Week of 1/19/00 #117
Winner Tony Cosenza
I would start with a Rattle Trap or med. running crank bait w/ loud rattles. Work the pond shallow to deep until I located the fish, when the bit slowed down I would go to a worm or swimming jig combo. On early or late bite you could catch them on a chart. ¼ oz buss bait.
Week of 2/2/00 #118
Week of 2/9/00 #119
You are fishing a large slow moving river for largemouth bass.
It is mid summer and the water temperature is in the mid 70s.
The skies are partly cloudy with periods of strong sun. The area
that you are fishing is a very large, cove like area, off of
the main current. There are two known areas that you are considering
to fish. One has isolated cover provided by weed beds and rock
piles. It is in 6 to 8 feet of water. It lies adjacent to a deep
drop off. The second area is a large flat that is in five feet
of water and has weed growth to within two to three feet of the
surface. Since you were only able to start your trip today by
early afternoon, your fishing time is limited. Which of these
two areas would you fish first and what would be your approach?
Winner - Paul S. Evancoe
Id approach the isolated weed beds and rock piles from downstream. Since it is mid-summer the bass are generally a little deeper than usual. Id cast a carolina rig or some sort of Shad Rap parallel to the drop off and run it along the weed beds. Another lure that might work would be an excaliber crankbait. Id run that at a medium speed dragging the nose on the bottom. If i used a worm (carolina/texas) id cast towards the rock piles and make it swim off the drop off until it sinks.
Week of 2/16/00 #120
Its late spring. Most of the bass in this lake have
already spawned. Since this is a very small, shallow lake your
fishing choices are limited. The deepest spots are only about
8-10 ft deep and they are limited. You decide to give them a
try even though the maximum depth of weed growth is only about
six feet in this lake. You make a zig zag run with your trolling
motor around the edges of these deep areas. You discover that
one area (area A) has a very pronounced weed line as the water
quickly drops from four to about ten feet. Another area (area
B) has a very gentle slope from three feet to seven feet. It
covers several hundred feet from a flat (3 ft of water) to the
seven foot spot. Weed growth is abundant until you reach the
six foot level. Which area would you fish first? Why? What would
be your lure selection and initial pattern?
Winner - Steve Hammil
I would fish area A right at the weed line break in six to seven feet of water. I would cast parallel to the weedline edge. My lure would be a Rapala suspending Husky Jerk. I would crank it down along the weed edge and near the pockets. Then hold it in the area for some time giving it an occasional rattle and twitch. I think some of those big females who just spawned would be looking for an easy meal in this deeper water and the edge of the weedline would give them a perfect ambush point for this time in the season.