SUNRISE ON THE 2ND DAY OF WI DEER GUN SEASON 2019
SHORE FISHING, BOAT TROUBLES, AND PRIME FALL BASS FISHING
GOOD BUDDY ZIM FINDS HIMSELF A FLAMBEAU RIVER SMALLMOUTH WITH GORGEOUS LOCAL COLORATIONS IN LATE SEPTEMBER
Its been one difficult year for us in our fishing adventures, as we once again found ourselves with major outboard issues. We attempted to replace our original 1976 Evinrude 40 hp with an 1987 Force 35 hp, and after we had our hopes up and did our best to replace bad electrical parts and make adjustments, the end result was an absolute disaster. To make things worse, a nagging arm injury basically put us in a position to skip nearly the entire open water season of bass fishing in 2019. We did manage some very fun shoreline trips for the 2019 WI Riverbank Rally, and had fun on one panfish trip in Rusk County mid-summer. For the lost time and challenges we faced, fortunately our pro-staffers picked up the slack and had an excellent year. Our riverbank guys like John Beaudette lit up the cats and suckers throughout the summer. The few times Kevin Rogalski got out, he was successful finding some decent bass, but he was consistently beat out by his high school daughter catching crazy awesome largemouth bass on their favorite lakes. Jaz Duncan started off the year hot with an outstanding opening day, and later teamed up with Mat Eichinger in a CWBA event on Miller Dam Flowage landing themselves in the payout with a limit of bass in very tough conditions. Mat had an excellent year himself, as he found himself quality bass on about every trip out this year, and his little side-kick Alayna also smashed it when she hit the water with a spinning reel. Not to forget, Mr. Doc Gilles, who had the best year of his life, and what is more impressive is he got it done primarily on the riverbank fishing bass crankbaits for smallmouth bass, muskies, walleye, and nice northern pike. Doc managed to land his biggest smallmouth bass to date, and Tim Danielson was able to mount the fish for him with beautiful and accurate smallmouth artwork. Doc also got into his biggest musky, and even though our fall was iced over extremely early, Doc found himself some great pike action once again from his riverbanks in open water all the way through the WI Deer Gun Season. Thank you to all of our pro-staffers for supporting James Gang Fishing Company and for picking up the slack during our difficult season. We have decided for the 2020 season, Alex will be getting a brand new 2020 Mercury 40 EFI for his Crawfish Bandit General Lee Lund, and our worries and lost time should be in the past. We will also take that opportunity to begin boater's safety and try and obtain his boaters license. We will look into electronics upgrades and a trolling motor upgrade as we attempt to get our hands on a new Humminbird Helix 12 Mega GN2 for better fish locating, and a Motorguide Xi5 80 trolling motor with anchor mode and 24V operation for longer battery life. Currently our 55# transom mount is really struggling with battery life and efficiency. I feel like with more reliable equipment, we will have the tools to expand on new bodies of water and continue to teach ourselves where fish locations are during different seasonal patterns and condition changes. Enjoy our pictures below of our awesome pro-staffers lighting it up with passion and success in the unusually cold early fall conditions during water temps of 45-50 degrees.
GOOD BUDDY ZIM WITH A SOLID 3.5# SMALLMOUTH BASS ON THE FLAMBEAU RIVER
ALAYNA H. WITH A THICK 16" SMALLMOUTH BASS IN 45 DEGREE WATER TEMPS
MAT EICHINGER & ALAYNA LAND 8 SMALLMOUTH BASS FULL OF GIRTH AND BAIT
DOC GILLES & ZIM ARE DIALED IN AND ON FIRE THIS FALL IN 48 DEGREE WATER TEMPS ON THE FLAMBEAU RIVER IN THE SNOW IN MID-OCTOBER
DOC GILLES WITH A 37" NORTHERN PIKE IN NOVEMBER IN 33 DEGREE WATER TEMPS
TIM DANIELSON PERFECTED THE TAXIDERMY OF DOC'S 2019 5# SMALLMOUTH
THANK YOU PRO-STAFF FOR A FANTASTIC YEAR!!!!
2019 WI GUN DEER OPENER SUCCESS
Our young 11-year-old CEO of James Gang Fishing Company, Alex James, entered his 3rd attempt at the WI DNR mentorship program, hoping to harvest his first wild animal. Alex was close to taking a shot at a doe at 20 yards in his first season at 9 years old, but the doe had some brush in the way and he was instructed to not force a shot, as we were more concerned about preventing wounding deer than filling tags. In year 2, 10-year-old Alex didn't have an opportunity to fire a shot as failed to see deer on the first day and chose to not sit the second morning, when the deer happened to show up. So this year Alex was committed to sitting longer and at the peak times in hope to finally get his chance to hang his first deer on the meatpole.
Opening day was a decent day as we saw a fair amount of does, fawns, and a one year old buck. Unfortunately our shots were not clear enough so was avoided attempting any poor shots at any animals. We heard Uncle Doug fire off a shot opening morning as he successfully shot his first buck in many years, a nice buck weighing 160# dressed out. The afternoon hours were very disappointing as all the hunters saw very little to no deer in the second half of the day. We were down to one final sit on Sunday morning, as I had been schedule to work Sunday night and needed to leave the woods by 11 am. Cousin Cody fired a shot around 10 am and shot a small-bodied 8 point buck. The buck didn't go far as Cody's .308 Winchester hit the heart on a quartered-away shot and left quite a trail of blood out its sides through the grass.
ALEX GETS IT DONE
ALEX GIVES HIS "THUMBS UP" AS HE REGISTERS A LARGE DOE ON SUNDAY
After Cousin Cody fired a shot, several deer came crashing through our area, all does and fawns. Minutes later a healthy doe appeared giving Alex about a 50 yard broadside side. Since Alex was shooting accurate at 100 yards with his .243 Savage Axis Youth rifle, I told him to put the crosshairs on the vitals and pull the trigger if it looked like the brush was not in the way. Alex pulled the trigger and the large doe never flinched. I looked closer and saw that their appeared to be some branches and twigs and maybe his bullet deflected. I attempted to re-load the bolt action for him, and I heard a "click" as we found that the second bullet never loaded. We finally got the next bullet loaded and the doe ran off full speed. Alex felt relieved as we heard two fawn bleats nearby and realized this doe had two needy fawns running with her. In the end he was glad this doe survived. Not much longer, another large doe came through. This one presented Alex an open, quartered-away angled shot. He put the crosshairs on the vitals and pulled the trigger. The doe ran away with its tail down and ran away at a strange angle, so I believed it was hit. As we got down on the ground, Alex found his first blood trail......
ALEX'S FIRST BLOOD TRAIL
AT THE END OF THE BLOOD TRAIL...........
PROUD YOUTH MENTOR HUNTER
PRO-STAFFER KEVIN ROGALSKI WITH A PUBLIC LAND WI BUCK
HAVE A SAFE HUNTING SEASON, AND CHECK OUT OUR DEER HEART RECIPE BY CLICKING THE BUTTON BELOW, ALSO A GREAT RECIPE FOR BACKSTRAPS OR ANY RED MEAT STEAK ON A GRILL OR OVER A FIRE!!!
JAMES GANG FISHING CEO ALEX JAMES HOLDS A REPLICA FLORIDA STRAIN BASS AT MLF REDCREST IN LACROSSE WI
FIRST MLF REDCREST IN LA CROSSE, WI
2019 was the first year for the new Major League Fishing PBT. The year-end championship was held here in Wisconsin. Alex and I made the trip to check out the final event of the season, as we mingled with pro anglers and had lots of laughs with the funny people in the pro bass scene. Here are a few pictures that we took at this event:
BASSMASTER CLASSIC WORLD CHAMPION OTT DEFOE
ALEX AND OUR GOOD BUDDY, FUNNYMAN JAMES "WORLDWIDE" JMFW WATSON
KEVIN VANDAM, JEFF SPRAGUE, SHAW GRIGSBY, SKEET REESE, TIMMY HORTON, JUSTIN LUCAS, BRITT MYERS, MIKE MCCLELLAND, AUSTIN FELIX, CODY MEYERS
MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING REPORTER ALY AKERS-ATKINS
ALEX & HIS GOOD BUDDY MIKE IACONELLI
BAYSINGER WINS THE 2019 JAMES GANG WI RIVERBANK RALLY!
TIMOTHY BAYSINGER RECEIVES HIS RIVERBANK RALLY TROPHY AND A "THUMBS UP" AFTER BEATING OUT ALEX WITH a 50.25" LAKE STURGEON IN THE EVENT
ALEX JAMES FINISHED 2ND OVERALL WITH THIS 14" LAKE STURGEON
BRANDON WEDLUND TOOK 3RD PLACE, BUT DID BATTLE THE BIGGEST FISH OF THE EVENT, ONE THAT MAY HAVE BEEN WELL OVER 60 INCHES LONG!!!!
TIMOTHY BAYSINGER WITH THE WINNING LAKE STURGEON
COOLER NIGHTS BRINGING ON FEEDING FISH
JESSE JAMES WITH A 12.5" BLACK CRAPPIE CAUGHT USING JB'S FISH SAUCE ON LAKE ALTOONA IN LATE SUMMER
JAMES GANG PRO STAFFER MAT EICHINGER WITH A WELL-FED 3LB SMALLMOUTH BASS CAUGHT ON A VIBRATING JIG SMOTHERED IN JB'S FISH SAUCE IN EARLY FALL
EICHINGER SEARCHING OLD PILINGS AND COVERING WATER TRYING TO SEARCH FOR FISH LOCATION IN COOLING TEMPERATURES
EICHINGER FINDS ANOTHER BASS WITH A FULL BELLY IN BRUTAL FISHING CONDITIONS OF COLD RAIN AND HEAVY WINDS, THIS ONE ON A SPINNERBAIT
"PAPA STEEB" FINDS SOME DINNER AFTER AN EXPLOSIVE BITE ON A MOULDY'S HAWG WOBBLER ON A VENTURE FOR MUSKELLUNGE ON THE FLAMBEAU RIVER
EICHINGER ALSO FINDS HIMSELF A "SNOT ROCKET" WHILE OUT LOOKING FOR SMALLMOUTH BASS AGAIN IN CHIPPEWA COUNTY. "SHOUT OUT" TO THE PIKE LOVER KEVIN ROGALSKI ON OUR PRO STAFF AS JEALOUSY WILL SET IN SOON.
PRO STAFFER'S ARCHERY SUCCESS
MAT EICHINGER SUCCESSFULLY HARVESTED THIS BUCK WITH ITS UNIQUE BROW TINES AND BEAM SHAPE AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF PURSUIT. CONGRATS!!!!
ENJOY THE FALL BITE AND THE ARCHERY DEER SEASON!!!! PLEASE SEND US YOUR JAMES GANG FISH PICTURES AND THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US!!!
ALEX JAMES FEEDS SOME WILD DUCKS WHILE FISHING THE 2019 RIVERBANK RALLY
MID-SUMMER = RIVERBANK FISHING
When anglers think of mid-summer, they think about fishing deep clear water structure, shallow lily pad froggin' fields, on shore fishing the riverbanks. The James Gang has chosen to spend some time on the banks, and in our limited time of fishing, we found some success with bass, musky, and some accidental baby sturgeons. Our anglers in our 2019 WI Riverbank Rally Tournament are catching a few here and there but have struggled to get time in with the constant storms and high-waters in the rivers. Daniel Easland registered a very nice 24" sucker, and is trailing category leader John Beaudette by only 1.5". Ryan Vreeland is also trailing Beaudette in 2nd place, but in the catfish category with a 29" catfish on the board. James Gang CEO Alex James and I hit up the Chippewa & EC River today but were disappointed when we arrived to a very fast current from the EC River. We didn't manage any fish but were able to feed quite a few ducks to pass the time on a gorgeous evening on the water. The cooler , low-humidity weather was a nice break from the 122 heat index we experienced a few days earlier. Even when the fish aren't hooked up, it is always a relaxing time fishing from a river bank.
RYAN VREELAND'S 29" CATFISH IN THE WI RIVERBANK RALLY
ANY TIME SPENT OUTDOORS DESERVES A "THUMBS UP!"
RIVERBANK GAME FISH BITE IS ON!
JAMES GANG PRO STAFFER DOC GILLES WITH A RIVERBANK 45" MUSKY
JAMES GANG PRO STAFFER MAT EICHINGER WITH A TOPWATER LARGEMOUTH BASS CAUGHT WHILE WORKING A LOCAL RIVERBANK
YOUNG KALEB & FAMILY DOMINATING BASS IN MISSISSIPPI
KALEB G. OF MISSISSIPPI STILL CATCHING GIANT BASS, AS USUAL
KALEB'S FATHER, MICHAEL, JOINS IN ON THE FUN ON A HOT MISSISSIPPI BITE
TORI R. WITH HER BIGGEST BASS TO DATE!
20" LARGEMOUTH AT A THICK 4 LBS 4 OZ! WAY TO GO TORI!!
MEANWHILE DAD KEEPS HOOKING THE PIKE.......
THE DEER ARE MOVING......
Wilderness Walk - Hayward, WI
BEST OF LUCK TO JAMES GANG PRO STAFFERS MAT EICHINGER & JAZ DUNCAN AS THEY COMPETE IN THEIR FIRST BASSMASTERS OPEN NEXT WEEK!
GILLES'S TROPHY SMALLMOUTH, RIVERBANK RALLY UPDATE, MLF NEENAH, STEADY WEATHER FRONTS = GREAT FISHING, DUNKIN FROG SALE
JAMES GANG PRO STAFFER DOC GILLES CAUGHT HIS BIGGEST SMALLMOUTH BASS THIS JULY AT 20.5" AND 5 LBS ON A RIVERBANK
GILLES BROUGHT THIS FISH OF A LIFETIME TO HIS FAVORITE TAXIDERMIST. THE LURE USED WAS A BRIAN SNOWDEN DESIGN BOSS HAWG CRANK BAIT FROM PROFOUND OUTDOORS
FREQUENT WEATHER FRONTS=AGGRESSIVE FEEDING
JAMES GANG CEO ALEX WITH A 12" BLACK CRAPPIE, HIS BIGGEST TO DATE
With the frequent storms fronts and off and on rain in 2019, the anglers of Wisconsin couldn't be given much more opportunities than what they have been given this year. With the beginning of each front, a feeding frenzy seems to be occurring it seems on a weekly basis. Also with the rise in local river levels from rain, the fishing seems to be easier with the increased currents. Our buddies at Small Craft Outfitters, Tyler Theide and Chang Lor, have been catching fish steadily all season. Tyler even brought KBF tv personality CHAD HOOVER to the region as they explored our local rivers for smallmouth bass. Chang has had a great year, catching fish on a variety of lures, including his favorite topwaters, on our James Gang Bootykicker, and on our Lovertail inline spinners. James Gang CEO Alex made a trip out for panfish near Chetek, WI last week in between storms, and found the fishing so hot that he was hooked up within seconds on most of his casts. He found a pattern on lily pad points where the panfish were stacked up and feeding so aggressively that their fins were actually sticking up out of the water. We saw a huge musky jump, bass jumping all over, crappie boiling on baitfish, and constant bluegill surfacing as he caught a quick meal for us and his great-grandmother in a very short time. The bluegills were in the 6-8" range, and he managed to land a 12" crappie in the mix as well, his biggest one he ever caught in his 10 years of age.
MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING BPT COMES TO NEENAH, WI
MIKE IACONELLI POINTS AS HE PULLS INTO THE POST-GAME RECAP
MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING, STAGE 8, came to Neenah, WI in late June. Our buddy, Mike Iaconelli, had a fantastic event, as he beat out the entire field in the first 4 days of competition and moved up to 12th in AOY points, qualifying him for the 2019 Redcrest Championship. Alex and I had a great time hanging out with the pros of MLF, and spent a considerable amount of time with the Iaconelli family, which Alex greatly appreciated. Gerald Spohrer, Marty Stone, JP DeRose, Kevin VanDam, Brent Chapman, & Josh Bertrand all gave us a moment of their time as well. "G-Man" Gerald Swindle filmed a new intro for the Alex Fishing Show for the 2019 season and was his goofy self like usual. Thanks again to all that gave us their time at this event!
THE IKE FOUNDATION-SPONSORED ALEX SPENDS TIME WITH MIKE, BECKY, STELLY, & VEGAS IACONELLI AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING BPT DAY #1 RE-CAP
ALEX ALWAYS HAS FUN WHEN HANGING WITH HIS GOOFY BUDDY MIKE
ALEX & GERALD SPOHRER. THANK YOU FOR THE FREE T-SHIRT BUDDY!
ALEX & BRENT CHAPMAN
ALEX & KEVIN VANDAM
JOSH BERTRAND & ALEX
WORLD FISHING NETWORK TV PERSONALITY JP DEROSE & ALEX
WEDLUND & THE BAYSINGERS KEEP CATCHING FISH!
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.