I'm on the Louisiana Delta getting ready for the Classic. Is this place ever different! I feel like I've never been here before even though this is where I won the Classic back in 2003. The storms and the response to them have really changed things.
Becky here. It's Thursday and Mike's out on the water fishing, so I'm going to fill in for him. A fellow won a day on the water with him through the USO. They picked today (Thursday, Nov. 11). That's kind of neat isn't it? It's fitting that the USO winner is going out with Mike on Veterans Day. It couldn't be any better.
Last week we designed new lures. This week we'll test and tweak them.
This week we're going to talk about a dream I've had for a longtime; making new lures. I started messing with them when I was about 10 years old. I'd use a butane lighter to melt plastics together to make new shapes and designs. When I wasn't doing that, I was refinishing hardbaits with fingernail polish.
It's important to remember that these fish are still feeding heavily. With that in mind, I start with something that moves and elicits a reaction bite. For me that's a LaserLure crankbait. I want one that runs just a little deeper than the underwater structure and that matches the hatch.
This topic gets two parts because it's a little bit complicated, and because it's the one time of the year that you can have the best day of your life on the water.
We at The Bass University adopted "Never Stop Learning" as our motto because we believe that bass fishing is a never ending educational process. No matter how long we fish, or at what level we fish, we'll never know it all.
Depending upon what part of our country you're fishing, the late fall bite is just around the corner or it's still a few weeks away. Regardless, now's the time to start thinking about it.
Let me say right up front that there are a lot of lures that'll catch bass in the fall. Spinnerbaits, jigs and plastics all have their place when the leaves start to turn. But for me there's no better bass lure at this time of the year than a plug.
Let's catch some fall and early winter bass over the next few weeks. We'll start with the early fall transition. I define that concept as the movement of bass from their summer haunts into their fall feeding areas.