Don't get me wrong. I love summertime fishing, too, but fall is special, and I'll be glad when it's here. Cooler weather, less boat traffic and the beautiful fall colors are all things that I look forward to at this time of the year.
No sport has been more brutalized by high gas prices than tournament bass fishing, with the possible exception of 500-mile NASCAR races. First, you need a tow vehicle that will safely pull a bass boat. That eliminates pretty much anything that gets more than 20 miles per gallon. And, your tow vehicle's mileage can drop by 30 percent or more when you hitch a bass boat to it.
It's just about time for one of my favorite fishing techniques to get hot. Of course my very favorite fishing technique is whatever I used to catch the last bass, but I've got to admit that I love it when the weather starts to get really cool and the water temperature starts to dip into the mid-50s because that's when I begin thinking about the float and fly.
Denny Brauer comments on what diffrent head designs mean to you.
James Niggemeyer gives tips on adding weight to your shakey headed jigs.
Shaw Grigsby shows you how to tie a knot on a braided fishing line.
Listen to the pros talk about the importance of having top of the line bass boats.
I was impressed. It seemed like the bass were grabbing my bait harder and holding on longer.
If I had to leave the dock in the fall of the year with only one bait in my boat, it would be a Jewel Football Jig in peanut butter and jelly.
One autumn day about five years ago, Steve was into a hot Potomac River bite. The bass were literally tearing up curled-tail grubs. He was down to his last bait, from which bass had already ripped the tail.
"During this transition time, when the fish are between their summer holding areas and the flats back in the creeks, they can be difficult to find," says James Niggemeyer of Van, Texas.