QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks adds two-time 2012 Opens' winner Jason Christie to the QuarterShare “family”. Christie will hand out free QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks to fans and fellow anglers at angling events across the country beginning with the Bassmaster Classic in Oklahoma.
Christie’s earned close to $650,000 at FLW tournaments over the past 12 years, including the prize money from five BFLs on Grand Lake. Christie, an Oklahoma angler who resides at Park Hill near Lake Tenkiller, added another $105,000 in earnings from B.A.S.S. events, including his two Bassmaster Open wins last year. He qualified for the Bassmaster Classic with his July win on the Detroit River in Michigan, fishing in the Northern Open series.
Christie agreed to join the QuarterShare team because of the exceptional quality of their beef sticks and their unique sense and support of community. “QuarterShare”, as the name conveys, shares/donates a quarter of all beef sticks sold to groups who are fundraising or to provide food for charities, Salvation Army and after-school snack programs.
“Jason Christie was a good fit for the QuarterShare “family”. He’s a great angler but that’s not why we asked him to be on our team. It’s because his values align with ours.” said Richard Cranford, Owner and CEO of QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks. “He’s an incredible family man, a very charitable guy and supports a healthful life for his athletic family.”
QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks are gluten free, have 0 trans fat, are only 3.5 grams of fat compared to others’ 13 grams of fat and only 60 calories compared to others’ 150 calories, low in carbohydrates, nut and nut oil free, have no MSG and are 80% beef, 20% pork compared others’ 80% pork, 20% beef.
“It was important to me that children who fundraise using our beef sticks were not selling “empty calories” or sugar-laden snacks,” said Christie. “I was somewhat surprised by how great they taste when they are that healthy. It was also a bonus to me that they are an Oklahoma company and use high quality Midwest beef.”
QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks is a private, for-profit business based in Tulsa, Oklahoma built on two simple principles; quality products and community responsibility. To show your support for Jason Christie go to www.quartershare.com and order some of our gourmet beef sticks. His favorite is “Original” but you can also choose from “Smokey Sweet” or “Jalapeno”. Then click “I support Jason Christie”.
Oklahoma native and Cherokee citizen Jason Christie is competing in his first Bassmaster Classic event next week on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees.
CATOOSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation officials announced today they are teaming up with local pro-angler Jason Christie as he competes in his first Bassmaster Classic.
“The Cherokee Nation is proud to sponsor Jason on his quest to win the Bassmaster tournament,” said Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief. “He is a Cherokee citizen that our people, especially our youth, can look up to and be inspired by. Through his commitment, character and drive, Jason has ascended to the highest ranks of professional fishermen in the nation.”
The sponsorship gives Christie an opportunity to sport his Cherokee pride by displaying the Cherokee Nation seal and the Cherokee Nation Businesses brand on his boat and truck and the businesses brand on his jersey.
“This sponsorship is especially important to me,” said Christie, who will compete Feb. 22 -24 in the event on Grand Lake. “It is an opportunity to represent the Cherokee people and the Cherokee Nation. I am honored to represent my tribe.”
Christie, a native of Tahlequah, grew up fishing local lakes with his father, and five years ago he made his debut on the pro-circuit. So far in his professional career, he has earned 13 top-10 finishes on the national level and has ranked as high as 4th on the FLW Tour after winning eight FLW tournaments.
His most recent accomplishment is earning a spot to compete in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic by snagging a victory last summer in Michigan.
"It seemed like such a long shot,” Christie said. “I didn't know if it was even worth trying. All I knew about that lake was what I saw on the map. But I really wanted to be in the Classic on Grand Lake. It’s my home lake — my favorite — the one I grew up fishing.”
The 2013 Bassmaster Classic, presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, features the top professional bass anglers in the world when they hit the lake next week.
Fans have the chance to meet Christie on Wednesday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information about the meet and greet, visit www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.
Lew's announces the addition of seasoned Bassmaster Elite Series fisherman Marty Robinson and two-time 2012 Opens' winner Jason Christie to the Team Lew's pro staff. Both anglers will be fishing Lew's reels in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic next month on Oklahoma's Grand Lake O' the Cherokees.
Robinson, from Lyman, S.C., has been competing along the Elite Series tournament trail since 2007. He has five top 10 finishes to his credit, including a third place check from the 2012 B.A.S.S. Elite event held in June on Toledo Bend Reservoir. The 2013 Bassmaster Classic will be the second such appearance for Robinson; his first was last year's on the Red River out of the Shreveport-Bossier City, La., area.
Christie, an Oklahoma angler who resides at Park Hill near Lake Tenkiller, has mostly fished FLW tournaments over the past dozen years. He's earned nearly $650,000 on that trail, including the top prize money from five BFLs on Grand Lake. He's also added another $105,000 in earnings from B.A.S.S. events, with most of that coming from his two Bassmaster Open wins last year. One of those, his July win on the Detroit River in Michigan while fishing in the Northern Open series, is what qualified him for the upcoming Bassmaster Classic. He also won the Central Open tournament on Oklahoma's Fort Gibson Lake in September.
Both anglers are known for their versatile fishing skills and are therefore expected to do well in fishing the cold waters of Grand during the February timeframe. Among all Classic contenders, Christie likely has more experience on this particular lake than any of the others anglers, adding even more pressure for him to do well in this event that many consider to be bass fishing's Super Bowl.
"Yes, winning the Bassmaster Classic is a big deal for an angler and his sponsors, but that's not why we've tapped Marty and Jason for Team Lew's," said Lynn Reeves, Lew's CEO. "First and foremost, both of these anglers are classy guys that present themselves well in whatever the circumstances on and off the water. They are simply a good fit for the Lew's brand which has earned its reputation by being a workhorse name that you can always depend on.
"Marty and Jason are joining an elite group of like-minded individuals that make up our team and make us proud every day of the year, not just during the Classic," Reeves added.
By Mark Hicks
Sep 26, 2012
David Hunter Jones/BASS
When Jason Christie learned that the 2013 Bassmaster Classic was slated for Grand Lake, the Oklahoman knew it presented a grand opportunity. The 46,500-acre reservoir is Christie's home turf.
To qualify for the Classic, Christie would have to win one of the Bassmaster Opens, a tall order for any angler.
He rose to the challenge when he fished the second Bass Pro Shops Northern Open at Lake St. Clair. His three limits of smallmouth bass totaled 67 pounds, 4 ounces, enough to claim first place.
Later that summer, Christie, 38, put an exclamation point on his season, winning a Bassmaster Northern Open at Fort Gibson, another Oklahoma reservoir he knows well. In the span of a few months, Christie went from being unknown to Bassmaster fans to being one of the favorites to win the Bassmaster Classic at Grand Lake.
"Fishing the Classic on your home lake is a dream come true," Christie said.
Christie may be new to Bassmaster fans but he has proved to be a skilled tournament fisherman by competing in non-Bassmaster events. His success allowed him to quit a teaching and basketball coaching position at a junior high school and become a full-time bass pro in 2008.
"My dad got me into fishing and hunting early in life," Christie said. "That's where I learned to love and respect the outdoors."
Published September 7, 2012
Any angler can go randomly flipping around grass or cover and catch a few bass. That should not surprise anyone, but why just settle for a few fish when you can catch more and better bass. The key to better flipping comes from knowing when to fish a quick-sinking lure or a slow-falling lure, and what to do after the lure settles to the bottom.
FLW Tour and B.A.S.S. professional angler Jason Christie always thinks flipping first when approaching a tournament. He's so good at it, he even has a new signature series flipping rod coming out.
Catching better bass for Christie comes down to how fast the lure falls, or "rate of fall."
"For me, I pick the lure and weight by the water clarity," he said. "The clearer the water; the faster I want the lure to fall."
Christie says that when fishing impoundments with gin clear water, like Beaver Lake and Table Rock, he wants a fast falling lure anytime the water temperature is more than 70 degrees. When water temperature gets very cold, however, he'll begin considering a slower-sinking jig for his flipping.
The technique of flipping is done on a short line. With the reel in free spool and thumb holding the spool motionless, the angler takes the jig in his off hand (the one not holding the rod) and swings the rod to pendulum the bait toward a target in the cover, while removing the tension his thumb has been applying to the spool. The result is that the lure hits the target as quietly as possible, right in the face of the bass. Bass then strike the lure out of a feeding response or reaction strike. Christie believes that more than 75 percent of the strikes he gets while flipping are reaction strikes.
"You know, it's hard to tell if it's a reaction strike or a feeding strike when you flip it in and you get a bite," he said. "In practice sometimes, I'll flip the jig in there, get a strike and not jerk; the bass swims a couple feet and drops the lure. I think that's a reaction bite. Then, sometimes the bass will swim and swim and swim with it. I think that's a feeding bite."
Christie believes that flipping a lure next to cover or structure is like putting it into their living room. You will get a reaction of some kind from the bass.
"That's why it's such a good technique to catch bass everywhere across the country. It can be either a feeding response or reaction strike."
For Christie, lure selection depends on the time of the year. A large percentage of the time, Christie uses a heavy BOOYAH jig with a soft-plastic crawfish trailer, or simply the soft plastic alone. Lately, he said he's been using the YUM Wooly Bug (Texas-rigged, sans jig). Color combinations are black-and-blue or green pumpkin.
Selecting line for flipping is a challenge for every angler simply due to the massive number of styles and sizes. Christie keeps it simple. (Why not? It's been the foundation of his success.)
"I like to use fluorocarbon fishing line when flipping; in fact that's what I use almost always, regardless of technique. Although, I do use braid when flipping grass mats or sometimes around vegetation," explained Christie.
Christie warns anglers considering sink-rate to think about more than just the weight of the jig or sinker. A bulky trailer like a 4½-inch YUM F2 Mighty Bug is going to fall a lot slower than the 3 ¼-inch Wooly Bug. The number of appendages sticking or shape - flat versus round -- out will also make a difference in the sink rate.
The style of the lure can also make a difference. A ribbon tail worm flipped into a grass mat just doesn't work. The tail will wrap around every little piece of grass not allowing it to fall. Good soft plastics for flipping or "punching" grass features a compact body and short appendages, such as the YUM F2 Big Show Craw.
Randomly flipping around cover or structure catches a few bass, but you'll catch more fish by following Christie's advice and accurately flipping the right lure. It takes practice, but when you can put a jig into a coffee cup from 10-feet away, nine out of 10 times, you'll be ready.
Skipping Rocks, Doc(k)!
Dock after dock after dock -- all day long it was the same thing. Some of the docks had one bass under them and others had two or three. It was proving to be the best way to get a quality bite, but the technique required just the right touch.
"It's like skipping rocks, only you are using a fishing pole and a lure," said Beaver Lake fishing guide Brad Wiegmann.
The skipping technique is all about having the right angle. When skipping light lures it's best to use a spinning rig. Leave about 14 inches from lure to the end of the rod, open the bail and bring the rod back parallel or slight pointing toward the water. Then, simply use a sidearm cast to skip the lure to its destination. It's skipping a heavier lure with a baitcasting rig that gives some anglers fits.
"Put the reel on free-spool and use adequate force to swing the lure parallel to the water," Wiegmann said. "After the lure stops, take your pocket knife and cut out the tangled mess. Retie and repeat, until you have no more over-priced fluorocarbon line on your reel. Lay down this pole and grab the next, and repeat the process until all the line is removed. At this point, it's customary to say 'the he#% with it,' grab a topwater rod and go throw a Zara Spook."
Seriously, though, Wiegmann did eventually provide useful instructions on skipping with a baitcaster, once he stopped laughing at his hilarious joke. He suggests setting the brake on the reel to the level where the line comes off smoothly, and re-adjusting it each time you change lures.
"Once set, the only brake is your thumb, so use it wisely," he said. "Side-arm similar to the way it's done with a spinning rig, in one fluid motion. While the lure is skipping, the angler should be lightly feathering the line."
Wiegmann noted that he uses a wacky rig in early spring around docks and walkways near where fish are staging to spawn. He switches to a white BOOYAH jig with a white grub once the shad spawn gets rolling. During summer, Wiegmann likes a Mighty Craw in watermelon red to mimic a panicked bream or bluegill.