This election year, just as those before it, I found myself reflecting on the last four years. That's not uncommon. I believe most of us found ourselves in the same boat. Another four years and "still" chasing that elusive 12-pound bass and, oh, yeah, another presidential race.
Water covered with a thick carpet of vegetation represents bass fishing's ultimate approach/avoidance conflict.
"BASS came into being because I was able to convince a few stalwarts that my ideas about bass tournaments and conservation weren't totally crazy."
In this article, you can read stories about soldier anglers who escaped the stresses of war by enjoying the challenge, relaxation and companionship of fishing on some very unique waters.
How's this for the ultimate "Spring Break" trip: a fishing trip to a fishery that set a BASS all-time heavyweight catch, and if you're lucky a trip to a nearby lake where the bass grow big and rarely see lures tossed by tournament anglers.
Gene Gilliland is a senior fisheries biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and president of the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters.)
Back in the early 1990s, Michael Iaconelli boasted that he would be a champion in fishing.
Many anglers mistakenly believe wading is strictly a spring fling for bass fishermen.
Ish Monroe has to think hard to recall a tournament where prop baits played a role in a strong finish. It's not that he's had so few. On the contrary, double-prop baits have figured a major part in many of his solid tournament performances — but one stands out as a banner event. He was fishing in a CITGO Bassmaster Tour event on Florida's Lake Toho a few years ago when he found a pocket of open water surrounded by thickly matted grass. Monroe, who lives near the California Delta, knew he was going to pull a pile of bass from that spot and he had a strong feeling at least a few of them would come on one of his favorite topwaters, a Smithwick Devil's Horse, a slim surface bait with three sets of treble hooks and two propellers.
Texas resource managers restocked Brazos River impoundments with Florida-strain bass this spring.