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Vic`s Sports Center Boating & Fishing NewsReel
Issue 30 ~~~~ July 17, 2008 ~~~~ #071708

* Latest News around Vic's
* FLW Tour News - Detroit River - Victor Finishes Second!!
* The X-Series 2008 Tournaments - Shenango Results and Pics
* 2008 Boat Specials & Promotion
* New 2008 Boats Available - Ranger Z520 / Stratos 486SF
* Pre-Enjoyed Boats Specials - 2005 Stratos 201 Pro XL only $26K!
* Consignment Shop - NEW in June, 2008
* The Machine that Helps You to Fish Your Best
* The Better Half Tour - Couples Only!
* One More Cast


Hello & Welcome to the Thursday edition of the
Vic's Sports Center Boating & Fishing NewsReel.

This edition is going out to more than 1,200+ subscribers. I thank you sincerely for letting me visit your computer and taking the time to stay
up-to-date on the latest news at Vic's.

I'm trying something a little different this week, as you can already tell. I wanted to "dress up" the newsletter, but didn't want it to get caught up in
email filters and spam boxes.

So, I blended a little of both, and that brief email that brought you here was step one. This is step two.

Please take a minute to send me an email to tell me what you think of the new format. Just a quick note to

God Bless America and those who fight for it. Keep in your prayers all the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters watching over our country that protect our rights and freedoms to enjoy this land and the great outdoors.

Let's get to it......

FLW Tour Notes - Detroit River - Victor Second Place! Just 3 oz.!

The FLW Tour fished the Detroit River this past weekend. After Day 1 - and a new FLW Tour all time record for the day-one heaviest total catch - Victor led the field with 21-11.

Normally heading for Lake Erie, Victor fished Lake St. Clair on all four days and it paid off. Ultimately, he finished second, just three ounces behind winner Alvin Shaw.

For the complete story on the FLW site, just click here.

The 2008 X-Series - Shenango Results & Pics Posted!

The X-Series bass tournaments are two events through, and just 35 points separates first place and 10th place.

Unlike the Berlin Lake event, where Bobby Nash was chewing his fingernails and had four cigarettes lit at the same time (he had the winning bag), the Shenango Reservoir event was won by over a 2.5# margin by Main and Murray - who also posted Big Bass with a 4.46#.

The complete results are posted for the first three events, and Current Points Standings are also updated. Oh, and I've got the photo galleries current too.

Go to The X-Series website to check it all out.

Next stop is Mosquito Lake on July 27th. See you on the water!

2008 Specials & Promotions
Stratos Boats announced that this year you can now DOUBLE your First Place tournament winnings if you are the owner of a 2007, 2008, or 2009 model year Stratos boat.

That's a pretty cool deal. I had the opportunity to test run a new Stratos 186XT rigs last November and was very impressed! We have one of them right now in the showroom. Please feel free to swing on by and get a close up look at this new Stratos.


New Boats at Vic's!
We have a couple of new boats on the website this week, including a new Stratos Ski-n-Fish plus a Ranger Z520 that is ready for you to customize with your choice of electronics.

We apologize to those of you who have been trying to get a hold of a new Starcraft Islander or FishMaster. These boats have been very difficult to find and obtain, and we have actually purchased boats from other dealers to get them in here. Thankfully, we are down to about a one or two week window of time until these boats hit the production line again.

The reason? Starcraft has moved their plant to an updated facility, and are just getting back into the swing of things.

I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out these new 2008's...

2008 Ranger 178VS
Here is your chance to
own a Ranger boat for
the lowest price we have EVER offered. This is
rock-bottom pricing
on a top level boat!

Single console 2007 Ranger 178VS, powered by a Yamaha VMAX 150 with stainless prop and hydraulic steering - eligible for all Ranger Cup incentive money AND Vic`s tournament bonus money! A Minn Kota MAXXUM 70# provides your fishing locomotion up front. A matching folding fishing seat and pro seat are included.

Fishing equipped with Lowrance X135 flush mounted at the dash, two large rod compartments - both with rod organizers - on the from deck. There is a large center tackle compartment, and a front deck extension is available for more fishing space. Your passenger will appreciate the rod ramp and organizer.

The rear deck features a tournament-size divided livewell, and flanking it are two large storage compartments for more tackle or your other gear. The maintenance compartment has a two-bank Ranger charger to keep your batteries ready to go.

Rides on a matching RangerTrail RoadArmor trailer with matching fenders, aluminum wheels and spare, swing-away tongue, disc brakes, ratchet strap tie-downs, a deluxe Ranger cover, and LED lighting.

One of the BEST DEALS on a Ranger Boat so far this year - and there is PLENTY of time to get into this boat and go fishing. Contact Erich at the shop at 330-673-7600, or feel free to email me anytime and make some time to come and check out this Ranger 178VS!

For more pics details, simply click on the boat 178VS pics boat above, or just click here and browse through this BRAND NEW RANGER!

2008 Stratos 486SF

Family time. Making the
most of every minute is more important than ever
and this new 2008 Stratos 486SF can take you and
your family on the water
to have some FUN.

2008 Stratos 486 SF Ski-n-Fish, powered by a Yamaha 150 Four Stroke with hydraulic steering. On the bow, fishing power is supplied by a Minn Kota PowerDrive with 55# thrust. A Humminbird PirahnaMAX 215 is mounted at the console. Plus a Jensen AM/FM CD Stereo is Sirius Ready...and seriously ready to kick some tunes on the water.

Two-tone grey seats, including two racy-style buckets for driver and passenger, plus two single seats and a double bench in the second row with storage underneath. Front bow cushions for relaxing on the front or for taking a leisurely cruise around the lake. Bimini top included!

Rides on a single axle StratosTrail trailer with Road Armor (made in the Ranger Boats plant!). Features include brakes, chrome wheels, and a swingaway tongue.

For more pics (you know me!) and more details, simply click on the boat 486SF boat above, or just click here and browse through this Stratos!

2008 Ranger Z520
Similar to the snazzy
2007 Ranger Cup Z21,
this brand new Z520 is
a performance driven
fishing machine, ready
for you to outfit to suit
your style of fishing.

2008 Ranger Z520 Comanche the new top performance standard in bass fishing boats. Big power is courtesy of the new, more fuel efficient Yamaha 250 VMAX Series 2. Fishing power up front is provided by a Minn Kota MAXXUM Pro with 101# thrust for all day, go anywhere fishing.

Where should I start? This is NOT a pre-optioned can select YOUR CHOICE of electronics - we are an authorized dealer of both Humminbird and Lowrance. Fishing amenities include PLENTY of front deck features - center rod box and tackle storage, plus a front cooler!

Performance features include a hydraulic jack plate, Hot Foot, Pro Trim for jack plate and trim, and a full Ranger cover. Rides on a matching RangerTrail Road Armor trailer with aluminum wheels and spare, brakes, COOL hubs, swing-away tongue, and retractable tie-down straps.

For 30+ pics and more details, simply click on the Z520 above, or just click here and check out this Ranger flagship!

Pre*Enjoyed Boats at Vic's
We have been getting in some really NICE trades. Please make time to call us or come down if you are interested in any of these boats or any that you see in our Pre*Enjoyed inventory online.

2005 Stratos 201 Pro XL

Bass and Walleye Boats
magazine listed this 201
Pro XL as one of the best
riding boats in ANY water
they`d been in. Imagine
how sweet it is in calm

Motor Warranty until 2012!

White, grey, and green 2005 Stratos 201 Pro XL single console, powered by an Evinrude E-Tec 225 H.O. and three-blade stainless prop for water rocket performance. On the bow is a Minn Kota MAXXUM Pro 80# for quiet fishing power and a recessed trolling motor pedal for comfortable all day angling. Electronics feature two Lowrance LMS-332c GPS fish finders - one flush mounted at the bow and the other flush mounted at the console.

Four compartments on the front deck - two rod sized compartments (with a rod organizer in the port box) and two center storage compartments. I`ve seen a lot of tackle storage systems but I have to be honest - the center tackle storage on this Stratos is far and away the best I have seen. check out the pics.

There is a handy front step-up cooler, and a small item tray for your passenger. Grey and silver upholstery with two pro/lean seats on hydraulic pedestals.

Performance rigged with Hot Foot, Pro Trim, Sea Star hydraulic steering, and a Slidemaster manual jack plate. A measuring board is built in right below the passenger seat. A Stratos Special Editon Dual Pro charger makes battery maintenance quick and easy.

Rides on a StratosTrail tandem trailer with aluminum wheels and spare, brakes, stainless steel fenders. Contact Erich at the shop at the shop at 330-673-7600 and stop by to see this Stratos 201 Pro XL. It is worth the drive if you are serious about your fishing!

Take a look at this Ranger 620Vs Fisherman here

2003 ProCraft 210
Super Pro

The Black Knight

225 Optimax Power.
Tournament Ready.
Dual Console. GPS.
Great Shape.

ProCraft 210 Super Pro

Black cherry and silver 2003 Procraft 210 Super Pro, the Procraft flagship boat for years. Big power comes from a Mercury 225 Optimax, spinning a three blade stainless prop. On the bow, a MotorGuide Tour Edition 82# trolling motor with recessed pedal for all day fishing in any condition.

Electronics include a Lowrance LCX-15 with GPS at the console and an X87 at the bow, along with a Zercom console flasher. This Super Pro has a pro seat and folding fishing seat. The console seats are in excellent condition, and there is storage available under both seats and the center step.

Performance rigged with Sea Star hydraulic steering, keel guard, and 10" setback manual jack plate. Rides on a matching Procraft tandem axle trailer with fiberglass fenders, aluminum wheels and spare, front step, and swingaway tongue.

Click this link for more details on this 210 Super Pro!

2001 Ranger 520VX
Boats come in here all the time, but this is one of those special rigs.

Honestly, it doesn't even look like the carpet has been walked on.

Dual console 2001 Ranger 520VX Comanche, powered by a dealer maintained 2001 Mercury 225 Optimax that received new spark plugs and a water pump in 2007. This boat is in great condition.

On the bow, there is a 2007 Minn Kota MAXXUM Pro 101# with a 52`` shaft and Universal Sonar for Lake Erie smallmouth angling. To make sure you are on the fish all day, there are three brand new 2007 Delco Voyager 30-Series deep cycle batteries included. The on board 4-bank charger keeps you fully charged for the next time out.

Fully equipped electronics - a Lowrance 102c in the bow and an X85 in the console, plus a Lowrance 1240 flasher in the dash and a 4000M GPS Chartplotter on a RAM Mount next to the console.

This is a top performance rig with a Bob's 8" hydraulic jack plate with height gauge, dual Pro Trim for fingertip trim and jack plate adjustments. Also a Hot Foot throttle and Hamby`s keel protector.

Rides on a single axle RangerTrail trailer with matching fenders, disc brakes, COOL hubs, and swing-away tongue. The trailer hardware is all stainless steel. A deluxe Ranger cover is included, perhaps the slickest boat cover I`ve ever seen...and the best cover out there.

Click here and see what I mean about this Ranger 520VX Comanche

Vic's Consignment Shop - NEW in June! GREAT Boats Available!
Just opened! This will give those of you who are simply selling your boats outright an avenue to advertise and market them, with the resources of a dealer to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

1991 Sun Tracker 21
We normally don't have
access to many pontoon
boats, so if you are in the
market for one......

This is a very well taken care of boat that you'd mistake for a boat
10 years newer.

Pontoon Season is HERE NOW!
Whooo! Just in time for SUMMER FUN!

Just arrived from it`s home lake, I snapped these photos at the owner`s house and this pontoon boat is NICE. We`ve sold two other boats for this gentleman, and he maintains his gear in a first class way.

1991 Bass Tracker 21 Party Barge in excellent condition. Powered by a 2005 Mercury 15 BigFoot Four Stroke on a Panther Model 35 electric trim and tilt bracket.

This pontoon is ready to, excuse the pun, PARTY! Fully equipped with a through-deck MotorGuide WhisperGuide with 34# thrust, Humminbird LCR-400 ID fish finder at the helm, Seaworthy AM/FM Stereo with cassette, plus a mini gas grill. And there`s more...built-in cooler, snack table, Bimini top, swim ladder, and a changing curtain.

Rides on a DRIVE-ON pontoon trailer with spare, newer bunk carpeting, and a mooring cover. There are over 40 pictures of this pontoon boat, I urge you to click the link below and take a look....

REALLY a nice boat. Give Erich a call at 330-673-7600 or 330-990-1711 and get yourself, and several of your friends and family, into this 21` Party Barge and create some golden 2008 memories!

Let the Summer FUN loose on this Sun Tracker 21 Pontoon!

How to Improve Your Fishing Performance

Yes, I know that practicing flipping in the front room or garage is one definition of staying fit. Your fishing skills are up to you.

What I'm referring to here is keeping your entire body as fit as your skills - and, in most cases - more physically fit that you have EVER been.

What's really cool? This fitness program requires NO WEIGHTS.

Not even a split shot. No kidding.

Not only will this program work your body but it will take your mind to a new level of awareness and concentration - which is pretty important in virtually any area of your life.

If you have the discipline to DO THIS - in one month you WILL see and feel noticable changes. It's going to take a commitment from YOU, and this is one of those times when you know you should.

Tell you is one move from the workout. It is in pictures and also has streaming video. Do that move for 30 days and you will notice a difference in yourself.

And it WILL IMPROVE YOUR FISHING because it is utilizing the same muscles that you use when you are on the water.

Click here, do this easy exercise and see for yourself.

"Your NoWeightsWorkout has helped me lean down from 265# to 255# in a little over a month...your instruction is straight forward & easy to learn, as well as not being full of the typical BS you find out there on strength training." - Dale

My son's 6th degree Black Belt instructor put this together, and I want to share this with you so you can reap the lifetime benefits of this simple yet challenging workout program.

It is an e-book, so you can be working out this evening!

By special arrangement for Vic's subscribers, when you purchase online use this coupon and get a $3 savings!

Copy and paste this special code in the coupon space during checkout - "6BV3RNM"

ENJOY your longer and more vibrant LIFE!

The Better Half Tour - Couples Only!
As many of you know, I fish bass tournaments with my wife. She didn't fish at all when she met me, but she's a quick learner and now does pretty darn well. I'm really proud of her.

That inspired me to ask who would be interested in a local couples tournament circuit, and I've had responses from about eight other couples who would like to get something like this started.

Not strictly the husbands and wives, but perhaps mother and son or father and daughter. Who knows...sister and brother - as long a there aren't too many breakables in the boat.

I think it is a great way to spend some time with someone you should. Quality time and the memories you'll smile about the rest of your life comes from spending time together. After all, it's not about the 'things' in life, it's about the people that you touch, love, and inspire.

Quality time can't be scheduled. Quality time is a result of the quantity of time you invest. You just never know when those special and magical moments occur. All they need is the opportunity to happen.

What better way to enjoy the outdoors with someone you care about?

If this is something that you (or someone you know) would be interested in, please just drop me a note at this address:

Simply email me at "". If you have already expressed interest, watch your email for updates!

We are definitely going to make this happen this year, and I am looking forward to meeting and fishing with all of you!

One More Cast

Old car, marine, or lawn tractor batteries that are no longer good can be a pain to get rid of. Bring them up to the shop next time you visit, and I'll be glad to take them to a recycling center for you.

It helps us for better fishing, our health, and helps our kids appreciate the outdoors. And it's easy. It makes me feel better, as it helps preserve what we all love.

Recycling one aluminum can recovers over 96% of the energy and resouces needed to create one. That makes sense.

Please take the time and effort to recycle. Our continued good fishing, the environment, and our children and grandchildren deserve this consideration.

And thanks for caring.

The Vic's newsletter is shareware! I'd sincerely appreciate it if you'd take just a minute to forward this issue of the Vic's Boating & Fishing NewsReel to any of your friends that you think haven't heard of us.

Who knows...They may be on the water this year - and will have you to thank. Just a click or two and that's it. It will make you feel better.

Thanks again for being a loyal subscriber and taking a minute or three of your busy day to read this edition of our newsletter. If you've any ideas that you'd like to see here, take a second and send me a note!

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See you on the water, at the shop, or in the next issue of the Vic's Boating & Fishing NewsReel!

Be Safe & Have FUN!

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