"Winter is one of my favorite times, especially for clear man-made reservoirs."
Close your eyes, reach into your tacklebox and grab a topwater bait. Chances are, it will catch bass. Maybe not right now. Maybe not even today or tomorrow - but sooner or later, every surface bait you own will pull a largemouth up from the depths and into your boat. Knowing which one to use, however, shouldn't be left to chance, and the country's top pros can't rely on a roll of the dice. They have to know, without a hint of a doubt, which bait will produce and which one won't. Their livelihoods depend on it.
Rick Clunn is highly supportive of the Federation and feels that it is the most underrated part of the BASS organization.
Mark Davis had to make a major change due to the weather, but it worked to his advantage to win the 2004 Bassmaster Tour on Table Rock.
If you're an avid angler, chances are you have visited one of the 500 major reservoirs in this country. According to a 2001 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, 85 percent of the nation's anglers fish on lakes, reservoirs or ponds, excluding the Great Lakes. For those of you that frequent impounded waters, it should come as no surprise that catch rates of bass are not what they used to be on many of these reservoirs.
Recreational anglers continue to get a bad rap. In a day and age when animal rights groups, like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), have launched massive anti-fishing campaigns, misinterpretation of questionable research serves only to fan the embers.
Crank it up. That is the advice of some of America's brightest fishing minds when it comes to locating and catching bass throughout the entire spring fishing season. When the throes of winter begin to loosen their grip, and both bass and bass fishermen begin thinking shallow, many abandon crankbaits — particularly when the spawn approaches. And that is a major mistake, because these diving plugs can be productive during each phase of spring.
Scott Rook vividly remembers one bass he encountered during a Bassmaster Top 150 tournament in Georgia a few years ago.
It was a brutally hot morning on Lake Eufaula, but Davy Hite hardly seemed to notice. The 2001-02 CITGO BASSMASTER Tour was winding down, and the personable South Carolina pro was putting the finishing touches on perhaps his most satisfying career achievement.