Lowrance Electronics ran a contest throughout the 2009 season for anyone who purchased a new HDS fishing system. All of those who purchased an HDS Hi-Def system would be entered into a drawing for a day on the water with me, and that winner has been chosen.

Jerry Aldheizer, a Lowrance customer who regularly fishes Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia will be crossing the country in November to fish with me on Clear Lake for a day. The fall bite can be a lot of fun there; we can catch fish a lot of different ways that time of the year.

There can be a topwater bite, a jerkbait bite, a crankbait bite, a spoon bite, a deep jig bite and even a spoon bite. Needless to say, Jerry is looking forward to fishing my favorite Lake, and it’s all thanks to Lowrance. I’m sure we’ll be able to put my Lowrance units to the test and show him a good time – Nor Cal style.

I enjoy working for and with my sponsors, and spending a day with Larry on Clear Lake is certainly one of the best ways to work for Lowrance.

Speaking of sponsors, I got some great news last week.

I had a meeting last week, and I’m proud to announce that the Lucky Craft Express will be rolling once again for the 2010 season as one of the primary parts of my wrap.

Lucky Craft has been a major sponsor of mine for more than 10 years, and has been my primary sponsor for the past five years, and I couldn’t be prouder that they have chosen to keep working with me as the main face of their marketing.

First of all, I’ve always been fortunate to be able to work with a company like Lucky Craft. In my mind, they are a company that makes the best hard baits in the business. They are the most progressive and innovative bait makers around, and their products help me put more of the right fish in the boat.

After the meeting regarding next year, we turned our attention to product, and I can say that I’m really looking forward to the things we have in the works for 2010. There are new baits in both the Lucky Craft and Redemption Lures lineups, as well as new colors that we have been working on.

Redemption Lures has new spinnerbaits and jigs in design stages and the new stuff that we are working on in the Lucky Craft brand is of the quality that only they can produce.

It feels really good to have an established company like Lucky Craft standing behind me, especially when the economy has been as it has the past year or so. It makes me feel good to have a major sponsor for next year, especially one that I have so much history with.

With that news in place, it’s time to focus on the fishing. The goals will be the same as last year, and I am preparing myself to go after them – as Lucky Craft says – they’re about Fishing and Dreams.