Last week we talked about why Florida strain and F1 hybrid largemouth don’t do well in the northern states. As a follow-up this week, I read a news piece from Auburn University (‘Delta Bass Resistant to Florida Genes’) that was interesting. Turns out that there are some places in the south where they don’t do [...]
What would you do? After a year of tinkering with the Alabama Rig, Andy and Tammy Poss of Muscle Shoals, Ala. – which, to quote Ronnie Van Zant, “has got the swampers” and “they’ve been known to pick a song or two” – decided at possibly the height of its popularity to hand over the [...]
Check out the below, an old Bagley’s ad (now laminated) given to me by a buddy some moons ago at a tackle show somewhere. I’ve always been a big Clunn fan, and loved this retro piece. Anyhow, on the ad it says: “Rick credits a bite size chunk of balsa wood, given to him by [...]
Are you freakin’ kiddin’ me?! After the latest upload of winning and placing patterns to the FishingGold.com database, you can now search 2,010 patterns on 200 water bodies! Two…thousand…plus…patterns. That’s pretty dang outstanding, ain’t it!
FYI we just uploaded pattern info from top finishers in all 2006 and 2007 FLW Series events (remember those?), as well as a few patterns from a “Midwest trail that shall remain nameless for now” – we’ll make an announcement when we upload more patterns from it. Here are the lakes covered in the latest [...]
According to the Alabama DNR, a year ago it took 22-25 pounds to win a tourney on AL’s Lake Eufaula. Now it’s down to 13-15 pounds, a pretty drastic swing. What happened? According to fish biologist Ken Weathers, from a recent AL DNR article, the current “poor bass condition at Eufaula” can be chalked up [...]
Here’s a quick look at a Wheeler summer Pattern Report using the tourneys currently in the FishingGold.com database. Done in honor of this week’s Elite Series event. Gonna have to turn up the vol a bit, something weird happened saving it to YouTube.
Guntersville is so good that you can throw a Vienna sausage on a J-hook, make one cast and catch an 8-pounder. Okay, maybe not that great, but that’s kind of it’s national rep. And it looks like some locals are now bent on trying to make that rep a thing of the past. Below is [...]
Take a look at the photo at left. Do those things scream, “Put bass in me!” to you? If you were a cheater they might. (If you find the notion of using those things to cheat in a bass derby, then you’re reacting as a non-cheater – which is good!) What prompted this? Check out [...]
This is a first for me. Over the years we’ve all heard about tourney anglers being blamed for “catching all the fish,” “killing fish,” hogging boat ramps and even entire lakes, running too fast and really it’s a pretty long list. All of it hogwash…except maybe for the running too fast part. (I’m thinking of [...]
My hat’s completely off and somewhere down the lake to the folks who can catch fish on Pickwick. To me it’s the Dead Sea. Been very fortunate to have fished most of the well-known bass holes in this wonderful country of ours, including Pickwick, and let me tell you that that is one lake I’d [...]
…and Classic Competitors Better Have ‘Em Too Did ya get the importance of the blue crab thing yet? We reported some time back that blue crabs represent a HUGE portion of the diet of Delta bass – 34% to 74%, depending on the year. That was bass in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, but hey – that’s [...]
[This post seems to be particularly important in light of the fact that a derby of some note is scheduled to be fished in brackish water in a couple months. What's it called again? The 'class'-something?! –Ed.] What bait do you use when when you’re fishing for delta (brackish-water) bass? What prey item do you [...]
Recently happened upon a scientific paper called “Coastal Estuaries as Habitat for a Freshwater Fish Species: Exploring Population-Level Effects of Salinity on Largemouth Bass” – got that?! It’s by Alicia Norris, Dennis Devries and Russell Wright of Auburn University, and I read it because the summary basically said that some of what we all accept [...]
Lost in the BASS Post Season/Skeet Reese AOY controversy was the fact that Aaron Martens lost the Lake Jordan tournament by a mere 3 ounces. That is, he lost by 3 ounces AFTER he accumulated 24 ounces in penalties due to four dead fish. (Ouch!) The narrow loss adds yet another 2nd place finish to [...]