Rods & Rigs: Long Cast Techniques Put More Fish in the Boat

Rods & Rigs: Long Cast Techniques Put More Fish in the Boat

At Dobyns Rods, we build models for every technique bass anglers need to employ. Sometimes, they’re making short, precise casts, flips, pitches or skips to specific targets; other times, they’re launching baits long distances. It’s important to develop your skills at all presentations, but I think the long cast is something that doesn’t always get enough attention.

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 Texas Fest B.A.S.S. Elite

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 Texas Fest B.A.S.S. Elite

When B.A.S.S. announced Lake Fork as site of this year’s Texas Fest, every angler in the field immediately thought of big bass. Because of good management and strict catch-and-release regulations, trophy bass are abundant on Lake Fork, and this year’s event certainly proved it.

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 Winyah Bay BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 Winyah Bay BASS Elite

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.

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 Lake Hartwell BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 Lake Hartwell BASS Elite

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.

Rods & Rigs: Soft Plastic Trio Delivers Prespawn Fireworks

Rods & Rigs: Soft Plastic Trio Delivers Prespawn Fireworks

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.

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 Lake Lanier BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 Lake Lanier BASS Elite

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.

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 St. Johns River BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank: 2019 St. Johns River BASS Elite

Fishing in February on the St. Johns River can mean feast or famine, rarely anything in between. It’s all dependent on the weather. If a severe cold front moves in, forget about it. But if temperatures are on the rise, you better make sure your tackle is up to the task.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2019 BASS Elite Series Preview

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2019 BASS Elite Series Preview

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.