The Run & Gunner

The Run & Gunner

Bassassins are proud to introduce a new breed of ice fishermen. These custom builds are laid out for maximum performance and efficiency. Our first contender is: The Run & Gunner We have chosen this class as our intro because we believe it’s the most demanding but under the right conditions, the most exciting build. Lightweight and agility form the base for hit and run tactics, fast moving, quick striking, until he finds actively feeding fish. Only carrying minimum gear, bare to the bone, constantly on the go… It’s a challenging task but when well executed it can be tremendously rewarding, laying the foundation to future success for seasons to come.   Drill, Flash, Slush, Catch, Move In a nutshell, these are our most important tools Auger Flasher Slusher Pliers \ Pocket knife The auger, 8” if we are targeting trophy pike and walleye but the bigger diameter will also slow you down significantly. In general a 6” drill will get the job done more efficiently. Don’t forget to plunge your hole when you are done drilling, this will eliminate pesty slushing and will save essential time. The R&G’s best friend is a flasher, instantly knowing your depth with comparison to charts and your gps will tell you if your in the right spot or not. We don’t spend more than a few minutes over one hole. In general when there is fish close by they will key in to your offerings and show up on your screen, if it stays empty move on. A good slusher comes in handy on those super cold days. We prefer the metal kind, since they can... read more
Walleye Uncovered: Hot Winter Tactics

Walleye Uncovered: Hot Winter Tactics

Well, here we go. The winter walleye season will soon be entering its final stages. Anglers across Canada and the northern U.S are chomping at the bit to experience the impending hot bite during the late ice period. Where will these fish end up? When will they end up there? How will they be tempted? Every lake is different, but there are key similarities that will make walleye predictable not only late into the season, but throughout their seasonal movements. I’ve heard some really experienced walleye specialists utter the words “there are two seasons, early ice and late ice”. I suppose they are highlighting the fact that there is a lull in the action around the mid-point of the winter. Why? One determining factor to keep in mind is that a walleye’s metabolism slows down during this period (consuming less than 1% of their body weight/day). Also, they are not relating to or staging around spawning grounds, thus, they are not driven to put the feed bag on in preparation for a long winter or a taxing spawn. At first ice, walleye can be found on typical fall haunts. Throughout the season walleye can be found on structural elements such as points, saddles, main lake reefs and of course, bars. As the winter pushes on they will be staging on spots closer to spawning grounds such as river mouths or wind swept shoals where they moved to in late fall. At late ice, you can bet transitioning flats closest to these structures will be your best option when locating actively feeding marble eyes. So how do you find these... read more
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