Welcome to Bassmaster's reality series! Here, we put top BASS pros on small lakes they've never seen before for seven hours, and then log everything they do to locate and catch bass.
Bassmaster Magazine readers submit their lunkers for publication in the February 2008 issue.
Nearly all of bass' movements in the late fall are related to forage, most notably shad. They change locales as the bait moves around the lake. Kentucky pro Mark Menendez has a system that keeps him in fish all day long, regardless of the conditions.
A lot of fishing fans believe that BASS began with the first modern fishing tournament on Beaver Lake, Ark., in the summer of 1967.
Peter T wins 2008 Southern Open #1 on St. Johns River in Florida
JVD's big bag puts him on top after Day Two at Southern Open at St. Johns River in Florida
Sportsmen helped defeat legislation backed by two New Jersey lawmakers that would have weakened the state's ability to manage natural resources for anglers and hunters.
With few anglers catching the five-fish limit Thursday on the stingy St. Johns River, Chris Daniels of Panama City, Fla., claimed the first-day lead as the Bassmaster tournament season kicked off the first Bassmaster Southern Open.
November and December are terrible months to be a shad on Kentucky Lake," notes Scott Loxley, a veterinarian and lifelong bass angler from Clarksville, Tenn.
MONROE, La. — Louisiana fisheries biologist Mike Wood watched in the 1990s as the state's premier trophy bass lake crashed after grass carp denuded the reservoir of vegetation, and by 1998 he decided something had to be done. "The lake was harvested before being filled up, so there was no standing timber," the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (DWF) biologist told BASS Times. "When the vegetation was gone, it was just barren, open Atlantic Ocean out there. The fish just scattered and were hard to find.