Results & Comments
East Chicago, Indiana 8/5/06
"John, I got a call today from a member of
S.U. and there was a mistake made in calculating the weight of Saturdays S.U tournament. We lost by less than three
pounds and ended up in second place instead of 4th. This was my second salmon tournament and first as the
captain. I had one first timer and one guy that laid in the front of the boat seasick most of the morning.
He had only trolled for salmon a dozen or so times in his life and was not familiar with my setup on my
We were in 60 to 70 feet of water straight out of Pastrich Marina in East Chicago. We ran all meat,
and for a short time we ran 7 BTIs, One on lead 10 colors, Two on dipsys on #3 setting. One 180ft the
other 200ft. and four on the down-riggers. The aft two were bouncing the bottom or close too it, And the
stern two were 10 and 15 feet from the bottom. But after reeling in a nice king on the lead it was put
away because it was hard enough keeping 4 poles in the water. If that's not a testament of your product I
don't know what is.
Thanks for all the
help". .................Capt. Tom M.
Capt John here is a picture from Manistee on 7/16/06 Me and Jeff C (uncle rich) took my daughter out fishing for a night fish Friday. This fish came on the full core with the Blue Bubble glow. My Daughter reeled this fish in on the full core all by herself. It was a
awesome day fishing when you watch your kids reel in fish like this. This fish also cost me and Jeff 15 bucks we bet my daughter she could not reel in the full core all by herself.
Thanks for the great products again.........Capt. Mike aka "Zooby
Capt. Steve big fish winner
"John, Fished in the Kewaunee Off Shore Challenge today. There were 49 boats with a 6 am shot gun start (perfect for
running meat!) With calm water and
sunny skies, some came in with zero (skunked) in this weigh your best 10
We finished 4th overall with 10 fish and won the heaviest salmon
award. Black Mamba deep, Krystal Killer on a wire dipsey and a pearl BTI were all good.
Thanks again for a great product! And thank my lucky stars for having
30 pound test mono on ...it come in handy!".........Capt.
Steve S, Green Bay, WI
7/13/06 Capt. Cliff
"One of those days on the Lake you pray for. The weather was beautiful, the lake was flat and the fishing was great. Went out with my friend Howard, whose boat is next to mine. Set up by 6:30 in 55 fow and had a 10 pound coho as I was letting the rigger down to 45'. He hit a green frog meat rig on a Blue Dolphin flasher.
Caught a Steelie next on a purple glow BTI with a purple 2 fly meat rig, back 125 on a wire dipsey set on 1. Trolled east toward your side of the lake and by the time we hit 95' we had a triple on. Purple meat on the Black Mamba took an 18 pound King, 145 back on wire dipsey, white flasher with a blue fly took a Coho down 80' on a rigger and a spoon on a rigger down 65' took another king.
Right after we got all three in the boat another rigger went off with another king on. The action was steady all morning until we pulled lines at noon with our 2 man limit of 6 kings 10-18 pounds, 2
Steelies and 2 coho, one nice 10 pounder. All the fish were stuffed with
Alewives and very healthy. The hot setups for the day were Purple meat with Black Mamba, 2 fly purple with Purple glow BTI and the yellow canary with yellow meat. The Purple meat with Black Mamba has been my go to combo on a wire dipsey and has been deadly on the Kings over here. The yellow canary down deep on sunny days has also done very well."
MI City, IN
July 1st & July 4th, 2006
City, IN Capt. John, Happy Fourth!!!
I have come to one conclusion, those who enjoy relaxation and long hours spent boating, SHOULD NOT BUY YOUR PRODUCTS. Since I have gone to a total meat spread, my time on the water has been cut in half, and it is now called "Catching" instead of "Fishing", Reel Fact. Thanks to the new BTI, to be the last boat out, and the first boat in with a full cooler is now the norm for me. This morning, I deployed the Yellowtail Reel Flasher with matching 3-fly rig 48' down on the corner rigger. It was hit before I could get three rods out. We
continued to pound fish from 52 to 56 feet of water.. I struggled to keep lines in the water. I ran a total meat spread again, and it was another awesome day for your rigs. The hot set-ups today were Blue Double Glow BTI, with matching 2-Fly rig, on 9 colors lead, and Yellowtail Reel Flasher with matching 3-Fly rig. Enclosed please find a couple pictures of a nice fat salmon that couldn't resist your Blue Double Glow BTI, and of "A 20 POUND PLUS MICHIGAN CITY GIANT THAT CRUSHED YOUR YELLOWTAIL REEL FLASHER AND MATCHING 3-FLY RIG", set 5 feet of the bottom on the corner rigger.
Thanks, Capt. Andy
7/3/06 Frankfort, MI
Frankfort, MI I have done pretty good on the flashers and rigs I got from
you. The BTI mountain dews have been killing them.....I got a couple on the black mamba......
I would estimate 85% of my bites in the last three trips out have been on the BTI mountain dews. Great products. I just ordered some more stuff from you. Thanks I'll be watching for
it. I'll email a couple catch pictures to you from the weekend. Just haven't downloaded them to the computer
yet. My son Kyle who was with me when we stopped at your place caught a 22 lb king on
Friday. Maybe you could give me some tips on the big flasher program. I started with them about 25' behind the ball and didn't produce so I tried them closer about 10' behind the ball and the black mamba did get a few but nothing on the big mountain
dew. Very happy with your stuff. Had some nice catches for a beginner meat fisherman.
Capt. Kurt K
6/4/06 Milwaukee, WI Thanks for the awesome products. We again had a good memorial weekend on
Sunday may 28 we went 12 for 19 with 11 of the 12 coming off of Black
Mamba, Krystal killer, and Chartreuse dbl glow in the normal size and the
BTI doing the damage in the same colors. The biggest fish on Sunday was a 12 lb rainbow that hit the
BTI Krystal killer while letting it down. On Monday may 29 we again took 9 fish all on your products.
Sunday June 4 we got back to find the fishing had slowed
dramatically and the radio reports complained of slow fishing and smaller fish than last week. We ended up taking 6 fish one being the biggest so far this year a 17 lb king that hit the full size
Black Mamba 100 feet down in 130 fow. The other fish taken also attest to you saying that your catch will healthier and bigger fish. The boys at the cleaning station were amazed to see our fish at least 2 to 3 lbs heavier than theirs.
Once again thanks for the great products that keep our coolers full!!!!...........Tim, TROUT SNIFFER
North Point, IL "Fished our first Salmon Unlimited
Tournament of the year sat./20th. I fish on my old boat in these
tournaments and we won the tournament.
Caught several fish on the BTIs. The black mamba
being the stud on a wire dipsy #3 setting with 250' out on the counter.
I am getting more confidence in the meat program each time I
The thing I'm really surprised at is the
BTIs have caught coho, lake trout and kings both on the down riggers and
the dipsys. Next weekend is a practice week. I'm going to try the
BTIs on lead core copper and lead drops.
One last note , I set a mountain dew BTI on the
center rigger it went off with in 90 seconds after I shut the rigger
switch off."....Capt. Jim
"Nail Bender Too"
Port Huron, MI "Just wanted to drop a quick thank you note for getting me the last minute tackle this week. We were able to pull out the tourney with some big help from the yellowtail bait heads with matching full size flasher and the crystal killer BTI combo. We ended up weighing 116 or so lbs of fish in 2 tough days of fishing, 7 lbs better than second place “Gone Bad”. 12 footers at times this morning, it was a brutal run from Port Sanilac to Port Hope this morning! Anyways, I wanted to let you know for your morning update. Thanks again and I’ll try and fill in with some more details tomorrow. Now its time to get some much needed rest
Btw, not many kings caught this weekend but the size was better than last year, Big king went 11 lbs. I think the weather was a big problem for the king fishing this week. We had five nice kings before we started targeting trout during our Wednesday
pre-fish. That was the last stable weather we had this week." Thanks again,
.......Capt. Jason...Team Rawhide
Waukegan, IL "Got on the water with my nephew and his friend by 8:00 and we were set up by 8:45 in 140 fow. Started with the Monkey Puke flasher down 80 on the rigger with dark green
meat rig. And a spoon on the other rigger down 90. Two wire dipsey's back 80 with Double glow green BTI and green glow
meat rig on one side and a Back Mamba with a purple meat rig back 65 on
the other side. On the starboard side I have been experimenting with
copper, 300' with a green/blue dolphin and similar meat rig on a board. Port side board was a raider bloody death spoon on a half core testing for steelhead in the area.
Lessons for the day:
Monkey puke and green ruled with eight fish and the largest of the day, a 14 pound king 80' down over 175 fow. 3 other kings and 5 very spirited coho.
By moving the high dipsey with the Black Mamba and purple
meat rig back to 285' on the line counter, it got hit right away and took two kings and a coho.
The BTI double glow green, took a steelhead 8 pounds back 80' as well as a number of coho and a king.
Fish are still deep and around structure, the south reef for us. Meat out fishes any other presentation by at least 5 to one and always takes the biggest fish.
We had our 3 man limit of a mixed bag of 5 King, 2 Steelhead and 8 Coho by noon, which left us some time to go catch 10 perch and in before 2 pm. Thanks for sending my last order so promptly, the double glow BTI's and green glow meat heads already have
Milwaukee, WI: "Thanks for the great product!!!
Krystal Killer and Green Doub L Glo helped us take 9 Coho and 1 King in
just 1 hour and 39 minutes for our two man limit out of Milwaukee on May
We set lines at 6:00am and put the tenth fish
in the box at 7:39am. Thanks again and can't wait to get my hands on the
BTI' s!!!".....Capt. Tim (aka) "TROUT SNIFFER"
Seneca Lake, New York: "Went out with
Wildman (Kirk from NAFC, not the one that had the bait shop) this
morning at the launch by 6:30 am. Rain clouds showing up but we had our
rain gear. Set up by 6:45 am boated 7th laker at 9:45am. Rained 85% of
the time wind was out of the SW and light and switched over to the NW
with a good chop. We had 11 releases and only had to use pliers to
remove one hook all the rest came out it the net. Fish had moved into
the 116' to 100' range for a steady bite. Still deep with 2 at 90' down
the rest 100' down.
The new BTI came into it's own
today with the first fish and the most. Ran three riggers two with
dodger peanut and the 10" BTI with a peanut. The north troll was
the best bite with only one fish coming on the south. I had to switch
back to the north troll after a long dry spell to pick up the limit fish
at 9:45 am.".............Capt. Ed C.
St. Joe, MI: "Fished in
the mornings on Friday thru Saturday. Got 10 on Friday, 15 Saturday and
6 on Sunday morning in about three hours. Ran mostly cutbait on the
riggers, dipseys and copper wire. Started with the large flashers off
the riggers and the BTIs off dipseys and copper and ended up switching
to BTIs on the riggers as well.
Best fishing was in 100-160 fow 60 to 100 down. Biggest fish was over
15# with several others to 12#. Most were in the 7-8# range. Kept the
speed slow, about 2.0-2.2 in the Fish Hawk." Joe, aka
4/28/06 Michigan City, IN: Capt. John,
"Just came off the lake. Fishing was good again today, 12 miles
out, at a 330 heading. Which is towards Chicago from MC. Lots of nice
coho, and took one nice steelhead. Coho are coming from 80 to 120 down,
which is kinda deep for them in this area. No kings at all to speak
of. Love your BTI's"..........Capt. Andy
North Point IL: "We
fished out of North Point, IL yesterday (sat.) 4/15. The fish were down
100 to 120'. We fished a spoon presentation for an hour with just a
couple of fish. Switched over to meat rigs, the new black mamba on the
port dipsy with green head and frog flies and a Krystal Killer on the
starboard dipsy with a red meat rig.
The starboard wire dipsy on a 1 1/2 setting
with 220 feet on the counter went off with in 3 minuets after we set it.
The port dipsy set on 1 1/2 190 on the counter went next . The new
flashers are Awesome and they will catch Cohos. We started at 8am
returned at noon with 15 Cohos. Once we went to a meat rig presentation
the action was steady.
This is the first time I have fished an all
meat rig presentation!"....Capt. Jim M. "Nail Bender Too"
Tournament Trail Results
1st Place, Detroit
Steelheader's St. Joe 5/6/06 tournament "Sloppy Joe"
winner (all of his fish)
2nd Place Flint
Steelheader's Port Sanilac tournament "Zoobydoo" (8 of his
1st Place Michigan
City amateur division Coho Classic "Nail Bender Too"
(a few of his fish)
3rd Place Michigan
City amateur division Coho Classic "Silver
Addiction" (some of his catch)
Winner of the 333 Event Michigan
City Coho Classic "Fishwhore" (3 largest fish, 2 of the 3)
Unlimited 5/20/06 Tournament, "Nail Bender Too"
3rd Place Detroit
Steelheaders 5/20/06 Grand Haven Tournament "Silver
Winner of the 2006
Blue Water Classic "Rawhide" (8th place to
"Personally, I believe all tournament stuff is an over-rated way to
judge a products performance. This subject was only included,
because all manufacturers tend to toot their own horn about tournament
results with highly skilled pro/semi-pro tourney teams using their
To me?....how a product works day-in and
day-out, with ease of use is far more important. 90% of the fleet
does not fish tourneys, nor plan to. The majority of big water
fishermen just care about action and a full box. This is the arena where
my products were built to shine!".......Capt. John King
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