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Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2015 Sacramento River BASS Elite

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May 15, 2015

Seeing the Sacramento River on this year’s schedule was encouraging. I knew the timing would be ideal for big bass. What I found puzzling was why B.A.S.S. chose the city of Sacramento as headquarters for the event, rather than Stockton, which is much closer to the prime fishing areas.

It meant the entire field would be forced to run extreme distances in order to reach productive water.

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Rayovac Rayburn Lesson Learned, Fishing for Fun vs Fishing for Wins

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By Ken Smith

May 13, 2015

I recently wrote something to the effect that I'm tired of learning lessons fishing and ready to put old lessons to use to produce wins. Unfortunately, I demonstrated to myself at the FLW Rayovac tournament on Rayburn April 9th and 10th that I still have lessons to learn. I wish I could say my poor performance was due to losing almost three hours on day two to equipment issues but my demise was determined much earlier than that.

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Crappie Corner - Post-Spawn Tips and Tactics

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May 6, 2015

It’s post-spawn time in the middle and northern states. Post-spawn crappie
have gotten a bad rap. It’s not surprising because they have a tendency to go
dormant for one, two, maybe three weeks following the spawn. However, some
crappie are catchable if you know the right tactics and tricks.
Josh Gowan, from Sikeston, Missouri, calls Reelfoot Lake his home waters. He
also has tournament and recreational fishing experience on many other waters, too.
Since his fishing days are based around work, the weather and water conditions are
not always perfect. Experience fishing different waters and varying conditions
provides a great insight of fish movement and patterns.
“The fish are very finicky and weird during the post-spawn,” says Gowan.
“It’s a transition period that starts first with the black crappie because they prefer a
little cooler water. These fish will be up feeding and are the first ones that can be
caught with regularity after the spawn. This doesn’t mean they bite aggressively
because it’s often just a light hit. But nothing is timid about them after you set the
hook. They are great fun to catch.”
He says white crappie are more finicky after the spawn. It can be aggravating
because they like to reach up and nip the minnow. Many bites result in a swing and
Gowan’s top method is slow trolling minnows. The tactic is a good search and
catch method. Multiple baits improve his odds for catching more fish.
“One exception to this tactic is when the black crappie ease up into the
vegetation. Then I’ll be using an 11-foot BnM Sam Heaton pole with a tiny 1/32-
ounce jig. The small jig is great and nothing will pass it up when it goes in front of
them. A slow presentation is very important.”
“Post-spawn is my least-favorite time to try and catch fish. However, I love
fishing so I’ll be out chasing the crappie and probably coaxing a few to hit my baits.
Any fisherman can catch crappie if they learn the right pattern during the post-
spawn.”
More Tips
Post-spawn crappie are worn out due to the spawning ritual. A good tactic is
to cover a lot of water. Long line trolling is one way to keep baits moving so you can
show them to a lot of fish. The method calls for putting multiple baits out 30 to 40
feet behind the boat.
The fisherman in the rear of the boat uses shorter 6- to 8-foot poles while the
fisherman in front uses 10- to 16-foot poles. The boat is set to 0.7 to 1.2 miles per
hour. The depth of the baits are controlled by their weight and the speed of the boat.
You can troll randomly but the best bet is to pick a contour line not far from a
spawning area. It could be a contour line nine feet deep you follow. Or, in a big flat
you can pick landmarks behind and in front to set your path or use your GPS.
Catching a couple of fish in one area means you should mark it and troll back
and forth until you no longer catch fish. It’s likely a school of fish will present action
for a while.
Tip of the Month
Female crappie need some tip to re-coop after the spawn so fishing can be
tough for about a month. During this time you can target males still on the beds. Rig
lighter and fish shallow in or near the beds. Stay in spawning areas until fishing is
totally dead. Only then should you move out toward mid-depth and deeper water.
It’s post-spawn time in the middle and northern states. Post-spawn crappie have gotten a bad rap. It’s not surprising because they have a tendency to go dormant for one, two, maybe three weeks following the spawn. However, some crappie are catchable if you know the right tactics and tricks. 
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Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge Tournament 2015

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May 7, 2015

Don't look now but guess who is turning five? If you said the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge, then you would be correct Since its inaugural edition in 2011, the GYCB Big Bass Challenge has become one of the most anticipated events of the year on the California Delta.

The weekend of June 5t h and 6th marks the returns of the Yamamoto Big Bass Open to the California Delta. Russo's Marina on Bethel Island will once again serve as tournament headquarters.

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Crappie Corner - 2015 Crappie Tournament Trends

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By Tim Huffman

April 23, 2015

Trends often come and go but a few of them are so important they stick around and just keep improving. Electronics is one example. The following are a few tips, tactics and equipment that are ‘hot’ on the tournament trail.

Baits for crappie fish don’t vary as much because of the over-all size of a crappie compared to a bass, striper or walleye. However, three baits are still hot with each one having a specific use. The first one is large baits.

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