As the summer heat gives way to cooler fall temperatures, you hook up the boat and head to a nearby lake planning on flipping shallow cover for aggressive bass. The problem is, as you pull up the ramp you realize that the water has dropped and the shallow cover you were planning on fishing is now high and dry.
Twenty years ago, there wasn't much of a debate over when the best time to use a spinnerbait was. If the conditions were overcast, the water was stained or there was a stiff breeze, the spinnerbait got the nod.
Not only does the right hook increase the number of fish you put in the boat, it can also increase the number of bites that you get.
In the search for the perfect plastic, many anglers overlook the fact that customizing their hook is just as important to finding success on the water.
As the water temperatures dip into the low 50s across much of the southern half of the United States, diehard bass anglers often turn their attention from shallow water to deep structure in order to catch winter bass.
Like a toddler clutching a tattered piece of fabric, bass anglers have their own versions of security blankets. They're called "confidence baits." These go-to baits migrate toward the front of the tacklebox and find their way into the daily fishing arsenal time after time.
For the average bass angler, there's nothing more frustrating than getting an explosive topwater strike only to haul water and wonder how in the world the bass didn't hook up. In the world of professional bass fishing, the difference between a near miss and a successful hookup on topwater can mean the difference in thousands of dollars. Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jeff Kriet has a few tricks to up the odds when it comes to hooking bass on top.
There are certain times when Elite Series pro Marty Robinson likes to fish fast. While the prop on his trolling motor may be barely spinning, the South Carolina pro is burning and turning on the front deck, making long casts and reeling as fast as possible. When watching this technique in action, it appears to be pure madness. But Robinson explains that there's a reason for the speedy retrieve.
It can be a true test of character when a day of fishing turns into a day of watching as the angler you are sharing a boat with sets the hook time and again while you remain fishless. At some point, all bass anglers experience this frustration. How you deal with it can be the difference between a depressing day on the water and a successful trip for both anglers.
Dennis Tietje often prefers to fish a Texas rigged creature bait in gnarly waters.