Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - Lessons Learned 2016

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - Lessons Learned 2016

From the start, I must say that this past season was one of the most confounding and frustrating I’ve experienced in my many years of competition.

Every stop on the Bassmaster Elite Series schedule favored my skillset. All were shallow water venues, yet I managed to blow nearly every opportunity.

That said, here is my account of the past season. Hopefully you will learn  something from my mistakes.

Card's Catch - Late Season Smallmouth

Card's Catch - Late Season Smallmouth

Late fall and early winter are some of the best times to be on the water chasing bronzebacks. I have learned over the years that smallmouth are suckers for a Hula Grub, Shad Shape Worm and 4” Single Tail Grub as winter approaches. Each bait has its time and place and I can always find and catch smallmouth with these three baits throughout the cold months.

Card’s Catch - Find Your Own Approach

Card’s Catch - Find Your Own Approach

Each year after the season ends I take a look back at how I did.  I analyze what tournaments I did best in and take a look at my approach. And while it’s a bit painful, I look closely at my bad events and try to understand what went wrong.  It is something that all anglers should do from time to time if they want to continue to improve. Here is what I learned this year; finding my own personal approach and doing what works best for me.

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.