Aug 04

The All-New Minn Kota® Talon® Offers More Control Options, Deeper Anchoring and Added Versatility

Minn Kota launches the only shallow-water anchor that gives anglers control from anywhere in the boat, plus unlocks more water for precise, anchored fishing with a new 15-foot version.

mk_CMYK_logoRacine, Wisconsin (8/4/2017) Using a Minn Kota® Talon® for precise boat control has never been easier. In fact, there are now five ways for anglers to activate the Talon from anywhere in the boat. The newest way utilizes Bluetooth® communication to pair the Talon with Humminbird® units on the boat for total boat control on one console (including the ability to pair Humminbird units with select Minn Kota trolling motors). Anglers can also engage the anchor using a foot switch, with a wireless remote (every Talon comes standard with two), via the new Talon smartphone app, and with the Talon’s built-in control panel.

According to Minn Kota Brand Manager Brad Henry, “When it’s time to Talon down we give anglers options so they can lock on a spot no matter where they are in the boat or their style of fishing.”

Another major advancement is the introduction of Minn Kota’s new 15-foot Talon, the deepest shallow-water anchor ever made. It allows anglers to lock down on more spots to effectively unlock more water.

Hall of Fame angler Al Lindner explains how Talon’s depth delivers results for his multi-species pursuits. “I use it for catfish in rivers, for crappies in the spring, naturally for bass, and in more cases than I ever thought – for walleyes. Yeah, you heard me right, walleyes.”

Also new for 2017 is a clever work light built into the Talon top cap. When fishing in dark conditions, the work light illuminates the entire back deck of the boat to help anglers when rigging and landing fish at night. It has three brightness settings and white or blue LED light options for ideal illumination.

Talon allows anglers to anchor in any condition with three user-selectable anchoring modes – another exclusive feature. The AUTO-DRIVE MODE powers the spike into the bottom with three increasingly aggressive hits. A SOFT BOTTOM MODE is ideal for less aggressive anchoring and easier retraction in muddy or silted bottom. When the wind is blowing, the ROUGH WATER MODE performs three consecutive auto-drive sequences at 10-second intervals for a secure hold when the boat rises and falls in waves.

Talon’s electro-mechanical design keeps the motor above the waterline for silent stealth below the surface. Talon also deploys vertically and out of the way, helping eliminate unwanted tangles when fighting boat-side fish. Also, anglers can add the tilt bracket accessory for easy tilt function for passing under low-hanging obstacles.

In addition to the new 15-footer, Talons are also available in 8-, 10- and 12-foot models. They all feature Bluetooth technology with a variety of color combinations including red/black, blue/black, silver/black, silver/white, all black and all white. The new Talons will be available in October 2017 and will retail for $1,899.99 (8-foot), $1,999.99 (10-foot), 2,099.99 (12-foot) and $2,499.99 (15-foot).

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About Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Outdoors and consists of the Humminbird®, Minn Kota® and Cannon® brands. Humminbird® is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fishfinders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers and premium cartography products. Minn Kota® is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as a complete line of Talon® shallow-water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Cannon® is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.

About Johnson Outdoors
JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that turns ideas into adventure with innovative, top-quality products.  The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Gear.  Johnson Outdoors’ familiar brands include, among others: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak and Necky® kayaks; Carlisle®paddles; Extrasport® personal flotation devices; Minn Kota® fishing motors, batteries and anchors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird® marine electronics and digital charts; SCUBAPRO® dive equipment; Silva® compasses; Jetboil® outdoor cooking systems; and Eureka!®camping and hiking equipment.

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Aug 04

August 10 Quarterly Meeting Postponed

The August 10 New Jersey Bass Federation quarterly meeting has been postponed.  The meeting will be rescheduled to a later date, which will be e-mail blasted to members and posted on the Federation’s website.

Also, importantly, the Federation is hosting this year’s TBF District 15 National Semi-Final event.  This year’s event will be on September 30 and October 1 at Lake Hopatcong.  Many New Jersey Bass Federation anglers have qualified for this event and will be fishing, including the Federation’s President, Executive Officer, Secretary and Tournament Director.

Accordingly, the Federation will need significant assistance from Federation members who are not fishing in the event.  In this regard, we will especially need individuals to serve as morning launch staff and afternoon check-in staff, as well as weighmaster, photographer and weight recorder.  The normal tournament staff will be able to help out once they have weighed in but before that time, other Federation members will be needed.

Anyone looking to assist in any way should immediately contact Tournament Director Dan Goykhman at or Secretary Nick Angiulo at

Jul 05


Submitted by:  Nick Angiulo       

Candlewood Lake is unknown to much of the bass fishing community outside of the Northeast.  However, those of us lucky enough to live in proximity to the lake know it is one of the premier lakes in the country for catching mixed bags of largemouth and smallmouth bass.  It is for that reason that the New Jersey Bass Federation (NJBF) re-turned to the lake on June 17 and 18 for a two-day event.  As with all NJBF two-day events, the first prizes in both the Boater and Co-Angler Division were enhanced to $2,500 and $1,750, respectively, and the points awarded were multiplied by 1.5 times. With that in mind, 48 anglers took to the waters in mostly overcast conditions on both days and found the fishing good for both numbers and size.

Boater Division


Selawsky’s “twin” Day 1 five pounders

The Boater Division was dominated by Bill Selawsky, Jr.  Selawsky, Jr., a member of the Essex County Bassmasters came to the scales on Day 1 with the largest limit of the entire event, 17.86 pounds, to establish a one-pound lead and never looked back.  His Day 1 weight included two five pound large-mouth, with the larger fish, a 5.19 pounder, taking the Boater Division lunker.  His Day 2 limit pushed his overall weight to 32.95 pounds, enough to win the Boater Division by over three pounds.  For the victory, Sel-awsky, Jr. received the Boater Division guar-anteed first prize of $2,500 and an additional $150 for his Boater Division lunker.


Selawsky with two from Day 2



Finishing second was Selawsky’s club-mate, John McAloney. McAloney showed that consistency pays off in multi-day events as he posted weights of 14.67 pounds on Day 1 and 15.25 pounds on Day 2.  His two-day total of 29.92 pounds took the second spot by almost three quarters of a pound over the third place angler.  McAloney received $925 for second place.


Second place Boater John McAloney



The third place Boater Division finisher took a different path.  Nick Angiulo, of the Big D Valley Bassmasters, was mired in 15TH place after Day 1 with only 12.18 pounds.  However, he produced the largest limit of Day 2 weighing 17.01 pounds, rocketing him up to the third place spot in the Boater Div-ision.  For that finish, Angiulo received $495.


Nick Angiulo with two Day 2 largemouth









Co-Angler Division


The Co-Angler Division was a highly com-petitive affair, but at the end of Day 2, the most consistent angler easily captured the top spot.

The first-time NJBF Co-Angler winner, Brian Snowman, a member of the Quickfire Bassmasters, posted two of the largest limits each day to capture the Co-Angler first prize by over four pounds.  Snowman started with a solid Day 1 limit of 13.75 pounds, placing him just out of the top spot.  However, when added to his Day 2 limit of 14.21 pounds, his 27.96 pounds easily eclipsed all of the other anglers in that Division.  For the victory, Snowman received the guaranteed Co-Angler first prize of $1,750.


Brian Snowman with two nice ones

Finishing a distant second place was Ben Dain, a TBF Affiliate.  Dain was leading aft-er his Day 1 limit of 13.79 pounds but could only manage 9.99 pounds on Day 2.  Never-theless, Dain’s overall weight of 23.78 pounds was enough to capture the second place prize of $725.


The third place Co-Angler, Dave Linda-bury, a member of the Big D Valley Bass-masters, found himself in 15TH place after Day 1.  However, he rode the largest Co-Angler Division weight of the event, 15.29 pounds on Day 2, the place him in third place with 22.90 pounds.  Included in his Day 2 limit was the Co-Angler Division win-ning 4.70 pound largemouth.  Lindabury re-ceived $235 for third place and an additional $125 for the lunker.

Lindabury and his lunker










Miscellaneous Notes


  1. A total of 19 anglers brought 10 fish lim-its to the scales over the two-day event and 269 largemouth and 96 smallmouth totaling over 855 pounds were weighed in. All but 5 fish (98.63%) were released alive.


  1. As winners of the event, Bill Selawsky, Jr. and Brian Snowman are eligible to compete at New Jersey’s District 15 2017 TBF National Semi-Final event so long as they compete in the remaining Federation event.


  1. By virtue of being the highest placing eligible Ranger Boat owner in the event, Sean Loll will receive $300 in Ranger Cup bonus money.

May 25


Submitted by: Nick Angiulo
The New Jersey Bass Federation’s first point event of its 2017 tournament season scheduled for May 21, 2017, could have been epic. Nowhere else in the Northeastern region is the potential to break 25 pounds in a day more likely than the vast brackish river systems that make up the Northern Chesapeake Bay (also known colloquially as the Susquehanna Flats), However, coming into the event, the reported catches were unusually low, most likely due to the recent wide fluctuations in air and water temperatures that had many of the fish in the system in a bit of a funk. With warmer weather coming into the event, the 60 participating anglers were hopeful for a slugfest. While the slug- fest never materialized as the fishing was a grind, the event produced one of the closer three-way finishes in recent point tournament history.

Boater Division
Winning first place in the Boater Division by less than five ounces was Jason Orecchio of the Quickfire Bassmasters. Orecchio brought five fish to the scales that weighed 17.77 pounds, including something relatively uncommon for this portion of the system, smallmouth bass. Regardless, all of Orecchio’s fish were in the three to four- pound range which provided his just enough weight to hold off the second place finisher. Ore chio’s was rewarded for his Boater Division victory with the guaranteed minimum first prize of $2,000.

Finishing a close second was Manny Cruz. Cruz, a member of the United Bass Anglers, also broke the 17-pound mark with five fish for 17.48 pounds. Cruz, who has not fished Federation point events for the past few years marked his return to the competition in a big way. For second place, Cruz received $1,000.

The third place Boater Division finisher also broke the 17-pound mark, with 17.05 pounds. Brian Calloway, of the Big D Valley Bassmasters, brought that weight to the scales which placed him just above the fourth place finisher and earned him the third place $775 Boater Division prize.

With all the bigger fish weighed in at the top of the Boater Division, it was a slight surprise that the lunker fish for the Division was not caught by one of the top finishers. Rather, the lunker winning 5.31 pound largemouth was caught by Keith Kurpicki of the Warren County Bassmasters. He received $125 for his Boater Division winning lunker.

Co-Angler Division
The Co-Angler Division was a grind as many anglers found the larger 15-inch fish needed reluctant to bite. Regardless, several anglers weighed in solid fish and the winning Co-Angler brought in three fish weighing 8.91 pounds, enough to win the Division by nearly one and one-half pounds.
The Co-Angler winner, Donny Diggs, fishing as a member of the Quickfire Bass- masters, not only had the winning overall weight, he also had the Co-Angler Division winning 5.11 pound largemouth. For the victory, Diggs received the minimum guaranteed one-day Co-Angler first prize of $1,250. He also received an additional $100 for his Co-Angler Division lunker.

Finishing a relatively distant second place was Diggs’ Quickfire club mate, Mike Wotanowski. Wotanowski only managed two keeper-sized fish on the day but his 7.48 pounds was enough to capture the second place prize of $425.

The third place Co-Angler, Kevin Collins, a TBF Affiliate, also brought two fish to the scales, weighing 7.06 pounds. Collins received $250.


Miscellaneous Notes
1. Only five anglers brought five fish limits to the scales and 90 fish totaling over 295 pounds were weighed in. The per fish average weight was an impressive 3.28 pounds. All fish were released alive.
2. As winners of the event, Jason Orecchio and Donny Diggs are eligible to compete at New Jersey’s District 15 2017 TBF National Semi-Final event so long as they compete in the remaining two Federation events.
3. By virtue of being the highest placing eligible Ranger Boat owner in the event, Mike Rinaldi will receive $250 in Ranger Cup bonus money.