In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day One of the 2008 Elite Series Champion's Choice on Oneida Lake, near Syracuse, New York
Coming out of practice, Steve Kennedy had located both sight fish and swimbait fish. He chose to target the swimbait fish first, but struggled because the cold nights had pushed them down.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day Three of the 2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake, near Moneta, Virginia.
"The whole thing was humiliating," Swindle said. "I had the trolling motor on high and the boat was swinging around while I was fishing a dock on my tip toes from the front of the boat, looking for fish. The boat hit the dock and I did a front flip, X-Games style off the front deck into the water."
In a timed sport, where minutes on the water often translate directly into dollars in the bank, valuable time spent on a fish that ultimately doesn't find its way to the weigh-in is the worst type of sunk cost.
As far as 98 other anglers are concerned, Jordon has a big bull's-eye on his back, one about the size and shape of the nest of a spawning bass.
Despite his prior success here, Casey Ashley didn't have any spectator boats following him. No one had their eyes on him, and if he had his way he wouldn't have had to depend on his eyes, either.
In this photo gallery, you'll find weigh-in images from Day One of the 2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake, near Moneta, Virginia.
"Stone Cold Marty Spinnerbaiting" is a pattern that will keep you ahead of the crowd in spring, and, when conditions are right, it can win a tournament, too.
The pros have been swimming jigs, fishing them 8 to 10 inches under the surface over submerged vegetation, around laydowns and through other shallow cover — and they're catching a lot of bass.