Arey Offers 3 Tips to Make You an Even Better Vibrating Jig Angler

Few could have imagined how Ron Davis Sr.’s unique new lure invention would profoundly improve the catches of bass anglers for decades when he sold his first Chatterbaits at a South Carolina tackle show 16 years ago.

Of course, dozens of manufacturers now mimic Mr. Davis’ patented lure, and for good reason – it’s easy to use – it’s versatile – and it flat-out catches fish.

But look inside the playbook of Team Toyota’s Matt Arey, who grew up in the geographic epicenter of the lure’s birth and rise to popularity, and you’ll find at least three good options worth implementing to your vibrating jig game to increase your catches even further.

Change the Cadence

“Everybody is guilty of just casting these lures and winding them straight back, but in my mind, that’s the single biggest mistake you can make to dampen the full potential of a vibrating jig,” says the Shelby, NC pro.

Like Peyton Manning changing the snap count’s cadence at the line of scrimmage, Arey likes to pop the bait with his rod tip, and change the retrieve speed a time or two with his reel handle on every single cast. It’s those erratic changes in the lure’s behavior that pulls strikes from largemouth like Peyton making a nose guard jump offside.

Arey also stresses the importance of allowing the lure to tick the tops of submerged vegetation, or perhaps bump into a log or whatever’s in its path to alter the cadence even more so.

Base trailers on water clarity

“If the water’s pretty dirty, I like a double tail trailer with some craw kicker legs on it to displace more water, and in stained water a more straight tail Lunkerhunt Bento gets the nod. But in clear water, consider removing the skirt and fish the Bento on there by itself,” says Arey.

Go Deep

Of course, much like its first cousin the spinnerbait, vibrating jigs get most of their work in less than 10 feet of water. But Arey reluctantly shares a little deep water secret for this lure.

“I’m kinda giving you ‘the juice’ here – but man, a vibrating jig is not just a shallow water lure. I’ve caught good fish using a ‘lift and drop’ retrieve off the bottom around post spawn schools of fish in 15 to 25 feet of water,” he confesses.

He also warns that in order to work out deep, the water must be fairly clear. But in May and June when most are dragging heavy football jigs or deep cranking, he says lifting and dropping a 5/8 or 1-ounce bladed jig off the bottom can be a super effective alternative to post spawners.

However you choose to fish it, versatility is the beauty of a vibrating jig. It’s hard to fish it wrong. But with these three tips from a $1 Million dollar career prize money winner, you’re sure to fish Ron Davis’ game changing invention even better.

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Uflex Steering Partners with MLF Bass Pro Angler Gerald Spohrer

Sarasota FL – Uflex USA, a leader in steering and control systems for the marine industry, has gotten involved with the Major League Fishing Market, by partnering with pro angler Gerald Spohrer, just in time for the 2020 tournament season.

Gerald runs a Phoenix 921 Elite paired with a 250 HP Suzuki DF250SS, that is now controlled by Uflex Steering. During tournaments or fishing in general, it’s important to have a reliable, quality system to give you complete control over the boat. Spohrer will now happily rely on Uflex.

“Growing up bass fishing in the bayous of South Louisiana made me understand the importance of a quality steering system,” says Spohrer, “I need something that can keep up with my hardcore demands while on tour and fishing offshore on my newly refurbished saltwater boat, and Uflex is the perfect fit.”

In addition to his busy life on the road traveling as a pro angler, he found some time to take on a rebuild. After finding an old Contender, he repaired, rebuilt and repowered so he could get some time fishing offshore during his time off. He installed the Uflex SilverSteer and Uflex Master Drive and was blown away by the performance. “Gulf fishing can be nerve-racking at times because the fish are hugging closely to offshore oil rigs- the Master Dive allows me to choose the right steering control in order to hover perfectly,” says Spohrer.

Uflex is excited to announce their involvement with Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour and Pro Angler Gerald Spohrer. The 2020 Bass Fishing Season is off to a great start and Spohrer is glad to have a steering system he knows he can rely on.

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Mike Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation® Host ‘Fish Against Ike’ Virtual Bass Fishing Tournament

Pittsgrove, NJ, April 3, 2020-Together with his sponsors, MLF Bass Pro Mike Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation® have announced the ‘Fish Against Ike’ Virtual Bass Fishing Tournament.  Iaconelli has partnered with Fish Donkey for this app-based bass fishing tournament. All proceeds from this month-long event will be donated to local groups and agencies that are providing meals to kids displaced by the COVID-19 health crisis.

Basic details are below but for detailed information, rules, prizes and sign ups, go to or You can also follow Mike Iaconelli’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for updates and announcements.

Here are the basics:

  •       The tournament starts this Saturday, April 4th at 12:01am and runs until April 30th at 11:59 pm with weekly dates and times.
  • You can fish for bass from a bank, kayak or boat.
  • There is no age limit, any age can fish
  • Anglers from the USA and Canada can participate. There is a Southern Division and a Northern Division (a detailed map can be found on the website)
  • Each week there will be a lunker winner and a biggest bag (three fish stringer) winner in each division, so there will be 4 prizes each week.
  • Tournament will run for four weeks. 16 prizes will be awarded by the end of the tournament.
  • Weights zero out at the end of each week and a new week/new tournament begins
  • You can sign up at any time to fish the tournament with a one-time $20 donation to The Ike Foundation®
  • Ike will be fishing both the Southern and Northern Divisions so everyone can try to beat Ike.
  • Ike will be challenging other anglers and pros to fish with the goal of cycle of challenges.

Please look to the website for additional questions or email [email protected]

This virtual fishing tournament is a way for you to get outside, maintain proper social distancing guidelines, go fishing AND help The Ike Foundation® help kids!

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Bling Sauce – Evolution of Our Brand

You are probably curious about “Bling Sauce.”  What is Bling Sauce?  What happened to Boat Bling?  Did the company sell?  Did the products I love change?  I’ll ensure that all of these answers are very clear as you read through the rest of this blog.

A lot of people don’t like change.  A lot of businesses don’t like change.  We’re not those people.  We understand that change is inevitable and must be embraced to be successful.  Welcome to the new Bling Sauce website.  Bling Sauce is simply the new marketing name for your beloved “Sauces.”  Boat Bling, Inc. remains the company, its principle owners and staff remain the same and the products you have loved, some of you since we debuted back in 2006, are the same.  Thanks to each of you, we have grown exponentially over the past 5 years, which is allowing us embrace this change.  I’ve been asked since we first started, “come out with RV Bling or Motorcycle Bling or you name anything else with the word Bling.”  My answer was always simple: “not yet, I want us to be great at something (marine) vs average (or worse) at a bunch of things.”  Think about it in these terms: Doctors and Lawyers specialize in one or two aspects of their field and don’t try and do everything.  I was concerned if we tried to do everything, we would fail because we wouldn’t be great at anything.  I have believed since day 1 this is a crucial aspect of any business and I wanted Boat Bling to be known as a world class marine care product, respected by retailers, manufacturers and appreciated by boaters.  We are recommended by the leading OEM vinyl manufacturers in the industry, work with some of the top boat manufacturers and are sold at over 1200 retail outlets with some of the biggest retailer names in the world such as West Marine, Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Academy Sports, Overtons and more.  Are we done with our focus on Marine? Absolutely not.  Have we met all of our goals in Marine?  Absolutely not.  Marine will always be our baseline. We’ll always be here as you, your family and your boating needs evolve.

Boat Bling can now reach out and evolve to the next phase of the business; that is Bling Sauce.  Bling Sauce is simply Boat Bling without the “Boat” and Hot Sauce without the “Hot” or any other Sauce.  We chose this after years of thinking, planning and market visualization to simplify our brand.  With this change to Bling Sauce, it continues to align perfectly with our mission.

“Provide the most discriminating enthusiast with a simple, easy to use line of care products that exceed expectations in quality, appeal, and provides world class results in less time than any other products.”

As many of you know, Hot Sauce works great on RVs, UTVs, cars, and even shower doors.  Now, we are specifically marketing to these industries with our existing products that we also know work great on these applications.  We are in final developments of NEW products that will hopefully become the flagship product of many of these industries such as RV, Powersports and Aviation.  We are proud to have your trust, loyalty and nothing is more important that your recommendation of our products.  We are excited about our evolution with Bling Sauce but promise you, everything we have done for the marine industry and learned over the past 15 years, will not just fade away.  Boating is a part of our individual and company DNA for life.

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