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August 1st issue
 In this issue
1. Be Versatile To Catch More Bass : Jeff Hughes
2. Understanding Bass part 2. : Roger Lee Brown
3. Quote of the month
4. Funny of the day
Get your bass fishing on the right track. Learn to read conditions and establish patterns based on your own knowledge of the bass, just like the pros' do.
Be Versatile To Catch More Bass
Hey they are hitting white spinnerbaits on wind blown points on the north end of the lake!!

Did you ever have a buddy give you info like this, and then when you go to the same spot and try the same technique you get skunked? Well before you prepare to stick a rotten carp under your buddy's truck seat for sending you on a "wild goose chase," let me explain why you got skunked.

Bass live in a constantly changing environment. In order to survive they must be willing to change as often as the weather, and in order for an angler to be consistently successful at getting a hook into his lip, he or she must be willing to do the same. What worked yesterday will not necessarily work today, or what is working now may not be working even one hour from now. A successful angler must be willing to change the way he or she fishes, whenever it becomes necessary, and it will many times be necessary to change the way you fish several times during the coarse of a single day fishing.

For example, during Summer on most reservoirs, most bass will spend the heat of the day on some type of deep water cover or structure, and move up onto the shallow part of the cover or structure, or a shallow area near it to feed during the early morning, or at night.

Many anglers who find bass feeding in the shallow water during early morning will work that shallow area until they are no longer getting bites, and then simply leave the area believing that the fish have simply stopped biting. But the smart angler who knows bass, realizes that he simply needs to adjust his tactics in order to keep catching fish.

Those same bass which were eating his shallow running crankbait or top water lure close to the shoreline in the morning may have just moved back out to the deeper part of the structure. Many times the angler may only need to move his boat out to deeper water and switch to a deeper running lure or finesse type bait and continue catching fish.

This is only one example of one situation, which an angler needs to be versatile. Bass are continuously changing location and feeding habits all year and usually on a daily, or even hourly basis throughout the year. Water temps, forage, weather and many other factors dictate everything the bass does. A successful angler must pay close attention to conditions and know when to change the way he is fishing.

It's not only important to know when to change, but how to change as well. Sometimes very subtle changes in weather or some other condition may dictate a change as simple as changing the color of the lure you are using or simply slowing or speeding up your retrieve may be the key. Other times you may need to totally change to a different pattern completely. Whatever the case, the key to knowing what changes to make and when to make them, lyes in your knowledge of the bass and what goes on in his world.

This is the knowledge which makes "professional bass fishermen" professionals. They simply cannot depend on what was working yesterday or even one hour ago to catch fish. They must pay close attention to conditions and know how the bass will react to changes in them and be able to change the way they fish accordingly.

My name is Jeff Hughes. I have been a professional guide and tournament fisherman for more than 22 years. I often get the question "What Is the most important thing I can do to become a better bass fisherman" My response to this question is, go fishing often and fish as long as possible. Even if you don't catch a single fish, you will learn something each time you fish. Concentrate not on fancy equipment and technique, all that will come. But first and foremost concentrate on learning the habits of your query, and always keep an open mind and be ready and willing to change and adjust the way you fish.

If you would like to get your bass fishing on the right track and learn to make fishing decisions based on your own knowledge of the bass and his life, like the pros' do, visit  http://www.thinklikeabass.com

Good Luck and better fishing

Jeff Hughes



One of the most important tools you can have for finding structure and places that will hold bass, is a good Topo Map. "My Topo.com" is the best resource for customized topo maps of the water you fish, no matter where in the world it is. Check them out at http://www.mytopo.com/index.cfm?pid=carterslake


Funny of the day

I bought my wife a mood ring so that I could tell when she was in a good mood for me to ask if I could go fishing. When she is in a good mood, the ring is a pretty light green that matches the color of her eyes. When she's not, the ring leaves a little red mark right in the middle of my forehead.



Understanding Bass: Part 2

my last article "Understanding Bass Part-1" I covered a bit of information about a few of the "key factors" that an angler should really know about the bass when it comes to becoming a more successful angler such as:  Food, Oxygen, and Cover which a bass needs to survive, as well as water temperatures and how it effects bass, along with a few others to help you increase your knowledge in the field of Bass fishing.

In this article I will cover a few more key factors to give you a broader knowledge when it comes to understanding bass such as the senses of a bass. All of these elements and factors are extremely important to know if you wish to become a more successful angler. Just look at it this way, it's like a jig-saw puzzle.  The more pieces of the puzzle you put together, the more you will see the picture as a whole. "What's that mean?" Putting it in simple terms, the more you understand the bass, why it does things when it does, where it goes during different seasons, how a bass reacts under certain circumstances, and areas where bass are more likely to be found on different bodies of water will definitely help you when it comes to saving precious fishing time as well as being a much more productive angler.

To start with we will cover just how important the senses of a bass really are and try to gain a better picture of why bass acts certain ways by the use of their senses.


A bass has a very acute sense of site (or vision) and can see very well in just about any water color condition as well as being able to see at night. How well can a bass see at night? For example, sometimes on a full moon when it really gets bright from the light of the moon to where you can almost read a newspaper outside, a bass can see that good in the darkest of pitch. How is this possible?

The eyes of a bass have rods and cones which naturally adjust under different light conditions (the cones and rods will retract and extend making a natural adjustment for their vision.) Another factor is that a bass doesn't have any eyelids like you or I and because of a bass not having eyelids overlong exposure to the suns rays will cause a bass eventually to develop cataracts and go blind. (One reason why cover is so important to a bass during bright sunny days or (Bluebird Sky conditions!) A bass can see in most all water colors (clear, semi-stained, stained, murky, and even muddy colors) but when the vision of a bass is restricted the other senses will take over.


A bass's hearing and feeling are synonymous with each other, in other words I guess you might say that they hear and feel at the same time. Unlike you or I where we may hold a conversation with another person understanding what is being said, a bass hears and feels the vibration from the different sounds and movements in the water. Now, different sounds will cause different pitches that send vibrations and a bass will get familiar with certain sounds such as pitches and vibrations made from natural living forage, as well being able to feel any displacement of water within a close proximity of a bass caused by even the slightest movement.

I'll give you a example: Let's take a "Carolina Rig" for instance. The Carolina Rig has several different purposes as far as pattern and technique goes but the most crucial part of this rig is the sound! (The TICKER!) that's on the rig. We talked earlier in the prior article "Understanding Bass Part-1" about the most desired food of a bass being a Crawfish (Crawdad, Crayfish, etc.) When a Crawfish moves in the water it will cause a clicking sound (vibration) from the cartilage in it's tail. This clicking sound sends a vibration through the water and alerts a bass that a natural food source is in the area, the bass moves closer to this sound, then if the presentation of the bait is just right you can probably catch the bass. A bass has a natural radar system built within it and can zero in on just about any movement or sound made within the water. Now, when you work a Carolina Rig in the water, the slightest movement of the ticker made by either: "Glass & Brass Beads", "B-B Chambers", "Two Glass Beads" Etc.... this sound is designed to replicate the movement (vibration) of a natural live Crawfish and will alert a bass that a natural forage bait is in it's area.

As far as noise (or sound) baits go, like (Rat-L-Traps, Cordell Spots, Rattled Spinnerbaits, etc.) Sound travels further in the water than a displacement of water caused by a bait without any sound added to it. The reason noise baits work so well is that a bass can hear them at greater distances and can travel further to investigate the sounds made from these types of baits, then when close enough to the bait, the sight and taste senses will take precedence over the feeling or hearing senses.....


A bass has taste buds outside it's mouth as well as inside of it. Now just think a minute!.... that means that a bass can taste an object before it even gets in it's mouth. The taste and smell of a bass are once again synonymous with each other and that a bass smells and tastes at the same time. Now, how acute is a bass's sense of taste and or smell?

A few years back a study was conducted of the taste and smell of a bass in a tank of 100 gallons of water. In this study the bass was found to be able to taste (or smell) 1-200th of a drop of a substance in the 100 gallon water tank (what an amazing sense of taste and smell.) Well, what does this have to do with bass?  If you want to be a successful angler it means a great deal. Now let's put this in anglers terms okay?  If a bass can scent a bait that is not a pleasing or acceptable taste or smell, if it does put it in it's mouth it will spit it right back out within 1 to 3 seconds (not much time to set a hook right?) but, if the bass accepts the taste or smell and puts it in it's mouth it can hold it up to as long as 30 seconds before spitting it out (much more time to set the hook!)

To sum up the taste and smell segment, here are a few hints to help you understand why you may be getting those quick hits and not catching any fish:

1.    Always wash your hands before you go fishing.....
2.    Fill up your boat with gas and oil the night before you go fishing.....
3.    Use natural forage formulas or a formula that has been tested and proven to work.....
4.    Try to use a odor free soap or a scent neutralizer.....

Just these steps can make a world of difference when it comes to catching more bass. I have had many students at my bass fishing school that use these steps above and can't believe the difference it can make.

Understanding a bass is just as important to a angler as having his or her fishing rod in their hand. So many anglers seem to have a rough time not knowing how to fish under different conditions, how to use baits properly, what to buy and what not to buy, how to locate bass, what type of equipment is really necessary, and on and on!  I teach all this and much more at my 3-Day "On-Water" Bass Fishing School. It is worth an education in bass angling, especially if one wants to become more successful at it. I am very proud to have helped some of my former students because some of them are constant money winners in tournament fishing as well as being much more consistent at catching bass. Most anybody at any given time can catch a bass but they usually can't tell you why!

If you would like to enroll for the 3-Day Bass Fishing School or just take a charter (guided fishing trip) on two of the best lakes in the nation (Lake Champlain & Lake George, located upstate NY) please visit my site(s) at www.capital.net/~rlbrown  and www.fishing-boating.com/basscoach  for more information or you may Email me at rlbrown@capital.net  or you may phone me at (518) 597-4240

I hope this article may shed some light when it comes to applying presentations, techniques, and knowledge in your future bass fishing adventures!

Until next time!..... Take Care & God Bless!..."The Bass Coach" Roger Lee Brown


Quote of the month


"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and his wife may divorce him"


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August 15th issue
In this issue
1. Going fishing today? dont forget to check the weather for yesterday! : Jeff Hughes
2. The Spinnerbait, A Bait You Should Really Try. : Roger Lee Brown
3. Quote of the month
4. Funny of the day
Get your bass fishing on the right track. Learn to read conditions and establish patterns based on your own knowledge of the bass, just like the pros' do.
Consider Yesterday's Conditions For Todays Fishing

Most experienced bass fishermen realize how important it is to consider weather conditions, when attempting to locate and catch bass, but many will only consider the current weather conditions that apply to the particular day they are on the water. Weather conditions are more influential on the life of bass than any other single factor, however the weather conditions will not always have an immediate effect on his life. For example most anglers know that an early spring cold front can put the bass out of the shallows and into deeper water or move them tight into cover and shut down feeding activity. However if you have had several very warm days before the front the bass may stay shallow and active for as much as a full day immediately after the front.

For the lack of a better way to explain why it's important to consider what the weather conditions were on the days prior to the day you fish, I will just give an example of one of my own experience.

One very memorable one was a tournament on a deep, clear water, mountain reservoir in Georgia during January. The weather had been typical for January, with daytime highs in the upper 40's and surface temps on the lake were 43 to 44 degrees. I had prefished the lake two weeks before the tournament and found fish on rock ledges 25 to 30 feet deep, and they would only bite a jig worked extremely slow on the ledges. Then at the beginning of the week of the tournament we had 3 unusually warm sunny days with highs in the upper 60's. The day before the tournament, a front brought winter back and the temperature on the morning of the tournament was in the mid 20's.

I went to the deep rock ledges where I had found fish in practice and there was no fish there. I then moved into the back of a cove adjacent to the ledges and noticed the surface temp was much warmer. To shorten the story, I caught fish in 3ft of water on a jerkbait and made a nice paycheck. The air temperature was very cold that day, however the warm days prior to the tournament had warmed the shallow water in the back of the cove, and the fish had moved shallow, into that warmer water.

This is a prime example of why it’s important to consider not only what conditions are on the day you fish, but what they were on the days prior as well.

No matter what conditions you are faced with, the key to finding and catching bass, is to know the bass and how he will react to the conditions whatever they may be. If you would like to know bass and be able to read conditions and make fishing decisions based on your own knowledge of the fish, like the pros' do check out www.thinklikeabass.com     

Good Luck and better fishing



One of the most important tools you can have for finding structure and places that will hold bass, is a good Topo Map. "My Topo.com" is the best resource for customized topo maps of the water you fish, no matter where in the world it is. Check them out at


Funny of the day

A blonde wanted to go ice fishing, so after getting all of the right tools, she headed toward the nearest frozen lake. After getting comfy on her stool she started to cut a circular hole in the ice. Then from the heavens a voice boomed, "THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE."Startled, the blonde moved further down the ice, poured a thermos of hot chocolate and started to cut yet another hole in the ice. The voice boomed, "THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE." This time quite scared, the blonde moved to the far end of the ice. Then she started another hole and once again the voice said, "THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE."The very scared blonde raised her head and said, "Is that you, Lord?"The voice answered, "NO. IT IS THE MANAGER OF THE ICE RINK."


Spinnerbaits, A Bait You Should Really Try

Through all the years of teaching students bass fishing skills and techniques, as well as many former guide clients I have taken on bass fishing trips, one question comes to mind that has been asked time and time again and that question is; "Are spinnerbaits really worth the money you pay for them?," and I have to say YES!.... If I had a choice of 3 baits to fish a body of water for Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Kentucky Spots I would definitely have to say that a Spinnerbait is one of the 3 baits that I would choose. Spinnerbaits are one of the most versatile type of baits that a angler can use when fishing for bass. There are several different presentations and techniques that one can use when fishing with a spinnerbait, such as;

  1. "Chunk-N-Wind" This presentation is probably the most common used by most anglers. You just simply cast the bait and reel it back in at a moderate rate or retrieve keeping the bait just under the water surface usually no deeper than 4 to 5 feet deep. This technique works well when a angler wants to cover a lot of water territory in a short time, and can be found to be very effective at times.
  2. "Slow-Rolling" This presentation is used quite often when you want to fish deeper water areas usually anywhere between 6 and 20 foot depths and sometimes even deeper. With this presentation, you want to try to keep the spinnerbait as close to the bottom as possible and bump or hit any possible structure that may be in the area you are fishing. With this presentation, simply cast your spinnerbait, and when it hits the water you can either immediately start your retrieve or "Count-Down" letting the spinnerbait fall to the depth you want to cover, then start your retrieve. Maintain a slow steady retrieve keeping the spinnerbait moving at all times.
  3. "Waking or Bulging" This presentation can be a little difficult when you first learn it. You simply cast to your targeted area and retrieve or reel the spinnerbait back in just fast enough to create a "Bulge" or "Wake" just below the surface without actually skimming the top of the surface of the water. This presentation is a good pattern to use around submerged timber, rip-rap, fall-downs, vegetation, edge drops, docks, and just about any type of structure when the bass are active.
  4. "Jigging-It" Jigging the spinnerbait can be one presentation of a spinnerbait you’ll not want to forget because it's proven to be one of the more successful techniques when fishing a spinnerbait. The presentation is very simple and the results can be very satisfactory! Jigging the spinnerbait is done simply by pitchin' the spinnerbait in a targeted area like; patches of open water in vegetation, space holes in structure, next to and in-between pilings, in-between rocks, etc. let the spinnerbait drop to the bottom, lift your rod tip up and down 2 or 3 times then let the spinnerbait settle to the bottom again.
  5. "Draggin-It" Some of the biggest bass I had ever caught was by using this presentation. You simply work the spinnerbait as you would a plastic lizard or worm. Cast the spinnerbait and let it fall to the bottom, reel or retrieve in the slack out of your line, lift your rod tip "slowly" from about the 9 'clock position to the 12'clock position (or straight up), reel in the slack and repeat this technique all the way back to the boat. Make sure you try to keep tension always on your bait for this technique.
  6. "Yo-Yo or Pumping" This technique can as well be very effective at different times, especially in and around vegetation areas. With this technique, simply cast the spinnerbait to the targeted area, using more of a "slow-roll" for a retrieve, while on the retrieve, periodically make a quick lift of your rod tip after 5 or 6 winds on your reel, stop reeling and let the spinnerbait flutter back down towards the bottom until the slack is out of your line, then repeat this process all the way back to the boat.

Although there are more, these are some of the most effective presentations that I have found to be quite successful and they have proven themselves time after time. I teach my students many different types of presentations and techniques with many different baits ranging from Top-Water, Crankbaits, Plastics, Jigs, etc. at my bass fishing school, and some of these presentations listed above can be some of the most effective at catching bass if you just give them a chance, but, like anything else it takes time and practice to build confidence in any bait. There is a lot more to learn about spinnerbaits such as; blade size, blade shape, colors, weights, trailers, trailer-hooks, etc. and Lord willing I can share some of these things with you in future articles, or you can learn from me with Personalized Instruction by attending my 3-day "On-Water" Bass Fishing School.

Till next time! Take care & God Bless!."The Bass Coach"......



Quote of the month

"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and his wife may divorce him"


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