Brandon Card’s – Springtime 1, 2, 3

Brandon Card’s – Springtime 1, 2, 3

“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump

Bass fishing in the spring is a whole lot like that quintessential line from the legendary 1994 Tom Hanks movie. On any given day, on any given lake – you never know what you’re gonna get. In a single day, it’s very possible to encounter bass in all three phases of the spawn (pre-spawn, bedding fish, and post-spawners).

Post-Spawn and Early Summer Fishing Calls for Texas Rigs

Post-Spawn and Early Summer Fishing Calls for Texas Rigs

People tend to think of a Texas rig as a weed-proof worm with a bullet sinker, but actually the Texas rig part refers to the method of putting the hook in the worm to make it weedless. You can use Texas rigging for splitshotting, dropshot rigs, flipping, pitching, putting trailers on spinnerbaits and spoons, jigs – just about any technique that makes use of soft plastics can be rigged Texas. The whole point is to keep the point of the hook just under the surface of the bait so it doesn’t catch on every little piece of cover in the lake.   

Flippin', Pitchin' and Punchin' the Zako with Jay Yelas

Flippin', Pitchin' and Punchin' the Zako with Jay Yelas

When Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits officially unveiled the Zako at the 2016 ICAST Show, the fishing world was quick to take notice. Designed by Brett Hite to be the perfect swimbait style trailer for use with vibrating jigs and spinnerbaits, the Zako was an instant sensation. Quietly, members of the Yamamoto Pro Staff had been testing and fishing the Zako with great success for months. Among them was 2002 Bassmaster Champion and FLW Touring Pro, Jay Yelas. Not only was Yelas quick to validate the bait's value as a swimbait, but what he saw in the Zako went far beyond the obvious.

Lessons Learned and Finally Applied

Lessons Learned and Finally Applied

The last few years have been somewhat brutal for me and my writing has reflected that, largely talking about lessons learned but seldom applied. If you have fished tournaments for more than a few years you know that fishing can be streaky and generally good fishing begets good fishing, but start making bad decisions and the next thing you know you are questioning every decision you make.

Spring Jig Fishing

Spring Jig Fishing

Right now we are being blessed with an abundance, even an over-abundance, of water out west. In Arizona, most of our central lakes are filled to the brim, and some are even going over the spillways. Our hope is that the powers that be will let the water stay up for the spawn. Meanwhile, fishing can be tough – all that inflow has muddied up the lakes, and most of the incoming water is cold. The spawn is still a ways off, but some fish are already starting to move up. This means that the best thing to use is something that you can fish fast or slow, shallow or deep; in other words, a jig.

Strengthen Your Spooning Skills

Strengthen Your Spooning Skills

We’ve been having quite the cold spell out west for the past few weeks. After a major tournament on Lake Mohave, anglers were referring to it as “Blowhave”, and the other lakes around here haven’t been much better. It’s cold, it’s windy, and it can be hard to throw a light lure or feel anything with your frozen fingers. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch fish. On the contrary, you can catch a lot of fish if you know how. You do it with spoons.     

Larry Nixon's Top Dropshot Tactics

Larry Nixon's Top Dropshot Tactics

He’s decidedly “old school,” with a firm commitment to the tools and tactics that have earned him a stellar career. Nevertheless, Larry Nixon is also savvy enough to recognize a good deal when he sees one. In his case, that was the dropshot.