It’s the week before ICAST so it’s a busy time for us. We have to get ready for the show and, at the same time this year, get ready for a family vacation.
I’m up on Green Bay getting ready for the Mystery Lake event that isn’t a mystery anymore. I’m just about as excited as a bass angler can get. This is going to be a good one. I cut my teeth on smallmouth so it’s kind of like going back to the beginning.
Fish aren’t the only thing that transition. We human anglers do it, too.
I’d say that about as many bass have been caught on plastics as everything else combined. And they’ve probably caused more frustration than everything else combined. Many anglers believe that’s just part of plastics fishing but they’re wrong.
Changing hooks on your crankbaits is often a great idea, but only if you do it right.
You can have the best school of bass in the lake all to yourself for the whole day but still do poorly if you don’t hook your fish and get them to the boat.
I don’t think enough attention is paid to hooks, and especially to their design, by anglers. Let’s face it, if you don’t stick ’em, nothing else matters.
Too many anglers think of a Power-Pole as a bedding bass tool. They figure if they don’t fish much for bedding bass it isn’t worth the cost. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As I write this I’m sitting in 34th place in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings. That’s most certainly not where I want to be.
Last week was great, absolutely fantastic. Becky, Vegas and I spent a few days at a motel near Douglas Lake just kickin’ back and enjoying life.