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White Marlin on a bass rod!

Posted: October 20th, 2009 by Bill Dance

Hello Everybody,

Well, since the last time we’ve talked, the Bill Dance crew has been on the move.

Our cameras have been rolling out some pretty good stuff the past 6 weeks.  We had a great shoot for our Salt Water series off the Virginia Beach coast line catching 30-45 pound amberjacks on saltwater Bomber crankbaits with my ole buddy Capt. Mike Standing.  The following day Mike suggested we go after white marlins.  Wow, what an experience!  We boated six!  The next day Mike asked me, want to try and do something next to impossible?  I said what?  He replied, Catch a White Marlin on one of your bass rods.  Sure!  I said, let’s give it a try.  Using a 7′ medium heavy Quantum Energy Bass Rod with a Quantum PT Baitcasting reel spooled with 30# braid, … I did it!  A 70 pounder!

On that trip was my sponsor and dear friend Bob Bagby, V.P. of Marketing for Zebco/Quantum.  He had to try it and he did it!  And finally, our captain couldn’t be outdone, he had to try it and guess what?  He caught one too!  Three white marlin in the 60 – 70 pound class on bass tackle.  Yes, that show will air in 2010 on the Outdoor Channel.

From there we journeyed south to Cajun Country to Lafitte, LA and teamed up with Capt. Theofile Bourgeois (Toe Feel) I can tell you now he is not from Boston!  He’s a full blooded Cajun, and a Class Act who knows the Marsh South of new Orleans like a gator knows water.  Here, we fished for red fish using a new Bomber Top water lure called a Badonk-A-Donk.  Don’t feel bad, I had trouble pronouncing it too!  Almost as bad as Theophile’s name.  Lots of action and a super show.

After leaving there we came back home and found Old Man River, (the Mississippi) extremely low, so we headed back south, 30 miles below Memphis to the Tunica Cutoff, a 17 mile Mississippi River oxbow.  Here we did a spinner bait show catching largemouth bass in 8 – 12 inches of water around cover.  This show will air on our freshwater series on Versus in 2010.

And, this past week we had a fun shoot out of Orange Beach, AL fishing with one of the best, Capt. Mike Rowell on the Annie Girl.  We caught red snapper (all were released due to the closed season).  We caught amberjack and dolphin and made a great show!

So for 2010 we’ve got some pretty good stuff coming your way.  Saltwater on the Outdoor Channel and freshwater on Versus.

See you soon,

Bill Dance

Tennessee

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