For many anglers, there is nothing more thrilling than targeting bass in shallow water. For GYCB Pro Jay Yelas some of his greatest professional triumphs have come this way, including his 2002 Bassmaster Classic victory on Lay Lake . Today, when targeting shallow water bass, Yelas relies on a pair of Yamamoto soft plastics to consistently put bass in his livewell: the Flappin' Hog and the Senko.
The 225 anglers who participated in the tournament were treated to a weekend of fun, great weather, big bass and lots of prizes. While plenty of big fish came across the stage, the Delta failed to yield any of its true giants. Despite the lack of double digit monsters, the competition was keen and when all was said and done the 2018 Big Bass Challenge was a rousing success.
We recently received an invitation to visit Arizona’s newest bass lake – Hidden Lake – from Nitro pro Matt Shura. I honestly hadn’t even heard of this lake until Matt called. Turns out this lake has been around for a long time. It’s an old gravel pit on the Gila River near Buckeye, AZ, fed by the river running underground. For years it was used as a dump by those who lived nearby – in fact, the new owners removed literally tons of trash when they bought the place, and they just opened it up in January. They are now managing it as a trophy bass lake, so it’s strictly catch and release, artificial lure only.
There are almost as many kinds of swimbaits as there are fishermen: everything from a Creme Lit’l Fishie to a 15-inch plastic trout qualifies as a swimbait. When it comes to Yamamoto products, the D-Shad, Swim Senko, Hula Swimmer, Heart-Tail, and even the Kut Tail worm can all be fished as swimbaits. The huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors means that you can find a swimbait to match the dominant prey in your fishing hole.
For some, the weekend of April 14th and 15th will be preoccupied with thoughts of taxes, but for others their preoccupation will be on dreams of big bass and big prizes. The 8th Annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge returns to Russo's Marina on the California Delta for two exciting days of competition.
Over 750 competitors convened on legendary Kentucky Lake last week in search of a $100,000 top prize. It wasn’t the Bassmaster Elite Series. Nor was it the FLW Tour. Instead, they were there for the “Third Annual Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship,” and when the scales closed on Sunday Dwayne Taff of Texas claimed bragging rights in this influential and super-fast growing segment of the competitive fishing world.