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Fishing Out of My Comfort Zone (literally)

Tony Barlow Fishing Out of His Comfort ZoneA friend of mine found an awesome report on a little lake near our home. It was a DNR report that basically said we had a big bass factory right in our backyard! The little lake is easily overlooked because it has a motor restriction. No gas or battery powered motors are allowed. That restriction means that the lake has limited pressure as well, at least from seasoned bass anglers who enjoy the comforts of a nice boat and a smooth trolling motor (count me as one of these people!)

Before the season began we targeted the lake and were looking forward to giving it a try. I have a nice canoe that would work well. We were waiting for a day with light winds and nice conditions and got our chance last week.

The lake was pretty calm but of course in a canoe it only takes a whisper of a breeze to make the canoe a little challenging. We went to work targeting shoreline structure with topwater frogs and isolated weed beds with soft plastics. One of our insights from the report was the number of large fish in the lake. This aligned perfectly with my goal at the beginning of the season to catch more big fish, thus I had on a 10” worm and a big frog. Big baits = big fish!

We worked our way around the lake targeting fishy looking structure as best we could. The canoe brings with it challenges like having to cast while seated, being often out of position and constantly drifting due to the breeze. Nonetheless we were able to get on some fish. We caught them in pretty classic bass fishing spots, like around slop and weedy points. In 2 hours fishing we caught about 8 nice largemouth. I caught 4 on my big baits and they were all right around 4 pounds.

At the end of the day, the canoe left us with sore backs and likely fewer fish than we would have gotten had we had our boat on the water. It was definitely worth it though to explore a new body of water, catch some nice fish and take on a new challenge. We will definitely be back!

UV Buff® with Insect Shield®: As Seen In Fly Rod & Reel

UV Buff With Insect Shield in Fly Rod & Reel

A peek at the Fly Rod & Reel Summer 2014 issue, where UV Buff® with Insect Shield® is included in their "Dealing With the Dark" feature: … [Continue reading]

The Leadville Experience: An Inspirational Week With the Queen of Pain

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She’s raced in some of the toughest places on earth, has won the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race 4 times, and is a 6-time world champion, but Rebecca Rusch ranks her latest adventure—writing a book about her life—alongside some of her most challenging … [Continue reading]

The International Climbers Festival 2014 Recap

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We recently partnered with the International Climbers Festival, providing custom printed Buff Headwear for organizers, attendees, and participants. The Custom Buff headwear was AWESOME! People really liked them, and we raised some good funds … [Continue reading]

Brandon Card + 36 Seconds = Seven Ways to Wear Buff Headwear

Brandon Card Illustrates Seven Ways to Wear Buff Headwear

Watch, as Pro Angler, and Buff Ambassador, Brandon Card, illustrates seven ways to wear Buff Headwear in just 36 seconds! Can you do the same? Yes...that's a dare... … [Continue reading]

Stripping Guards, Featured on FloridaSportsman.com

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Huge thanks to FloridaSportsman.com for including our new Stripping Guards in their ICAST roundup! Watch for these to hit our website & dealers near you in early 2015. Be sure to check out the full roundup … [Continue reading]

UV Buff Headwear Makes a Great Gift for Dad: OnTheWater.com

OnTheWater.com Gift Guide: UV Buff Headwear

We were so honored that UV Buff Headwear was included in this list of father's day gifts by OnTheWater.com! Be sure to check out the full article to see all the other great gift ideas for dads, and anyone who spends time on the … [Continue reading]

UVX Mask: As Seen in Old Town Crier Magazine

UVX Mask As Seen in Old Town Crier

A peek at the June 2014 Issue of Old Town Crier, which included UVX Mask Buff® in their "Oh No, Not Another Tie!" Feature, a gift guide for Dads who Fish. … [Continue reading]

Big Fish, Strange Location

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A friend and I hit the water a couple of days ago. Our trip was a bit up in the air due to some dicey weather. In the end we both decided that we better take advantage of an open night after both our wives approved of the trip! :) The weather ended … [Continue reading]

Pro Angler Ott DeFoe Hosts 2nd Annual Goodwill Tournament (photos & video)

Ott DeFoe Goodwill Tournament

Buff Ambassador, Pro Angler Ott DeFoe hosted the 2nd annual Goodwill Tournament on Douglas Lake, June 2014. Proceeds raised from this tournament went to support Goodwill’s mission of providing vocational training and employment opportunities to … [Continue reading]

Original Buff Headwear Review for Motorcyclists by BoingBoing.com

BoingBoing.com Reviews Original Buff Headwear for Motorcyclists

Motorcylists, especially, will want to check out this recent Buff Headwear Review by BoingBoing.com: Be sure to check out the full article at: http://boingboing.net/2014/05/23/buff-headware-multi-purpose-h.html … [Continue reading]