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Baitcaster Basics!

Guest Blog by: James Strawbridge 2/26/2013

     Hey guys and gals.....The bass fishing season is coming upon us fast, I know its snowing and cold right now ,but that will change soon. I noticed that some of the local ponds and lakes are starting to get soft, and for me that is great news!


   Which brings me to the point of my blog. Last year I did a baitcasting class for some of our FxR members and it was a great success. So this year I decided to host another. This time however Sportsman's Warehouse in Thornton is letting me host it there. They will have plenty of baitcasters for us to look at and for me to go over. I will show you the basics and maybe we can cast a few. So if you ever wanted to become more efficient at baitcasters, have never used one, or just want to know which one to buy, now is your chance!


   It will start at 2:00 pm on March 2, 2013 (Saturday) at the Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse. No need to bring anything...rods and reels will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Who is Jim Strawbridge you ask! Jim is a person who has a passion for bass fishing like no other. Jim grew up in Albany, N.Y. and started bass fishing with his grandfather at age six. His decision to leave New York in 1996 and head to Colorado was a tough one indeed. Although the trip was long, it really paid off. Since Jim has arrived here in Colorado his bass fishing passion has grown to new heights. Jim says, “Bass fishing in Colorado has made me a better angler”. Jim grew up fishing the Mohawk River, Hudson River, Lake George, and lots of local Ponds. He now faces the challenge of deep, clear, western reservoirs. After fine tuning his skills, Jim has decided to pursue bass fishing at the tournament level. Jim fishes The Bassmaster’s Open and is a Tournament Director for The Colorado Couples Series. The Couples Series is a male/female team type format that fishes six lakes along the Front Range, from Pueblo to FortCollins. Jim and his wife Sharon were two time winners in The Colorado Couples Series in 2010, and state champs in 2010 & 2011. Jim and Sharon also qualified for the National Championship in 2010 and 2011, and were ranked 72nd in the Nation. Jim hosts rod building seminars, and owns “Galaxy Custom Rods and Supplies”. He also will make appearances at trade shows, and sports expos. Jim loves to talk bass fishing, so the next time you see him, stop by and say hello. Remember, you don’t have to be the best, you just have to out fish the rest! Jim would like to give a special thanks to all his great sponsors, Sportsman’s Warehouse, MHX Rods, Nitro Boats, Red Dog Signs, and Galaxy Custom Rods and Supplies.
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Member comments
Bigbasswanted, CO   2/26/2013 8:00:46 PM
and i have to work saturday. figures. sounds like a great class
Wattzz, CO   2/26/2013 8:24:04 PM
I was part of the "class" that Jim did last year, and as for someone that had never used one, within a half hour I was feeling very comfortable throwing one and now I can just walk out and throw a baitcaster and not worry too much bout backlash even in the wind,if you have the time stop in a listen to what he has to say and try it out
dmccull2000, CO   2/27/2013 7:18:03 AM
Thanks for the class last year! After taking your class I had confidence in using a baitcaster. I stuck with it and ended up giving away all of my spin cast reels. I really appreciate it!
Coyute, CO   2/27/2013 11:45:42 AM
Aye, Jim is a good teacher. Hopefully he can do a few classes at the Sportsmans in Loveland so we can go fishing together afterwards!
Pondprowler, CO   3/2/2013 10:03:47 PM
Thank you so much for the instruction today from both you and Sharon. We appreciate it a lot! Russ & Lilly Now I have to put her in casting competitions to win me some money!
Colorado Kid 32, CO   3/4/2013 8:23:01 AM
Gotta say... Great class Jim & Sharon! Very much appreciated your time and info on baitcasting. I'm all setup with my baitcast rod/reel and already started flippin it in the backyard. Lookin' forward to fishing with you in the near future.
Colorado Kid 32, CO   3/4/2013 8:34:57 AM
Lilly put us all to shame with her casting skills!
fishingadam69, CO   3/4/2013 8:56:24 AM
will you do any more of these i allways wanted to use one
James Strawbridge (Team Galaxy), CO   3/4/2013 4:45:45 PM
Thanks all for the kind words. I had just as much fun teaching you as well. You all were fast learners! I will be hosting more of these in the future.....I don't know when, but soon. My schedule is about to get crazy, but I will make time. Thanks to all who showed up!
Pondprowler, CO   3/4/2013 9:21:38 PM
Ya she put us all to shame and now I will never hear the end of it! Haha thank you again Jim
fishingadam69, CO   3/5/2013 7:23:37 AM
would you put your schedule on here just geting into fishing and need alot of help classes like this is just what i need thanks adam
spinn3r, CO   3/5/2013 2:39:55 PM
Kind of you to do these classes, Jim. I second Coyute's suggestion for one at the Loveland SW, particularly to learn pitching/flipping techniques.
James Strawbridge (Team Galaxy), CO   3/5/2013 5:40:33 PM
Adam.... I will try to get my seminar schedule on the FxR calendar. Keep checking it often. Spinn3r.....I will try to get one at the Loveland location. Check the FxR calendar for up coming seminars.
James Strawbridge
"Team Galaxy"
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