Kevin VanDam completed a flurry of ESPN show appearances called the "car wash." Every Bassmaster Classic winner in recent years has been through the "car wash."
Chris Zaldain is very serious about becoming a full-time pro. Having fished ponds as a kid and competed on big California fisheries since he was a teen, Zaldain, 26, now wants to qualify for the top level of competition.
No bass addict would hit the water without a wide selection of jigs, but many anglers give short shrift to jig trailers. They stick with one or two favorites and leave it at that.
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Toad fishing is for most fishermen a no-brainer. Cast this bait with a stiff rod and braided line, hold the rod up and crank fast enough to make the legs sputter on the surface. That might be good enough for weekend warriors, but toad fishing gets more involved when you make your living casting for cash, according to Frank Scalish of Cleveland, Ohio.
Many of those now making decisions regarding the future of recreational angling in this country have little information upon which to base those decisions. And the fire-drill mentality that requires a national policy for management of our oceans, coastal waters and the Great Lakes within 180 days allows little time for learning.
<photo1><i>Editor's note: In the February 2010 issue of B.A.S.S. Times, Boyd Duckett told readers about his two-bite strategy. Read the article <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/bassmaster/fishingtips/news/story?page=b_feat_BT_QT_two_kicker_fish">here</a>. But Duckett says there is one time when he won't play by his own rules</i>.
Most bass anglers are sufficiently adept at locating and fishing obvious structural elements of reservoirs, including points, ledges and offshore humps. Yet these same fishermen often overlook the most obvious reservoir structures of all: dams.
Performance consultant Charles Plott has grown to admire the mental strength of top anglers. Plott consults athletes from many sports, and he recently helped Bassmaster Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle out of his bass fishing slump.
More than 200 dams have failed since record keeping began in 1874, according to the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. Most, fortunately, were small and did little damage, and many occurred when floods from hurricanes and other storms simply overwhelmed the dams.