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  • The Bubba Dropshot

    Although not always the rule, Western bass fishermen and their Southern brethren are often associated with "finesse" and "power" techniques, respectively--byproducts of the conditions within their geographic regions. However, successful techniques inev...
  • Giant Bass

    Giant Bass A look at one version of the big list With Bill Siemantel The quest for the world-record bass still continues at a strong pace, especially since it could possibly mean up to $1 million dollars to the person who catches this elusive fish. ...
  • Fishing Outside The Box

    Rethinking summer big-fish strategies Fishing is full of misconceptions. There are certain "rules" anglers tend to follow--fish spoons in winter, for example. But they're not rules, they're just practices anglers have become conditioned to accept. Inst...
  • The Deadly Deep

    Fishing offshore structure other anglers avoid I would say that, on average, 90 percent of the fisherman who say they're fishing deep structure really aren't. They're fishing 30 feet off the bank, and sure, they're fishing 30 to 40 feet deep, but they'...
  • Crankbaits 101

      Several times a year, I'm asked to guide people who are new to bass fishing. Sometimes, it's a young angler who wants to catch his or her first fish. In these situations, I will generally have them tie on a crankbait. Hardbaits are some of the eas...
  • Spawn Search

    The first warm days of each year that offer hints of spring tend to get fishermen fired up. However, we're not the only ones affected by the shifting seasons. With sunshine and southerly winds warming the water, bass begin moving out of the depths wit...
  • Four On The Fall

    Falling Waters: Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece, blending the artistry of human design with nature's ever-changing sounds and beauty. A house forever in motion, for when waters fall, or recede, nature begins to move. Food chains react, p...
  • Spring Spot Patterns

    A lot of tournaments take place during spring on beautiful Lake Oroville in Northern California, and years of fishing them has taught me a lot about how to pattern the lake's prolific spotted bass population. Even if you don't fish tournaments, read o...
  • Turn To Jigs

    "What's your go-to bait?" That's a question I hear all the time, and my answer is almost always one of two things: a soft-plastic lure, or a jig. Time of the year makes the biggest difference, and late summer is a major transition time when the jig bec...
  • Banging Boulders

    In the fall, crankbaits can be thrown shallow or deep. Professional anglers are able to locate and catch bass when others are frustrated. From lures to lines and rods to reels, they develop the equipment and methods that consistently produce quality fi...
  • When the Water Drops

    A lot of people have asked me why I chose to fish the Top 150 circuit this year. When B.A.S.S. was purchased by ESPN, it changed the whole potential for tournament bass angling. If the professional side of this sport is to progress to a higher level, i...
  • Fishing in Crowds

    WHENEVER I know it is going to be an area with a lot of pressure I look for two things. Right now we are dealing mostly with pre-spawn bass, so I find the highest concentration of the bigger fish, places where the fish go into and out of the spawning a...
  • Diversity

    America The Beautiful - nothing really compares. This great land of ours is blessed with a rich diversity of landscapes and climates. Those who are fortunate enough to travel across this country know what I am talking about. California, Louisiana, New ...
  • Blade Burnin'

    High-percentage fishing. Few things are more valuable for tournament situations than high-percentage approaches, and one of my favorite techniques, burning spinnerbaits, really heats up on clear-water lakes as soon as the water begins cooling in Septem...
  • "Current" Conditions

    In the wintertime particularly, current plays an important role in deciding when and where to fish. Current will provide the warmest water in the winter, but more importantly, will provide the most stable conditions day in and day out. For example, ta...
  • River Running

    It's all in the little things. That's my best tip. Fall can be one of the best times of the year to fish the Colorado River and other river-run reservoirs throughout the country. Bass tend to group up and feed quite aggressively on abundant and active...
  • Timing Topwater Bites

    Since I began fishing professional tournaments in 1996, topwater baits have held down a starting spot in my fishing arsenal to catch big fish. From late March all the way through November, I have the confidence to throw topwater baits under a variety o...
  • Down Deep

    Every area of the West harbors lakes with the potential to produce good bites in very deep water. On the right kind of lake, you can tap an almost undisturbed population of bass using depths from 40 to even 100 feet. These fish are so -deep that no one...
  • Spots Before Spawn

      When you talk about spotted bass out West, you're pretty much talking about Lakes Shasta and Oroville in California. During the first couple of months last year, I spent a lot of time fishing for spotted bass because I had tournaments on those two...
  • Hot Dropshots

    Must-See Materiel For Amassing The Ultimate Bass Arsenal I think plastic baits, and the anglers who fish them, run two distinct gamuts. First, there's the tried, true, stronger-than-ever group of mass-production baits. They still catch fish in mind-bo...

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