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Wilks: Plastic or Balsa?

Jan 21, 2011

When it comes time to crank shallow water, all too often anglers just reach into their tackleboxes for a bait that has a pretty paint job and dives to the right depth. That's a mistake, says Elite Angler Dustin Wilks, who offers up one other factor that is a prime consideration when he ties on a shallow crankbait.

Wirth: Deep Water Hot Spots

Jan 21, 2011

It has been theorized that 90 percent of the bass live where only 10 percent of fishermen dare to go. For many anglers, fishing deep is tantamount to space exploration. Probing the unknown depths searching for invisible cover is often much less appealing than simply dropping the trolling motor and covering visible shoreline cover.

Wolak: Secondary Pattern

Jan 21, 2011

Sometimes it pays to have options during the course of a tournament. At least that has proven to be a valuable strategy for Elite Series pro Dave Wolak. While he's good enough to typically figure out the dominant pattern on any given waterway across the country, he knows that weather or fishing pressure can drastically alter a fishery over the course of a four-day tournament. Accordingly, he always has a backup plan.

Wolak: Under the Mats

Jan 21, 2011

When four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Dave Wolak sees matted grass, he's in his comfort zone. At times, he seems so in tune with heavy vegetation bass that it's almost as if he can see what's going on under the canopies.

2011 Southern Open #1 - Day Two - OTW

Jan 21, 2011

This gallery features images from the second day of competition at the 2011 Southern Open #1. The 2011 Open #1 was held on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes .

Opens # 1: Day Two, Rain and Clouds

Jan 21, 2011

Tournament anglers fishing the second day of the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes were greeted with overcast skies and intermittent rain as the dawn broke on Big Toho Marina.

Final practice

Jan 21, 2011

Last week we talked about how I intend to practice during the first three days of practice for the Bassmaster Classic. Wednesday will be the final day and, depending upon what happened earlier, I'll approach it very differently.

Wednesday - final practice

Jan 21, 2011

Last week we talked about how I intend to practice during the first three days of practice for the Bassmaster Classic. Wednesday will be the final day and, depending upon what happened earlier, I'll approach it very differently.

Southern Open: Roland is rollin'

Jan 21, 2011

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Bass fishing legend and fishing television host Roland Martin, one of the most well-known anglers in the country returned to the Kissimmee Chain for the Bassmaster Bass Pro Shops Southern Open event this week.

2011 Southern Open - Day One - Weigh-In

Jan 21, 2011

As the day come to an end so does the competition known as the 2011 Southern Open #1, Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, FL. This photo album contains images from the final weigh-in at the 2011 Southern Open #1.