BASS Elites

Card's Catch - Big Water Fishin'

Card's Catch - Big Water Fishin'

Every summer the Bassmaster Elite Series heads north, and that means big waves and big smallmouth. It is a fun way to fish but it also takes additional preparation to make sure my boat and the gear I use to tackle those big bronzebacks give me the best possible chance at success. Here are a few things I do to make sure all of my equipment is ready for the big water.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2018 Grand Lake BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2018 Grand Lake BASS Elite

After competing on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees so many times before, I felt my chances were strong going into this event, especially since it was spring.

The lake offers plenty of prime spawning habitat; including pea gravel and chunk rock banks within protected pockets. Visual targets include laydowns, willows, docks, bridges and all forms of rock transitions.

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

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

Located near the town of Russellville, Arkansas is Lake Dardanelle — a large pool on the Arkansas River. It covers roughly 40,000 surface acres, and it’s full of prime bass-breeding habitat.

I love this lake because the fish stay shallow most of the year … and they usually bite!

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.

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.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 B.A.S.S. Elite Series Preview

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 B.A.S.S. Elite Series Preview

Soon, another season of the Bassmaster Elite Series will begin, and with it will come plenty of excitement and anticipation for the 108 pros who will be participating. Each has his strengths and weaknesses, and this schedule is sure to test them both.

With that in mind, here is a preview of each upcoming event. 

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.