How's this for the ultimate "Spring Break" trip: a fishing trip to a fishery that set a BASS all-time heavyweight catch, and if you're lucky a trip to a nearby lake where the bass grow big and rarely see lures tossed by tournament anglers.
Gene Gilliland is a senior fisheries biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and president of the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters.)
Back in the early 1990s, Michael Iaconelli boasted that he would be a champion in fishing.
Many anglers mistakenly believe wading is strictly a spring fling for bass fishermen.
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.
Texas resource managers restocked Brazos River impoundments with Florida-strain bass this spring.
Over the past three decades, literally dozens of lakes throughout the nation have produced largemouth bass weighing more than 10 pounds. And, as fisheries personnel continue to learn more about trophy bass management, more are added to the list each year.
I was on the bubble for the 2002 CITGO BASS Masters Classic as I entered the final CITGO Bassmaster Tour Tournament Trail event of the season. My 30th place standing was good enough to get an invitation to Birmingham if I could just catch fish at Alabama's Lake Eufaula.
To humans, hollow pieces of plastic vaguely resemble squid, but come in colors that Jacques Cousteau never imagined in his undersea adventures. However, these colorful bits of plastic ring dinner bells in bass brains as they slip through brushy cover.
It's sort of like Christopher Columbus in the 1490s trying to convince a skeptical crew that the world was not flat. That analogy comes to mind when discussing open water bass on Northern lakes with dyed-in-the-wool bank burners and bottom bumpers.