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Ameristep Ground Blinds Built To Last

Hub-style ground blinds provide today’s hunters with effective and portable concealment. They set up and tear down fast, delivering the ability to hunt with confidence from nearly any location. It’s why just about every serious deer or turkey hunter has at least one of these magic makers in their arsenal – and chances are good, it bears the Ameristep name.

 

Known and admired for its rugged Spider Hub® frame, hardworking features and hunter-friendly price, the durable and dutiful Ameristep Brickhouse Blind has been a favorite among hunters since it was first introduced in 2010. And now, the gurus of ground blinds at Ameristep have taken everything great about the original Brickhouse and made it even better… by giving it the silent treatment.

 

 

Like the original, the new Silent Brickhouse™ provides ample room for up to three hunters, but improved features now cloak those hunters in silence. A patent-pending, hinged silent door system replaces the old zippered design, simplifying entry and exit with absolutely zero noise. Additionally, new silent mesh windows facilitate viewing and shooting adjustments without the alarming sounds of zippers or Velcro.

 

Additional new features of the Silent Brickhouse include patent-pending organic window shapes that lack hard lines and blend in better with the natural environment, as well as an expanded choice of exterior camouflage options. Silent Brickhouse is available in versatile Mossy Oak Break-Up Country or all-new Realtree Edge.

 

 

 

Ameristep Silent Brickhouse Blind Features

  • New, patent-pending hinged silent door for easy access and silent entry/exit
  • Silent mesh attachment on windows silences open/close
  • Patent-pending natural-shaped window openings blend into environment
  • Shoot-through mesh windows with gun ports
  • Brush loops for adding natural foliage
  • Durashell™ Plus fabric shell with matte finish
  • Rugged Spider Hub® frame for easy setup and takedown
  • ShadowGuard™ interior coating eliminates shadows and silhouettes

 

 

Ameristep Silent Brickhouse Blind Specifications

  • Footprint: 59” x 59”
  • Shooting Width: 75”
  • Height: 67”
  • Weight: 16 lbs.

Model # AMEBL3002 in Realtree Edge

Model # AMEBF3007 (Canadian Compliant) in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country

MSRP: $149.99

 

 

 

Shhh. Don’t make a racket and expect to get ‘er done when nature is listening. Thanks to Ameristep, the all-new Silent Brickhouse blind will make sure whatever you’re hunting doesn’t hear a sound.

 

ScentLok Gear Bags Provide Odor Protection For Hunters

 

 

 

 

 

Muskegon, MI (March 21, 2018) – There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything. And when it comes to storing your deer-hunting clothing and accessories, even well intended hunters make mistakes. If you are using an airtight tote or dedicated storage bag to minimize contamination from ambient odors, congratulations; you’re on the right track.

 

But there’s a better way.

 

OZChamber 8K & OZ500 Combo Pack?

 

 

 

Toss your tote, repurpose your bag, and step up to the better odor-destroying storage system for your hunting apparel and gear. The new OZChamber 8K Storage Bag from ScentLok combines the power of CycleClean™? and OZInject™? ozone technologies with carbon adsorption to literally destroy the odors that attach themselves to clothing and gear and ruin hunts.

 

Patented ScentLok Carbon Alloy™? hunting 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 a hunter takes into the field picks up additional ambient odors that can be alarming to deer. That’s why odor-control storage is critically important to success – whether you use activated carbon scent-control clothing or not.

 

 

 

 

A Better Bag

 

Offering a generous 8,190 cubic-inches of storage space, the ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag is available in black (actually a distinctive digital gray/black pattern), as well as a choice of three popular camo patterns. The fabric is heavy 600D nylon with a DWR treatment to shed external moisture. It is lined with a PVC backing inside for easy care. The bag comes with a carbon adsorbing pad that fits into an interior mesh pocket to trap odors from your gear and the air inside the bag, and is also pre-plumbed with an OZInject™ internal piping system to distribute odor-destroying ozone throughout the interior.

 

A ScentLok OZ500 ozone generator comes bundled with the OZChamber 8K Combo Pack. This advanced ozone generator is 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 and the ozone reverts back to oxygen after it is used. ScentLokCycleClean™ technology allows the powerful OZ500 to regulate output by alternating between active and resting phases for maximum efficiency and longer product life.

 

Whether you need to restore or maintain the odor-adsorbing capacity of your activated carbon scent-control apparel, or deodorize your regular hunting clothing or accessories, the new ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag is the best and most comprehensive odor-destroying storage solution available today.

 

 

ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag

 

 

 

 

ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag

  • Durable 600D PVC backed polyester fabric
  • DWR finish helps shed moisture
  • OZInject™ internal piping system distributes ozone
  • Carbon Adsorber fits in the interior mesh pocket and adsorbs odors from your gear and the air inside the container
  • Five internal mesh pockets including built-in OZ500 pocket with quick access to theOZInject™ piping
  • Rear pass-through pocket allows you to store the OZ500 power supply and plug in at a moment’s notice
  • Removable, adjustable shoulder carrying strap
  • Airtight side pocket to keep items separated if needed
  • Durable 2”-wide grab straps for hauling heavy loads
  • Dimensions: 32”W x 16”H x 16”D
  • Volume: 8,190 cubic inches
  • Available in Black (090), Mossy Oak Break-Up Country (082), Realtree Edge (153) or True Timber Kanati (080)

Model 89177

MSRP $99.99 (black), $119.99 (camo)?

 

 

 

ScentLok OZ500 Large Room Deodorizer

  • Ozone destroys odors, bacteria, fungus, and mold
  • Attacks virtually all types of odors
  • CycleClean™ technology moderates the output by alternating active and resting phases to achieve maximum efficiency
  • Plugs into the OZInject™ tubing system in the OZChamber 8K Bag or OZChamber Hardline Tote
  • 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
  • Model 82912

MSRP $149.99

 

 

 

ScentLok OZChamber 8K & OZ500 Combo Pack

  • Represents a $50 savings when purchased together
  • The ultimate bag combo when it comes to odor-controlling storage with the power of activated carbon and ozone
  • Includes: OZChamber 8K Storage Bag, OZ500 ozone generator, transport tubing, 12V DC power supply and a vehicle power adapter
  • Connect the OZ500 to the OZInject™ internal piping to distribute ozone throughout the bag

Model 89178

MSRP $199.99 (black), $219.99 (camo)

 

 

Industry-leading ScentLok hunting garments are constantly adsorbing odors and contaminants from the air surrounding them. Nothing keeps ScentLok clothing at maximum capacity like storing it in an OZChamber 8K Storage Bag equipped with OZ Active Odor-Destroying technology. Indeed, whatever brand of hunting clothing you wear or whatever accessories or gear you carry into the field, storing these items inside the new ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag will ensure they are deodorized and ready to provide hunters with an advantage in the field.

 

The ScentLok OZChamber 8K Storage Bag and ScentLok OZChamber 8K/OZ500 Combo Pack are available now through established ScentLok dealers. Learn more at ScentLok.com.

 

 

 

 

Stay Lit Up Even Off The Grid

The following press release is courtesy of BioLight:

Off-grid energy pioneer BioLite has just launched two new products that take outdoor life to the next level: the game-changingSolarHome 620, which electrifies any structure or vehicle, and the SunLight, a versatile hand-held solar light. And in August, the portlable, smoke-free FirePit hits the market.

Please see below for more information, and let me know if you would like to test anything out!

You can get a fun preview with these short videos:

 

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Feel at home, off-grid! The SolarHome 620 is a compact, portable and self-contained system of solar lighting and charging that can turn any off-grid structure into an electrified home. Ideal for cabins, van life, and hunting structures, it features a 6-watt panel, 3 daisy-chaining lights, USB charging, and radio/mp3 capabilities.

 

Hanging daisy-chained lights offer multi-room lighting, with individual spaces to control your space. The optional motion sensor offers a quick hit of pathfinding light or a heads-up for nearby movement. Powered by a compact 6-watt solar panel, the central control box keeps devices charged and the music going. The LCD backlit display gives real-time feedback on power and sun strength.

 

Key Features

  • 6-watt Solar Panel
    • Generate your power from the sun, and store it inside the system’s 20-watt hour powerbank
  • Control Box
    • The LCD Display provides real-time feedback on power level, speaker control and device charging.
    • MP3 & Radio Capability. Access your music with the on-board speaker via micro SD.
    • Power Out. Charge phones and other gadgets via two USB ports.
  • Lighting
    • Multi-room Lighting. Illuminate multiple spaces with two daisy-chaining, 100-lumen lights.
    • Motion Sensor. The third hanging light can sense passersby for added security, or a quick hit of path-finding.
    • Individual Control. Control each 100-lumen light with independent light switches that offer lo/med/hi settings

MSRP: $149.95

 

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BioLite’s solar and lighting lines converge with the all-new SunLight, a durable, portable and compact (3.35” x 3.39”) light that self-charges from the power of the sun.

 

Offering up to 50 hours of light on a single charge, the SunLight’s integrated solar panel offers unlimited light and versatile setup so you can leave your batteries behind and free yourself from rationing your energy.

 

From illuminating your tent to way-finding in the dark to setting the mood for your backyard dinner, the SunLight is a simple, powerful companion for any adventure. This 100-lumen solar lantern features BioLite’s signature sundial and 360 kickstand for optimal charging. And thanks to its complete range of light colors, the SunLight offers full-color party mode for festive lighting!

 

Key Features

  • Battery-free power, thanks to self-charging solar and micro-USB input
    • The 100-lumen, dimmable panel recharges via the integrated solar panel.
    • Quick-charge in under two hours via the micro-USB input.
  • Multi-color modes for every occasion: white for traditional lighting; red for night-vision; full color spectrum for ambiance; and Party Mode (automatically cycles through all colors) for optimum festive lighting
  • Integrated Sundial. Maximize recharging speed with optimal alignment to the sun
  • Versatile 360° Kickstand. Hang, stand, or hold your light – whatever your lighting needs require
  • Durable plastic housing won’t pop or deflate like inflatable solar lights
  • Reserve Low Power Mode gives four hours of extra light and a heads-up that it’s time to recharge.

MSRP: $24.95

 

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Enjoy the warmth, smell, crackle, and feel of a wood campfire, without any of the smoke with the new FirePit. With capacity for up to four standard firewood logs, the FirePit creates hyper-efficient flames with patented airflow technology and gives you a front-row seat to the magic thanks to the X-Ray mesh body, enabling 360 views. Control the size of your flames manually or remotely with the free Bluetooth app.

Time to cook your catch? Lift the fuel rack and toss in charcoal to transform the FirePit into a hibachi style grill, complete with an included grill grate.

MSRP: $199.95

A Canadian Kayaking Adventure For Women

The following press release is courtesy of Wild Women’s Expeditions:

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, March 12, 2018 – The company that pioneered and now leads the world in women-only adventure travel will introduce its female guests this summer to a spiritually profound region of British Columbia accessed by kayak on a fully supported back country expedition.

Wild Women Expeditions’ Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Adventurescheduled July 10-17, 2018, is a professionally outfitted, eight-day wilderness immersion expressing what it truly means to be wild. Days are structured only by the slant of the sun’s rays and how far guests manage to glide their way down the crystalline waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. Here the only sounds for miles may be the call of a raven and the gentle splash of a paddle blade breaking the surface.

The per person rate of $2,995 CAD includes all activity and camping gear (kayaks, skirts, paddles, PFD’s, paddling jackets, dry bags and all safety gear, tents sleeping bags, liners, camp kitchen and bathroom kit); all meals; return flight from Port Hardy to Bella Bella; water taxi from Dallas Island to Bella Bella; and the services of two certified female kayak guides. See https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/great-bear-british-columbia/

The setting is a temperate rainforest of 1,000-year-old Western red cedar and Sitka spruce that spans the Pacific Coast of British Columbia and part of the world’s largest remaining, pristine coastal temperate rainforest. Here, too, are the traditional (since 7190 BCE) territories of the Heiltsuk First Nation. The forest teems with life, including the “spirit (Kermode) bear,” a white (thanks to a recessive gene) relative of the American black bear that also resides here, along with cougars and wolves. In the surrounding water are flitting dolphins and the blowing mists of humpback whales.

On this nomadic tour, guests cast their tents nightly on a new shore on beaches dotted with pebbles and shells. Weather, tide and sea conditions determine the itinerary on any given day in a maze of islands and channels waiting to be explored after guests fly from Port McNeill (a former logging camp on the North Island region of Vancouver Island) to Bella Bella, the main Heiltsuk community and once home of the Hudson Bay Company that engaged in the fur trade with this First Nations people.

“Our adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest celebrates the spirit of the international campaign to bring attention to this endangered coastline and its iconic wildlife. If we want to see precious places like this protected, we need to go there and enjoy them and show the world their tremendous value,” said Jennifer Haddow, Wild Women Expeditions’ owner and guiding director. “We support the end to the trophy bear hunt and making sure that threatened species such as sea wolves are targeted in a positive way by tourism.”

This kayak odyssey is one of nine women-only itineraries that Wild Women Expeditionshosts in British Columbia. All rates are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

Additional sea kayak programs are offered worldwide. For a full list please see: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/activity/all/kayaking/.

Wild Women Expeditions is founded on the beliefs that:

  • Women need opportunities to just be themselves, together;
  • The wilderness helps women connect with elements of their psyche that may be lost in the daily hustle and bustle;
  • Pairing women and wilderness often encourages women beyond their comfort zones, leading to increased confidence;
  • These ingredients can be transformational, perhaps leading to answers to the question that Poet Mary Oliver poses: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Women carry their accommodations (tents) in their kayaks, as well as food and personal belongings, into remote wilderness where come night, a campfire and the stars overhead provide the only light. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada and across the globe than any other company in the world.

For details, availability and reservations for this and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email info@wildwomenexpeditions.com or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions
Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

Copper Basin Takedown Firearm Backpack Gen 3 is Now Shipping

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Nampa, Idaho (March 2018) – Copper Basin™, LLC, manufacturers of innovative, lightweight bags and packs for hunting, hiking and low-profile firearm storage, proudly announces the third generation of its Takedown Firearm Backpack is now available and shipping directly from its website. With the ability to transport discreetly a variety of over 30 models of Takedown-style or compact firearms, this pack provides a stylish, non-descript alternative for transporting firearms while remaining purpose-built and ready for rapid deployment.

CB-1024-B-det-open.jpgThe Takedown Firearm Backpack has a quick access top flap for rapid removal and deployment of firearm components. This flap is part of a complete fold open design for easy access to components and gear at the range or in the field. The backpack’s dimensions have been designed to accommodate a variety of firearms with installed optics and bipods, with newly added longer internal pocket lids to accommodate an even wider variety of firearms. This diverse backpack also makes a good carry option for spotting scopes and other related gear. Layers of structural foam obscure the rifle’s signature contours and the interior of the pack’s pockets have been lined with fleece to protect the firearm and reduce noise.

The low-profile backpack has been upgraded with new, more durable materials and unveiled in a customer requested gray and black color scheme. Upgraded features include a new, heavier weight nylon in place of the original polyester, as well as durable faux leather used on the external base and in the internal pocket bottoms. A “lash tag” has been added to the rear of the pack to add to a discreet, pedestrian appearance. In this same vein, the external branding patch has been designed as removeable to allow for a total non-descript appearance. This also allows the customer to personalize the backpack with alternate patches if he or she so desires. Larger Velcro patches have been added on the internal pockets to make for quicker closing of the lids, while the addition of a sliding cinch allows the user to tighten an external bungee around gear. All of these new features and the Takedown Firearm Backpack MSRP still remains $99.99.CB-1024-B-stow-firearm.jpg

The Takedown Firearm Backpack is compatible with a variety of over 30 models of firearms, including the following makes and models:

  • Alaskan Lever Action Takedown Rifles
  • AR & AK Pistols
  • AOW Shotguns / Compact Shotguns
  • Century Arms AK Pistols
  • Century Arms Draco Pistols
  • Henry® Survival AR-7 Rifle
  • Kel-Tec Sub-2000 Rifles
  • Kriss Vector Gen II SDP and SBR
  • Ruger® 10/22 Takedown® Factory Rifle, 22 Charger™ and 22 Charger™ Takedown
  • SIG™ MPX SBR, MPX-K SBR, PMPX
  • Zenith Firearms MKE Z-5RS, MKE Z-5P, MKE Z-5K

Visit the compatibility tab at http://www.copperbasingear.com/takedown-firearm-backpack.php for more model numbers.

For more information on Copper Basin or to purchase the Takedown Firearm Backpack, visitwww.copperbasingear.com.

About Copper Basin™:

Copper Basin™ develops gear for people who enjoy the wild, rugged outdoors as much as we do. Our quality products are made to last, and are designed to perform when they’re needed the most: in the field. Copper Basin gear is designed to go beyond just the basic feature set. Our design team spends countless hours making sure every product is packed with technical features and innovation that enhances your outdoor experience.

For more information on Copper Basin™, visit www.copperbasingear.com.

XTaero Boats Make A Splash At Alaska Sports Shows

The following press release is courtesy of XTaero Boats

Here’s a quick brief on the company…

Just returned and back in the saddle from the Anchorage Boat Show.

Happily this year we had two Xtaeros in the show; one our show boat, the other an XT24 hanging off a truck.

The crowd gave us abundantly good feed back, that our boat was MUCH better than even last years boat, and there was significantly more interest in the 28 and 32 versions of our boats. Joyfully and thanks to great show management there were more people on the boat than at any previous show.

This made for very good sales prospects and we are super happy to have been able to display for the third year in a row. Not bad for an epic start-up boot strapped company. The Great Alaskan Sportsmans Show is coming up next in Anchorage on April 5,6,7,8 and we intend to be there. With everyone’s help and cooperation we will be.

THE SKIFF!! Xtaero CORAX (named after Corvus Corax… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_raven

The design is typical of Xtaero and the skills we’ve developed over time. It’s a modified constant dead rise, there is no proper chine but it would be considered a hard chine. Dead rise is 12.5 degrees and the 90hp Suzuki pushes it to about 50mph.

The cleats are welded 10″ cleats and everything is welded. It’s a solid runner with a very large flat deck capable of full sheets of plywood and 12’+ lumber. The length from front bulkhead to aft bulkhead between the seat boxes is 17′.

 

The boat can be purchased as just straight aluminum or a ‘finished’ boat. If finished boat, it includes the following:

Anchor Pulpit, paint in and out, non-skid deck which will probably be diamond plate after this first one, battery, 18 gallon gas tank with quick connect to optional deck tanks, battery master (Blue Sea) LED navigation and anchor light, two Tempress folding seats, welded zinc bracket, stainless threaded plug and your choice of motors. The trailer is Karavan and we recommend the 90hp Suzuki or the Yamaha 60/40 jet.

Available now as factory direct with dealer opportunities.

Details maketh a great boat.

Also, we have begun construction on the next XT24DV Long Cabin and it’s available.

Xtaero Boats is Open For Business!!

www.XtaeroBoats.com

Introducing Ontario Knife Company’s OKC Carter Trinity

 

 

 

The following press release is courtesy of Ontario Knife Company:

Ontario Knife Company® (OKC®) introduces a new knife for 2018 designed by Robert Carter (son of longtime OKC designer Joe Pardue and grandson of legendary designer Mel Pardue) — the OKC Carter Trinity. The collaboration with Carter has produced some of the best-selling OKC knives in recent years, and with good reason – these knives are a perfect blend of form, function and durability. The Carter Trinity is the fruit of this partnership, and is sure to be as desirable as previous releases.

In contrast to other OKC Carter knives, the Trinity features titanium and G10 handle scales. Both materials are extremely strong relative to their weight, and have high corrosion resistance, even in saltwater environments. The two materials also create an attractive, contrasted handle while retaining the Carter line’s famous utility. The end result is an extremely durable knife that is easy to carry on your belt or in your pocket. The stainless steel blade of the Carter Trinity is a 6.86-inch (17.4cm) drop-point designed with a beveled top edge and a Rockwell hardness of 57-59. The blade snaps firmly open and is held by a Titanium lock spring. A Titanium belt clip holds the folded knife securely while being carried.

“OKC continues its collaboration with Robert Carter because our consumers demand the very best knives,” said Ken Trbovich, President and CEO of OKC. “The Carter Trinity is an extremely durable yet convenient to carry knife that fits firmly in your hand while in use, and lightly in your pocket while being carried. We are very proud to continue to work with Robert and feel the Carter Trinity is everything people would expect in an OKC knife.”

The OKC Carter Trinity is made in Taiwan and designed and distributed in the USA.  The OKC Carter Trinity has an MSRP of $89.95.

Founded in 1889, the Ontario Knife Company® is an award-winning knife, cutlery, and tool manufacturer operating out of Upstate New York for over 125 years. OKC® produces a wide range of tools, including cutlery and kitchenware, hunting and fishing knives, machetes, survival and rescue equipment, science and medical tools, and tactical knives. OKC has a long tradition of building knives and tools for the U.S. military, producing high quality equipment that has seen continuous service since WWII. In addition to being a major supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces, OKC leverages a network of distributors, dealers, and major commercial retailers to sell its products nationwide and internationally to over 35 countries. OKC’s custom manufacturing division Jericho Tool®, advances capabilities including a broad-spectrum of injection molding, tool and die, and machining operations to provide white label and OEM manufacturing services for consumer and industrial goods. Collectively OKC’s product lines and manufacturing services reach the house wares, sporting goods, tactical, security, law enforcement & first responders, education, science & medical, and industrial & agricultural industries.

For more information about Ontario Knife Company and its industry-leading line of advanced knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools, contact Ontario Knife Company at P.O. Box 145-26 Empire Street · Franklinville, NY 14737 · Telephone (716) 676-5527 · Or visit www.ontarioknife.com. The Ontario Knife Company is a subsidiary of publicly traded Servotronics, Inc. (NYSE MKT – SVT).

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

The following press release is courtesy of Z-Man.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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.

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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 skullhooker.com.

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 www.planomolding.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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