We all love a good slugfest, right? Lots of fish, big limits, shredded thumbs; but such is not always the case. In fact, we laud the big bass bonanzas because they’re more the exception than the rule. More often, we have to work at it — sometimes, incredibly hard.
Here in central Arizona during the warmer months, the water temperatures in our big reservoirs can climb to the high 80’s by 6:00 a.m. We went out with Yamamoto Pro Marty Lawrence on Bartlett Lake to see if we could find some bass, and the water temperature was 88 degrees when we hit the water at dawn. Up the river it was 92. High temperatures like that make it harder for the water to hold oxygen because the molecules are farther apart when it’s warm. Colder water has a tighter structure with the molecules closer together, which makes it harder for the oxygen to escape.
As one of the most respected tournament anglers of all time, Larry Nixon or “The General” as he is affectionately known, is recognized as one of the foremost worm and jig fisherman in the world of professional bass fishing. Over the course of his amazing 40 plus year career, there is not much the GYCB Pro hasn't seen or experienced in the world of bass fishing. So it should not come as a surprise that Nixon is well qualified to weigh in on one of the hottest lures on the market today, the Ned Rig.
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.