While I consider myself fortunate to have been involved in tournament fishing at a young age, opportunities for today’s teens are far better and growing every day. There weren’t as many places for anglers to compete when I was that age. I joined a bass club at age 16 and most of the club members were much older. Even so, I learned a lot from them in meetings and club events. But throughout my early career, I had to compete against older and more experienced anglers and would have loved the chance to fish with and against guys my own age.
Any experienced angler will tell you it’s important to spend a lot of time studying what bass do and their seasonal patterns in different lakes and regions of the country. Knowing those factors will help you narrow the search of where to find and catch them. But equally important, and oftentimes a wild card to being a successful angler, is dictated by a knowledge of the forage - especially baitfish - in a given lake. Much of what is discussed about baitfish is centered on shad and rightly so. Shad are a primary forage in most of our impoundments.
We’ve spent a lot time this fall talking about the importance of baitfish movements during the fall and how it affects where you’ll find the bass.
It's not too cold to use moving baits, not too cold to power fish and not too cold to cover water.
The fall fishing season is developing across the country and a great time to be on the water.
Getting sponsors is about helping them sell their products. If you can't do that, no one is going to sponsor you.
Weather fronts are common in early fall, but you shouldn’t let them discourage you from fishing. The changing weather is a signal to bass that cooler weather is coming and sets up some phenomenal fishing.
GoPro cameras are everywhere, and I'm finding ways to use them to our advantage.
Mark Zona and I spent a day on Lake Huron earlier this week and had one of the most amazing days of smallmouth fishing I’ve ever experienced.
I just got back from the Tracker Dealer meeting at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake and I don’t think I’ve ever come home more excited about a new boat than the one we’re coming out with next year.