Immediately following the Elite Empire Chase at Lake Erie, qualifying pros will drive back across the state to Oneida Lake for the second Major of the season, the Bassmaster Memorial.
The Bassmaster Elite Series pros return July 12-15 to Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Lake Champlain for the Champion's Choice event and hope to experience the same great fishing action they had at last year's Elite event.
When Kevin VanDam was finished, resulting in one more victory for the biggest name in bass fishing, he wasn't shy about disclosing the details of his first-place formula for the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco.
Elite Series pro Tim Horton targets slight depth changes during the postspawn. These are oftentimes the first stops for bass after they leave the shallows.
Water releases from a dam cause reservoir bass to settle into a daily routine that anglers can easily pattern.
There are few things in bass fishing more enjoyable than cranking shallow, visible cover.
Those who have fished with Mike McClelland were not at all surprised at the young pro's wire-to-wire victory in the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Grand Lake last June. Or his seventh-place finish two weeks earlier at the Bassmaster Memorial on Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth. Or his win in the Open Championship in December 2005 on the Alabama River.
BASS tournaments take place on huge bodies of water over several days of competition. But did you ever wonder how a top BASS pro would fare on your home lake that little ol' bass hole down the road where you and your buddies fish? That's the premise behind Bassmaster's reality series, "A Day on the Lake With a Pro." Here, we put the hottest names in competitive bass fishing on small lakes they've never seen before, then give them seven hours to figure out a viable pattern while we log everything they do to locate and catch bass.
I conceived Bassmaster's "Day on the Lake" back in 1997 not as a series, but as a one-time article. My premise was simple: I wondered how a top BASS pro would fare on a small lake he'd never seen before where he'd fish; what he'd look at in the way of structure and cover; what lures and presentations he'd use; how he'd put together a viable pattern given no prior knowledge of the lake, with no map and no practice time. My hunch was that readers would pick up useful tips on how to fish their home lakes by gaining inside access to a pro's decision-making process on a strange body of water.
Of all the lures the tournament pros have at their disposal, the ones they talk the least about are the best big bass catchers ever made. Look in an Elite pro's tacklebox and you won't see them; they're hidden in the rod locker or perhaps under the console. When these lures are used and they certainly are it's nearly always when no one else is around.