AFTCO's recruit John Zeolla's latest Bass Boot Camp vlog takes us to the 4th and last stop on the Bassmaster Open circuit at Douglas Lake in East Tennessee. John gives another insider look into competing at the Bassmaster Eastern Opens. The travel, the practice and the event is all captured in this vlog to breakdown the “tournament fishing lifestyle” that surrounds the day to day life of fishing the opens.
The Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) is working with Dr. Barbara Block of Stanford University to support her Tag A Giant (TAG) Pacific bluefin tuna tagging program. The primary goal of this new effort is to tag large bluefin weighing 150 lbs. and more with sophisticated pop - up satellite archival tags that detail the bluefin’s journey over a year.
Every spring an influx of migratory Tarpon school up to spawn off the South Florida coastline. For full time guides like AFTCO Pro Capt. Alonzo Sotillo, life revolves around this annual gathering of iconic gamefish. The sight of these Tarpon congregations can leave anglers at a loss for words with a wicked adrenaline rush. You might think it’s as easy as shooting fish in a barrel, but you better hope your game is on point to successfully trick one into biting.
FTCO's recruit John Zeolla's latest Bass Boot Camp vlog takes us to the 3rd stop on the Bassmaster Open circuit at Lake Champlain in upstate New York. John travels 3,000+ miles across the country yet again from Southern California all the way to Champlain. It is cliche, but the travel and time behind the wheel to even have a chance at making it in this game is a real grind. In this vlog John captures the entire journey of sights, scenes, and less than glamourous nights spent in the car at truck stops. Short breaks at a gas station or fast food joint for provisions is the M.O. The actual fishing part is the icing on the cake, but don't burn your fish at practice...things can change quicly so gameplan accordingly. Tune into this one, it's an authentic look into what it's like trying to make it in competitive bass fishing.
Shimano President and long time AFTCO friend, Dave Pfeiffer, landed a 219lb Pacific Bluefin Tuna which is the largest tuna caught on Tuna Club regulation linen line and tackle since Col. C.P. Morehouse’s 251lb Tuna Club record caught in 1899. Dave used antique tackle per Tuna Club Linen One Tournament rules
Orlando, Florida served as the host city for the 61st annual International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST as we like to call it. This was my 44th consecutive year at what was previously known as the AFTMA Trade Show, and by far the best one to date for AFTCO. I have never witnessed such a high level...
This 2018 season, AFTCO is changing the game and launching a full range of Women's outdoor lifestyle clothing to meet the needs of the demanding female angling community. The direct feedback from top captains like Louisiana based Moe Newman has been translated into a fishing clothing line that elevates comfort, fit and...
AFTCO & B.A.S.S Nation are proud to announce the four chapters selected for the AFTCO & B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Grant Program. The winning grants were presented at ICAST during AFTCO's 60th anniversary celebration by AFTCO President Bill Shedd and B.A.S.S. Conservation Director, Gene Gilliland