BASS tournaments are held on sprawling lakes over several days of competition. But did you ever wonder how a top pro would fare on your home lake that little body of water down the road where you and your buddies fish for bass? Welcome to Bassmaster's reality series. Here, we put the superstars of competitive bass fishing on small lakes they've never seen before, then give them seven hours to figure out a viable pattern, logging everything they do to find and catch bass.
It's just fishing right? How much money could really be involved? Boyd Duckett has recently brought it to everyone's attention that this is not your grandpa's fishing. In fact, with the rate the sport has grown over the past three years, this isn't your dad's or even your older brother's fishing we are in a new era.
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.