A pretty good number of ord’nary bassers think they can beat the pros or a pro on any given day. That belief is one of the many great things about bassin’ for fishes, but in reality most of those folks must’ve caught one too many fly balls with their noggins.
Not consistently, anyway.
I’ve had the privilege (that’s definitely what it is) of being in the boats with these guys while they’re fishing. I’ve also had the privilege (same) of being in the boat with ord’nary non-bassin’ pros, including Federation Classic qualifiers. With the greatest respect to weekend warriors everywhere…ain’t no comparison.
Now, I’m not necessarily talking all pros. Because just like in all sports, not all pros are created equal. Or maybe they haven’t had enough experience yet. In fact, that’s one reason I created the BassFan World Rankings about a decade back, to show the world that some pros are consistently better than others, that every tourney wasn’t a blank slate that produced a random winner.
But I digress.
Here’s why this came up: a recent post on Bassmaster.com about some KVD tips on deep crankin’.
Not only was it interesting as heck, made me wonder: How long has KVD known this stuff? And what else does he know that he’s not saying? Because like all pros, he definitely doesn’t spill the beans on everything (would you?!).
Here’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout, some excerpts:
> Line diameter influences running depths. For example, the depth difference between 17- and 12-pound line is 18 inches.
> The difference in diving depth between holding the tip near the water verses up at 11 oâ€™clock can be as much as 4 feet.
> The 7-foot, 10-inch Quantum KVD cranking rod I use gives me additional advantages. If I kneel-and-reel with this rod, I can get the bait at least 3 feet deeper.
> I also will add lead coated, Storm SusPenStrips to the throat of the lure or on the bill. Center the adhesive strips forward of the front hook hanger where the bill meets the lure body.
> Iâ€™ve also clipped 1/8-ounce XPS drop-shot weights onto the front hook hanger to get the bait to dive steeper and run deeper. If you want the bait to suspend, clip off part of the bottom of the weight.
Are you kiddin’ me! Amazing stuff, man.
And personally speaking, THAT is why I love talking to these guys and why I got into this whole bassin’ circus in the first place.
What I love, and what also pains me, is how much these guys know. Love it because it’s a never-ending buried treasure of knowledge. Pains me because I know we’ll never capture all of it, and that’s a bummer. But we’ll take what we can get, right?
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