BASSMASTER's "Day On The Lake With A Pro" series answers the question every weekend angler has asked: "How would a top B.A.S.S. pro fish my home lake?"
David Lane caught a record breaking smallmouth on Center Hill Lake in Tennessee.
Joe Thomas gives us tips on locating structure and how to fish it properly.
Water covered with a thick carpet of vegetation represents bass fishing's ultimate approach/avoidance conflict.
There are days when bass roam far from their home base in a brushpile or weedbed, but more often, you've got to hit or penetrate the cover with your baits to catch fish.
Most lines used in bass fishing are nylon monofilaments, although recently manufacturers introduced braided, gel-spun polyethylene a superstrong, superthin fishing line. Monofilament and "multifilament" lines have very different properties.
In this article, find where to look for bass,and how to evaluate the location in order to pick the best lure.
Fishing with live bait is another skill you may wish to master in your pursuit of the bass. Bass respond well to many forms of live bait and sometimes action can be faster than with lures. (But not always!) Huge bass have been taken on live bait. Many experts believe that a big, old bass may have "learned" to avoid lures, but it can't learn to avoid a properly presented live bait, since live bait is what it must eat to survive.
Aviolent topwater strike is unquestionably one of the supreme thrills in bass fishing. Of course, any bass taken on the surface is fun, but nothing can compare to that magic moment when a "great ol' big 'un" sucks in your topwater offering!