Topics: Pete Robbins

Wilks: Plastic or Balsa?

Jan 21, 2011

When it comes time to crank shallow water, all too often anglers just reach into their tackleboxes for a bait that has a pretty paint job and dives to the right depth. That's a mistake, says Elite Angler Dustin Wilks, who offers up one other factor that is a prime consideration when he ties on a shallow crankbait.

Wolak: Secondary Pattern

Jan 21, 2011

Sometimes it pays to have options during the course of a tournament. At least that has proven to be a valuable strategy for Elite Series pro Dave Wolak. While he's good enough to typically figure out the dominant pattern on any given waterway across the country, he knows that weather or fishing pressure can drastically alter a fishery over the course of a four-day tournament. Accordingly, he always has a backup plan.

Wolak: Under the Mats

Jan 21, 2011

When four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Dave Wolak sees matted grass, he's in his comfort zone. At times, he seems so in tune with heavy vegetation bass that it's almost as if he can see what's going on under the canopies.

Burgess: Green pumpkin variations

Jan 12, 2011

Listening to Elite Series pro Mark Burgess describe his favorite shades of his go-to soft plastic color, green pumpkin, is like listening to him read off a restaurant menu.

Burgess: Smallmouth

Jan 12, 2011

Mark Burgess, who learned to fish on New England smallmouth factories like New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, says not all smallmouth bass are created equal

Gary Klein: Fishing tips

Nov 15, 2010

Gary Klein used his three decades of experience adjusting to skittish fish and changing water levels at Lake Gunterville. Massive storms cause a tremendous amount of current in the lake forcing the anglers to adjust as the tournament progressed.

Gary Klein: Fishing Tips

Nov 15, 2010

Adjusting to the prevailing light involves a "fishing in the moment mentality, according to Gary Klein. If an angler is convinced that there are fish in an area, he will keep refishing until he figures it out.

Gerald Swindle: Cashing in on backwaters

Nov 15, 2010

Gerald Swindle shares his science and what to look for when fishing the backwaters. He describes where to fish, adjusting to the wind, baits to use and other variables.

Greg Vinson: Dissecting tailraces

Nov 15, 2010

Probably the best time to fish a tailrace on Southeastern reservoirs is in the summertime. Then oxygen levels are at their lowest on the lakes. So what you have is one big comfort zone, an area with cool water and plenty of oxygen, a magnet that attracts both small and spotted bass and sometimes largemouth.

Greg Vinson: Understanding spotted bass behavior

Nov 15, 2010

Learn how hard cover and current can help to find the spotted bass as Greg Vinson shares his expertise. If he knows where a school of outsized spots is located, he'll "camp out" on them.

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