John Moore

John Moore has been tournament fishing for four years and is president of Sunrise Bassmasters in North Branch, Minnesota.

Sunrise Bassmasters Fishing Report (July, 2012)

Posted by: John Moore under Fishing Updated: December 4, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Green Lake, July 29th 2012 

What a Day! As we launched the rain & wind started. By about 10:30 the rain & wind stopped, the sun came out and calm waters arrived. Most fished the weed lines and breaks. Some ventured in closer to shore. But at weigh in Jeff & Eric came in with the winning bag, 14.24lbs!! Texas rigged worms & grubs were their ticket. Congrats to Jeff & Eric! Also congrats to Wayne & Adam with the Big Fish weighing 3.86lbs.Senkos, hollow frogs, jig worms & drop shot also worked. With three events left, the race for AOY is tight! Will the Wilson Clan keep ahead or will another angler emerge?

Sunrise Bassmasters Jeff & Eric catch the big bag for the day at Green Lake

Sunrise Bassmaster Anglers Jeff and Eric bring in the big bag of the clubs day

Next stop is the Mississippi in August! 
Sunrise Bassmasters

2011 Fishing Plans change amidst projections of soaring fuel costs

Posted by: John Moore under Fishing Updated: January 10, 2011 - 12:38 PM

Is the price of gas high? In today’s economic environment, many people are struggling to make ends meet. Unemployment rates are high but even those within the workforce that have found work have been placed in lower paying jobs than what they previously earned. Some companies hired workers at reduced hours which equates to less income. Companies and business also feel the impact of economic times so they offer less benefits or similar benefits at a higher cost than before. All of these factors make it difficult for diverse groups of people to afford gas prices.
High gas prices are being felt by all social economic backgrounds. Sunrise Bassmasters out of North Branch MN is a fishing club if roughly 16 members. It consists of students, teachers, white and blue collar professionals who meet regularly for friendly club competition. Club president John Moore says, “It’s been tough on some of our members. Guided by the invisible hand of gas prices, many of us make changes in our lifestyles to alleviate the high costs. We enjoy travelling throughout the great state of Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. We used to make several trips to a body of water prior to the competition. With today’s gas prices many members choose to stay closer to home.”

For 2011, gas prices are expected to peak at over $4.00 a gallon. This means that trailering your boat behind your truck 60 – 80 miles could cost you a ½ a tank each way. Your 1 or 2 day fishing trip chalks up to as much as $120 in gas. The high gas prices also affect the local economies we visit. Historically, we may have stopped for lunch, snacks, shopping, or more in any given city. We would stimulate a local economy by utilizing local business. Instead of an overnight multi-night stay, we now make a single day trip.

As a club, we meet soon to discuss what lakes we would like to visit vs what lakes we can afford to visit. There are plenty of lakes within our home area too, but we like to venture out and experience new waters, new places just like many of you.

It is clear that as a club, we will have to re-evaluate what we can or perhaps can't do in 2011. I wonder what 2012 will have in store for us!

So what are your plans for fishing in 2011?

Starting kids off the right way !

Posted by: John Moore under Family Fun Updated: January 10, 2011 - 1:09 PM



This weekend, while giving a seminar in Forest Lake, I had the pleasure of meeting Cameron and Alex Anderson. Young Alex showed me a photo of his big bass. I couldn't resist inviting Cameron to share his story with Star Tribune readers. 

Here goes...

"It was Wednesday night, July 22nd and my son and I were out fishing with my neighbor Dale Groth on his boat.  Dale and I were Muskie fishing on 3rd lake of Forest Lake.  We were just talk to a few of the boats around us that were in the Bass tournament, who said they were not having much luck, and jokingly told them we are Muskie fishing, so they won't be in our way.  It was about 7:45pm when my son said, "Dad, it's really hard to reel!"  I briefly looked back and saw his pole was bent over.  I thought he was just snagged on some weeds as we were in 6-8ft of water and could see the weed tops.  I continued to reel in my bucktail when Dale looked back and said, "No, he has a fish!"  I about had my bucktail back and looked back and saw his rod shaking and the line cutting across the water.  I went back to help him, telling him to pull up and reel down.  The fish surfaced and then started to cut across the back of the boat and across the motor. I lifted the pole/line over the motor and brought it to the other side of the boat where he came and finished reel'n it in.

He caught the Lgm Bass on a red rubber worm on an red offset hook with his Uglystick Synergy Youth, casting ~30 ft off the back of the boat in 6-8 feet of water with the weeds 1-2 ft below the surface.  NW corner of 3rd lake on Forest Lake.  Alex refers to it as his "Large Mouth Bask" and reminds me that the one he caught was bigger than the one I caught.  Alex has been fishing with me since he has been 3.  He is 1 month shy of his 5th b-day in this picture.  Alex and I plan to buy our own boat this winter so we can go out fishing more on Forest Lake, Clear Lake, and  Big Comfort.  I think Alex has caught more fish than me this year.  I have yet to get in my 10,000 casts yet to boat a Muskie"

Thanks for being my guest contributor !!!

Tight Lines !!

John Moore

Also, interesting to note a bass tournament occurring at the same time as this fish was caught. Could Alex be paving his way as a future tournament angler ??

Grand Rapids Fishing Report

Posted by: John Moore Updated: July 26, 2009 - 10:15 PM
This week, our club Sunrise Bassmasters traveled to Grand Rapids. We stayed for 2 days at the Itasca County Campgrounds.

The highlights of the weekend were many ! We had great food, some great bags of fish, some friendly competition, campfires and more.

Thanks to Gregg Kizewski for an extra fast shipment of jigs in time for the tournament. If you haven't tried out just a few, you can order at SuperKfishing

Natural colors&crayfish worked best to secure northern pike, largemouth, smallmouth, perch, rock bass and panfish. Fish were caught in a variety of ways including finesse baits, crankbaits & larger presentations !

Tight Lines !!

John Moore

World record bass breaks off because of 20 year old line !

Posted by: John Moore Updated: July 5, 2009 - 12:15 PM
I was talking with my neighbor the other day about fishing. He asked how often he should spool new line onto his reels. The hard-core elite series Bassmaster classic voice within me almost churned out "every tournament day". The amateur, day-job weekend angler inside of me said "It depends".

At least once a season should be the minimal, even if it's on your kids Zebco. Lines get nicks, abrasions, slices&sediment all over them from just sitting in the garage.

I would suggest a line conditioner to prolong the lines life&improve casting. I recommend relining when you need to. If large memory loops will not work themselves out with conditioner and your just not feeling a bite. I would change the line.

Whether it is a trophy fish or a trophy adventure with your kids you don't want to lose a fish because of bad line.

Good luck !



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