Author Archives: TJ Stallings

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.

The word “No” disappoints anglers.

We made our way to Logan Martin Lake Saturday. We stopped for a quick biscuit where I ran into a man driving a marina truck. “No, we do not have any bait. No, we do not have a ramp either. … Continue reading

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A big shout out to my friends…

Writer’s block has had a grip on me.
So has cancer. So has love. Continue reading

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Adapt, change or fail with fish.

The water temperature was down five-degrees. The water was muddy too. Those are tough conditions, especially when seeking “picture” quality fish. Fortunately I was with Crappiemasters Pro, Jonathon Phillips. He and his family stay on top of the fish. Today … Continue reading

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Look back and forward to be a better angler.

Reflect. Look back at last year. What did you learn? What did the fish teach you? What did you learn from the conditions? Did you master a new technique? What new structure did you find in your waters? Did you … Continue reading

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Colder temps mean active crappie pattern returns

This photo says so much. Brush piles and timber will hold crappie all winter. Just find the right depth and the fish will eat. Merry Christmas to all. Blessings, tj

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The trolling motor of the future is here.

What impressed this angler most at the ICAST show? This old angler got about an hour to wander about on the last day. What impressed me the most? A stop at the Minn Kota booth revealed Minn Kota’s new Ulterra™ … Continue reading

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Of Fish and Men: A Little Surf and Turf

Originally posted on Patrons of the Pit:
There are some days in the human condition when a man proper needs to catch his own protein. A time required when he simply, and to an end,  needs to fish. To stalk…

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Been fishin’?

Sorry I’ve been gone so long. The traveling, working,  and a little fishing has kept me away. Here are some photos for now. Hope the fish are treating you well! Blessings, tj

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Transom mounted transducers live dangerously until now.

The latest improvement on the G3 is the Spring Back Bracket™ by Transducer Shield and Saver®. This product solves three problems. Transducers are targets for stumps and flotsam. While they are designed to flip up, they may not survive. A … Continue reading

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Get your boat out of the dark ages.

Quality boats last for years. (Think G3, Skeeter, Ranger, etc.) Nothing feels as good as fishing out of a boat that is paid for. However, your electronics are likely four to five years old. Depth sounders are like PCs, they … Continue reading

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