Fishing with Captain Joe Testa

Capt. Joe Testa, owner of No Fish Left Behind Fishing Guide Service has been fishing since he was a little kid. “Fishing for me is more than a business, it’s a passion and a pursuit. I love to catch fish, and I love to help other people learn how to catch fish. One of the keys to helping people catch fish is having the right equipment. That’s where Okuma comes into the picture. We started using Okuma rods and reels and fell in love with them right away. A rod and reel combo in the Helios series weighs around 10 ounces. These lightweight combos are super sensitive and yet have the ability to land big fish.”

Capt. Joe has two locations where he likes to guide. Inland lakes in Michigan for walleyes using super aggressive techniques, and The majestic Lake George in upstate New York where he focuses his efforts on beautiful smallmouth bass and monstrous lake trout.

“This past summer we expanded our repertoire on Lake George when we started jigging for lake trout in deep water. We used spoons and plastics and found the Helios 7’ MH spinning rod paired with a Helios HSX-30 spinning reel to be the perfect tool for the job. We caught a lot of nice fish, including some fish that had to push the ten to twelve pound mark.”

“The baits we used were pretty basic. Our most successful plastic was a 4-5” minnow style bait on a 1 oz. Old Fart Lure jighead. With lake trout, your two best colors for plastics are white and white! We used Garmin’s LakeVu HD ultra maps to find key areas to fish – mostly looking for humps coming out of deep water.  We scouted for humps that topped out at 80-90 FOW often with 100-130’ of water around them. Often the key was to scoot around the humps looking for fish and drop down right on top of them. If that didn’t work, we would work the edges of the hump where active lake trout were trapping bait up against the rocky bottom.”

 

When it comes to catching big fish Capt. Joe loves using the Okuma Helios rod and Helios spinning reel.

The Helios 7’ MH gave me a super lightweight rod with a lot of backbone to set the hook in 100 feet of water and the Helios HSX-30 reel’s super smooth drag performed flawlessly when a big trout would peel off a pile of line as it dove for the bottom. We love to expose clients to Okuma rods and reels because we believe in their products.”

“We would love to expose you to these products if you are ever in the Lake George area and want to tangle with a big Laker!”

Joe Testa

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What is CFR?- Cyclonic Flow Rotor

With the introduction of the Inspira Spinning Reel in 2015 and the new Helios SX Spinning Reels, people often ask us about the features.  One of the key features we get asked about often is, What is CFR?  CFR stands for Cyclonic Flow Rotor.

          Helios SX CFR

 

The Cyclonic Flow Rotor (CFR) was designed to create a “cyclonic” airflow, which significantly increases air flow through the ported rotor.

Cyclonic Flow Rotor

This thoroughly tested design allows for a much faster drying time if the reel becomes wet, minimizing corrosion possibilities throughout the reel.

CFR also creates a lighter weight and a more rigid rotor which reduces the flex and rotational coherence and creates a more precise mechanical operation.

CFR Rotor Design

Within this light weight design, Okuma utilizes its C-40X carbon technology in its new Helios SX Spinning Reels.  The C-40X carbon technology utilizes a specially blended graphite polymer.  The carbon fibers in the material are elongated and reinforced, creating a substantially stronger composite than standard graphite materials.  At 25% lighter, 1.5 times stronger and 100% anti corrosive, C-40X translates into an extremely lightweight and durable construction. The Inspira Spinning Reels feature standard graphite with its CFR.

Inspira CFR

                  Inspira CFR

The CFR can be found in both the Inspira Spinning Reel as well as the new Helios SX Spinning Reels.

Helios SX CFR

Helios SX Spinning Reels Showcase Light Weight And Superior Strength Of Okuma C-40X Construction

As materials advance, fishing rods and reels continue to get lighter, while also increasing in power and durability. Okuma Helios SX spinning reels combine advanced design and C-40X long-strand carbon fiber construction to deliver fantastic handling with exceptional strength for freshwater and inshore saltwater fisheries.

Helios SX spinning reel

Helios SX reels are the culmination of superior design, materials and construction that come together to create an light, powerful spinning reel for freshwater and inshore saltwater.

The body, side plate and rotor of the Helios SX are constructed of Okuma C-40X long-strand carbon fiber. Where graphite reel construction utilizes powder suspended in resin, C-40X uses strands of carbon fiber that become interwoven thousands of times. The necessary quantity of resin is lower, and finished parts are both more precise and deliver superior strength. Parts constructed from C-40X carbon fiber are 25% lighter and 50% stronger than their graphite counterparts. C-40X construction is also completely corrosion-free.

C-40X construction is not only stronger than graphite, it’s also more rigid. By eliminating flex under normal fishing loads, C-40X delivers superior alignment of internal parts. Flex, and its associated movement, is what causes the most wear on internal parts. By maintaining a rigid structural platform, C-40X construction increases the longevity of all internal parts and systems.

Beginning with exceptional C-40X construction, new Helios SX reels then utilize top design technologies. At the back end of the reel and including the reel stem and foot is Okuma Torsion Control Armor. This unique design anchors the reel body within a wide yoke. Under stress, this wide footprint virtually eliminates flex and twist. Furthermore, it maintains a firm connection between the internal gears. Under load, the main gear of a spinning reel wants to push outward. By firmly stabilizing the body from the exterior, positive gear connection is maintained throughout the life of the reel.

The C-40X Cyclonic Flow Rotor on Helios SX reels includes more than stunning good looks. Short of elite-level reels with fully sealed bodies, most reels seek to minimize water intrusion beneath the spool with extra structure. The issue becomes that water inevitably enters, and these partially-sealed systems then make it difficult to get that water out. On the Helios SX, the full rotor system is ported to an extreme level. Instead of guarding against water intrusion, the Cyclonic Flow Rotor focuses on evacuating water from the system and drying the reel out. The shape of the rotor envelopes the system in a circular airflow. By simply using the reel, water is driven from it and accumulated moisture dried. In rainy environments, the rotor system dries faster than a traditional design when both are put into dry storage after a wet day of fishing.

Helios SX spinning reels include three sizes: HSX-20, HSX-30 and HSX-40. Additionally, the 40 size is available with high-speed 5.8:1 gearing, the HSX-40S. Internal systems include eight stainless steel and corrosion-resistant High Performance Bearings and one roller bearing. The main gear is cut from aluminum for light weight and outstanding strength. The machine cut brass pinion gear keeps the Helios SX extremely smooth.

MSRP of Helios SX spinning reels is $129.99 and are backed by the Okuma 1-Year Limited Warranty.

Wire-to-Wire Victory for Lassagne at the B.A.S.S. State Championship

Weighing limits of 13-10, 11-10 and 12-4 at the B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Championship, Mark Lassagne from San Ramon, Calif. On the final day edged out Rod Brown and Jason Hemminger as the California State Boater champion advancing to the B.A.S.S. Nation Nationals. Lassagne also earned the A.R.E. Top Angler award of $250 as the top-finisher, using the brand’s truck caps.

lassagne_BASS_Western_Championship

Lassagne stated he had one goal this week, which was to win his state and advance to the Nationals for a shot to compete at the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. He added that he was very proud of his travel partner Michael Coleman who earned the non-boater championship for California. They will both be traveling back to the national event together.

“The practice session at Lake Mead started out tough,” said Lassagne. “I only landed a few fish each day, but those few fish gave me the confidence to expand on what little I found.”

The key was fishing into the fish rather than what’s happening right now. So many times we fish the fish that are biting right now, but are moving away from that pattern. Lassagne figured with the nice weather the fish would be on the move to spawn, but he knew most anglers would be targeting the usual spawning places. With that in mind he decided to look for the out of the way spots, those subtle places that others wouldn’t look. Each day after boating a limit, he had to search for new water for the next day as each of his spots only held a fish or two.

“I found all of my spots using my 1040XS Garmin,” he stated. “The depth shading option on the Garmin was the key. Since the lake was over a 100 ft down, the normal mapping would show the coves going way back but with the depth shading you could see exactly where each cove ended.”

Lassagne’s fish were caught in less than 2 ft of water on a 5 inch, green pumpkin Yamamoto Senko.

The western pro had his plastic wacky-rigged on a Gamakatsu #2 dropshot hook with 10 lb braid married to 8 lb Sunline fluorocarbon spooled on a 7 ft, medium-action Okuma Helios spinning rod and a 2500 Helios spinning reel.

Helios Spinning

 

“The Helios set up played an important role in my success as I needed a sensitive rod and a reel that could make a long cast,” added Lassagne. “I would position the boat about 30 yds. from the back of a cove and cast the open-hook Senko on to the bank. I would drag it in the water to about a foot deep, wait for about 30 seconds, make another cast and then head to the next cove.”

Helios SPinning Rod

 

Follow Mark Lassagne on Facebook www.facebook.com/marklassagnefishing or at www.marklassagne.com

 

Marine Bass Angler – Mark Lassagne, from San Ramon, California is a popular pro bass angler, former US Marine, outdoor writer, guide, promoter and top competitor. In addition Mark is the editor-in-chief of Bass Angler Magazine