The same rod-and-reel setup an angler is likely to prefer for pitching, flipping or fishing Carolina rigs will suffice for creature baits.
Editor's note: This is a supplement to the article Jerk Deep for a Change. Read the full story <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/bassmaster/fishingtips/news/story?page=BT_bonus_201102_deep_jerk">here</a>.
Life was simpler when monofilament was the only line choice. Then along came superbraid, followed by fluorocarbon. Each of these lines has unique properties, and advanced anglers use them for different applications.
When Bassmaster Elite Series angler Tommy Biffle is among the leaders of a Bassmaster event, count on him being at the top because of a jig or soft plastic bait dressed with rattles.
<photo1>Nobody likes fishing in a crowd, especially during a tournament. It's the reason so many anglers make long runs. The farther you run, the fewer competitors you have to contend with.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Golden algae is the killer of fish. Since the first documented die-off in 1985 on the Pecos River in Texas, it has killed millions of fish.
Save your fancy drop shot weights for a spinning rod and 6-pound-test. Bubba shotting is too simple for that kind of thing. Bassmaster Elite Series pro Clark Reehm has seen everything from egg sinkers to bank sinkers to pyramid sinkers successfully anchor this rig. Regardless of the kind of weight you choose, try his method of securing your weight. It can save you time — and money — if you get hung up.
Soon after I became a bass addict in the early 1970s, I learned of a Missourian named Charlie Campbell who was a magician with a Zara Spook. His name was synonymous with the dog-walking plug for decades. The aging, endearing Campbell, 77, continues to stuff his livewell with Spook fish in local bass tournaments.
Ten years ago, that decision was pretty cut and dried. If you wanted a glitzy, high performance rig, you chose fiberglass. If you were shopping for an entry level rig to fish small lakes and shallow rivers, aluminum was the way to go.