In central Arizona where Yamamoto Pro Tai Au lives, daytime temperatures in the summer regularly soar into the low teens and occasionally foray into the low 120’s. By mid-morning water temperatures climb above 80 degrees. Of course it’s possible to catch bass under these conditions, but in addition to the sweltering heat during the day, you have to deal with hordes of pleasure boaters, water skiers, and jet skis. The solution is to fish at night. The bonus is that nighttime is a great time to catch a really big fish.
You plan your fishing vacation for weeks in advance. You go over all of the maintenance items on your tow vehicle and boat with a fine tooth comb. You’re fully loaded with more Yamamoto baits than you could throw in six months, and you head out in anticipation of beautiful days and multiple fish catches.
Here in central Arizona during the warmer months, the water temperatures in our big reservoirs can climb to the high 80’s by 6:00 a.m. We went out with Yamamoto Pro Marty Lawrence on Bartlett Lake to see if we could find some bass, and the water temperature was 88 degrees when we hit the water at dawn. Up the river it was 92. High temperatures like that make it harder for the water to hold oxygen because the molecules are farther apart when it’s warm. Colder water has a tighter structure with the molecules closer together, which makes it harder for the oxygen to escape.
Earl Green wasn’t a Redington Beach local, but he was more than a tourist. He and his wife, Connie, had spent a few weeks twice a year in the Florida resort town ever since their only daughter got married there 12 years earlier. They always booked a room overlooking the white sand and tranquil surf, and Earl always made sure to bring an assortment of rods and reels.
We hear the phrase “Go with the Flow” and we envision a lackadaisical existence devoid of purpose. But take that cliché to the California Delta and you’ll be right on track to mastering this labyrinthine network of canals, sloughs and major rivers; possibly to the point of unlocking its amazing largemouth bass treasure.
As one of the most respected tournament anglers of all time, Larry Nixon or “The General” as he is affectionately known, is recognized as one of the foremost worm and jig fisherman in the world of professional bass fishing. Over the course of his amazing 40 plus year career, there is not much the GYCB Pro hasn't seen or experienced in the world of bass fishing. So it should not come as a surprise that Nixon is well qualified to weigh in on one of the hottest lures on the market today, the Ned Rig.