Tips from Kevin VanDam and other pros for fishing in clear water for smallmouth.
Crankbaiting in cold water is not really a popular technique because it doesn't work all the time, but there are definitely times and places where crankbaits will outperform any other lure this time of year.
One of the great appeals of fly tying is that the craftsman can design and build a lure that fits a specific situation.
Catching bass by any means is fun. But most anglers will agree that those crashing a topwater plug are as good as it gets. Unfortunately, as many have also discovered, there is a rather narrow window of time when surface baits will be the most effective lure.
Davy Hite pays very close attention to what the fish are telling him.
Scott Rook unexpectedly found himself in deep water and ended up catching his limit in only 30 minutes.
Sometimes, says Oklahoma pro Kenyon Hill, it's better to zig when everyone else zags, a lesson he learned at the Lake Dardanelle Elite 50 last spring near Russellville, Ark. Randy Howell won the event by swimming a jig through the shallows. In fact, just about all of the E-50 pros were targeting the grass, fishing tube baits, jigs and anything else they could swim through the leafy cover. Hill was doing the same thing throughout practice and was catching a few fish. But it didn't feel right.
2002 Bassmaster Open winner Woo Daves says just switch tactics if the bass stop biting in your spot, don't leave.
Scott Rook, professional angler from Arkansas, recalls numerous examples of how trailer hooks have helped improve his catch rate, but none are as memorable as what he and other pros call the "buzzbait tournament" held on Lake of the Ozarks in 1998. It was the second year Rook fished BASS tournaments, and it turned out to be a major turning point in his career.