Of all the events slated on this year’s Bassmaster Elite Series schedule, none was more concerning than Winyah Bay. Serving as the confluence to numerous rivers, this South Carolina tidal system can be unpredictable and stingy … even when the conditions seem right.
Of all the events listed on this year’s Bassmaster Elite Series schedule, I was most optimistic about this one.
That may come as a shock to some of you since my favorite fishery — the St. Lawrence River — is also on the schedule. And you know how much I like that place.
The reason I wanted Hartwell was the timing. It fell dead on the spawn, and I love to sight fish. And with more than 56,000 surface acres, I knew I’d find somewhere to fish by myself.
Gary Dobyns loves the spring season; but not only for the warming weather — he’s more enamored with the seasonal bass movement that increases the levels of both quality and quantity. No doubt, the prespawn is the time to punch your ticket on a whopper and the renowned rod maker is all about maximizing his opportunities.
At nearly 40,000 surface acres, Lake Lanier is spacious and welcoming. Its beautifully sculpted shorelines feature countless points, pockets and coves — all comprised of rock, sand or clay.
The main body of the lake is deep and clear but to the north, the rivers feeding Lanier flow with a chalky stain.
When Major League Fishing announced their new Bass Pro Tour, many of the sport’s biggest names signed up. That dramatically reduced the rosters of B.A.S.S. and FLW.
In a move to improve its position, B.A.S.S. introduced significant changes to the 2019 Elite Series format. Among the more impactful were a reduced field of competitors, lower entry fees and higher payouts.
When B.A.S.S. first released the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule, I saw plenty of opportunity. Most of the venues seemed perfectly suited to my style of fishing, and I was anxious to get things rolling.
Unfortunately, with each passing event that optimism faded. In the end, I was left with the worst season of my 30-plus-year career.
As the weather starts to change and the temperature starts to dip the fish are also in a state of transition. Fishing can yield some big bass during this time of year, but it can also prove to be a challenge as the fish are scattered and continuously on the move. Here are a few things that I do to maximize my success when fishing during the fall.