Dennis Fikes had a tough Day 1. He weighed two bass for a grand total of 5 pounds, 7 ounces. He was sitting in 137th place when the sun set, not exactly where he imagined he might be after the first day of his first Bassmaster Open.
I'm packed and headed towards Alabama to fish Lake Jordan. It's the site of the first event in the Toyota Trucks Championship Week. Twelve of us will battle head-to-head for the 2009 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title. With two days of practice and only two days of competition it'll be a different experience, that's for sure.
Sometimes it doesn't much matter what you do or how you do it. The stars are in alignment for the other guy. It's over. You know that in your heart even as you struggle, hoping against hope, that you can change the course of events.
Master Series on the Art of the Swimbait with Byron Velvick (Lesson 2).
Bassmaster.com asked Elite Series angler Byron Velvick to write a series of monthly articles on "The Art of the Swimbait." He was one of the early pioneers in their development and currently is on the pro staff of Fish Harder Companies as a swimbait specialist.
First up to the plate is three-time TTBAOY (1995, 1998 and 2001) champion and 1995 Bassmaster Classic winner Mark Davis. He tells us how and where to use his two favorite late summer techniques, cranking and worming.
Michael Iaconelli on finesse fishing with the flick shake.
Elite Series angler Brian Clark shares his passion and his tips for "night fishing".
Elite angler Bernie Schultz tells us what the visual signs of schooling fish are and how to catch them.
Elite angler Bernie Schultz on catching fall schooling bass while they're up and actively feeding or right after.