Braving the cold to catch smallmouth.
Fishermen who simply take the spoon right from the package, tie it on, drop it over the side and begin jigging are not going to achieve the same level of success as anglers who tweak both the lure and the presentation.
One autumn day about five years ago, Steve was into a hot Potomac River bite. The bass were literally tearing up curled-tail grubs. He was down to his last bait, from which bass had already ripped the tail.
Summer fishing is a balancing act. An angler must weigh time spent studying offshore ledges versus a see-cast-and-reel tactic for shallow visible cover.
In the not-too-distant past, the mention of the word "finesse" to bass anglers would be followed by snickers. Anglers pictured wimpy rods and tiny baits hardly the image hard-core fishermen wanted to project.
Steve Chaconas has had many colorful careers, but the most pleasurable is his fishing and guiding others on the Potomac.
It's sort of like Christopher Columbus in the 1490s trying to convince a skeptical crew that the world was not flat. That analogy comes to mind when discussing open water bass on Northern lakes with dyed-in-the-wool bank burners and bottom bumpers.
Listen to Jim Duckworth, one of Tennessee's most recognized fishing guides, discuss how nighttime can be the ultimate for catching smallmouth bass
Charlie Brewer created a simple bait and called it a slider, and the rest is the Slider Lure Company history.
In this article, you can read how and why various anglers use stand-up jigheads.