Hawk Talk - How to Get the Most Out of Your Next Guided Bass Fishing Trip

Hawk Talk - How to Get the Most Out of Your Next Guided Bass Fishing Trip

Have you ever considered hiring a bass guide for your next fishing trip?  As a full-time guide myself, and one who’s hired guides in the past, I’d like to share a bit of insight that should prove useful in helping you find the right guide for your next bass fishing trip.  

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2016 Potomac River BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2016 Potomac River BASS Elite

When B.A.S.S. included the Potomac River on this year’s schedule, I was licking my chops. A summer event on such good tidal water sounded almost too good to be true. 

Recalling my Top-10 finish on the Chesapeake Bay a year earlier, I felt there was no way I could fail. Boy was I ever wrong!

Card's Catch - Potomac River Preview: Swim Jig Time

Card's Catch - Potomac River Preview: Swim Jig Time

The Elite Series event on the Potomac River is starting soon and I am excited to get on the water. I have been there three times and each time the swim jig played a big role. The river really sets up perfectly for a swim jig. It is a great way to quickly cover water to find concentrations of fish and then once you find them, it's easy to slow down and pitch Senkos.

Hite's Bites - Reading Current Seams with a Drop Shot

Hite's Bites - Reading Current Seams with a Drop Shot

Being a part of the first Bassmaster Classic Bracket on the Niagara River was a pretty neat deal. It was cool to be a part of something that was sort of unfolding right before our eyes every day. The unique elements of a limited practice, a small field of eight pros, real-time scoring, having a scoring official in our boats and having our rounds streamed live to the internet were all part of an intense new format, never before seen on the Elites Series. 

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2016 Cayuga Lake BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2016 Cayuga Lake BASS Elite

Whenever B.A.S.S. schedules an event in New York, I feel my chances for success are strong. The Empire State has always been good to me, and I expected this event would deliver more of the same.

Part of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga is nearly 40 miles long and 400 feet deep. Formed by glaciers thousands of years ago, it has evolved into prime habitat for both smallmouth and largemouth. And because spring came late to the region, I felt both species might come into play.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2016 BASSfest, Lake Texoma

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2016 BASSfest, Lake Texoma

Prior to the Lake Texoma event, Oklahoma experienced weeks of heavy rainfall — swelling its streams and rivers to record highs.

By the time we arrived, the Texas-Oklahoma impoundment was more than 10 feet above normal pool, and most of the lake’s parks and ramps were closed as a result. The only dependable access was the ramp next to Dennison Dam, on the lake’s southern end.

Team Tales from the Trail - FLW Tour on Champlain

Team Tales from the Trail - FLW Tour on Champlain

As we made the long drive north for our final stop of the 2016 FLW Tour season on Lake Champlain, Jimmy spotted a BBQ place so of course we had to eat there. At this point in the season, I’m pretty sure I've eaten so much BBQ that if you cut me I’d bleed sauce.

On Friday night we arrived at the Shamrock Motel in tiny Peru, NY settled into our room. Early the next morning we did a chapter 11 reorganization: we removed everything from the back of the truck (guess who got to climb into the back to do that?). Thank goodness for the BedRug that Jimmy got from Top This at the beginning of the year - it was a life-saver on my knees.