Tips for fishing Lake O.H. Ivie in the summertime
The very interesting rookie year of Ott DeFoe; Elite Series pros scout first fisheries; Big bass stories; Charlie Hartley's 10-10; Combs debuts wrap; Crochet adds sponsors; and ... Trevor's triplets
I had entered the Toho tournament as a co-angler. My biggest concern was that I would draw partners that were sight fishing for spawners. That never happened.
2011 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open, Day One notes.
Dennis Tietje often prefers to fish a Texas rigged creature bait in gnarly waters.
For many bass anglers, boat ramps represent nothing more than an access point to the lake and maybe a source of anxiety on crowded weekends.
A trip to the local tackle retailer will reveal a plethora of color options in similar swirls, laminates, flecks and hues. It leaves one wondering if such subtle color differences really matter that much when it comes to catching bass. Elite Series pro James Niggemeyer has developed a loose system to help simplify his color selection.
The conventional safety pin-style spinnerbait isn't going away anytime soon. Take a look in the boat of any Elite Series competitor and you'll see a wide variety of spinnerbaits in every color, size and blade configuration under the sun. The weekend angler would be wise to emulate this hyper-preparedness.
Under the right conditions, even the most novice anglers will catch bass after bass on high-percentage baits such as spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. But imagine if in your earliest bass fishing experiences you were limited to using nothing but swimbaits. Chances are that you wouldn't be as eager to go again, given the bait's low-percentage yield.
Elite Series pro Matt Reed is best known as an east Texas power fisherman, given his roots around the big waters of Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn. However, he has proved over his career that he's one of the most versatile anglers in the sport today.