Check out my current standings in the various tournament trails that I'm fishing:
Nate is sponsored by:
I’d like to thank all my sponsors for giving me the support to consistently catch lots of fish using the best baits and equipment out there. Being a competitive Bass Angler is my passion and the support you give motivates me to fish at a higher level. Thank you.
I would also like to mention how excited I am to be on board with Deep South Fishing Rods and the DSFR Team. Deep South uses more graphite than other brands on the market, which is what makes the difference in their rods. A huge thanks to the owners, Rich and Kevin, two great guys who have the ideas and experience to produce an outstanding rod.
Plus, I would like to introduce an outstanding, hand-crafted, topwater lure company, East Texas Big Bass Lures. Prop style baits beautifully painted to match whatever type of forage (25 colors for sale) and paint that will last like no other brands on the market. Here are a couple snapshots to see the great designs. This is a quality bait that all anglers should have in their arsenal for the price. Please contact me about purchasing these.
Line and Lure Conditioner ( www.lineandlure.com ) is one new item that I think all anglers need to have. We all spend the money on the rod, the reel, the line, the tackle, and so on, but what puts those fish in the boat? Your line. If that line is properly conditioned, it will last longer and cast farther, and that's just a couple of great things this product will give you. You know how the water sticks to your line and brings it all the way back to your reel, then your hands get wet? In cold weather, that really sucks, but with Line and Lure Conditioner, the water falls off before it hits the tip of rod. It will also repel salt, if you were fishing saltwater. Spray it on your reels, too, and you won't get the corrosion down the road. It is awesome stuff; you need to get some. They also have a product called BTS ( Bow To Stern ) which keeps your boat protected from UV rays, the scum around the boat, and mold. Once you clean your boat, just spray it on and wipe it down. You will see the difference when your trying to keep your boat clean. When ordering, please mention my name for possible sample products.
And, another new sponsor: JJ's Magic, the ultimate in scent and dye's. This product outdoes other brands on the market by far. JJ's Magic won't break down the plastics like others will. Their scent is twice as strong and lasts twice as long. This is another great product that I love to share with my fellow anglers looking to put more fish in the boat. Besides, at the end of the day, that's all it's about.
Thanks again to the whole Sponsor Team. When you become a customer, be sure to tell 'em this:
"I want to catch more fish and bigger fish than Nate Bloom."
- Nathan Bloom, Bass Master
Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish,
and you'll be chasing him out of your pond all summer long.
- Clarence Johnston, Nate's great-grandfather
Nathan Bloom, born 1976 in Carbondale, IL, caught his first bass from shore at Kentucky Lake using a Texas-rigged plastic worm - before he was 2 years old! It was a 2.5 pounder. As a third-generation freshwater sport fisherman, Nate has shared fishing stories with his family and friends since he could talk. All this early training paid off. Nate participates in many tournaments each year as a member of Courtesy Anglers with his partner Tom Burk.
October 2003, Nathan finished first place out of 200 amateurs all three days at the Citgo Bassmasters Southern Open Trail Tournament held on Lake Okeechobee, October 17-19, 2003. He weighed in 8 pounds more bass than his closest competitor on the first day and kept his lead to 5 lbs on the 3rd day (in spite of fighting a cold) to claim the top prize. Nate's prize: a brand new $25,000 Skeeter bass boat with a 150 hp Yamaha engine!
Nathan lives in Orlando, Florida, with his lovely wife, Jackie, two young sons, Joey and Ethan, and his new baby daughter, Kenzie. He continues to avidly pursue the sport and shares his enthusiasm and tips with anyone who will listen.
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I’m proud to be on board with my friend's new bait company. A real Tournament Angler making cutting edge baits to take any Angler to the next level. With a lot of thought and hard work on these baits, he's created a formula that separates his baits from the others.
When this special formula activates in the baits, they become juicy and slick. This gives you a bait that naturally slides through cover more easily and creates a slick the Bass will actually seek. When prefishing for tournaments, it is not uncommon to try to shake a fish off and literally have them hang on until you are pulling them nearly out of the water. Please check out his web site at www.gitembaits.com, and when purchasing make sure to mention my name for promotional items. If there’s any questions on ordering or the baits please contact me via e-mail.
What unique styles and colors this fine North Carolina custom-poured bait company offers. At low prices you get more than your money’s worth. You get results, BIG ones!
I’m honored to be a part of Creek Critters and their future growth. Please check out their web site at www.creekcritters.com, and, when purchasing, be sure to mention my name for promotional items. If you have any questions about the baits or about ordering, please contact me via e-mail.
Soft plastic frogs are a big bass bait you must have in your tackle box. The big paddle feet make a thumping noise when reeled across the water. This is a bait that attracts the big ones. I like to use the Melon color with a green top and a white underbelly. Make a long cast over thick grass or lily pads and reel the frog back at a medium to fast pace. You can also pause it over an opening in the cover to give hesitant bass a second chance. Hang on: the strikes are explosive!
This rig can be tried for a couple different things. Make a leader with a light hook (1/0, 2/0, or 3/0) and a swivel. The length of the leader is up to you to figure out. A good standard length is 12" to 18", but I've caught fish on all lengths from 6" to 5 feet. This type of fishing is not power fishing, so you want to use 10 to 17 lb test line for your leader. You can use heavier line for your main line. On your main line add your weight and glass bead and then tie your main to the other side of your swivel/leader. You will have to try different weights for deep or shallow water or for soft or hard bottoms. That is one of the best things about a C-Rig, it helps you find hard or soft bottom or brush piles, rocks, wood... etc. Favorite baits for this are Trick worms, Finesse worms, and Lizards, but you can try anything to get them to bite.
When all else fails, get out your heavy rod, strong line, and go in after them. When conditions are tuff, the fish get into the thickest stuff they can find, and we have to figure out how to get them out. Texas rig a worm, craw, lizard, or any creature bait in the tackle box. The thicker the cover, the heavier the weight. I like the 1/2 to 3/4 oz for most fishing and have used 1 oz tungsten weights when conditions call for it. The bait has to fall through the cover and hit bottom, when this happens let it sit for a couple of seconds and then hop it or shake it a few times before taking it out and relocating it.
TIP: Keep looking for different types of cover like grass, Maidencane, Hydrilla, Lily pads, Wood, so on and so on. You do have to cover a lot of water to locate fish, but normally, when you do find them, they're stacked in tight.
This is the most common fresh water lure for the Big Green Fish. A bullet type weight and a 3/0 to 5/0 hook is standard. I like to peg the weight with a tooth pick to keep the weight from sliding on the line. Push the hook point through the head of the worm and pull it down and spin it to bring the point back to the body of the worm. Push the point through the body of the worm making sure that the hook and the worm are straight, then push the point back into the worm which is called "Skin Hooked" this makes it weedless. You can fish it shallow or deep, fast or slow. They either hit it on the way down, or when you twitch it on the bottom, or when you allow it to rest motionless for several minutes - called "Dead Sticking". A good solid hook set is important to keep 'em on the line while you drag 'em to the boat.
Nate poses with the officers of his Fan Club at Lake Istokpoga. From Left to Right: Brent Wysong, Chip Dover, Nate, Tom Burk, and Big Bass Bob. Chip finished first place in the tournament that day, and Nate grabbed Angler of the Year for 2008 plus Big Bass of 2008.
Some of his latest catches:
In July, I took out my new friends from St.Louis for a taste of Florida fishin' on Johns Lake near Clermont. The big fish that Steve Gregg caught weighed 7 lbs. This was the first time fishing in the Sunshine State for Steve and his 14-year-old son, John Mark. Not a bad day. We also caught 25 other fish for the day. Besides keeping the net busy with bass including his biggest so far, John Mark took some great photos that day, too!
For more pictures, see the Photo Gallery.
Always offer to bait your date's hook, especially on the first date.
- from the Redneck Book of Etiquette
Changes last made on: 17 May, 2009