Kota Kiriyama's blowout win in the 2008 Elite Series tournament on Lake Erie was no accident. His 93 pounds of smallmouth caught over four days, an average approaching 5 pounds per fish, were the result of a practice strategy that began several years earlier. While the average weekend angler may not have the time to approach every lake the same way, it provides a template for discovering subtle offshore structure.
For many anglers, hook selection is an afterthought. Many times anglers don't consider the hook's wire size, or if it's an extra-wide gap or straight-shank hook, as long as it fits into the body of the bait, it's good to go.
Tips from John Murray about Light Line Manifesto
In Tommy Biffle's mind, the rules of math that apply to the rest of the world are not necessarily in effect. The veteran Oklahoma pro says that a lot of times, he'd much prefer to catch just five bass instead of 10, 20 or even 100.
If you're looking to catch massive numbers of trophy smallmouth, you owe it to yourself to take a trip to the Great Lakes region. Over the last two years, the Bassmaster Elite Series has shown the world that this part of the work is an incredibly prolific smallmouth paradise.
Watching Kevin VanDam fish during the postspawn and summer months on lakes like Kentucky and Guntersville, it would appear to the untrained eye that the Michigan pro is lost, helplessly flailing at open water.
Anglers talk about changes to the Louisiana Delta since Hurricane Katrina.
Jonathon VanDam to become the new Kalamazoo Kid. JVD will join the Elite Series for the 2011 season.
Last week was Indian summer here in Ohio. The weather was beautiful, gentle breezes with temperatures in the 70s and all that. As you might expect I played hooky from the office and headed to Lake Erie.
Ryan Said finished at the top of the heap in the three-tournament circuit. He's a Chrysler engineer by trade, but is looking for a career change as the 2011 Elite Series season approaches. Here's how he answered our 20 Questions: