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.
Trying to put a pattern together for last year's BASS Elite Series event on Lake Oneida, I was lucky enough to spot birds that were actively feeding on baitfish. I got close enough but not too close to see that they were stuffing themselves on juvenile yellow perch that were being pushed to the top of the water column through an opening in some aquatic grasses.
Wish you had a dollar for every time a cold front or a thunderstorm in your area caused your favorite lake's Florida-strain largemouth bass to develop lockjaw? By now we've realized that it happens because Florida-strain largemouth are more affected by weather changes and drops in water temperature than Northern-strain largemouth are even in summer. But in late spring/early summer, before the water temperature has stabilized, they can seem especially temperamental.