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Caution Anglers-Freshwater Pirates

Posted by admin on November 18, 2015


Freshwater Pirates!

I have been a Police Officer for 17 years my job basically consist of protecting life and property. My recent experience at the last BASS Northern Open on Lake Erie I fell victim to the very thing I thought should never happen to me. The goal of this story is to make sure any bass angler and boater never finds themselves in the position which I faced during this last event.

My dilemma started on day one of the event when I arrived at my location on the east side of Peele Island and my motor malfunctioned. At that point I knew I would need assistance with a tow in, but first let me clarify some things to keep me from answering a flood of questions when this article is finished. I grew up fishing the St. Lawrence River, Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario so traversing the big bodies of water is something I have plenty of practice with. Next I have a 2014 Nitro Z9 with a Mercury Pro XS motor. The boat is rock solid and a great rough water ride and with any bass boat it is only as good as the person who is operating it. At the beginning of my season I purchased a TOW BOAT US package. This package was said to cover unlimited towing, fuel assist and I also added on the trailer assist. Like many anglers I also have the biggest insurance package through Progressive in order to make sure I keep out of pocket expenses at a minimum and can have peace of mind while fishing. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what these packages offer lets clarify some definitions. 


Occupational Therapy- James River Part II

Posted by chris on July 21, 2015

BASS OPEN Eco Pro 1 112.JPG                I just finished up my second event at the James River, this time a B.A.S.S. Northern Open. I worte about the James River in my last blog where I competed in the FLW Walmart Rayovac series where I finished 77th out of 98 competitors. If you missed that story you can read it at http://chrisflintfishing.com/blog/pants-or-shorts-2015-james-river-rayovac-event/

My finish at the Rayovac event left me with mixed emotions, would I be able to compete at that level, on that tidal fishery or would I even figure out how to catch fish during the hot summer days? Tidal bass fishing can be a tricky deal and then add the level of competition that would be arriving for the B.A.S.S. Open with B.A.S.S. Elite names like Mike Iaconelli and Boyd Duckett my nerves were already somewhat rattled and I have not even arrived for practice. 
My wife Jen and two dogs Garrett and Georgia arrived the week before the 4th of July giving me plenty of practice time in order to learn more about the fishery. We stayed at the Rockahock campground  a beautiful campground located on the Chickahominy River a tributary of the James River. We chose this location knowing that at the last event the winning fish came out of this tributary and it would let me launch right there and spend plenty of time where I thought I would need to be. Little did I know things in the tournament fishing never go as planned.


Pants or Shorts??? 2015 James River Rayovac Event

Posted by chris on June 9, 2015

Pants or shorts??
James River Rayovac June 2015
james 2 bASS.jpgI recently returned home from my first FLW Rayovac event on the James River which turned out once again to be a huge learning curve for me. Each event I go to mentally strong always knowing it is going to be a challenge to compete against some of the best anglers on that tour many of whom have years more experience than me as an angler. Going into each event I always try to establish a game plan before I arrive in order to pre-fish effectively but I also try to keep an open mind when I arrive and fish the moment. One of the toughest things to do in bass fishing is fish the moment, in other words sometimes you have to throw everything out you thought you knew or learned in the pre-fish period and just go fishing. That style of fishing is what makes good anglers great and its also something I know that I really need to work on when game time comes. This event proved no different.