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Thoughts from the Desk of Fish Allure’s Mike McCoy: The Truly Good People in the Fishing Industry – Greg Pullen of Lake Cumberland Outdoors Pro Bass Shop.
April 12, 2017 – I usually do not write pieces like this, but after competing in last week’s FLW Tour event on Lake Cumberland, I feel compelled to recognize a true gem in the industry. Greg Pullen, the owner and operator of Lake Cumberland Outdoors Pro Bass Shop in Bronston, Kentucky, has set the bar extremely high when it comes to taking care of those lucky enough to patron his store.
Since visiting close to a thousand independent tackle stores over the last year and a half for Fish Allure, I like to think of myself as an expert when it comes to judging how well an independent store is run and how much pride an owner takes in his or her business. Greg Pullen and his store earn extremely high marks when it comes to having the right tackle and taking care of those who purchase it. By this glowing review one might assume Greg is a customer of Fish Allure, well at the present time he is not (not yet, that is). However, the day is coming soon, Greg just doesn’t know it yet.
Greg’s store found its way onto my sales route list, as “just another store” I would visit and pitch to, while on my way to fish. When I entered the store I quickly noticed it was not your average tackle shop. He had nearly everything an angler would need for a great day on the lake. As I walked to the counter to introduce myself I immediately recognized him, but could not recall where we met. After a minute or so it hit me. Ah, the Pitman Creek Dealer Show in October… He said, “You are correct.” See, Greg actually came into the Fish Allure booth during the show and passed on us, but purchased from another company we were sharing the booth with. At the time I was silently disgruntled, but Greg laughed it off and continued on his way. At the time, I had no idea who he was or what type individual he could be. This changed the second time I entered his store just few days after I arrived for the FLW event.
During the second day of practice I broke the transducer to my Lowrance Electronics HDS 9 unit on my trolling motor. Frustrated I started to trouble shoot the problem and came up with several options. Option one, use electrical tape to temporarily fix the problem and take it to the Lowrance service trailer to get fixed. Option 2, (the backup option) was to check Greg’s store, as I remember seeing an electronics display in his store. After making a call or two, it was determined the Lowrance repair technician was not going to be around for a while and may or may not be able to help me (in the end he did help in a big way). So I ventured to Greg’s tackle shop to see if he could help.
Upon arriving at his store, he greeted me by name and was happy to help me with the issue. After digging around for a while it was determined he had to order the transducer, but assured me it would arrive with plenty of time to spare for the tournament. He bent over backwards to ensure I was confident in the results he was promising. I left the store feeling a sigh of relief as I knew I had a plan in place to fix the problem. A few hours later my cell phone rang, it was Greg calling to ask a few additional questions. He did not like the response he was getting from the company he was ordering the transducer from. He asked me to take a few pictures of the wires and tags attached to them. This is the craziest thing, when I informed him I might not have the correct size star head screw driving (not Phillips) to remove the panel, he told me to come to his home. He had it and wanted to make sure he got the information so I could get what I needed. In this day and age – who does that? Greg Pullen does! Not many other people would, needless to say I was impressed.
After a day or so, I had already managed to get the transducer fixed through the Lowrance service trailer, but as promised the transducer was there for me – I now have a backup. I also have a new found respect for a small business owner in the small town of Bronston, Kentucky. Greg Pullen, I hope you see this – I want you to know how much your passion for your customer’s satisfaction is appreciated! You sir, truly care about what you do and how you do it. We need more Greg Pullens in this world. Now let’s talk about getting some Fish Allure stocked in that store of yours… Just kidding. If any of you who read this are in Bronston, Kentucky, please stop by Lake Cumberland Outdoors Pro Bass Shop and see what they have to offer. Spend a few minutes talking to Greg and realize he gets it. Until next time, tight lines and good fishing.
April 10, 2017 – My name is Mike McCoy and I am a rookie on the FLW Tour for 2017. For those of you who may not know me well I represent a brand fairly new to the fishing industry. This company (Fish Allure scented bait tabs), makes one of the coolest, most innovative products I have seen over the last few years. This product compares to some of the Stalwarts of the sport, those anglers who without these products would not be nearly as successful. The likes of Power Pole and Lowrance Electronics come to mind, when I think of game changers in the industry. Fish Allure, like those companies, is a game changer. So, why is it a good portion of the fishing community has no clue what this product is? Simple, education. Once anglers find out about Fish Allure, a light bulb moment happens for most. Those who do not have the light bulb moment usually differ to indifference or stubbornness as a key factor for failure to change.
Before Fish Allure was available, anglers had an abundance of scent options to choose from, such as sticks, pastes, gels and sprays to name a few applications. Some anglers even went to the extremes of making their own home made concoction of fish guts, oils and what nots. This foul, messy, odoriferous goop was meant to be slathered on anything used in the process of catching a fish. We all have our favorites and good ole standbys, but folks the game has changed, you should try changing with it. Could you live without a GPS to get you back to a secret spot or shallow water anchors to hold you in place while you fished it? If you have made those changes, the change to Fish Allure from your current scent application of choice should not be that hard to do.
Don’t think of it as giving up your favorite scent application, think of it as utilizing a scent product to make you a more efficient angler. This product fills the void left by traditional scent applications on hard surfaces, it doesn’t wash off. Fish Allure is a no mess, no waste easy to apply scent tab meant for hard surfaces. The days of reapplying pastes, gels and sprays over and over again is now a thing of the past. Simply Peel off the tab, STICK the tab to any dry hard surfaced lure and start fishing. The results are in the CATCH. Fish Allure scented bait tabs are water activated, so when the tab gets wet the scent disperses. It gives off a continuous release of scent for 60 minutes when wet. If you happen to be rotating through rods and decide to switch baits, just dab the tab dry and it will stop releasing scent until it is ready to be used again. Once it is put back in the water, it still has the remaining unused time to release scent. Because you are not reapplying the scent every few cast, you gain casts. If you had 100 more casts in a day, think of how much more time your lure is spent being where the fish are. You can’t catch the fish if your bait is not in the strike zone.
One of the biggest differences I have noticed since using the product is my follow to turn away/commit ratio has changed for the better. We have all had it happen… Throwing a lure and as you are reeling it back to the boat, a fish follows and for whatever reason it turns away or fails to commit. Heart breaking! Fish for the most part are sight feeders. Seeing what they want to eat first, then deciding whether or not to pursue it. Does the fish want to invest energy to chase down and attempt to engage something it believes to be prey? If the fish commits, it moves toward the object and begins to pick up movement through its lateral line. This movement further commits the fish to engage. As the fish moves in for what may be the ultimate kill shot, the last piece to the puzzle falls into place. Does it smell and taste real to the fish? Most anglers get the sight and sound right, but fall short on the scent. Hence the heartbreak of the follow and turn away. Since utilizing Fish Allure I have noticed a marked improvement in fish committing to a lure with Fish Allure versus them turning away. If I can increase my hook up ratio throughout the day, why wouldn’t I use this product to do so?
Another added benefit of using Fish Allure, like any other scent is masking my mistakes. All scents do a good job as a cover up. We as anglers come into contact with numerous different items on our way to the lake that leave behind traces of contaminant on our hands that fish find offensive. Gas, oil and sunscreen are tops on the list of offensive odors that actually turn fish off. Once you get to the lake and start fishing, the moment you touch your bait those offensive odors have now contaminated your lure. Wonder why sometimes you get less bites during the day than others? Pay attention to what you touch and keep your hands clean. Fish Allure giving off scent as you pull your bait through the water creates a masking action, this gives you the extra time you need to set the hook. I have seen camera footage of how quickly a fish can strike and blow out a lure, sometimes the angler never even knew it happened. Having an extra second or two to feel the fish, can be the difference in hooking up or missing out.
Some of my favorite lures to utilize Fish Allure on are: Crankbaits, spinnerbait blades, top water poppers, chatterbaits and jerkbaits to name a few. The application opportunities for Fish Allure are endless, and I hear from our customers frequently on new and interesting ways to involve Fish Allure in fishing applications. So if you want to put the odds in your favor, giving you more time to fish while appealing to all the fish’s scenes try Fish Allure scented bait tabs for yourself and see the difference first hand.
March 14, 2017 – After an extended road trip lasting almost two weeks, I have finally made it back to the office. During the road trip I rode some of the highest of highs, as some great shops were brought into the Fish Allure dealer network. However, during this trip I also experienced some lows as well. Tournament fishing is not easy and for those out there who are doing it or have done it – you know what I am talking about.
Florida is one of my favorite places to be! I have a good portion of my life in the sunshine state. Fishing there is nothing short of amazing and almost never disappointing. So pulling into Leesburg, Florida, for the FLW Tour event on the Harris Chain of lakes I was extremely excited to get on the water. Practice was a grind but positive. I caught some nice fish – the one pictured to the left weighed in at 5lbs 8ozs. After 3 days the game plan was developed and I had a decent idea of how I was going to catch the fish. I also had put to rest Lake Griffin – too much time involved in getting there. I also ruled out sight fishing, as I believed the bass had concluded their relations and were heading out to post spawn hideouts. The baits of choice were a half ounce Rat-L-Trap (wild shiner) and ima Rock and Vibe (shad pattern), both paired with Shad Fish Allure Scented Bait Tabs. I was targeting hydrilla clumps and stretches in Lake Harris and Eustis.
Day 1 of the Tournament – I ran to my big fish spot. A hydrilla laden area in front of two canals. This is where I caught the big one in practice and where I had the most confidence. I managed one nice keeper early and after about 2 hours, moved back to Little Harris to continue my day. I pulled 3 small keepers from a bay with a mix of lily pads and hydrilla, but it took several hours to do so. After a little more time passed, I decided to leave. Leaving this spot was a tough choice, because I only had 4 fish. Still needing the 5th fish, I moved closer to the launch ramp and settled into a hydrilla flat close by to try and find number 5. The 5th fish came with 30 or so minutes left in the day. After spending the last dozen or so casts in a different spot even closer to the launch, time ran out and I had to get back. After countless casts I had my limit, netting around seven and a half pounds – way back in the field is where I came to rest that day.
Day 2 of the Tournament – FOG DELAY! We waited for about an hour before it was safe to launch. I decided to stick close and allow everyone to get settled into their spots before I made the run to Lake Eustis. After 45 minutes and zero bites at my first stop, I packed up and made the run. Arriving at my spot in Eustis, I immediately knew things were different. This was a morning spot and after 30 minutes, I bailed to Little Harris to try and salvage my day. Now back on Little Harris, I slung those two rattle baits until my arm about fell off – no luck… At 1:30pm, with no fish in the live well I decided to change up and flipped a Z Man punch craw with a 1/8th oz weight. I immediately started catching fish! However, although these fish were keepers, they were not the right size. I quickly finished my limit and headed closer to the ramp to try and locate bigger fish. Arriving at my spot close to the ramp I had about an hour to upgrade – however, no luck. I weighed in 5 fish weighing 4lbs 14ozs and took home the distinction of having the smallest 5 fish limit in the tournament. This tournament was a bust, but the next one will be better!
Now that I am back and have had a chance to get caught up on work and have read the tournament write – ups, I believe I was doing the right thing. Just in the wrong area… Might have been too much hydrilla in the areas I was fishing and maybe I should have targeted smaller patches of hydrilla instead? Either way, I take away some positives. I had a limit each day, even though they were small. I also adjusted on day 2 to keep from being skunked. By switching to a flipping bait, I was able to put 5 small fish in the boat. The only thing I would have changed, would have been to head directly to Eustis after the fog delay on day 2. Don’t even know if that would have made a difference…
Tournament fishing and being on the road is tough. What is even tougher was the 16 hour drive I had coming back, what-ifing myself to death. After a tournament like that one, it is better to not overthink it. I guess I will chalk that one up to experience and move on to the next one. Until next time, tight lines and good fishing!
Photo courtesy of FLW.
Update from the Road
February 22, 2016 – Back in the office from a three week action packed road trip that saw me fishing two FLW Tour events and visiting over 40 independent tackle stores. The interaction with the shop owners was great and I was able to place our product in several stores along the way.
The Lake Travis, Texas FLW event was a great experience! Although keeper bass were few and far between for me, I was catching fish – A LOT of fish. I was catching between 25 and 30 bass a day, but out of those fish only 3 to 5 of them were keepers. Most of the fish were coming on 2 baits: a Z Man Zinker in peanut butter and jelly color and an old school custom painted wiggle wart with Fish Allure Scented Bait Tabs on them. I found some great areas that were holding fish, and on tournament day it was all about making the most of what I had found.
Day one of the event I started with the crankbait and quickly realized the fish had moved deeper. So I backed off the bank and started throwing my Zinker shallow and working it out deeper and immediately caught a nice keeper. After some time passed I managed to catch another one on camera weighing a little over 3 pounds.
(Photo Cred goes to Charles Waldorf/Courtesy of FLW Outdoors)
Moving around the lake throughout the remainder of the day I managed to pick up two more keepers, but never had a shot at number five (that would come back to haunt me on day two).
Day two’s start mirrored day ones. I went back to the same pocket, caught two keepers pretty quick and then started bouncing around the lake checking spots. Something had changed after the morning bite, so I adjusted and downsized to a finesse presentation called the NED Rig. It consisted of a 1/10th oz. weedless mushroom jig head and a Z Man TRD Finesse bait in peanut butter and jelly. I went into a creek and found a ton of fish chasing shad. I weeded through nearly 30 fish and caught 3 keepers in the process. This finished out my limit and we had to head back to the ramp.
When I weighed in my weight put me up to 23rd place, but it was early and I started to plummet down the leader board. At the end of the day I ended up in 59th place, missing the money by 10 ounces. Moral to the story – it is vitally important to bring in a 5 fish limit each day of competition. If not, you run the risk of leaving the door wide open for your competition. I this case, I did just that. All in all it was a great event and I advanced 32 places in the points standing from where I was – AWESOME!!!
So now I have a week and one day to get caught up and then it is off to Florida for ten days. I have 35+ tackle stores to visit and the FLW Tour event of the Harris Chain of Lakes in Beautiful Leesburg, Florida. Until next time, tight lines and good fishing!
Update from the road: 2/10/17 – Things on the road have been pretty hectic over the last few weeks. The FLW Tour event on Guntersville Lake was less than stellar and my finish was far back in the pack 133 out of 165. This event could have been much worse had it not been for a last minute flurry of bites that came with 30 minutes to go on day 2. I caught a 3 and 4 pounder on back to back casts using a Rat-L-Trap in the Rayburn Red color utilizing Fish Allure Scented Bait Tabs. 4 fish on day 2 was nice, but day one with a zero sure put me in a hole. The unstable weather and cold front on day one played a big part in the lackluster performance.
After the event, I packed up and hit the road to sell some Fish Allure while on my way to Texas for the next event. Would like to welcome The Tackle Trap of Boaz, Alabama and Van’s Sporting Goods in Brandon, Mississippi to our dealer network. The coolest part of my job is getting to interact with all the different people I come in contact with! I also love visiting the many different shops along the way. I really like spending time with the owners, finding out the story behind the shop I am in. Some truly passionate retailers in the fishing industry.
So now it is on to Lake Travis in Jonestown, TX. Tournament starts Thursday February 16, 2017. Tune into www.FLWOutdoors.com for the live weigh-in. Also ensure you frequently visit our web site www.fishallure.com for news and sale specials. Until next time remember Peel, Stick, Catch – Fish Allure! Tight Lines, Mike
Greetings from beautiful Sevierville, Tennessee and the Sevierville Convention Center, home of the 2016 Pittman Creek Outdoor Show. Pittman Creek is currently the fastest growing distributor in the freshwater bass market. Fish Allure is currently displaying at booth 114. The show runs through Tuesday at 2:30 pm. If you are in the area swing by and check us out. Take advantage of the current show specials available.
Until next time, good fishing and tight lines!