Brent Ehrler admits that his smallmouth experience has been limited to the summertime events he has fished during his years of professional bass tournaments. However, the California standout feels confident that he has these wily brown fish pretty well dialed in.
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.
You may have seen Yamamoto pro Tai Au fishing a Senko and not even realized it. He fishes it fast — faster than anyone I’ve ever seen. “The Senko is probably my number one money-maker bait, but when my non-boaters see how I fish it, they’re like ‘no way!’” says Au. “There is so much you can do with a Senko — I’ve never been on a lake that you couldn’t catch them on a Senko.”
For GYCB Pro, Roy Hawk, the 2019 Bassmaster Classic proved to be an event filled with excitement and challenges. When all was said and done, Hawk’s 11th place finish was a testimony to his immense angling skill and determination. The Inside Line caught up with the Arizona Pro as he prepared to depart for the stage four of the Bass Pro Tour at Lake Chickamauga and asked him to share his Classic experience with us. This is a glimpse into how he navigated the changing conditions that he faced over the course of the tournament.
Post-spawn bass can be tough to catch — but not all the bass in the lake spawn at the same time. Different areas of the lake warm up at different times, and there are usually several waves of spawning fish over many weeks in the spring. Bass are constantly moving in the spring and you may be fishing pre-spawn, bed fish, and post-spawn fish all on the same day, so a variety of tactics can help you put fish in the boat.