Fishing places that are full of grass I feel the choice becomes simple for line choice. One type above all others is the absolute strongest, most abrasion resistant, and the absolute best choice for winching fish out of heavy cover, braided line.
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.
This time of year, anglers all over are fishing for bass they can see in the shallows. Some bass will be easy to catch and some are nearly impossible, like those that are in the act of spawning instead of just guarding their beds. There are a few things that I do to determine if the fish is going to bite and if they are worth spending time fishing for.
I always get asked: Is the SondeCAM underwater camera going to spook the fish? That is definitely a legitimate question and one that needed to be tested. Especially since many people have seen just how sensitive fish can be to a bait dropping near them or to movement in the boat.
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.