Set the Pace, with the New Pacemaker Series by TFO

By Temple Fork Outfitters

Designed by Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace, the TFO Pacemaker Series rods offers a wide arrange of action and technique specific tools for every angler from the hardened Elite Series pro to the weekend warrior.

This 14-rod family is composed of Cliff’s favorite rod lengths and actions, (both spinning and casting models).

Cliff’s series is a major jump forward in rod design, specifically directed to bass anglers. Here is what Cliff had to say this past summer during ICAST 2016: THE TFO PACEMAKER SERIES.

The series ranges from his go to 7-foot crankbait rod for tossing his signature Black Label Tackle Ricochet squarebill crankbaits, to an 8-foot flipping stick for working thick, matted vegetation.

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The NEW TFO Pacemaker series designed from start to finish by Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace. Photo by Brad Amy. 

This series features TFO’s proprietary Tactical Series guides, rubberized reel seats for comfort and a natural cork split grip.

The Pacemaker Series of rods are tastefully finished; simply polished, with a thin layer of matte clear coat to enhance the natural luster of the fibers and TFO’s trademark Color ID Split grip.

Pacemaker rods retail for $189.95-$199.95.

For more information please contact Temple Fork Outfitters at, info@tforods.com or by telephone, (800) 638-9052.

 

Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace Rolls Out New Rod Family With TFO

By Nicholas Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters

When you spend 200+ days a year on the road, battling arguably the best anglers in the world, you need a rod that is up to the task.

Designed by Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace, the TFO Pacemaker Series rods offers a wide arrange of action and technique specific tools for every angler from the hardened Elite Series pro to the weekend warrior.

This 14-rod family is composed of Cliff’s favorite rod lengths and actions, (both spinning and casting models).

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Cliff’s series is a major jump forward in rod design, specifically directed at bass techniques. Photo by Dakota Jones. 

The series ranges from his go to 7-foot crankbait rod for tossing his signature Black Label Tackle Ricochet squarebill crankbaits, to an 8-foot flipping stick for working thick, matted vegetation.

This series features TFO’s proprietary Tactical Series guides, rubberized reel seats for comfort and a natural cork split grip.

The Pacemaker Series of rods are tastefully finished; simply polished, with a thin layer of matte clear coat to enhance the natural luster of the fibers and TFO’s trademark Color ID Split grip.

Pacemaker rods retail for $189.95-$199.95.

For more information please contact Temple Fork Outfitters at, info@tforods.com or by telephone, (800) 638-9052.

 

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This new 14-rod family will be available in the fall of 2016. Contact your local TFO dealers for more in formation. Photo courtesy of TFO. 

 

New Guides and a Fresh Design Highlight New TFO Professional Rod Series

By Nicholas Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters

There are a handful of rod actions and powers that should reside in any serious angler’s rod locker.

One of the most valuable rods to have on the boat is the new Professional Series rods designed by Gary Loomis, and built by TFO.

We took all of the positive attributes and actions from our wildly successful Signature Series and have transitioned them into the Professional Series.

Featuring 20 models, with rods from a 6’0” ultra-light spinning model to a 7’6” Heavy power rod, the Professional Series classic, medium-fast action will allow anglers the most efficient tool to deliver a lure and land a fish.

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New composite cork handles ensure durability and a secure grip everytime. Photo by TFO. 

Professional Series rods feature Fuji® guides, for enhanced sensitivity and durability when fishing braided lines or in saltwater environments.

Gary’s one-piece Professional Series rods are a rich matte black with matching wraps highlighted by silver tipping.

The rods feature composite cork handles that are more durable and provides a more consistent grip when wet. Models feature both split and full-cork grips.

Professional rods incorporate TFO’s color ID system to make sure you grab the correct rod when the action is hot.

Rods retail for $99.95-$109.95.

For more information please contact Temple Fork Outfitters at, info@tforods.com or by telephone, (800) 638-9052.

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Spinning models come in both split and full cork grips. Photo Courtesy of TFO. 

TFO Pro Burnie Haney Highlights the GTS BBC 7116-1

 

TFO Pro Staffer Burnie has been putting the GTS BBC 7116-1 rod through its paces in upstate New York.

According to Burnie, “This past week I was able to get out and put the TFO 7’11” Mag Hvy through the paces and  I can say this is my new best A-rig rod… Hands down this thing’s a beast, light weight, with  plenty of power and the full cork grip provides ample room for comfortable two-handed casting.”

 

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The GTS Swimbait rod has a softer tip, to allow an angler to easily lob large baits, but, a stout butt to aid in the hook-set and landing phase. 

 

The GTS Swimbait rod is the ideal tool for big, water displacing lures. Because of flag pattern on the Swimbait blank, the rod stores a massive amount of energy during the loading phase (back cast) and effectively releases the energy during the unloading (forward cast) phase, making delivery of large swimbaits, Umbrella Rigs, and large crankbaits easy. The Swimbait rod features an extended, full-cork handle to help reduce fatigue and allow anglers to comfortably position the rod while retrieving a lure.

 

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For more information on the GTS BBC 7116-1, check out TFORods.com.

For more fishing techniques and tips, check out Burnie’s weekly blog or his column in Lake Ontario Outdoors Magazine.

 

 

 

 

Fly Fishing for Bass: Tips and Tricks

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Throwing flies at bass this summer?

Here are some tips from Tim Romano, of Field & Stream Magazine on how to improve your catch rates. For more tips, check out his blog post at, Five Tips for Catching Bass on the Fly.

Bass are found in all 48 contiguous states and even Hawaii. They eat readily and can be fished for most of the year. With the advent of flies like Umpqua’s “Game Changer” and “Schmidterbait” it’s never been easier to target these fish with the long rod. Here are five tips that should help you catch more bass on the fly.

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©Temple Fork Outfitters.

1. Fish slowly with the top water bug: I’d say nine times out of 10, when I wasn’t paying attention to my popper, is when it was eaten. This tells me that I ought to slow it down and let it sit more than I think I should.

2. Use a constant retrieve while nymphing for bass:  It’s almost impossible to discern a bass eat underwater with a nymph, even with an indicator. A constant retrieve of your bug, slow or fast, will help you feel the eat and catch more fish.

3. Find fish in big water: This one can take time, but is essential if you want to be consistent on a larger body of water. Learn one lake and fish it consistently. Fish with a local and ask a ton of questions. Find the structures like old creek channels, drop offs, old buildings, roads, etc. and you will eventually find the fish.

Check out, Five Tips for Catching Bass on the Fly For more tips, check out the blog at Field & Stream.

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©Temple Fork Outfitters.

Looking at getting in to fly fishing for bass? Check out these TFO rods! The Mini Mag, The Mangrove and The Hawgleg. Have questions on when and where to throw big flies for bass? Drop us a note at info@tforods.com, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How to Punch Matted Grass

TFOLogo-NoTextBy Geoff Evans, TFO Pro Staff

 

 

Many anglers have different theories on how to punch through matted grass with heavy weights.

I have punched matted grass from Canada to Fla., and everywhere in between. Most people relate punching to strictly a summertime technique.

In truth, I have actually landed more fish and in higher concentrations by punching matts in the wintertime.

Photo by G. Wayne Byrd.

Photo by G. Wayne Byrd.

Just like the canopies that are formed by grass matts provide shade in the summer, they act as insulated, heated clumps of grass in the winter. The bass sit under these clumps where the water is a few degrees warmer. This provides good staging or holding areas for opportunistic bass.

Gear

I prefer a stiff, extra-fast action rod like the Temple Fork Outfitters 7’9” XH Pitching Rod.

It has a very sensitive tip, but also the necessary backbone to pull a 7-pound bass out of the cabbage with 10-pounds of grass on top of it.

Line selection is equally important. A majority of anglers prefer braid, but, I will line a rod with fluorocarbon. Braided line is coarse and it will grab grass instead of sliding through it. This will require a heavier weight, than what could have done with fluorocarbon and a light weight.

For weight, I prefer a ¾-ounce Reins Tungsten sinker.  In order not to impede the natural of the bait, I always try to use the lightest weight possible. Tungsten is dense and heavy, again, smaller and less obtrusive.

I have always preferred throwing creature type baits because of how well they mimic crawfish.

One of the best baits I have found to mimic crawfish is the Reins Punchin’ Predator. I rig this on a Trokar TK130 hook. The last part of my rigging equation is Smelly Jelly. I like to rub the scent all over the bait, hook, weight and first 2 feet of line. This not only adds scent to the bait but it also lubricates the bait and line so it slides thru the grass a little easier.

Location/Technique

I like to gently pitch, or flip my lure to dark spots which usually represents an easier entrance point.

I do not like to pitch my bait high into the air and allow it to smash into a matt. I believe this scares away fish. Instead I prefer a stealth approach; not only in casting but also by eliminating any unnecessary noise in the boat.

Most bites will actually come on the initial fall of the bait. You really have to get tuned into what your bait is doing.

Anglers must focus on the line with this technique. If the line stops moving before it gets to the bottom, but, passes through the densest portion of the matt or starts moving again after it has reached the bottom, it’s time to lay into that hook set.

For more information on punching matted grass, or angler Geoff Evans, please visit, geoffevansfishing.com.

For more information on the TFO GTS 7’9, check out this video by Dakota Jones, GTS 7’9 XH Pitching Rod.

 

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Joey Nania Takes First in Mark’s Outdoor Annual Tournament

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Angler Joey Nania of Cropwell, Ala. overtook 486 anglers and several Elite Series pro’s this past weekend in the Mark’s Outdoor Annual Tournament on Logan Martin Lake.

According to Nania, the pair (along with co-angler Kolby Tishler) went directly to structure offshore and caught a small limit.  Nania landed most his fish on 8-pound fluorocarbon, a 3/16-ounce shakey head and the TFO Shakey Head GTS rod. 

Nania finished the day with 20-pounds, 7-ounces.

The anglers combined for over 30 fish during the one-day tournament.

Photo courtesy Joey Nania.

Photo courtesy Joey Nania.

Nania’s day was further complimented by his finish over some of the Elite’s Series top anglers. Pitted against seasoned anglers like: John Crews, Brandon Palanuik, Hank Cherry, Mark Davis, Randy Howell, Bill Lowen, Mike McClellan and several other Elite Pros.

The duo edged out Elite Series angler John Crews by 1-ounce, who caught all of his on a frog.  Hank Cherry finished the day at No. 3.