When I take people out night fishing in the summertime, they're usually surprised to see that I fish the shade — even after the sun goes down.
Here in the dead of winter you have to really be on your game to have a great smallmouth trip. In the spring, almost anyone can catch them. They're hungry and aggressive and more vulnerable than any other time of the year. In the fall,
In all of the "ball" sports, when the money is on the line, it's the ability to make the pitch, shoot the basket, sink the putt, or thread the ball between two defenders that separates the men from the boys, the professionals from the amateurs. The same is true for bass fishing, particularly tournament fishing, largely because of the way bass are made.
It's now been 75 YEARS since George Washington Perry caught the 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass that set the benchmark in our sport and gave lunker hunters a standard at which to shoot.
January is a hardscrabble month for many bassers. The water is cold (where it's not frozen over), and the perception is the fish are in a funk. Most anglers opt for the fireplace hearth over the casting deck as the preferred place to pass time during this first month of the year.
Hump / noun: something that protrudes from a form; in physical geography, a low, rounded rise of ground; in bass fishing terms, an underwater island or section of a lake bottom that rises gradually, signified on topographical maps as contour lines that create a circle or oval shape.
Big fish drive most bass anglers' fantasies, and throughout much of the country, February is the most likely month for catching that lunker of a lifetime. And the most likely place to do so? "Riprap banks," Denny Brauer answers without the least pause for consideration.<br>
On January 29, 1970, Roland Martin fished his first BASS tournament, the Toledo Bend Invitational. It was the start of one of the greatest bass fishing careers in history.
Being a VanDam in the bass fishing trade cuts two ways. High-quality, reliable advice is usually available, and it opens a lot of doors; family history and reputation counts for something in this business.
When the water temperature is in the 40s or low 50s, the fishing can be really tough. And few conditions are tougher than cold water that's stained or muddy. In fact, it may just be the worst scenario for winter bass fishing.