Bernie Schultz

Schultz: Topwater turning point

Jun 17, 2015

A long time ago, some anonymous angler figured out how to entice these lock-jawed largemouth into biting — simply by allowing a soft-plastic lure to lie motionless, sometimes for 30 seconds or more.

Schultz: The last 90 feet

May 30, 2015

Likewise, in competitive fishing, it's the last 90 feet to the scales that holds the drama … at least for the anglers.

Schultz: Marshals vs. co-anglers

May 20, 2015

When the Elite Series was first established, co-anglers were an integral part of the program.

Schultz: Walking with Charlie

Apr 29, 2015

Charlie Campbell is one of the all-time greats of topwater fishing.

Locals only!

Apr 22, 2015

You see, great surf spots are like great fishing holes. They’re sacred and precious. The locals who watch over them feel the water is theirs.

Schultz: When patterns go wrong

Apr 4, 2015

We find fish — easy fish — and for inexplicable reasons, the pattern somehow falls apart.

Fishing for sponsorships

Mar 19, 2015

At the end of each season, pro anglers begin the process of renewing sponsorships and seeking out new ones.

Building the ultimate coldwater jerkbait

Mar 6, 2015

The Rapala pro staffers fishing the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic have an advantage -- the new Rapala Shadow Rap. It's a coldwater jerkbait with a difference.

Rodman Reservoir on the ropes

Feb 2, 2015

Great numbers of giant bass are caught from Rodman Reservoir every year. When it's threatened, bass anglers should take notice.

The intimidation factor, part 2

Jan 21, 2015

Perhaps the most imposing figure in fishing is Denny Brauer. Although he no longer competes in the Elite Series, he left an indelible impression.