Topics: Mark Hicks

Erie on my mind

Aug 17, 2011

The first thing on my Lake Erie to-do list is: put three drift socks in the Phoenix 721.

James River Bungle

Jul 12, 2011

Now that I’ve been on the James River, I can’t wait to go back--for revenge.

Douglas Lake insights

Apr 11, 2011

I just got off the phone with Mike Cole. I was interviewing him for a future Bassmaster Magazine article on slow sinking jigs.

2011 Southern Open #2 - Registration

Mar 23, 2011

This photo album contains images from registration day for the 2011 Southern Open #2.

Moon over Norman

Mar 21, 2011

On March 19, 2011, the full moon was closer to the earth than it had been in 16 years. This celestial event is called a "Supermoon."

Norman countdown

Mar 7, 2011

The snow has been gone for a few weeks now, and the ice is off the pond up the hill from my humble southern Ohio abode. I keep threatening to hike to the pond with a few rods and limber up my casting arm.

5 hot jig trailers

Mar 1, 2011

No bass addict would hit the water without a wide selection of jigs, but many anglers give short shrift to jig trailers. They stick with one or two favorites and leave it at that.

Advanced toad fishing

Mar 1, 2011

Toad fishing is for most fishermen a no-brainer. Cast this bait with a stiff rod and braided line, hold the rod up and crank fast enough to make the legs sputter on the surface. That might be good enough for weekend warriors, but toad fishing gets more involved when you make your living casting for cash, according to Frank Scalish of Cleveland, Ohio.

The Egg, and other deadly wake baits

Mar 1, 2011

Soon after I became a bass addict in the early 1970s, I learned of a Missourian named Charlie Campbell who was a magician with a Zara Spook. His name was synonymous with the dog-walking plug for decades. The aging, endearing Campbell, 77, continues to stuff his livewell with Spook fish in local bass tournaments.

When to frog and when to toad

Mar 1, 2011

Because hollow, weedless frogs and solid plastic toads excel in shallow grass, many anglers think they are interchangeable. They are wrong. Frogs and toads are two very different lures and presentations. The question is, when do you frog and when do you toad?