluorocarbon line Soloram Super Hard Upgrade.

SuperHard Upgrade is a 100% Fluorocarbon line known for its strength, sensitivity and durability. In TackleTour.com’s 2007 Fluorocarbon Showdown, the Upgrade tested at 13% stronger than it’s actual on box rating (14lb line broke at 16lbs pressure) and unlike many lines it kept upwards of 93% of its rated strength at the knot (Click here to see the full Tackle Tour Review). Both of these were big pluses for me, considering memory, line strength and knot strength are the main reasons I had previously used primarily braided lines.

I know, I know these are just numbers… You want to know how it fishes!

Pros:
SuperHard Upgrade although strong, maintains a very limp feel and has extremely low memory. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this impressed with a fluorocarbon line’s handling characteristics and how well it sits on the reel. Its thin diameter also allows for great casting distance. Admittedly, I have done the majority of my testing so far with top-water baits and flipping jigs which tend to be long casting on their own. Upgrade casts and flips smoothly and does not seem to bunch up on the spool like some of the other premium fluorocarbons I had been using.

In the above numbers breakdown, I covered the strength side of things, but I would be remiss not to mention it again here as one of the line’s most impressive qualities. Durability generally comes along with strength, and believe me, this line takes some serious abuse and stands up to the roughest of structure. On average Toray lines last twice as long as their competitor’s line, and 4x longer than many off the shelf fluorocarbons.

Fact: Toray owns most of the fluorocarbon technology in the world. They do a tremendous portion of the OEM business in the line market. They even supply the raw materials and resins to many of the manufacturers they don’t directly extrude. When you own the technology, it’s makes sense to use your best and highest quality resins for the products bearing your own branding.

In the below image you will see that looks like a red laser beam coming off my spool. What it actually is, is a halfway marker letting you know that you have hit the halfway point on the spool or 75 meters. I really love this as it takes the guessing game out of refilling your spool, and makes it easier to get multiple reels out of one spool.

Cons
I’ll be honest here, I have yet to find a flaw in this line, I have been fishing it for a few weeks now, and its performance has been nothing short of spectacular. If I had to choose a few areas on pick on it would be the pricing ($30-$39 a spool) and availability. The pricing although expensive is on par with other high quality high grade lines, and since it out performs these lines I guess you get what you pay for.

Regarding price though, it is important to remind anglers again that this line will last two to four times longer than the majority of fluorocarbon lines on the market. When you take this into consideration, Toray lines are actually extremely competitive with cheaper fluorocarbon.

Fact: Time is money, I get it. Many anglers don’t like to spend their hard earned money on a quality line, but when you think about it, if you are replacing your cheaper line twice as often, how much are you actually saving? Between the cost of replacing the line, and the time it takes to strip your reels and re-spool, you may be better off just picking up a spool of Toray and getting the job done right the first time. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did.

As for availability, your best bet is to buy direct from the guys at Blackwater, as they are the exclusive North American dealer of Toray lines (and a few of their own).

Spooling Up:
If you’re paying $30+ for a spool of line you best not waste it. Way too many anglers don’t use any form of backing on their reel and simply fill their spool up with their line of choice. This is a mistake. By the time you get to the back end of the spool the line has been abused and/or you don’t have enough left to properly fish with it. Here is a trick I was taught and have been using ever since.

I fill up my reels with a cheaper fluorocarbon ($6 spool) that is the same diameter/strength as the line I want to use on my reel. Then I spool the reel to where I like it. Once there I strip off between 50-75meters of line (you can estimate, use your arm as a measurement. Each arm length is generally one meter). Once I attach the Upgrade to the backing I then fill the spool back up, thus only using 50-75 meters of the good line (if you do it right you should be at the red line in the image above). If you use this method at 50 meters, each spool of Upgrade will now be good for 2 more refills. If you use the 75meter mark (like I do) then you have 1 more refill in the tank. I think you’ll find this will lengthen the life of your line and make that purchase price a bit easier to swallow. Try it out and let me know what your think

Tip: After attaching your main line to the backing, take a piece of hockey/duct tape and wrap it around the spool. If you get a little fast and loose on the water this will ensure your backlash will only go so far back and minimize time spent pulling out backlashes.

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May 03

Pro-Staffer Tony Lain gets Technical!

Hi Blackwater Fans,

Check out the article written by our Pro-Staffer Tony Lain. Tony is always looking to help his fellow angler’s with Tech Tip. If you wanna get the edge like Tony check out our e-store & purchase some Toray Line http://blackwater.myshopify.com/ make sure to use the discount promo code: fishblackwater

Pre-Spawn with Big Blades

By Tony Lain

Early Spring… trees show the first signs of blooming, birds are chirping, love is in the air and the first wave of big female large-mouth bass start moving towards the shore! This time of the year gives an angler the opportunity to catch some of the biggest and healthiest bass of the season, and an opportunity for the tournament angler to weigh in a huge bag. Under normal conditions in early Spring, female bass will stage near spawning flats and protected coves. The first wave of big female bass will stage on long tapering points, off shore humps, deep banks with isolated structure and deep creek channels near spawning flats. The best depth to target the first wave is usually in the 15-30 foot range. When the first wave of pre-spawn bass start staging near shore, I get really excited and it’s when I tie on a heavy spinnerbait. When I say heavy, I’m talking spinnerbaits in the 1oz to 1 ½ oz size. This heavy lure is the perfect presentation to slow roll in deep water, where big bass stage before the spawn.

Rod and Reel: This technique requires a rod with a longer length, sensitivity, heavy action, with a softer tip. I found that many rods originally designed as flipping/pitching rods, and rods designed to toss deep driving crank baits are also excellent for fishing heavy spinnerbaits. The key is the rod must have a soft tip and fast taper. These types of rods work well for this technique because it’s length allows me to make extremely long casts, and I can also pick up a lot of line during a hook-set. I have learned that the best reels for this technique are reels with a gear ration between 4.9:1 to 6.3:1. A slower reel is better. When slow rolling heavy blades in deep water it is almost impossible to go too slow. Using a slower ratio reel makes me slow down even more and allows me to effectively slow roll the heavy spinnerbait, while bumping the bottom and remain in the strike zone almost the entire length of the cast.

Line: When slow rolling heavy spinnerbaits in deep water, the low stretch, increased sensitivity, and sinking characteristics of fluorocarbon line is critical. When I am slow rolling a heavy spinnerbait in deep clear water I use 12lb and 14lb Toray line. I prefer to use TORAY fluorocarbon line. The TORAY Solaroam Superhard Upgrade is the perfect line for this technique.

Technique: Look for long tapering points, off shore humps, deep banks with isolated structure like wood or big rocks. When possible, position yourself so you can fish your lure slightly uphill or parallel to the shore. Make the longest cast possible. Let the lure sink all the way to the bottom on a slack line, but pay attention as it sinks because occasionally bites will occur as the lure falls. Engage the reel and snap the rod a couple times to get the blades spinning on the lure. Hold the rod low to the water, angled slightly to one side. Slowly retrieve the lure, keeping the lure just above the bottom, slow enough to occasionally bump bottom structure. Try a slow stop and go retrieve, as well as a slow steady retrieve until you get bit. I have found, the colder the water, the slower the retrieve should be.  When you get bit you will either feel a thump, slight tap, or the bass will literally knock slack in your line. After the bite, quickly increase the speed of the retrieve until the rod loads up, and then set the hook hard with sweeping hook-set. Fish on!

Aug 23

Product Spotlight – Blackwater Full Force 100% Co-Polymer


Hey there readers!  If you are a loyal follower of all things Blackwater, then you already know that we have been busy working away on our new 100% Co-Polymer line.  We’re super glad to say that Full Force is finally here and it’s ready to compete!

The Blackwater R & D team took their time with this bond of Co-Polymers to assure that all the best characteristics of both a Nylon line and a Fluorocarbon line could be mimicked through this unique bond.  After a year in development, the team is sure that Full Force is ready for a Blackwater-like impact and not to mention a value added price point to boot!

We are also proud to announce that we have an exclusive introductory offer with our good friends over at Tackle Warehouse! Check out the link to get your hands on this fresh line, and let us know your thoughts!

You asked, and we delivered.  Blackwater Full Force 100% Co-Polymer Fishing Line.

Until next time!

-Team Blackwater

Mar 19

Fish Like the Pro’s – Garrett Lorenzen is tearing it up on ‘Toray’/Blackwater Hi-Grade Fluoro!

Welcome back to all of our loyal Blackwater Blog readers!  We know it has been quite some time since our last post, but rest easy.  We have been working diligently on what we’ve promised in the beginning of the year!

For those of you who had a chance to meet up with us at the Fred Hall Long Beach Show, you know that we officially welcomed our new Co-Polymer line, Full Force to the public.  The response has been overwhelming and we are happy to say that it will hit store shelves very soon!  Keep checking back to find out more details on this new phenomenal line from Team Blackwater!!!

For this blog episode, we are happy to report that we have yet another guest spot by our very own Pro-Staff, Garrett Lorenzen.  Garrett has been tearing it up on the California Bass scene lately, and we are pleased to say that he is an extreme supporter of our ‘Toray’/Blackwater Freshwater Lines! Check out his words below on his latest 1st place win at the Angler’s Choice Diamond Valley Lake Tournament (3-11-12).

Garrett’s Thoughts:

Hey there guys!  I am very excited to get another chance to review my latest 1st place win at the Angler’s Choice Diamond Valley Lake Tournament.  Myself, alongside my partner Chris Studinger, got a great opportunity to take home the trophy at this latest tournament, and we feel it had a lot to do with our gear!

We started out throwing the Huddleston rof 12 swim bait in a cove where we had pre-fished 2 days before. The line we were using is BlackWater polymide plus 25lb, coupled with a fluorocarbon leader (4-5) ft leader.  The fluorocarbon we were using is the Super Hard Upgrade also in 25 lb.  As we made our way down the bank, we stuck our first fish, which was an 8.82- this was our largest fish of the day!

After we boated and put the fish in the live well, we immediately stuck another one right after!  This fish was a 5 lbr.  The depth we were fishing was around 25ft. We then proceeded to another area we had done well in prefish. When we pulled up onto the spot we started making a few casts to underwater trees where we had seen some very large bass suspending days before. We hooked another fish after the Huddleston banged up against the tree provoking a reaction bite. This fish was just under 8 lbs!

We now had 3 large fish in the well and decided we would leave this spot because we created a lot of commotion and we would return later when things settled down. We ran up lake to another spot  where some large females had been spotted days earlier roaming the bank staging looking for food and males.  Through stretch of bank, we were making our way down which was only about 200 yards long. I began throwing the triple trout on 30 lb BlackWater polymide plus up against brush and cover. We went about 25 yards and we were on again!  We boated this fish that was a 6 lbr.

Next cast I stuck another one that went 5 lbs. We now had 5 in the boat and we knew they were of some really good weight. We decided to spend the rest of the day throwing the big baits  trying to upgrade the fish we had in the live well. We upgraded and culled out 3 more times using the Huddleston and tripletrout.  Of the 3 more swim bait fish we caught, they culled out a few of our fish by mere ounces. Our total weight was 35.38lbs which sealed the deal for first place.   Special thanks BlackWater!!

A big Congrats to Garrett & Chris!  We are super happy with their results, and we know that you loyal readers have been dying to know how they landed these cows!  You can get all of the lines that Garrett was talking about above at our e-store! And just for our loyal supporters, make sure you enter the discount code upon checking out: fishblackwater to ensure 15% off of your entire purchase!!

Until Next Time!

-Team Blackwater

Feb 02

New Year, New Post, Same Great Product – Fish Like the Pro’s – Tony Lain & Blue Bird Finesse

Welcome back all you loyal readers!  We here at Blackwater want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!  And with this new year brings a ton of great new product from Blackwater.  Be sure to stay tuned to the blog as we will be unavailing fresh new goods from our team throughout the year!

For this issue of :  ‘Fish Like the Pro’s’  We have our resident pro-staff, Mr. Tony Lain here to give us some more insight on his techniques behind his freshwater expertise.  Let us know what you think!  And as always, be sure to check out our e-store for all the great products Tony is talking about, as well as plenty more!

Blue Bird Finesse!

By Tony Lain

Have you ever been bass fishing during one of those super tough “Blue Bird” days?

One of those days on the water when you fish hard and still get a “doughnut”? When

conditions are the lake water is super clear, flat calm with no breeze and super bright

skies, the bite can be extremely tough. But here is a tip that might get you some big

bites.

Sometimes during Blue Bird conditions big bass will suspend in the tops of deep trees

just off shore. I have found that sometime the only way to get these bigger finicky bass

to bite in clear water is to use light line with slow sinking finesse baits. And yes, you

have to take some huge risks and fish the light line in and around the trees.

The tackle I choose when fishing finesse baits when I target finicky bass suspended in

the tree tops in clear water is crucial. A long medium or medium light action spinning

rod is a must. My go-to set up is a 7’0” Kistler Z-Bone medium light action spinning rod,

with a 2500 series spinning reel, spooled with ten or twelve pound test braided line. I

use Blackwater Toray Bawo Finesse Braid line with a five or six pound test top shot

Toray fluorocarbon leader. I use Solaraom Superhard Upgrade for my leader, because

it is very strong and resists wear when fished in the tree tops. The medium light action

spinning rod is the best choice because you will be required to make long accurate

casts with really light baits. The lighter action rod will also take up some of the shock

when a big bass decides to make one of those powerful hard runs during the fight.

One of the most important components with this set-up is the use of braided line with

a fluorocarbon leader. The ten pound test Toray braid has the diameter of two pound

test nylon fishing line and performs perfectly on a spinning reel and will aide in making

long casts. Another key feature is that the Toray braid has “strike indicators” about

every three feet built into the line. These white marks are very visible as you watch your

line as the bait slowly sinks and will aid in the detection of strikes. I attach about a ten

foot fluorocarbon leader to the braid by utilizing a uni-to-uni knot. Because the braided

line has virtually no stretch, it is very easy to “reel set” when you get a bite, and then

immediately try to control the direction of the fighting bass away from the trees.

A few baits I prefer to use when fishing this technique are a Jackall Flick Shake worm

with Wacky Jig Head, a weightless wacky rigged Senko, or a Jackall Clone Fry nose

hooked with a small Tungsten Nose Jig Head weight. I try to locate thicker off shore

trees that are also close to deeper water. I make long casts to the outside edge of the

trees, and also right into the tree tops (Yeap, in the trees). I watch my line closely, and

as soon as I detect a strike I reel set, lean into the fish and try to direct the bass away

from the trees into deeper open water. Now, the down side… Yes, you are going to lose

some fish and get broke off in the tress. Unfortunately, this is the risk you must take

to get these finicky bass to bite in the first place (Big risk, big reward). This technique

requires a lot of skill, but a lot more luck! “I’ve gotten my feelings hurt” too, losing big

tournament winners in the trees too. But I’ve also had many top finishes using this

technique during Blue Bird days when a lot of other good anglers struggled. Give this

technique a try and you might be pleasantly surprised how many big bass you catch out

of the trees with light line. Good luck on the water!

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