Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing

Shortly after pressing send on my last blog -- which bemoaned the fact that I’d neglected to add some critical items to my Black Friday tackle orders and would now have to pay full price for them – I got a pleasant surprise in the form of a cardboard rod tube from our good friends at Tackle Warehouse.

Resolutions Enabled by (More) Resolution

Resolutions Enabled by (More) Resolution

When I was in law school 25 years ago, I had a 13 inch television in my apartment. If I got home from class and wanted to veg out with a little Beavis and Butthead, I had to look carefully to tell which one was which. If I left the library on Sunday to tune into an NFL game, it was a challenge to read the numbers on the jerseys, at least from across the room.

Shop Smarter

Shop Smarter

Black Friday is just about upon us, and if you’re a true blue bass angler the only thing you like to do almost as much as fish is buy more tackle. I am pro-commerce, pro higher credit limits, and pro glide baits, even though I’ve never caught a fish on one. My motto is “When in doubt, buy it.”

Texas Rigged -- Don't Tell My Wife Edition

Texas Rigged -- Don't Tell My Wife Edition

The boat-slash-planter pictured above was in the yard across the street from the house where I stayed at Rayburn last week. The rear of the boat is covered in foliage, so I cannot tell if it is under the Johnny Morris umbrella, although if it's not now it likely will be soon.

Texas Rigged 2017 -- Cliffhanger

Texas Rigged 2017 -- Cliffhanger

Any casual fishing fan can name the marquee figures of the sport – tournament champs like KVD, media kings like Mark Zona, and innovators like Gary Yamamoto – but behind the scenes there exists a network of “connectors” who bring the whole deal together without sharing in any of the glory. My friend Clifford Wiedman is one of those “glue guys.”

Texas Rigged 2017 -- Addicted

Texas Rigged 2017 -- Addicted

I am exceptionally proud of the fact that I haven’t ordered any tackle in months, including during the five day period in October when I was stuck at home following sinus surgery. Of course, bragging about my monastic spending habits rings a little bit hollow when I admit that I ordered a new boat and 250 horsepower Mercury during that supposed hiatus.

Texas Rigged 2017 -- Why I Write

Texas Rigged 2017 -- Why I Write

I just spent five whirlwind days in Texas, fishing three different lakes with four different Classic qualifiers – Clark Reehm, Keith Combs, Albert Collins and Lonnie Stanley. Frankly, I’ve always believed that bass fishing sucks throughout much of the country in November, but the bass in the eastern part of the Lone Star State must not have gotten the memo, because the numbers of fish were absolutely insane, and while my hosts kept complaining about the lack of big ones I really didn’t notice

Ned Needs?

Ned Needs?

I’ve been late the party on plenty of tackle trends, including swim jigs, the dropshot rig, and, most notably, the Senko. I’m still wary of the shakey head, but overall I’ve learned that it is a terrible feeling to discount a technique for years, only to be forced to adopt it and then realize all that you’ve been missing.

Things Were Going Magically (or was it Swimmingly?)

Things Were Going Magically (or was it Swimmingly?)

Whatever happened to the Sebile Magic Swimmer?

About a decade ago, they were one of the most in-demand, hardest-to-find, lures on the market, and for a period of time they seemed to win just about everything under the sun in the Carolinas – specifically, on the hyper-charged blueback herring lakes.