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Outdoorama 2016 Novi, Michigan

February 16, 2016

XBT Outdoorama GraphicWhether it’s hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, mushroom hunting or bird watching, this show has plenty to offer. The Outfitter’s Expo area along with major feature attractions like Big Buck Night and the Trout Pond provide the best place to book the trip of a lifetime or entertain the family. In addition, with a huge display of boats, docks and lifts, and marine accessories, this show is the best place to shop for new boats and accessories. Outdoorama is a must-see for everyone who loves the outdoors.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE OUTDOORAMA WEBSITE

SEMINARS

How to Catch Walleyes Wherever You Go Mark Martin

The Art of Calling Deer Tom Richardson

Muskie Trolling Tactics Proven by Homer LeBlanc Capt. Kevin Backus

Techniques and Beyond in Gun Dog Training Len Jenkins

Ultimate Land Management Tony LaPratt

The “411” on Walleye Mark Romanack Stage B

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair 2016 Capt. Wayne Carpenter

Marvelous Mutts Dog Agility Act

Use Buck Behavior to Your Benefit Fred Abbas

Turkey Hunting and the Life Cycle of the Wild Turkey Seth McCullough

Detroit River Walleye Basics Capt. Lance Valentine

Big Buck Night

Land Management with Ultimate Deer Kill Plots Ed Spinazzola

Total Alaska on a Budget Dave Rose

Getting Jiggy for Walleye Jake Romanack

Trolling Muskies on Lake St. Clair Capt. Mike Pittiglio

Huron Valley Duck Calling Contest

Deer Processing Demo with Country Smoke House

Exploit How Whitetails Use the Wind Jason Herbert

Trolling Boot Camp – Basics and Beyond Clinic Capt. Lance Valentine

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Baits That You Can Have Confidence In

February 13, 2016
Jeff Sweet Green Cloudy

Another one of Jeff Ferraiuolo’s monster smallmouth caught on a Sweet Green tube

There is a difference between having a “confidence bait” and a bait that you can have confidence in. A confidence bait is one that you throw all year long, the bait that you “go to” in tough fishing conditions, the bait that you wouldn’t go out on the water without. A bait that you can have confidence in is one that has proven itself to be effective in the field.

Here is a short list of baits that you can have confidence in:

  • Spinnerbaits
  • Topwater
  • Crankbaits
  • Spinbaits
  • Tubes
  • Worms
  • Soft plastics

There is absolutely no doubt that each of these baits work out on the water. It is also a pretty good bet that not all of these are confidence baits for you. You probably have confidence that these baits are a better choice under certain conditions. Take topwater for instance. A tube might be your confidence bait but if you are launching at “first light,” a topwater bait might be your first selection.

So how about an entire product line that you can have confidence in?

How many times have you gone to a lake to fish and have found a product line that was specifically designed for that exact lake? Xtreme Bass Tackle tubes have been developed for over 15 years in the testing laboratory that we call Lake St. Clair. Through field testing, the winners have risen to the top of the list of available tube colors, and the losers have gone by the wayside. What you have left are baits that you can have confidence in when you fish Lake St. Clair.

Here is how they break down:

CRAYFISH IMITATORS

SCCraw4WSt. Clair Crayfish™ – Top seller since 2008, strong for smallies and largemouth. Can be used in conjunction with Canadian Mist as a companion bait. Active bite all year long. Good in shallow and deep water.

XBTWCDesignSandCrawWASand Craw™ – A sleeper bait that has been known to light up the smallmouth on the South Shore and at Strawberry Ridge. Works best around sand or sand/rock structure combinations. A solid second string alternative when your confidence baits aren’t being bit.

XBTWCDesignBrownCrawWABrown Craw™ – It is rising in popularity and tough to keep in stock. If you are targeting bass that are feeding on crayfish, this gives you another color to present to a school of smallmouth. The natural muted tone of the plastic is highlighted by small copper flake.

GreatLakesCrawOWhiteLightGreat Lakes Craw™ – A proven tournament money maker and a favorite of Bob “Jigger” Mann Sr, a Canadian fishing professional. The drop-shot version of this bait is strong for big fish.

GOBY IMITATORS

SCGOWhiteLightSt. Clair Goby Classic™ – The tube that revolutionized the laminated bait industry by introducing color flake in the laminate. It still performs to this day and is known as a big fish bait.

LSCNFT FinalSt. Clair Goby NFT™ – The gobies have changed in color and this redesign “matches the hatch.” This bait is almost impossible to beat in either a drop-shot tube or a 4” tube. The highlight flake in the laminate is small purple.

Erie GobyErie Goby – This design that is based on gobies from Lake Erie is strong for schooling smallmouth on Lake St. Clair. The two top flake colors to have in a plastic bait for bass are purple and copper and this bait has both.

MuskegonGobyScanEditedMuskegon Goby™ – Although designed off of the gobies in Muskegon Lake this sister to St. Clair Goby NFT™ is very effective on Lake St. Clair in the morning. It has copper flake in the top whereas St. Clair Goby NFT™ has purple in the top. There are times when the bass will like one better than the other.

BAIT FISH IMITATORS

Alewife Tube WhiteAlewife™ – There has been a real shift in the way smallmouth eat on Lake St. Clair, and they have been driving schools of alewife to the surface. This bait was made to take advantage of that.

EshNFTEmerald Shiner (by Reaper Products) – This is the grandfather of the laminate bait explosion. It’s longevity speak to how effective that is has been.

Great Lakes Perch™ – This bait design was two GLPWyears in the making but it was worth it. Attention to detail in both the dominant and highlight colors in perch forage has made this a performer for catching big fish. It is one of the baits that you want to throw to hook up with big fish. Largemouth bass have an unusually strong appetite for it as well.

INSECT IMITATOR

MayflyTubeProfileMayfly™ – This bait plays an important part in the story of the Lake St. Clair experience. The mayflies will come and change the bite for around a month and a half of a very short season. This bait was designed around the best elements the bass were looking for in emerging mayflies. As it turns out, it is a bait that is effective year round.

PROVEN THROUGH FIELD TESTING

Sweet Green OCSweet Green™ – The blockbuster bait of 2015 out-fished everything else and continues to sell out due to demand. It has what smallmouth crave, and that is purple flake combined with a Formula G3 laminate and see-through green belly.

SMgpOWhiteLightCanadian Mist – This legendary bait has been the best seller of all time not because it is popular, but because it catches bass everywhere and anglers keep coming back for more. Use it on Lake St. Clair when conditions are at their worst or at their best. This color is known for drop-dead consistency!

GPchpurOWFormula G3™ (by Reaper Products) – This is the second best color of all time and besides being highly sought after by anglers in the drop-shot tube and 4” tube, has a real “big fish” bite on the 5” tube.

DMTinselWSlither™ – In early spring and up until mid-June this bait fishes even stronger than Canadian Mist. The gold sliver flake embedded in the dark melon plastic makes it one of the most natural tubes in the melon family. It works everywhere.

So by all means, take your confidence bait out on Lake St. Clair and have fun with the smallmouth in this world class fishery. If you stock up with Xtreme Bass Tackle baits that you can have confidence in, you can also load up the boat with an entirely new batch of smallmouth. Baits that smallmouth have told us prefer on this body of water.

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St Clair 2016 Water Levels 3 Feet Over 2015

February 8, 2016

In a month-by-month comparison, January 2016 water level numbers came in three feet above the same period in 2015. Also, the trend line for 2016 is moving up while during the same period last year it was going down.

St Clair Water Levels February 2016The water levels for January hold true to the projection given in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monthly forecast bulletin for Lake St. Clair published today (February 8th). As of today, the forecast that was made in January showed an increase in the water levels and the report shows that the actual levels matched the projected levels exactly.

Looking forward you can see that it shows a two-foot drop in the water levels over 2015 by July, if you accept the projection for the rest of the year. So a three-foot increase in January may not result in an increase in the water levels during the height of the bass tournament fishing season.

Xtreme Bass Tackle at Outdoorama 2016

January 30, 2016

XBT Outdoorama GraphicIn a second exciting show of the young 2016 season Xtreme Bass Tackle™ will be bringing in a boatload of the tube that sold out in January, Sweet Green™. If you missed stocking up on the “top bait of 2015” come to Outdoorama to get them and more.

More includes the full line of Xtreme Bass Tackle products plus NEW No Secrets on Lake St. Clair™ seminars which will feature a newly launched website, St. Clair Report™. Anglers who want to stay on top of everything having to do with Lake St. Clair can now have a single source for the top news items plus fast access to tools to increase your catch. See more about the St. Clair Report™ in an upcoming blog.

The Outdoorama will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan on February 25th – 28th.

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CLICK HERE TO PREORDER 4″ SWEET GREEN

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Lake St Clair Bass Opener Days 2016

January 26, 2016

In this new era of year-round catch-and-release bass fishing, does “Opening Day” still matter? To many it does. Most definitely for the tournament angler who has to wait until the official opener to participate in an event where bass are brought back to be weighed in.

St Clair Opening Days 2016 Graphic Cropped“Opening Day” is also a metric that theoretically marks the end of the bass spawning period. The dates were set up with the intention of holding off the harvest of bass until the spawn was over. In a perfect world, the dates are very solid for marking the end of the spawn period in most of the State. In reality, the weather and most significantly, the temperature during the spring will either advance or slow down the timing of the spawn. It’s data that is worth keeping a close eye on.

Note: The waters that are contained around Lake St. Clair Metropark (from the mouth of the Black Creek back into the park) are considered inland waters.

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Lake St. Clair Water Levels Higher in 2016?

January 22, 2016

The Great Lakes water levels rise and fall in both long term and short term cycles. We are coming out of a low-level cycle and generally speaking, the waters are on the rise.

FOR MORE ON LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM GREAT LAKES CYCLES CLICK HERE TO SEE A PAPER FROM TEACH.GLIN.NET

So what will the levels be this year? Below is a chart from the US Army Corps of Engineers which will show the forecast going forward into our fishing season:

St Clair Montly Levels Jan 2016

There is an upper and lower range to this forecast, but the green line gives us the best estimate of what we can expect. As it stands, the December numbers are nearly identical to the same period in 2014. From that point, the projected levels stay high for 2016.

We will continue in higher water conditions than we were in 2013 if we stay at the projected levels. The potential for higher levels than last year shows in the forecast and that is probably helped by the fact that we are on the upside of the water levels cycle.

This forecast is updated monthly, and you can check it at:

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE GREAT LAKES MONTHLY LEVELS FORECAST

This type of information and more is used to generate data for the book, No Secrets on Lake St. Clair Vol. 3 and the Marked Map Series HD Complete (410 spots on Lake St. Clair in a laminated chart book)

CLICK HERE TO GO TO XTREMEBASSTACKLE.COM TO PURCHASE THE BOOK, MAPS AND CUSTOM BAITS

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Outdoorama 2015, Feb. 26 – Mar. 1 – No Secrets Book, Seminars, New Baits!

February 25, 2015

Xtreme Bass Tackle™, Booth #5765 NEW PRODUCTS! It’s good to be back and this time around we have the products you need for a successful bass season in 2015! No Secrets on Lake St. Clair #3, new and proven tube colors, new baits styles and so much more.

NEW!

NSV3 Front Cover ImageNo Secrets on Lake St. Clair Vol. 3 We have a new book in the No Secrets on Lake St. Clair series, Volume 3. It’s been a decade since the release of Volume 2 and the Lake has changed. Keep on top of the changes with the best bass information research available on Lake St. Clair. Read chapters on:

  • Hot Spots
  • Breakdown the Bite
  • St. Clair Flats
  • Bob “Jigger” Mann – Bass Hunter
  • 5 Minute Spots
  • and more…

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair…SEMINAR TIMES

  • Thursday, 8:00pm Main Stage
  • Friday, 2:00pm Main Stage
  • Friday, 6:00pm Stage C
  • Saturday, 8:00pm Main Stage with Canadian Pro Bob “Jigger” Mann
  • Sunday, 3:00pm Stage C

New products for 2015 on Xtreme Bass Tackle™

NEW X-Worm™ ColorsStock 5 1-2 X-Worm
  • White Illusion
  • Black with Blue Flake
  • Melon Christmas Tree
  • Melon Pepper
  • Bubble Gum

NEW Creature/Beaver ColorsBlack Blue Blue 3CR

  • Pumpkin Chartreuse
  • Black Blue Blue
  • Melon Pepper
  • Green Pumpkin

NEW PRODUCT – 5 1/2″ Finesse-X™ WormsGreen Pumpkin Blue Green FW

  • Melon Red
  • Melon Pepper
  • Green Pumpkin Green

NEW PRODUCT – 6″ Trick-X™ Worms6 Trick Worm

  • Bubble Gum
  • Green Pumpkin Pepper
  • Melon Pepper
  • White Illusion Pepper

NEW 4″ Skirted Twin Tail ColorsSTTG4gpchrtpurEmail

  • Black Blue Blue
  • Green Pumpkin Pepper
  • Smoke Pepper
  • Melon Pepper
  • White Illusion Pepper

NEW PRODUCT – Swim-X™ Swim BaitSwimX White Silver Hologram e

  • White Silver Hologram
  • Purple Purple
  • Green Pumpkin
  • Black
  • Amber Shad

ORDER AT: www.xtremebasstackle.com or call TOLL FREE at (877) 485-2223

Come to the show on the weekday and save $$, compliments of Xtreme Bass Tackle™

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Xtreme Bass Tackle™ at the Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit 2015

January 6, 2015

Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit, Jan. 8-11, 2015

Xtreme Bass Tackle™, Booth #2251 NEW PRODUCTS! It’s good to be back and this time around we have the products you need for a successful bass season in 2015! No Secrets on Lake St. Clair #3, new and proven tube colors, new baits styles and so much more.

NEW!

NSV3 Front Cover ImageNo Secrets on Lake St. Clair Vol. 3 We have a new book in the No Secrets on Lake St. Clair series, Volume 3. It’s been a decade since the release of Volume 2 and the Lake has changed. Keep on top of the changes with the best bass information research available on Lake St. Clair. Read chapters on:

  • Hot Spots
  • Breakdown the Bite
  • St. Clair Flats
  • Bob “Jigger” Mann – Bass Hunter
  • 5 Minute Spots
  • and more…

ULTIMATE BASS CLINIC Join Dan Kimmel, Capt. Mike McGrane, Bob “Jigger” Mann and myself at the Ultimate Bass Clinic on Saturday at 2:30pm—4:30pm ($25 entry) and leave armed with the best array of bass fishing information around. Each speaker takes a turn at delivering top-of-the-line bass information to the audience and at the end, you can fire your toughest bass fishing questions away at the panel. You will leave with a complimentary sack of tackle worth over $25. To preregister your seat in the Ultimate Bass Clinic by phone call: TOLL FREE (877) 485-2223 To preregister your seat in the Clinic at the show go to the Xtreme Bass Tackle booth #2251 and receive a pass for free admission into the show on Saturday (a $10 value). SEMINAR SCHEDULE Thur. 06:00 pm—Hawg Trough Fri. 01:00 pm – Hawg Trough Sat. 02:30 pm – 04:30 pm Stage A Ultimate Bass Clinic Sun. 1:30 am—Stage C No Secrets on Lake St. Clair 2015

Come to the show on the weekday and save $$, compliments of Xtreme Bass Tackle™

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