COMEBACK KID: FABIANO 1ST MEMBER TO MAKE REGIONAL STATE TEAM

Big Bass on Day Two Surges Fabiano onto State Team

 Following a shortened day one due to fog, Daniel Fabiano was filled with optimism for day two as he had more time to fish and mentally changed up his game plan for day two.

“I decided to share water with a club member on a large flat for about an hour in the morning and after only grabbing one small keeper, and knowing that we would have high sun, and calmer conditions from the day before I ran to the docks to grab a quick limit before the masses swarmed the shorelines,” said Dan.

This did result in a quick limit for Dan, but it was not going to propel Dan up the standings to make the MN state team.  “I had a bunch of stuff from practice up north, but was hesitant on taking the run. With a little convincing from my co-angler Jeff Pfeffer, we ran up to an island I was successful on in practice. Within my first few casts I was able to upgrade with a 2.9 lb fish to help the cause.”

Dan then ran across the bay to a long secondary point with deep water on the sides while the flat sat in about 4-8feet. The flat was bare apart from scattered cabbage and grass which held some decent numbers in practice, but the size was not present. Dan was casting into the dark areas on the flat, which was littered with perch and bluegill.

After about ten minutes up on the flat Dan picked up his 3/16 oz shakey head with a 3″ Arsenal BoomStick screwed on the end, and on his first cast he set the hook and felt something immediately dig into the grass.  “Feeling the strength, weight and how it was darting towards the boat I thought I had an enormous pike on the line. When it got closer to the boat I could feel that beast shake her head and knew it was a massive largemouth. It was stuck deep in the grass which started to really scare me. I was getting anxious and noticed I started to yank her up and stopped immediately before I made a mistake and just let her swim out on her own accord. The moment I gave her some slack, she immediately swam free and directly up to the side of the boat like she was ready to be done fighting. After a few scary jumps and thrashes, Jeff was able to scoop her up and we celebrated as I had pretty large screaming session and spaz on my front deck!”

On the next cast Dan had another largemouth around the same size come off, but this kept Dan in this area for another hour.  With thirty minutes left Dan went to a spot he had caught some three pound bass in practice.  “I thought it was extremely risky to take that drive to only have time to fish for maybe ten minutes max, so I decided to stop by my number one spot from both practices. I pull up and notice nobody was on the spot for once during the two day event, and I was going to be able to position myself exactly how I wanted to grab the fish I knew would be there.  I turned to my co-angler and said, if they are here, I am going to make State.”

Dan picked up a Neko-Rig with a 3/32oz Arsenal Pagoda Nail Weight tucked in the end of a 6.5″ worm and first cast caught a 2.12 and 3.10 to upgrade his limit.  His co-angler stopped fishing and told Dan that if he caught one more he would most likely be a contender to make the team.  Dan casted out and boom caught another 2.10 largemouth, “I started to freak out and shake so hard I couldn’t even continue to fish. Jeff looks at me in disbelief and says I think you are around 17 lbs now, I can’t believe that just happened.

“In disbelief myself – I told him I didn’t want to risk being late, so we packed up and headed to weigh-in. What an epic day that I will never forget for the rest of my life.”

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COMEBACK KID: FABIANO 1ST MEMBER TO MAKE REGIONAL STATE TEAM

Season Closing In – Trophies & Awards

With the 2015 season closing in, we get ready to award the top prospects of Lunker Squad with needed trophies and bragging rights. This first season we will be awarding anglers for the top 3 placements in the club standings, biggest bass, most overall weight within this season, along with club cup winner, and angler of the year. Angler of the year is awarded to the member with the most points along with the most event show-ups. If there is a tie in points and show-ups. The tie breaker will be the largest overall bag, then big bass, then most fish alive, then it will go to a tie. Please continue to check back as we announce the winners for each placement. We will be accepting new members starting November 1, 2015. Please arrive to our meeting to find out more information and to make a decision on whether or not this club is right for you. Cheers!

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Season Closing In – Trophies & Awards

Acquired ProTournament System

Here at Lunker Squad we want everyone to be happy at the end of the day. After club tournament director, Justin Hill and myself ran into multiple unfortunate situations at weigh-ins between various clubs and events, and hearing and seeing the feedback of other anglers that also were as frustrated as us with the trust and reliability of not only the equipment these clubs and events were using, but also the people using the equipment and putting down the final weights on paper, we knew we needed to forge a change. When we decided to start this club, one of our first obligations was to afford the best scale and weighing system and have honest, and standard on-land weigh-ins. In the past we had been faced with unfair or unreliable equipment, or having an official weigh-in on the water before we docked. All these alternative ways of weighing in your 8 hours of hard work is not acceptable and is also inaccurate. You cannot accurately weigh fish using an OEM scale from any joe-blow company while standing on your boat in the middle of the lake. There are so many factors in that scenario that just don’t comply with proper regulatory federation weighing. You wouldn’t expect to go to the State Tournament, or any local tournament in your area and find fishing practices such as these, so we don’t expect to teach you these ways or be lazy about how to provide the proper education on becoming a competitive bass angler or just an expert weekend fisherman.

With all this said, we have purchased the best fishing scale on the market for our club. The H2 Deluxe System from Pro Tournament Scales is not only their top selling scale, but is the staple piece of equipment used around the globe at most fishing events, award ceremonies, and professional angling weigh-ins. I was introduced to this piece of equipment during a local Bad Bass Boys tournament when the MN Bass Nation tournament director was present for the day and had the State Tournaments scale with her to use for the tournament that evening. I noticed how it was easily transportable, and had digital sign readout on a tripod. This is a remarkable feature because everyone including yourself can see the actual locked in weight and there is no discrepancy that a judge or director falsified your overall weight. You also know the scale is trusted, certified, and calibrated to the best extent. These scales lock in thrashing weight within 3 seconds to give an accurate quick result. Thanks to our sponsors for the help in letting us acquire such a valuable piece of equipment for this blooming club.

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Acquired ProTournament System

Lunker Squad Founder on Lake Okeechobee

Over the recent holiday, founder and club angler Daniel Fabiano spent a perfect day out on Lake Okeechobee during the January 3rd BFL/FLW tour. After trying to schedule a guide service the days following Christmas, I was upset to find out that every guide and boat in the surrounding areas were booked out for practice for the FLW tour. The only day available in the timeline of my trip was the day of the actual event. This however did not phase my decision to go out on Okeechobee, it only enhanced my decision to get out on the water even quicker. To my fortune, I was paired with a guide that was originally from Brainerd, Minnesota which made for an easy and relaxing transition, especially not being on my own boat and only have a very limited amount of my own gear that I shipped down to Florida before I left for my trip.

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Lunker Squad Founder on Lake Okeechobee

Lightning Strike During State Tournamnet Practice

Justin Hill and myself (Daniel Fabiano) had the great opportunity to attend the Minnesota State Fishing Tournament during Labor Day Weekend this 2014 season. Having this opportunity as rookies from “Lakes Area Bassmasters” was not only an eye-opening experience to the ways of structured tournament fishing, but also helped us determine the personalities, drawbacks, regulations, stipulations that are present during your weekend around 200 of the best anglers from the state. Regardless, without getting into too many politics I wanted to share an experience Justin and myself went through on Lake Vermillion the day before the event during practice. We should have listened to other boaters, listened to our guy instinct on the water, and should have headed home when that gut feeling initially hit us.

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Lightning Strike During State Tournamnet Practice