Elite Series James Niggemeyer talks candidly about the worst tournament year of his career and the lessons he learned and what he’s going to dedicate himself to next season. Some great words of advice in this. It’s always good to listen to avid professional tournament fishing competitors and here how they overcome the adversities
Another adventure in the Hobie kayaks with me and Craig. We head to the Colorado river just outside of Austin, TX to see if we can find some good river spotted bass. With a big rain the night before, creating lots of current and muddy water, it was tough to fish and even harder to get paddle against the river. With such a long trip, about 16 miles, we had to get it in gear and paddle our way down the river for many hours just to make sure we got off the water in time. We managed to catch 4 bass, enjoy a good work out with good scenery, and have an adventure to remember for sure!
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Just some thoughts and observations about cranking big deep divers. I sort of rambled on in this piece but wanted to share some fish catches from this summer and thoughts I had while getting these fish to bite. One thing I forgot to mention in the video. I wind the crankbaits fast because I’m fishing in current. If you’ve seen bass chase bait in current, they run them up there as fast as possible and then grab them while they are disoriented. The bait runs like mad across the bottom darting left and right. Just like a hard reeled crankbait.
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While jigging for halibut in the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast of Vancouver Island near Ucluelet, Rod hooks something rather big.
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We head to Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN, for Day One action of the 2013 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open.
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Mark Menendez uses a swim jig on shallow wood cover when the bass are moving from summer deep offshore spots to shallower fall backwater spots. He can do a lot of different things with a swim jig and it presents as the main forage this time of year (baitfish and bream). He catches a few fish while illustrating his point in this fishing video.
Dave Barham travels to Pembrokeshire to target bass with surface lures, guided by Mat Rickard from Bass Fishing Wales. The pair ended up with 67 bass caught off the top in a single day, topped by a rather lively 7lb 3oz beauty!
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Fishing crank baits and jigs on the Ohio river and creeks off of the river. Caught allot of fish for the short time that we were out on the water.
A jig combined with the right trailer is a great lure for bass fishing. Lake Fork Bass Guide Stephen Fatherree, shows how to choose the best jig trailer to catch more fish. When smallmouth or largemouth bass fishing it is important to pair your finesse jigs, flipping jigs, and football jigs with the correct jig trailer for the lake and conditions you are fishing.
Learn a little bit about how to attack small rivers and creeks with a fly rod.
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No.1 Use an Extremely Sharp Hook
I use nothing but Daiichi, “The World’s Sharpest Hook.” A sharp hook helps save your soft plastics. They are going to get enough damage just from catching a few fish and you’re bound to lose a few for sure. But the longer you can use a lure, the less money you’ll spend on gear.
It’s also great to use an offset or wide-gap hook. The wide gap is harder for fish to throw and the offset makes it a bit more difficult to lose your lure.
No.2 Use a Jimmy Houston Knot
Probably one of the most simple knots you can use for tying on a lure, and it’s definitely the strongest. It can be used on any type of line and is particularly great for braided line.
No.3 Hook your lure perfectly strait
A lot of people think that by avoiding an offset bend that you can prevent a crooked worm set, but I can guarantee you that the hook is not where the problem it. All I use for worms is an offset hook.
You only want to hook your lure into about the first quarter inch or so of the lure. Cinch the worm up onto the bend and cover the knot as well. Then you want to check and see where your worm is going to meet the bend of the before you ever place the remainder of the worm on the hook. You can also skin hook the worm as well, my favorite method, by putting the hook all the way through the worm and hooking the tip of the worm back into the top of the lure. As long as you’re getting the worm hooked strait you won’t twist your line with a spinning worm.
No.4 Use the lightest slip sinker you can get away with
I prefer a 3/16, 1/4, or 1/2oz the vast majority of the time unless I’ve fishing heavy vegetation then I use anything between 1 to 2oz. A lighter weight seems let your lure fall a little slower and since most hits come while the bait is on the fall it increases your chances.
No.5 Pitch and Flip
Fish as close to where you think the fish are as you possibly can. If you don’t know how, I strongly recommend learning. It can be a complete game changer. Especially for larger bass that can be less likely to something just swimming past and can cause a more reactionary bite rather than a predatory strike in which the lure is noticed, there is a pursuit and subsequent attack.
No. 6 Don’t be afraid to swim a worm
I rarely fish a worm all the way back to the boat. A lot of time I will work it over a log, through limbs and roughage and then bring it in about half speed or faster on back to the boat. Many fish will make their move then.
Went out looking to catch some nice Northern Pike. However i was only able to catch some small ones along with a nice Smallmouth bass. This is the first Smallmouth that i had caught or seen in this river. Now that i have discovered that they are in this river i will be targeting them more specifically and can hopefully get a nice video of them.