Twice the Fun

The beginning of the FLW Tour season is always an exciting time, but this year brings twice the excitement as the size of the KrugerFarms.com FLW Tour team has doubled.  If you have followed this blog and our social media, you know Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson has been doing some great things at the top level of FLW Tournaments.  This year, Minnesota angler Andy Young is taking the leap up to the FLW Tour as well.

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Right now both anglers are working hard and in the middle of their official practice period before the actual tournament starts this Thursday.  Andy Young got down before the cutoff, where he familiarized himself with the expansive Lake Toho chain of lakes as well as getting some sun and hefty Florida largemouth.  Gussy didn’t pre-practice on Toho before the cutoff, but did get down to Florida a week or so early to get knock the Canadian winter rust off and practice on some nearby lakes.

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Gussy will be running a familiar looking Dr. Pepper wrapped Lund similar to last year, he definitely stands out at every tour stop with that unique rig.  Gussy has been gaining experience and familiarity every year on tour, he is hoping to build off his Top 20 cut last year on Pickwick and put together a consistent year that will land him in the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.

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If you are looking for Andy in the FLW media galleries, he will be the striking Coors Light wrapped Ranger Z520.  Fresh of his Bassmasters Classic appearance on Lake Hartwell, Andy is ready for warmer water, brighter sun and bigger bass!

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Based on the what the experts are saying, looks like sight fishing will be a big part of the FLW opener on Toho this year, both anglers’ SPY optics will be key in this event.  Wish our great KF team the best and stay tuned here all season to keep up with their success!  Both great anglers, you may even think about saving them a spot on your FLW Fantasy Fishing rosters this week….

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Bassmaster Classic Preview

The 2015 Bassmaster Classic is now just a few days away.  Rewind the clock about 12 months and you may vaguely remember a Central Open held on Lake Amistad.  KrugerFarms.com angler Andy Young won that event in early February of 2014 and was the 2nd angler to qualify for this year’s classic on Lake Hartwell, he qualified even before the defending Champion Randy Howell.

Andy Young Hoisting the Hardware!

Andy Young Hoisting the Hardware!

After the long year wait, Young is finally getting his shot at bass fishing’s biggest crown.  If you are not sure who you are pulling for in this year’s Bassmaster Classic, you will not find a more likeable angler in the whole field then Andy Young.  Beyond that, Andy is one heck of an angler and on top of that he has been putting in his time to take him to the next level.

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Andy spent a few weeks on Lake Hartwell this winter before the cutoff and has been touring the Southeast part of the country in the mean time fishing different southern fisheries fine tuning his skill set and at the same time prepping for the 2015 FLW Tour Season.

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Starting now and all season, make sure to Follow Andy Young’s Fishing Page as well as the KrugerFarms.com Fishing Facebook pages to see what Andy and the Coor’s Light – KrugerFarms.com wrapped Ranger are up to all season!

Good Luck Andy!

Save Big with KrugerFarms.com at Northwest Sportshow

It is that time of year, like a ritual or right of passage, the annual Northwest Sportshow is upon us and means spring fishing is right around the corner here in the Upper Midwest!

The group at Kruger Farms is just as excited to kick things off as all of you are, to prove it, we are going to have some unbelievable deals in our booth. Virtually everything will be on sale and best prices of the year.  Just because it’s not listed on this blog, doesn’t mean it won’t be there or on sale, just too much to list!Northwest_sportshow_krugerfarms

You will find rods and reels from Dobyns, G Loomis, Shimano, Fenwick, Lew’s & Abu Garcia.  Hot tackle from Outkast, Keitech, BassTEK and others.  Plus gear from GoPro, SIMMS, SPY and UnderArmour.  So whether you are looking to treat yourself to some new rain gear or been itching to get a GoPro camera, make sure booth #428 is your first stop of the show!

Here is a quick highlighted list of deal:
Guaranteed Best Prices on Rods at the showFree Dobyns T-Shirt or Hoodie with purchase of new Dobyns Rod (while supplies last)
Abu Garcia Veritas / Revo combo for $179 (Reg $229)
Blowout prices on select Jackall & Sebile hardbaits $10 each or 2 for $15
Blowout prices on Shimano Curado Gs and some Stradic CI4 spinning reals
20% off all Fishing Line & Tackle!
Many more that can’t be listed!

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Meet Bassmaster Classic Qualifier Andy Young Friday, Saturday & Sunday (Booth #428)

Beyond the great sales, Kruger Farms has a handful of the Curado I series reels from Shimano, get to the show early if you want to get them before they are gone, plus all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2015 Bassmaster Classic qualifier Andy Young will be in the booth.  Along with Andy, other top fishing pros and experts will be in the booth all week-long to help answer fishing questions and pick out the perfect gear for what  you need!

How Amistad Was Won

KrugerFarms.com Pro Angler Andy Young has been one of the busiest guys in bass fishing the last week or so.  Fresh of his dramatic come from behind win on Lake Amistad for the Bassmaster Central Open series.

Andy Young Hoisting the Hardware!

Andy Young Hoisting the Hardware!

He was more than 10 pounds behind runaway leader Randy Allen when the last day began, which by most accounts left the rest of the field fishing for 2nd place. Then Allen weighed-in just one fish, and Young swooped in and claimed the win with his standard 13-ish sack (specifically 13-11).

His 39-06 total held off Elite Series pro Stephen Browning by a single ounce. It earned him more than $47,000 in cash and a slot in next year’s Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell (provided he competes in the other two events on the circuit, which he confirmed that he will).

Here’s how Andy went about it…..

Practice
Young arrived in Del Rio fairly early, he took advantage of a slow period at work and ended up with about 9 days on the water before the event.  Not all of them full days or that productive as there were many unseasonably bad weather days in that mix.

He got an early start on his first practice day and quickly caught a 4-pounder from about 15 feet of water on an umbrella rig, so he began running that pattern in different areas of the lake.

Andy didn’t get a lot of bites, but once in a while he’d catch a good one. He targeted deep flats with his umbrella rig, close to where they dropped off to deeper water. The bigger fish were usually around brush piles or trees – something for them to hold on.  He also developed a secondary game plan that involved dropshotting rocky ledges at depths ranging from 20 to 32 feet.

Tournament Days
> Day 1: 5, 12-01
> Day 2: 5, 13-11
> Day 3: 5, 13-10
> Total = 15, 39-06

Young got only six bites on day 1, and one of those was a short fish. His bag was very solid considering the conditions, but it left him nearly 6 pounds behind Allen, whose stringer was anchored by a 10-pounder.

Young managed just four bites on day 2. He’d boxed only three run-of-the-mill keepers by mid-afternoon when he connected with a 6 1/2-pounder on the umbrella rig.

On day 3, Andy had a limit by 11:30 and one of those fish was a beauty – a 7 1/2-pounder that fell for the umbrella rig. Culling two times after that and each of them was very minor – a half-ounce here and a half-ounce there. But considering the margin of victory was a single ounce, those two little upgrades were key.

Pattern Notes
Andy started each day on his deeper drop shot fish, he had 5-6 areas that he rotated through.  He started on these fish, because he felt they were more dependable and he knew getting a limit each day would be huge.  Plus having fish in the well would help him dedicate to chase bigger fish later in the day.  So once his confidence and sun were higher, he would start rotation through his three flats with the castable umbrella rig to score larger fish and he got at least one every day!

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This photo taken the night before the last day of competition at the BASS Open on Lake Amistad of the actual rig Andy Young used during competition. Notice the red money jig on the center wire, one of the keys to this set up.

Depth  and retrieve was an important factor for the umbrella rig; it was most effective when retrieved within a few feet of the bottom and added a few erratic jerks along the way.  Another important factor was the color of baits and jig heads used.  Young found the fish reacted best to a mix of pearl and watermelon ghost Big Bite Cane Thumpers.  The Cane Thumpers were attached to 1/8oz Outkast Money Jigs and the center jig was one with a red head which caught most of his fish, just gave the bass a little something different to key in on and the red seemed to help them commit instead of fall the artificial bait ball.

Gear Details
> Umbrella rig gear: 7’6″ heavy-action Dobyns 766 SSM flipping stick, Lew’s BB1 casting reel (6.3:1 ratio), 65-pound PowerPro braided line, 1/8-ounce Outkast Tackle Money jigheads, 5″ Big Bite Cane Thumper swimbaits (pearl and watermelon ghost).

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Dobyns Micro Savvy Flipping stick, with Cane Thumpers & Money Jigs on his umbrella rig.

> Andy prefers the Outkast heads because the 4/0, heavy-wire hooks are a little smaller than the standard U-rig offerings. “They don’t snag up on the branches and bushes as much and they hook the fish really well.”

> Dropshot gear: 7’4″ medium-action Dobyns DX743SF Champion Extreme rod, Lew’s Gold Spin 3000 spinning reel, 8-pound fluorocarbon line, 3/16-ounce lead dropshot weight (round), 1/0 Gamakatsu dropshot hook, with green pumpkin drop shot plastics.

The Extra Edge
>  “I think the biggest thing, with the weather being so bad, was me being from Minnesota and being used to it and having good Under Armour Base Layers. The cold didn’t really bother me. The other thing was having a simple game plan – I had two things that worked and I just kept doing them.”

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Andy with rugged shores of Lake Amistad behind him.

Andy Young is a krugerfarms.com pro angler, fishing the Bassmaster Open tournaments. You can like him on Facebook here for updates on his fishing experience.

Q&A with Andy Young—Winner of the June 2013 Denny’s Super 30

We got a chance to catch up with Andy Young to chat about his tournament win in the Denny’s Super 30.

Where does the Denny’s Super 30 take place and how often?

There are five tournaments, all on Lake Minnetonka, in Minnesota, the first one is in May and the last one is in September.Andy Young Denny's Super 30

There are a lot of regular anglers in these tournaments. Do you fish every one? 

There is a limit of 50 boats in each tournament, and yes I do fish all of them. The tournament fills up every year, and you usually have to fish all five of them to get in.

How does the game change when there are a lot of anglers that are familiar with the lake and the tournament?

Well, most of the fisherman in this tourney are from this area and have been fishing tournaments on Tonka for many years. So there are very few, if any, secret spots. In most cases, it takes a 3 1/2 pound average to even cash a check and it usually takes over a 4 pound average to win.

So, how’d you do?

We had 8 fish for 28.9 pounds and we won.

How does it feel to win?

It feels great to win. We have had a handful of second place finishes, and a bunch of top-five finishes but the last Denny’s tournament that we won on Minnetonka was way back in 2004.

What tactics and lures did you use to get your huge bag and how’d you catch that Swamp Donkey?

AndyWe caught all of our fish by sight-fishing on beds. Our main baits were a 3-inch Biovex Klot Fish Tail, an Outkast Tackle Finesse jig with a Zoom Little Critter Craw trailer, and a 4-inch Senko.

We located that big swamp donkey the day before the tournament—it was on a big flat, in about three feet of water, way out in the middle of nowhere, so I thought there was a really good chance that we would get it. When we went to this location on the morning of the tournament, it was there!  On the first cast that I made to it, it instantly grabbed my jig but I committed the cardinal sin and set the hook way too hard—breaking it off. My partner was screaming and yelling at me and I was almost in tears—ha ha. So I picked up a spinning rod with a little 4-inch Senko with 10-pound line. In two casts it bit again. The fight was on! My partner Larry started screaming and yelling again, freaking out, running around the boat with a 10′ net. But we got her—it was pretty cool!

When is your next tournament?

I’ll be returning to the Denny’s Super 30 on Lake Minnetonka on July 15, 2013.

Did you pick up any tricks from this tourney to apply to the next one?

Yes, I learned that you should fish the conditions that the day offers you. Yesterday it was bright, sunny and fairly calm so we decided to put the trolling motor on high to cover a ton of water looking for spawning fish on beds—and, sure enough, we found them.

Any parting thoughts or words of wisdom?

Don’t give up on a spawning fish even if you break it off—if it’s an aggressive fish, it will bite again.

Andy Young is a krugerfarms.com pro angler, fishing the Bassmaster Open tournaments. You can like him on Facebook here for updates on his fishing experience.

Andy and Partner after Win

Red River Bassmaster Open: Q&A with Andy Young

We sat down with Andy Young to discuss his experience fishing the Bassmaster Open on the Red River last weekend. It was a good conversation filled with smiles and lessons learned.

Andy Young during the tournament.

Andy Young during the tournament.

What were your thoughts before going into the tournament?

It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be able to compete at this level and I’m just grateful to have a chance. I was hoping to get out of there with a check, but it didn’t happen…this time.

How much experience have you had in tournament fishing and, specifically, fishing this location?

I’ve been fishing tournaments since 1997 but have never fished this body of water (the Red River).

I prefished for five days, and found what I thought was the right fish, but unfortunately didn’t catch them. I think this was mainly due to the fishing pressure, there were a lot of elite guys out there before me that may have cleaned up the area before I got there.

I stuck to my game plan, and that might have hurt me because I stayed in my starting spot too long on day one. However, day two went pretty well. If I could have performed on both days like I did on day two, I would have had a stronger finish and would have been in the money.

What gear did you use during the tournament?

On day one, I used a Biovex crank bait and a Zoom fluke. On day two, I used a Biovex wake bait and a Biovex spinner bait and also an Outcast swim jig. I caught my biggest fish on the Biovex wake bait in one to four feet water with lilypads stumps and mixed in vegetation.

How did you finish?

I finished 89th place out of 189 boats. It’s obviously not what I wanted but I took home some lessons for next time and I’m looking to redeem myself in September for the second Bassmaster Open on the Arkansas River.

What were the lessons you’ll apply to next time?

The biggest lesson I learned was to not try to make it happen if it’s not going to happen (chuckles). The pros at this level are like vacuum cleaners and can easily clean the fish out of an area. Next time, if I find that my game-plan location is not leading to any big bites, I will be on the move.

Andy Young is a krugerfarms.com pro angler, fishing the Bassmaster Open tournaments. You can like him on Facebook here for updates on his fishing experience. He is also a host of the Miller High Life/krugerfarms.com Big Bass Derby. Enter for a chance to fish in the Big Bass Derby with him here (21+ yo, US citizens)!

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