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Spetember 1st issue
In this issue

1. Topwater Fishing : Roger Lee Brown
2. Deep Water Jig Fishing: Jeff Bruhl
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.
                                Top Water Fishing

(By: "The Bass Coach" - Roger Lee Brown)


Get ready for some "Top Water" action..First we'll tie on that favorite artificial (top water) bait, next, we'll make a cast into that great looking spot, and then as soon as the bait hits the water we'll make that first little twitch with the bait, and after that, what usually happens is wham!!! A bass comes over and nails it.  Now, seeing this happen, especially with your heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing we find ourselves jerking our rod instantly, now what happens next?  You got it. the bait usually comes flying in the air right back at you. does this sound about like you've been there before?  Don't worry too much about it because it happens to the best of us from time to time.  Top water fishing has got to be about one of the most exciting methods (or patterns) of bass fishing there is for just about any bass angler who loves the sport of bass fishing.


The reason top water fishing is so great is because it's a visual type of fishing. I can personally vouch for this statement just from watching my 3-day bass fishing school students, charter clients, and from the enormous amounts of emails I get from anglers from all over the world wanting my help with certain techniques, and helping these anglers to choose the right baits for top water fishing.


So, being with writer's cramp from answering all the emails I receive, I thought it was about time to share some of these baits and tips for top water fishing with my readers.


First, let's cover the appropriate equipment needed to fish for top water bass. Like any type of angling one should have the proper equipment to use with each different type of bait that he or she might use.  Now, don't get me wrong and think that you have to have a different rod for each different type of bait used because that's NOT what I'm saying.  For example:  Many different types of top water baits can be used with one (the same) certain rod, on the other side of the coin, a totally different rod may be used for the rest of the baits.  There are only two rods I personally use and teach with when fishing top water baits, and they are:

A six and a half foot (6-1/2') medium action rod
A seven foot (7') medium/heavy action rod
I use all bait casting rods for all my applications in top water fishing, but I do know many anglers that use Yankee Sticks or also known as Spinning Rods which will work just as well as the bait caster.  It's mostly what type of rod you are comfortable with.


There are many fishing rods to choose from today, and they can range anywhere from $25.00 all the way up to $500.00.  But, like anything else. you get what you pay for? Or do you?  I have had the most expensive as well as the cheapest, and I found that a "happy medium" rod will work just fine.  I have used many different brands of rods in the past until I came across a very unique one that has all the qualities of the most expensive rod but offered at very affordable price.  It's the new Kistler "Helium LTA" series rod, and trust me, I don't have to shop around anymore for rods!  It's like a Rolls Royce but with the price of a Grand Am.  I use these two different action rods for a good reason when fishing top water, so I'll explain:  When fishing artificial baits you really must pay strict attention to the hooks that are manufactured with the baits (unless the case is soft plastic baits which I'll cover in a moment.)  For example, for the top water baits that come packaged with the smaller type of treble hooks, these types of hooks are much like a crank bait, which the preferred action rod would be a medium because you would want the bend in the rod tip.  With these smaller treble hooks you really wouldn't want to use a stiff rod and rare back to set the hook, because it will most of the time pop right out from the bass's mouth.  Now, on the other side of the coin, when you use single hooks, double hooks, or the bigger size treble hooks, you want to come back on the rod and set it.  This is where you would use a much stiffer and longer type of rod.  The medium/heavy action gives you a good hook set and the longer rod gives you a quicker sweep for getting the slack out of your line.


There are many different types of baits made for top water fishing, but I'll give you my top 10 preference.  These baits work consistently just about anytime or anywhere and have been proven year after year to be some of the best.  That's why I teach most of these baits during my top water segment in my bass fishing school, as well as use them with my bass charter clients.  The baits I will list below will not be in any particular order of preference because the daily conditions will usually dictate which one will work the best on any given day.


Zara Spook (Manufactured by Heddon)

The first bait (and probably one of my favorites) is called the "Zara Spook."  This is a cigar looking bait that is built with no action. The action you give this bait can be deadly if you work it properly.  The common name of the action of this bait known by many anglers is called "Walking the Dog."  The way you work this bait is to first, cast it out, then after it hits the water just let it sit for a couple of seconds, then with your rod tip down (almost touching the water) lightly twitch your rod while reeling your slack in at the same time.  Try different retrieves such as three twitches, let it pause, then three or four more twitches all the way back to the boat, shore, or dock.  This bait is a must for quality bass!


Senko (Manufactured by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits)

The Senko is probably one of the most popular baits on today's market.  The best way to fish this bait for top water is to first, use a light wire hook, without using any weight rig it Texas style.  Once you are ready, cast this just about anywhere there is structure (keeping your rod tip upwards) slightly lift the tip of your rod while reeling in the slack, thus keeping the bait on or just under the waters surface, then hold on!


Floating Worm (Manufactured by Yum)

The floating worm is probably one of the best top water baits that an angler may use.  I use to use only 6" white or bubblegum floating worms until I was introduced to larger sizes like 9,10, and 11 inch floaters.  These larger sizes made a great difference in the quality of the fish I caught. As far as color goes, the white and bubblegum will do the trick, but I just recently came across a very unique color called sherbet, which is made by "Yum."  Once I tried it I was sold on them and I won't be without these baits unless the company quits manufacturing them.  The best way to rig and work a floating worm is to, first tie about a one foot leader (using your same line that's on your reel) using a very small barrel swivel tied to your main line and a light wire hook on the other end of the leader.  The swivel helps prevent line twist, and the small swivel has less weight than a bigger one.  Next, take the floating worm and feed the point of the hook straight down the center of the front of the worm, pushing about one inch to an inch and a half down on the point of the hook, then push the point through.  Then, while the floating worm hangs straight down, place the point of the hook just inside the belly of the worm keeping it straight (Texas Style.)  Now, make a cast anywhere there may be some cover. Let it sit for a moment, then slightly twitch it, making sure you keep the slack out of your line.  Repeat this all the way back to you, then cast again.


Superfluke (Manufactured by Zoom)

The Superfluke is in the category of soft jerk baits.  It probably has one of the best "injured minnow" actions of any soft jerk bait that I have found.  Working it is a snap. First, tie a 3/0 offset worm or wide gap hook onto your line, then place the Superfluke (Texas rigged) on the hook with no weight.  Cast it out, and make slight twitches keeping the bait as close to the surface as possible.


Torpedo (Manufactured by Heddon)

The Torpedo is known by many as a "Prop bait", which it has a small silver prop on the end of it.  The best way I found to work this bait is to; cast it out, then let it sit in one area while making slight twitches, thus causing a little bubbling action, then let it sit again.  If you have ever watched a dragonfly land on the water, you will see a slight flutter of it's wings and then it will just sit still in one place.  This is the most effective type of presentation you want to mimic with this bait.


Buzz Bait (Manufactured by Lazer Eye)

The Buzz Bait is truly one of the most exciting top water baits ever made.  I have caught many quality bass over the years with this bait, and won't leave home without it!  To work this bait, simply tie it on your line and cast it out.  When the Buzz Bait hits the water, immediately start your retrieve back, keeping the Buzz Bait running on top of the waters surface.


Stick Bait, also known as a Hard Jerk Bait (Manufactured by Smithwick)

This is a floating hard plastic looking minnow called a Rogue.  I have let many inexperienced charter clients of mine use this bait when I know they have little or no experience in angling.  Boy, do they work!  You just tie it onto your line, cast it out, then make slight twitches with it, letting it pause often.


Pop-R (Manufactured by Rebel)

This type of bait can produce a great many bass when fished correctly. This bait right out of the package will make a gurgling kinda disturbance in the water when you twitch it. Once again, try to work this bait in one area as long as possible, after the twitches, let it sit while reeling in the slack.  Now, a little tip for you. If you take a straight file and file down the "Lower Lip" of this bait it will cause a "Spitting" action like some of the more expensive poppers.


Tournament Frog (Manufactured by Snag Proof)

This bait is simply awesome when casting it in and around; lily pads, matted grass, fall downs, reeds, and simply any structure areas.


Spinner Bait (Manufactured by many companies)

A Spinnerbait is probably one of the most versatile bass baits an angler can use because it can be worked (or presented) several different ways.  One of the most effective ways to work a spinnerbait is to use it as a "Top Water" bait.  You can use this as a top water bait by a technique known as "Waking or Bulging."  You simply do this by casting it out, now, right when it hits the water you start your retrieve fast enough to keep this bait on the surface.  It will flutter and pop up and down just under the surface, but make sure that you keep it more on top than in the water.


Now comes the tip for top water fishing.  Most anglers will set the hook to early on a top water bait because of being a visual type of fishing.  The excitement of seeing a bass blow up on a surface bait is such a rush that you sometimes get so excited you set the hook to soon!  If you remember this tip I'm about to share with you, you'll find that you will probably catch more surface fish than you ever did before.  The key is to "Confirm the Pressure" of the bass before you set the hook.  This can make all the difference in the world, believe me..  Let the bass take the bait and draw the slack out of your line causing a straight pressure between you and the fish.  Once you FEEL the bass on the line, then set the hook. That's all there is to it!


In sharing this article with you, I hope that you will catch more fish and learn to be more confident with your baits.  Don't over work  your baits and you will become much more successful when it comes to increasing your numbers in catching bass.  I hope this will help the many anglers that have sent me emails with questions concerning top water fishing as well as any angler that loves the sport of bass fishing.  If you wish to inquire into my 3-Day Bass Fishing School or simply wish to charter a bass fishing trip on the famous Lake Champlain or Lake George located in upstate New York, you can email me at: rlbrown@capital.net or simply call me at: (518) 597-4240, or you can visit my websites at: www.capital.net/~rlbrown or at www.fishing-boating.com/basscoach .  Anyway, I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, take care & God Bless!.."The Bass Coach".. Roger Lee Brown




                               Quote of the month


"I wonder, are all fishermen liars? or do only liars fish"



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Lead Heads and Soft Plastics

The lead head jig is by far the most versatile lure a fisherman can employee to catch fish. A plastic grub impaled on a ninety-degree bend hook covered with lead searches the water from top to bottom. Whether suspended under a cork, swam at a given depth, or hopped off the bottom, the jig is a highly productive lure for fishing, especially deep-water structures.

What makes the perfect depth? Usually two factors make depth an important ingredient to finding fish: structure and cover. Humps, ledges, and drop offs are examples of structure. Whether the change in depth is gradual or steep, areas with depth changes hold fish. Bridge pylons, trees, and rocks are examples of cover. Finding the structure changes or cover rich areas will help the angler find fish. If you can find these two elements together, using a jig may be the best lure to search the target area for bass.

Bridges that cross the lake are a prime example of cover. The pylons provide protection from current, a place to ambush prey, and shade from the summer sun. These often over looked areas hold fish. Look for old roadbeds, creek channels, and other structure under or near the bridge. These locations are often great places to find fish.

Other than live bait, the jig is a productive way to fish key deep-water areas. First, you can vary the weight of the head to match the current or other conditions of the area. If the current is strong, a heavy head in the half-ounce range will cut the current and reach the strike zone. Second, soft plastics like Berkley PowerBait® or Yum Samurai Shad® come in various colors. Matching the hatch, coordinating the color to water conditions, and changing the rate of fall of the lure are some common uses for soft plastic tails. Finally, a weed less jig eases through the cover easily since it has only one hook.

Fishing deep requires no special equipment.  A 6'6" medium action rod with a reel spooled with 12 # test line can cast, work, and retrieve the lure. Simply add your favorite color plastic and you are ready to fish. The retrieve has one basic rule. If you are not on the bottom, you are not fishing. Whether you fish humps, bridges, or ledges, if the bait does not make contact with the bottom, make a change to your presentation. This may include casting up current, increasing the weight of the head, down sizing the tail, or other ideas to get the bait down. Swimming the jig off the bottom is another technique that produces strikes. However, bottom contact is as a rule more productive and an easier technique to learn. Keep the lure as close to the structure or cover as possible when fishing deep water.

When the water depth is between ten and fifteen feet, a 3/8-ounce jig is a good starting point. Add any 3-inch grub or trailer and cast around any deep-water structure in the lake. If the current or depth is great and it takes time to reach the bottom, switch to a ˝ ounce head. Change the size of the head and plastic grub to match the rate of fall and water depth you are fishing. After a half hour of casting exercise, I may try another color, change head size, or switch trailer size. Take into account water clarity, time of day, and bait in the area, depth, and structure when selecting a trailer and matching head.

Do not make color selection difficult. Four basic types of bait will cover most fishing needs: natural, light, dark, and wild. Natural describes colors that resemble shad, minnows, crawfish, or other bait in the area. Usually baits with black backs and clear or white sides match shad or other baitfish. Light and dark colors are for matching the water clarity. A light color may be a clear plastic with sparkles, which works well in clear water. A dark color is black or dark green. Fish see the profile of the bait better in muddy water when the bait is dark. Wild-colored baits are so ugly you give it to your brother-in-law as a Christmas gift. Certain times, wild colors like pink and chartreuse produce fish. With a four-color set, you can fish in any water conditions found on the lake.

Detecting deep-water bites is the hardest part of the technique. Without constant contact with the bait, most strikes are barely discernible from bottom bouncing. With practice comes the skill required to catch fish holding in water depths of twelve feet or more. Unlike strikes from topwater baits or spinnerbaits, jig bites are light, mushy feeling hits. It takes time to determine what is a strike and what is the bottom or structure.

The versatility of a lead jig is unmatched by any lure on the market. It will produce fish from top to bottom. Learning how to catch fish with a jig in deep water is a challenge. This challenge is worth taking head on.
Jeff Bruhl is a free lance otudoor writter and tournament fisherman from the state of LA.
Contact Jeff Bruhl at bruhljeff@hotmail.com
Funny of the day

My Cajun Louisiana uncle was the best man I ever knew. He used to bring me everywhere. Brought me fishing when I was a little boy.
Once when we were out fishing, man, we hooked into the biggest fish.

It felt like a freight train. We was fighting, and it was going everywhere. And, finally, it snagged up. You could pull and pull, and it wouldn't go nowhere, you know.

Uncle said, "Boy, here's a good lesson. You follow that line, down under the water. When you find out what it's hang up on," he say, "get it loose. We're going to get that fish."

"Well," I said, "okay, I'm going to do it." So, I followed the string, down under the water like that, you know?  After a while, I came up. I said, "Uncle, cut the string, man, cut the string."

He say, "How come?"

"Well," I say, "you got about a fifty-three-pound catfish down there. In the back seat of a '87 Buick."

"Well," he said, "Pull him out! Pull him out!"

I said, "I tried. But he rolled the window up on me!"
September 15th issue

In this issue

1. Dealing With Cold Fronts: Jeff Hughes
2. How To Catch A Monster Bass: Richie White
3. Quote of the month
4. Funny of the day
5. Tips From Our Subscribers
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.
Dealing With Cold Fronts

"cold front" other than "the boat is sinking!" those words are probobly the most dreaded words in bass fishing. And for good reason. Cold fronts can shut down feeding activity for bass and create very tough conditions. However don't give up on your carefully planned fishing trip just because of a front. All fronts do not have that negative effect on bass and there are ways of dealing with this tough condition when it does.

It is true that cold fronts almost allways effect the fishing, but the effect is not allways negative, and some fronts such as those during late Summer and early Fall can even have a positive effect on the activity of bass. These first fronts of the fall season can many times cool down extremely warm water temps, and cause wind which oxygenates the shallows and cause bass to move into the shallow water and feed vigerously.

Negative Fronts

When the more severe fronts of early Spring and winter move in, it can be a completely different situation. At this time of year bass are seeking warmer water. These fronts can cause already cool water temps to fall, and falling water temp's along with high blue sky's just after the front will usually put bass very tight in cover or in deeper water and shut down feeding activity. These are very tough conditions but you can still have a productive day, if you know how to deal with these conditions.

when sudden changes in weather slow the metabolism of bass, they normally seek deeper water, or move in very tight to cover. The first rule is to slow down, use slower, smaller, finesse type baits, and make multiple casts to every target. This is a common rule which you may have heard many times before and for good reason. Remember the bass are in a negative mood and many times it may take several times of seeing a bait to coax a bass into eating it.

Look For The More Active Fish

All the bass on any one large reservoir will not be shallow nor deep at any given time, there will allways be some fish shallow and some deep at any given time or under any weather condition. During severe cold fronts, the bass in deeper water or in current are not normally as negatively effected by fronts as fish in the shallows. When you encounter tight liped bass in shallow water cover during post frontal conditions, Look for structure or cover in deeper water and fish it very thoroughly with slow moving lures.

If you are not very confortable with deep water fishing or find that the deeper fish are also not biting look for area's which have current flowing, such as up rivers or other tributaries these fish will not be effected by fronts as much and will usually be much more active.

Don't let a cold front keep you off the water! Try some of these tactics and you may just have a very productve day despite some very tough conditions.

Wishing You Good Luck and better fishing

Jeff Hughes



                                  Quote of the month


"I wonder, are all fishermen liars? or do only liars fish"



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                                        How To Catch A Monster Bass
A largemouth bass over 10 pounds seems to be a different creature than smaller bass - than even an 8 or 9 pounder. Although they are the same type of fish as their smaller counterparts, they have more experience and are less likely to be lured than smaller, younger fish. Since big bass are different, often the same approach that you use on small fish won't work on the big ones. There is no cut and dry approach to catch a monster bass, but I have a few suggestions that may help you to land the fish of your dreams.

Fish where big fish live
To catch a 10 pound bass, it is just common since to fish where those bass are likely to be. Lake Lavon (near Dallas Texas) is one of my favorite lakes to fish for white bass, but the lake record for black bass is less than 10 pounds. Don't expect to catch a monster bass on an old public lake like Lavon that has never had produced a ten pounder. That is just common sense.
The June, 2003 edition of Bassmaster magazine quotes that Lake Fork "remains a fisherman's best bet for hooking into a 10-pounder." The top 6 biggest bass in Texas were all caught on Lake Fork. All six fish are over 17 pounds. If you fish in Texas, Lake Fork should certainly be at the top of your list of places to fish. Lake Fork is about 90 miles from DFW airport.
I have found that lakes with lots of weed growth and at least 20 feet of water have the best potential for big bass.

Go when the bass are big
Something many people don't realize is that there are more 10 pound bass in most lakes in the winter and spring than summer and fall. Think about it! If you have a lake that has 2 eight pounders, 2 nine pounders, and 1 ten pounder in the fall. By winter, the 2 eight pounders are now over nine. The 2 nine pounders are now over 10, and the ten is now close to twelve pounds. In the fall, you had 1 ten pounder. By winter, you could have at least 3 ten pounders - possibly 5.
Most of my ten pound plus fish have come from December through April. Ironically, I probably catch 10 times as many fish from May through November. There is a definite trade off between quality and quantity.

Think "just one bite"
Because of the trade off between quantity and quality, you need to have the mindset that you don't have to catch a fish to be content. You need to keep in mind that you are after a different creature. She may or may not bite, but you are not after numbers, but that one big fish. As a guide who guarantees fish, I usually fish for numbers. But if I have a client who doesn't care about numbers, I often change to the "just one bite" mindset.

Fish big fish baits
Spinnerbaits and jigs are at the top of my list for catching big fish. My personal biggest fish in 2003 came on a spinnerbait and my two biggest night fish were caught on jigs. Also, my biggest night fish in 2002 was on a spinnerbait. That says a lot for jigs and spinnerbaits, considering I probably catch less than 3 percent of my fish on them. Once again, we have a trade off. They are both near the bottom of my list for catching numbers.

Fish near deep water
Big fish tend to be near deep water. They often move shallow to feed, but don't expect them to be in shallow water where there is no deep water around. Look for humps, pond dams, points, bridges, road beds, creek channels or any other place where deep water meets shallow water.

Fish slow
Most people work their baits too fast. Big fish normally won't move far to chase a bait. If you work your bait fast, you will get more little fish bites, but the big fish probably won't bite. When worm fishing, I try to keep my bait on the bottom as much as possible. If I feel a single thump, I take slack out and immediately set the hook. If I feel a machine gun hit, I wait a while, because I know it is a little fish and the hook probably isn't in his mouth yet. The reason big fish and little fish feel different when they hit is that when big fish hit, they suck the bait to them (the fish doesn't always move). Little fish, on the other hand, pick up the bait on the run and what you feel is the fish carrying the bait (the fish is moving).

Fish by yourself
This may be one of the hardest for you, but your chances of catching the monster bass are much greater if you don't have anybody else to scare that big fish away. Consider these statistics. As a guide, I have 3 people in the boat (myself and 2 clients) about 80 percent of the time. About 75 percent of my double digit fish were caught with either one client or with me by myself. Could it be coincidence or could your partner be costing you your big bass? I am not trying to discourage you from the enjoyment of your fishing partner, just keep that in mind. Also be mindful that ten pound bass are different creatures. I think I catch just as many eight and nine pounders with 3 people in the boat.
Be safe on the water if you are by yourself, especially in a small watercraft. You don't have to get far from a boat ramp to have good success. Often, the boat ramp areas are overlooked honey holes.

Bigger boats are not better
I think your chances of catching a monster bass are least as good in a smaller boat than in a large boat. The first tournament I won, I won with a 11.15 bass that I caught out of my 14 ft aluminum boat. Whether I would have got her in a bigger boat, I will never know. I am just making a point that you don't need a large boat to catch a large fish. A big boat will sometimes keep you away from the fish or running across the lake too much. You can often do just as well out of a canoe, tube, or even from the bank. Troy Coates, a personal friend of mine, caught the number 5 bass in Texas (at the time) fishing at night in February from the bank. That topped his personal best of 14 pounds also from the bank.

Learn from others
You should try to learn as much as possible from those who have caught big bass. There are lots of good sources of information available to help you catch more and bigger fish. I recommend browsing online fishing reports and fishing forums, reading magazines and books, going to seminars, talking to people at the marinas and tackle shops, and hiring a guide.
The Internet is a great way to get good information. You can not only get fishing reports on your favorite lake, but you can also ask questions and get answers on the fishing forums. You would be surprised how many fishing forums there are and just how many people will make posts. Often, there are more people talking about fishing than there are on the lake. I guess most fishermen have real jobs and spend their time wishing instead of fishing. Keep in mind when you are reading their posts that not only are most of these people part time fishermen, but as fishermen, they are expected to be liars.
Books and magazines can be good tools for learning more about catching your monster bass. I recommend getting all the books and magazine subscriptions you can afford and have time to read. That way, you can keep up with the latest trends, tackle, electronics, boats, pros, etc. Some of the best fishing magazines are the free ones you get near your favorite lake. The Outdoor Times, for example, is a free magazine that gives reports on lakes local to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I am the current Lake Fork outdoor writer for that publication. When reading fishing books and magazines, keep in mind who the writers are, where they fish, what they have caught, the seasonal patterns discussed, and whether what you read can be applied to where you fish. Also, keep in mind that BASS pros are trying to win tournaments, not catch monster bass. Look at the top big bass weighed in during the BASS tournaments. Rarely, do you see monster bass weighed in. Some of those pros have never caught a 10 pounder. Not that they aren't capable, but they fish lakes that don't have monster bass - so they aren't trying to catch them.
Another way to learn more is to go to seminars taught by guides and BASS pros. You can learn what baits to throw, how to throw them, and how to retrieve them. You can also see how fish in a tank react to certain lures. Something you should keep in mind is that often the purpose of these seminars is to sell tackle. Just because fish in a tank will go to these lures, doesn't mean that those lures will attract far away fish from a public lake with not so clear water. You may buy those lures with excitement only to be disappointed when you get to the lake.
You can also learn from talking to people in the tackle shops and marinas. They are often willing to give you more information than you want to hear. They will usually tell you good information, but keep in mind that they will probably be giving the same information to everyone else. So you may be sharing a honey hole and fishing the same baits as the multitudes.
Something to consider about all these learning tools is that you haven't even seen a fish caught, much less caught one yourself. Your confidence level can easibly be destroyed when you learn all the proper techniques and fail to present the right offering in the right place at the right time. You could be fishing unproductive water, using faulty or inadequate equipment, or fishing under the worst conditions and not even know it. You can probably learn more in a short time by hiring a guide than any other way. A full time guide will be familiar with the lake and the seasonal patterns and what works best. He can teach you things like what baits to use, how to read a graph, when to go, what equipment is best, what to look for, etc. Guides may be expensive, but it is staggering how much some people will spend just to fish a few times a year. Lots of fishermen could save money by hiring a guide every time they fished. If you do hire a guide for catch monster bass, make sure you get a reputable guide and go when he recommends. Let him show you what to throw. Don't waste your time trying to find what they are biting. Let him do that. You should fish with his confidence baits. You are paying for his expertise, not the other way around. Also, keep in mind that no two guides are alike. Just because you had a bad experience with one, doesn't mean you will have the same with another - and vice versa. If you really want to catch a monster bass, let your guide know what you are after and that you don't care if you get skunked trying. You must be willing to sacrifice quantity for quality. If you go with an experienced guide who has caught monster bass using the same techniques during the same seasonal pattern, you may get the fish of a lifetime or you may not get bit. However, your biggest gain is the knowledge and confidence you have when you go on your own. If it worked for him, chances are it will work for you also.

Richie White is a professional guide on Lake Fork Texas for 13 years for more info visit http://www.bassfishing.org/GuideInfo.htm

email Richie@bassfishing.org

Funny of the day
A priest was walking along the cliffs of dover when he came upon two locals pulling another man to shore on the end of a rope the priest said that's what I like to see man helping fellow man when the priest walked off one of the locals said to the other, well he shore doesn't know the first thing about shark fishing
Subscribers Tip
Unique use for a buzzbait
this may sound stupid but here is a very effictive use for a buzz bait when nothing else works, esp up here in northern wisc. try slow rolling it just like you would with a spinner bait!!  some reasons why it is very effictive for me is simply bass do not see it at all and due to their nature, they will explode on it!!!!!  it helpped me qualify for my zone and state tournies when the conditions were very poor.
Davidcantrell@yahoo.com  park city bass anglers out of merrill, wisc




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