Posted on April 22, 2017

We've got a bass boat sitting in the garage again (barely). It's a little trickier getting that dual axle in the garage. It has been a whirlwind picking up the Reel n Smoke boat and getting it to Motorcity Digital and back. I wouldn't have been able to do it all myself since I had some other commitments with working the D&R Sports show for Lew's, Minn Kota, and Humminbird. But my dad and brother stepped in and picked it up and even delivered it to D&R for me. Sorry about the truck tire blow out on the express way, but huge thanks to them for making it happen!

I was able to get it out on the water the following day and get it broken in. I will say I've got a lot to learn as far as using the hydraulic jackplate and getting the most out of the rig. It was choppy on Muskegon Lake so that will have to wait, but I did get to test out its fishability. It was super comfortable to fish out of and drive; now I just have to figure out how to organize it. Having the Minn Kota Ultrex on there was more awesome than I could have imagined. I could sit on a school of fish in the wind, without ever blowing off them. This allowed me to retie a couple times, make precise casts, and keep 2 feet on the front deck of the boat. This trolling motor is an absolute game changer for fishing offshore.  I'm looking forward to getting out some more this week/weekend and catching a bunch of fish. I was pretty surprised at how far along everything was, the rest of this spring should be fun (even though I'm sad I missed out on the iceout bite). Oh and the walleyes have been snapping on Lake Michigan too.

I’ve still got things to install in the boat like the hydrowave and SI transducer. I did manage to get the SOLIX 15 dash mounted this week. Thanks to my neighbor for building an amazing bracket for it and my buddy Aaron for coming over to help me install it. I've also got to put on a few more pieces of the wrap, so while I'd really like to show everyone how it turned out. That will have to wait until the next blog or the end of this week on any of my social media accounts. I feel like I'm a little behind on everything right now but I should be caught up in no time!

We are coming to the end of all the show season type stuff, so that should certainly help things. The last couple weeks have been busy. Thanks to the guys from Great Lake Guide Service for having me at another West Michigan seminar series event. Big thanks to everyone who came and listened to what I had to say. I hope everyone learned a few things about catching bass. I always have a good time when I get to do something like that and get more comfortable with it every time.

Also I spent some time at the D&R Sports spring show helping people find the right Lew's reel for their needs (or Humminbird/Minn Kota products). That's a lot of fun in itself, but it's even more fun when you are working side by side with David Fritts all weekend. We also had the Lew's trailer there and the casting competition going on. I know I say this every year but it is crazy to see how Lew's has grown. That has been one of the coolest things about being with them from the time they reengergized the brand. Keep an eye out for more innovative Lew's products in the future!

The last non fishing related event I'll be at is going down this Saturday the 22nd at the 2K jigs Grand Opening in Sparta. Not only will they have Lew's reels, and Dobyns Rods, but it will be your local source for the Reel n Smoke products I've been talking up! Rumor has it that there will be something to eat in the Reel n Smoke barbecue sauce that you aren't going to want to miss.
Speaking of Reel n Smoke I’ve got a new recipe up in the Reel n Smoke News section with a beer pairing from Big Lake Brewing in Holland. Huge thanks to Amanda and the guys at Sedulous Media Group for helping with the photos!

I also want to remind everyone to shop local this spring when you put those big tackle orders in. ClearH2O Tackle can get it and ship it all, rods, reels, line, baits, FishSens SondeCAM’s, anything marine related, you name it Darrin can get it. So I would encourage everyone to give the little guys some business this spring. That’s all I’ve got, see you on the water.