My heart sank when a FHC reader told me about his latest fishing trip. This 16-year-old angler was at his local hole in Louisville, Kentucky, when a truck pulled up and stole everything but the rod and reel he was holding just 30 feet away. Imagine this for a second – you literally watching a truck race down the road with everything you have accumulated since you began fishing.
Our sport requires resources, both external and internal. Of course we all need money to fish, but what about our attitudes? How do guys and girls get up so early in the morning to hit their favorite fishing spots? What keeps our passion strong and our will to succeed afloat? Goals and accomplishments, in my truthful opinion. We all want to learn the latest techniques, become efficient with our casting abilities, increase our knowledge of fish behavior, and ultimately catch more fish, but what would you do if you had everything ripped from your grip? Blake Winstel got back up and kept fishing – just like most hardcore anglers would do if they were in this same position. That’s what I admire of our athletes.
Blake has been a reader of FHC Outdoors for some time. I see his comments about fishing, life and all the other areas that social media allows, but what impressed me most was seeing a relatively young man who didn’t let this experience stop his forward-thinking attitude. With that being said, helping Blake get back-on-track is the right thing to do, and several companies came to my request of wanting to help Blake get back to the thing he enjoys most – fishing.
Before we reveal all of the items given to Blake, I just want to make a quick mention that I hope everyone acknowledges these companies. It’s not about the money…this project is about helping one of our own. In a sport where healthy competition is anticipated, it makes me speechless to know that in times of need, we can truly help each other grow as individuals and professionals. I personally use each and every one of these products, thus why I approached each respective owner and manager – the following products and respective companies not only make a difference in my abilities, but they also give so much more as you are about to see. So Blake, from All-Terrain Tackle, BioEdge Fishing Products, Owner Hooks, and FHC Outdoors, take a look at your Project: Re-Arm.
Location: Savage, Minnesota
Weaponry: Widely known for being ‘The Bass Jig Specialists’, All-Terrain Tackle offers technique specific jigs, jig heads, jig skirts and 5-inch Terrain Sticks.
Donated Gear: 1/4oz Mighty Jig Worm Head, 3-pack
(2) 3/8oz Rattling A.T. Jigs
(1) 1/4oz Swim-Jig
(2) 1/4oz Tournament Finesse Jigs
(2) Skip-N’-Jigs, 1/8oz and 3/8oz
(3) packs of 5-inch Terrain Sticks
(1) pack of 4-inch Baby Terrain Creatures
BioEdge Fishing Products
Location: Carmel, Maine
Weaponry: All natural attractants created from the oils, pheromones, amino acids and stimulants of the real bait our game fish are attracted too. These products are Made in the USA.
Donated Gear: (1) Trout Wand
(1) Salmon Egg Wand
(1) Night Crawler Potion
(1) Crayfish Potion
(2) BioEdge decals
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Weaponry: Owner is a heavy favorite when it comes to terminal tackle, but their ‘Cutting Point’ technology is what started the massive dynasty known today. From freshwater to saltwater, Owner has a readily available line of Softbaits, Cultiva hard baits, fishing accessories and clothing.
Donated Gear: (1) pack of 2/0 Offset Worm Wide Gap hooks, model no. 5102-121
(1) pack of 3/0 Offset Worm Wide Gap hooks, model no. 5102-131
(1) pack of 5/0 Wide Gap Plus hooks, model no. 5139-151
(1) pack of 3/0 Twistlock 3X shank with Centering-Pin Spring, model no. 5132-131
(1) pack of 3/0 Twistlock 1X shank with Centering-Pin Spring, model no. 5167-131. Designed to Gary Yamamoto specifications for senko-style baits.
(1) Owner Logo Cap