We as bass anglers are lucky to have so much great technology available to us. One of my favorite pieces of technology is the FishSens SondeCAM HD Underwater Camera. There are four times when it can make a huge difference in finding and catching more largemouth.
As a pro angler, I use my Lowrance electronics every single time I am on the water. They are great at locating fish and structure, but when combined with my FishSens SondeCAM HD Underwater Camera they can show everything. A camera is a great tool for someone who wants to better understand what they are seeing on their electronics and for me, it helps get a clear picture of one of the most important things in bass fishing: bottom composition.
I was really excited to see Douglas Lake on the Southern Opens schedule for this year. Douglas is a lake that my brother and I have fished heavily over the past few years since I got out of college. In my opinion, it is the best offshore lake in east Tennessee. I moved to the lake a year ago in part to hone my offshore fishing skills.
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.