Fighting a huge bass to the boat is a great way to start off your fishing season, and spring may just be your best chance to tangle with a real behemoth. Before, after, and even during the spawn, channels and cuts near beds will always have bass in them.
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By nature, we tournament anglers tend to be well prepared and safety-conscious on the water, maybe a little more so than others. But after the tragic loss of one of our own several weeks ago on Lake Okeechobee, we thought revisiting some water-safety tips would encourage us all to be even more vigilant out on the water.
Lake Pleasant in Arizona is one lake where anglers must learn to adapt to changing conditions. The lake is known for extreme changes – the lake level fluctuates as much as 100 vertical feet every year, which means that the fish move constantly. If you don’t learn how to follow them, you’ll blank. Charlie Ponder, a tournament angler who fishes Pleasant often, knows how hard this can sometimes be.
Most folks, by nature, don’t find it easy to put in the time nor do the research on a whiz-bang project, then let others take the credit for all their hard work. If you’re honest, I’ll bet you’d be hard pressed to find many of that personality type in your sphere of influence. I was lucky enough to have such a person in my life – my former boss and mentor, Jerry (aka “Bubba”) Puckett.
Larry Nixon may not be running entirely on original factory parts, but he’s convinced that he still has plenty of fuel in the tank to keep his long and consistent fishing career going.Nixon, who turned 67 years old on September 3rd, received for his birthday the best gift an ailing fisherman might hope for – a new left hand. Repetitive motion had worn it out so the doctor went inside and took out all of the cartilage in between his thumb and the first joint on his wrist.
What the heck are the “dog days” anyway? The term actually comes from an ancient Greek term for the time in the summer when the dog star, Sirius, rises just before the sun. Sirius is called the Dog Star because it’s the brightest star in the constellation of the dog that follows Orion the Hunter around. The dog days might not actually be the hottest days of the year, but they often feel like it. If you can tough it out, this time of year can be really hot bass fishing, too.
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.