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.
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.
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.
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.
For many American anglers, the growth of their fishing passion is an organic process. Whether introduced to the sport by fathers, grandfathers, summer camps, boy scouts, or any of the other innumerable ways - Americans are lucky in that we have almost as many paths into the sport as we have acres of fish-filled water.