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Like any tournament angler, I prefer to use products I have confidence in. I believe they make me more successful due to their design, quality and my confidence level when I use them. I'm not sponsored by all of them. Some are just products I've used for years and would feel reduced without them. If you are looking for a product for yourself or someone, I hope the info here helps your search.

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Technical Information on Lake St. Clair
Available for download from
Combat Fishing and Electronic Guide Service

Combat Fishing combat-bassfishing.com Xtreme Bass Tackle Custom made and designed bass tackleNow, you can purchase downloads of Combat Fishing reports, individual No Secrets on Lake St. Clair book chapters, detailed lake section reports and other technical information from the Electronic Guide Service.

Maybe you want to try out a few weekly reports. Maybe you need specific detailed information – including GPS waypoints – on a favorite or new part of Lake St. Clair. Maybe a particular chapter of the No Secrets on Lake St. Clair contains details that could help you catch that huge smallie or win the next tournament you fish.

2005 Michigan BASS federation state champion Dan Posey says the No Secrets Volume One was a key to his win on Lake St. Clair. This information will help you too.

My Confidence Products

Ranger Boats rangerboats.com We Still Build Them One At A TimeMy boat I use to survive brutal Great Lakes bass tournament fishing is a Ranger 492VS - a great rough water hull that always gets me there and back despite being made in 1993! Talk about toughness!! Over 14 years on the truly BIG water and still in one piece. That and unsurpassed fishability are just two reasons Ranger Boats is my boat!

Dan's Ranger Boats 1993 492VS Comanche with Yamaha VMax HPDI 225 HP Outboard

The 520 Comanche series including the awesome 521, and the new revolutionary Z Comanche Series are much faster and drier, with extremely improved rough water handling have me thinking seriously about upgrading. I'll upgrade eventually, but I really love my dependable 492VS. The boat has brought me safely back through waves taller than me more times than I can remember!


Ranger Boats are manufactured at their huge facilities in Flippin,

Arkansas using many unique processes such as their patented pultruded fiberglass. Ranger creates and manufactures many of their own machines and boat parts onsite (often out of necessity since they've originated many processes).


Check out my boat-manufacturing pages updated with photos from the 2004 factory tour. I’ve learned a lot about the making of bass boats thanks to all the folks at Ranger Boats – click here to see my Building Bass Boats pages.


Where to Buy Ranger Boats in Michigan
   South Michigan

Matteson Marine on Gun Lake*
12001 Marsh Rd
Shelbyville, MI 49344
269-672-5292
Fax: 269-672-9448
vaughn@mattesonmarine.com

Wonderland Marine West*
5796 E. Grand River
Howell , MI 48843
866-776-7969
800-226-3050
ralph@wonderlandmarinewest.com

   North Michigan

   Other MI

Lindy's Sales
9051 Bay CIty Forestville Road (M-25 10 miles E of Bay City)
Fairgrove, MI 48733
989-893-9931
Fax: 989-893-8441

Cabela's
110 Cabela Blvd East
Dundee, MI 48131
800-888-8888
dundeeboats@cabelas.com

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Yamaha Motors VMax HPDI Outboards yamaha-motor.com

Every high performance bass rig needs a matching outboard. I my Yamaha 225 HP V MAX HPDI outboard that has powered my boat to the hot spots and everywhere in between flawlessly since the 2004 season. When Yamaha says 'turn the key reliability' they mean it! Over 130 hours so far with no problems at all!!

It’s loaded with great standard features that include many innovations – the kinds of special touches any bass angler or boater expects from a major investment that is critical to our enjoyment of the outdoors.

Some of the great features of the latest Series 2 include:

ENGINE SENSOR SYSTEM – Sixth Sense
Six individual sensors constantly provide vital atmospheric and engine conditions to the Engine Control Mode (ECM), which instantly makes the precise adjustments for optimum performance and efficiency.

FORWARD-MOUNT WATER INLETS
Water intakes are now front-mounted and lowered on the big Sixes for increased cooling efficiency, enhancing durability for today's wide array of bass, bay, and flats boat setups. The VZ300B models also feature additional, independent side-mounted water inlets.

SIX INDEPENDENT AIR INTAKES
Six individual throttle intakes feed six individual cylinders, allowing the precise amount of air to enter each cylinder for any given running condition. Combined with the equally precise amount of fuel provided by the High Pressure Direct Injection system, this configuration maximizes performance while achieving outstanding fuel efficiency.

UNIQUE SHAPED SKEG DESIGN
The unique curved design helps reduce steering torque, enabling the lower unit to track straighter during acceleration, top end speed, and decelaration conditions. Straight tracking reduces drag and improves performance, while reducing operator fatique. The design was specifically engineered for high performance bass boat hulls.

REDESIGNED FORGED PISTONS
Stronger is Better
The shape of each forged piston has been redesigned to optimize its contact with the cylinder sleeve for increased durability. Forged means that the aluminum alloy is compressed in molds under extreme pressure, making them much more dense than cast aluminum pistons. Their higher tensile strength increases resistance to fatigue, high temperatures, and wear.

Yamaha V MAX Series 2 HPDI 225 HP Outboard

HIGH-OUTPUT 50-AMP ALTERNATOR
With 37 amps at 1,000 rpm and a full 50 amps from 3500 to 6000 rpm, V MAX® Series 2 engines offer the kind of charging power needed to help operate today's wide array of onboard electronic devices.

LARGE WATER SEPARATOR WITH WATER SENSOR – Keep It Clean
All V MAX® Series 2 engines feature a large, on-engine water separating fuel filter with a water sensor. This sensor provides both visual and audible warnings should water be detected in the fuel. Used in conjunction with Yamaha's 10-Micron Water Separating Fuel Filter, it helps separate water and contaminants from the fuel before they can reach the engine's other filters and fuel injectors.

Yamaha has an extensive and informative website with tons of great information. I really like the Pro Bass Angler section containing video and audio tips. I also visit the News page with up-to-date fishing and tournament news.

Yamaha makes awesome products with great people behind them. I love my outboard and unlike the other two brands that 'came off' my transom at unexpected times, I plan on keeping this one! I'm extremely happy that one of my friends David Simmons, winner of the first BassFan.com 6th Man award in 2002 when he was with Yamaha, helped me into the Yamaha family.

Yamaha has taken multiple JD Power & Associates Customer Satisfaction awards. With award-winning products, high performance and innovation, Yamaha should be your power of choice for a lifetime. It is mine!



Combat Fishing Xtreme Bass Tackle combat-bassfishing.com

Some of you are probably familiar with Wayne Carpenter's Lake St. Clair Combat Fishing Newsletter and the Special Reports, Pre-Fishing Edition and Marked Map Series of Lake St Clair. The company is Fishing Information Services F.I.S.H.) which includes the Combat Fishing products above and Wayne's Xtreme Bass Tackle™.


Wayne Carpenter of Xtreme Bass Tackle and Combat Fishing works his Showspan show booth

I've used all the Combat Fishing products over the past four tournament seasons and found them extremely helpful. I don't know enough people nor do I have enough time to check out all the things that the Combat Fishing crew does for me. I don't necessarily fish all the spots covered, but use all the information provided to come up with my draft plan for each practice and tournament weekend.

I'm able to skip sections of the lake based on the information provided in the Pre-Fishing and Combat Fishing Newletters, concentrating on the most likely sections – very valuable to my bottom line.

Xtreme Bass Tackle stores.ebay.com/Xtreme-Bass-Tackle Combat FishingWayne is also the author of the book No Secrets on Lake St Clair 1999. It's a great read of all the data collected in 1999 and more. His 2nd edition of No Secrets on Lake St Clair is out, and it’s bigger and better. Also available now, Wayne has reprinted an updated version of his No Secrets Volume 1.


Wayne Carpenter demonstrates Seaviewer underwater cameras at his show booth

Another of Wayne’s great specialty products is the toughest underwater camera on the market. Seaviewer has been in the business for a long time. Their customers include many major government agencies and water-related organizations. The Kevlar cable has a 1,000 pound test pull so you don’t have to worry about cable failure. Check out all the other great features:

Through Xtreme Bass Tackle, Wayne and staff provide a great assortment of hot tackle including the most impressive assortment of custom-designed salt tubes, X-worms, gobies, twin tails and drop shot tubes.

To order tackle or Combat Fishing products, call 248-280-2507 locally or now Toll Free: 877-485-2223.

You can also email F.I.S.H. or snail-mail F.I.S.H., P.O. Box 275, CLAWSON MI 48017.

Dan's Sponsors

RangerBoats.com
Yamaha-Motor.com
Combat-Bassfishing.com

Xtreme Bass Tackle

DandRSports.com
Flint Sign and Design flintsign.com
Deka Batteries www.dekabattery.com






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