A Thanksgiving Weekend For The Ages

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A Thanksgiving Weekend For The Ages

Thanks for everyone who stopped in for our Black Friday to Cyber Monday sale. It was a great success both in the shop and online.  We have a few in-store specials that will be sticking around even after the Black Friday sale is over.  What are they?  Stop in the store to find out. 


In other shop news, we added some new color Lights Out Lures Danny swimmers last week, which was good timing with what happened over the weekend.  There are still a few left, so you have a chance to get a good metal lipped swimmer before this madness ends? 

What madness?  Well, we had good fish all weekend, but the best days were Thanksgiving day and Sunday.   Depending on where you were, you either found fish chasing peanut bunker or, in some rarer cases, adult bunker.  It seemed to be an afternoon bite through most of the weekend too.  I can’t list every plug we heard was working here, because, as our own Blackcloud Bob was heard saying, it seemed like if you threw an old sock on a hook, you could catch a bass on it.  As far as we know, no one tested his theory, but we still think it had merit. 

Here is a (long) list of notable catches:


Mike Wujek with a 32” 13.4 lb bass caught on a popper


Chris Solarz with a 33” 12.55 lb bass caught on a swim shad in IBSP


@theochupein13 found some thanksgiving bass.  Here is one of them.


Tom with a 9.8 lb 30” bass caught on a Yo-Zuri mag darter


Emma caught her first ever bass! 16 lbs on the boga. Congrats on your Thanksgiving striped turkey.


Chris Solarz and Wesley Zumowski with an 8.2 lb 29.5” bass and a 32” 10.5 lb bass caught on swim shads.


Alex Whelchel with a 30” 10.95 lb bass caught on an Vudu swim shad.


Keith Jensen caught his PB Striped turkey on Thanksgiving. 29” 10.25 lbs. it fell to a Yo-Zuri twitch bait.


George Miller was on them Saturday morning.  Nice hat George.


Steve  Cafiero 14.55 lbs Bass on a Gibbs Metal Lip Swimmer.


Dave Shmid 35” Bass on a SP Minnow


Jay with a 13.70lb Bass on a popper. Caught it on his brand new Grumpy Sandstorm surf rod.


Bill Koropatnick with. 33.5 inch, 15.25 pound striper caught on a Tsunami Popper


Sean and Virginia Jack doubled up on Sunday.


Not sure if it is the Grumpys Premium Trucker Hat or the Grumpys custom ODM Evolution rod, but Virginia Jack had a day for himself on Sunday.

Even Ray got into it Sunday with Little Ray.  Well, Little Ray and Littler Ray. 😊. 


Steve Regan with a 34 inch, 14.85 pound bass caught on an SP Minnow


Kevin Lorenz with a jumbo on a Big Rock Swimmer.

Billy Hadzimichalis sent in this photo of his son Jason with a nice Striped Bass


Martin Osemlak with a 35” 12.85 lb bass taken on a swim shad on Monday.


The bass had the late afternoon feed on again on Monday. Shads, Metal Lips, and Poppers all produced. Here’s our Daiwa rep @60xmancini  testing out some new Daiwa gear!

 Bringing back the picture of Ray and Ray Jr.  I’d like to note that this guy owns a tackle shop, and he doesn’t own any waders.  That’s it.  That’s all we are picking on Ray about this time…