High Level Bass Fishing Competition Equipment and Preparedness

Cabelas Collegiate Bass Fishing

Cabelas BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing

If you are into the sport of bass fishing, you no doubt recently saw as Hunter McCarty and Sloan Pennington won the Cabelas BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship event held at Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. If you were watching, you saw as the pair from the University of North Alabama hoisted their winning catch into the air on day two, narrowly beating out the team from Tusclum College who had led after day one. As often is the case for enthusiasts of any sport, the question arises of what makes these collegiate anglers so successful?

This question comes from those envious of the anglers getting paid to do what we often pay hundreds of dollars to experience. The truth is that there are a vast array of conditions and factors involved in to which team comes out on top. However, let’s look at a few pieces that allow these anglers to be so competitive at such a high caliber in the sport.

Cabelas Collegiate Bass FishingEquipment

As with any sport you participate in, the equipment you use can make or break how successful you are; such is the case with many bass anglers. However, when we think of the equipment used, our minds often go directly to the boat and motors. However, those don’t play as big of a role as the rod, reel, and lures you use.

Have Options

You wouldn’t expect Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson to show up to the golf course and play the entire round with only a nine iron. Why would you expect to be successful with just one rod, reel, and lure setup? The best anglers have multiple rods and reels to use, not to mention a tackle box full of lures to choose from.

However, just because you have a tackle box full of lures doesn’t mean you have to use them all. This is where experience comes in. Pay attention to the water conditions and weather; even the slightest change in either direction could change the way you fish.

Perform Maintenance before hand

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting out on the water and having your reel malfunction. Worse, still, is getting a whopper of a fish on the line only to have your line break as you get it to the boat. One tip all of the pros will tell you, above buying the best of the best, is too be sure your equipment is maintained properly. You can have the best boat, rod, reel, and even lure on the market and still have problems if you don’t maintain them.


If you are wanting to succeed and compete at even a margin of the level these guys do, gaining hands-on experience is the key. As Chad Morgenthaler, a professional bass angler, says, “There is absolutely no substitute for spending time on different bodys of water under varying conditions. It’s an absolute must to become a versatile angler.”

Very few actually get to be on top and get paid for doing what we all love. Yet, there’s nothing more exciting than actually catching a big fish, whether you were paid to do so or not.

Keep Fishing with TRAC Outdoor!

Back To School – What now?

Back to school

What to do now that the kids have gone back to school?

As summer comes to an end and the kids begin filling the school halls again, we soon realize that it’s not much longer before the cold weather hits us. For different parts of the country, the colder weather might mean different things but one thing all anglers can agree on is that back to school time means getting in those last-minute fishing trips before the cold catches up with us.

Regrettably so, our children often become extremely busy when school starts, from homework to after-school activities, finding the time to go fishing can be hard, even for the most dedicated of anglers. SO, then, you are left with two choices. One, you could go fishing without the kids, which is a good idea from time to time, or two, you make time to get in those last-minute trips.

Make it enjoyable

While there’s a chance to do so, you should always make time to take your child to the water with you. Not only will you be passing on something you absolutely love but you’ll be making memories that will last a life time. When you do so, though, be sure to make it enjoyable. I remember a time from when I was a kid a gentleman took me and my brothers fishing while my dad was working. It would have been enjoyable, had we been able to talk.

Instead, he made us believe the fish could actually hear us. Therefore, we had to be as quiet as a church mouse. In all honesty, this set my fishing career back by a few years. SO, make sure your kids are making joyful memories.

Tips for fishing with kids

Truth be told, taking a child fishing is its own form of art. And, as with anything, keeping a few basic tips in mind could make all the difference.

Keep it simple

I don’t know of many kids with the motor skills needed to cast a bait-casting reel. Instead, give them one of the most trusted closed-faced reels you have and let them go at it. They will inevitably begin playing 21 questions and, eventually, the topic may wander to something completely unrelated; go with it. You never know what you’ll learn from them.

Be patient

After about the tenth time of telling them to keep the line in the water, it becomes increasingly easier to lose your patience. Considering the children can often have some of the worse tempers of us all, this could end with your equipment being tossed in the water. Instead, teach them patience by showing it; they’ll soon catch on.

Make sure they catch something

I know; nobody likes giving up the location of their honey hole. However, your child is more likely to enjoy it when they are actually catching fish. This could even entail allowing your child to reel in the fish that hits your line. This is sure to help the fishing fever catch on.

Whatever you do, now’s the time to do it. Winter will soon be upon us and with it comes the time to hang up the rods. Enjoy this time while you can.

4th of July Sale on Pumps

Happy Birthday America!

Nothing says Happy Birthday America more than a weekend at your favorite fishing hole. The fresh air blowing in your face as you make your way across the lake or river, heading to your home away from home. For most, the Fourth of July weekend means a long weekend away from work; celebrating freedom from “the man” while celebrating the freedom of our great nation.

What about a sale?

Want to celebrate in style? What could possibly be a better way to celebrate fishing your favorite spot as the fireworks sound off over head? I know; how about a sale?

That’s right. To help you celebrate in style, and to make your weekend that much greater, we here at Trac Outdoors have decided to make you deal better than any firework finale. From now until Saturday, all of our portable pumps are 25% off!

All you have to do is click below for your pump from the table below. You’ll celebrate even harder knowing you’ve got such an amazing deal.

Here are the Pumps:

TRAC Portable Aerator

T10021 Portable Aerator
TRAC Portable Bilge Pump

T10023 Portable Bilge Pump

T10068 Portable Washdown Pump

Tips for night fishing

If you do find yourself out on the lake watching the fireworks blast off overhead, keep this tips in might to make your night go better.

Learn to fish by feel and not sight

No, that’s now a line off of a “Karate Kid” movie, though it would make for a good one. I can see it now; “Fish on, Fish off. Fish on, Fish off.” I digress. What I mean is that most anglers that fish during the day are accustomed to watching everything around them. They watch as the lure hits the water, as the line gets tight.

Sure, you could add one of those little lights for the end of your pole, but what good will that do for your line or lure? Instead, get accustomed to the feel of the line as the lure hits the water. Teach yourself to slightly feel the line above your reel for when it gets tight.

Be Extra Attentive to the Water

Sure, you are going to have lights on the boat. However, as many have found out the hard water, artificial lights can tend to affect your depth perception when it comes to how close you actually are to the edge of the boat. Plus, shadows will play tricks on your mind. That’s why you need to be extra careful not to accidentally step overboard.

Always have lights on when moving the boat

This should go without saying. Whenever you are moving the boat from one spot to the other, even if it’s just with the trolling motor, always have lights on the bow and stern. Not only will this help you drive the boat but will alert any other boats in the path.

Remember, have fun and be safe. Happy Fourth of July from TRAC Outdoor Products to you!

The Longest Day of the Year!

It’s The Summer Solstice

It’s finally here, the first day of Summer! The time where the long sleeves finally find their way to the back of the closet and we prepare for long, hot days. For a boater and fisherman, there’s no better time than the summer. Kids are out of school, vacation days are coming up, and the time we get to spend on the water increases. Remember, though, being the first day of summer also brings extremely high temperatures. That’s why we wanted to give you some tips on beating the heat and staying safe out on the water.

  1. Limit your Alcohol intake while in the heat.

Before your mind goes there, we are definitely not saying that you should cut out all of your alcohol intake during the summer. What kind of fun would those family outings be without a little alcohol? Right? However, you do need to limit your alcohol intake while you are out in the heat.

Alcohol is a diuretic. This means that is causes your body to release its fluid content. So, when you combine even a single alcoholic drink with extreme temperatures, your body is losing more water than it’s taking in, which will lead to severe dehydration. The remedy? Drink plenty of water, or better yet Gatorade, and save the alcohol for when you’re sitting around the fire or camp at night. Remember, just being in the water doesn’t mean your body is getting water.

  1. Wear Light Clothing

Light colored clothing reflects heat while darker colors absorb it. The best color to wear is white, though it’s also the easiest to get dirty. Also, be sure that your clothing is lightweight and moisture wicking. Clothing that holds moisture will lead to chafing.

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    Get plenty of shade

Sometimes, this can be as easy as having canopy on your boat. Other times, you may have to improvise and set up a large umbrella. If push comes to shove, take frequent breaks on dry land in the shade. Or, if you are on the lake fishing, troll your boat under a shade tree.

Not only will this prevent you from getting a sun burn but will help keep the harmful rays of the sun from affecting you. Also, this will help you stay on top of the symptoms of dehydration. Taking breaks are a great time to check yourself and drink fluids.

  1. Protect your skin

Sun burns can happen to the best of us, regardless of how tanned you are. Always apply sunscreen frequently if you are going to be out in the sun for more than a couple of minutes. Should you get sun burnt, treat it immediately with aloe vera, or another sun burn treatment.

Being out on the water is not only fun but relaxing, especially when no one gets hurt. Don’t ruin your day/summer by neglecting to follow these few basic safety tips. Staying safe will ensure you’ll have many more summers to come.

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Happy Father’s Day To Our Family Of Boaters

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Get Out On The Boat This Father’s Day

Finding the right gift for your father for Father’s Day can be hard, especially if you have a boating dad. We know the struggle. Buying that perfect gift doesn’t have to be stressful. With our help, you can get the perfect gift and never have to let dad know how much, or little, thought went into the buying process.

We’ve taken the liberty of putting together some amazing products that any boating dad will love. With the vast array of products we offer, you are sure to find something your dad will enjoy. Who knows, he may even take you out on the water with him. That is, if he doesn’t sneak away on his own first.

TRAC Angler AutoDeploy Winch-$215.95-259.95

Designed to make the transition from driving to your favorite fishing spot and actually fishing as smooth as possible, the AutoDeploy winch makes deploying your anchor effortless. Simply click the “AutoDeploy” button and the winch automatically begins dropping anchor. (We call it our “press and release” feature.)

The anchor is dropped smoothly into the water while a tension sensor tracks how tight the line gets. Once the anchor hits bottom, and the rope loses tension, the winch automatically stops releasing rope steadily and begins a cycle where it releases a few feet at a time until enough rope has been let out, then it locks the rope in place.

portable line spooling stationPortable Line Spooling Station-$14.99

Every angler’s worse nightmare is wasting time on the water having to respool a reel. It takes precious time that could be spent catching the big one. With this portable spooling system, your dad will never again come home angry that his reel messed up.

This spooling station can operate with many types of reels, including spinning, baitcasting, and closed-faced. It allows the angler to place the reel into the compartment and then mimic the action of reeling in the line. This uses the reel’s own ability to spool the line consistently while providing a secure space to hold the strand of fishing line. In addition, it comes with a built-in hook sharpener and line cutter, making pop’s fishing experience that much more enjoyable.

TRAC Dockhand Utility Cart-$62.95

Every day, at some point in their life, has wished they had a decent dolly/cart to help move things around. This couldn’t be truer for the avid angler. Where the weekend fisherman may have a single tackle box, the avid angler has several pieces of equipment they carry to the boat. Or maybe your dad just likes boating and keeps his boat docked at the Marina.

If that’s the case, he needs something to help move supplies and gear down the dock, seeing as though he can’t drive down it. His back will definitely thank you when you show up with the awesome cart.

Regardless of what you get him, your dad will appreciate the fact that you took the time out of your day to think of him. And that, my friend, is the greatest gift you can give your father, but the nice gear is definitely a plus.


Thank you for choosing TRAC Outdoor Products and keep boating with TRAC Outdoor!