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|Make connection on prespawn bass
821 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
With any prespawn bait, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Greg Hackney said fluorocarbon is essential during cold spells.
|Good Vibrations — Spinnerbaits offer another option to catch speckled trout
2053 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
After picking up the third speckled trout in a row on a spinnerbait, I looked at Ken Chaumont and said, “This ain’t coincidence anymore.”
He, too, was surprised but not shocked, as the angler was working spinnerbaits for marsh reds — not trout.
The specks, however, bit steadily.
“That’s a good trout,” Chaumont said to me while admiring a fish that made him think it was a redfish at first. “What’s the matter with you? Never saw a trout caught on a spinnerbait before?”
|Suspended Animation —Jerkbait tips for wintertime bass fishing
1346 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
Cold water, shallow water, clear water; plenty of situations make it hard to get fish to bite. For largemouth bass, one of the biggest mistakes anglers make in these conditions is fishing too fast and pulling baits through the strike zone with only a brief window of opportunity for predators to make their move.
However, holding a bait in place in the water column, or at least moving it with a slow and vulnerable cadence, will net you more attention from hungry fish that are just not in the mood to chase.
Dropshots are one answer, but for covering water and making those slow presentations over a broad area, your best bet is a suspending bait. Lipped jerkbaits or lipless twitchers do the trick in a variety of depths by appealing to a bass’ seasonal disposition.
603 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
With any jerkbait, a suspending posture at rest is usually what you want, but some days find the fish most interested in falling baits.
|Bass drawn to the Poc’it Craw
2294 Views - Posted: November 19, 2012 at 9:00 am
When a Port Allen bass angler needed to cull some fish in his livewell during a recent Bassmaster Southern Open on Lewis Smith Lake near Jasper, Ala., he started fishing with a soft plastic that had been on the market no more than three weeks. It’s a safe bet no one else on the water had those in their bass fishing arsenal.
|KVD crankbaits are proven winners
1939 Views - Posted: October 15, 2012 at 9:00 am
During his meteoric rise to the top on the B.A.S.S all-time money list with more than $5.3 million won in tournaments around the United States, Kevin VanDam relied on artificial lures he had utmost confidence in.
|Pinewood Derby Deer: How to up your deer-hunting odds in pine plantations
3582 Views - Posted: October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
My son tossed a block of wood onto the counter and asked me to help him turn it into a car that would win his local Cub Scouts’ annual Pinewood Derby race.
I stared at it a while and wondered how in the heck we were going to turn a stretched-out looking cube of wood into a car that would roll down a track in style.
But with the help of my dad’s wood shop, we marked out a design and clamped that featureless block of wood into a vise.
|2013 Central Opens include stop on the Red River
3280 Views - Posted: September 27, 2012 at 9:14 am
The 2013 Bassmaster Central Open tournament circuit opens with a stop at the Red River out of Shreveport on April 25-27, B.A.S.S. announced.
This stretch of the Red River was home to the 2009 and 2011 Bassmaster Classics, as well as a number of other Bassmaster tournaments over the years.
|Not your typical creature bait
2024 Views - Posted: September 10, 2012 at 8:00 am
Just look at those rows and rows and rows of soft-plastic creature baits, the success story of the 21st century, on the shelves at the main outlets and the local fishing tackle shops. It can be a mind-boggling challenge to pick up the right one(s).
How’s a man, or woman, to choose one that does the job — which is to get a bass to open its mouth and chomp on it?
|2013 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule announced
4514 Views - Posted: August 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm
The 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule will include one event on waters forming the Louisiana/Texas border. No, it’s not Toledo Bend. Instead, the world’s best bass anglers will be fishing the lower Sabine River.
|It’s always football season
1364 Views - Posted: August 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
Much more than a chunky, lumbering bottom bumper, the football jig offers a diverse tool for probing deeper spots — especially those with lots of hard stuff on the bottom.
Designed to work its way across uneven surfaces with less chance of snagging, the football-head jig can indeed serve as a clunky wake-them-up tool —but it also serves well as a finesse presentation or an in-your-face reaction bait.
Toledo Bend guide Stephen Johnston recalls growing up with the opinion that a football-head was a tool for northern anglers working deep, rocky-bottom lakes. But his embracing the jig’s performance attributes and applying them to southern waters has led to much success.
|VanDam, but not KVD, earns Lake Michigan Elite Series win
3801 Views - Posted: July 02, 2012 at 10:06 am
Fans of professional bass fishing are used to hearing “VanDam” at the top of Bassmaster Elite Series results, so the winner of this weekend’s stop at Lake Michigan probably wasn’t a big surprise at a casual glance.
Until the first name sank in. Nope, it wasn’t Kevin VanDam; instead, KVD’s nephew Jonathon made his mark yesterday (July 1) by winning the second-to-last regular-season Elite Series stop of 2012 with a four-day total of 79 pounds, 2 ounces.
|CWPPRA offers hope for future of coast
1901 Views - Posted: July 02, 2012 at 7:00 am
I have watched with sadness the rapidity of change along the Louisiana coastline. Delacroix is a shell of what it was when I first ventured out of End of the World Marina almost two decades ago with then-editor Todd Masson.
|Slow down for more summer bass
1944 Views - Posted: July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
When largemouth bass play hard to get, it’s time to pull out the clichéd yet profoundly applicable allusion of the tortoise and the hare.
No doubt, when extreme heat, extreme cold or a high level of fishing pressure has the fish turning their backs to reaction baits, your most productive strategy is go slow and steady.
Winter is the natural thought here, as lower metabolism keeps the fish in slow mode for several months. However, summer months also need a slow-down, as lower dissolved oxygen in the water puts fish in a sluggish mood.
|Martens leads first day of Lake Michigan Elite Series
2607 Views - Posted: June 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm
Aaron Martens stroked 20 pounds of smallmouth bass today (June 28) to take the first-day lead in the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Lake Michigan.
Only 2 ounces back is Dean Rojas, and Martens said the lake is fishing small.
“Everyone’s basically fishing in the same area,” Martens said, describing a three- or four-mile stretch of Lake Michigan on the west side of the lake, not far from Green Bay’s Sand Bay. “I’m concerned that all the fishing pressure might affect the bite and make things tough tomorrow.”
|Faircloth clinches Elite Series win on Wisconsin's Mississippi River
2744 Views - Posted: June 25, 2012 at 9:37 am
Todd Faircloth clinched his third Bassmaster Elite Series yesterday (June 24) during the Top 12 finale on Wisconsin’s Mississippi River.
Faircloth put together a four-day total of 62 pounds, 4 ounces to earn the $100,000 first-place check and automatic berth to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic to be held in February.
“I feel like a brick’s off my shoulder now,” he said. “It was a pretty nerve-racking day.”
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