Ask a bass fisherman who cut his teeth on a clear water lake to name his go-to lure the one he turns to when he can't catch a fish on anything else — and the odds are he'll quietly say it's a leadhead jig teamed with some kind of plastic body.
If you've ever spent much time on Lake Texoma, you understand how frustrating it can be trying to catch the finicky bass living around the lake's dozens of docks and crowded boat stalls.
Now that jerkbaits have become established as essential bass lures, a consensus exists among many respected anglers regarding when and where to cast these baits for optimal success.
Fallen trees provide all-important cover for fish and visible, identifiable targets for fishermen. Some, however, are better than others.
Fishing with live bait is another skill you may wish to master in your pursuit of the bass. Bass respond well to many forms of live bait and sometimes action can be faster than with lures. (But not always!) Huge bass have been taken on live bait. Many experts believe that a big, old bass may have "learned" to avoid lures, but it can't learn to avoid a properly presented live bait, since live bait is what it must eat to survive.
Vern Wagner is Minnesota's conservation director and a gifted lobbyist and communicator. With state legislative sessions beginning this month across the nation, BASS Times asked Wagner to write the following article to help conservation leaders and Federation members lobby on behalf of their respective causes.)
Today, many successful fishermen take full advantage of current technology to efficiently record, organize and retrieve vital information that can pay big dividends in the present and future.
Ever wonder why a bass will sometimes rush up to a lure, and then suddenly turn away? Or why some lures seem to catch mostly small bass, while others have a reputation for catching lunkers?
When Marty Stone picks up his flipping stick, he throws out the rule book and turns this popular heavy-cover presentation into, of all things, a finesse strategy.
Marty Stone explains 'finesse flippin' which has served him well in tournaments.