The conventional safety pin-style spinnerbait isn't going away anytime soon. Take a look in the boat of any Elite Series competitor and you'll see a wide variety of spinnerbaits in every color, size and blade configuration under the sun. The weekend angler would be wise to emulate this hyper-preparedness.
Under the right conditions, even the most novice anglers will catch bass after bass on high-percentage baits such as spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. But imagine if in your earliest bass fishing experiences you were limited to using nothing but swimbaits. Chances are that you wouldn't be as eager to go again, given the bait's low-percentage yield.
Bassmaster.com takes a closer look at the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule. Battle on the Bayou: Toledo Bend Reservoir
Last week's travel took me to a Texas ranch outside of Dallas where I met with Strike King personnel and media people for a few days of product testing, story interviews, photo sessions and some great bass fishing. Other pros in our group were Greg Hackney, my nephew Jonathon VanDam, Mark Menendez, James Niggemeyer and Mark Davis.
This is not a sport about the fish. The sport is on the other end of the line. The man, or woman, holding that reel, and their families. K-Pink and K2 taught me how to deal with the worst possible loss imaginable with grace and honor. And changed me as a person.
The day one launch of the 2010 Northern Open number 3. The tournament was held September 16 -18 on the Chesapeake Bay.
James Niggemeyer gives tips on fishing in the summertime.
James Niggemeyer gives tips on fishing in the deep water during summertime.
Lake Champlain - Plattsburg, NY Sneak a peer into the life of a professional angler on day two during the 2010 Northern Open #1. The 2010 Northern Open was held on Lake Champlain , New York.
Dave Wolak takes the lead in the 2010 Northern Open on Lake Champlain.