Hot Summer Days with the YamaFrog

Hot Summer Days with the YamaFrog

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about bass fishing is the fact that you never stop learning and the bass always seems to find ways to surprise you with their behavior.

For instance, years ago, I always considered topwater baits should be used exclusively for low light conditions such as early and late or cloudy summer days – highly effective times to throw a topwater, for sure.

Finding Bass - Post Spawn/Early Summer Channels

Finding Bass - Post Spawn/Early Summer Channels

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.

Jay Yelas Takes a One-Two Approach to Shallow Water Fishing

Jay Yelas Takes a One-Two Approach to Shallow Water Fishing

For many anglers, there is nothing more thrilling than targeting bass in shallow water. For GYCB Pro Jay Yelas some of his greatest professional triumphs have come this way, including his 2002 Bassmaster Classic victory on Lay Lake . Today, when targeting shallow water bass, Yelas relies on a pair of Yamamoto soft plastics to consistently put bass in his livewell: the Flappin' Hog and the Senko.

Cowboy Up this Spring

Cowboy Up this Spring

It’s well established that big bass often focus on bulkier profile meals, such as crawfish or bream throughout the year and this is especially true in the spring when bass are either feeding heavily in the shallows prior to the spawn or protecting young fry while still on the nest.

Cowboys, Kreatures, and Senkos on Hidden Lake

Cowboys, Kreatures, and Senkos on Hidden Lake

We recently received an invitation to visit Arizona’s newest bass lake – Hidden Lake – from Nitro pro Matt Shura. I honestly hadn’t even heard of this lake until Matt called. Turns out this lake has been around for a long time. It’s an old gravel pit on the Gila River near Buckeye, AZ, fed by the river running underground. For years it was used as a dump by those who lived nearby – in fact, the new owners removed literally tons of trash when they bought the place, and they just opened it up in January. They are now managing it as a trophy bass lake, so it’s strictly catch and release, artificial lure only.