Bass are confusing creatures. If you've spent much time trying to catch them, you already know that. Here's some advice that will help you all year long.
Woo Daves recalls his early days as a professional bass angler and the role spinning rods played in tournaments back in the 1970s. Essentially, they had no role. Baitcasters were the rage, and few professional bass anglers used spinning rods for much of anything.
In this article, you can read how largemouth in steep, deep reservoirs follow seasonal routes and behave in similar ways to bass in a typical lowland reservoir.
Close your eyes, reach into your tacklebox and grab a topwater bait. Chances are, it will catch bass. Maybe not right now. Maybe not even today or tomorrow - but sooner or later, every surface bait you own will pull a largemouth up from the depths and into your boat. Knowing which one to use, however, shouldn't be left to chance, and the country's top pros can't rely on a roll of the dice. They have to know, without a hint of a doubt, which bait will produce and which one won't. Their livelihoods depend on it.
Scott Rook vividly remembers one bass he encountered during a Bassmaster Top 150 tournament in Georgia a few years ago.
In this article read about the ultimate shallow water finesse bait , soft stickbaits that catch bass when other lures won't. Bass just can't seem to resist them.
It's no wonder so much attention has been devoted to such classic smallmouth lakes as Champlain, St. Clair, Dale Hollow and Pickwick. Those big bodies of water surrender some truly monster-size bass.
Ish Monroe has to think hard to recall a tournament where prop baits played a role in a strong finish. It's not that he's had so few. On the contrary, double-prop baits have figured a major part in many of his solid tournament performances — but one stands out as a banner event. He was fishing in a CITGO Bassmaster Tour event on Florida's Lake Toho a few years ago when he found a pocket of open water surrounded by thickly matted grass. Monroe, who lives near the California Delta, knew he was going to pull a pile of bass from that spot and he had a strong feeling at least a few of them would come on one of his favorite topwaters, a Smithwick Devil's Horse, a slim surface bait with three sets of treble hooks and two propellers.
Read how kayaks and one man inflatable pontoon boats are becoming the latest rage among smallmouth bass fishermen.
Fallen trees provide all-important cover for fish and visible, identifiable targets for fishermen. Some, however, are better than others.