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Quicktip: CL Pro Flipping Jig

Carl Linker, Founder of CLFishin and sponsor of Team BaitMe, shares the goods on their new pro model jig from the BaitMe Boathouse.

Proof is in the pudding! Carl Linker lands a 6.3lbs bucket with new pro model flipping Jig! Can you say stocking stuffer!


2012 Skeeter MX 1825 Multi-species Fishing Boat

Skeeter boats, makers of precision engineered freshwater and saltwater fishing boats has introduced its all new MX 1825 multi-species fishing boat!  From the Skeeter website:

All new for the 2012 model year introduction!  The MX 1825 was started from a clean sheet of paper……with the fundamental concept to develop a ‘multi-species, high end’ fish boat.   Muskie’s – YES !  Crappie’s – YES !  Walleye’s – ABSOLUTELY !, Catfish – NO QUESTION !  Got any other species you want to fish – the MX 1825 is able to fit the bill.  Special side wall rod storage, new rear casting deck area, low profile for stable fishing on windy days, more storage than most garages, snap-in/out carpet, a all-new 50” rear livewell AND a with horsepower rating options from 115 to 200 make this boat everything any angler ever wanted or could imagine.  Be one of the first to own the newest, most versatile fish boats ever developed.

Length on Trailer n/a
Length on Trailer (with Swing-Away Tongue) 21' 7"
Width on Trailer 102"
Length Overall 18' 4"
Beam 97"
Shaft Length 25"
Height Overall on Trailer 78"
Interior Depth 21"
Draft 14"
Dry Weight 1,820 lbs.
Max Horsepower 200 h.p.\

 More info here.



Quicktip: Extra Weedless Spinnerbait

A quick tip from the BaitMe home base on how to make your CL Fishin spinnerbait even more weedless!


Ranger Leads and Others Just Follow...

Ranger's continuing drive for excellence and perfection has always been why Ranger sets the example for others to follow. Ranger's dedication to build boats "by anglers for anglers" has once again been proven within the 2012 Z500 series. Raised front casting decks, larger storage areas, recessed foot pedals, and Ranger's innovative console design to handle large screen electronics are a few of the new standard features, the Ranger Z500 Comanche has to offer...

Best-selling designs raise the bar again with additional fishing features

FLIPPIN, ARK. (August 11, 2011) Carrying a long wish-list of total performance features, the now-legendary Z500 Series has taken anglers across the country to millions in tournament winnings and in the process, became the best selling tournament bass boat of the modern era. In 2012, the integration of new interior features, driven by angler feedback, has once again served to further elevate Ranger's flagship line – continually distancing the popular Z500 Series from the rest of the field. 

Two models in particular, the Z520 and Z522, will enter the 2012 model year with a long list of refinements. Most notably, both boats will feature a raised front casting deck, delivering the optimum height for flipping and pitching in bass-filled shallow waters. Without changing the highly acclaimed hull design, the increased height of the casting deck will in turn allow more space in the boats' storage and rod lockers. Also on the front deck, anglers will find a recessed foot pedal standard on all 2012 Ranger Z500 Comanche Series models. 

“On a tournament day, it's hard to spot a boat that's not a Ranger Z-Comanche – that tells you a lot about the boat. People who fish for a living aren't going to trust their livelihoods to anything less than the best equipment available,” said Ranger Pro Mark Rose, fresh off a FLW Tour victory and currently ranked 3rd in the world among bass anglers. “One or two big fish each tournament can mean the difference between a win and a loss – or making it to the Forrest Wood Cup. And with so many of these big fish up shallow, flipping can often be the only way to get to them. The new raised deck gives me the perfect height for flipping under overhangs and allows me to be even more accurate and efficient with my presentation.” 

Ranger's promise of building boats “by anglers, for anglers” is solidified with so many innovations consistently showcased in the Z500 Series. Originally introduced on the Z521, all 2012 model Z500 Comanche's will sport Ranger's innovative console design, which delivers more protection from the elements, increased leg room and space for back mounting today's popular large-screen electronics. Notable enhancements have been made on the Z500 Series trailers, as well. All 2012 models will feature new style lines and be equipped with an additional step integrated into the fiberglass fender, making it even easier to access the vessel. 

In addition to so many standard features, Ranger continues to offer the ability for owners to upgrade their dream rig with a multitude of custom options. Introduced for the 2012 model year, Ranger is now offering a “Touring Package” that combines several of the most popular add-ons in one package. This includes a Hamby's keel protector, deluxe traveling boat cover, water line stripe, Oxygenator, as well as a trailer parking brake and aluminum wheels from American Racing. 

“We're fortunate to have so many talented anglers running our product,” said Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper. “The evolution of our Z500 Series in particular is a reflection of the feedback we've received from our customers and pro-staff across the country. It's really the best focus group our R&D team could have and never stops driving us to build the absolute best product on the water.” 

Capacities and Specifications
Overall Hull Length: 20 feet, 9 inches
Beam: 95 inches
Maximum HP: 250
Engine Shaft Length: 20 inches
Inside Depth: 21 inches
Fuel Capacity: (2) 24-gallon tanks
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,650 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,825 lbs. (single console)
1,850 lbs. (dual console)
Trailer Capacities/Specifications
Trailer GVWR: CF5000
Length on Trailer with Motor Down: 25 feet, 9 inches
Length on Trailer with Motor Down & Swing-Away Tongue Open: 23 feet, 9 inches
Width on Trailer: 100 inches

Capacities and Specifications
Overall Hull Length: 22 feet, 4 inches
Beam: 95 inches
Maximum HP: 300
Engine Shaft Length: 20 inches
Inside Depth: 22 inches
Fuel Capacity: (2) 32-gallon tanks
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,825 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,940 lbs. (single console)
1,965 lbs. (dual console)
Trailer Capacities/Specifications
Trailer GVWR: CF5000
Length on Trailer with Motor Down: 29 feet, 2 inches
Length on Trailer with Motor Down & Swing-Away Tongue Open: 27 feet, 2 inches
Width on Trailer: 102 inches

Here is a video of the Z518 with some of the same features ...


Team BaitMe: Going, Going and Out with a Bang!

Updated on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 10:09AM by Registered CommenterDocktime

Prepping for our upcoming tournament on Lake Erie, Team BaitMe was out on the water, confirming our honey holes, searching for those giant Smallmouths. With only one day of pre-fishing completed before tournament day, we had put together our game plan which included finding five quick fish and then spending the rest of the day dragging deep water in search of Lake Erie's famous behemoth. It is no secret that the bluffs bar can and does hold big fish, and to no one's  surprise there were a lot of teams pre-fishing the bar that day.

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