Here in the dead of winter you have to really be on your game to have a great smallmouth trip. In the spring, almost anyone can catch them. They're hungry and aggressive and more vulnerable than any other time of the year. In the fall,
In all of the "ball" sports, when the money is on the line, it's the ability to make the pitch, shoot the basket, sink the putt, or thread the ball between two defenders that separates the men from the boys, the professionals from the amateurs. The same is true for bass fishing, particularly tournament fishing, largely because of the way bass are made.
January is a hardscrabble month for many bassers. The water is cold (where it's not frozen over), and the perception is the fish are in a funk. Most anglers opt for the fireplace hearth over the casting deck as the preferred place to pass time during this first month of the year.
Hump / noun: something that protrudes from a form; in physical geography, a low, rounded rise of ground; in bass fishing terms, an underwater island or section of a lake bottom that rises gradually, signified on topographical maps as contour lines that create a circle or oval shape.
Big fish drive most bass anglers' fantasies, and throughout much of the country, February is the most likely month for catching that lunker of a lifetime. And the most likely place to do so? "Riprap banks," Denny Brauer answers without the least pause for consideration.<br>
Byron Velvick talks about why he likes to use swimbaits.
A soft plastic body attached to a jighead spinner has been a longtime hit combo for panfish anglers, but the concept has never caught on among the bass pro ranks.
Being a Southern guy and seeing as how I won the Bassmaster Classic flipping a Berkley PowerBait Chigger Craw, most people probably don't associate me with shaky head jigs. For a lot of people, fishing with a shaky head means cooler water, smallmouth fishing, things like that. Sometimes, misconceptions abound.
The postspawn bass in your home lake are on the move and tough to pattern. One thing is for certain: You know the fish are moving from shallow to deep water. Beyond that, postspawn is all about a game of intercepting the movement of fish that generally are not aggressive, coming off the rigors of the spawning cycle itself.