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Sam Anderson Chat
Rob Ensor / Chatman - Let's get started Sam what are your plans for this year
Driftr - Welcome Sam Anderson!!!!
Driftr - clap clap clap
Juls - Wait, wait, wait...you need the lead off!...lol
Juls - Ladies and Gents please welcome our host tonight, Sam Anderson
sam anderson - I have been running mercury outboards since I began guiding at the ripe old age of 14.
Sunshine - clap etc.
Fish'n Fool - hi sam
sam anderson - This year I have been fortunate to come on board with Ranger Boats...I will be running their 620 model with a 225 Mercury Opti-Max engine for power.
Juls - What circuit (s) will you fish this year Sam?
Juls - what color Sam?
Den - pink
SUPERTROLLER - lol
Fish'n Fool - lol
Fish'n Fool - with lace????
Swat1 - Nah, that's Meliens color...lol
Juls - that would be cool reelman... - -)
sam anderson - I was smart...after heading down to the boat show in St. Paul MN last week...I brought my lovely wife and let her pick the colors
Swat1 - Smart man
Juls - good thinking...what did she pick?
Fish'n Fool - sam they are roasting you tonight lol
Den - good way to do it
REELMAN - what happen to Champion ???????
sam anderson - She had help from the people at Frankies Live bait and marine...and their top guy John Loab to go through all the particulars
Juls - I see..
Juls - are you doing all 6 of the PWT this year Sam?
Rob Ensor / Chatman - Sam What do you think of the married life?
sam anderson - Alright guys, the colors are red, black, white and pewter...but that does not mean I catch more fish...
Juls - I can assume that now that your in a ranger you will also fish the RCL?
Juls - nice colors...your wife has good taste... - -)
SUPERTROLLER - just don't catch less
sam anderson - Yes for the late comers I will be fishing the RCL ...
Sunshine - Sam, do you use fluorocarbon line?
Den - great
sam anderson - However, I will fish the PWT western side as well
Den - you gonna be busy
Juls - sounds good..good luck to you Sam
sam anderson - It has become hard to juggle a busy schedule and travel all over the country...and stay married
Juls - what is your favorite presentation Sam?
SUPERTROLLER - do you troll much in the western side ?
sam anderson - So the reason I choose to do the western division only of the PWT is mainly for travel reasons and being in the Midwest more
sam anderson - My Favorite presentation is probably LINDY RIGGING
Den - who are your sponsors sam?
sam anderson - However, I love to troll crank baits for walleyes year round..
Rob Ensor / Chatman - We will miss you in the East
Den - good Erie guy
sam anderson - In fact, I would say that if there were one lure that I use more than any other it is a crank bait
SUPERTROLLER - favorite ?
sam anderson - Yes...I will miss the east and the camaraderie with the guys and fishing nuts
Rob Ensor / Chatman - What has been your experience with cranks in cold water?
Juls - what is your "go to" crank Sam?
sam anderson - But this change is not forever...and if there is anything that I have learned in my 27 short years is that time flies and you better plan ahead to reach goals and spend time with the people who are most important to you
sam anderson - Cranks in cold weather
Juls - good advice
Den - very true
jerry m - amen sam
sam anderson - Well there are many cranks that I like to use in cold water
sam anderson - One of the newest and most exciting is...
SUPERTROLLER - such as ?
sam anderson - the NEW TAILDANCER from Rapala
Fish'n Fool - drum roll
Juls - give him time to type...lol
Fish'n Fool - why????
Juls - have you had a chance to use them Sam?
CWS - Will you still be fishin the Wavewacker??
Juls - looks like a cross between a reef runner and a Wally Diver
sam anderson - I don't know if many of you have seen the lure yet ...but after spending time over at Rapala and seeing these lures in the tank
Sunshine - I've been playing w/ my taildancer.......lol.....looks like a Wally
Diver, what's different about it
sam anderson - the lure is going to catch big walleyes both early and late season
Juls - why?
Juls - does it have a good wobble at slower speeds?
Swat1 - How does the action compare to a Reef Runner or a Wally Diver Sam
Juls - I haven't seen it in action yet...but I would think it would move a lot like the reef runner
Fish'n Fool - sam when pulling spinners what colors will you pull deep and then shallow???
sam anderson - I like the tight roll like a floating rap yet has a little more tail kick when pulled forward with some speed
SUPERTROLLER - why Did Rapala change the Thundersticks after they bought Storm?
Juls - hhmmm interesting
sam anderson - It does have similarities to the RR but has a very different rattle system that blows any other crank away for it's high pitched sound
Juls - has rattles?
sam anderson - I am not sure why they changed the Thundersticks?
Juls - didn't know that
SUPERTROLLER - OK
Fish'n Fool - when will they be available
solarfisher00 - what speeds do you generally troll cranks at?
sam anderson - Yes!! It may be the very first balsa bait that has rattles contain within
Juls - cool
sam anderson - When the water temps are below 50 I like to go slower and use baits that don't have a tremendous amount of action
Sunshine - like?
Swat1 - So they are made of Balsa and not Plastic????
SUPERTROLLER - how slow ? what baits ?
sam anderson - when the water gets above 50 then you can start playing with speed for every ten degrees you can often times get away with another .5 mph
ETT - Sam , Rattles ?? Glass, brass, or steel??
REELMAN - do you use fire line or mono with the cranks
RED1 - You find cranks more effective than worm harnesses if so why?
sam anderson - I believe that the rattles are glass....I was just looking in my catalog
sam anderson - I use both Fireline and normal mono...
sam anderson - When I am contour trolling/or fishing dirty waters or water with current I am using Fireline
sam anderson - When I fish clear or open water I usually fish with straight 10lb mono
SUPERTROLLER - XT ?
sam anderson - I like the stretch that regular mono offers especially in rough water...
sam anderson - when you are pulling boards you can usually have 200...250...and even 3000 ft of line out...
sam anderson - the stretch gives you that safety net of not tearing the hole gap in the fishes mouth and then cost you a fish on its way to the boat
sam anderson - Yes XT
SUPERTROLLER - OK
Fish'n Fool - sam I don't have a reel that holds 3000ft LOL
SUPERTROLLER - lol
sam anderson - OK guys yer razzing me aren't you
SUPERTROLLER - a little
Fish'n Fool - yep!!!!
Rob Ensor / Chatman - Have you used the new T- sticks and are they much different?
Fish'n Fool - your turn fair play LOL
sam anderson - we'll what's the word on the street for controversy between the GIANTS / VIKINGS game?
REELMAN - what electronics will you run this year
sam anderson - the new Thundersticks are very similar to the old ones...except, they catch more fish
Fish'n Fool - what sam
Fish'n Fool - do you like the colors???
sam anderson - The colors are awesome...
sam anderson - the new crank from STORM you should check out is the new Thundercrank
SUPERTROLLER - looks like colors to catch fisherman
Fish'n Fool - I have the new holographic is the thunders like that
RED1 - How's the thin fin
sam anderson - It is similar to the Nils Master baits...but are even better they don't foul up at all like the Nils Master's do
solarfisher00 - how deep do the Thundercranks troll at?
REELMAN - what electronics will you have on your new boat??
sam anderson - I usually only use the thin fins if I am casting shallow water...but when its rough and the fish are tight to the rocks there is no finer
sam anderson - Hey reelman, I have still not decided on electronics yet
REELMAN - okay solarfisher00 - hi T-mac
sam anderson - I have run Lowrance forever..now with the new changes...BIG changes I am trying to decide on what to go with
colo dave - what do you think of the new x-15
sam anderson - to be honest I have not used it yet...it looks great!!
sam anderson - The people that I trust say that it is the next major leap for electronics
Rob Ensor / Chatman - What site are you looking forward to the most this year?
James Morris - you're talking about the merger/takeover/buyout, right?
sam anderson - If I had to pick one site it is definitely RED WING!
SUPERTROLLER - your strength ?
Mud Duck - good choice
REELMAN - what is your full time regular job ??
sam anderson - After the last tournament there and not winning after going into the last day with a major lead it was a tough loss!!!
Den - why red wing?
solarfisher00 - when is your favorite time of year to fish red wing, and what is your favorite technique there?
sam anderson - The last time we where there two years ago I had a 3-4 lb lead on 2nd place and the top five would have a tough time catching me...if the fog wouldn't have kept us in for the first three hours of the last day
Rob Ensor / Chatman - What do you think the bite will be like at that time of year?
Dunn - Sam, What kind of mind set do you get into the day before a big tournament?
sam anderson - During the Spring time of the year I love to pull shad raps for big sauger and walleye
Kert McKeone - have you fished the suspending rouge and how does it compare to the super rouge?
SUPERTROLLER - size ?
sam anderson - The bite should be great
jerry m - sam I'm new to the walleye game I'm set up a 18 ft alum boat 40 horse for walleye rig it for me
sam anderson - The mind set I prepare before every tournament is that practice is what makes anyone compete
sam anderson - If you practice hard, taking the test is easy
Kert McKeone - I prefer the largest which I think is 4.5 or 5"
sam anderson - sometimes things start clicking...when they do you try to do everything you can to keep the momentum rolling
James Morris - a size 9
James Morris - sounds like find the predominant pattern and stick with it until they fish move on
sam anderson - unfortunately you have variables that are out of your control...like the weather, other fisherman pushing you out of your area that you've been fishing alone for two days, and then weekend fisherman...
sam anderson - When we start our tournaments we start midweek when there is no pressure...
SUPERTROLLER - Sam, what size shad raps,,, how deep?
sam anderson - by the weekend the tourist, resort people, and vacationers are all on the same body of water...most of them know the spots so you have to share the fish
James Morris - good point, the pattern changes with variable changes
Rob Ensor / Chatman - Going into a tournament how many spots do you need to feel comfortable
sam anderson - So, the mental game is huge..the anglers that I know well really have the mental game down big...but even the best angler have slumps
gary - how do you determine whether to pull spinners or cranks ?
sam anderson - People like Gary Parsons, Steve Fellegy...and others they are the best anglers I know but when they get into a slump
sam anderson - You can be Mark McGwire and go a week or two with out a homer
U.P. Pro - What tour. are your dad fishing this year sam
Fish'n Fool - a slump can be really hard on your head
sam anderson - PWT & RCL
sam anderson - Has anyone been out ice fishing lately?
jerry m - ya
sam anderson - I Was out on RED Lake last week in MN
jerry m - Erie Catawba
Rob Ensor / Chatman - how was the fishing
sam anderson - Know I've heard of cranking for crappies in open water...like down in AR and over in WI on Lake Winnebago...but
Fish'n Fool - I was at Depere got 1 7# put line down and hit and that was it
sam anderson - Red Lake we hammered big crappies on the smallest jiggin raps with a half of a wax worm
sam anderson - big crappies up to a 1 1/2LB
James Morris - nice
Fish'n Fool - nice sam in WI., we have a problem with slush on the ice
sam anderson - Anyway...we were in about 11 ft of water and we were catching all of our fish 1 ft off the bottom
James Morris - same in IL
sam anderson - We went out of west side resort and went strait west for about 5 mile until the first big pack of houses
Rob Ensor / Chatman - What shows will you be at this year?
sam anderson - there was no slush where we were
Fish'n Fool - we have die off's 3 lakes now no oxygen
Dunn - Sam, What type of electronics do you use?
sam anderson - I am going to be in the Ranger Booth this weekend on Sat. appearing in Frankies Live bait and Marine dealership
SUPERTROLLER - city ?
T-Mac - Sam ...you in a RANGER now?
sam anderson - After that I will be at a few of the Bass Pro shops , Chicago, MI Milwaukee and few others
sam anderson - Yes I am now a proud owner of a Ranger boat
Dunn - Sam, When are you going to be at the Bass Pro in MI?
James Morris - sam, what challenges did you face going pro as young as you did and how should a person go about overcoming those challenges?
sam anderson - I am not sure of the date, their spring classic
Dunn - Sam, Alright.
Dunn - I'll probably be down there for that.
T-Mac - Cool... on the Ranger, Sam
sam anderson - At a young age the biggest thing that was a handicap was experience and the whole mental game that is played by the veteran
James Morris - experience that leads to confidence?
Dunn - As a young guy, who went through the first trials with some great accomplishments, what would you suggest for the new guys getting into the Pro side of things? Say 16-21 years of age.
Rob Ensor / Chatman - I remember your first PWT, you did well.
James Morris - yeah, I'm 21 and looking at the profession
Juls - how do you approach a new lake Sam? what are some of your pre fishing tactics?
T-Mac - Then you get old....eventually, and it gets tougher, again
sam anderson - you just have to put your head down and be ready to fail...I'm not saying that you want to fail or that failing is good...but anyone who has ever played at the top of there sport has had to overcome hurdles along the way
Dunn - 17 here.
sam anderson - It is how you accept the challenges that are presented to you
Den - true
Dunn - Thanks Sam.
T-Mac - On the old part, Den?
Den - you cant help yesterday, gotta go for now
Den - lol, T-Mac
sam anderson - The most important thing if you're looking for sponsors...is SALES and hard work...and HONESTY
James Morris - thanks sam
Dunn - I appreciate the answer Sam. Thanks!
sam anderson - If you go to a show and sell a lot of merchandise for a dealer, but do it by lying to a customer...long term you will not last
James Morris - did you fish the circuit before looking for sponsors?
T-Mac - Amen to that, Sam
Tracy - Sam what do you do when you're on a hot bite but your sponsors tackle is not getting bit?
sam anderson - If you are honest, up front with people and give them options...even if a certain product or company doesn't sponsor you people respect that
sam anderson - And that's all you can try to work towards
Den - well said
T-Mac - You have to be honest...it is your integrity on the line
sam anderson - I use the tackle that is getting the job done
Tracy - Does that pose many problems?
sam anderson - The sponsors that I represent want to see me win! Part of what sponsors want is the best angler or experts in their field
solarfisher00 - what would you suggest as a first step for someone thinking about going pro?
sam anderson - If you win , but not on their product...hopefully you can help that manufacturer design a product that is better than the product you won with
James Morris - ideally, you'd want to be sponsored by what you have success on anyway
Tracy - Wondered how pros dealt with those types of issues, thanks
sam anderson - Absolutely, if Mercury makes the best da*n engines out there...it makes sense to run them
T-Mac - lol
Tracy - do they?
T-Mac - lol
Driftr - lots of lake
T-Mac - LMAO
sam anderson - I'm sure there are a handful of anglers lol at me
T-Mac - I thought it was a good statement... Sam.. just struck me funny...sorry
Rob Ensor / Chatman - Any other new products coming the market?
Juls - and many who wish they were you Sam... - -)
James Morris - yeah, but it's hard to laugh when you're at the top of the podium and their in the crowd
sam anderson - has anyone had the opportunity to see the new tools that Rapala is now getting into? There just sweet..totally gripped and easy to use in cold weather....
James Morris - :)
James Morris - no, I've only seen their new line and the new graphics on their lures and the Taildancers
sam anderson - PLUS they help keep your hands from getting ripped to shreds when your fishing big eye waters at catching lots of them
James Morris - are the tools out yet?
Rob Ensor / Chatman - Are they SS
solarfisher00 - yea the tools look really nice, im hoping to get the entire set
sam anderson - we'll check em out...many stores are just seeing them for the first time...
James Morris - thanks for the heads up
Driftr - As we wind down the hour, are there anymore questions for our guest?
sam anderson - I forgot to mention earlier...about the Rapala Taildancers... they supposedly only have capacity to make 300,000 the first year...so grab a few early on
Fish'n Fool - sam are you doing the walleye university this year again
sam anderson - One question to the the group...how many people use sea anchors?
Driftr - Sam did you mention your sponsors?
T-Mac - Sam, I do
Den - I do
sam anderson - no on the walleye U
cubby - does anybody use Heddon Sonar lures
solarfisher00 - I use Sonars
SUPERTROLLER - drift bags
T-Mac - use drift socks a whole lot
sam anderson - sure Heddon sonar lures are great for big river eyes near the dam
Den - A lot of wind
T-Mac - even in calm if I am back trolling w/ kicker
sam anderson - I have been working very closely with a company named Drift Control Sea Anchors...they are trying to build awareness of their socks and I plan to give demonstrations at upcoming shows...
Driftr - Please give Sam Anderson a round of applause!!!!!
T-Mac - Sam...you use wave tamers?
cubby - I catch walleyes and perch through ice with Sonars
Driftr - Thanks Sam
T-Mac - Thanks Sam
Den - clap, clap, clap
solarfisher00 - thanks for coming sam
Tracy - clap clap clap
SUPERTROLLER - Clap Clap Clap
sam anderson - If anyone ever has a question regarding sea anchors send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
T-Mac - clap clap clap clap clap
James Morris - "applause"
solarfisher00 - clap, clap, clap, clap
Fish'n Fool - clap clap clap
#1 saugeye - Good chat Sam
Rob Ensor / Chatman - Thaks Sam
Dunn - Clap Clap Clap, Thanks Sam!
sam anderson - Hey thanks a bunch guys...the hour went so quick! Walleye central is the greatest thing since sliced bread