BassWestUSA - May/June 2009, Page 69

gravel, transitions in types of rock?” etc. “How were you moving the bait, subtly or aggressive?” These are questions an angler needs to ask his/herself when ever a fish is caught.

There is also another side to bass fishing - simplicity, simplicity simplicity! While Kirk helped me to pattern Jarred taught me to keep things simple. There are a myriad of different plastic baits and configu- rations with an on going plethora of color variations that can overwhelm any angler no matter what the skill level. Take your favorite plastic bait and pick three simple colors that work under various color, clarity and light conditions, such as clear, stained, and dirty water conditions. Keep in mind the local forage and the seasonal diet. Keeping things simple maximizes fishing time in that the choices are narrowed down to things you have confidence in and that have proved themselves on the water time and time again. I am capable of fishing several dif- ferent patterns. But I still manage to keep things simple. If you’re throwing a crank- bait, I’d go with either a Norman DD22 or a Deep Little “N” in shad - either chartreuse or crawdad patterns. When I’m flippin’ I will have on an American Fishing Products beaver style bait or a Zoom Brush Hog in my three favorite colors. But when it comes to jigs I am either throwing a Gary Yamamoto Hula Grub or a J-Lure custom hand-tied –jig, again I keep the color choices simple but effective (Black, Brown or Green). For every lock there is a key and for every spot there can be a presentation that produces fish. Matt brought to my at- tention that every location has a “sweet spot.” Some spots may be as obvious as a rock pile, a bush, a tree, or a break, others maybe subtle off shore locals hidden to all but a privileged few. Engaging the fish on these spots can be a methodical routine. Use land marks on shore to help you zero in on the specific direction of your cast. When you make your cast think about the action you will impart on the lure or lack there of, for example working a bait might mean the difference between waiting five seconds to twitch a lure or five minutes. Approaching might be crucial or directions of casts and lure presentations might be the key but the bottom line is that the more intimate you are with these “honey holes” the more checks you will cash.

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Everyone has to start somewhere but time on the water is priceless to the development of an angler. Competition helps you to hone your skills and allows an an- gler to learn from his/ her mistakes.

A mechanic is only as good as his tools and the same can be said of fisherman. Line, hooks, and rods are where you can’t go cheap. Rods help you feel the fish, the line is what con- nects you to the fish and the hooks are what hold the fish to you. When I am throwing a jig I am using a G.Loomis MBR 844 GLX with Maxima 15 pound test fluorocarbon and a J-Lure cus- tom jig with a Ga- makatsu hook. But when it comes to reels the market is very competi- tive. All reels hold line, cast line, and retrieve line the same way, at the end of the day your reel choice boils down to personal preference. If I had to pick my favorite part of the year, I would have say that it is late spring be- cause there is so much going on. The majority of the population of bass

is shallow, (1 to 15 feet) and you can catch them on anything. My top three choices are; a Super Spook, a hollow bodied swimbait, or flipin’ a Zoom Brush Hog. Nothing beats this time of year because the fish are big and quite simply easy to catch, which is a great combina- tion if you are a bass fisherman. Everyone has to start some- where but time on the water is priceless to the development of an angler. Competition helps you to hone your skills and allows an angler to learn from his/her mistakes. It is easy to get caught up with all of the different baits and techniques we see hear about. A fisherman has to strive to keep things simple and it is always helpful to pay attention to small details. Find a group of anglers to fish with and push yourself as much as possible. Above all remem- ber that confidence catches fish. At this time I would like to thank my sponsors; G.Loomis, American Fishing Products, Maxima Line, Monster Fishing Tackle.com, J-Lure Custom Jigs, Pro Swim- baits, and Spro. BW

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