Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It Begins: 2012-2013 Ice Fishing Season with Team #711

Sheboygan, WI- It’s unfortunate that the official start of winter is a couple weeks away and the chance for a quick trip onto a small body of water to test new equipment and to work out bugs in gear is unlikely before the North American Ice Fishing Circuit Championship arrives. Fortunately though, for Jeff Kelm and Adam Schumacher of Team #711, the companies they work with provide them with dependable gear year in and year out.

Once again, Jiffy Ice Drills is on board, with a history of craftsmanship and ultimate performance team #711 will take to the ice with the Jiffy Ice Drills Pro4 and 4G models in tow. Jeff and Adam have used the Pro 4 propane powered drills for a few years now and with the introduction of the new 4G 4-stroke gasoline model in their arsenal, they know it won’t matter what the weather is, they are drilling holes and fishing.

For the second year Aqua-Vu has supported the team, and allowed them to utilize the new Aqua-Vu Micro cameras. The 2012-2013 model Micros feature upgrades to the case, screen, camera and an optional built in DVR. Look for video’s to be posted on Hardwater-Angler.com this season. The Aqua-Vu 760cz, a full scale model camera with 3 times zoom, has become an absolute necessity for the team and it will get quite the work-out on Lake Mille Lacs at the NAIFC Championship.

New rods and reels will be found in the cases this year of Team #711. Jeff and Adam have been evolving along with the industry to utilize smaller fly reels, specifically designed for ice fishing from HT Enterprises. Both members of the team have found a balance with the HT Sapphire Ice rods and the new “Tightline” reels. No twist, coils, knots or loops to worry about on the ice this season.

Search high and low through the team’s rod cases this year and you will find one constant item, Vicious Fishing Line. With the team having used Vicious for years, this should come as no surprise. The 2# Pan Fish Ice line in Hi-Vis for Adam and Low-Vis clear for Jeff is the mainstay regardless of the rod and reel combo. If you take a close look at the specialized rods Jeff using when fishing in the World Championship with the USA Ice Team, you will find the same Vicious Line team #711 trusts.
J and S Custom Jigs and Plastics have found a permanent home in the tackle boxes of Team #711. You most likely won’t get Jeff and Adam to agree on their favorite colors, but you will hear them both sing the praises of J and S. With a line-up of unique shapes, a full array of colors and now the addition of tungsten ice jigs, J and S Custom Jigs and Plastics will ultimately be responsible for the team’s successes this season.

The North American Ice Fishing Circuit Team #711 must also thank Muck Boots, Amercianfishingcontests.com, Squirmin’Worm Bait and Tackle and Dan Small Outdoors for their support. The team has big goals this season, and without the support of each company, it would be a struggle to compete, let alone win.

Team #711 of Adam Schumacher and Jeff Kelm was founded in 2009, since then, the team has done seminars, television shows, radio programs, kids clinics, sports shows and other presentations all while showcasing the companies that support them. For more information about the team visit www.hardwater-angler.com or email Jeff at hardwaterjeff@gmail.com.

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