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.
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.
“The spinnerbait has been great forever and it’s still a really great bait,” says PAA champ Terry Butcher of Talala, Oklahoma. He won the PAA Tournament Series event on Grand Lake, OK in November 2013 with the assistance of his trusty Booyah spinnerbait.