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Top Finishing Bass Anglers All Credit Same Z-Man® Vibrating Jig

The following press release is courtesy of Z-Man.



LADSON, SC (March 2, 2018) – Pretty compelling when someone wins a bigtime bass tourney with a super cool bait off the mainstream radar. But when five of the top ten anglers single out this same exceptional lure, including the top 3 finishers, it could be fairly classified as a big deal.

The plot thickens even more when none of the winning anglers are sponsored by the lure manufacturer in question. Call that a big statement.

Just such a scenario played out at the recent FLW Tour event at Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes, where the all the top finishers seemed to be giving props the same lure, a Z-Man ChatterBait brand bladed jig. Eventual champion Chris Johnston edged his buddy and fellow Ontario resident Jeff Gustafson by a mere two pounds, using the same ½-ounce, white Z-Man / Evergreen ChatterBait JackHammer™ vibrating jig Gustafson gave him on the eve of the final day.


Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson (Photo by Charles Waldorf / FLW Outdoors)

“Super happy for Chris,” said Gustafson. “For two Canadians to come down here, fish the same baits and finish #1 and #2 is just awesome.”

During the three-day event, many of the anglers lamented the fact that the lake hosted historic densities of hydrilla, including clumps of the invasive plant growing all the way down to 12 feet of water.

Gustafson and several other anglers discovered a ChatterBait bladed jig could be fished similar to the locally popular method of ripping lipless crankbaits, but without constantly snagging salad. He also noted the ChatterBait Custom lure scored near tournament winning largemouths at the January FLW event on Lake Okeechobee.

Z-Man’s ChatterBait Jack Hammer has been red hot on this year’s FLW Tour.

“At the Harris Chain tourney, I fished the ChatterBait JackHammer from beginning to end,” he continued. “Unlike a lot of the northern lakes we fish where vegetation forms distinct edges, down here the hydrilla grows in almost random clumps. I focused most of my energy on those deeper clumps in 8 to 12 feet of water. Best spots were holes in the vegetation where it was matted up to the surface.

“In the sparser areas, I’m sure you could have caught ‘em on a ‘trap (lipless crank), but in the thicker grass, the heavy duty ChatterBait was money.”

Most of Gustafson’s bass bit while he presented the vibrating jig aggressively. “I was just ripping and popping the bait in place, letting the blade do its thing. The other key was the Z-Man RaZor ShadZ™, a super durable, segmented shad-profile bait. Put one of these on a ChatterBait and it can last at least 30 to 40 fish.”

Jared McMillan (Photo by Charles Waldorf / FLW Outdoors)

Meanwhile, third place finisher John Hunter focused efforts on slightly shallower hydrilla flats. He chalked up his final weight of 75-pounds 13-ounces to two jerkbaits and a ChatterBait JackHammer bladed swim jig. On the final day, the ChatterBait lure tempted a beautiful 7-pound hawg, captured by FLW’s cameraman.

Two other top-ten anglers also credited Z-Man ChatterBait brand vibrating jigs. Buddy Gross, who finished 5th and Jared McMillan, who notched the 9th spot, both called out the unique bait as one of their difference-making presentations.

Creator of the Original ChatterBait bladed jig, Z-Man Fishing recently announced a new ¾-ounce size of its ultra-refined ChatterBait JackHammer, a lure that will be debuted at the Bassmaster Classic Expo in March. Designed by Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brett Hite in conjunction with Japanese luremaker Evergreen International, the JackHammer features a low center of gravity swim jighead, Gamakatsu® heavy wire flipping hook and Decoy® Egg Snap, among other innovative extras.

Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson (Photo by Kyle Wood / FLW Outdoors)

Make A Memory Of Your Harvest With Skull Hooker Mounts

Klamath Falls, OR – As hunting season has come and gone, you’ll be looking for ways to showcase your hard-earned trophies.  Skull Hooker® has long been the convenient, elegant solution to getting those European mounts on the walls of your trophy room, living room or office, naturally displayed for all to see — with no drilling or damage to the skulls.  Have multiple heads to hang with little available wall space? Skull Hooker is proud to offer a simple, sleek-looking solution with true customization for showing off multiple Euro mounts, the Skull Hooker Trophy Tree floor display.

“European mounts have become a popular option, and many hunters have several skulls in their collection just waiting to be displayed,” said Rob Shaw, President of Skull Hooker.  “The new Trophy Tree allows hunters to easily display five or more Euro mounts on one stand without the need for any drilling into the skulls or walls, complete with customizable features for multiple poses/angles and a natural upright look,” he added.

The Skull Hooker Trophy Tree is constructed of high-quality powder-coated steel and weighs 31 pounds, so it’ll stand strong and hold those heads up high for years to come.  The Trophy Tree stands nearly five feet tall and can squeeze into corners nicely, saving space while adding classic decor to any room. It can hold any small to medium-sized skulls, which means you can display a multitude of animal species from around the globe including everything from antelope and deer to boars and bears.

The Skull Hooker Trophy Tree is extremely versatile and completely customizable to your preference. It’s designed to offer 360-degree viewing at multiple heights.  Whether you align heads vertically, or stagger them from top to bottom, the methods for personalizing the look of your stand are endless.  For even more display room and customization options, additional attachments are also available separately including: pole extensions, European mount attachments as well as skull capped trophies and larger prongs to accommodate larger game species.

Securely hanging your European mounts on the Skull Hooker Trophy Tree is simple. All Skull Hooker brackets are designed to perfectly connect with the native holes and crevices found in the back of all animal skulls, and display in a natural position.  No drilling of the skull is necessary to hang, making set up virtually effortless. The Trophy Tree comes in a sleek black color to match any motif and has an MSRP of $179.99 with five trophy European attachments included.

About Skull Hooker®
Skull Hooker is the world’s first professionally crafted, fully adjustable European skull mounting bracket that naturally and elegantly showcases your trophy game animal. Skull Hooker offers hunters a wide range of stylish decor brackets that are simple to install and deliver a natural, upright look when displayed – will no drilling and no holes required.  The flagship models are available in two sizes (small and large), to accommodate any sized trophy.  Other unique mounting systems in the line include: the Table Hooker, Bone Bracket and the Trophy Tree, offering even more customizable options for displaying prized game animals.  For more information, visit

Plano Tackle Bags Are Built To Last


Plano, IL (February 27, 2018) – Salt, sun and spray can send lesser tackle bags to an early grave. How? By attacking their vulnerable zippers and rendering them useless. That’s why Plano engineers eliminated these weak links in their trouble-free weather-defying Z-Series Soft Tackle Bags, Tackle Backpack and Tackle Wrap, which debuted to the universal delight of anglers at ICAST in 2016. These no-fuss zipper-free Z-Series tackle storage designs have quickly become recognized for their exceptional weather-resistance, infallible reliability and overall efficiency.




At the heart of the Z-Series line-up are Plano’s proven Z-Series 3600 and 3700 Tackle Bags. They feature the same great performance, but with brand new aesthetics that reflect their premium functionality. New for 2018, the angler-favorite Z-Series now features sizzling Kryptek Raid camouflage with striking blue accents. You can look for a better-performing – or better-looking – line of zipperless tackle storage options, but you won’t find either.


Plano’s 3600- and 3700-size Z-Series Tackle Bags boast a gusseted top and large flap that opens fast and closes neatly and securely with strong HDPE buckles. These high capacity bags house five included StowAway Utility Boxes inside their generous main compartments. Outside, an extremely durable Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) waterproof fabric defies the elements, while a Kryptek Raid finish with blue trim catches the eye. Reliable Velcro closures secure the generous side pockets, while large front and rear mesh slip storage pockets add to the carrying capacity. Two strips of tactical bag inspired MOLLE webbing run over the top flap for attaching additional accessories such as pens, thermometers, hook sharpeners and keychains.



Z-Series Tackle Bags feature Plano-exclusive Utili-Tackle Rail System molded, waterproof base




Both the 3600- and 3700-size Z-Series Tackle Bags employ Plano’s highly functional, one-of-a-kind Utili-Tackle Rail System Base. This innovative, waterproof design uses raised corners and over-molded rubber feet to prevent sliding on any surface while elevating the bag and its contents above wet boat decks and patches of standing water. The integral Utili-Tackle Rail features multiple tie-down points to secure the bag in transit or during rough conditions, while also allowing for fast attachment of up to 17 different fishing tools or accessories.



Plano Z-Series Tackle Bags Features and Specifications

  • Available in 3600 (Model PLAB36800) and 3700 (Model PLAB37800) sizes
  • Failsafe zipperless design
  • High-performance TPE-coated waterproof fabric
  • Color: Kryptek Raid with blue accents
  • Gusseted top closes neatly and securely with buckles
  • Two side pockets with Velcro closures
  • Front and back mesh slip pockets with Velcro closures
  • Plano-exclusive Utili-Tackle Rail System molded, waterproof base
  • Holds five StowAways (five included)

3600 Size / Model PLAB36800: 14”L x 8”W x 8.50”H / MSRP $99.99

3700 Size / Model PLAB37800: 18”L x 10”W x 11”H / MSRP $119.99





Plano’s refreshed Z-Series is a premium and weather-resistant line of advanced, zipperless tackle storage designs that helps anglers leave their worries behind, but bring everything else. Including 3600- and 3700-size Tackle Bags, a convenient Tackle Backpack and an innovative Tackle Wrap, the new Z-Series in Kryptek Raid represents a comprehensive solution for zipperless, weather-endurable worry-free tackle storage and transportation. Learn more at







Sig Sauer To Partner With Sportsmen’s Alliance


The Sportsmen’s Alliance Leader’s ClubBusiness Partner list just got a little longer when SIG SAUER recently signed on as a supporter. As a member of the Leader’s Club, SIG SAUER joins elite company in the defense of our hunting, fishing, trapping and shooting sports.

“The Sportsmen’s Alliance Business Partner program continues to align with the best of the best in the outdoor industry,” said Sean Curran, vice president of membership and development for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “SIG SAUER has been an industry-leading company since its inception. We are excited to align our organizations to raise awareness of sportsmen’s issues while partnering to increase memberships and funding to combat issues that threaten our heritage.”

With a mantra of “born in Europe, perfected in America,” SIG SAUER has been churning out award-winning firearms since 1864 – when it produced its Prelaz-Burnand rifle for the Swiss Army. Today, with U.S. headquarters in Newington, N.H., SIG SAUER employs more than 1,600 employees and continues its dedication to high-quality firearm production born of Swiss precision, German engineering, and American ingenuity. Known as ‘The Complete Systems Provider,’ SIG has expanded its offerings to include suppressors, electro-optics, ammunition and airguns.

“The team at SIG SAUER is excited to partner with The Sportsmen’s Alliance,” said Allen McCormick, vice president of marketing for SIG SAUER. “Their passion, relentless focus on conservation programs, and support of an overarching outdoor lifestyle are in sync with our organization and how SIG employees approach life.”

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research.  Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Deer Hunter’s Scent Decrease With New ScentLok Products

The following press release is courtesy of ScentLok:

Muskegon, MI (February 19, 2018) – Elite whitetail hunters take every possible precaution to protect themselves from their quarry’s incredible sense of smell. ScentLok’s patented Carbon AlloyTMhunting garments have been proven deadly in the field, by combining activated carbon with zeolite and treated carbon to help adsorb a larger spectrum of odors – as well as targeting specific odors – better than ever before. But every piece of gear we take into the field picks up additional ambient odors that can be alarming to deer, which is why a Complete Odor Management strategy should also involve your home and vehicle.


New for 2018, OZ Active Odor-Destroyers by ScentLok are designed to reactivate activated carbon garments and deodorize other gear and accessories, while also keeping the environments around hunters and their gear as odor-free as possible. These premium pre- and post-hunt ozone products utilize the very latest technology and do not interfere with other odor-controlling products on the market.



From the home to the truck to the field and back home again, the new OZ family of Active Odor Destroyers by ScentLok helps keep environments around hunters and their gear odor-free.


OZ Active Odor Destroyers are specifically designed to emit a powerful stream of ozone molecules that seek out and destroy virtually all types of odors and bacteria in their path. When ozone comes in contact with these contaminants, their chemical structure is changed to a compound that is no longer recognizable as an offensive odor. As ozone continues to attack these compounds, the odor is destroyed through oxidation. The ozone then reverts back to oxygen. Revolutionary CycleCleanTMtechnology allows OZ generators to moderate output by alternating between active and resting phases for maximum efficiency and longer product life.


ScentLok’s OZ Active Odor Destroying Products consist of an OZ20 Vehicle DeodorizerOZ20B Portable DeodorizerOZ100 Small Room Deodorizer and OZ500 Large Room Deodorizer.



No odor is too tough for the ScentLok OZ500 Large Room Deodorizer. Complete with 12V DC power supply and vehicle power adaptor, OZ500 is the ideal odor destroyer for large rooms and spaces. It’s also compatible with ScentLok’s slick new OZChamber Hardline Storage Tote or OZChamber 8K Storage Bag.




The Long and Smelly Road


Ambient odors are insidious, and your vehicle collects them from every possible source as you travel down the roadways of everyday life. Your dog’s hair, the rogue french fries under your seat and the variety of odors that come off our own bodies; they all collect and co-mingle inside our vehicles, then conspire to hitch a ride with us whenever we leave and venture into the field. Ultimately, they all can sound like alarm bells to a whitetail’s nose.


Life teaches that cheap insurance comes in many forms. The latest of which for hunters is theScentLok OZ20 Vehicle Deodorizer. Simply plug this affordable marvel into your vehicle’s all-in-one 12V receptacle and let the odor destruction begin.


Even those who don’t hunt will appreciate the OZ20’s almost instant ability to deodorize the cabin of their car or truck. It’ll smell so clean, in fact, that you might even consider starting your own ride-sharing business.


ScentLok OZ20 Vehicle Deodorizer / Model 82913

Ozone destroys odors, bacteria, fungus, and mold

Attacks virtually all types of odors

CycleCleanTM  technology moderates the output by alternating active and resting phases to achieve

Chemical and fragrance free

8 hour treatment cycle

All-in-one 12V plug

MSRP: $39.99



The ScentLok OZ20 Vehicle Deodorizer destroys odors lurking inside your car or truck before they can destroy your hunt… or ruin date night.

The Truth Stinks

Everyone wants to believe their home smells like June apples, fresh linens or a Hawaiian breeze. But the reality is this: The foods we cook, the products we use, the animals we care for and our own diverse housekeeping practices make our homes smell like… well, something totally different. And when we leave our homes, those odors can easily go with us.


ScentLok OZ Room and Home Deodorizers make it easy kill the odors that live with us in our homes – not by masking them, but by breaking them down and literally destroying them. Three powerful and efficient models are available.


ScentLok OZ20B Portable Deodorizer /Model 82914

  • Ozone destroys odors, bacteria, fungus, and mold
  • Attacks virtually all types of odors
  • CycleCleanTM  technology moderates the output by alternating active and resting phases to achieve maximum efficiency
  • Great for gym bags, bathrooms, cars, camping, etc.
  • Rechargeable battery lasts 8 hours
  • USB port for charging mobile devices
  • Chemical and fragrance free
  • 1 & 3 hour cycle options
  • Includes 12V DC power supply and USB charging cable

MSRP $99.99



Powered by either the included 12V DC power supply or its own rechargeable battery, the compact and highly portable OZ20B is the versatile power player in the ScentLok OZ lineup. Did we mention it will also charge your phone?




ScentLok OZ100 Small Room Deodorizer /Model 82915

  • Ozone destroys odors, bacteria, fungus, and mold
  • Attacks virtually all types of odors
  • CycleCleanTM  technology moderates the output by alternating active and resting phases to achieve maximum efficiency
  • Great for kitchens, bathrooms and other small rooms
  • Plugs directly into a wall outlet with no additional wires or adaptors
  • Chemical and fragrance free

MSRP $99.99



Perfect for kitchens, bathrooms or mudrooms, the ScentLok OZ100 Small Room Deodorizer plugs directly into the wall to kill ambient odors before they can contaminate you or your hunting gear… or upset the delicate olfactory sensibilities of guests.




ScentLok OZ500 Large Room Deodorizer /Model 82912

  • Ozone destroys odors, bacteria, fungus, and mold
  • Attacks virtually all types of odors
  • CycleCleanTM  technology moderates the output by alternating active and resting phases to achieve maximum efficiency
  • Plugs into the OZInjectTM tubing system in the ScentLok OZChamber 8K Bag or ScentLok
  • Great as a stand-alone unit to deodorize large spaces like a garage or cabin
  • Includes a 12V DC power supply, vehicle power adaptor and transport tubing
  • Chemical and fragrance free

MSRP $149.99



Successful hunters go to every length to protect themselves from a whitetail’s keen nose. New ScentLok OZ Active Odor-Destroying Products provide a comprehensive suite of ozone-generating and odor-obliterating solutions for hunters and non-hunters alike. From the home or garage, to the truck, to the field and back home again, OZ Active Odor Destroyers by ScentLok make it easier than ever to keep environments around hunters and their gear as odor-free as possible. Part of ScentLok’s commitment to Complete Odor Management for hunters, they’re available now at licensed ScentLok dealers. Learn more at














Nexus Outdoors, headquartered in Muskegon, MI, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of performance, hunting and casual odor-controlling apparel, footwear and equipment under the ScentLok®, OZ®, ScentBlocker®, Scent Shield®, Whitewater Outdoors® and Tree Spider® brands. Nexus Outdoors is the only company with access to all scent-controlling technologies, including their patented Carbon Alloy technology and Trinity technology, which provide superior success in the field. ScentLok and Scentblocker are pioneers in the hunting industry, which many credit with creating a market based on the elimination of odors to get closer to big game.


About ScentLok

ScentLok Technologies, headquartered in Muskegon, MI, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of performance, hunting and casual odor-controlling apparel, footwear and equipment. Founded in 1992 on scientific principles, ScentLok is the only company with access to all scent-controlling technologies including their patented activated carbon technology, which is consistently proven to outperform other technologies tested. ScentLok is a pioneer in the hunting industry, which many credit with creating a market based on the elimination of odors to get closer to big game.

Xtaero Introduces New Skiff Boat

The new Xtaero Skiff is an awesome boat!  And we have this one ready to go!!

22’ aluminum boats are the most versatile and best selling boat of any kind in the world. It fulfills the ‘one boat does it all’  needs of many families.  It can go in the shallows even inches with a jet outboard and a factory delta pad which helps usher water into the jet, but this one is stock for a regular outboard.  The bottom has 12.5 degree dead rise (degrees of vee) so it will ride well in tougher water.  The 17′ deck provides ample room for storing coolers, totes, and fishing gear.  This one would be a tiller handle. More details below.

The most important part?? We can customize!!  Adding a center console or steering station is already in our wheelhouse.  We can do windshields, duck boats, bow hunting boats, different style cleats, a 90hp outboard, a 150hp outboard. We get two or three calls every day from folks telling us to do one thing different or another.  I say yes to everyone because we can do many things.  We love it.

We proudly offer this beautiful vessel at a price we feel represents our very high quality with a much lower price than other 22′ aluminum boats.

XTAERO CORAX (again with the Raven soul)
Length 22′ with 12.5 degree dead rise and 24″ freeboard above the waterline
Length with outboard 25′
Beam 80″
Beam at waterline 65.5″
Construction: The full frame and girder design with Center Vertical Keel and breast hook. Will prove to be one of the best little boats you’ve ever been on.  Designed by Jarek Kanios who designs the larger very successful Xtaero boats is well known for great ride and overbuilding.
Weight 600lbs boat only
Squared gunwales
Long gunwale shelves for rods and gear
Forward storage for gear
Heavy grade 3/4″ deck sitting on full frame and girder construction

Price boat only, as shown: $18,503 (choice of paint color)
Price boat/outboard Suzuki DF90ATX2/Trailer Package: $28,156 (choice of paint color)

We need owners in Alaska so we can display some at the 2018 Great Alaskan Sportsman Show in April 2018. And in OR and WA also, as well as around the country.

Mercury Marine Showcasing Custom Joystick Piloting for Outboards

The following press release is courtesy of Mercury Marine: 

Mercury Marine’s next generation joystick piloting system takes the innovation and art of a joystick-enabled vessel to the next level.  In 2013, Mercury introduced Joystick Piloting for Outboards, the first of its kind in the marine marketplace.  It remains the most precise system on the market and the only system from helm to stern designed to work with a Mercury engine.

Mercury’s new and improved Joystick Piloting for Outboards will be on display and available for demo on multiple boats during the 2018 Miami International Boat Show.  Advanced features that typically require complex user interfaces with third-party systems are fully integrated into one location on the Mercury system.  As the leader in innovation and systems development, Mercury has ensured an outstanding boating experience that benefits the OEMs, dealers and the end consumer.  Boaters now have more confidence when docking a boat or maneuvering at low speeds in the marina.

“Mercury continues to advance its leadership position with our fully integrated joystick control system and no one else in the market can integrate its system technology with the engine like we can,” said Rob Hackbarth, Mercury Marine director of controls and rigging. “Boaters who use Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Outboards enjoy more control of their boat, quieter operation, steering that is far more responsive than any other system on the market and an aesthetically pleasing design that has an integrated autopilot and autoheading for ease of boating.”

“Not all joystick systems are created equally, and boaters are looking for a manufacturer that can provide them integrated technology that pairs with their engine,” said Dan Balogh, Mercury Marine director of electrical, electronics and software engineering.  “No other outboard joystick control system offers the same set of advanced features as Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Outboards, which includes Skyhook virtual anchor, VesselView engine information display, and an integrated autopilot system.”

Mercury’s engineering team recently made several evolutionary improvements to the Joystick Piloting System, which is part of the SmartCraft digital technology suite. Together, these enhancements will take boaters to an entirely new level of driving ease and enjoyment.  Some of the new and improved features exclusive to Mercury:

  • New advanced Skyhook modes
    • Drifthook: Maintain heading while allowing boat to drift; perfect for kite fishing
    • Bowhook: Maintain position while allowing heading to change
    • Skyhook Adjust: Adjust skyhook heading in 1 and 10-degree increments
  • Significant improvements in steering capacity, reverse thrust, side-to-side translation speed, rotational spinning
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Improved diagnostics
  • Improved system intelligence

“We have been able to provide the boater an improved joystick experience with 40 percent more available reverse thrust,” said Balogh. “Boaters want an integrated system and what sets our joystick apart from any other in the marketplace is that our remote controls, steering, joystick and engine are all designed to work together.”

These improvements are in addition to the improvements made in 2016 including new contemporary styling, integrated Precision Pilot Pad functionality, LED light ring that changes color to indicate status of Joystick operating mode and the award winning Electronic Steering Helm that replaces the electric steering motor, and provides the operator more intuitive feedback on boat speed, steering angle, wheel turning rate and acceleration. This technology has been widely adopted by Mercury’s boat builder partners who value high precision, responsive steering for their Verado powered joystick boats vs an aftermarket joystick steering system.


Quicksilver Getting The Job Done

Photos by Chris Mitchell

The following press release is courtesy of Quicksilver Marine Parts and Accessories: 

With this afternoon’s weigh-in at Lake Martin near Alexander City, Alabama, the newly assembled Quicksilver “QCrew” Water Team will launch into the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament-fishing season with the highest degree of confidence in the performance of their boats and engines.

This year, new members Mark Daniels, Jr. and Dustin Connell join Quicksilver pros Jacob Powroznik and Stetson Blaylock to round out the four-man team. The team members agree that lubricants and additives from Quicksilver Marine Parts & Accessories will help their boats and engines stand up to the rigors of competitive tournament fishing.

“Every day we fish out here on the Elites we push our gear to the absolute maximum,” said Powroznik, a four-time B.A.S.S. event winner and third-year QCrew member. “Fuel economy, the performance of our motors, protection against wear-and-tear — every bit contributes to our doing our jobs, and I can’t imagine running a full, eleven-event season without Quicksilver products in my boat and motor.”

Blaylock, a second-year Elite pro and winner of several FLW events, begins his second year as part of the QCrew.“Your engine is one of the most important parts of your success on the water, and having reliable oil, parts and accessories is crucial to keeping your engine performing at its best,” said Blaylock.

Daniels, Connell new additions to QCrew

Alabama natives Daniels and Connell are first-year QCrew Water Team members. Both are second-year Elite Series pros coming off highly successful rookie seasons. Connell claimed the 2017 Rookie of the Year honors and won the Ross Barnett event. Daniels, a four-year FLW Tour pro before qualifying for the Elite Series, earned two Top 10 finishes and finished in the top 20 in Angler of the Year standings in 2017.

“Maintenance is one of the most important elements in professional bass fishing, and Quicksilver makes the best lubricants on the market,” Daniels said. “From my fishing reels to my truck and outboard engine, they have me covered.”

“Quicksilver products give me the confidence I need in running my motor at its top performance,” Connell said. “They offer every product to keep my outboard running smoothly and reliably.”

“Quicksilver has expanded the QCrew because of the outstanding fan support, professionalism of the anglers and the overall coverage of Bassmaster Elite events,” said Eric Reilley, Quicksilver Products marketing manager, aftermarket products. “Obviously, the excitement of the tournaments captures fans’ attention, and Quicksilver wants all marine enthusiasts to be aware of our commitment to performance, protection and the peace of mind of our customers.”


Since 1950, discriminating customers in the marine and powersports industries have depended on the Quicksilver brand for their parts, accessories, and engine-care-product needs. Quicksilver Marine Lubricants are engineered to meet and exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) testing standards. Quicksilver’s 4-Stroke oil technology guarantees industry-leading strength and viscosity retention, and ultimate corrosion and wear protection in marine elements. Look for the Marine, Personal Watercraft, Motorcycle, ATV/UTV, V-Twin Motorcycle, and Snowmobile product lines at Wal-Mart and other major retail locations.


Jacob Powroznik’s boat in full competition livery.

Stetson Blaylock’s boat in full competition livery.

Mark Daniels, Jr.’s boat in full competition livery.

Dustin Connell’s boat in full competition livery.



Wildlife Forever CEO Retiring After 25 Years


The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever: 

White Bear Lake, MN – After 25 years of service to fish and wildlife conservation, Wildlife Forever’s President & CEO, Douglas Grann has announced his retirement and turned over the leadership reins to Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President.

Grann joined the non-profit organization in March of 1992. Prior to Wildlife Forever, he was Executive Vice President, Voyageur Art specializing in state duck-stamp prints and created the Australia “First of Nation” Duck Stamp Program.  He also served as Director of Operations for the National Wild Turkey Federation, starting their popular Super Fund Banquet program.

Mr. Grann’s responsibilities included the leadership of Wildlife Forever, management of staff and programs, plus creation and development of national campaigns. Grann states his greatest achievement was ensuring no less than 80% of every dollar raised was spent on conservation.  This goal was accomplished for 25 years with 94% of all revenue going directly to mission, confirmed by independent audits, in recent years.

“Wildlife Forever was built and supported by individuals who care deeply about the future of fish and wildlife.” said Mr. Grann.  “I am most thankful for those dedicated members, directors, staff and sponsors who invested in conservation and believed in developing stewardship in America’s youth. Thank you all, it has been a privilege to guide Wildlife Forever.”

Under his direction, numerous national initiatives have flourished.  He was instrumental in the creation of the State-Fish Art Contest (SFA); Master’s Walleye Circuit (MWC), World Walleye Championship (WWC); Handicapped Americans for Wildlife Conservation (HAWC); Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance (TRCA); “Racing for Wildlife” (NASCAR); and the Clean Drain Dry (CD2) Initiative.

One of the best measures of success comes from credibility and what others say about one’s work. Over Grann’s 25-year span, Wildlife Forever has received 60 special recognitions and major awards from state and federal agencies, corporations and governmental organizations.

“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with Doug Grann,” said Scott Grieve, Chairman, Wildlife Forever.  “I have served on the Board during Doug’s building of the organization and developing programs.  His tireless work on behalf of conservation and education is admired by everyone who knows him. We look forward to his continued leadership and new role as President of the Board.”

Grieve further said, “Wildlife Forever believes conservation education will ultimately determine the future of America’s fish & wildlife heritage. It is only through education and participation that we will pass on the stewardship of our natural resources to the next generation.”

As Wildlife Forever moves forward this vision remains the same for Pat Conzemius.  Pat has served for the past 10 years as Conservation Director and has handled all conservation projects, partnerships, grants and campaigns.  Conzemius concluded, “I am proud to continue this legacy Doug has built and will do all I can to ensure we maintain the highest of standards and always work to conserve America’s fish and wildlife.”

Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  For 30 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. Recent audit reveals a 94% to mission rating.  To join and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit


Looking for an inflatable boat or a kayak this holiday season? Or perhaps you need a new motor or some boat accessories?

Well, you just may find what you’re looking for – and for a steal! – at the Ballard Inflatable Boats auction on Saturday, December 2.


Conducted by the James G. Murphy Company, the Ballard Inflatable Boats auction will be held in conjunction with a heavy equipment auction, featuring trucks, vehicles, construction equipment and other machinery.

The heavy equipment auction features at least one item of note for our fishy friends: a 21’ 2015 Thunder Jet Luxor aluminum boat.

The auction will take place both on-site at the company’s 6-acre headquarters in Kenmore, Washington, as well as online at

A preview will be held Friday, December 1, so interested buyers can come check out the inventory and ask questions before the auction goes live on Saturday.

“There is a lot of inventory and everything must go,” said Mike Smith with Murphy Co. “And there are no minimums and no reserves, so it could go for a buck, or it could go for a million.”

The auction will feature around 100 inflatable boats, 50 kayaks, 40 unused outboard motors (some still in the box), seats, consoles, cables and other accessories.

Said Smith, “Anything you can screw or glue to a boat, we’ve got it.”

And don’t worry, if you can’t make it to Kenmore, you can bid online with MurphyLIVE!, a live online bidding system. All you need to do is register at and download the necessary software. According to Smith, people from all over the country go online to bid during these popular heavy equipment auctions. Absentee bids are also accepted.

Check out the auction page online to find out more.

More details:



Preview 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Dec 1

James G. Murphy Company
18226 68th Avenue NE
Kenmore, WA 98028