John Moore

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

Keeping up with the maintenance on your boat ?

Posted by: John Moore under Equipment Updated: July 1, 2009 - 10:17 AM
For this years tournament season with Sunrise Bassmasters I found myself fueling up, making sure the motor started good, made sure batteries were topped off and made sure mice didn't eat my wiring harness. The usual springtime maintenance&check lists. Last year, a separated tire put me on the side of the road. So this year, I had to budget for some tires. The newer tires trailer like a dream and keep me much safer ! Preparation well worth it !

On the last club tournament, one of my livewell pumps made a noise that was surely it's last breath. At the sametime that happened, my other pump quit working. I spent the day using the fish weigh-in bag to transfer water from the lake to the livewell. At the end of the day, no fish died&we placed 2nd. Woo Hoo !  

Last night, I made the trip to the local marine dealer and purchased 2 new pumps, an entire set of backup fuses and some wiring. By weeks end, I will be fully operation for the upcoming tournament. In the end, I found that the 2nd livewell pump was not working because the 1st one blew the fuse. Now I have a backup catridge !  Again, preparations well worth it.

So.. Make sure to go through your usual spring check ups, tune ups & checklists to get the boat ready for the water.  Sometime in the middle of the season, be sure to check things over again. Things will happen on the water for sure. By attending to things on a preventative atttitude, it will make the unexpected things that much easier to deal with !!


Shallow water yields big results

Posted by: John Moore Updated: June 21, 2009 - 7:33 AM

For panfish: Try using slip-bobber rigs on inside weedlines in approximately 4 feet of water. This time of year, nightcrawlers, minnows and artificial plastics work well. Experiment with colors. Naturals seem to work best in clear water conditions.

For larger bass and gamefish, try matching the hatch. There is plenty of natural forage in the lake so try to match it up. Small spinners, natural colored chatterbaits&spinnerbaits, weightless worms, light jigs, tubes&small minnow hard baits work exception for fish this time of year.

Fish on !

John Moore

Coon Lake

Posted by: John Moore under Bass Updated: June 12, 2009 - 12:54 PM
Clouds cleared way to beautiful bluebird skies. The fishing was not nearly as cooperative as the weather. Approximately 50 youth anglers competing for spots in the Forrest L Wood cup in 2009&2010 fished their way through a tough day. My youth angler was able to land a 3.5lb largemouth bass. That 1 fish was good enough for 14th place out of all the other anglers !

The bait of the day was a senko. Bass were found shallow off the banks.

Congrats to all the anglers who participated !


Knife Lake near Mora, MN

Posted by: John Moore Updated: June 10, 2009 - 10:16 AM
Knife Lake can yield some serious Pike action. The DNR stocks this lake with Pike. Water temps this year are still low enough that fish are roaming the shallows, including walleyes ! Use a RatL-Trap or crankbait with a leader as a search bait. Once you've located a weedline, a Kizewgill in a 1/4 ounce can also catch a few walleyes, pike&bass !!

Good luck !!

John Moore

Forest Lake Sunrise Club Tournament

Posted by: John Moore under Bass Updated: June 3, 2009 - 9:19 AM
Wayne Farr and Jason Trandahl found some quality fish on Forest Lake, and brought in a nice limit of 14.04 pounds.  Relatively close behind was reigning AOY Jim Nordlund and Eric Wilson.  The rest of the field found it challenging to find keepers of any size.  Muskies appeared to be more common than bass.  One large Muskie was rumored to have head-butted a members trolling motor.

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