Power fishing tactics become prevalent during the fall since bass move to the shallows and feed heavily on baitfish, but there are still plenty of scenarios where finesse techniques are required.
When it comes to thinking "outside the box," Bassmaster Elite Series anglers are on the cutting edge. Always looking for a competitive advantage, many pros spend hours cutting, melting, splicing and combining popular baits in an effort to discover a new way to put more bass in the boat.
Somewhere in the bowels of his Alabama home, Elite Series pro Aaron Martens has a crankbait graveyard with an inventory greater than the average tackle shop.
Elite Series events of the 2009 season. At the Toyota Trucks Diamond Drive on Arkansas' Lake Dardanelle, an impoundment of the Arkansas River, wind advisories forced the cancellation of the second day of competition, and the same thing occurred the following week at Alabama's Wheeler Lake.
Big baits are nothing new in bass fishing; 8-inch swimbaits, 12-inch plastic worms and big crankbaits are now commonplace in both professional and recreational anglers' tackleboxes across the country. But when it comes to topwaters, the biggest lure in the tacklebox is often a 5-inch Zara Spook.
It has been theorized that 90 percent of the bass live where only 10 percent of fishermen dare to go. For many anglers, fishing deep is tantamount to space exploration. Probing the unknown depths searching for invisible cover is often much less appealing than simply dropping the trolling motor and covering visible shoreline cover.
Bass Member Bryan Jones fishes Falcon Lake and Amistad in Texas