To be the "bump man” is arguably the most humiliating position in our sport.
In today's tackle market, anglers have access to all types of swimbaits ... hundreds, in fact. Some are molded from plastics; others are crafted from wood; still others combine these materials — all to form an artificial lure that can swim through the water like a live baitfish. They obviously sell well, as virtually every tackle outlet on the planet offers them. The reason? Swimbaits catch fish!
When you travel as much as I do, having a partner (or partners) to share time with is a major plus — kind of like a support group on wheels.
B.A.S.S. writer Don Barone salutes the work ethic of anglers like Elite Series pro Jamie Horton, who hold down full-time jobs while simultaneously pursuing their professional angling dreams.
When you read this, I'll be on the road again headed toward Florida for the start of the Elite season. I can't wait.
I spent last weekend working sport shows in Novi, Mich. (near Detroit), and in Cincinnati.
My busy schedule begins now and will take me right into February's Bassmaster Classic.
For the last few weeks I've been in between boats, and it's occurred to me that one of the most important decisions you can make is what boat you buy and where you buy it from.
I was at the Bass Pro Shops in Cincinnati and a couple of other tackle shops in the Midwest on behalf of Venom Lures. The crowds were extraordinary.
Day 1 of the Classic is over, and I've got to tell you, I'm disappointed. Honestly, 6-12 is not what I was on in practice.