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ANGLING NEWS
By Joe Joslin

LEADING BOAT MANUFACTURER EXPANDS TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIPS

Skeeter joins with FLW Outdoors for New Season promotional expert Mike Walker.

Walker states....... "Skeeter Boats has some great news for its owners and pro anglers. Starting in January, Skeeter Boats will become a boat sponsor of all six FLW Outdoors tournament trails, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the EverStart Series, the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour, the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League and the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail."

Jeff Stone, senior vice president at Skeeter further states..."Adding FLW Outdoors to our list of tournaments is a welcome and significant addition to our sponsorships." The new sponsorships will be good for both Skeeter and FLW Outdoors – and especially the anglers."

The Skeeter tournament team is no stranger to FLW. Jay Yelas, for example, was named FLW's Angler of the Year in 2002, the same year he won the Bassmasters Classic. He says, "Skeeter's FLW sponsorship is a good move. FLW runs a great circuit, first class. They are every bit as professional and innovative as any other national trail."

Skeeter pro Dean Rojas agrees. He's had two top-10 finishes on the 2004 FLW Tour, seventh on Lake Okeechobee and sixth on Atchafalaya Basin. Rojas said, "I'm glad to see Skeeter hook up with FLW. Its tournament staff is great to work with. They're tuned in to the needs of the anglers. They're very approachable and want to make sure all the competitors get what they need. They're good people at FLW.

On a personal note....being a proud Skeeter owner and tournament angler, this new marriage between Skeeter/FLW gives me a lot more options as to where I can compete. I think a lot of Skeeters owners will feel the same way.

TRAILERING TIPS FOR BETTER GAS ECONOMY:

With gas prices near all time highs, I am always trying to squeeze more "go" for my "mo" with my Skeeter-pushing Yamaha and trailer-pulling Avalanche. Here are some trailering tips from ShoreLand'r trailers.

Check tire pressure on the vehicle and trailer. Low tire pressure can drag both the vehicle and trailer reducing fuel mileage. Low tire pressure can also lead to heat-caused tire failures.

Proper tongue weight is a must. Proper tongue weight should be between 5 to 7 percent of the total tow package, which will include the weight of the boat, all loaded gear and the trailer weight. This helps the trailer tow properly by reducing swaying.

Proper adjustment of your boat to the trailer. Make sure the boat is level on the trailer and the trailer/boat is level when hooked to the vehicle. In adjusting the boat on the trailer, V-frame trailers allow for the lowest adjustment of the boat to the trailer and at the same time enables easy loading and unloading of the boat without any damage to the trailer or boat. Proper boat and trailer adjustment also reduces wind resistance.

Match vehicle's tow rating to trailer weight. When towing, make sure the tow vehicle is capable of towing the boat and trailer package by checking the vehicle's tow rating in the owner's manual. Using a 2,000-lb. tow package to tow a 3,000-lb. boat and trailer package will reduce fuel mileage and is unsafe.

Invest in a boat cover. To further reduce wind resistance, invest in a boat cover. This will reduce the wind drag when towing down the highway. Local marine dealers can be helpful in locating and fitting the right cover. A cover also protects the boat from the elements.

Double-check bearing protectors. Most trailers come with bearing protectors to keep the hubs properly lubed. These need to be checked regularly to make sure they are full of grease. Most bearing protectors can be tested by simply pressing the spring-loaded piston. If the hub has adequate grease, it will rock back and forth slightly, but it will not fully compress. Refer to the trailer owner's manual for specific instructions.

Watch your speed. When towing, accelerate slowly and steadily from complete stops. Maintain constant speeds – if the speed limit is 55 mph, maintain this speed. In interstate driving where the posted speed limit is 65 to 75 mph, consider driving 5 mph slower than the posted speed limit.

AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn. His sponsors include Yamaha/Skeeter Boats and Motors, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Fenwick, G.T. Industries, ReAction Lures, Stanley Jigs Inc, Jay's Carpet One and TTI Industries. He can be reached at 337-463-3848, 409-565-1288 and jsoutdrs@wnonline.net

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