I’ll be the first to admit, I was a little slow to get on-board with the social media craze but two things pushed me over the hump. First and foremost, the Inside Line magazine went digital and second, lots and lots of peer pressure. While I may be slow to adapt, I am also a very cautious individual and I monitored a lot of good and bad material before I decided to dip my own personal toes into the drink.
In my part of the southwest, summer days are just about unbearable out on the water. The sun beats down mercilessly, with temperatures going well above 110 on most days. Add to that hordes of tipsy water skiers and jet skiers and you have a recipe for a lousy day on the lake. That’s why most tournaments out here during the summer are night tournaments. It’s still hot, but at least the sun isn’t pounding you and crisping your skin. Even better, the night bite can be awesome - especially when the moon is out - and nothing gets bigger bites at night in my neck of the woods than a chubby little Hula Grub on a football head jig.
Heading into the Elite Series event on the Potomac River, the eighth of nine regular season full-field events, Fletcher Shryock sat in 70th place in the Angler of the Year standings. For the first time in his nearly five full years on the senior circuit, he stood in genuine danger of not requalifying for the tour, but at the same time still felt that he had a legitimate chance to make the 2017 Bassmaster Classic.
I just got home from the Forrest Wood Cup where I finished 11th and missed the final-day top-10 cut by just 8 ounces. Ouch!
Oh well, it was a good tournament for me and the one thing I did want to share with the Inside Line about my week on Wheeler Lake is what I learned about summer time schooling fish on TVA lakes.
Fishing hooks are ancient – our ancient ancestors used sharpened bone or twigs to catch fish, but these were often simply gorges, and when the fish took the bait the fisherman would jerk the line to turn the sharpened bone sideways to lodge in the the throat of the fish. Today, technology and improvements in metals have given modern fishermen unprecedented access to amazing hooks with designs that make rigging, hooking, and keeping fish on the line much easier. Here are five hook designs that will help you fish soft plastic baits effectively.
For the nearly 300 competitors, the sixth annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge was an opportunity to put their angling skills to the test on the California Delta. Up for grabs were 60 big bass cash prizes, entrance into the Super 12 Grand Prize Drawing for biggest bass (weighed in during each official tournament weigh-in period) and a cash award for the biggest overall bass of the two day event.
I love catching bass in deep water – well, OK - really anywhere; however, there is something especially rewarding about finding bass on deep water structure. I guess it’s the fact that these deep water techniques require a little extra map study and a willingness to spend a lot of time idling with the electronics pinging until you find that likely looking area.
On a very warm Thursday evening to an enthusiastic group of anglers, Delta Guide and Yamamoto Pro Staffer Andy “Cooch” Cuccia made the trek to the Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento, California for the annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge pre-tourney seminar. As usual Cuccia did not disappoint, revealing candid and in depth insight like only he can into one of the nation's best bass fisheries.