When Alton Jones first visited Lake Hartwell in December to practice for February's Bassmaster Classic, he hardly fished at all. Instead, seeing that the impoundment was 12 feet low, he spent his time with a video camera, filming potential structure and cover that might, if the lake level were to rise, become prime bass holding areas. He marked them with his GPS, and catalogued more than 130 locations.
Let's talk this week about the importance of expecting the unexpected. I know you hear that all the time, but it's important. Being prepared is often the difference between winning and losing.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they go through the registration process, eat and renew friendships prior to the 2008 Elite Series Empire Chase on Lake Erie/Niagara River Tributaries, near Buffalo, New York.
Announcing that Kevin VanDam currently leads the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race delivers the shock value equivalent of saying Tiger is the PGA's best golfer.
Talk about your big fish.
This week's new venue for the Bassmaster Elite Series, Old Hickory Lake near Nashville, will prove interesting to the pros, but I don't believe it's going to be particularly challenging. For the past two tournaments, the pros have been cranking river channel ledges to catch transition fish, and that should be a strong pattern on this Cumberland River reservoir, as well.
Dr. Loren G. Hill, longtime fishery academic and avid bass angler, passed away recently after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 68.
This is an excellent opportunity for me to share my thoughts with you concerning fish management during competition. It's one of the most important skills you can develop as a tournament angler. It requires thought, preparation and a little guesswork.
I thought we might take advantage of this time by looking at strategies for fishing multiday tournaments. I'm not necessarily talking about catching more bass every day. Most of our weights drop off as a tournament progresses. I'm talking about moving up in the standings.
This photo gallery is contains images featuring lunkers at different B.A.S.S. competitions.