Newly-crowned Bassmaster Classic champion Ott DeFoe was forthright about some of the tips that pushed him over the top in Knoxville. While his intimate knowledge of the Tennessee River and its inhabitants was likely unsurpassed among the field, at the conclusion of Day Two fellow qualifier Keith Poche told him about an area loaded with quality bass. That spot produced four of DeFoe’s weigh fish on the final day of competition, leading him to a nearly 4-pound margin of victory.
Hosting this year’s Bassmaster Classic, Knoxville marks the beginning of the famed Tennessee River with the merger of the Holston and French Broad Rivers. An interesting juxtaposition, as this originating confluence will find three Yamamoto pro staffers concluding their B.A.S.S. careers.
Yamamoto baits excel at mimicking what fish eat, which means they aren’t just for bass — you can catch darn near anything on Yamamoto baits. Adding them to spinnerbaits and spoons as trailers is one way to add action, but it can also make the fish hold on longer, just to keep that yummy salty taste in their mouths. Often when I fish for species other than bass, the first thing I go for is a Yamamoto bait — with so many colors, sizes, and shapes, there’s a bait to tempt just about any fish.
I have been bass fishing for several decades now, and bass fishing has evolved over that time, to say the least. It isn’t just the equipment and tackle that changes with the years – the popularity of various techniques seems to wax and wane as well. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the bass themselves.
Many well-known regional fishermen around the country focus on specific techniques. In Texas, when the water is cold and there is grass, Dicky Newberry is in the mix. If the name isn’t familiar, you haven’t spent much time on Sam Rayburn, or Toledo Bend, and you probably haven’t fished many BFL or Costa level events.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (November 11, 2018):
USA Bass brings anglers together from FLW, B.A.S.S. and MLF to win the Gold medal at Bass World Championships in Mexico.
The USA Bass team competed against a record 15 nations at the Black Bass World Championships on Mexico’s famed Lake Cuchillo on October 29th thru November 3rd.
When I talked to Yamamoto Pro Tai Au about barometric pressure and how it can affect your fishing, he told me that he had once sworn he would never do a story about it because it’s sort of his secret weapon: using his knowledge of this subject he has won nearly $100,000 in the past three years. What is his secret? The barometer.