Lake St. Clair Smallies Feeding Hard

May 29, 2012

Captain Mike McGrane with a rare big largemouth caught way offshore

Follow the groups of boats and you’ll find bass in the post-spawn blues.  Follow the break into deeper water and you’ll find Lake St. Clair post-spawn smallmouth feeding hard!

Captain Mike McGrane and I spent  a few hours checking out the “Mile Roads” to research the status of the fishery where it concerns smallmouth

We happened on to a school of post-spawn feeders in the 2 1/2 lb. to 3 1/2 lb. range that just wouldn’t quit.  The fun part was that we could work a range of baits to study the bite.  Here’s what we found:

TOP 4″ BAITS ON THIS SCHOOL

Triple Threat™     Formula G3™      Canadian Mist     St. Clair Goby NFT™

BEST DROP SHOT TUBES

Erie Goby    Great Lakes Craw™

OTHER BAITS WORKING

Deep diving crankbaits

Getting on a school like this gives us a great opportunity to try different baits and presentations under ideal conditions.  I did pull out an “Alabama Rig” for awhile but found that there were some logistical issues that needed to be worked out.  I then went back to catching fish the old fashioned way.

They just kept coming, and coming and coming…

Even though there is a main body of bass that are finishing up the spawn and are into the post-spawn blues you can find groups of bass that are already past that and on the feed if you are willing to cover some water.  It can take hours to find the exact spot that works but it can be worth it.  Post-spawners tend to roam yet at times they will pile up on a spot enmasse and feel the need to eat now, now, now!

By “opening day” all the bass should be in this mood and ready to play!

Detailed information of where we caught these bass on Memorial Day is available to Marked Maps owners who subscribe to Marked Maps Live!

Formula G3™ Back in Stock!

May 8, 2012

From time-to-time Xtreme Bass Tackle gets a run on a bait and a shortage ensues.  Normally it’s St. Clair Crayfish but early this season there has been a rush for the Reaper Products custom color: Formula G3XBT just got an emergency order in to satisfy demand right for now but we are still waiting on the order to come in to bring the Formula G3 inventory back to full levels.  If you had a backorder on that color it has been shipped.  Thanks everyone for your patience and enthusiasm for the #2 color for all time, Formula G3!

 

Fishing, Baits and Bass – Key BTTF Blogs

May 2, 2012

Below is a short list of the best Bass to the Future™ blogs that can bring you up-to-date quickly on Lake St. Clair information, Xtreme Bass Tackle™ baits, Fishing techniques and great stories:

NEW FOR 2012

NEW 4″ Tube for 2012: Triple Threat™ at Kentucky Lake

NEW Lake St. Clair Marked Map Series #1 HD™ Chart Book

BUY XTREME BASS TACKLE BAITS IN STORES

Trenton, MI – The Bait and Tackle Box

St. Clair Shores, MI – XBT at Nautical Mile BP Tackle Shop

TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

No Pattern at All

How To Fish a Tube Bait – Speedloading

Drop-Shot Tube Strategy

The Color Shift is On

Tube Trailers – Advanced  Bass Fishing Techniques

Bass Fishing Tips – More Bass with Rattles and Scent?

6/0 Hooks for 5″ Tubes – When to Move Up

High Percentage Baits – Discovering Laminates

Tackle Tips – Hooks I Use

FREE Internet Sources – The National Weather Service

FREE Internet Sources – Lowrance Sonar Viewer

FREE Internet Source For Fishing Information – Great Lakes Bass Forums

Making Your Move

Trigger or Upgrade the Bite with Bait Profiles

SeaViewer™ Underwater Camera – Collect Video Clips of Your Favorite Spots

Professional Non-Boater Tackle Tips

Professional Non-Boater Accessories

Rod Riot on Board

Tunnel Vision with Baits v.s. Making Changes to Adjust

Hooksets

Our Next Bass Bait – Building Confidence In It

LAKE ST. CLAIR STRATEGIES

Lake St. Clair – Get the Level of Information You Need

Lake St. Clair – Weighing the Value of Spots

Tournament Tune-up – Making Progress

Lake St. Clair – Bass in Canada v.s. the U.S.

Lake St. Clair Combat Bass Fishing™ – Bite INDICATORS

Lake St. Clair Smallmouth for a Change

Lake St. Clair – Smallmouth Bass “In The Moment”

Lake St. Clair – Local Names #1

Lake St. Clair – Safety First After Heavy Rains

Those Crazy Smallmouth – Crankbait Patterns

Lake St. Clair – Opening Day for Buzzbaits

Lake St. Clair – Aquatic Vegetation Maturation (weed growth)

Baits and Lake St. Clair Water Clarity

Develop an Area – It’s a Process

Gobies as a Food Source

St. Clair River and Channels – No Wake Zones

We Need a Bigger Boat for Lake St. Clair…Really?

My “Go To” Places for Fishing Information – The Short List

Lake St. Clair Chart – FREE Internet Access

XTREME BASS TACKLE PRODUCTS

Tube Bait Designs with a Pupose – Xtreme Bass Tackle™ Baits

XBT – Technology and Research = Knowledge and Success

Brown Craw

Muskegon Goby

Mayfly™ – Entering the Mayfly Zone

Mayfly™ – Fishing The XBT Mayfly Tube

Lake St. Clair 7.4 oz. Smallmouth Caught by Great Lakes Bass Member TCook

Formula G3™ – A Key Bait Color for Consistent Bass Fishing

Biggest Smallmouth Bass Caught On Xtreme Bass Tackle™ Baits

The Return of St. Clair Goby™ Classic

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair Vol. 1

Smallmouth Confidential™ – Guide Level Tactics for Smallmouth Bass

How to Fish the Xtreme Bass Tackle™ Skirted Twin Tail Grub

COMBAT BASS FISHING GUIDE SERVICE

Good Friends and Good Suppliers Keep You on the Water

Combat Bass Fishing™ Guide Service – Grinding it Out to Success

KEY PRODUCTS

Fishing Chart for Lake St. Clair by Waterproof Charts™

STORIES

Lake St. Clair Bass Fishing – Awareness

Fun With Muskies #2

Those Crazy Smallmouth – Cast and Release

Lake St. Clair – You Just Never Know What You’ll See

Lake St. Clair – First Smallmouth

Lake St. Clair – A Very Nice Place to Visit

Bass Fishing Friends Find Success on Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair With Professional Angler Bob Mann Sr.

An Xtreme Bass Tackle™ Fish Story From Andy Buss (R&B Bass Circuit – Indiana)

Lake St. Clair – Those Other Fish (Multi-Species #1)

Lake St. Clair – Those Other Fish (Multi-Species #2)

The Lake St. Clair Experience – Spring 2010

The Best Fish Never Caught – The Power of Canadian Mist

Triple Threat™ Strikes First At Kentucky Lake

April 23, 2012

NEW for 2012 - Triple Threat™

The first report is in on the NEW Xtreme Bass TackleTri-Laminate tube color for 2012, Triple Threat™: The bass just couldn’t leave it alone!

The 4″ Triple Threat™ came through for a customer who called me after making a long weekend trip to Kentucky Lake recently.  “They wouldn’t let the bait sit there, they got on it right away,” is how he described the bite.  Throughout the course of the trip the water quality changed from clear to stained but it never slowed the bite down.

Although he does not consider himself a tube fisherman, in recent years Xtreme Bass Tackle™ baits have become a bigger part of his arsenal.  As soon as Triple Threat™ came out he ordered them in anticipation of his first trips out to chase bass.  As with other tube colors like Canadian Mist, Formula G3™ and St. Clair Crayfish™ that he has developed confidence in over the years, he now considers Triple Threat™ a “go to” bait and will have it tied on for his next trip out.

(All information, information shared and bait purchases are confidential.  In this case the angler has given Bass To The Future™ permission to discuss the bait name and location for the enrichment of the bass fishing experience for others.)

Xtreme “Mystery Bait” at R&B Bass Circuit Tournament Saturday April 21st

April 17, 2012

It’s time to rev up the tournament season with the R&B Bass Circuit this Saturday and win a “Mystery Bait” package worth $200 in cash and prizes by using Xtreme Bass Tackle baits!  It’s simple…

All you have to do to qualify is let the audience know which Xtreme Bass Tackle bait that you caught your fish on when you weigh-in.  Sign off on the bait selection then wait for the tournament director to open up the sealed envelope with the winning bait.  If that’s not easy enough, Xtreme Bass Tackle is giving out FREE samples at registration, so anyone fishing this tournament will qualify!

Link up with the R&B Bass Circuit to find out more about this event at the St. Joe River Six Span ramp in Elkhart, Indiana.  Be safe and have fun at this R&B opening event!

Marked Map Series #1 HD™ NEW for 2012

April 9, 2012

This chart book with put you on more quality bass fishing spots on Lake St. Clair than any other product on the market

The HD Series of Marked Maps™ is a fresh approach to an already successful product for bass anglers on Lake St. Clair.  The most striking update to the Series #1 Marked Maps (which have only previously been available in black and white) is the HD c0lor and graphics .  To the angler, this change makes for easier identification of landmarks and spots.  The Spot Level Detail™ for each of the 240 spots listed on the 15 maps has been updated to reflect the changes in the ecosystem and bass behavior shown through Combat Bass Fishing™ research over the last 13 years.

Also new is how the maps are now bound in a chart book format with the new “One Look” format.  Previously, the Marked Maps were only available as individual, stand alone laminated maps.  Now, with the introduction of the chart book format you can see the map with its spots along with the information in “One Look.

The Spot Level Detail™ describes each spot indicated on the map with relevant information for bass anglers that may include structure characteristics, depth preferences, seasonal indicators and spot specific tips for success.  For many of these spots a GPS coordinate is included where helpful.  An additional exclusive live information service called Marked Maps Live!  is available for the owners of Marked Maps products at an attractive $29.99 annual rate.

The maps covered in the Marked Maps Series #1™ chart book are:

  • Selfridge
  • Metro Beach
  • Mile Roads
  • Grosse Pointe Shores
  • Windmill Point
  • Askin’s Point
  • Belle River Hump
  • Stoney Point
  • Stakes 1
  • The Firecracker
  • Lower South Channel
  • Upper South Channel
  • Fawn Island
  • Upper North Channel
  • Lower North Channel

See the map coverage of Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River plus the new "One Look" system and other Combat Bass Fishing products.

Also included are 12 newly published key spots that were not included in the original Marked Map Series #1™.

High winds can really affect your day on the big water.  Take advantage of the new WIND MANAGEMENT feature included with each chart.  In a glance know what the optimum winds are for each map area along with what are the most tolerable high winds and their direction.

If you are a you are an owner of the original Marked Map Series #1™ you can upgrade to the new HD Series for a substantial discount if you trade in your existing black and white set.  The new HD chart book price is $119.95 but is yours with the trade in for only $59.95.

Order now through the Xtreme Bass Tackle website or order TOLL FREE at (877) 485-2223

Speedpro Macomb to the Rescue

February 9, 2012

Getting ready for the Ultimate Fishing Show Detroitwas moving along at the normal pace; there’s always one more thing that needs to be done but no more time to do it.  Still, turning over the

This is the banner that Speedpro did for the new Triple Threat bait

possibilities in my mind about getting a banner done for the new Xtreme Bass Tackle Triple Threat™ bait was a priority.  If I just not sleep for the next 24 hours I can run here and there to get it done.  Perhaps if I leave a tooth (these days a loose crown might have to do) under my pillow the tooth fairy might leave me a slick banner in its place.  I still didn’t have an answer until Ryan, from Speedpro Macomb walked by my unfinished booth and asked if there were any banners that he could do for us.

I’ve heard this pitch dozens of times but this time was different.  The answer that I had been looking for had arrived and yes,  now I will sleep tonight and keep my crown on a little longer too.  We exchanged the particulars and he committed to bringing the poster(s) (Hey, might as well do two if you’re going to do one) to the show when it opened the next day.

This is the Quick-Slip banner in the booth

The next day he brought the banners for the new Triple Threat bait and the Erie’s Edge Quick-Slip and my booth was complete.  I just want people to know about the great service, price and product that I received from the good people at Speedpro Macomb and to send you to their website where you can find out more about them.

They do:

Retail/Commercial Branding
Full Color Banners/Signage
Vehicle Wraps/Fleet Graphics
Displays/Exhibits/Banner Stands

and more…

Thank you again Speedpro for helping to make the Xtreme Bass Tackle booth a success at the Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit!

Speedpro Macomb
16001 Leone Dr
Macomb Township, Michigan 48042

GIVE US A CALL
586.232.4877
http://www.speedpromacomb.com/
EMAIL US
Info@speedpromacomb.com

The Xtreme Bass Tackle™ – Brown Craw™ makes a comeback

August 7, 2011

4" Brown Craw tube

This bait was introduced in 2007 along with Sand Craw™, Green Craw™, Hybrid Craw™ and Golden Goby™.  Along with Sand Craw™, the Xtreme Bass Tackle Brown Craw™ has distinguished itself as one of the top baits of that year class.  It is effective all year long on both Great Lakes and inland waters.  It is hard to find a better tube color for August through Fall for Lake St. Clair and connecting waters.  It is going to be available in a limited quantity again this August and advance orders have already been taken.  Get a good supply of Brown Craw™ just in time for the “big fish” time of the year before supplies run out.

Bait specs™: Laminated tube – Green pumpkin with small orange and small chartreuse flake on top, a clear belly with true copper flake, small chartreuse flake and medium black flake on the bottom.

As soon as it comes in you can find this bait at:

Nautical Mile BP Tackle Shop – 9 Mile and Jefferson (586) 498-7650

The Bait and Tackle Box – Jefferson and Grosse Ile Parkway (734) 301-3281

Xtreme Bass Tacklehttp://www.xtremebasstackle.com or (877) 485-2223

(c) 2011 Wayne Carpenter

Xtreme Bass Tackle Baits now at the Bait and Tackle Box – Trenton, MI

August 7, 2011

If you’re launching from Elizabeth Park or Lake Erie Metropark you can now load up on Xtreme Bass Tackle baits nearby.  The Bait and Tackle Box is well stocked and ready to cater to bass anglers of all types.  You will find the parking excellent for boats with trailers and other items you might need like drinks or ice for the day.  When you go in expect to see Paul, Charlie or the owner Dave and expect to get good quality information about the baits and what has been happening on Lake Erie and the Detroit River.

This is the display when it started. It has since been expanded and you will find the top baits at the front of the store

As of this writing The Bait and Tackle Box is the only store with 4″ St. Clair Crayfish™ tubes which have sold out everywhere.  They carry Xtreme Bass Tackle 4″ tubes, 5″ tubes, drop-shot tubes, X-worms, Skirted Twin Tails, Creature Baits, jigs, books, DVD’s and more.

This location couldn’t be more convenient…it’s right at Jefferson and Grosse Ile Parkway!

(c) 2011 Wayne Carpenter

2010 in review

January 24, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 180 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 187 posts. There were 236 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 79mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 14th with 221 views. The most popular post that day was Lake St. Clair – The Color Shift is On 2010.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were greatlakesbass.com, mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, webmail.aol.com, and nbaa-bass.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bass to the future, sonar viewer, tube baits, basstothefuture, and lake st clair chart.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Lake St. Clair – The Color Shift is On 2010 June 2010

2

Tube Bait Designs with a Purpose – Xtreme Bass Tackle Baits March 2010
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3

FREE Internet Sources – Lowrance® Sonar Log Viewer April 2010
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4

JUST RELEASED! New Fishing Chart for Lake St. Clair June 2010

5

Bass Fishing Regulations 2010 Overview April 2010
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