At the end of the 2013 Elite Series, we see a shift from the largemouth fisheries that we had earlier in the year to a couple of predominantly smallmouth fisheries — the St. Lawrence River in New York and Lake St. Clair in Michigan.
This is probably what you've been waiting for all along in this series — coverage of the baits Mike Long prefers when chasing giant bass.
“There’s little time during a three-hour tournament to go looking for fish,” Scott Rook says. “You have to have a good idea of what the fish are doing and fish as efficiently as you can.”
Born into current, riverine brown bass are aggressive strikers, powerful fighters and explosive acrobats. Every angler wants in on that action. But to be a successful river fisherman, you must learn to adapt.
It seems like every week we talk about the weather. I don’t always like to do that but this year that seems to be the most appropriate topic, at least if you want to catch more smallies.
I knew I wanted it to have the acronym B.A.S.S., but I wasn't sure what the letters should stand for. We tried different things, but none of them stuck.
Sometimes it's nice to just go "catching." Finding a small lake or pond that has a lot of fish will allow you to worry less about finding fish and you can concentrate more on just catching them.
When bass burrow into matted grass and shallow slop, the Bassmaster Elite Series pros happily wallow right in there to dig them out. Here are some of the pros' favorite baits for wrestling bass from the gunk.
Gerald Swindle knows how it feels to try to grasp the vastness of the Mississippi River but his background of fishing small waters proved useful.
Elite Series pro Casey Ashley has been around long enough to observe how blueback herring have changed bass fishing in the lakes near his hometown of Donalds, S.C.