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.
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.”
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.
Winter can be a tough time for bass fishermen, but no matter how cold and nasty it is out there, somebody always seems to find them. Tai Au is one of those guys, and we went out with him to find out how he manages to boat decent bass during the toughest time of the year. Just to make it extra hard, we met him at Lake Pleasant, just north of Phoenix, AZ, famous for being a tough lake in any season.