Bull Shoals champ Jason Christie was practicing today for the Bassmaster Elite Series West Point Lake Battle when he stopped for a while to take questions from fans for the B.A.S.S. Twitter chat. While sitting in his boat, he called in to the B.A.S.S. office to hear what his fans were asking. The question at the time was, "Do all pros get along on the Elite Series?"
Fellow pro Derek Remitz saw what looked like Christie dead in the water, calling in for help.
"You OK?" said Remitz, pulling up to him.
"Yeah, I'm good," answered Christie, laughing. "I'm just doing a Twitter chat."
Christie said that's the type of camaraderie the pros on the tour have. If an angler needs assistance, the others don't hesitate to offer it.
Christie's fans had tons of questions, but pros take their practice periods seriously, so we had to get Christie back to fishing as soon as possible. Below is a transcript of his chat, lightly edited for spelling and clarity.
You can also check out Twitter chat transcripts from other pros, including Keith Combs, Todd Faircloth, Cliff Pace, Chris Lane, Mike Iaconelli, Kevin VanDam, Aaron Martens, Boyd Duckett, Jonathon VanDam, Brent Chapman, Randy Howell, Ish Monroe, Brandon Palaniuk, Jeremy Starks and Alton Jones.
Keep up with Twitter chats, tournament news and bass fishing advice by following B.A.S.S. on Twitter at @BASS_Nation.
Thank you for joining us for the #basschat @christiefishing and congratulations on your recent victory. Fans, ask your questions!
I'm ready for your questions. I'm practicing, so this gives me a chance to eat lunch without being in a hurry for 30 minutes.
When it comes to prespawn fishing what is the most deadly tactic?
I would say a jerkbait, across the country. We just developed one called the Smithwick Perfect Ten & it catches fish
Jason, first off congrats on the two stellar wins! Favorite Lake? Favorite presentation? Thanks!
@WhackUmProstaff That would be Grand Lake and jerking a Perfect 10. Without a doubt!
Hey @christiefishing , What processes do you use to practice for so many tournament circuits?
What I'm doing is physically & mentally demanding. I don't study the lake before getting there, it doesn't work for me. I try to develop what stage they’re in when I get there, & then relate it to patterns & lakes I have fished in the past.
Do you consider Bull Shoals to be similar to Tenkiller? How much did that help you there?
It is similar & it helped a lot. The practice I had wasn't good, but the inconsistent weather helped. I just went fishing. On Tenkiller it's the same way. You have to go fishing each day like it's a practice day.
How do you practice for a tournament? What baits, how many spots, and how quick do you leave an unproductive area?
I start out with 5-6 rods. If I'm not catching them on my confidence baits, it's the location not the baits. I ask myself if I want to to continue fishing this same stuff for 15 minutes before I move on.
What do you change first on a competition day not going so hot? Presentation? Depth? Area?
Usually location. If I'm in an area I know that has big fish, I might change baits.
Do you have to let your Uncle Goob reel fish in sometimes?
My uncle taught me a lot about fishing & got me hooked!
Haha oh my.I wish he had a Twitter haha
Jason are you missing practice time to answer Twitter questions?
Yes, but we have a 14-hr practice day so this gives me a chance to eat lunch! It's not too much time for my fans!
Hey, Jason! Are those beef sticks you've been giving away any good?
Absolutely! Most are made out of pork & this one's 80% beef. They're good & 25% goes to charity so you can't beat that.
Jason could you tell me a good strategy to use to catch bass from middle of the lake?
It's funny how a lot of tournaments are won in the mid-lake area. It's where clear water meets dirty water. It's a broad question, but I look for that area often. It's where the lake meets the river. It's a good mix of water.
What's for lunch!? I've heard you are not a sandwich guy. Haha
I do have a sandwich! But I'm hooked on "pretty boy bread" thanks to @EdwinEvers2 It's thin and makes a sandwich good.
Congrats Jason on recent wins, will you fish different now that you already qualified for '14 Classic ?
I will, but not a lot different because we always fish to win. But it takes the stress off fishing for points. I'll probably stay with a spot longer rather than leaving to catch a limit