Swim baits have been at the forefront for big bass enthusiasts for well over a decade and their notoriety stems from the huge double-digit bass tempted by the massive “tennis shoe” style baits of 10-12” length. Enthusiasts of this approach are often, though not always, considered “specialists”, an angler that commits to lobbing nothing else for hours upon end, hoping to intercept the very largest bass in a body of water.
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.
East Tennessee is home to some of the best bass fishing opportunities in the entire country. Therefore it should come as no surprise that many of the sport’s top touring professionals hail from this region. For BASS Elite Series Pro, Brandon Card, growing up near the shores of Norris Lake proved to be the perfect opportunity to hone his bass catching skills.
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.