When I think of smallmouth bass lures, I always start with the jig. It's all there, really. Everything you need to catch a brown bass can be found in that hunk of lead, strands of hair, rubber or silicone and a hook.
Jon Bondy was fishing tubes with a couple of clients for postspawn smallmouth in relatively shallow water, but one of his customers wasn't a very good angler and couldn't get the hang of it.
The idea was to catch spotted bass on topwater plugs back in the creeks. It's a traditional fall pattern on Martin and about as reliable as a fishing pattern can get.
Go on the Lake with B.A.S.S. pro Bink Desaro on Lake Caroline, Mississippi.
Go on the lake with B.A.S.S. pro Steve Daniel on Lake Mitchell, Alabama.
They know what a new bait will, and will not, do for them. And most importantly, they develop confidence that it will work.
Thousands of Bassmasters nationwide fish small bodies of water: reclaimed mining pits, county and state park lakes, stock ponds, pothole lakes, pay lakes, even golf course water hazards.
As head of the state of Washington's aquatic invasive species task force, Eric Anderson is responsible for training commercial inspectors, field officers and the general public on how to detect and control the spread of invasive species, particularly quagga and zebra mussels.
Since BASS released the booklet Keeping Bass Alive, a Guidebook for Anglers and Tournament Organizers, there have been many new innovations and techniques in fish care that anglers and tournament directors should know about.