In central Arizona where Yamamoto Pro Tai Au lives, daytime temperatures in the summer regularly soar into the low teens and occasionally foray into the low 120’s. By mid-morning water temperatures climb above 80 degrees. Of course it’s possible to catch bass under these conditions, but in addition to the sweltering heat during the day, you have to deal with hordes of pleasure boaters, water skiers, and jet skis. The solution is to fish at night. The bonus is that nighttime is a great time to catch a really big fish.
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.
“The 5-inch Yamamoto Senko is the most versatile bait ever designed,” said Michael Hall. “It will catch bass anywhere. You can adapt the presentation in many ways to match the mood of the fish.” Strong words? Perhaps, but in this case you need to only consider the source. Michael Hall has a long and successful history with the Senko.
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.
Fletcher Shryock's journey to the top of the bass fishing world is a great story. The former professional motocross racer started fishing at a very young age. After a shoulder injury derailed his racing career his focus returned to the sport he loved as a child. His meteoric rise from club angler to professional is nothing short of amazing. “In 2009 I started fishing tournaments and by 2011, I was fishing the Elites (Bassmaster),” said Shryock.