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Card's Catch - Springtime Soft Jerkbaits

Card's Catch - Springtime Soft Jerkbaits

During the pre-spawn, my bait of choice is a jerkbait and during the post-spawn, I love to throw topwater. This is nothing out of the ordinary as just about every bass angler uses these techniques during those times of the year, but one thing I like to mix in during both of these periods is a soft plastic jerkbait like the Yamamoto D-Shad. I fish it as a complement to my hard jerkbaits and walking topwater baits.

Card's Catch - Three Late Summer Largemouth Tactics

Card's Catch - Three Late Summer Largemouth Tactics

It’s that time of year again; time to head shallow for largemouth. Shad start to move shallow in late summer and the big bass will be right behind them. There are three ways that always seem to produce for me this time of year; fishing docks, flipping laydowns and fishing a topwater near grass. Let’s flesh these out.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Ross Barnett BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Ross Barnett BASS Elite

Ross Barnett Reservoir covers approximately 33,000 surface acres. That’s considerably smaller in comparison to the other fisheries our tour visits.

Having competed there years ago, I knew it would be difficult to find fishable waters to myself.

Team Tales from the Trail - Lake Cumberland, FLW Tour

Team Tales from the Trail - Lake Cumberland, FLW Tour

Our fourth stop on this year’s FLW Tour was Lake Cumberland in Burnside, KY. Cumberland is a huge, clear water reservoir and the main lake is over a 100 miles long. 

There are multitudes of creeks with bushes and standing trees as well as main lake areas with big rock and standing trees. It’s pretty easy on the eyes, too. The lake is very vertical with few flat areas.  All three species of bass can be found here but there are minimums to take into account: an 18" minimum for smallmouth, 15" for largemouth and 12" for spotted bass. The fish were fat and in pre-spawn but with the smallmouth requiring an 18" minimum length, you sometimes ended up toss back a fish that weighs 3 pounds or more. Ouch!

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 - 2016 Bull Shoals/Norfork Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2016 Bull Shoals/Norfork Elite

When B.A.S.S. announced a dual-lake competition on reservoirs Norfork and Bull Shoals, reactions were mixed. Some of the Elite Series pros liked the idea, others did not. I wasn’t sure.

B.A.S.S. decided the competition days should be divided equally between the two bodies of water, but with a hitch: The entire field would start on Norfork, then move to Bull Shoals for day two. After the top-50 competitors were determined, those anglers would fish Bull Shoals once more. The surviving twelve would then move back to Norfolk for the finale.