Following a week of unseasonably hot weather that saw temperatures hover in the triple digits, the 240 plus anglers that made their way to the seventh annual Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge were greeted with cooler temperatures and changing weather conditions. At stake 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.
Yamamoto co-angler Gary Haraguchi didn’t miss the money in any of the seven FLW Tour events of 2017. In fact, the last time he missed the check line was in April of 2016 at Beaver Lake, and even then it was only by a few places. Had he made the money that week in Arkansas, he might’ve been the Tour’s top co-angler, instead of finishing second. This year he left nothing to chance and has the Angler of the Year hardware to show for it.
The 2017 season was shaping up to be the worst of Tom Monsoor’s lengthy career on the FLW Tour, and the biggest body blow occurred on his home pools of the Mississippi River. The Wisconsin pro was expected to dominate the sixth event of the season, but rising water threw him off his game and he ended up a dismal 105th.
The D-Shad is different from most of the fluke-style baits you may be used to using, because it’s heavier than most. This means that fished weightless, it will begin to sink, and because of the weight of the tail, it sort of quivers on its way down and looks pretty darn irresistible. Because this lure imitates baitfish, you can fish it virtually anywhere in the water column, which makes it one of the most versatile baits out there, especially for summer bass fishing.
“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).
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.