The ICAST Show in Orlando gave me a great appreciation for the imagination and dedication to creating products that make fishing fun and interesting. The technology and thought that goes into making fishing tackle is incredible. This year Stingray Line Cutter got my attention. This is an easy to use cutter that’s safe, easy and convenient and makes for quicker bait changes on tournament day. ALL ANGLERS will love this product!!! Go to our “HUTD Video Tips” page here on our web site to learn more but go to www.stingraylinecutter.com to get your own.

Steve Graf – Co-host/Owner

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

One of the best things to ever happen to fishing is“Bassmaster Live” hosted by Bassmaster.com. This week I watched in awe as Kevin Van Dam known as KVD, blistered the bass on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York and destroyed the field of over 100 anglers and captured his 24th Bassmaster Elite Series win. No angler in history has won more events or money than KVD. He is on another planet when it comes to great anglers and even after 27 years of fishing on the Bassmaster Trail, he continues to dominate the sport like no one before him. But as he ages and with each and every win, Kevin is humble and expresses appreciation for his family, friends and fans who have supported him from the start which so happens to be at the St. Lawrence River 27 years ago. Today, Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show salutes the greatest bassfishing angler of all time; Kevin Van Dam!!!!

Today we live in a “show me now” state of mind. Social media gives us up to the minute live coverage of events all over the world. Now with the introduction of “Bassmaster Live” by B.A.S.S. It’s the greatest thing to ever come along for bass tournament coverage. Finally you get up to the minute coverage cast by cast, fish by fish, with running totals being kept the entire tournament day. B.A.S.S has finally found a way to put you on the front deck with the pros as they catch fish and discuss their strategy in real time. It’s an inside look at the pressure and thought process of professional anglers and the up and downs they go through. Thank you B.A.S.S. for a job well done and taking tournament coverage to a whole new level. Go to www.bassmaster.com to learn more.

Steve Graf – Co-host/Owner

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

Today we live in a “show me now” state of mind. Social media gives us up to the minute live coverage of events all over the world. Now with the introduction of “Bassmaster Live” by B.A.S.S. it’s the greatest thing to ever come along for bass tournament coverage. Finally you get up to the minute coverage cast by cast, fish by fish, with running totals being kept the entire tournament day. B.A.S.S has finally found a way to put you on the front deck with the pros as they catch fish and discuss their strategy. It’s an inside look at the pressure and thought process of professional anglers and the up and downs they go through. Thank you B.A.S.S. for a job well done and taking tournament coverage to a whole new level. Go to www.bassmaster.com to learn more.

Steve Graf – Co-host/Owner

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

I remember as a kid and how we played outside until the street lights came on? I remember when your bike was your main form of transportation and we rode all over town? I remember playing sandlot baseball without parental supervision and used ghost runners when you did not have enough players for a full team? I remember fishing all day on a farm pond and would walk to the black berry patch for a snack. I remember when I would squirrel hunt by myself at the age of 10 with a 20 gauge shotgun. Today I feel sorry for kids with respect to they never got to have the freedoms our generation enjoyed in the 60’s and 70’s. It’s sad, but today’s kids are sheltered and protected due to the world we live in today. So it’s up to the older generation of today to make sure we get these kids outside and expose them to the great outdoors in order to keep the passion and traditions alive that we associate with any and all outdoor activities.

Steve Graf – Co-host/Owner

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

Growing up in East Texas, I started out fishing small ponds (or tanks as they are called in Texas). I’ve spent a many a day fishing and talking to myself and enjoyed every minute. But my greatest memories fishing or hunting are when I had my brother, cousins or friends with me on these adventures. Besides catching a lot of fish, it’s the conversations, the jokes and recalling of recent trips is what makes for a great day in the outdoors. Each trip is always unique in itself and creates new memories to store in my memory bank. So the next time your headed to the woods or water, take a friend, cousin or family member and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Steve Graf – Co-host/Owner

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

The last couple of FLW events I’ve come across co-anglers who are not in the best of shape. I don’t care if you’re a boater or a co-angler, it’s a grind to fish all day and those who are not in shape or have an injury, penalizes both themselves and the boater and should not fish a major event. I’ve actually drawn one of these co-anglers before and it’s like babysitting. You have to help them in and out of the boat, help them get up on the back deck and God forbid if they have to net one of your fish. That’s an adventure in itself for them to even get to the front deck and hopefully they don’t break any rods while making the journey. If your back is out of whack…DON’T FISH!!! If you just had surgery…DON’T FISH!!! If you fell out of bed and broke a leg…DON’T FISH!!! I say this because I’ve seen this more this year than years past. FLW or B.A.S.S. events are not guide trips and it’s not a babysitting service. These tournaments are expensive and tough enough without dealing with someone who is not in condition to fish. So please boaters and co-anglers, while I admire your courage, please wait till your healthy enough to do all the things required to fish all day in one of these events.
Now anglers…let’s get in shape!!!!

Steve Graf – Co-host/Owner

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

As a guy who has fished both FLW and B.A.S.S. events for the last 10 years, one of the funniest things I see and hear is how many anglers are giving out their resume’ and all their accomplishments. I’m not sure who they are trying to impress, their co-angler or themselves. But I do know this, it’s annoying as hell!!! We all know who the better anglers are just by looking at the standings. While I enjoy having good conversation in the boat, co-anglers don’t want to hear who all your sponsors are and all the free stuff your getting which in most cases is not true. So let your fishing speak for itself and cash a check once in a while and spare us your resume’.

Steve Graf – Co-Host/Owner

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

Well here we are, it’s March 2017 and the aquatic vegetation called Salvinia is not just a problem, IT’S A HUGE PROBLEM!!!! Almost all of our North Louisiana lakes (Bisteneau, Black Lake, Red River and Caddo) just to name a few, are all but completely covered up with just less than 50 of each waterway inundated with salvinia. Is the LDWF doing all they can with the money they have to work with? Is it a lack of personnel or a lack of funding? Is it a lack of equipment? Or are they just scratching their heads trying to figure out how to combat the most invasive problem to ever hit our waterways? I strongly encourage all outdoorsmen to contact your local state representatives and request immediate action!!! It’s time to put pressure on the folks in Baton Rouge who we put into office. IF we don’t take action now, we will completely lose all recreational opportunities and local businesses/marinas will go out of business. The time for action is NOW!!!! Call your reps NOW!!!

Steve Graf

Co-Host/Owner

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

One thing that just really upsets me is how inconsiderate some boaters are at the boat ramp. You know THAT GUY who blocks the entire ramp while getting all his stuff loaded into the boat, unhooks his trailer tie downs, takes his boat cover off, climbs into his boat to load the ice chest and then just when yo think he’s ready to launch, he realizes that the plug is not in and has to be pulled back out of the water so he can climb out and crawl under his boat to insert the plug. Then he backs down again and the motor won’t crank simply due to the fact his kill switch is not hooked up but it takes him 10 mins to figure this simple solution out. Folks, don’t be THAT GUY, do all of your prep work BEFORE you back down the ramp!!!! Today’s waterways are more crowded than ever and this ONE GUY can really cause a log jam at the ramp. Always take care of ALL prep work so that the rest of us can get out boats into the water in a timely manner. Bottom line….just be considerate of others!!!!