Friday, March 27, 2015

Boca Bearings Boat

Sent the boat to get a makeover this past weekend. Check it out.

She was sexy before ...





But she's even sexier now.








Thursday, March 19, 2015

Florida Bass Nation High School Tournament


This past weekend I was off to Camp Mack for the third open event of the Florida Bass Nation High School series.

This was a last minute tournament so that we could qualify three (3) teams to the HS
National Championship in July instead of two (2). We had a total 15 teams in the HS division and five (5) in the youth division. The numbers were definitely down from our normal. We had our pre-tournament meeting Friday night at the Camp Mack stage.



We were greeted with 'chamber of commerce' weather for the event. As we launched the teams, it was anybodies guess who would take home the trophies. This event was a winner take all event. In the immortal words of Ricky Bobby -- "if you ain't first, you're last."

The weigh in started at 3 pm with the juniors. The team of Weigel and Goff continued their dominance and take home the victory and Goff takes home big fish honors. In addition to the trophies. They also received $25 gift cards from Bass Pro Shops. Those gift cards come in handy for those last minute tackle needs before a tournament.





As the High School division started to weigh in, it was apparent that is was a tough day on the water for all teams. The team of Jacob Siner and Cody Russell traveled all the way from Tallahassee to take home the victory for Chiles High School. Chiles HS has been close to victory before but never got one. Big fish honors went to Evan Weiber from George Jenkins HS in Polk County.


                                                                     Evan Weiber

Our next event will be the State Championship on Lake Okeechobee on May 30-31, 2015. We will be crowning our champions and send teams to the National Championship at Kentucky Lake in July. The teams will compete for scholarships and the event will be televised on ESPNU.




Friday, March 13, 2015

Fred Hall Fishing Trade Show: California Dreamin'


So this past week, I find myself in California for the Fred Hall show. For those of you who might not know what Fred Hall is; it is the largest consumer fishing trade show in the U.S. I have never been to California, so I was stoked.


Hollywood, CA

                                                                                   LAX: Los Angeles Airport

I flew into LAX on Monday and spent the afternoon cruising through Hollywood and then off to Malibu for dinner. Woke up Tuesday morning and headed to Long Beach. I checked into the hotel and then set up the booth. Back to LAX to pick up Ian Shields from Shields Reel Repair in Alabama. This show is so large that I definitely needed help to work the booth. For the next five days Ian and I worked 8-10 hours a day. An estimated 18000 people attend the show annually.

           
Fred Hall Show: Boca Bearings booth and tables

                                                                                 Ian Shields at the booth

I really enjoyed meeting our West Coast customers. I learned a lot about the types and styles of fishing that they do out West. You have your bass guys that chuck huge swimbaits for monster bass. Then you have your saltwater bass guys that fish for the Calico bass and of course your tuna guys. The area offers a wide range of opportunities to stretch your line.

           

Pacific Ocean

We wrapped up the show Sunday night at 7 p.m. and headed to LAX once again. We have dinner with my good friend Patrick Sebile at the LAX Hilton. Of course he gets recognized by the table next to us, which leads to a 20 minute conversation about fishing. After dinner, both Ian and I catch a red eye back to the East Coast.

                                                                                Patrick Sebile at LAX Hilton

Landed in West Palm, FL around 10 a.m. and head to the office to catch up. No rest for the weary. All in all, the show was a huge success and I can't wait for next year!!

See you out on the trail!

-Jeff

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