Nothing ‘Weak’ about these Fish

tfo-oval-logoBy TFO

Fishing guide and TFO pro staffer Joe “Maz” Mustari has been hammering the weakfish on the east coast the past few weeks.

Check out what Joe has to say about these east coast sea trout:

Photo courtesy Joe Mustari.

Photo courtesy Joe Mustari.

“Weakfish have been a very rare catch in the northeast in recent years. I have not caught one on my boat in a long while. There was a time when I was able to easily target these fantastic trout. This year they decided to show up and I have been lucky enough to actually catch them the last few weeks. Having landed two fish that where potentially line class records, and many more in the 3 to 10-pound range. Hopefully they are making a comeback!” 

For more information on weakfish, check out: http://goo.gl/4DXkX

For more information on Joe Mustari and his New England fishing adventures, check out his site at: http://goo.gl/UpSur

Photo courtesy of Joe Mustari.

Photo courtesy of Joe Mustari.

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Skeeter Owner’s Tournament At Lake Fork Sets Attendance Record

Release Courtesy of Ben Jarrett, Skeeter Products Inc.

An all time attendance record was set on June 6-9 at Lake Fork, in Texas, during the 20th annual Skeeter Boat Owner’s Tournament.

Fork played host to 988 Boats and 1,946 anglers during  the event.

TFO proudly served as the tournaments rod sponsor, designing a special logo and graphic for the TFO 7’3 Heavy action rod that was sold during the weekend.

Photo courtesy Skeeter Boats, Inc.

Photo courtesy Skeeter Boats, Inc.

Donald McCormick of Greenville, Indiana won the event with an 11.19-pound bass, winning the angler a 2013 Skeeter FX Series bass boat and an electronics package valued at $75,000.

While McCormick’s lead held the entire weekend, one of the big stories of the tournament was when 14-year-old Garrett Reding of Van, Texas weighed in a 2.95-pound bass which was the largest bass caught “under,” the Lake Fork Slot limit of 16-inches to 24-inches. The bass was caught on the second day of the tournament, just prior to the final weigh in of the day.

“The Skeeter Owners Tournament has become the largest of its kind and remains the premier event for Skeeter Owners,” said Ben Jarrett, Director of Sales and Marketing for Skeeter.

The 21st Annual Skeeter Owners Tournament – June 12-15, 2014 on Lake Fork.

For complete photos and coverage of the event, please go to http://goo.gl/4QU6I 

TFO Introduces Blane Chocklett – Newest Advisory Staff Member

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Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Temple Fork Outfitters advisory staff, Blane Chocklett.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

For the past 30 years, Blane has lived his passion. He grew up fishing the small mountain streams in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, starting a guide service as a youngster. In the late 90s, Blane opened Blue Ridge Fly Fishers in Richmond, Virginia– one of the most respected full service fly shops in the region. About a decade ago, he returned to his river roots as owner/operator of the New Angle Fishing Company, specializing in float trips targeting the regions predatory fish from Musky to stripers and smallmouth bass.

One the most enthusiastic and cutting-edge fly tiers in our sport, many of Blane’s inventive fly patterns are produced through UMPQUA Feather Merchants. He has served on the board of the American Fly Tackle Trade Association (AFFTA) and has worked as a consultant to several fly fishing companies.

Blane is creating a series of patterns that has all the subtlety of flies and the strike-generating action of conventional lures. We believe that his new patterns combined with our commitment to make the right “Affordable – High Performance” delivery tools will compel many conventional tackle anglers to try fly fishing.

“We welcome Blane Chocklett to the TFO team. He is one of the most innovative fly tiers and wonderfully creative fly fisherman I know. Blane will be an excellent member of the TFO family.” Lefty Kreh

Blane represents the best of young stars in fly fishing, and working with the likes of Lefty Kreh, Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Nick Curcione, Flip Pallot and Gary Loomis, will help us lead the next generation of anglers into our sport.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Tenkara Fest 2013

Interested in expanding your Tenkara knowledge?

Just want to know what the heck that long, goofy looking fly rod is all about?

TFO rep Dick Sagara has all of the answers.

Check out the 2013 Tenkara fest, on June 15, where Sagara, along with other Tenkara experts will be explaining the Japanese sensation that is converting anglers to the way of the long rod.

For more information on Tenkara Fest 2013, please check out: http://www.flyfishusa.com/newsletter/041513/ 

Photo Illustration courtesy of Dick Sagara and The Fly Fishing Shop.

Photo Illustration courtesy of Dick Sagara and The Fly Fishing Shop.

Comment period extended for the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

For all anglers out there, this is the time to comment on the updated Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.

Bristol Bay, Alaska is host to one of the last great salmon fisheries on earth. It’s our last chance to get it right the first time. We must protect this national treasure and its salmon fishery; incredible sport fishing and recreation; fishing jobs and economy; and a native way of life that’s thousands of years old from the specter of the Pebble Mine, proposed as one of the largest open-pit mines on earth. Pebble will generate up to 10 billion tons of toxic mine waste that must be stored, treated and monitored “in perpetuity” in the heart of the watershed. EPA has the power to stop this dangerous project under the Clean Water Act and we need you to urge them to do so now. Klug_RWA_Sept_2012 (25 of 38)

Because this issue is so important to sport fishing jobs in Bristol Bay, Crystal Creek Lodge is offering a chance to win an incredible 4-day trip for two to fish Bristol Bay, Alaska. Win the fishing trip of a lifetime by using the Tell a Friend feature after you take action. When you urge a friend to comment, you’ll be automatically entered for this amazing trip to an award-winning lodge on the Naknek River.

For more information on this, please visit TU.org.

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20th Annual Skeeter Lake Fork Owner’s Tournament

Release Courtesy of Ben Jarrett, Skeeter Products Inc.

The Skeeter Boat Company is proud to announce the 20th annual Owner’s Tournament scheduled for June 6-9 on Lake Fork, Texas.

Last year Skeeter hosted 1,624 anglers competing from 810 Skeeter boats who traveled from every corner of the United States to attend. More than $250,000 in Cash & Prizes are up for grabs this year as anglers seek to battle it on a very healthy and productive fishery. 13-sot-hpimage

TFO will be hand all days of the event demo a full line-up of their conventional rods. Stop by wiggle a rod and ask some questions.

“Our annual Owner’s Tournament is like a family reunion, and our owner’s always put the event on their schedule well in advance,” says Skeeter’s Director of Sales and  Marketing, Ben Jarrett.

“People view this as great way to kick-off the summer with a short, quick vacation that can result in that “one magic cast” that could mean big money.

Folks come to enjoy the vendors and sponsor exhibits, food, fishing lore, camaraderie and most importantly, the world class Lake Fork Bass Fishing.”

Jarrett added that, “Each year, the Skeeter Owner’s Tournament draws anglers from
almost every state.”

“Folks come from everywhere, bringing spouses, friends,  grandparents, kids and fill up the campgrounds, motels and lodging within many miles of  Lake Fork. While the event is built around having a good time, our owners are serious about the competition, as there is significant cash on the line for fishing well.”

The weekend offers a host of family-fun activities, open to the general public, while  Skeeter owners will vie for more than $250,000 in cash and prizes, including a Skeeter  FX20 package powered by a Yamaha VMAX SHO 250, MinnKota Trolling motor and
Humminbird Electronics for the overall big bass winner and a ZX200 powered by a  Yamaha VMAX SHO 200, MinnKota Trolling motor and Humminbird Electronics to the largest bass under the slot.

Hourly Payouts will be over $74,000, which is $5,700 awarded per hour, with each top hourly winner receiving a check for $1,020, providing  130 chances of walking away with a check during the two-day tournament.

Prizes will  also be awarded to top anglers in the Junior and Ladies Divisions.

“There will be plenty of activities dockside, as we’ll have vendors and sponsor exhibits and demo rides in a collection of our bass and bay boats,” says Jarrett.

Contestants will  also have a chance to win one of two, Yamaha 350 Grizzly’s that will be given away!

Photo courtesy of Wayne G. Byrd

Photo courtesy of Wayne G. Byrd

For more information please www.basschamps.com, or follow the TFO Facebook for updates on the weekends actions and big catches.