From Ice to Open water..... Panfish to Bass, Riverbank Rally accepting anglers to June 1, Nest Invaders on SALE!, CWBA LAKE CHETAC, 1957 Evinrude for the Crawfish Bandit..............
11-YR OLD JAMES GANG CEO, LURE DESIGNER, TOURNAMENT ANGLER ALEX JAMES PROUDLY CATCHES A 17" BASS ON A JAMES GANG 1/4 OZ NEST INVADER DURING MIKE IACONELLI'S ONLINE TOURNAMENT IN APRIL
ICE SEASON SUCCESS!!
9.5" BULL BLUEGILL FROM WESTERN WI IN FEBRUARY
We spent the majority of our ice fishing season in exploration mode, choosing to spend more time on lakes featuring "quality" sized older fish vs. the lakes that typically are easier to fish with smaller average sizes. While the majority of these lakes were a struggle to figure out, we did manage to put ourselves on the quality fish that we were looking for. In the tougher times, subtle is the way to go. We chose to use small Flirty Girty jigs made in Fall Creek, WI, as well as Acme Tungsten jigs in very small sizes. The color we went with were in black in both cases. We found ourselves trimming our Gullickson's Beavertail Baits vertically in half, to imitate a red wiggler. We finished off the job by scratching the hook in some JB's Fish Sauce "Crawfish" paste or balm stick. By using our flashers, we kept our presentation above the suspended bigger fish, jigging aggressively to get their attention, then deadsticking as they rose to bite. This presentation allowed me to catch my biggest bluegill through the ice, a beautiful 9.5" from a quality lake in Western WI. We managed to keep 8 fish ranging from 8.75-9.5" in about 30 minutes, then left to explore another tough lake. At times it seems like minnows are a must to get bit in the tough crappie situations, at other times a Beavertail on a tiny jig is the way to go for both crappies and bluegills of any size. Unfortunately the James Gang were not available to explore during March or the "late ice" phase, but next year we will hopefully find opportunities to make some trips during those periods and continue to become better anglers with more learning on the ice.
ACME PRO TUNGSTEN IN SMALL SIZES TIPPED WITH GULLICKSON'S BEAVERTAILS AND SCENTED WITH JB'S FISH SAUCE IS A GREAT PRESENTATION FOR HESITANT QUALITY PANFISH
$10 RIVERBANK RALLY UNDERWAY AND STILL ACCEPTING ANGLERS
After a fun and successful new riverbank tournament format was started in 2019 by James Gang Fishing Company in Wisconsin, we decided to follow it up in 2020 and expand it to any riverbank in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Some of our anglers are off to a very hot start as they posted multiple fish on the 2020 Riverbank Rally Scoreboard during the first weeks of the event. This tournament runs all summer until the end of August, at an entry fee of only $10 per angler. With a small processing fee of 68 cents, we accept entry fees online through this website. Due to the fears of COVID-19 as far as affecting the angler's financial situations, we decided to extend the entry fee deadline to June 1, 2020. If you are interested, please click on the entry fee page below. Credit or check cards are accepted:
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2020 WI RIVERBANK RALLY PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW!!!!!
SHOUT-OUT TO OUR CURRENT CATEGORY LEADERS:
NEST INVADER WEEDLESS JIGS ON SALE!!!
The NEST INVADER weedless swinging skirted jig design by Alex Piontek of JAMES GANG FISHING CO has been a fantastic lure for quality bass for the past two fishing seasons! I personally caught my largest Largemouth Bass on it of my life this April, and placed high in Mike Iaconelli's online tournament with the Berkeley Big Bass competition for Week #2. The size that we used during the 47 degree water was the 1/4 oz version. This size uses a small 3.8" swimbait trailer. Our top seller and performer for the Elk Mound High School team and many kayak anglers has been the 3/8 oz version. From the beginning two colors have been dominant - "Mississippi Mayhem" (black/blue) and "White Crappie" with the Mayhem catching the majority of the bigger fish. Our online store sells several colors in the 3/8 oz size, but we can also custom build 1/4 or 1/2 oz versions by special request. The 3/8 oz and 1/2 oz options come with larger EWG hooks and our incredible James Gang BOOTYKICKER swimbait poured by Lethal Baits for unbelievable action. Pro Staffer Jaz Duncan found success with his son Gavin on this design recently after putting on a beaver style bait as a trailer to "slow the fall" in a tougher situation for quality largemouth bass in Barron County, WI. Smear some JB's Fish Sauce on these beautiful lures and tie on some quality flourocarbon and you will be ready to catch some quality fish in no time! We are putting these top-quality jigs on sale with free shipping from May to June 1 on our store, so we encourage you to check them out! You will be impressed, we are sure of it! Click on the store below to shop online:
NEST INVADER 3/8 oz swinging weedless swimjig
2 PACK swinging weedless jigs, with a premium skirt, a Mustad 4/0 EWG hook, and a premium James Gang Fishing Bootykicker trailer injected by lethal Baits Soft Plastics. This lure can be used as a swim jig or drug on the bottom in cover such as rocks with its football head shape. Skirts are replaceable with the banded type on the market. Jig is powdercoated to match the skirt and trailer color. FREE SHIPPING, typically ships in 1-3 weeks.
JAMES GANG PRO STAFFER JAZ DUNCAN & HIS SON FOUND NEST INVADER SUCCESS IN BARRON COUNTY, WI
PRO STAFFER ANDREW DRAPER WITH A PLEASANT SPRING SNOW SURPRISE!!!
PRO STAFFER DOC GILLES STILL LIGHTING UP RIVERBANKS HEAVILY PRESSURED WITH HIS FAVORITE FISH!!
PRO STAFFERS ROGALSKI & EICHINGER FIND DONKEYS IN BIRCHWOOD, WI
CWBA TOURNAMENT SEASON BEGINS!!!
GREAT JOB TO PAT SCHLAPPER & WADE RICKEY FOR THE WIN OVER 34 OTHER TEAMS! Excellent ran tournament once again by Craig Kloth!!
JESSE JAMES LANDED 2 BASS & 1 PIKE IN THE TOUGH EVENT
MAT EICHINGER LANDED 4 BASS & 5 NORTHERN PIKE IN THE EVENT
SCOTT WILZCEK IS EXCITED FOR THE START IN HIS NEW SKEETER FX21 BOAT
NEW MOTOR, NEW ATTITUDES....
SEE YOU ON THE WATER!!!
Jesse James is an avid fisherman that loves smallmouth bass fishing, loves spending time with his family, with other family-orientated people, and loves seeing children fish. A huge fan of BASSMASTER Elite Mike Iaconelli, like Mike, he is known to be a little strange, and obnoxious, but only to have fun and make people laugh.