Smallmouth are an aggressive species compared to a largemouth and even more so when they are protecting a spawning bed. Fishing for spawning smallmouth is one of my favorite ways to fish and I have found that finding them is harder than actually catching them. I have also found that where they spawn varies greatly depending on where you live.
As the 2016 Elite Series season gets closer, I am getting more excited by the day. The schedule is great and is a mix of new places and old favorites of mine. I like all of the lakes and rivers on the schedule for different reasons and will give you my thoughts and a preview of each event.
Modern bass anglers are very fortunate to have so many great technologies available to help them catch more fish. Many anglers may feel overwhelmed trying to learn each and every feature available. To me it comes down to minimizing my adjustments and developing systems to get the most out of them. Here is what I do to get the most out of my electronics while keeping things simple.
There is a technique that many anglers in Tennessee use during colder months that has become a craze in the area. The technique is called tight-lining and it is an awesome way to catch winter bass, especially smallmouth. It’s a finesse technique that catches fish when other techniques fail.
Each year on Thanksgiving, we gather with friends and families and say what we are thankful for. Of course we also stuff our faces with food each fall. Bass are no different, as late fall is when they feed like no other time of year in anticipation of the upcoming winter. This time of year is one of the best times to get out on the water to catch big bass and, surprisingly, they can be very aggressive to lures many anglers overlook. The following are five techniques that I use to catch big late fall bass.
Fall is one of the best times of year for bass fishing as many of the fish begin to follow the baitfish and spend their time feeding and nothing else. This time of year is also my favorite time to throw crankbaits because they allow me to cover water and find the most aggressive bass. I use a variety of crankbaits and the following are my top five crankbaits from shallow to deep-water fall fishing.
It’s no secret that smallmouth bass act differently than largemouth. They are known for being “here one day and gone the next.” What I did not realize until recently was just how different they can be in northern waters compared to the southern smallmouth I grew up fishing for. Through trial and error, I have seen some differences between the two regions and also developed some theories about why they act differently.
Like many bass anglers, topwater fishing is my favorite way to fish for bass. Seeing a bass blow up on my lure on the surface is something that never gets old and it takes me back to my childhood. The first bass I ever caught on an artificial lure was on a topwater. Growing up, my dad would either fish with nightcrawlers or a small topwater called Zara Puppy. This is where I first learned to use artificial baits to catch bass. I have always loved fishing topwaters and during the summer, it’s hard to beat fishing these baits. The following are my Top 5 topwater baits during the summer, and specific ways I use them to catch bass all summer long.
I remember the winter of 2012 like it was yesterday, as I prepared for my first year on the Bassmaster Elite Series. I had dreamed about fishing professionally since I was 8, and all my aspirations were only a few months away from becoming a reality. I was anxious and excited to get the season started, and March couldn’t come soon enough. I researched countless hours and made predictions of the winning patterns for each event.
Jerkbaits and jigs are so good in the winter. They can be fished slowly to catch cold, sluggish bass. They both work well on lowland and highland reservoirs and in rocky and grassy areas. They work well for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. The two best food sources for bass in winter are minnows and crawfish. Jerkbaits catch bass that are feeding on minnows and jigs catch bass that are feeding on crawfish.