• Announcements

    • Glenn

      Read Me Before Posting! This is critical!   12/17/2015

      If you're new here, welcome! We're glad you're here, and encourage you to participate. That said, we do have different policies and rules than most forums, so it's absolutely critical you familiarize yourself with them. Otherwise you may find yourself wondering why you were banned. Before Posting Read the Forum FAQs & Policies <-- this is critical! You might get banned if you break a rule! For the members to be able to help you as efficiently as possible please do the following before posting: a) Search the boards. Often, your question will have been asked by someone else, and they answers they received will help you too. The search field is on the upper right, which performs a general search on everything. Clicking on the options to the left of the search box helps narrow your searches.  Clicking "advanced search" will give you many options to fine tune your search. Search the FAQs. Many commonly asked questions are already answered in the FAQs. Forum Policies & FAQs General Bass Fishing and Site FAQs TREAT OTHERS WITH RESPECT!! We set a higher standard of conduct for our members than other sites. We expect you to treat others with respect. We ban anyone who is disrespectful, disruptive, caustic, or is otherwise rude and confrontational. We also reserve the right to ban anyone without warning or explanation. This IS your warning.   Posting If you are unable to find your answers in the FAQs or by searching the boards, or if the answer was incomplete or not quite correct for your situation, you should post your question. Please follow this procedure 1) Create your own topic. Do not jump into another persons topic. This only creates confusion and makes the board harder to search. Even if the problems seems similar to you, more often than not, the answer to your request will be something different from the original post. 2) DO NOT double post. The most knowledgeable and helpful members read all the boards and help in anyway. Double posting only marks you as an annoyance, and does not help you get answers any faster. Post your request in one board only. 3) Make sure you post in the right board. Otherwise, your post will be moved to the appropriate forum and/or deleted! While we truly are thrilled you have chosen BassResource.com as your bass fishing resource and would love to answer your questions, please ask them in the appropriate boards. This will not only help you get your answer faster, but may help others who may have the same question/problem. Please read through the different forums and descriptions, and then select the appropriate forum before posting. This is the single, most important thing you can do to ensure your post is answered! Before assuming your post was deleted, assume it was moved (even if you don't see a "moved" notice - we often remove those notices after moving a post). 4) Use a descriptive subject line, and format it properly.  "Need help" , "Help me", etc is not useful to forum members. At the very least, your topic will be re-named, thus making it difficult for YOU to find it again. And typing something like 'HELP ME!!!!!!' as a subject line is pretty much a guarantee that your post will be read last, as most people prefer to take care of the post they know something about first (Those with a descriptive subject line) 5) It's not mandatory, but it's often a huge help to you if you list your location in your profile. Often it will prompt a response from somebody who fishes the same lakes and rivers as you.

Leaderboard


Popular Content

Showing most liked content since 01/20/2017 in all areas

  1. A friend of mine took me out to a couple ponds this morning. I decided to focus on throwing a Mattlures bluegill, as I am dipping my toes into the swimbait world. I quickly landed a smaller fish (my first Mattlures fish, and first of 2017). Feeling confident, I threw my bait past a fallen branch and *Wham*, stuck this pretty lady. Talk about a rush! I can now officially say I'm hooked on swimbaits...
    32 likes
  2. Caught yo-yoing a RES on a shallow point. My biggest of the year to this point and also a new personal best for the particular lake. Also had my first double of the year and it was my first ever smallmouth/white bass double, same bait and retrieve on a different spot.
    24 likes
  3. 21 likes
  4. Late one evening last Fall. Just one more cast.
    20 likes
  5. Share your best from 2016-17. We did this last year.Tell us where you were. Heres mine. This is my home lake n the jax. Fl area.taken a couple weeks ago at sunrise.
    19 likes
  6. My Current Setups For This Year's Trip to El Salto: From left to right: 1. Megabass Orochi XX Tour Versatile paired with a 7:1 Shimano Metanium 2. Megabass Black Jungle Power Versatile paired with a 7:1 2016 Shimano Antares DC 3. Dobyns 735 champion paired with 8:1 Shimano Exsence DC 4. JDM Megabass Orochi XX Pitch Perfect paired with 8:1 Daiwa Steez Limited SV 105xh 5. Dobyns 746 dx paired with 9:1 JDM Zillion TW SV 6. Megabass Diablo Fast Move paired with 7:1 Shimano Metanium MGL 7. Megabass Super Red Demon paired with 7.9:1 SV103 8. Dobyns 805cb champion paired with Shimano Conquest HG 6:1
    19 likes
  7. 18 likes
  8. I just want to thank all the members of this community for sharing their wealth of information. I have gone from being skunked week after week to finding bass on days that would be considered "unproductive" for bass fishing. The posts on deciphering structure have helped me the most personally and have led to me finding really productive areas on a lake my father and I used to overlook as a child (even though we put in there to move through the chain). The technique posts in the tackle section have made trying new techniques a breeze and has really gotten me to come out of my comfort zone of t-rigs (though I still love t-rigs). Thank you Glenn for putting together one hell of a site!
    17 likes
  9. I am pretty much at a loss for words after what I experienced today. A friend took me to a lake and we did some kayak fishing with two other guys, and let me tell you this place was something special. Between the 4 of us we landed between 75 and 85 largemouth. I would say 80% of those were on flipping jigs. The lake has lots of flooded bushes, and the bass would either sit on them or just out from them in slightly deeper water. I personally landed 23, 3 on a shakey head, 20 on a 3/8oz black and blue flipping jig with a living rubber skirt and a baby paca chunk trailer. The best 5 between 4 of us went 19.3lbs, my best five were 15 and change. The average fish there is 15-16", I only caught 3 fish shorter than 15 today, absolutely mind boggling. Not bad at all for kayak fishing in northern West Virginia in February! Both of these fish were 4lbs One of several doubles And my thumb matches the head on my jig!
    17 likes
  10. I like “match the hatch,” but maybe these alternatives could work: “simulate the bait?” “plagiarize the alewives?” “trace the dace?” “portray the cray?” As far as strange idioms go, at least “match the hatch” comes from the realm of fishing. I’d say we should just “bite the bullet” and accept it, since I don’t think the phrase is going anywhere and “there’s no use crying over spilled milk.” To the OP, the topic of lure color is “a hot potato” around here, and debates can spiral out of control “at the drop of a hat.” Perhaps it’s best to “let sleeping dogs lie.” Contradictory angler theories about bass behavior are “a dime a dozen,” and should always be “taken with a pinch of salt.” The problem is that it’s so easy to “bark up the wrong tree” when we know so little about what we’re theorizing around. Until we get some answers “straight from the horse’s mouth,” I don’t know if the “cat” will ever fully “come out of the bag.” Luckily, bass aren’t “the sharpest tools in the shed”, and on most days it seems like there are plenty of different ways to “put the puzzle together.”
    17 likes
  11. Caught my first fish of 2017 and my first bass after my 8 months overseas. Caught on deep crank bait 8ft Powell endurance cranking rod and lews tournament speed spool reel. She was a small one.mcoming in at 4.7lbs.
    17 likes
  12. Gotta give a big shoutout to Mike @Siebert Outdoors for these awesome custom jigs. I sent him a picture of what I wanted and he delivered. If you haven't already you really need to check out his stuff. Thanks again Mike!
    17 likes
  13. I'm feeling a little nostalgic with tears running down my cheeks . How about a thread that shows our loved ones enjoying this great sport .. My grandoa on left . My dad with some MarkTwain lake channels and blues Mom , landing a carp My uncle still fishing after neck surgery. My sons first bass .
    16 likes
  14. I don't need to use no casting reel to be a good bass fisherman. Spinning gear gets the job done. Period. Disclaimer: I have and use casting gear, and am quite proficient in said gear. But my blasphemous statement stands.
    16 likes
  15. My best friend has two tickets for the 2017 SUPER BOWL, both box seats. He paid $2,000 each ticket, but he didn't realize last year when he bought them, it was going to be on the same day as his wedding. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place... It's at St. Patrick's Church, in Fall River at Noon. Her name is Jennifer. She's 5'4, about 120 lbs. She's a good cook, too. She'll be the one in the white.
    16 likes
  16. Both my Wife & I are U.S.C.G. Retired. It was my privilege to serve 28 yrs. 1979 - 2007 A-Jay Hello and Thank You for your service Welcome to Bass Resource ~ A-Jay
    15 likes
  17. Even though I prefer to have a lake or area to myself when fishing, I do have a soft spot for kids who are learning the sport. Their interest in fishing, no matter how short lived due to childish attention spans or other distractions, can be stoked with a little success and a realization that results are within their control based on their decisions. So yesterday I am working my way down the eastern side of a cove when I notice a dad helping his 2 boys & daughter fish off their dock at the back of the cove. It was like he was spinning plates, running from kid to kid as they cast over each others lines and tried to figure out how to reel. Kind of humorous. In the 20 minutes it took for me to get closer to their dock, I caught 3 bass, which as would be expected, caught the kids attention. After the 3rd one, the dad asked what I was using for bait. Even though I was tossing a Ned Rig TRD, I thought it might be better (easier) for the kids to use a wacky rigged senko & still get results. I motored over to their dock and was going to give them a pack of the worms when the dad said "Oh, those are Yamasenko's, we have some of those". So I spent about 2 minutes showing them how to wacky rig them and told them that the bass were not really chasing today, showing them how to fish it slowly. I mentioned that the bass were getting ready to spawn, how they would be moving shallow and some different areas that they should cast to. I looked over at the oldest boy (about 10) and told him that he wouldn't feel a strike from the fish, more likely he would just see his line moving, so keep an eye on that. I motor away the opposite direction and no more than 5 minutes later, I hear the 10 year old yelling "Dad, Dad". Sure enough, he had hooked his first bass. His mom was videoing the the whole fight and they took a bunch of pictures after he landed it. Dad was handy enough to get the hook out and release the fish fairly quickly. I gave the boy a sitting ovation from about 50 yards away, to which he waved & yelled "Thanks for the help". With the seed planted, it will be interesting to see over the next few months if he is bit by the fishing bug or if this was just a cool moment he got to share with his parents.
    14 likes
  18. New PB, smallie, caught on jig by the marina...has me so excited I'm going again this morning!!!!!!!
    14 likes
  19. So I've had a dry spell the past three weeks. I was itching to try a new spot and on the way I said a prayer asking to catch fish. The size or amount didn't matter, as long as I caught something. Well, here it is. The Lord works in mysterious ways 😂!
    14 likes
  20. The creation of the Ned rig resource thread has greatly reduced the number of questions regarding the ned rig, but there is still a fair amount of questions about it and there is a whole lot of misconceptions about the Ned rig. So I decided to put all of that info all on one page to make it easier to access. This is not a thread about all of the variants that get away from what the Ned rig really is, this is Ned rigging according to Ned kahde himself, the man credited with first using small soft plastics on a light mushroom jig. @Team9nine or @Bluebasser86, feel free to correct me or add to this. You both know more about it than I do. The first thing I'm going to cover is the name "Ned rig". It was not originally called the Ned rig, nor did Ned kahde want it to be named after him, it was named that by the masses when the popularity of the Ned rig exploded. I and many other people continue to refer to it as the Ned rig, because there really isn't any other name for it. But It is not simply a zman TRD or half of a zinkerz on a mushroom head, there are many different baits that can be fished effectively on the Ned rig. Any soft plastic under four inches long is a possible canadate for use, but zman's plastics are prefered because of they're durability and pliability. A durable bait is important for the Ned rig, as it is common place to catch upwards of fifty bass in a single four hour outing (Ned's goal is to catch 101 bass in a four hour fishing trip), which could be very expensive using standard soft plastics, and one of the important aspects to Midwest finesse fishermen (a group of people that are devoted to catching as many bass as possible, often utilizing the Ned rig) is frugality. In the original post I forgot to mention a little about the history of Midwest finesse fishing, and Brian reminded me of it. The late Chuck Woods started Midwest finesse fishing which inspired the "Ned rig", but before that Midwest finesse anglers used many other lures to allure countless scores of bass. Chuck used Beatle spins, marabou jigs with and without a fiber weed guard, eels, small 2.5 inch tubes, and many other small baits. If it was not for chuck woods the Ned rig would likely have never been created. Even today Midwest finesse fishermen do not exclusively use small plastics on mushroom jigs, they continue to use many other small baits also. Here's a quote from Ned Kahde (curousy of team9nine) "I began by telling the world about how Chuck Woods of Kansas city, who was as poor as the proverbial church mouse, taught us how to catch scores and scores of black bass on spinning rods with beetles, jig worms, jigs, and eels. Now, Chuck's genius has been forgotten, even by me at times.". Here's a link to an article detailing how it all started A short history of Midwest finesse fishing. Many new comers are using the trd, but that is not the way it always was. Half of a zinkerz (or strike king zero, they are the same bait made by zman but marketed by strike king) is in my opinion a better option than the much newer TRD, once the salt has been soaked or stretched out of the zinkerz it is far softer than the TRD and has a better action in the water. Half of a green pumpkin zinkerz on a 1/16 ounce mushroom Jighead is the bread and butter bait, and is the most versatile. Other popular options that can at times be effective include but are not limited to, the hula stickz, the TRD tubez, the finesse shadz, zooms finesse worm which is sometimes cut down or left at full length, the finesse wormz, the batwingz, and the leachz. Popular colors include green pumpkin and green pumpkin sparkle, junebug, coppertruse, pb and j, and pearl. I keep it simple and use the green pumpkin color on cloudy days, green pumpkin sparkle on sunny days, and coppertruse when the water is abnormally muddy, and occasionally pb and j for something different. Ned swaps junebug out for coppertruse for muddy water conditions. Next up is the jig head to witch the small soft plastic is affixed to. There are currently only two commercially made jig heads that fit the requirements (seibert pours one called the morel, but I have yet to use that model), the zman shroomz and gopher tackle mushroom jig. Ned kahde prefers the gopher heads, because they are more affordable, and unlike the shroomzs they carry 1/32 and 3/32 ounce heads in addition to 1/16, they come with better hooks, and you can choose the style and size of hook that you want. Zman only carries 1/16 ounce and some much heavier heads, and you should never have to use anything weighing more than 3/32 ounce. Many people are trying to use heavy heads and big hooks, but this takes away the effectiveness of the Ned rig. Ned uses 1/16 ounce heads with a #4 hook 85% of the time, 1/32 ounce head with a #4 or #6 hook 10% of the time, and the 3/32 head with a #4 or #2 hook the other 5% of the time. Elaztech is so elastic that a regular bait collar will not hold the bait in place (the shroomz has a wire keeper that does work for a little while but it always breaks off eventually) so a drop of super glue is used to secure the bait in place. If rigged with an appropriate size jig head under 3/32 ounce with a hook no larger than a #2 or #1, and used properly the Ned rig is surprisingly snagless, the light weight floats on and over snags and the small hook does not tend to hook into snags. Now onto the line. Ned prefers brightly colored fluorescent braided line to aid in visually detecting strikes. He uses braided line from 6 pound test up to 10 pound test, usually with a fluorocarbon or monofilament leader of 8 pound test tied onto it. The lite braid increases casting distance and makes it easier to watch the line, and the eight pound test leader increases abrasion resistance around the line cutting zebra mussels common in Kansas, plus the small amount of stretch afforded allows the angler to utilize the bow and arrow technique to free a snagged lure. The rod and reel selection has been way over complicated by many, but Ned has been using the same simple tackle for years. Contrary to popular belief a sensitive rod is not needed for the Ned rig. If retrieved correctly the line should not be tight and bites are detected by line movement or straightening. Ned uses several old 6' Synergy rods that he purchased for a whopping $15, and cheap spinning reels with the bail arms cut off are mounted on them. He prefers reels with a large diameter spool to increase casting distance. 6' rods offer better control of the bait, but longer rods up to 7' offer increased casting distance, so picking a rod anywhere in that range will suffice. Generally speaking casts shorter than 50' are more effective, because they make it possible to have increased control over the presentation. Basically, any rod between 6' and 7' medium lite or medium powered, with a fast action will work for the Ned rig. And any spinning reel will work, but reels with larger spool diameters are preferred for longer casts. Sensitive rods and high quality reels are not necessary for the Ned rig. Now I am going to talk about the retrieves or presentations that are most effective. This is probably the most key and most misunderstood part of Ned rigging, the "no feel retrieve" is vital to presenting it properly. You should not feel the lure directly, throughout the retrieve you should not be able to actually feel the lure at all. There are technically six different official retrieves, but I am going to only cover three of them. The first is called the "swim glide and shake retrieve" and is the most versatile retrieve of all. I use this retrieve roughly 95% of the time. Start off by casting the bait out, and as soon as it hits the water start shaking the rod tip lightly all the way down to the bottom. Once it hits the bottom, continue shaking the rod tip with the rod at 10:00 position and slowly turn the reel handle a few times, the number of times and the speed should be experimented. The bait should be gliding above the bottoms bit within six inches or a foot of the bottom, and remember to avoid feeling the bait or having a tight line. After turning the reel handle a few times, stop shaking the rod tip and stop reeling, and allow the bait to glide back to the bottom on a tight line to establish bottom contact. This is the only time you should have the line tight or be able to feel the bait. Repeat until back at the boat. The next retrieve is called the "drag and deadstick retrieve". This is usually used in place of the swim glide and shake in very cold water for inactive fish. Cast the bait out, and allow it to sink to the bottom while watching the line. Once it hits the bottom, let it sit for a few seconds before slowly dragging it across the bottom with the rod for anywhere between six inches and a couple feet. Vary the length and speed of the drag. After dragging it, deadstick it for several seconds while watching the line (always watch the line during all of the retrieves, this is how you will detect most of the bites). Vary the length of the pause. Repeat until it reaches the boat. The last retrieve I'm going to talk about is called "strolling". It is basically drifting or moving slowly across a shallow flat with lines dragging behind the boat. Very handy technique to have when you're a co-angler and your boater is paralleling a bank with a crnkabit or something. Just cast the bait out behind the boat, pull off some more line, and let it drag across the bottom. Another bonus besides catching a ton of fish is getting to watch how frustrated the boater becomes when he's outfished by the co-angler that just front ended and gave zero places to cast to. The Ned rig is designed to be fished in shallow water no deeper than 8-12 feet, and is best in slightly stained to murky water. It is not made to be fished in heavy cover, but is surprisingly snagless when fished correctly. It is best when used on nothing looking shorelines that have little brush or weeds, areas that many other anglers will pass up. The Ned rig also skips well underneath docks, which can be a good option on sunny summer days. The hookset on the Ned rig takes a little getting used to, regular hooksets with the tiny Ned hooks don't work very well. Instead simply reeling quickly while raising the rod up higher will penetrate the thin hooks into a basses jaw easily. It is more of a reel set than anything. Many people say that the Ned rig only catches small fish. I disagree with that statement, I say that it catches bass of all sizes! It catches more small fish than big fish simply because there are more small fish than big fish, but it will catch big fish if younput it in front of them. The Ned rig caught my pb last year of 8.2 pounds, and Ned kahde caught an unofficial state record smallmouth on it a few year back. Tell them that they can't eat the Ned rig because it's to small. And not only does it catch bass, it catches all kind of other fish to. I've caught 14.5 inch crappie, 15 pound channel catfish, ten inch bluegill, 18 inch white bass, 17 inch bullhead, eleven inch green sunfish, 9 inch pumpkin seed, a 38 pound common carp, and several other species of fish all on the Ned rig. I hope I remembered to cover everything, if I realize that I forgot something I'll edit it in. As I mentioned earlier, I created this thread to make it easier to find all of the information to start out with the ned rig all on one page, and to clear up the abundant misconceptions. Brian and Clayton, feel free to correct me or add to this. This thread is not a copy and paste from one of Ned's articles, but everything in this thread was spoken by him in one form or another at some point. This is the basics of the ned rig, according to Ned Kahde.
    14 likes
  21. I went yesterday from 12:40-3:30 with my buddy. I enjoy holding down the back of his Tracker. Weather had been warm in SC for the last week or so but it had gotten to freezing at night and around 52 for a high the last two days. The water temp was about 51-53. We tried Trick Worm, I tried T rigged craw and a black spinnerbait. But we caught all 5 on a gold Rat L Trap. The biggest being this 4.5 lb that crushed my very slowly retrieved Trap in deep-ish water. She swallowed the bait and nicked one of her gills. It was clear most of the fish were on the deep side of the boat. And the bass were not biting on the sunny side of the lake.
    14 likes
  22. 14 likes
  23. "Match the hatch" is a phrase I truly dislike when referring to bass fishing. I associate the phrase to trout fishing during a major bug hatch. Trout can get crazy selective, and if you can't emulate that hatch, you aren't getting bit. Even then, it rarely occurs, since I generally fish for trout in the winter, and there aren't too many hatches going on. There are times when bass are keyed in on a specific forage, and it isn't wrong to try to emulate that forage. But that forage has rarely just "hatched." A specific situation is when big schools of alewife congregate in spring, and smallies are after them. drop shot Gulp! minnows and smaller, "finesse" sized umbrella rigs are good baits to try. Then again, sometimes you have to play the "opposite game," as mentioned above. That's just one piece of info where you'll always get conflicting info. It boils down to fishing being part science and part art. The science aspect will only take you so far. Then you'll have to be creative - artistic, if you will. Try things, until you can put together a pattern for success.
    14 likes
  24. 14 likes
  25. 14 likes
  26. It's a dreary, rainy, chilly day so It seemed like a great day to head to the local boat/tackle shop with the grandson. It's a given that a little time goes a long way with him so I make these visits somewhat short and try my best to look at things that he will like. That being said, had I bought everything he liked I would have spent $50,026.00. He seemed to love the Skeeter boat with some bells and whistles and a Spro BZ1 rat. While I admire his taste in boats and baits I do believe my wife would have had a coronary. lol Instead we walked out $23.00 lighter and he was happy. The one thing to always remember Is whatever the task, whether It be fishing, tackle shops, or anything you are passionate about they are little folks and for the most part have a very low attention threshold. Keep it fun for them and whether it's 10 minutes or an hour know when to leave. I'm hoping he remembers these times fondly but If not that's just fine.
    14 likes
  27. I went crazy at BPS today... wife cashed in her credit card rewards so I got to go on a shopping spree! Got a Carbonlite rod in MH/XF and M/Mod., paired with PQs. Geared up on hardbaits and a few other odds and ends.
    13 likes
  28. As many on here know that I posted about my Dad dying 5 years ago and then shortly after my mom being diagnosed with cancer. As some will recall I moved back home to take care of her as nobody in my family was capable of doing. Well today I just got the news that she is now cancer free. I just wanted to say thank you for all of the kind words over the years or silent prayers that you have may have said for her and me. I am lucky that I just bought a new place in Florida in the Englewood area that has it's own fishing pier. So for anyone that it is interested in fishing in that area let me know and we can have a beer or soda and do some fishing. Thanks again to the bassresource community.
    13 likes
  29. Wow Thank You So Much For The Kind Words! I’m really blown away by all the positive comments here! You guys are awesome. Your comments really make everything worthwhile for all of us here at BassResource. We often receive the negative feedback and complaints, which can be a drag sometimes. Positive energy is a terrific motivator! It’s fantastic to hear so many people enjoy this site, and are getting real benefits from it. That has always been our goal. We will continue to aim even higher. Thanks again for your positive feedback. It really means a lot! Glenn
    13 likes
  30. I've kept a written fishing journal for 40 years now, full of descriptions, explanations, data, photos, illustrations, and diagrams with circles and arra's. I then went to word processing, some of which I've shared in the trip reports section here on BR. Just this year I started some video-journaling. Man, talk about adding work to my fishing! But it is fun and creative, so I'm... just starting to enjoy it. Tell me what you think. Don't hold back. What do you like? What can't you stand? You can't hurt my feelings; My son's already done that. He told me, picking his words carefully, "Papa, you need... a personality....".
    13 likes
  31. This entire sport (and industry) is one big contradiction 😎 Anything someone says, someone else somewhere will have an example that they say proves them wrong. As such, I pretty much view fishing as a stack of probabilities. d**n near anything can happen once as there are few absolutes in this game, but certain things happen enough (are more probable) that you can actually base a game plan and decisions around. That's mostly where I like to play the game. Edit: "Match the hatch" is just a form of Optimal Feeding Theory. There are specific times when it really matters, but a whole lot of times when it doesn't. -T9
    13 likes
  32. Just returned from a trip to Lake Baccarac in Mexico. After seeing videos and reading everything about it, I knew I had to make the trip down there. It definitely lived up to the hype. My buddy & I fished for 3 days, Tuesday-Thursday and had some truly great fishing every day, morning, afternoon & evening. I broke my PB a whole bunch of times, and caught some really nice fish. In the 3 days of fishing, I recorded a few 6s, a few 7s, a couple 8s and this 9lb 13oz toad pictured below. In between these bigger fish were more bass 1-5 pounds than you could count. 9lbs 13oz, caught on a purple Zoom super fluke on a Scrounger head while fishing a hump in 15' of water. Picked up this 8lb 10oz girl a little bit after dark on football jig with a Yamamoto heart-tail swim bait trailer. This fish was caught on top water a few minutes after we launched on day 3. 7lbs 6oz on a Megabass Pop Max. Caught this 8lb 9oz shortly after the 9-13. The fishing was truly great, with so many fish and quality fish as well. Top water fishing was good, with maybe 15 fish coming that way including the one 7 pounder. Lots more strikes including several from very large fish. When the top water bite would die as the sun got higher, the fish hit a variety of other baits. There were sometimes 5 minute spans when I would catch 10 fish around 2-3 pounds. There was never a long period of time in which no fish were boated. I certainly plan on returning to this bass fishing paradise, even more determined since I fell just 3 ounces short of a double digit fish.
    13 likes
  33. I am a Very Happy Patriots Fan Tonight. My son & daughter in law - who I haven't seen is 3 years surprised me this weekend by flying up from NJ to see me and watch the game with me. It was Super special and the timing could not possibly been better as my wife has been hospitalized for the past week in ICU. Between the visits with her and the game tonight I could not possibly been more happy. My wife is finally showing signs of improvement and the Pats won it all. Feeling truly blessed . A-Jay
    13 likes
  34. Got this shot last Spring. It was too vibrant to not stop fishing and get a picture
    13 likes
  35. 13 likes
  36. Did this carving today. Asked my wife to paint it. I was so pleased with the way it turned out, I asked her to paint the bass as well. PERFECT!! The turtle on a log is 3" long, 1 1/4" high. The bass is 2 1/2" long. Hootie
    13 likes
  37. My arsenal for 2017 is all set. It's taken a while and a lot of hunting for good prices but i'm all set with Dobyns Rods and Shimano Reels. 4 are JDM so far, but i'm looking to build.
    13 likes
  38. Sure you can. Don't let your dreams be dreams. Thats my go-to setup.
    13 likes
  39. Currently active duty navy...9 years so far
    13 likes
  40. when fishing really only one thing to remember. treat or speak to others as you would want them to do to you . something my dad always told me. include this in every aspect of your fishing day ,and you will definatly have a better day. for example you see an elderly man on the water or maybe loading his boat ,you notice a military hat on him. be respectful , thank him or help him. just because! this doesn't guaranty you will catch more fish. but at the end of the day you will feel you had a great day. tight lines to everyone this year. thanks for the great info you guys provide. I do appreciate it! lonnie
    13 likes
  41. Still learnin about Airbrushin. I tried these Rattle Traps with images on the side. I print the pics on decal paper.
    12 likes
  42. I'm on a role now! Biggest bass I've caught in a few years on a homemade football jig in thE same color as Seiberts Bluebasser86 storm series jigs,
    12 likes
  43. So Ive been trying spinnerbaits for a while now and I just haven't had too much luck with them...until recently. After a almost two month skunk I've started catching fish again!! and I started catching them with the the least expected bait, the spinnerbait. I attached a picture of the pretty girl I hooked up with yesterday! I use a paddle tail on mine, but recently i've been seeing a lot of people dont even use trailers on them, what do you guys do?? does it really matter??
    12 likes
  44. 12 likes
  45. Although the first responses to Flippin’ weren’t too positive, it didn’t take long for anglers to realize its effectiveness. The technique was winning nearly all of the early tournaments in the west and even though anglers hated this form of tule dippin,’ what they didn’t realize was this form of fishing was way more than just a technique. Read on here ~ Parts one, two & three http://bassfishingarchives.com/western/1255 http://bassfishingarchives.com/western/flippin-a-concept-not-just-a-technique-part-two http://bassfishingarchives.com/features/flippin-a-concept-not-just-a-technique-part-three A-Jay
    12 likes
  46. 12 likes
  47. 8 years active duty army with 3 tours in Iraq 2001-2009 War is hell and is never the answer to any problem!
    12 likes
  48. My wife My dad Both my brother in laws from my wife's side. My oldest boy with his first fish without any help. My oldest niece at her first fishing derby My mom
    12 likes
  49. My Son & I on the rocks at sunset in NJ. A-Jay
    12 likes
  50. Hard to find pics that are not of bass My kid My dad My brother RIP and a special thanks to Gene Jensen, Glenn, and 00Mod (Jeff) for getting it autographed My grandpa Me dad and gramps in 1986 My kid and dad with a double on KY Lake Me dad and brother in law
    12 likes