Vibrations Tackle has partnered with the Wisconsin Fishing Expo and Wisconsin Outdoor News in the first annual kids (ages 3-12) coloring contest! The contest will be published on February 5th, Issue 3 in the Wisconsin Outdoor News. A drawing will occur at the Wisconsin Fishing Expo on Sunday February 28th...
6 lucky winners will be selected to have their own design recreated on an Echotail® lure with their name printed on the side! The winners will also receive a 3 month Jr Subscription of Wisconsin Outdoor News! Bring your drawing to the Expo and drop them off in booth 712 (Wisconsin Outdoor News) Feel free to print the copy from this post and design away!
Welcome to the 6th episode of Catch The Vibe Outdoors. We will be discussing an official announcement of a partnership between Justin Blanchar of Vibrations Tackle and Brian Skaife of Essox Assault / Chaos Tackle / Custom X for CTVO. Special guest Chris Chris Taurisano for T Bone Guide Service Joins us in a discussion about December musky fishing. We will also be offering a short tip from the field followed by some footage that we captured from the mornings quest for a Wisconsin December musky. Be sure to watch the end as Brian endures an unexpected surprise. See you on the water next week!
Pro Staffer Zach Burgess of Why Knot Guide Service scores some whitefish on an episode of Midwest Outdoors! Zach helped to design a custom whitefish Echotail rig that not only matches the hatch, but also helps aid in hook up percentages by the way the hooks are positioned. The upright position of a limerick hook is perfect for the way that their mouth is structured. Nice job Zach!
While Vibrations Tackle is reaching its five year mark, it was inevitable that our innovative creation would make it to the rivers and reservoirs in the Western States. Western waters contain an astonishing number of monster fish including the walleye displayed in the photograph. While trophy walleye are abundant, ginormous king salmon in Washington to ridiculously huge lake trout in the deep reservoirs of Colorado are a few more spectacles to seek out. A selection of hybrid blade bait Echotails with interchangeable tail offered in 12 sizes along with an abundant color selections allows anglers to pattern and seek out these trophies no matter depth or current strength.
Congrats to the angler above (Larry) for catching this monster out of the Snake River in Idaho. He caught the trophy snapping the Echotail off the bottom in about 18' of water. He would rip the blade 3 times, let it set, drag a little then repeat. So many big fish have come on the pause/drag. The vibration gets there attention and the action from the Kalin's ceils the deal! Congrats again and thank you for sharing Larry!
YELLOW AQUATIC PERCH pattern does it again!
By Ted Peck
(Ted Peck displays a 27" walleye hooked in Green bay on a 3/4 oz Teddy Cat fishing with guide and professional tournament angler Lynn Niklasch)
Been on the road awhile, scratching itch for muskies and big eyes. Haven't put a 30" eye in the boat on pool 9 since 2013. used to catch several every year. what's happened? Gotta believe reducing the daily bag to 3 and a slot limit would help like it has down on pool 11-12. They are catching 30" eyes down there regularly again. and we have better habitat here. Fished northern Door County the past couple days with guide Lynn Niklasch and my buddy Tom. Lynn and his partner just won the AIM championship up there last weekend. Two day event. They had 10 eyes. Total weigh:101 lbs.Best part is, the AIM format is based on inches. Every fish released immediately and on site after a couple of photos. No reason why this format couldn't be used for ALL tourneys. No more taking fish 20 miles away for 'release"...with outrageous mortality. We caught 34 eyes in two solid days fishing. Only 4 small enough to keep. The other 30 were 26 1/2-29 3/4". Most caught trolling spinner rigs. Attached foto is four we had on at the same time. All released. Spent a couple hours snap-jigging echotails. This produced the biggest eye of the trip. Caught a nice 27 on my very first cast with the Teddy Cat--perfect color and bait profile for up there with all the gobies. Lost it to rocks two casts later. The only one i brought along. Anyway...to those who think the current format used in tourneys here on the River is a good thing, would any of you be interested in starting a Conibear only catch and release muskrat tournament trail here Just wonderin' The technology is out there for on-site, immediate, catch and release. If we care about the resource and the future of our fishing here on pool 9 why--oh, why--don't we insist on this kind of format?
By Rob Blanchar
July 27th, 2015
Second day of fishing with Take A Vet Fishing at Happy Camp owners Chris and Jamie Fuge we targeted White Otter Lake in Hillsport, Ontario Canada. Yesterday, traditional live bait crawlers were working rigged up on harnesses along with being tipped off on miniature (3/16 oz) disco nugget Echotails. The bite was “Hot”! Today, we expected to start right up on the hot action but we were stricken with surprise. The day started out pretty tough, so I started experimenting with different switch colors, sizes and technics. When I attached a one inch piece of Uncle Josh Canadian Crawler to the barbed Echotail® the action started.
(1/4 oz Echotail® tipped off with 1" strips of Uncle Josh's Pork Crawler successfully landed this Canadian limit)
The trusty old combo; Uncle Josh s Pork Crawler tipped off on a Junior (1/4 oz) gold nugget Echotail® by Vibrations Tackle created a feeding frenzy. This combo not only produced a limit of walleye, but it was accomplished with traditional live bait crawlers were not working. We targeted drop offs in 8 to 15 feet of water casting the blade out and dragging the lure along the bottom on th the retrieve. Rapid pumps and snaps were used allowing the Echotail® to free-fall with slack line finishing up by vertical jigging next to the boat.
When the walleye were moving underneath the boat, I could here the locator beeping on the boat next to us every few minutes. My boat fished the old fashion way anchor, oars, lake map and lures. By casting the 1/4 ounce Echotail®, I could cover more area around an anchored boat. I targeted both shallow and deep water near drop-offs, and both methods proved to produce respectable walleye.
Thank you Uncle Josh for making such a great product. If you are headed to Canada dont leave home without your Echotail's and at least one package of Uncle Josh Pork Crawlers. All the fish caught were hooked on only three one inch strips of Pork. The Pork Crawler stayed attached to Echotails barbed bait keep quite nicely and caught multiple fish per strip. Not only that, but I didn’t need to be concerned about my bait dying. Also, thank you St Croix Rods for making a quality rod that allowed me to detect the light biters.
Best of luck fishing!
Catch The Vibe Outdoors, Episode 4 May 19, 2015
By Justin Blanchar
(Click below for more detail about the Echotail Starter Kit)
Vibrations Tackle Company Highlights & Updates
-Have a chance to win FREE tackle by posting to our blog. As a reminder post about the Palagic Fish Species, native you your home waters.
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Episode 5- our first guest appearance. Madison fishing guide Lee Touchen
-In-Fisherman- Echotail makes another appearance in the June 2015 article called Bombing Walleye
-Working on some new boat and truck decals!
-Sweepstakes Reminder-$500 in Vibrations Tackle plus a St. Croix Avid X Rod http://stcroixrods.com
Vibrations Tackle demos bombing walleye in the summer.. Dead Sticking Click below to learn our techniques!
Echotail® Pointer Of The Week
Hook positioning. Repositioning hooks is easy and can easily be done to adapt to certain fishing techniques including jigging, casting and trolling.
AIM (Green Bay)- Congrats to Lynn Niklasch and Mark Kumorkiewicz
TAVF-Coverage on the recent Take A Vet Fishing from Sunday on the Fox Chain in Illionois. http://takeavetfishing.org
Up Coming Events
Great Lakes Kayak Series- June 6
SM/LM AND WHITE BASS - Presented by Heritage Harbor and Quest Watersports Ottawa, Illinois http://www.kayakfish247.com
AIM-Petenwell Flowage – June 28 I will be in the area so I might be around the area. http://aimfishing.com
For more tournament coverage, be sure to visit OutdoorsFIRST media.com
Fishing Reports: If you would like us to other areas that we haven’t been covering, please mention this by posting to our blog.
Lake Monona Musky Report-Chaos Tackle, Lake Monona- http://www.chaostackle.com
Maison Chain/Lake Wisconsin -Ron Barefield- Multi-Species Report
Petenwell Flowage/Castle Rock- Jesse Qaule (Green Water Walleye Service)
Southeastern WI- Rob Wendal AKA Great Lakes Kayak Angler
Okauchee Lake Bass Fishing-Chris Wilson from Hard and Soft Fishing- http://www.unclejosh.com
For more reports in South Eastern Wisconsin, visit Dick Smiths Live Bait & Tackle http://www.unclejosh.com http://www.dicksmithslivebait.com
Wisconsin River/Wausau Area-Kurt Schultz- http://www.kurtsguiding.net
Phillips Wisconsin- Ross’s Sports Shop- http://www.rosssonline.com
Echotail Fishing Forcast
Burning over weed tops for bass, pike and musky
Bass in the shallows-1/2 oz Echotail offers a small profile and fast sink rate. Cast them over the shallows for picking bass off there beds!
Crappies-1/10 oz 3/16 oz(try the ice series) ¼ oz
Green Bay Trolling- ½ oz 1 oz Firetiger
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