Three keys to big bass in April on Champlain!

April 28, 2015 10:16 am

I’m going to set myself for ridicule by saying that I’m a lifetime resident of New York, but I’ve probably only fished Champlain about 10 times. Now before you pummel me with stones, understand that I’m about 4 hours away from Ticonderoga and that Plattsburgh is an hour further. The fact that I’m less than two hours from Cayuga, Oneida, Ontario, St. Lawrence River, and only 3 hours from Lake Erie, should help explain a bit why I haven’t made the trip more often. However, I recently learned that the water temp there was in the middle to upper 50s last week, which would put it about 10-15 degrees ahead of my more traditional fishing spots in Central New York, and means that prespawn jerkbait bite should be HOT. So we packed up the boat, and headed up.

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STORMR at the Bassmaster Classic

March 23, 2015 3:59 pm

The STORMR STRYKR Series was designed with cold weather in mind & Lake Hartwell provided the coldest Bassmaster Classic on record. STORMR Pro Staffers: Greg Hackney, Paul Mueller, John Crews, & Justin Lucas all donned their STRYKR Series Suits as did 8 other Classic contenders.


Greg Hackney wasn’t worried about the attention grabbing cold weather affecting his performance. Click to see his interview below:



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February 10, 2015 9:15 am


Technical apparel meets the demands of the world’s best bass anglers

 STORMR ® brand clothing was an overnight success in the bass world when it showed up on several Bassmaster Classic competitors in 2013 at Oklahoma’s frigid Grand Lake. Now the company is proud to announce the addition of John Crews, Justin Lucas and Carl Jocumsen, three of the sport’s most personable and successful anglers, to a growing and highly accomplished pro staff. Existing staff members on the Bassmaster Elite Series include 2014 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Greg Hackney, 2010 Forrest Wood Cup Champion Kevin Hawk, Federation National Champion Paul Mueller, Scott Ashmore and Joe Sancho.


Two years after the brand’s initial “overnight success,” the popularity of STORMR ® gear has snowballed. At last year’s Classic, more than a dozen competitors sported STORMR® apparel. Since that time, the company’s Fusion Series won the coveted “Best Technical Apparel” award at the ICAST trade show and the brand’s obvious and numerous advantages cannot be ignored.

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A Bass Plundering Viking

January 30, 2015 1:58 pm

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Millions of fans cheer Brian Robison for terrifying opposing quarterbacks, and at 6-3, 259, there’s plenty of cause for that.  But pay attention to his hooksetting sack dance and you’ll see that under the purple and gold jersey, number 96 is fisherman just like you and me.


Root:  “How long have you been playing football?”


Brian:  “I’ve been playing football almost 30 years.”


Root:  “How has that commitment to the team atmosphere impacted your time on the water?  Do you find yourself off balance when you’re competing by yourself against the rest of the field and more at ease when you’re competing with a partner?”


Brian:  “They each have their advantages.  When I fish in team events it’s always me and my dad and I love having that connection with him and that time with him on the water.  At the same time, when I fish in tournaments where I’m competing as an individual with a random co-angler I am free to go and do whatever I want, wherever I want.  I do all the preparation, studying, and pregaming.”


Pictured:  Brian’s dad, Jimmy Robison


Root:  “You mention preparation.  Does your experience as an elite defensive end in the National Football League studying tape, game plans, and opponents give you an advantage because you’re accustomed to putting in that level of work that maybe other guys aren’t or don’t have the mindset for?”


Brian:  “Well for sure I’m no stranger to it.  I can’t speak for other guys and how much time they spend studying maps or lake reports or weather forecasts and things like that, but I would say that I am absolutely programmed to be conditioned to that level of preparation where someone else might not be and have to struggle to do it to that level.”


Root:  “How massive is your wingspan?”


Brian (Laughing):  “I’m not exactly sure…”


Root:  “Because I gotta tell you man, if I’m standing on the back of your boat, and you’re really trying to get some distance on a jerkbait, I might be paying a little bit more attention and hoping I’m not feeling a breeze go by.”


Brian:  “I have had some close calls, but thankfully I haven’t stuck anybody yet!”


Root:  “Does that encourage your dad to fish off the front with you?”


Brian:  “Man I actually wish he’d spend more time up front, but he’s usually pretty content to sit back and work his Texas Rig off the back.  We complement each other very well.  I have tremendous ADD when I’m fishing.  I want to work fast.”



Root:  “You’re a power-fishermen?”


Brian:  “I’m working on becoming more versatile, but yeah you could say I feel most confident when I’m power fishing.  Where as my dad, he can sit and pick apart a patch of grass for hours.  I can’t.  I gotta go.  I think that dichotomy helps to balance us out and make us a better team.”


Root:  “Your dad is one of the nicest guys.  When we met a year ago I could not get over how grounded you are, how approachable you are to your fans.  Clearly a lot of credit for that has to go to your parents, was there any additional influence on you that helped instill that in you?”


Brian:  “My parents are absolutely amazing, no doubt.  My entire family has been tremendous.  My beautiful wife, our kids, her family.  I also had great leaders in the Minnesota organization that stepped up and really showed me how to be an athlete of character in this league, and that’s helped me an incredible amount.”


Root:  “Tell me about the Sack Dance.  A couple guys have tried to duplicate it, but you do it better than anyone.”


Brian:  “That’s my hookset!  Leanin into them big fish.”



Root:  “What would you say is your favorite sack of all time?”


Brian:  “My rookie season I sacked Brett Favre when we were playing Green Bay.  I actually get to say that I am the last Minnesota Viking to sack Brett.”


Root:  “Then a couple seasons later you’re playing with him.  What was that like?”


Brian:  “Brett is amazing.  To this day I would follow him into battle anywhere.  Matt Cassel is another one who has that leader quality, as does Teddy Bridgewater.  I think Teddy’s going to be a prolific quarterback in this league.  But no doubt, playing with Brett and seeing what he was able to do on the field was an incredible experience.”


Root:  “What do you consider to be your home lake?  You live in Minnesota during the season, but then you head back to your home state of Texas.”


Brian:  “My home lake would be Lake Conroe.  It’s about 21,000 acres of prime Largemouth fishing in Texas.”




Root:  “Is there good smallmouth fishing in Texas or is that the sort of thing you have to get your fill of when you’re in Minnesota or travelling?”


Brian:  “Personally I haven’t done any smallmouth fishing in Texas.  I’ve heard there are a couple of good places.  The problem with fishing in Minnesota is that there’s really not much of any time for that.  Between practice, the gym, watching film, studying, there’s not much time left to get out on the water.  When I do get a chance, the fishing is spectacular!”


Root:  “We all get help, whether it’s a new body of water or even one we’re familiar with but for whatever reason it’s like we just can’t seem to figure out what the fish are doing.  Who has helped you, and does that same willingness to help translate to your career in football where guys either on your team or that you know from across the league give you tips on a particular QB or offensive lineman?”


Brian:  “There are absolutely guys like that who I’ve reached out to for help on the lake.  Cliff Crochet is one of those guys that I can call.  Believe it or not KVD was a huge help to me at a tournament I was fishing in and was just really stumped.  He told me what he was looking for in terms of a particular area of depth and structure that helped me unlock the key to what the fish were doing.  In football it’s totally different because you got lots of guys looking over their shoulder, and not wanting to share info that could lead to that guy taking their job.  Our team, our defense, and Vikings lockerroom is 100% committed to the team and guys are always trying to help each other because they understand that the better we do as individuals, the better we do as a team.  But it’s funny, you think guys are stingy with their fishing spots, football is whole new level of secrecy!”  



Root:  “Speaking of guys helping out and being a part of the team, in looking ahead to Hartwell, I’m just gonna go on the record right now and say that Mercer needs to step up, take one for the team, throw on the pads, and get sacked one time.  I know there was a little talk about that last year and it got shut down.  I know you’re down.”


Brian (Laughing):  “I’m definitely down, but I don’t know if Dave is.  We’ll see.  I’ve been away from the field for a little while now after not making the playoffs and I’m itchin to put a hit on somebody too!”


Root:  “What’s in store for you in 2015?”


Brian:  “Man I’m gonna be working with some great companies on the water and I’ve already started to dish the info on that on my twitter account, @Brian_Robison, but basically I’m still drivin my Ranger, pushing my Evinrude, throwin a Dobyns, and runnin Rigid.  I’m wearing STORMR gear now.  You’ll have to keep up with me on Twitter to hear the rest!”


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Carl Jocumsen’s closing in on Elites

September 10, 2014 5:24 pm

The Bass Pro Shops Central Open on the Arkansas River kicks off tomorrow, and Australian angler and STORMR team member Carl Jocumsen is doing everything he can to punch his ticket to the Bassmaster Elite Series. If he manages to do so, Carl will be the first Australian angler to ever qualify for the Elite series and ensure he will be fishing against some of the best anglers in the world in 2015.

Carl finds himself sitting in 4th place in the standings going into this final Central series Open. With the top five anglers moving onto the Elites next season, he could be just a few good bags away from realizing the dream that brought him to the US a few years back. We are excited to have Carl aboard, and are looking forward to following along over the next few days.

While you wait for the weigh-in, check out a video he put together showing his time on the road and Lake Champlain during the Northern Open event there last month.

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Five things you need to know before you go smallmouth fishing in NY.

August 18, 2014 3:26 pm

By Jim Root

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If you’re like most people you’ve probably heard stories of how legendary the smallmouth bass fishing is in NY.  From Ontario, Erie, St. Lawrence, Oneida, Champlain, Cayuga, Susquehanna, you can find yourself hooking up with smallmouth in the 5-7+ pound range on every trip if you know what to look for, what to bring, and what to expect.  Come unprepared, however, and you will leave with a coldness in your heart as deep as those lakes.

1.  Go Big.

Forget everything you’ve been told about smallmouth fishing.  Our fish are a different breed.  Ask anyone who’s ever caught one here and you’ll learn quickly that these brown fish have a serious attitude problem.  The real fight won’t begin until the fish can see the boat.  With that in mind, you want to leave your medium light spinning rod and four-pound-test fluorocarbon line at home.  These fish require a different strategy, and heavier game plan.  Your three main baits are going to be cranks, tubes, and drop shot.

I prefer to use a 7 foot, medium heavy spinning rod like my Dobyns Champion Series 704SF.  This is a great rod because it affords you the sensitivity you need to feel when you’re getting bit, but packs plenty of backbone to allow you to have some input while reeling in the fish.  Liter rods will leave you at their mercy.  This rod, combined with 10 or 12 lb Seaguar InvizX, will let you horse those fish a little more.  It will also let you work a tube if you choose.  However I prefer the Champion 734C for that, with the same line.  For my cranks I use a 765CBGLASS.  Not only is this a great rod and useful for many different depths, it’s strong enough to fight those bigger fish and still have the give in the tip that you need when throwing cranks.

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Mega Week and ICAST Highlight Mid-July!

July 21, 2014 1:40 pm

If you live above the Mason-Dixon line you’re either enjoying some of the best fishing you’ve seen in years, or you’re missing out on it! The current temperatures and moon phase is producing a feeding frenzy of both Large and Smallmouth bass. Temperatures have been moderate and slightly cooler at night. While the moon phase has fish targeting crawfish and feeding so heavily on them, you can actually see fish regurgitate them when they’re being reeled in or after they’ve been in your livewell. This is a great time to throw tubes, jigs, and soft plastic craws. You should use mixed colors like black and blue or Alabama Craw, to imitate the kind of transition that they’ve been going through since the full moon on the 13th.

Early July 2014 has been a really exciting time because the fish have been feeding very aggressively, making them easier to locate than they normally are, particularly this year with the absence of grass in the lakes that were hit hardest by the coldest winter I can remember. Rocky points, isolated rock piles, bridge pilings, and ledges are all holding big largemouth and smallmouth right now. A seven foot, medium heavy rod with a fast action reel (gear ratio of 7:3:1), 17lb fluorocarbon line, a big hook, half ounce pegged tungsten weight, rig it Texas and you’re good to go! You can fish them a few different ways: drag it, pitch it, or snap it by raising it up and down quickly in a 6-12 motion. Let the fish dictate for you how they want it. If you’re jig fishing, use a 1/2 or 3/4 ounce in either green pumpkin or black and blue.

This is also a great time to improve your ability to fish deep. Start the morning by targeting laydowns or lilypads with frogs, Sammies, or other top water baits. But as the sun comes up, leave the bank for a little bit and force yourself to target the deeper fish now while they’re feeding so well.

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Maximizing Fishing Time

July 7, 2014 9:59 am

Bryan New is one of the newest members of the STORMR team. He’s enjoyed a very successful season on the FLW tour as a co-angler with 3 top ten finishes on tour and 2 in the Rayovac Series as well as qualifying for both the Forrest Wood Cup and the Rayovac Championship.

In this article originally posted at Fishing the Back, Bryan details how he makes the most of his time on the water. While the piece was written with the co-angler in mind, we feel that this information is good whether you are fishing from the front deck or back of the boat.





By: Bryan New

As a co angler, most of the major decisions are out of your control. You have to fish the water the boater wants to fish, you are positioned where the boater positions you, and you have no idea where you will go next. On top of all of this, you are fishing behind some really good fishermen. This is why it is important to fish hard all day. Wasted time is a wasted opportunity. In this article, I will discuss 5 tips for saving time on the water, and how they help me.

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Jeremy Starks On The New Fusion Series

May 14, 2014 9:56 am

BASS elite angler Jeremy Starks recently got his hands on a fresh set of STORMR Fusion rain gear and has been putting it to the test during practice on Dardanelle. Jeremy had this to say on his Facebook page: “The new Stormr rain gear is appreciated in these conditions! Best rain gear I’ve ever used!”

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Fusion is coming soon! Will you be grabbing a set?

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Hank Cherry’s Quick Limit on Toledo Bend

May 1, 2014 3:05 pm

We’re sure we aren’t the only ones jealous of STORMR team member Hank Cherry’s office view on Toledo Bend. Hank’s fishing in the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend  and word is he’s had early success flippin’ docks, one of his biggest strengths.

This is what he had to say to Ronnie Moore from BASS: “I pulled up on my best spot and didn’t get bit,” said Cherry. “Then we moved to my next place and caught a limit on nine casts.”



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