Angling reflections

Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman

New Year’s Eve tends to make folks look back. It seems natural for me to reflect on this family business and certainly our angling friends.

Along with three world championships, Judy Wong was inducted into The Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. We are so proud of Judy and all she has done for the sport of fishing.

 Wally Marshall AKA Mr. Crappie, (also a Hall of Fame inductee) won the Crappiemasters, Truman Lake event with his teammate, Jeff Neuman. Way to go boys!

Big fish of the year honors went to the husband-wife team, James and Debbie Haynes. Using a Road Runner with a green-chartreuse tail, they bagged a 3.21 crappie for the top honor. They have caught even larger crappie on Grenada Lake and hope to win the Crappiemasters, big fish again in 2011.

 Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman won another Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. The four-time national champions used Road Runners and Southern Pro Tackle jigs for the win.

Captain Bouncer Smith bagged the “Most Tagged and Released Atlantic Sailfish” honors for the third straight year. His hook of choice is the Daiichi Circle Chunk Light in the 3/0 size.

Nathaniel Samsel battled his largest blue cat. The 60-pound monster fell for a skipjack, rigged on a Team Catfish, Double-Action hook.

Wes (the boss) instituted a “mother mold” program for Road Runners. He has invested thousands of dollars to insure lure quality, well into the future. Wes also took the initiative to devote several hours a day, working in the warehouse. His hands on approach allow him to see production and quality issues, first hand.

We are blessed more than I can put on this blog so I will stop here to say “thank you” and wish all a Happy New Year. Blessings, -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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2 Responses to Angling reflections

  1. I too have enjoyed a good year. I met with you in February at Texas Outdoor Writers Association’s annual meeting. The information and ideas you presented have given me many wonderful months on the water in 2010. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for fishermen.

  2. TJ Stallings says:

    Thanks big D. Coming from you, that means a lot. I’ll see you “out there” soon.

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