As any competitive athlete will tell you, focus and attention to detail are imperative to success no matter what your sport or activity.  Our sport of fishing is no different in that respect.  In order to be at your best you have to avoid  two important obstacles:  loss of stamina and pain.  We’ve all had a day on the water where there was a nagging ache or pain that hindered that perfect cast or a loss of stamina in the last hours of a tournament that could have made the difference between cashing a check or just driving home tired and aching from a long day on the water.

That’s where the S.W.A.T.S. Fishing Chips and Mitch Ross come in.  I had a chance to talk with Mitch Ross, the creator of Fishing Performance Chip, LLC and the S.W.A.T.S.(Sports With Alternatives To Steroids) program for fisherman.  Mitch is a strength and conditioning coach, developer of the Fishing Performance Chip, and nutritional specialist.  His program is a Christian based one that is unique and exclusive that uses current and former professional, drug-free athletes—from every sport—as role models to teach youth athletes about character and staying free from illegal steroids, recreational drugs, nicotine, and alcohol.  It was after over 3 years of testing, they introduced the Stamina Chip and Pain Management Chip to help athletes manage pain and loss of stamina during competition.  Traditional Chinese healing arts were used in the development of the chips, teachings of various forms of promoting inner energy flow. The refined arts of acupuncture, acupuncture point massage Shiatsu, Acupressure, Tai Chi, QiGong are all time-tested vehicles for inner energy and vitality promotion. Mapped out from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Chinese medical texts and named after different organs and body systems, the energy flows run along body pathways called “meridians.” The Pain Management Chip and Stamina Chip are placed over specific areas of the body that tap into these “meridians” to aid in blood flow and help reduce inflammation and pain.  The chips are very easy and safe to apply to any affected area of the body.  Professional athletes such as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and New York Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon are just a couple of pros that endorse and use the chips.  Pro anglers Randy Howell, Chris and Bobby Lane, and TV host Mark Zona have all used the chips and realized dramatic changes in the way they feel after a long day of fishing.

The possibilities are limitless; a sore lower back after a long choppy ride back to the weigh-in or fishermen’s elbow that can be so bothersome with repetitive casts hours after hours just to mention a few.  Everyone has their own challenges on the water and these chips can address them all.  In a ultra competitive ever growing sport like fishing, anglers are relentless in looking for that little extra edge that can put them over the top.  The ability to increase stamina and control aches and pains could be that something you need at your next tournament.  To find out more about the chips and S.W.A.T.S. go to <>   or if you’re at the 2010 Bassmaster Classic check out their booth at the expo.  It might be that little something extra you need at your next tournament. And wouldn’t you and your wallet have more stamina and less pain if you used the chips and they helped you cash a check at the weigh-in?