October 7, 2003 - Vol. 4 No. 38
FIRST PLACE PLUS TWELVE OUT OF THIRTEEN IS NOT BAD
Twelve out of thirteen B.A.S.S. Federation anglers who
qualified for the 2004 New Hampshire State Team used Gary
Yamamoto Custom Baits. In first place as state champion was
Joe Lucarelli. Joe used his Lowrance to graph bait-sized
yellow perch schools. Joe vertically jigged a Yamamoto Hula
grub for the smallmouth that were under and around the
perch. For full story and photo, go to:
JOE LUCARELLI WINS NEW HAMPSHIRE BASS FED CHAMPIONSHIP
INDEED YOU CAN JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
Yes you can judge B.A.S.S.S's new book "Top Techniques of
the Bass Pros" by the cover. That's because Russ Bassdozer
is on the cover (and in the photo on page 44-45 too).
People often ask me. "Russ, recommend a book by the pros."
Problem is the pro level progresses at wide open throttle.
Lures, approaches and products pros use today? Many of these
did not exist 2-3 years ago. The lure brands, equipment and
advice in a book can quickly get left behind, outdated,
bobbing in the no wake zone. The advice still works, but it
is how yesterday's winners did things. Make no mistake. Time
marches on and winners evolve or get left behind bobbing in
the wake. For example, Denny Brauer is well-known for jig
fishing, David Fritts for crankbaits. Follow what has been
written about either of them (or any top pro) and it is
clear they evolve what they do. They do it differently today
versus 2, 3, or 5 years ago. Their comprehension of what
they do constantly deepens and gets refined. The lures and
equipment they use incrementally improves year to year,
often via their own design upgrades. Fishing and excelling
at it, it's an ever-expanding continuum of learning - not a
routine repeat of what you did last season or the year
B.A.S.S.'s new book "Top Techniques of the Bass Pros" is
written today, not 2, 3 or 5 years ago. I recommend you read
"Top Techniques of the Bass Pros" today while it is still
current, not two years from now. Twenty-eight chapters each
on a single B.A.S.S. pro and a single tactic, lure or
pattern which that pro has earned success. The 28 pros are:
Charlie Campbell, Davy Hite, George Cochran, Rick Clunn,
Kevin VanDam, Larry Nixon, Ron Shuffield, O.T. Fears, Curt
Lyle, Gary Klein, Skeet Reese, Shaw Grigsby, Ken Cook, Alton
Jones, Dean Rojas, Aaron Martens, Bill Dance, Mike O'Shea,
Randy Howell, Robert Lee, Jay Yelas, Denny Brauer, Joe
Thomas, Mike Auten, Mark Davis, Peter Thliveros, David
Fritts, Don Iovino.
And don't forget to check out Russ Bassdozer on the cover
and on pages 44-45 too.
PROVEN TIP TO ENHANCE YOUR SPINNERBAIT SUCCESS
Astute readers of Bassmaster magazine may have noticed a tip
from Homer Humphreys in a recent issue. Slow-rolling a
spinnerbait during Classic practice, Humphreys discovered
that adding a treble hook trailer stung short-biting bass.
This is something I also often do with a spinnerbait, adding
a treble hook - but that's only part of the story.
And now for the rest of the story...
The treble I add to spinnerbaits and buzzbaits is a feather
teaser sweetened with feathers and reflective mylar flash
tied on it to stimulate more strikes. The feathers undulate
like the tail of a baitfish and provide you the benefits of
a trailer bait and a trailer hook both in one add-on.
If you just slip a feather teaser (either size #2 or #4) on
without some sort of retainer, it will fly off the hook when
you cast. To keep it in place, I slide heat shrinkable
tubing over the treble eye. Carefully shrink it skin tight.
Then gently hog out a hole with an ice pick just enough so
the treble doesn't bind during operation. Don't make the
hole too big. The tubing helps keep your feather teaser from
flying off the hook when you cast.
You will amaze yourself at how many bass come in only pinned
on the feathers. And while some fishing spots are too snaggy
or weedy for a treble trailer, these spots are in the
minority. There are far more places you can sling a feather
treble than you can't. So pin a sweet feather teaser to the
tail of your spinner and buzz baits. It's one of Bassdozer's
proven tactics to enhance your bass-catching success.
View a photo of feather teasers for spinnerbaits at:
FEATHER TEASER TREBLES FOR SPINNERBAITS
This just in from WEEKLY NEWS reader, TJ Fagan:
Thanks for the great tips every week. Most of all, thanks
for the great fishing that happens when I use the tips.
As an avid, or should I say fanatical bass fishermen, I try
to read, listen and learn everything I can about our great
sport. Every so often, a fellow angler comes up with a tip,
technique or idea that greatly impacts the way I, or we,
present our offerings to the bass. This happened to me while
reading the WEEKLY NEWS article by Chris Johnson about
reversing the way to fish an Ika. Here's the reason. I'm a
bass fishing guide in Vero Beach, Florida, located near the
famed Stick Marsh and I also guide clients on leased private
trophy waters. I have had the privilege to take Russ
Bassdozer fishing there, so he can attest to the fantastic
fishing the lease has to offer.
Now, Chris Johnson's article about reversing the Ika. He
writes about how most people fish the Ika so that the point
of the bait is pointed toward the angler as he retrieves the
bait. However, if one rigs the Ika the opposite way, so that
the tentacles face the angler, then the bait will glide away
from the angler. As soon as I read that, I thought of the
proverbial response: "Of course, why didn't I think of
Being Florida, we have an incredible amount of aquatic
vegetation. This is a two-sided sword. Bass love it, but
plants like water hyacinths whose roots hang 1-2 feet below
the surface, the wind can pile them up so thick in spots
that it is almost impossible to present a bait far back
under there where the trophy bass lurk. A live shiner is
about the only thing that will swim under the canopy. Now
I've found the Fat Ika will swim back under there too!
Here's how it works for me. I rig a Fat Ika, 92F series,
weightless, on a Gamakatsu 4/0 Superline hook with the
pointy head of the Ika facing away from me. Pitch it at the
weed edge or into any hole you can hit. On the cast, it is
important to note that the head of the Ika must enter the
water pointed in the direction you want it to go. If the
bait lands slightly pointed to the left or right of your
intended target, the bait will track in that direction. Feed
it slack line and it will glide away from you back under the
weeds at a ratio of about 1 foot backward distance to 1 foot
of depth. If a floating weed canopy hangs out over fifteen
feet of water, the Ika will glide an equal number of feet
back under the canopy. Just allow the Ika to fall as you
feed it slack line so that it will continue to track true
and on target. That's important to me considering the name
of my guide service is On Target Bassin'.
So through a fellow fisherman's time on the water and his
willingness to share it with other anglers, I have found
another way to get to the big ones. I want to thank Chris
Johnson for writing his article. It has helped me and my
clients catch more and bigger fish. A number of my clients
are major league baseball players who train in Florida camp.
I can tell you they expect to catch major league bass. This
new technique has allowed me and my clients to jack one out
of the park instead of being shut out.
Remember, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits is more than just
Senkos. I too am a Senko-Maniac, but there are times to pull
out some of the other weaponry GYCB provides the angler -
such as the backward Fat Ika!
Captain TJ Fagan
On Target Bassin' Guide Service
Private Trophy Waters
Stick Marsh/Farm 13
(772) 532-2854 (Cell)
(772) 564-0719 (Home)
Read Chris Johnson's article about reversing the Fat Ika at:
THE BACKWARD FAT IKA