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|Not your typical creature bait
2521 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
4869 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
1814 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
4064 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
2151 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
2307 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
2797 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
2968 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.”
|Faircloth remains in Elite Series lead after third day
2533 Views - Posted: June 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm
Texas pro Todd Faircloth remained in the lead of the Wisconsin Bassmaster Elite Series event after three days, but he was a mere 7 ounces ahead of Alabama’s Aaron Martens with one day of fishing remaining.
Faircloth’s three-day total was 47-11, and Martens had accumulated 47-4 during the Mississippi River event.
“I think I’m in contention to win,” Faircloth said. “I’m in the right areas; I’ve seen some big fish.”
|Faircloth takes Day 2 lead in Wisconsin Elite Series
2372 Views - Posted: June 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm
Texas’ Todd Faircloth jumped into the lead of the Bassmaster Elite Series event being held this weekend on the Mississippi River on the strength of a nearly 18-pound second-day bag of bass that was anchored by a 5-pounder.
“That’s the key here. I had a 5-pounder, today and that makes a big difference when you’re talking about mostly 2- and 3-pounders,” Faircloth said. “When you catch a fish like that in an event like this, it takes all the pressure and load off you.”
|Fox leads first day of Mississippi River Elite Series event in Wisconsin
2568 Views - Posted: June 22, 2012 at 9:44 am
Florida pro Kyle Fox took the early lead in the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin yesterday (June 21), weighing in 16 ½ pounds.
And the 24-year-old had never set foot on that stretch of water until he showed up for practice four days ago.
“I think I am so limited with what I know about a place I fish the first time, I have to go with what I do best,” Fox said.
|Texas comes out on top in Bassmaster College Series Shootout against Louisiana
3562 Views - Posted: June 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm
The Texans’ aim was true in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series’ Louisiana-Texas Shootout on the Red River. Ten Texas collegiate teams combined forces to bring in 61 pounds, 2 ounces and get the better of 10 Louisiana teams that brought in 49 pounds.
The exhibition match weigh-in was on stage at the concurrent Bassmaster Elite Series’ Toledo Bend Battle in Many, La. The 10 teams from each state came from several schools. Competing on the Louisiana side were college anglers from University of Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana State University, Louisiana State University-Shreveport, McNeese State and LA Tech. From Texas were anglers from Dallas Baptist, Tarleton State, Lamar University, North Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Texas-Tyler and Stephen F. Austin University.
|Chapman clinches first Elite Series win on Toledo Bend
3818 Views - Posted: June 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm
Kansas pro Brent Chapman received an early birthday present today (June 10) when he pocketed $100,000 for winning the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held this weekend on Toledo Bend.
“I feel awesome,” said Chapman, who turns 40 early next month. “This is one more check-off on the list of my goals.”
The win was his fourth B.A.S.S. victory, although it was his first Elite Series win.
|Chapman maintains Toledo Bend Elite Series lead after three days
4113 Views - Posted: June 09, 2012 at 7:12 pm
Toledo Bend was a bit tougher for Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brent Champman today (June 9), giving up only 16 pounds, 5 ounces. But that was enough for the Kansas pro to maintain the lead going into the final day.
His third-day sack of bass gave Chapman a total of 59-14, but he said he was a bit worried with the falling weights his spots yielded today.
“I backed off that spot yesterday, and I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt me,” Chapman said.
|Chapman jumps to second-day Toledo Bend Elite Series lead
3111 Views - Posted: June 08, 2012 at 7:11 pm
Brent Chapman slapped 25 ½ pounds of bass on the scales of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Toledo Bend, pushing the Kansas pro from 11th to first place during the second day of competition.
The heavy sack pushed Chapman’s two-day total to 43-9, and he said he caught numbers of quality fish today (June 8).
|Pace takes early lead in Toledo Bend Elite Series stop
3265 Views - Posted: June 07, 2012 at 7:11 pm
Talk leading up to the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Toledo Bend centered around whether the lake could produce as well as it did last year, when Dean Rojas put together more than 70 pounds to win the event.
Mississippi’s Cliff Pace removed any doubt today (June 7) that the now-full lake would scatter the fish. Pace put together 23 pounds, 2 ounces to take the early lead in the tournament.