Category Archives: Bass

Men Fishing in Dresses………

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, the Central Elite Pro Circuit, a leader in professional fishing circuits, will “Dress-Up for Dollars” to assist the Fish 4 Tales organization in making the dreams of children come true. More than $2,475 has been pledged by local anglers and businesses to have two men in dresses and heels at this weekend’s fishing tournament at Table Rock Lake, according to a news release.

Cold Water Spinnerbait Tips

By: Mark Hicks

Pro bass fisherman Terry Butcher of Talala, Okla., catches his biggest wintertime bass by slow-rolling a spinnerbait in water as cold as 47 degrees. The prime time for this tactic is after a sunny warm front has baked the surface water for a few days. This draws bass up from deeper water and puts them in a feeding mode. Carefully casting to fallen trees is the key.

Springtime is Swimbait Time

BY: Dan O’Sullivan

It’s spring throughout most of the country, and with the exception of the deep southern part of our land, the bass are in some stage of the prespawn period.  They are likely either just coming out of their winter haunts and filtering onto their first prespawn transition zones, or they have begun cruising spawning areas looking for a place to set up to spawn.

One of the best things about this time of the year is that the big females are up, and they are getting ready to strap on a serious feed bag in preparation for the arduous task of spawning.  What this means is that the chances of catching a larger than average bass in your lake increases.  In order to capitalize on this opportunity, you just have to appeal to their appetites.

There is no better way to do this than to toss a swimbait.

KVD: Cold Water Cranking

BY: Steve Price

It’s a cold, overcast morning, and while everyone seems more concerned about choosing jig colors for the 43-degree water, Kevin VanDam is already tying on crankbaits. Three days later, the crankbaits have caught 43 ½ pounds of bass, more than all but two of the tournament competitors.

That particular event was the 2008 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, and although the event was won on a jig, VanDam’s performance underscored not only his own expertise as a crankbaiter but also the versatility of diving lures in cold water, a fact many bass anglers don’t realize.

Spring Crankbait Fishing: The Basics

BY: Mark Hicks

Spring and crankbaits go together like peanut butter and jelly. Wide wobbling big bodied baits that look like crawdads moving shallow and tight wiggling baits that look like shad are just what bass are looking for as the water warms and they move up to feed. Knowing where and when to use each bait is key to your success.

KVD’s Prespawn Jig Tactics

BY: Kevin VanDam

Everyone knows the prespawn is a time to catch big fish.

Bass can be easy to pattern when the weather is stable this time of year, but they can be tricky to figure out during changing conditions because they make fast location changes.

The first step is to determine where they winter and where they go to spawn, then spend time searching between those areas.

Power fishing with spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits can be very effective for locating prespawn bass, but a jig can be just as efficient when warranted.

Prespawn Flippin & Pitchin with Denny Brauer

By: Denny Brauer

There’s a lot of variance in February around the country when it comes to bass fishing. Some of the fish will be up on the beds and others will be just starting to move towards the beds. One thing is for certain, however, they’ll all be thinking about the spawn. That means they’re vulnerable to a flipping or pitching approach.

Look for them around suitable spawning areas. Generally that’ll be in the thickest cover they can find near a hard bottom area. I usually start near pockets or other backwater spots, but you always have to keep in mind where you’re fishing. If backwater spots are few and far between on your water, you might want to look around to see what else is available. I’ve seen many a largemouth bed on a big tree limb in standing timber over 40 feet of water. In Florida they often spawn on pad roots.

4 Pros – 4 Baits YOU Need to Use Now

By: Don Wirth

Bass are cold-blooded creatures, meaning their body temperature is the same as that of their surroundings. As the water temperature drops, their digestive process slows dramatically – according to “Bass Professor” Doug Hannon, it takes a bass about four hours to digest a meal in 80-degree water, four days in 50-degree water! As the water temperature plummets, the need for frequent feeding diminishes, and bass become exponentially less active. But then, if you’ve ever gone strikeless on a chilly early spring bass outing, you already knew that!

Bass pros and guides are on the water constantly, and must identify productive methods for catching bass when the lake water is frigid. Choosing the right lure is a huge part of this equation. If you’re having trouble scoring strikes when the water temp drops below 50 degrees, study what follows carefully…and heat up your next bass outing!