Tommy Biffle and Aaron Martens finish 1st and 2nd at LaCrosse using Shooter.
Congrats to Aaron Martens for winning B.A.S.S Angler of the Year!
For Immediate Release Jan 25, 2012 Gardena, CA Sunline America is proud to announce that it has signed Gerald Swindle to its’ pro staff. Gerald will join some of the best anglers in the world that make up the Sunline America pro staff. Swindle brings a full list of accolades to the Sunline pro staff including 12 Classic appearances and 2004 BASS Angler of Year.
Nubuyoki Kajio, President of Sunline America says;” I believe Gerald will become a great part of the Sunline team. He is a very accomplished and popular angler that will be a great asset in raising awareness of the Sunline brand in the US market. Sunline America and its parent company Sunline Japan are committed to growing the popularity of Sunline products in the US market. Sunline's pro staff members have numerous wins on both major tours over the last couple years and we expect Gerald will add to that total in 2012 with the help of Sunline products”.Gerald Swindle adds “I am thrilled to be a part of the Sunline pro staff. Sunline has a superior product and it will help me fish too the best of my ability. I look forward to having the confidence to know if I can get the fish to bite, I can get them in the boat. What do the bass and I have in common? We have both been caught by the world's best fluorocarbon, Sunline."Sunline gives you The Strength To Guarantee Your Confidence.
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Aaron Martens is the second fisherman to take top honors three times at the WON Bass U.S. Open on Nevada’s Lake Mead. Martens brought 10-51lbs to the scale the last day, winning with a 3 day total of 33-11lbs to claim the $100,000 first place prize.
Martens notched U.S. Open back to back wins in 2004, 2005, and shares the three win honor with Mike Folkstead.
David Pelltie came in second place with 31-26lbs. One of the factors that Martens contributes to his Open win is the Sunline line choice that he was using.
Martens points out that in the extreme heat and dry conditions that the fishermen are faced with fishing in at the Open only a few lines choices are not impacted by the conditions. He said most lines become very coily, difficult to use and manage under these conditions. He said “Sunline Sniper remains constant with the same principles in all conditions and it is the only line he likes to use for this event”.
To catch the majority of his fish during the three days of competition Aaron used two main techniques.
For his drop shot setup he fished with a 10ft to 12ft leader material of 6lb test Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon as the key setup to trigger bites. To fill out the rest of his rig he used a 3/8oz tungsten drop shot weight and a Gamakatsu split shot hook and fished 4 1/4” Roboworm. On day three Aaron downsized his line on his dropshot rig to 5lb test to get more bites.
For his spinnerbait rod he used 12lb to 14lb Sunline Shooter and fished this on a 7'2" rod teamed with a 7:1 reel. The key to getting bites on his spinnerbait was making a long cast. The Shooter line allowed him to get the extra distance needed to do that.
Before the tournament even started Dean Rojas thought that he could come to Toledo Bend and sight fish his way to a victory. So when practice got underway that was what Dean set out to do, see if he could put together a sight fishing pattern that would allow him to hold that blue Elite trophy over his head and claim the win when it was all done.
Dean soon learned during his three days of practice that a good number of quality bass were still spawning and on the beds in weedy areas that were located by primary or secondary points off of the main lake.
Rojas started the tournament strong in catching a limit sight fishing his newest Big Bite signature bait the WarMouth, rigged a 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook, and fished on 22lb Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon line. As the day went on Dean switched to a Spro Hydro-Pop, a topwater bait in shad color that he fished on 14lb Sunline Super Natural Mono Line. Between these two presentations; Dean brought 23-01lbs to the stage, claiming first place.
Day two and three pretty much followed suit Dean worked his sight fishing one, two punch and mounted a 4 pound lead over second place David Walker heading into the last day.
Rojas caught his biggest bass of the last day a 5 1/2-pounder on his Hydro-Pop in the morning. For the rest of the day Dean worked on sight fishing his WarMouth to fill out his limit and catch a key upgrade late in the day to come in with 13-08lbs.
Dean started the last day with David Walker 4lbs behind him but the greatest charge that last day came from Gerald Swindle. When all the fish were weighted Dean came out on top by a one ounce margin to claim the wire to wire win.
The win is Dean’s fourth at the tour level; his second on Toledo Bend. This win not only gave Dean a $100,000 payday, he is now qualified for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic. He also gained valuable Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year points to move from 31st to 8th.
Congratulations Dean from all of us at Big Bite Bait on your Bayou victory.