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.
When you spend more than 20,000 miles a year with bass boat in tow, you learn important tricks that keep you safe, comfortable and efficient.
Because hollow, weedless frogs and solid plastic toads excel in shallow grass, many anglers think they are interchangeable. They are wrong. Frogs and toads are two very different lures and presentations. The question is, when do you frog and when do you toad?
When fishermen first saw the image clarity of Humminbird's side imaging in operation, the first question was, "Why isn't this level of definition available in down-looking sonar?"
'Tis a noble and heroic thing, the wind! Who ever conquered it? Herman Melville
Lunker: 8 pounds, 7 ounces (largemouth
My one that got away happened during a 2007 Bassmaster Major at Oneida and Onondaga Lakes. It was the first round of the finals, so there were only 12 of us fishing the whole course. I had qualified fifth by throwing a 1/2-ounce football jig on Oneida Lake. After Oneida, we moved the whole tournament over to Onondaga Lake, which none of us had ever been to before.
Football jigs grabbed national headlines when Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike McClelland used a Jewel Heavy Cover football jig and Zoom Baby Brush Hog to lap the field at the 2006 installment of the Sooner Run.
As far as I'm concerned, this is your best chance to catch the biggest smallmouth of your life. But before we talk about that, I want to say something about safety.