This is the first installment in a two part series about Don Barone's shot at being a co-angler in a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.
When Georgian Mike Echols fishes topwater plugs, crankbaits or spinnerbaits, his go-to color is shad. Echols, who competes in CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open tournaments, figures you can't go wrong emulating the bass' No. 1 forage.
If you've ever spent much time on Lake Texoma, the sprawling 89,000-acre impoundment along the Texas-Oklahoma border, you understand how frustrating it can be trying to catch the finicky bass living around the lake's dozens of docks and crowded boat stalls. Cast after cast will go untouched, even though you know without a doubt that fish are present.
Last week, as he prepared to fish the Bassmaster Legends tournament (worth a cool quarter-mil to the winner) Jason Quinn called home.
Boyd Duckett and his methods for winning.
When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, you can have every aspect of fishing covered the right rod and reel, good line, an effective lure and a solid pattern that will give your thumb the sandpaper look of a grizzled veteran but without the proper hook, and a sharp one at that, you're not going to catch many fish. It's as simple as that! Trying to land a fish without a good hook is like trying to cut a steak with a butter knife.
You've probably got an awesome place to fish for bass within an easy bike ride of your house and you don't need a boat to fish it! Thousands of streams crisscross America, and many of them contain excellent populations of bass. These small waters are often ignored by anglers, most of whom head for big lakes and reservoirs instead. That's just fine because it leaves mile after mile of untouched bass water for you to explore.
If sharks had feet, they would wear out a lot of shoes.
He would go on to become one of the world's most famous bass anglers and one of the most popular television fishing personalities. Before that, though, Bill Dance was a young newlywed fishing Pickwick Lake in Alabama. He used a paddle to maneuver his johnboat along the side of a bluff, where hungry smallmouth bass chased shad.