There comes a time during late spring when all anglers face a dilemma:
Read how the 12th attempt brought victory to Jay Yelas as he won his first Bassmaster Classic tournament on Lay Lake, Alabama.
Age, agility and experience was all that separated the anglers casting in the inaugural Junior Bassmaster World Championship from a similar competition universally accepted as the sport's most prestigious event.
Tournament anglers rank it as one of the worst places on earth to cast a line. And the Kentucky BASS Federation decided to do something about it.
Finesse soft plastics may produce numbers of schooling fish in deep, clear lakes, and tubes may be the rage when bass are ambushing baitfish around shallow cover. But when you're searching for lazy summer bass on structure, nothing produces quality fish better than big-lipped crankbaits.
In a classic struggle between preservation and conservation, the Florida Everglades' outstanding bass fishery may be lost.
Surging water from the Gulf of Mexico is washing away bass fisheries as it destroys wetlands along Louisiana's coast.
Aviolent topwater strike is unquestionably one of the supreme thrills in bass fishing. Of course, any bass taken on the surface is fun, but nothing can compare to that magic moment when a "great ol' big 'un" sucks in your topwater offering!
Metal bass lures have been around for decades, yet a surprising number of Bassmasters have either never fished them, or have experimented with them only briefly and without success.
The James River in Virginia will always haunt John Murray for his performance there.