The common practice is to catch the five bass permitted daily, regardless of size, then start looking for larger fish. Brauer, by contrast, targets larger bass from the moment the first practice day begins.
Bass will stay on bridges year-round, but a lot of fishermen dismiss them because they are so obvious.
Florida is known for its big bass, and there are a number of techniques that consistently produce fish over 8 pounds. Live bait is one. Sight fishing for spawning bass with soft plastics is another, and both can be deadly.
In this article read about the controversy that fills the air over Carolina rigging. Texan Kelly Jordon says, "It's a macho thing, while North Carolina pro Marty Stone hates the technique and states that he won't do it.
Anglers shouldn't be intimidated by the bigger baits. Bass of all sizes will chase down bream or big shad, especially when bass are being territorial, like during the spring.
Over the years, Bassmaster Tournament Trail veterans have prided themselves on being able to compete and catch fish under virtually all types of weather conditions - including snow and ice storms, wind and high waves, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. No one actually enjoys fishing in such adversity, but nonetheless, anglers have learned how to deal with them.
"Winter is one of my favorite times, especially for clear man-made reservoirs."
Close your eyes, reach into your tacklebox and grab a topwater bait. Chances are, it will catch bass. Maybe not right now. Maybe not even today or tomorrow - but sooner or later, every surface bait you own will pull a largemouth up from the depths and into your boat. Knowing which one to use, however, shouldn't be left to chance, and the country's top pros can't rely on a roll of the dice. They have to know, without a hint of a doubt, which bait will produce and which one won't. Their livelihoods depend on it.
Mark Davis had to make a major change due to the weather, but it worked to his advantage to win the 2004 Bassmaster Tour on Table Rock.
Crank it up. That is the advice of some of America's brightest fishing minds when it comes to locating and catching bass throughout the entire spring fishing season. When the throes of winter begin to loosen their grip, and both bass and bass fishermen begin thinking shallow, many abandon crankbaits — particularly when the spawn approaches. And that is a major mistake, because these diving plugs can be productive during each phase of spring.