Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Ross Barnett BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Ross Barnett BASS Elite

Ross Barnett Reservoir covers approximately 33,000 surface acres. That’s considerably smaller in comparison to the other fisheries our tour visits.

Having competed there years ago, I knew it would be difficult to find fishable waters to myself.

Team Tales from the Trail - Lake Cumberland, FLW Tour

Team Tales from the Trail - Lake Cumberland, FLW Tour

Our fourth stop on this year’s FLW Tour was Lake Cumberland in Burnside, KY. Cumberland is a huge, clear water reservoir and the main lake is over a 100 miles long. 

There are multitudes of creeks with bushes and standing trees as well as main lake areas with big rock and standing trees. It’s pretty easy on the eyes, too. The lake is very vertical with few flat areas.  All three species of bass can be found here but there are minimums to take into account: an 18" minimum for smallmouth, 15" for largemouth and 12" for spotted bass. The fish were fat and in pre-spawn but with the smallmouth requiring an 18" minimum length, you sometimes ended up toss back a fish that weighs 3 pounds or more. Ouch!

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Toledo Bend BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Toledo Bend BASS Elite

When I first saw Toledo Bend on the schedule, I have to admit, I wasn’t too excited. Even though it’s been voted the best bass lake in America the past two years running, I somehow find a way to miss out on all the action.

Card's Catch - Previewing the 2017 BASSMASTER Elite Series Part 2

Card's Catch - Previewing the 2017 BASSMASTER Elite Series Part 2

The 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule is diverse and full of great fisheries across the country. In this piece I'm previewing the second half of the events of the 2017 season and making my predictions for the patterns and weight needed to win.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Okeechobee BASS Event

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Okeechobee BASS Event

After experiencing nearly polar conditions at Lake Cherokee a week earlier, I was ready to warm things up on the “Big O.”

Prior to cutoff, I did considerable prep. And I knew the area had been experiencing relatively stable conditions since that time, so I felt what I had learned then would still apply.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Cherokee BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Cherokee BASS Elite

Lake Cherokee is beautiful. Like other reservoirs in east Tennessee, it’s deep and reasonably clear. It’s also full of rock. According to the locals, however, it fishes quite differently.

Having zero experience on Cherokee, it looked to be a challenging week ahead.

Card’s Catch - Previewing the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Part 1

Card’s Catch - Previewing the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Part 1

The 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule is diverse and full of great fisheries across the country. I thought I’d take this opportunity preview the first half of the events of the 2017 season and make my predictions for the patterns and weight needed to win.