Luck can be defined as that moment in time when preparation intersects with opportunity. Read that again, as it is a profound statement that will make you a better angler, and a more successful person in general. I have no idea who first said this, but I first heard it from fellow Yamamoto Prostaffer and author Dean Sault. Dean, your simple statement has triggered so much thought and shaped my actions in ways I can never repay.
There are almost as many kinds of swimbaits as there are fishermen: everything from a Creme Lit’l Fishie to a 15-inch plastic trout qualifies as a swimbait. When it comes to Yamamoto products, the D-Shad, Swim Senko, Hula Swimmer, Heart-Tail, and even the Kut Tail worm can all be fished as swimbaits. The huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors means that you can find a swimbait to match the dominant prey in your fishing hole.
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.
I just got home from the Forrest Wood Cup where I finished 11th and missed the final-day top-10 cut by just 8 ounces. Ouch!
Oh well, it was a good tournament for me and the one thing I did want to share with the Inside Line about my week on Wheeler Lake is what I learned about summer time schooling fish on TVA lakes.