BASS Elite Series

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2019 Cayuga Lake B.A.S.S. Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2019 Cayuga Lake B.A.S.S. Elite

After a disappointing finish on the St. Lawrence River, I wasn’t sure what the rest of the season would bring. That river has always been good to me, and I fully expected to do well there. So falling behind in the points race was a major blow.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2019 St. Lawrence River B.A.S.S. Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2019 St. Lawrence River B.A.S.S. Elite

Arguably the best smallmouth fishery on the planet, the St. Lawrence River has remained a favorite since my first visit in the late 1980s. I’ve won a lot of money there, and two trophies. So, when it appeared on this year’s schedule, I had high expectations.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2019 Lake Guntersville BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2019 Lake Guntersville BASS Elite

My record on Lake Guntersville is solid. I’ve had a number of high finishes there that included some 25-plus pound stringers, and I’ve caught them in a variety of ways.

The one thing that factored into nearly all those catches was vegetation.