During the fall, Tucker often relies on jerkbaits. Suspended bass in open water are typically some of the toughest fish to target. Tucker describes some techniques using jerkbait to lure them in.
For Elite Series pro Mark Tucker, the finesse jig is a lure with year-round applications. On clear water lakes Tucker can often be found tempting suspended bass with the bite-sized morsel.
Elite Series pro Mark Tucker points out that there are other options while fishing around and during the spawn. The Missouri pro often rigs his floating worm wacky style. Using a wacky rig, he can slowly twitch and shake the worm to entice strikes.
For tournament anglers, calling it quits early when the temperature climbs toward the triple digits isn't an option. Elite Series pro Mark Tyler explains how to fish the various forms of shade that can be present.
Elite Series pro Marty Stone points out that there are times when fishing a crankbait in open water can be really productive. In clear water, a fast retrieve also has the capability to draw bass from great distances and your chances of hooking up are better says Stone.
Elite Angler Marty Stone explains that tungsten allows him to feel more bites whether he's flipping or dragging a Carolina rig in 30 feet of water. Because tungsten is harder than lead, it translates bottom composition and structure and helps you to understand what's going on down there.
Elite Series pro and New York native Matt Sphar has some tips when it comes to using the tube jig in northern waters of the United States. He mentions how bottom contact is critical for success.
When I'm using a drift sock, I'm fishing deep water explains Matt Sphar. He explains that a constant speed is critical to success.
Paul Elias has spent decades refining deep structure fishing. Read his tips to mark the spot and catch a boatload of bass.
Elite Series pro Fred Roumbanis, who says that early season success can hinge on picking the right hue of crawfish-imitating lures.