Before each fishing trip begins, many anglers have a mental checklist that they run through to ensure that each and every piece of essential equipment is on board and ready for action once the boat hits the water. Often, left off the list are some of the most important things, items that protect you from the elements, particularly the sun.
We've all been there at least once. For some of us it's where we seem to stay locked into a daydream while awaiting a subtle nudge from a bass that just refuses to cooperate. It's during these times, when bites are few and far between, that most of us seem to check out mentally.
BASS Elite Series rookie Clark Reehm has prepared for a career as a professional bass fisherman since he was 12 years old, but despite nearly two decades of prep work, some things still caught him by surprise during his first season in the big leagues.
As our waterways get increasingly pressured and the bass within them get correspondingly more wary, it has become imperative to appeal to all five of their senses. But making a perfect presentation takes time, and with limited hours in the day, sometimes it's imperative to figure out whether it's worth it to sacrifice some of that perfection in order to get in more casts.
It's often been said that history is the best predictor of the future. Perhaps it's for that reason alone that if an angler finds a hot spot on a lake that they visit only rarely, on each return trip it's likely that they'll attempt to repeat their past glory on that same spot. Then again, it could be that it's simply human nature if it worked once, surely it will work again.
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.
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.
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.
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.