As more and more people become initiated into the pure passion and enjoyment the pursuit of America's No. 1 sportfish brings, our favorite bass waters begin to quickly show the effects.
Not many of us weekend anglers pay very much attention to how a bass is hooked. We land it, admire it and let it go.
If you're crazy about bass fishing, there's a pretty good chance that you get just as excited about fishing for other species of fish as well. Whether it's a freshwater species, such as crappie or bream, or saltwater fish like redfish or tarpon, the thrill is in the pursuit and the sense of accomplishment once you've translated that first bite into a very memorable moment.
Just about every angler, whether an Elite Series pro or a weekend warrior, can think of at least one lake that has his number. When that fishery shows up again and again on the schedule, about all you can do is grit your teeth and endure eight or nine painful hours on the water.
In Tommy Biffle's mind, the rules of math that apply to the rest of the world are not necessarily in effect. The veteran Oklahoma pro says that a lot of times, he'd much prefer to catch just five bass instead of 10, 20 or even 100.
You've worked hard all week just to make it to Saturday, the one day you can forget about work and other obligations and enjoy a little time on the water. It's a glass calm morning, and as you zip up the lake, you anticipate getting to the honey hole that you're sure has never seen another angler. But as you round the corner, feeling the anticipation, your heart sinks as another fisherman approaches from the other direction.
Long before the flipping tube was a staple of shallow water, Shaw Grigsby, was using these mini-squids to take other anglers' entry fees.
Burned into the mind of every bass angler are memorable days on the water when the surface suddenly erupted as wolf packs of bass viciously attacked schooling baitfish. In a sport where the target is generally unseen, the appearance of schooling bass on top usually generates a sudden adrenaline rush. Mayhem ensues as anglers franticly try to reach the school. Then, just as suddenly as it appeared, the school is gone.
The first thing everyone thinks of when you say sight fishing is spawning, says Elite Series pro, Shaw Grigsby. In clear water situations you can sight fish all year long.
If you're looking to catch massive numbers of trophy smallmouth, you owe it to yourself to take a trip to the Great Lakes region. Over the last two years, the Bassmaster Elite Series has shown the world that this part of the work is an incredibly prolific smallmouth paradise.