The first time Kevin VanDam saw Strike King's King Shad, he rolled his eyes.
When Georgian Mike Echols fishes topwater plugs, crankbaits or spinnerbaits, his go-to color is shad. Echols, who competes in CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open tournaments, figures you can't go wrong emulating the bass' No. 1 forage.
If you've ever spent much time on Lake Texoma, the sprawling 89,000-acre impoundment along the Texas-Oklahoma border, you understand how frustrating it can be trying to catch the finicky bass living around the lake's dozens of docks and crowded boat stalls. Cast after cast will go untouched, even though you know without a doubt that fish are present.
When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, you can have every aspect of fishing covered the right rod and reel, good line, an effective lure and a solid pattern that will give your thumb the sandpaper look of a grizzled veteran but without the proper hook, and a sharp one at that, you're not going to catch many fish. It's as simple as that! Trying to land a fish without a good hook is like trying to cut a steak with a butter knife.
From Alaska to Florida and Maine to New Mexico, fishing holes of all kinds are waiting for you. All you have to do is know how to find them, and if they're on private property, know how to gain permission to fish them.
Day Two on Lake Dardanelle delivered some harsh blows to some pros.
Remitz believes the football-style jighead has been a success on the tournament scene recently because of its ability to proficiently probe deep structure.
"Now this pattern may not always be that good, but it's very consistent. In summer, flipping and pitching around deep docks is by far my favorite technique."
The B.A.S.S. pros talk about how they balance work, fans and home life.