Topics: Bill Dance

Small waters for big fun

Jun 30, 2010

After so many years chasing fish, you have to know I'm a have-tackle-will-travel bass angler. Still my favorite fishing holes remain those similar to the ones where I first wet a line — small creeks and rivers.

Go to the dark side (for summer lunkers)

Jun 23, 2010

The metabolic rates of bass change during the months of extreme heat, and the bottom line is it is more comfortable for them to feed at night because they expend less energy.

Muddy means opportunity

Jun 16, 2010

Despite water conditions, to a fish it is always just another day in its life. It's up to you to get out there and figure out how to make them bite.

The analytical angler

Jun 9, 2010

Ever noticed how just when you think you know all the rules required to catch bass, those darned fish go and rewrite the rulebook? As I have said before, that frustration factor is what makes bass fishing so special.

So long shoreline, hello open water

Jun 2, 2010

These days most anglers recognize that bass spend more time away from the shore than close to it. In fact, I suspect it's a safe bet, on any given day, that more bass fishermen fish open-water than along the banks.

Lost with only one lure?

May 26, 2010

if I did end up somewhere remote — in the famed Middle of Nowhere — and I had only one lure to take with me, do you know what it would be?

Buoys for bass

May 19, 2010

Someone once said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when you are trying to imagine what underwater structure looks like, a picture may be worth 10,000 words.

Have I got a shady deal for you

May 12, 2010

My cap, which became a signature of sort, also holds method to the madness. In short, I can see better while wearing it because my eyes are shaded.

I can see clearly now

May 5, 2010

it's true that, be it mono, braid or fluorocarbon, all lines have a place in your arsenal. Simply put, various fishing applications or techniques call for various characteristics in a line.

What do you know about flippin'?

Apr 29, 2010

It's not easy, but fooling fish is fun when we pull it off. And all of us have to admit it doesn't happen on every trip, much less every cast. And all totaled, the fish win more times than we anglers do.