Bass fishing fans can also be active players. They can own all of the gear the pros own and fish the same waters as the pros. They also can serve as volunteer judges for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) each year. Those who served as a judge at the 2014 TTBC recently had the opportunity to fish together in a special TTBC Judge’s Tournament.
In Part One, PAA pro Greg Vinson of Alabama urged us to head for the backs of creeks for water with cooler temperature and higher dissolved oxygen during the dog days of summer to catch quality bass. In Part Two, Greg discusses how he catches those dog day bass, including a rundown of the specific lures and rod/reel/line set-ups that work best in these areas.
Water quality becomes a debilitating issue that can cause bass fishing to bottom out in hot weather. PAA and Bassmaster Elite pro Greg Vinson of Wetumpka, Alabama discusses how he goes about finding good dissolved oxygen concentrations and suitable water temperatures for summer bass in Part One.
PAA champ and FLW pro James Watson of Waynesville, Missouri categorizes himself as a shallow water power fisherman – but no one reaches Watson’s level in our beloved sport by being one-dimensional. Spoon jackin’ is a specialized technique that Watson plies around the very deepest of docks in water up to 90 feet deep.
In Part Two, Keith Combs explains using electronic trails and waypoints in longlinging. He covers the rod, reel, line and crankbaits he uses to stroll, and he gives actual examples of how he longlined to break the tour-level record with 110 pounds in a three-day event to win his third Toyota Texas Bass Classic championship at Lake Fork, Quitman, TX in May 2014.
Three-time Toyota Texas Bass Classic Champion, PAA and Bassmaster Elite pro Keith Combs of Texas discusses when and how he uses the longlining technique.
PAA pro and CEO/designer of Missile Baits John Crews of Salem, Virginia talks to us about things that he has learned in the soft plastics business and how he chooses which soft plastics to create and use.
PAA pro Randy Haynes of Counce, Tennessee recently won a FLW Rayovac Series event on Kentucky Lake. Make sure to check out this week’s story where he shares his strategy for fishing tournaments on Kentucky Lake and talks about a new deep-diving crankbait that helped him win the event.
In Part One, PAA Grand Lake Champion Terry Butcher explained why spinnerbaits are great baits and when he likes to use them. In Part Two, Terry explains how he chooses spinnerbait size and weight, blade and skirt colors, retrieve speed, rod, reel, line, when to use a trailer hook, best blade combinations based on water clarity and more.