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    3B Outdoors TV – Bass Fishing, Chilhowee Lake, TN
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    3B Outdoors TV – Bass Fishing, Chilhowee Lake, TN

    January 19, 2020

    3BO S13 E10 (NATHAN) All right, we’re on
    the road again, made a quick stop up there at
    Hardee’s got us a good ‘ole chicken biscuit. We’re going to another little
    honey hole, mystery lake, whatever you want to
    call it. We’ve never been here before. It’s near a big city in
    between two major lakes. Supposedly, it’s full of big
    small mouth, maybe even a large mouth or two. So, we’re on a road trip. We’re going to go see if we
    can’t fool one. Stay with us. (MUSIC) (FREDDIE) HE IS A GOOD ONE, 3B
    FAST. (LIONEL making train sound.) (NATHAN) BOOM! THAT JUST
    BY VISIT KINGSPORT TENNESSEE. (MUSIC) (NATHAN) Oh yeah baby. (OUTDOOR SOUNDS) (KEVIN) Let’s go get them. (NATHAN) Who are you? (KEVIN) I’m Nathan Light. (NATHAN) You’re the two time
    all American and we’ve got a guest with us today. The one and only Ryan Grubb. (NATHAN) Good man. (KEVIN) Ryan’s going to put us
    on them today. (NATHAN) Yeah. (KEVIN) Another mystery lake
    right here guys. We’ll find out whether it
    lives up to its reputation or not, we’ll find out here in
    a few minutes. (NATHAN) All right we’re here
    at the first stop, everybody’s getting their
    stuff tied on. KP’s tying on a spinner bait. Ryan’s got a jerk bait on.
    What’s the ground rules? (KEVIN) Rotate every 30
    minutes or fish. (NATHAN) Cutthroat day, right? (RYAN) Right. (NATHAN) So, if you catch a
    fish you knock somebody out to the back and if not, we
    rotate every 30 minutes. So, we see what happens,
    right? Is that okay? (RYAN) Sounds good to me. (KEVIN) Sounds good to me. (NATHAN) Can I change the
    rules as we go? I may have to make some up
    before the days over. But we are lines in. (KEVIN) Live action. (NATHAN) Lines in. Go boys. (RYAN) Look there boys. (NATHAN) Looky there. May be
    the only one I catch today but, (RYAN) Look how pretty it is. (NATHAN) Beautiful in that
    sunlight. (KEVIN) Good spot. (NATHAN) Clear water. There’s a large mouth. He’s not very big but big for
    his size. All I can say is, cutthroat,
    Kevin’s come to the front. Sorry Ryan you’re in the back. (RYAN) Uh-oh, uh-oh. (NATHAN) Oh it’s a good one. Swing him aboard there big Kev. (RYAN) Good one. (NATHAN) Chunker. (KEVIN) Chunker. (NATHAN) Dude. (KEVIN) Look at that. That’s probably a three
    pounder . (NATHAN) A good one right
    there. Yes sir. (KEVIN) Spinner bait. Spinner bait a little bit of
    wind. Time to rotate, golly, I hate
    to lose my spot. (NATHAN) That’s the way to do
    it though. (KEVIN) That water is warm,
    golly. (NATHAN) Is it? (KEVIN) Tater (RYAN) Tater (KEVIN) Woo-hoo I caught one. (NATHAN) All right, rotate. (KEVIN) Rotate (NATHAN) Guess who’s in the
    back? (KEVIN) Nathan’s in the back.
    We’re hanging up here. (RYAN) Nathan’s in the back. (KEVIN) There’s another. (NATHAN) That’s a good one
    there too. (RYAN) Did it come out of his
    mouth? (KEVIN) Look at that, three
    large mouths on a small mouth lake. (NATHAN) Something’s wrong. We’re missing the combination
    up. (KEVIN) He is, there’s no way
    he’s getting off. (NATHAN) Good gah, Kev. (KEVIN) Look how pretty they
    are. Dark, definitely a large
    mouth, supposed to be spots and small mouths in here. (NATHAN) Good job man. (KEVIN) Time to rotate. (NATHAN) Time to rotate. (KEVIN) Tater. (NATHAN) Tater. (KEVIN) There’s going to be a
    sack full of taters today. (NATHAN) There we go. (KEVIN) All right time to
    rotate. (NATHAN) Cutthroat. Rotate. (RYAN) Looky here boys. (KEVIN) Another green one? (NATHAN) Another green one. I just got through saying I’ve
    thrown a spinner bait longer than I thought in many,
    many, many moons. Tried to catch another, so
    there you go. A little green fish, spinner
    bait. Clear water, sunshine, fun. (KEVIN) What does that mean? (NATHAN) Tater. Rotate. (RYAN) That means I got to go
    to the back. (ANNOUNCER) THIS PORTION OF
    3B OUTDOORS IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THESE FINE COMPANIES. (MUSIC) (COMMERCIALS) Looky here boys. (NATHAN) We have struck again. Yes sir, the old spinner bug. (RYAN) Smoked it. (NATHAN) See there, Ryan said
    he watched it all. Good little chunkers. We’re putting it together. Maybe they’re liking that
    little blade. I kind of like it too. Yeah,
    tater ride. (Outside sounds) (KEVIN) Look at this. (NATHAN) What is this. That
    a boy. (KEVIN) I had to drag out the
    A rig. I got tired of my spinner bait. (NATHAN) Right here in front
    of the kreel checker, can’t beat it. (KEVIN) Pretty fish. He
    wasn’t getting off. (RYAN) I thought you was going
    on the bank, you caught me over there. (KEVIN) Golly, he had it good. (NATHAN) What did you pull
    out? (KEVIN) I pulled out an A rig. (RYAN) Did you catch that on
    an A rig? (KEVIN) Yeah. (NATHAN) Yeah, he cheated. (KEVIN) Another little chunk. (NATHAN) Pretty fish, ain’t
    he? (KEVIN) Pretty fish. Look how good and healthy
    looking they are. (RYAN) Pretty fish man. (NATHAN) Yeah it is, good
    job. That a boy Kev. (KEVIN) Doing all right today? (MALE) Good you? (KEVIN) I’m doing good. How
    many people’s out here today? (MALE) There’s just four
    vehicles at the Branch. (laughter) (NATHAN) You got one? (KEVIN) I got one Nathan. (NATHAN) I got him, bring
    him. A big one? (KEVIN) Man, you brought us
    luck. You can stay right here with us. (NATHAN) Oh yeah. Here we
    go, back to back. (RYAN) On the board now
    Nathan. (NATHAN) On the board. Look
    out. (RYAN) With a right reel. (NATHAN) (laughter) Right
    hand reel. They all count man, good job. (KEVIN) Good job, nice one. (RYAN)They all count. (NATHAN) Good job. (KEVIN) A little skinnier
    there. (RYAN) Yeah, he’s a little
    skinny. (NATHAN) Hold him up real
    close though he’s fat. Good job man. (RYAN) Thank you. (KEVIN) Tater. (NATHAN) Tater. There we go.
    Yeah baby, now we’re rocking. (RYAN) Now we got to rotate. (NATHAN) You’re going to have
    to hang around man. You’re good luck. (RYAN) Will you stay with us
    all day? (MALE) Yeah. I’ve got nothing
    else to do. (NATHAN) Good deal. (NATHAN) Got another one
    Kevin? (KEVIN) Another one. (NATHAN) A good one? (KEVIN) Pretty good, yeah. (NATHAN) Look at him, look at
    him. (KEVIN) Not a monster. (NATHAN) That a boy. That a
    boy Kevin. (KEVIN) I bet you five dollars
    somebody’s going to be tying on an A rig before the
    days over. (NATHAN) You think so?
    (laughter) It won’t be me. (KEVIN) He wasn’t getting off. He’s definitely not getting off. Oh, that means we got to
    rotate, golly. (NATHAN) Yeah, we got to
    rotate. (KEVIN) Oh, he’s good. He’s been caught before, look
    at that. (NATHAN) Yep (KEVIN) See his jaw right
    there. (NATHAN) Catch and release. (KEVIN) Catch and release
    works guys. Not a monster, not a monster
    but pretty fish, healthy. (NATHAN) Show us that all
    American smile. (laughter) (KEVIN) Thank you mister fish. (NATHAN) Tater, rotate.
    Who’s turn to go to the back? (KEVIN) Yours. (NATHAN) Who’s turn to go to
    the front. (RYAN) Mine. (KEVIN) We won’t give no body
    a hard time. (NATHAN) Oh no. I’m not sure if that Alabama
    rig is legal. What do you think Ryan? Do we
    need to make a rule change? (RYAN) Yeah. (Outside sounds) (RYAN) A little update here. (Outside sounds) (KEVIN) Hey Ryan, what do you
    think, go somewhere else, try for a minute? (RYAN)Sounds good to me buddy. (KEVIN) Guys we’re going to go
    across the lake here, might fish the shady side over
    there. It might be where those big
    small mouths are. We’ve been catching some large
    mouths, but I think we’re going to give those
    small mouths, them big ‘ole brown fish a try. Y’all stick with us, 3B
    Outdoors. (NATHAN) Time to make a move.
    I have a, (RYAN) Moon Pie. (NATHAN) Moon Pie, a Dr. Enuf. Man. I got my Dr. Enuf for
    later. (Outside Sounds) (NATHAN) He’s not the biggest
    tank in the world, so don’t get too excited but I do
    have one, on a tight line and he is brown. So, there you go. (KEVIN) It’s the first one of
    many right? (NATHAN) Well, got a little
    slow, they’re brown fish, tight line the gulp. I mean you know, what more do
    you want? I guess they can’t all be four
    pounders. (RYAN) It’s another brown one. (NATHAN) Look at him, look at
    him. (KEVIN) Watch him dig at it. (NATHAN) Look at him go. (RYAN) What have we got there
    Kevin? (KEVIN) Got a little bit
    better small mouth. Don’t get off, don’t get off. Oh yeah. Hairy, Dustin Coates, that’s
    for you buddy. Not too big, he’s pretty though. (NATHAN) They all count
    today, don’t they? (RYAN) Yep. (KEVIN) Oh (ANNOUNCER) THIS PORTION OF
    Nathan’s fish right here. (NATHAN) That’s an
    all-American fish right there. (RYAN) All American. (NATHAN) Wait a minute, let
    me see, hold him up here. (KEVIN) He gets bigger when
    you hold him up to the camera, okay. (NATHAN) He’s almost as big
    as your thumb. (KEVIN) Almost ain’t he? (RYAN) I’m going to put him
    back up here where he was at. (NATHAN) Did you catch him up
    here? (RYAN) Out of that warmer
    water there. (NATHAN) (inaudible) (RYAN)I think there’s another
    one there. Look at that. (KEVIN) Well we caught one on
    a gulp, two on hairy, seven on a spinner bait, six on
    spinner bait and two on a rig. (Outside sounds) (KEVIN) Hey (RYAN) Looky there (KEVIN) Broke the dry spell a
    little bit. (NATHAN) Did you catch him
    with that cheater, I mean A rig? (KEVIN) Yeah, A rig, yeah,
    Awesome rigging is what it stands for. Cheater rig. (NATHAN) (laughter) Cheater
    rig. (Outside sounds) (RYAN) (Inaudible) (Outdoor Sounds) (Outdoor Sounds) (KEVIN) What ya think (NATHAN) What is that? (KEVIN) Something new. (Outside sounds) (KEVIN) Run off the river
    guys, let’s see what the lake looks like a little bit. We ain’t been nowhere yet.
    Let’s go catch one up yonder. (NATHAN) It’s slowed down too. (KEVIN) Yeah, it’s slowed
    down. (NATHAN) Ohh. (Outside sounds) (NATHAN) Large item, large
    item boys. I don’t know if I’ll be able
    to land him or not. I may have to lay down and
    pick him up. But you know what, it’s a bite. (RYAN) Oh, you’re not kidding. (NATHAN) I’m telling you. (RYAN) It’s okay. (NATHAN) It’s okay today it’s
    a victory. (RYAN) It’s a victory bass. (NATHAN) Victory bass. (KEVIN) Huge right there. Tater. Yeah boy, yeah. (RYAN) Yeah, brand new water,
    don’t know what we, (Outside sounds) (NATHAN) What do you think? (KEVIN) This is it. This is the spot right here. What do you think Nathan? Give me a thumbs up or a
    thumbs down. (NATHAN) I don’t man. It’s kind of, Ryan says thumbs
    up so we’re good. (KEVIN) All right we’ve got
    two thumbs up. (RYAN) We’re going to catch
    them here. (NATHAN) We’re going to catch
    them all, that’s all I want to know, I don’t care. (RYAN) We’re fixing to find
    out. (Outside sounds) (KEVIN) I ain’t seen no fish
    break today, have you? (NATHAN) Nope. (Outside sounds) (KEVIN) You’re young and full
    of it, full of energy, got any kids? (RYAN) No (inaudible) (Outside sounds) (Outside sounds) (Outside sounds) (KEVIN) Now that nobody’s
    fishing in it, it ought to be easy, you would think. Easier. How many people left the Bass
    Masters for major league? (RYAN) 20 or 30 wasn’t it? I
    think I can do this. (KEVIN) I believe you could, I
    don’t know why you couldn’t. (ANNOUNCER) THIS PORTION OF
    up. (RYAN)Over there? (KEVIN) Yeah. (RYAN)I’m going to through a
    dang tight line cause they ain’t hitting along that,
    I can guarantee it. Not for me anyway. Nathan’s going to put on a
    tight line and I’m going to put on a tight line and
    we’re all going to throw a tight line and we’re going
    to catch them on a tight line. We’re going to catch them on a
    tight line on a gulp. (NATHAN) I’ve already got my
    tight line on. (Outside sounds) (NATHAN) You’ve got a bite. (KEVIN) I’ve got a bite. (NATHAN) Look at that. Get
    away from me. (KEVIN) End of the day, look
    at this. (RYAN)What you got there Kev? (KEVIN) Gah. (NATHAN) Ah, heck we’ve been
    throwing crank baits all day. (KEVIN) I know. Look at that,
    son. (NATHAN) Did he eat it? (KEVIN) He ate it. Got a pretty little large
    mouth. What is this? (RYAN) That’s mine. (KEVIN) Okay. Thank you,
    mister fish. (NATHAN) Tater (RYAN) Tater (KEVIN) Tater. (KEVIN) Start it up, it’s time
    to go to the house. (NATHAN) Have we had enough? (KEVIN) Had enough. I put in a long day today. Started out pretty good,
    caught 8, 10 somewhere through there, probably from
    nine till lunch, then after lunch they just quit. I think we’ve had three or
    four bites since maybe one o’clock. It’s not a good day. This lake’s got a lot of
    potential I believe, a lot of stick ups, get hung and
    break your line here but it’s just a tough lake. Maybe a good cloudy day or
    maybe some rain or whatever, they’d probably bite
    really good. The water temperature is
    perfect today. Mid to upper 50s, I think we
    actually saw a low 60s today a couple of times but I’m not
    sure what’s wrong with them. There was a little bit of wind
    early this morning and that really helped but the
    wind kind of died down and when they did of course
    the fish did too. So, we’re going to load it on
    the trailer and go to the house. We’ve got a long road ahead of
    us. (NATHAN) Well Chilhowee Lake
    was pretty tough on us. The 3B Outdoors Nitro had
    never been on that body of water before but now we have. It’s amazing to know what’s
    really just a short driving distance from your
    hometown, wherever it may be. We live in Kingsport just a
    short drive, totally brand new water, we’d never seen
    before and as you can see sometimes it is tough to
    figure them out. Not every day is a whack fest. I appreciate Ryan Grubb, and
    Kevin Powers going down hanging out with us, and
    sharing with you what it’s like to just enjoy a day
    on the water and try to catch them. I’m Nathan Light, thanks for
    watching 3B Outdoors and don’t miss next week where
    Freddie will have you on an exciting hunting adventure,
    I promise. (MUSIC) (MUSIC) (MUSIC)

    Anyone Fishing After Work | Episode 1 | Bass fishing Beginner to Advanced
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    Anyone Fishing After Work | Episode 1 | Bass fishing Beginner to Advanced

    January 18, 2020

    hi guys and welcome to the channel today
    today I’m doing an hour after work fishing
    episode as you can see I’m still sitting in a course a bit when the outside so I
    thought maybe to do the intro inside my car today
    as you can see I spin baits for the first time today and see how it goes so
    hopefully we catch something maybe not ok as you can see the dam is already
    much fuller than last time can almost not stand on the GT the only it’s much
    better than was just the one that’s a bit bad we will see how it goes ok this
    is the spin bait that I am going to try today I’m not really sure how spin mates
    work but we’re gonna see how it goes today
    and if it works the gospel does this yourself Africa first fish with a spanner waits for a
    bad-sized person next time under a try maybe a soup or
    something at that time but I hope you guys enjoy the video please comment
    below if you have any advice for fishing and windy conditions as well as what
    type of path baits I can use here if you think there’s something that you should
    try and please subscribe to the channel I really appreciate it I hope you guys
    have an awesome day

    New Water: Bass Fishing with the Rapala Mystery Box Challenge at Longbow Lake, Ontario
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    New Water: Bass Fishing with the Rapala Mystery Box Challenge at Longbow Lake, Ontario

    January 18, 2020

    We’re on the water today at Longbow Lake in
    northwestern Ontario. Steve Sasaki is joining me as a guest host
    today. Steve fished with us last season in Saskatchewan
    at Boundary Dam Reservoir for largemouth bass. Today we’re going to look for both smallmouth and largemouth. We have Josh and Hunter with us from the Fishin’
    Hole Winnipeg store. We’re going to put these guys to the test
    with a lake they haven’t been on before and some baits sent to us by our friends at Rapala. Rapala has provided us with a box of mystery
    baits. We have no idea what’s in the box. The goal is to have two boats compete in a
    tournament for the four biggest bass. There’s no time to prepare, there’s no prefishing
    done, because you don’t know what you’re getting sent in the box. It kind of really levels the playing field. It’s going to be fun. It might not be much, but it’s a largemouth. First fish of the day. How’s that feel? That’s awesome. That’s my personal best largemouth. Bigger than mine was? Just a touch. On top water no less. I just saw some weeds over there, so I just
    tossed it in there, gave it the old one-two-popperoo, and she smashed it. What kind of weight have you got? I’ve got 3.30. Beauty. Very nice. I’m going to throw a frog for my first little
    bait action. See if we can get one really quick. Terminator has offered us the option to go
    to a spinner bait. What’s really cool is we also have the Storm
    360 GTs, so I am actually going to take a tail from the Storm 360 and put it on as a
    trailer to the spinner bait. Which should add as a nice supplement. Nice frickin’ fish dude. It’s not a big one. But it will do. 2.77. Alright Hunter, we’ve caught some bass, and
    you’ve got one really nice one. What have we learned fishing this shoreline
    here that we can try to replicate elsewhere on the lake? All of our bass have been off of topwater—except
    for this one here. We’ve been catching them mostly on weeds and
    top water. But unfortunately, the wind picked up a little
    bit, so we had to switch to something under the surface. We’re definitely going to be looking for more
    weedbeds and hopefully bigger bass to upgrade. Up there guys, that’s every frog fisherman’s
    dream. We’re both going to be tossing some frogs
    right up in that cabbage. Hey Steve? What do you think? That was my third cast with that thing, and
    I just landed a nice largie. Sweet. That’s two on the board. 2.22. Nice. Finally a smallmouth in the boat. Finally a smallmouth. I got it on a Storm 360 GT. It’s an upgrade, which is nice. Steve and I are trying to go for some smallies
    now. We’re calling the 360 our finesse bait. It’s really the only plastic we got in this
    mystery box. Big bass. We’re good. Yes! Smallie. On the Storm 360, and that thing just annihilated
    it. Hey, that’s four fish. (ha ha) How many pike do you think that makes today? Too many. Well, the tourny is over. We’re calling it. I think we came out on top, but we’re going
    to get their final numbers. We only boated one big fish today, 3.30, this
    guy—it was one of our early fish today. In the morning, it was pretty tough. We were fishing a lot of pads, trying to get
    largies and we had to figure out that they were definitely not on the pads, but the pike
    were. Around 9:30, Steve got a really nice largie. We ended off with nine pounds, three ounces. Nope—9.30 pounds. We had to work pretty hard for the smallmouth
    today, hey? The smallies seemed to fire up when the wind
    came. Sounds like walleye fishing. I caught a walleye.

    Power Pole Installation | Bass Fishing
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    Power Pole Installation | Bass Fishing

    January 18, 2020

    Hi, my name is Russ Baker with Limit Out Performance
    Marine in Pacific, Washington. Today, we’re going to go over
    the Power-Pole system, the anchor system, that just came out about a year ago
    or so. Currently, we have a
    Ranger bass boat and we have the eight foot Blade series on here, great
    product for anchoring. If you want to fish shallow fish, whether it’s for
    spawn fish, or you’re flipping bushes, this is the best way to go and the
    fastest way to go. The biggest things I want to tell you about
    is you want to make sure if you’re going to do a Power-Pole system, is
    to make sure you have the right components and the right parts. Each jack
    plate is different on every bass boat, salt water boat; each jack plate needs
    a different bracket. When you purchase your power poles, make sure you have
    the right bracket and th e right bolt sets for that bracket.
    What I want to do is go over a little bit, as far as the installation of the Power-Pole
    system and the bracket, the pumps itself, and the wiring. What I do not recommend anybody do unless
    you’re totally mechanically inclined, is to install this yourself. What
    I’d rather see you do is to get it professionally done at a dealership like
    Limit Out Marine, or your closest bass boat dealership to you.
    The biggest reasons for that is pump location because there is not a lot of room
    in the back of a bass boat. One thing we run into a lot on some brands of
    boats, for instance like this Ranger, we had to actually custom build a
    bracket to install the two pumps in a very, very tight location. Other brands,
    such as Skeeter, same situation. You have three or four batteries,
    a battery charger, and the fuel tank you have to deal with. You’ll actually
    have to customize a bracket to install the brackets with. The other thing, too, is on this boat, we
    did something a little bit different. Since we didn’t have a lot of room
    in this back transom area, what we decided to do is actually run the
    hydraulic cables through his cable tube for his engine. In this case, it
    was a lot cleaner application. On most boats, you’ll see there are actually
    two fittings with actual hydraulic hoses coming through and then back
    to the poles themselves. Wiring placement is a tough call because it
    all depends on the actual boat itself, how it’s wired in the back, the placement
    of the batteries, et cetera, et cetera. When you actually get the Power-Pole installed
    by your dealer, have your dealer bleed the system, make sure the poles
    go up and down evenly to where both poles go down at the same time. You want
    to take this boat to the lake after you pick it up, after the dealer has
    installed the Blades, and actually cycle through the cycles on the Power-Pole
    two or three times to make sure both of them come up evenly, and
    back down evenly at the same time. Occasionally you will have this. Occasionally,
    the brackets will actually be installed between the motor mount and the
    transom of the boat. In that case, what you try to do is line everything
    up. If it doesn’t line up, sometimes you’ll actually have to drill a
    hole in the boat. Use 3M 50-100 silicone sealant to keep water from intruding
    into the boat itself. Sometimes actually, Power-Poles are mounted
    right here in the back of the transom. In that case, you want to make sure
    you have an effective watertight fit here as well. We don’t recommend
    that because then there’s more stress on the transom.
    What we like to do is put it right in between the jack plate and the motor itself. Wireless remote system does come with this.
    That was the other thing we wanted to go over with you. You can use your
    wireless remote, or you can do a manual switch, or a foot switch. You can
    install a foot switch on your bow.
    You want to just put it around your neck, or in your side storage box,
    that way you can just go up or down with the poles itself. You do not want
    to leave this in your pocket, just in case you fall in the lake. What might
    happen is this, this gets wet, fries the unit itself, unless you actually
    have a manual switch on the side of your console location. Leave this in
    the truck, get ready to go, pull it out, put it in the storage box, and
    you’re ready to roll. Come see us at Limit Out Performance Marine
    for your power pole installs, we’d be glad to take care of you. Take care.

    Urban Fly Fishing in Ottawa |Rising Sun Charters
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    Urban Fly Fishing in Ottawa |Rising Sun Charters

    January 17, 2020

    (peaceful music) – You know, people think
    you have to go 10, 12 hours away from home in order
    the find good fly fishing. On this week’s show,
    urban fly fishing just outside your door. I’m Bill Spicer, this
    is The New Fly Fisher. (peaceful music) – On this episode, The
    New Fly Fisher crew will be fishing in and around
    the city of Ottawa, Ontario. I’m off and in the
    city on business and I’ve heard of the
    great fishing in the area, and have always
    wanted to try it out. Our first destination is
    one of the best kept secrets in the east, the Ottawa River. This large system is
    home to long nose gar, huge muskie, pike,
    smallmouth bass, and even big, brown trout. For most of its length
    it defines the border between Ontario and Quebec. The second part of the show,
    Colin McKeown will be wading one of the local streams
    for smallmouth bass and largemough bass. Our guide for this episode is
    professional Jamie Pistilli, owner of Rising Sun Charters. Jamie has fished his
    entire life in the area, and has an excellent record of fishing success
    with his clients. People visiting Ottawa
    from all over the world hire Jamie to help them catch
    trophy fish of all species. It’s a beautiful,
    midsummer’s day as Jamie drives us down the
    Ottawa River in his boat. Jamie knows of some
    great shallow water flats where large gar pike
    like to hunt bait fish. (peaceful music) The long nose gar, also
    known as the needle nose gar is a fish of the gar
    family that’s been around for about 100 million years. It has a slender body that
    is grayish to olive in color, and fades to white
    on its underside. It has an armor of scales
    covering its whole body. The gar has a
    long, narrow snout, and a mouth lined with
    unbelievably sharp teeth. Gars can survive in water
    with very little oxygen, and even out of water
    completely for many hours, as long as their
    bodies stay moist. When everything else is hot,
    and sticky, and no other fish are really biting, gar
    pike like it the best. They like it hot, stagnant water where you think that
    nothing could live, but they can breathe in
    air, so this is the time to come out for gar pike. (guitar music) (laughing) Went right after that, and I
    thought I’d made a mistake. (laughs) I thought
    I made a mistake. – [Jamie] Oh, nice
    little jump there, Bill. – [Bill] Yeah. (laughs) Not very big, but. – [Jamie] Good way
    to start the mornin’. – This is sight
    fishing at its best. – [Jamie] Yeah,
    it’s good to remove the old hooks from the net. They like to go a little
    crazy, and you don’t want one of these super sharp
    hooks in your hand. – [Bill] That’s
    right. I’ll take that. You gotta be cautious
    with these fish. Along the side, they
    got all these teeth, but they stick out in
    the side sometimes. And if they turn their
    head, they can slash you. (water splashing) And away they go. (laughs) – Good fish, Bill. First one. One cast, one fish. – [Bill] Yeah. (laughs) – Let’s go find its mama. A great thing with
    sight fishing, it’s a little bit different. We’re not blind casting here. If you blind cast, you often
    get weeds and things like that. We’re actually looking for fish and waiting for the
    perfect presentation. – And you gotta try to figure
    out which way they’re going, right or left, and put
    the fly in front of them. No use puttin’ it behind
    because they can’t see it. Put it in front of
    them within a foot, and they’ll generally chase it. And then the easy part
    is gettin’ them to chase. The hard part is
    gettin’ the hook in ’em because they’ve got
    such a small mouth. But we’ve had some good
    action here so far, so this is very exciting. Got him. – [Jamie] Opened his
    yap. That was good. It’s funny, you were
    casting at one fish, another one goes by. It’s hard to– – Yeah, and you were
    going the right way, too. (laughs) This is
    actually kinda small, but they’re certainly fun. – [Jamie] Great for
    practicing your casting. – [Bill] Yeah. (laughs) Well, yeah, you gotta
    thread the needle here. (slow music) Long nose gar can be found
    in quite weedy or rocky areas of freshwater lakes and rivers. Gar are very aggressive feeders. Because they cannot open
    their mouth very wide, gars primarily eat small
    fish, such as minnows, sunfish, and even
    little catfish. (slow music) (mumbling) (water splashing) – [Jamie] Oh, nice! (reel ticking) – [Bill] He’s just
    about into my backing. I think he just let go. – [Jamie] We’ve been
    seeing that today. Make long runs, and
    sometimes, they sure do. – [Bill] And that one is, unless he’s running
    at me, he’s gone. (laughing) – [Jamie] Oh! – No, no. It’s all weeds. That’s the one problem. They get into the weeds, and
    you just can’t control ’em. You’ve seen how
    that one just ripped almost into my backing
    before I knew it, and just brought
    me into the salad, and that’s how they get off. They wind themself
    into the salad, and the hook pulls
    under their mouth. Their mouth is very,
    very, very hard, and it’s really hard to get
    a good purchase on them. (peaceful music) – The equipment we used on
    this episode was for gar, a number nine foot,
    nine weight rod, with a large-arbor
    reel, and a smooth drag. Gar will go for long runs
    and will test your drag. They’re not leader-shy
    one little bit. It doesn’t matter.
    They don’t care. If it’s put in front of them, they’re gonna turn
    and snap at it. I used five feet of 30 pound
    fluorocarbon as my main leader, and then I used about 16
    inches of wire bite tippet. The flies for gar work
    really quite simple. I was quite impressed. A good, old, red and
    white bunny leech, you put that anywhere near the
    gar, and they’d snap at it. They really liked it. Very simple, red and white. Just like a daredevil
    lure that’s probably the best pike lure ever made. Same with a fly, red and white. And the other
    color, basic black. Just a black bunny leech. This one has a bit of a stinger
    hook that actually helps hook the fish, but
    black, just jet black. I had a number of
    fish slash at that. You put it anywhere near
    them, they seem to like it. (peaceful music) – Hey, bill. Get ready. There’s a fish comin’ right
    towards us, right over there. There you go. Nice. – [Bill] Got him. – [Jamie] Good cast, Bill. (water splashing) Oh, nice. – Got him. Numerous casts, and there’s
    so much junk in the water. I kept hooking up on the
    junk, and missing him. Finally, when I got
    a clear cast at him, he turned on a bang
    right away and hit it. – [Jamie] There we go. – [Bill] It’s not overly huge, but definitely it’s prehistoric. There’s definitely
    scales you can feel. Awesome fish, and
    they fight hard. – We’re gonna get
    this guy back in. – Get him back in. (energetic music) – So, what we’re doing is we
    got a classic gar fly here. A lot of people
    use rope for them, but I really don’t
    like that idea. It gets stuck in their teeth. That’s the old way of doin’ it. Since they have
    really hard mouths, I like to use a
    little stinger hook, and make sure that
    the main hook on there is really, really sharp. I use a chainsaw file to make
    sure it’s razor, razor sharp, and gets right in the
    corner of their mouth, and sometimes the stinger hook
    will wrap around their jaw and stay connected until
    you get it in the net. – [Bill] Got him. – [Jamie] Got him! Nice! – [Bill] Oh, he let go. – [Jamie] Oh! (peaceful music) Just turned on it. – [Bill] He’s on it. – [Jamie] Yeah. – [Bill] Oh, he’s
    going that much faster. Oh, somethin’ else grabbed it. It’s not him. (laughing) Was a little bass. – [Jamie] The bass jumped
    over the gar. (laughs) Oh, boy. – [Bill] Yeah, they’re after it. Look at him! – [Jamie] Does he have it? – Look at, they’re after it. Got him. Got him. Oh, and he let go! No! When gar fishing,
    you’re spotting fish, so you’re not blind
    casting a lot. But you can at a drop of a
    hat you’re gonna make a cast, so you gotta be ready. I’ve got 20, 30
    feet out below me, I hold onto my fly,
    and when I’m ready I can pick it up and
    cast real quickly and then try to put
    it ahead of the fish. So, stand ready. It’s almost like saltwater
    fishing where you stand ready. You got enough line
    out there to cast a little bit of
    distance, but be ready. Just tryin’ to pick
    a spot to put it. – [Jamie] Nice, nice, nice
    cast, Bill, right in that hole! – Oh! Just the way it’s working. They are extremely hard to
    set the hook into the jaw. The jaw is like stone. I got lots of hooks. It’s not too hard to
    get ’em to strike at it, but because their
    nose is so narrow, it’s very difficult
    to sink the hook in. I thought I got him. He turned around
    and ate that thing. We got lots of hooks,
    but for some reason, I can’t seem to
    hook ’em up today. – [Jamie] Got him. When you’re outside
    fishin’ for gar you never know what’s
    gonna swim by and– – Little slow-mo here. He was definitely after it. – Yeah (laughs), we saw
    him cruisin’ around here, and lots of signs of life
    out on the flats today. We could see why. Nice, little bass. – [Bill] Unexpected
    when fishing for gar. (peaceful music) (slow music) – Most people probably book
    two or three months ahead, but then sometimes, I
    do get cancellations and I do some open
    days, as well. So, always willing to
    try to fit people in and get them out on the water. Oh, we’re truly
    blessed here in Ottawa. We got two major rivers. We got the Rideau,
    we got the Ottawa, and within an hour drive there’s lots of different
    lakes, rivers and streams home to a wide variety
    of different species, so don’t have to travel
    far to get quality fish. (slow music) – [Bill] The gar decided
    to sit in shallow, weed-choke water
    that was too shallow for the electric motor, so
    Jamie went the extra mile and got into the water and
    pulled the boat into position. Got him that time. – [Jamie] Net. (water splashing) – Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Oh, boy. And… Yes, sir. Now we’re gettin’ closer. We’re getting closer. (slow music) (laughing) That was a quality fish
    we were looking for. Now, as you can see,
    Jamie’s in the water. A little unconventional,
    but the water’s so shallow where they are, we couldn’t
    risk the trolling motor. So, he went the
    extra mile and says, I’ll get out and
    pull the boat around. We found a bunch of
    them all congregated, and I think we’ve actually
    found the mother load of fish. So, let’s hope it’s
    keeps happening. – They keep getting
    bigger, Bill? – (laughs) Bigger. Let’s go for the 50! (energetic music) Yes, sir. (laughing) Oh, this is another good one. Oh, boy. Exciting,
    I’m tellin’ you. Jamie, you weren’t
    kidding when you said this is exciting fishing. Yes, sir! Yes, sir! – That’s our fish! Yeah!
    (laughing) – I have gone to a 30
    pound fluorocarbon leader. You gotta have it be that heavy just for exactly what
    we’re fishing in. You probably could’ve, if
    he was out in the open, I probably coulda got away
    with a 10 or a 12 pound, but we got weeds, and you
    don’t want ’em to pull a fly right out of its
    mouth, or break it off. Look at the teeth. Now, that’s what you
    gotta be careful of, and they also go
    out to the side. (slow music) (laughing) – What a hoot. – This is probably
    some of the best fun I’ve had fishing in my life. You’re sight fishing,
    it’s exciting. You don’t know if they’re
    gonna eat well enough, but they keep comin’ at it. It’s oh, so exciting. I love it. Next up, Colin McKeown and Jamie walk and wade for largemouth
    and smallmouth bass. (slow music) – One of the great aspects
    of fishing in the Ottawa area is the wide variety of
    locations you can explore. Today, professional
    guide Jamie Pistilli has taken me to a
    medium-sized river to fly fish for smallmouth bass. It’s a cool, but sunny
    late-September day, perfect for a walk
    and wade afternoon. So, it does look perfect. I think what’s important is
    that everyone understands, Jamie, you brought
    me out this morning. It’s a nice late-September day. Startin’ to get colors
    in the leaves here, but this is, when you get
    some of the biggest bass of the season, isn’t it? – It’s a great time
    of year to fish. Less crowds on the
    water, and the fish are really putting on the
    feed bag before winter. Everybody likes to have
    their big, long casts, but I think it’s important
    to start out slow, and try not to put your
    line and your fly over fish. So, kinda work your way out. Go five, 10 feet, and then
    keep going further and further. Sometimes, the fish are
    closer than you think and you really don’t
    want to spook the fish that might be right
    in front of you. (energetic music) – Generally, the wading
    is easy in this area, but it does get deep in places and the rocks can be slippery. We highly recommend the
    use of a wading staff. That third leg can
    make a big difference. So, I’m just watching
    the end of my fly line, not using an indicator. I’m just waiting for that
    fly line to stop moving, or just twitch slightly. Let me know I got a fish. There we go. (energetic music) So, the difference, went
    to using a five weight rod, which is perfect. So, they’re not
    coming to the top. Jamie got a largemouth. (water splashing) Now, this guy got it right
    in the corner of the jaw, and even though it’s
    barbless, there he goes, he got it in fairly deep. Here, oh, he’s
    already ready to go. Look at that. Poof, gone. And all I’m using is
    a black woolly bugger with an orange head, but
    the key was to go real slow. I was retrieving it
    too quick before, and lettin’ it dead drift, the eye of the little twitch,
    and that’s made a difference. There are countless flies
    you can use for bass, but we narrowed it down
    to these four flies that have been consistent
    for us over the years. The clouser minnow. Bunny leeches. Bead head woolly buggers. And for top water fun,
    poppers in various colors. (energetic music) Okay. There we go. And I gotta tell ya,
    having the ability in the morning we
    can walk and wade, and this afternoon,
    Jamie can take me out and we go cast for muskie. There’s so much
    fishing around here, and as a guide in an urban area surrounded by great
    fishing, oh, he’s off. Surrounded by rural
    fishing, it’s fantastic. It’s the best of everything. (peaceful music) So, I’m just gonna
    walk down a bit here. Again, I was dead drifting, and as it got to the
    end, I let it swing. Ooh, yeah. I let it swing and lift it up,
    and he took it on the lift. What a great way to
    spend the mornin’. Oh yeah, this is a fat one. The river smallmouth compared
    to lake ones are so different. The lake ones, they get
    bigger than these fish, but I find these fish pound
    for pound are much stronger. You put me on the right spot
    there, Jamie, so thank you. It’s a beautiful fish. Look at that. – [Bill] We highly recommend
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    Keri: Here, you little feisty thing. Come hither. You are a feisty thing. There you are. You are a feisty one. Not happy at all. That one’s not having that in his mouth. Another little drop shot bass come over. Hey there, little guy. He was, like, almost behind the boat. They’re cold. Glenn: Hey, folks. Glenn May here at and today,
    I want to talk about winter bass fishing strategies. It’s really interesting to me in the wintertime
    because a lot of guys put away their rods and reels for the winter and won’t fish until
    the springtime. And you know, I think that’s a mistake because
    the fish are still biting and a lot of times, the bass, they’re about the biggest they’re
    going to be year-round. So, your chances of catching a trophy fish
    are pretty good. Albeit the bite isn’t super fast, so, you’ve
    got to keep that in mind. But today, I want to talk about this. You really have to have a little bit of different
    approach to wintertime fishing armed with a really good set of knowledge on bass behavior
    during the wintertime to up your odds in catching some of these trophy fish. So, that’s what we’re going to go through
    today. Let’s get into some of the fishing strategies
    and things you need to know about, starting with locating these bass. There’s two main things to focus on during
    the wintertime. That is deeper water and bait fish. For the most part, let’s talk about deeper
    water first. Bass, as a general rule, are deeper during
    the wintertime than they are during, say, the spring and summer. So, the best way to find them is twofold. One is if you’re familiar with the lake and
    you have been successful during pre-spawn fishing or during the fall then you’re pretty
    close already to where the bass are going to be. Just like in pre-spawn where you’re, kind
    of, a step away from the actual spawning flats, take your position where that pre-spawn is
    and take a step back, a little bit deeper. And that’s probably a good starting point
    for wintertime fishing. They’re gonna be a little bit deeper away
    from those pre-spawn areas but not too far away from them, as a general rule. It’s a good starting point. Another way to find them is use your depth
    finder, look around, find that structure. Here you’re looking for underwater humps,
    you’re looking for underwater islands, ridges, long tapering points, those kind of things. Typically I’d start around that 15 to 25-foot
    range. In the neck of the woods I’m in, the dead
    of winter, you’re looking at 50 plus, seriously, 45 to 55-feet water in some bodies I fish
    on is where the bass hang out. So, as a general rule, just back up a little
    bit from those pre-spawn areas and start there to find them. The other thing is find those bait fish. Bass are not gonna wander far from the bait
    fish. So, what I like to do is look around with
    my graph and see if I can’t find balls of bait fish and figure out at what depth are
    they hanging out at, and then I look for that intersection of structure. Say they’re hanging out in 20 feet of water,
    well, I’ll look for those long tapering points, for example, and I’ll start fishing right
    about 20 feet of water and see if I can hook up with any bass that way. Same thing with the ridges and the humps and
    ditches and that sort of thing. So, that’s, as a general rule, a good way
    to start out finding those bass. They’re not gonna wonder far from those bait
    fish. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with the body of
    water, then a good map, a good topographical map combined with the map on your GPS unit,
    if you have a boat, can help you find those areas. Again, you’re looking for those underwater
    structure areas that can intersect at different depth levels where those bait fish might be
    hiding. So, see if you can find those on maps, mark
    them first before you go out fishing so it speeds up your time to find and locate those
    fish. Keri: There you go. That’s much better. Glenn: There we go. Keri: Much better. A little 8-incher. Glenn: He’s a little bit bigger than that. He’s a little bigger than that. Keri: Maybe 10. Glenn: Welcome aboard, big guy. He is cold. Keri: Look at that. He’s cold? Glenn: Cold. You’re cold. Got him right in the cheek. That’ll work. Okay. Let’s talk a little bit about lure selection. It’s actually a lot easier in the wintertime
    to figure out what lures to use because, as a general rule, bass aren’t gonna be hitting
    top-water baits, they’re not gonna be aggressively chasing down fast-moving baits, like crankbaits
    and spinnerbaits. So, that leaves you to slower-moving baits
    and baits that stay or hug on the bottom or stay near the bottom. So, my lure selection choice would start off
    with jigs, two different kinds of jigs. One is your typical, you know, rubber-skirted
    jig, football head jig, because you’re fishing structure not cover for the most part, so
    you’re fishing rocky areas so football head jig is perfect for that, or ball-headed jig,
    but I like to go with football. And with that, you’re imitating a crawdad. And crawdads during the wintertime are a bit
    lethargic, they’re moving slow, they are affected by the winter, the cold water, so they move
    slow. They’re not hopping and jumping up off the
    bottom and moving around so just crawl it on the bottom, just drag it along the bottom. You can do this with your rod, just drag,
    just move your rod and watch your rod tip. Or what I like to do a lot of times is I just
    take the boat and I drift over those structure areas I just talked about, just dragging that
    football jig. I usually go with a little bit heavier jig,
    like a half-ounce jig, sometimes up to a three-quarter ounce if I’m fishing really deep. That just allows me to maintain bottom, contact
    with the bottom. I can really feel if there’s any light pickups
    when the bass grab them. The other kind of lure I like to use is a
    hair jig. Hair jigs do a great job of imitating bait
    fish. And during this time of year, the bait fish,
    more than any other kind of fish in the lake are affected by colder temperatures. The colder it is, the more they struggle to
    stay alive, particularly if you have, like, threadfin shad. If you don’t have that, even the perch and
    gobies, those fish will struggle at times when the water gets really cold, they’ll get
    real lethargic and move slowly because they’re trying to conserve energy. So, a hair jig can really imitate that action. Hair jig, you can either drag it right on
    the bottom and here, you’re trying to make it look like, say, a goby just hanging out,
    just dragging along the bottom or a sculpin. And sculpin don’t have air bladders so they’re
    not gonna lift up off the bottom. So, don’t do that, they won’t look natural. Just drag it along the bottom just like you
    did a jig. You can also use a hair jig when you find
    those balls of bait fish sitting over structure and let that hair jig drop through that bait
    fish down to the bass that are sitting down underneath and it looks just like a little
    bait fish that’s dying and struggling to stay alive and that triggers that predatory instinct
    with the bass and they’re gonna engulf it. So, great bait to use, both on the bottom
    as well as suspended fish during the wintertime. That was a pick-up. It just got light. I just lost the weight. There we go. Cold-water jig fish. All right. Not a huge one, but hey, I’ll take it in the
    wintertime. Another type of bait I like to use are the
    metal blades…metal baits. The metal baits, those are things like spoons
    and also blade baits. Spoons, what they do is they don’t even look
    like anything, you know, in the natural wild, right? But they imitate that dying bait fish action,
    which is what the bass are really keying on. Again, these bait fish are struggling to stay
    alive and a lot of them are dying, so what they do is they, kind of, flutter. They fall. They try to stabilize themselves and dart
    back up and they fall again. And that’s exactly how you fish a spoon, you
    get it down towards the bottom, you jig it up and let it flutter back down on slackline. And that action is what the bass, they’re
    triggered on biting, so a spoon can be very, very effective. Blade baits are a little bit different. They’re smaller. They do look like a bait-fish profile and
    they vibrate a lot. So, those are great. You rip them up off the bottom, again, flutter
    back down, but a lot of times, the bass will hit the blade bait as it comes off the bottom
    versus a spoon when they hit it on the fall. For that reason, I like to also take a blade
    bait and bring it along the bottom contours over structure. Sometimes I’ll take the boat and I’ll put
    it in shallow water, throw it out deeper and bring that blade bait uphill, just crawl on
    the bottom letting it move along just real slowly, it can look, you know, like an innocent
    little bait fish that’s wandered off from its school. Easy target for the bass. So, blade baits and spoons. My next choice would be finesse baits using
    either a split shot or a drop shot rig. These baits are, for example, I will use a
    3-inch minnow-type bait and put it on a drop shot. I’ll use a shorter leader this time of year
    because a lot of times the bass are hanging out right on the bottom so I want to get that
    bait right down near them so I’m using an 8 to 10-inch leader versus, you know, an 18
    to 24-inch leader that I do in the summertime. So, a shorter leader. And I move it nice and slow again. You’re trying to imitate a dying bait fish,
    so they’re not gonna move real fast. So don’t shake the tip really hard and make
    all this movement. You just want to make it nice, and easy, and
    slow. And again, I do the same thing as I do with
    the jigs, I just drag it along the bottom with the rod tip down pointed at the water
    and watch for that bite. Because you’re moving really slow, the bass
    doesn’t have to, you know, chase after it and annihilate it, so a bite is gonna be more
    subtle. Watch for that bite. It’s gonna be very soft. It may just feel like a little spongy feel
    on your drop shot. Another bait I like to use is a 3-inch tube. I’ll put that on a split shot and do the same
    presentation, but here, again, I’m looking for, like, a bait fish or a crawdad that’s
    crawling on the bottom. Same presentation but different bait. And I also like to use finesse worms, 4-inch
    hand-poured finesse worms. I can use them both on a drop shot and a split
    shot. Same presentation. Color-wise, I like to stick with green pumpkin,
    and the browns, the natural colors because the bait’s moving slower, it gives a little
    more time for the bass to examine it so you want it to look natural to them. So, those are the baits I use during the wintertime. Keri: Oh, you’re pulling like you’re mean. Glenn: There you go. That’s a bit better. Keri: Pulling like you’re mean. Glenn: That’s a good fish there. There you go. That’s a largemouth. Keri: Boy, oh, boy. You are not happy with me. Glenn: There we go. That does the trick. Keri: That does the trick, drop shot fish. There we go. There we go. There we go, much better fish. Much better. That’s what we’ve been waiting all day for. Glenn: That’s a good one. Keri: Thank you, dude. Got a little belly on him. Glenn: Yeah. That works. Keri: Got a little fish, drop shotting. Here you go, baby. Thank you for the play. That was fun. Slowly just saunters off. Glenn: One other tip I want to give you for
    bass fishing during the wintertime is use your electronics, really learn how to use
    your electronics. Get it off the auto mode and understand how
    to interpret what those electronics are telling you because a lot of times here, you’re not
    fishing visible structure. You’re not fishing docks or stumps that are
    sticking out of the water or lily pad fields, that sort of stuff where you see it. Here, you gotta use your underwater eyes to
    see that structure, so you need to be able to find and understand the difference between,
    say, chunk rock and gravel or a hard bottom and a soft bottom, besides just the contour
    changes. Really understand what kind of bottom that
    is. And then be able to pick out your lure. A lot of these presentations, such as jigging
    spoons, using blade baits, using drop shot, you know, you’re sitting right over the spot
    in deeper water and you can use your electronics to watch that bait come down through the water
    column. And a lot of times, you can see the bass react
    to it and you can adjust your tactics. It’s almost like sight fishing that you see
    in the springtime. You can watch bass react to your lure and
    change your presentation to get them to bite. If you can really understand your electronics
    and understand what you’re seeing, it’s very similar. It’s like sight fishing. So, take the time to understand your electronics
    because it’s a valuable asset during the wintertime. Armed with these tips, you’re gonna catch
    yourself a big fish during the wintertime. Understand it’s gonna be slow, but when you
    do catch a fish, it’s gonna be a big one. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

    Reading Sonar Correctly for Vertical Fishing
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    Reading Sonar Correctly for Vertical Fishing

    January 16, 2020

    This is a great example of arches. These
    fish were in my cone angle and now they’re gone. If those fish were still in here under my cone angle under the boat there will
    be a solid line. Now the neat thing about the lines that will go up and down you
    can tell those fish are there but it’ll still be in the screen. Right now there
    are no fish down there. If I take my bait and I drop it down we’re gonna watch…my
    bait go down…okay so that’s me – that line. A line means that it’s in under the boat.
    That signal is still there. If I raise it up it comes up. If I lower it it goes
    down. That means that I am still there – I’m in that signal. If there’s a fish
    there he’s going to show up as a line so I can watch the two lines meet. If
    there’s a fish down there I drop my line to meet the other line which is the fish.
    That’s the difference. Arches mean they have come and gone. A line means is that
    fish is still there. So a big key when fishing vertical is knowing the
    difference of arches and lines. You want to see lines – that means they’re still
    there. Let me see if I can get one to come in the screen here this top line is
    me. Okay so I have a fish coming up to look at me right now. That’s him on the
    bottom that’s me on the top. He’s still there looking at it. Another one’s coming
    up to it….I got him! [laughs] It’s cheating! I’m telling you! [laughs] It’s a nice one too! Okay so what people don’t realize is the
    difference between an arch and the line A line on the graph means that signal –
    that interference – that thing that’s between bottom and boat is still there.
    It’s showing that target still there. An arch means that the target has come and gone is no longer in the cone angle. The cone angle is a signal sent from transducer to the bottom, bounces off the bottom comes back up and then reads it
    on the screen. So the line means that when it bounces down, it sees it. When it goes down it sees it, when it bounces up it sees it. It’s continuing to
    see this fish or my bait down there. A line is going to tell you that that fish
    is directly under the boat.

    Top 5 Bass Fishing Lures for New Water | Bass Fishing
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    Top 5 Bass Fishing Lures for New Water | Bass Fishing

    January 15, 2020

    Hey, folks. Glenn May here with And, you know, I fish a lot of different lakes
    all over the country. And it’s funny when I fish a brand new lake
    that I haven’t been on before and I need to understand like what’s the structure made
    up of? What’s the bottom contours? What kind of vegetation does it have? What’s the mood of the fish, the water clarity,
    that sort of thing? It’s funny. I usually end up about the same five lures
    every single time. So, today, I want to talk to you about the
    top five lures I use to find fish in any given body of water. Starting with the jig, one of these right
    here. So, if a body of water has crawfish, bluegill
    or shad, fishing the jig is a good choice of lures to start with. You can crawl a jig really slow over rocks,
    over the bottom. You can swim it through the grass, you can
    fish in six inches of water and 60 feet of water. You can fish a jig vertically, you can fish
    it horizontally. Really, there’s not too many lures that cover
    the whole water column as well as a jig. So, it’s always a good choice to have with
    you when you’re fishing a brand new body of water. Now, if a lake has a lot of cover of vegetation
    and it’s not very deep, I’ll go with a lighter, like a 1/4-ounce, a 3/8-ounce skirted jig. If it has a thicker cover, then I’m going
    to have to go up a little bit, go with a 1/2-ounce jig. With the heavier cover, I like to use a heavier
    line like a Seaguar Smackdown 50-pound braid. That way if a fish wraps you up in that heavier
    cover, you’d be able to get them out without them breaking off. But if you’re in that lighter vegetation and
    stuff, you don’t need something as heavy. I can even go down like 15-pound line on something
    like that and not worry about getting stuck or hung up. As far as water clarity, if the water’s clear,
    then go with more natural colors such as green pumpkin or a little bit clear colors, you
    know, the browns, the green hues, that sort of thing. And if it’s stained or muddy, then I will
    go with something like dark colors, with bright accents, something like a black and blue jig
    or a black jig with say, a chartreuse trailer or something like that. I know it sounds weird. It’s like dirty, muddy water and using a dark
    color wouldn’t stand out as well. But actually, it’s a dark silhouette that
    shows up there and that’s what the fish will key on. So that’s what I use, one of the lures that
    I use for finding fish in a brand new body of water. The second lure I use to find fish in lakes
    I’ve never been on before is something like this, a Texas rig plastic. In this case, in case you’re wondering what
    it is, it’s a Rage Tail Space Monkey. But a Texas rig plastic bait is something
    I use to find fish on unfamiliar waters. Well, I think a jig can work 12 months out
    of the year. I do think that a Texas rig plastic in the
    spring and summer actually works better. Now, for me in the spring, that often is a
    weightless or slightly weighted Yum Dinger. Fishing the Senko or Yum Dinger is a dynamite
    way to get shallow skittish fish that are wary of predators or just started moved up
    in the shallows. It’s a great subtle bait to use to catch those
    fish. But a Texas rig worm, lizard, creature or
    a bug bait, it can be equally effective for probing cover. Fishing these lures in bass-holding spots
    like grass, lay-down trees, docks, brush piles, and more can even yield monster fish during
    the spring and summer. The next bait in my arsenal is this, the ChatterBait. The ChatterBait has proven to be an extremely
    versatile bass fishing lure for covering lots of water. It fishes great around grass especially, but
    it can be skipped under docks, it can be fished around flooded timber, flooded bushes, weeds,
    lily pads, all sorts of things. You can fish it fast or you can crawl it at
    a slow pace. You can even dredge it on the bottom, but
    what I found is that it works in dirty water and clear water equally well, which can make
    it better than other lure choices, which is why I use it a lot in these kinds of lakes. Now, sometimes a spinnerbait or a crankbait
    lose their effectiveness if the water gets too clear or the fish get really pressured,
    but it seems bass get conditioned to those lures faster for some reason, I don’t know
    why, but a ChatterBait produces in cold water and warm water equally well and even in pressured
    fish in clear water, plus you can cover a lot of water quickly when you’re searching
    for bass, you’re trying to figure out the lake, you can’t do that fishing really slow. So a ChatterBait is an excellent choice for
    figuring out a lake. All right, the next bait I want to show you
    that I like to use a lot, is one of these, paddle tail swimbait. The paddle tail swimbait is an extremely versatile
    asset to have, especially when you’re fishing shallow or deep water, as well as around covered
    and open water in all four seasons of the year. You can scale the size and depth easily by
    changing the jig heads and paddle tail sizes and you can change… They come in all kinds of colors. So, for these reasons, it’s extremely effective
    at covering water and finding fish. It does lose some of its effectiveness in
    dirty water, but I like it a lot in clear water. It’s a staple for me in the winter as much
    as it is in the summer and I’ve been fishing it and more around things like deep brush
    piles and under around docks and all kinds of deep underwater structure. I mean, it has all kinds of applications that
    we’re still just learning about it. Flooded bushes are one of my favorite pieces
    of cover to fish with this. It’s easy to fish. You just cast it out and use a slow, steady
    retrieve to bring the lure back. There’s a ton of great swimbait fishing options
    available to anglers now. I often use a RageTail swimmer and work it
    up or down on size, depending on how deep on fishing and the type of cover that’s available. The next kind of bait that I like to use when
    fishing these type of waters are top waters such as a frog or a toad. Now, I won’t fish a topwater in the winter,
    but it can really excel at finding fish in large areas in the spring, summer, and fall. I can cover flats, I can fish pockets, I can
    probe points, I can find fish that will not commit to other more subtle presentations. And even I can get fish to rise and show themselves. At least I know where they are at. I usually want the water to be at least in
    the 50s before grabbing a topwater. And usually, I want stained to clear water
    to fish it. So, I won’t rank it quite as high as the versatility
    and some of the other bass lures that I just mentioned. But buzz baits, frogs, and poppers are my
    favorites because they make a lot of commotion. The fish can hone in on them and get it. And so I always have a topwater rigged and
    ready to go when I’m fishing new waters. So, those are the top five baits I use to
    find fish when I’m fishing and a brand new body of water. Now, I know there’s a lot of other baits out
    there that can work better throughout the year at times, for example, lipless crankbaits,
    drop shots, Ned Rigs, things like that, they all have their place and time. But these are the top baits that I use day
    in and day out on different bodies of water that are productive for me. And you got to start somewhere. So, start with those and you can have a lot
    more success. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

    Summer Worm Fishing Tips for Bass Fishing (These Work!) | Bass Fishing
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    Summer Worm Fishing Tips for Bass Fishing (These Work!) | Bass Fishing

    January 15, 2020

    Keri: Is he still on? Glenn: Yeah, he’s got me wrapped. There we
    go. Come here, you. That worm right there. Had a little bit of a backlash, I was picking
    it out and he grabbed it. There we go. That’ll work. Let’s let you go, buddy. Come on. Have
    a nice day. Hey, folks. Glenn May here with
    Today I want to talk to you about fishing plastic worms during the summer. I’m talking
    6-inch, 7-inch ribbon tail worms just like this one here. That’s what we’re talking about.
    The plastic worm has been around since the ’70s and it catches fish year round, but it’s
    especially productive during the summertime. One of the reasons is that you can fish it
    in 6-inches or 60-feet deep, anywhere in between and it fishes in pretty much anything you
    can find in any body of water. Weeds, rocks, docks, pilings, roadbeds, you can fish offshore
    structure like points, humps, sledges, rock piles, all kinds of stuff out there, you know,
    even shallow water, dense cover, dense weeds, lily pads. I can go on and on and on, but
    that’s one of the reasons why this little thing is so productive. You can fish it in everything, plus it doesn’t
    give off any unnatural movement to the bass. It looks natural. It looks like a normal,
    you know… It doesn’t have any telltale signs it’s artificial and because it’s made out
    of a soft plastic, when the fish bite it, it feels normal to them, when they get it
    in their mouth, so it catches a lot of fish. One of the things about summertime is that
    bass can be both shallow and deep. I know the common thought is that, you know, in the
    springtime the fish are all up shallow, they’re up there spawning, and then in the summertime,
    they all abandon the shallows and go deep. That’s not true. Yes, it’s true that there’s
    not as many bass up shallow as they were in the springtime, but not all bass abandoned
    the shallows. Now, it’s also true that bass are deep during
    the summertime and those are hot spots during the summertime. I’d definitely go fish them.
    I just want you to understand that they are also shallow. A lot of times people say, “Oh,
    you know when the water temp gets above 80-degrees, it starts to lose its ability to hold dissolved
    oxygen and the warmer the water is, the less oxygen’s in the water. That means, hey, bass
    abandoned it and they’re not going to be there.” Don’t get hung up on one piece of information
    and think that that’s going to dictate where the bass are going to be. It’s not true. A
    lot of people make that mistake. For example, if you’ve got a lot of weeds, hydrilla, milfoil,
    lily pads, that kind of stuff, those produce oxygen in the summer and you can have oxygen-rich,
    shallow water as a result. Or you have those weeds will get a big canopy
    over the top of them and when that happens, it creates shade underneath, which does several
    things. One of them is that it can cool the water underneath it 5 degrees or more. So,
    even though the temperature gauge on your boat says one thing, it’s a lot cooler underneath
    the canopy of that vegetation and it’s holding more oxygen. In addition with that shade,
    the fish are going to…it gives them more ambush points for bass to feed on prey. Also,
    that type of weeds, that attracts invertebrate, insects, which in turn attract baitfish and
    wherever the baitfish are, that’s where the bass are. So, that’s really the key thing
    during the summertime, is finding the baitfish. Bass will follow them all over the lake in
    different depths during the summertime. So, keep that in mind when you’re trying to
    find them. This is why the worm is such a good lure during this time of year because
    you can fish in both shallow and deep, wherever the bass are and you’re going to be successful.
    So, what I’m going to do today is I’m going to talk to you about the different ways you
    can fish it during the summertime and I’ll start off with two different types of gear.
    I’m thinking, you know, your rigs that you want to use, your equipment. This here is,
    if you don’t have a lot of money, you’re just starting out fishing, this here is the one
    you want to have. What I have right here. This is a 7 foot, medium heavy power fas5-action
    rod. This is your altering vehicle of rods, but it’s especially good for throwing worms.
    Rigged with it, I’ve got the reel here. It’s not a super high-speed reel, you don’t need
    that for this type of fishing, so anything from a six one to a seven three to one ratio
    works just fine. What you’re looking for is a good drag. Anything over say 13, 14 pounds
    of drag because what I like to do is I have wrench it down tight and I set the hook. Once
    I got that fish hooked and then I back off on the drag and I let the drag do its job. But to me, the drag doesn’t come into play
    until after you have the fish hooked, and you’ve got to get a good strong hook set.
    So, I lock it down pretty tight. That’s why I like to have a good strong drag. I don’t
    want it to slip on the hook set. I’m using 15-pound Seaguar InvizX line. It’s abrasion
    resistance. It’s pretty transparent in the water. It’s super, super sensitive and it’s
    universal. You can throw it in anything. You guys might think braid is the answer to everything
    and actually, it’s not. Rocks, for example, is braid’s Kryptonite. Rocks will fray up
    braid and will ruin it quickly. You can break off a lot of fish and rock using braid, not
    so much when you’re using InvizX. InvizX is universal, you can throw it in anything. So, that’s what I use when I’m fishing, especially
    in the summertime,. You don’t know what you’re going to come up against. You need a line
    that you can throw it in anything and not worry about it getting nicked and frayed.
    Tied with it, I’ve got the 6-inch worm and I’m using a 2/0 extra wide gap hook and the
    weight here, this is just a little tungsten. This is a 1/8-ounce tungsten weight with a
    bobber stopper to hold it in place. Now, let me talk about that a little bit. I’m using
    1/8 ounce. That is really, really light. Now, why is that? Look at the body in this thing.
    It’s just slender body, there’s just a ribbon tail on the bottom, and that’s it. If you’re
    used to throwing creature baits, those are thicker bodies, they have appendages on them
    and that slows down the fall. You need a heavier weight to bring that down.
    If you’re used to throwing those, lighten up because this slender profile, it falls
    through the water column a lot faster. So, a lighter weight is necessary and use as light
    as weight as you possibly can get away with. The reason being is in the summertime, a lot
    of the bites come on the fall. So the longer that bait is falling, the more it’s in the
    strike zone, the more chances are you going to get bit. If you have a heavier weight on
    there, it’ll just go right through, the water column hits the bottom and you’ve lost your
    chances of getting bit. So, start off with 1/8 ounce weight, the tungsten weight that
    I’m using here and heavy up as you need to. If you throw in heavier mass cover heavy vegetation,
    you might have to go to a 3/8 ounce, ¼ ounce, something like that. But the lightest you can get away with the
    better. And that’s the reason why I put a bobber stopper on this because I don’t want
    the weight to separate from the bait. The weight is a tool to put the bait where I want
    it to. If you’re throwing it in some light cover or some bushes, you see some submerged
    bushes that I have here. If you throw it in that the weight’s going to go down through
    and it’s going to leave the worm up at the top here and it’s not going to get down to
    where the fish are. So, you’ve got to get that weight so it sticks with the worms. So,
    a bobber stopper works fine. It doesn’t pinch the line. That’s why I don’t use toothpicks
    or anything like that. You don’t want to damage the line. Bobber stoppers are meant for this
    type of application. Use them. [00:08:49]
    [Silence] [00:09:00] Keri: There you go. It might not work. You’re
    in 10 feet. Glenn: [inaudible 00:09:13] Keri: Well, you might as well put them down.
    It’ll catch sooner or later. Nice. Glenn: He’s got a big head. There we go. All
    right. I’ll put him down here. So, that’s how I fish most of the time. Now,
    if I were throwing in some really heavy cover like matted vegetation and thick lily pads,
    hydrilla, for example, milfoil, or I was throwing around a lot of thick bushes, then I’d heavy
    up a bit. Now, I’m going to go to something like a 7.5-foot rod, heavy power, probably
    a fast-action steel rod and I’ll be using braid on that one because that’s not rocks.
    So, I’ll be using braid, probably 50-pound Seaguar Smackdown Braid on it with a strong
    reel, again, at least 15-pound drag if not stronger. Setup’s basically the same but I
    might go a little bit heavier now because I’m throwing a heavier cover. So, there I’m going to be using maybe a 3/8
    ounce weight, maybe even up to 1/2 ounce to get it into those weeds, get in the pockets.
    That’s what you’re looking for. Get it in those pockets and let it fall down in there.
    So, a little bit heavier weight is probably necessary in those cases. All right, so that’s
    the setup. That’s how I rig it. And now, I want to tell you how to fish it. Keri: That’s a bigger fish. It’s over here. Glenn: There you go. There you go. That’s
    a good one. You want me to grab him or you got him? Keri: I think I got him pretty good. Glenn: Oh, yeah, you do. Keri: Yeah. Nice fish, better than the ones
    I’ve caught all day. He wants to just swim to the camera. Glenn: Reel him in. Keri: My reel came undone. Come here, dude.
    Come here. That was just a happenstance cast. Yeah, you weren’t going nowhere. And I had
    you weirdly hooked, but I had you hooked. Glenn: Oh, good. All right. So, let’s get into the different
    types of ways I fish with this worm during the summertime. Now, these techniques work
    whether I’m fishing deep or fishing shallow, just so you know. So I’m not going to be too
    specific on what depth I’m fishing at. It’s more about the technique. So, the first way
    to fish a worm and it catches a lot of bass is you just want it to fall straight down,
    through the cover, near the cover, next to a dock, whatever. You want it to fall really
    slow because that’s when the bass are going to hit it, is during that fall. So, all you’re
    going to do is cast it out, let that lure fall on slack line until it hits the bottom.
    Notice right away I cock the reel, even though it’s kind of a slack line. I want to be ready
    to set the hook. Let it fall all the way down. Now, when it’s
    falling, you’re not going to feel the bite. And that’s the hardest part about fishing
    plastic worms is detecting the bite because that straight down fall and slack line, what
    you have to do, you have to watch the line. That’s the only way you’re going to detect
    a bite. So, you’re looking for that line to jump, pop, twitch… Sometimes, it’ll just
    accelerate all of a sudden out of nowhere for no apparent reason or it will start swimming
    off to one side. That is one of the key things during the summertime. It just starts swimming
    away one direction or another. You won’t even feel the bite. You got to watch your line,
    pay attention for that sort of thing. And it always happens on the fall when that happens.
    So throw it out slac kline, cock that reel handle and then watch that line to see if
    anything happens. There we go. Strong fish. That’s a real strong
    fish. Here we go. Give me your face. He’s been eating. Keri: Oh. He has been eating. Glenn: Man, hooked him right at the roof of
    the mouth, too. You think he wanted that? He been eating. Took that worm. Here we go.
    Just saw it swimming off. Never felt the bite. All right dude. Let’s not fall over. All right.
    I’ll let you go. Once it hits the bottom, just reel up, and
    you want to lift up on it and let it fall back down again. And this time, I’m following
    it down with the rod and I’m reeling up the line, so I’m keeping a little bit of tension
    on the line. Not much. I still want it to fall straight down, but at least here I can
    feel the bite a little bit better. But, again, you have to watch the line. That’s the key
    to it. So, do that until you’re away from cover, just keep lifting the rod tip up and
    dropping the lure back down, reel up your slack, rinse, lather, repeat until you get
    back to the boat. Unless you pull away from a cover, once you’re away from cover, then
    just reel it back straight into the boat. That’s the first way to fish it. Now, another
    way to fish it is very similar. This works really well in the summertime. Now, throw
    it out, let it fall like I just showed you. But remember when I just showed you, I lifted
    it up slowly and let it fall back down slowly. In the summertime, this technique works really
    well and once it hits the bottom, you want to rip it up off the bottom and let it fall.
    Let it fall all the way down and then give it another pop and then let it fall all the
    way down, and then another pop, and let it fall all the way back down. What you’re doing
    here is you want to rip it up off the bottom. It often produces violent strikes from bass
    in the summertime. They’ll be following the bait all the way down and all of a sudden
    it “Boom!” takes off and it looks like it’s trying to get away from them and they’ll just,
    reaction strike. They’ll nail it really hard. So, when you’re fishing it that way, hold
    on tight because you can get some real violence strikes. But that’s an excellent way to fish
    it during the summertime. Now, let’s go the opposite. Let’s say a big
    front’s come through, dog days of summer and fish are kind of lethargic, they don’t want
    to bite. What do you do then? Well, throw it out there again. You can flip or pitch
    it same, different thing. There’re same, you know, different ways of casting it. Cast it
    out, let it hit the bottom. Now, reel up to it. And you want to feel a little bit of tension.
    You want that line to be tight between you and the bait and just let it sit. Don’t move
    it. That’s right. Don’t move it. You gotta be patient with this one. What you’re doing here is the bait may seem
    dead to you, like it’s not moving at all. But really what’s happening because you have
    tight line, you’ve got wind action and wave action that’s lapping away at the line and
    causing that bait to move just a little bit. You might have a little bit of current on
    the water. It’s causing that bait to twitch and move a little bit. And if you’re holding
    it with your hands, especially out away from your body, try doing this. Hold your hand
    steady. Just like this, you know, for two minutes. And try not to move it at all. Okay?
    You’re not gonna be able to do it. So, you’ll have a little bit of movements. And all of those little bit of movements combine
    to make that bait just move, quiver, kind of slowly move across the bottom of the lake.
    And a lot of times when the fish are real finicky, just that little subtle movement
    is all they need to suck it up off the bottom and swim off with it. So, you have to be a
    real line watcher when you’re doing that. They’re not going to thump it. Usually, the
    line just picks up and starts walking away. Kind of seems like a lazy way to fish it,
    but it really isn’t. It requires a lot of concentration. You’re not sitting there and
    slack line, so you constantly have to pay attention that you’ve got a tight line between
    you and the lure, and you just have to be on alert for that subtle, subtle pickup and
    you’ll catch a lot of fish that way in the summertime. Now, another way to fish this is you want
    it to look like a little creature bait going on the bottom of the lake. Let it sit on the
    bottom. Here, you want to hold your rod tip out a little bit to the side and you just
    want to drag it to about 90 degrees in front of you and then reel up the slack and then
    drag it again with the rod tip. Okay. The reason why you’re doing this, a couple of
    things. First of all, with the rod tip out to the side, you’re going to feel the bite.
    You’re going to feel that pickup. Sometimes it’s a real subtle pickup and that’s the hard
    part in the summertime. They just sometimes are very, very subtle, so havingit out to
    the side makes it easier to detect that bite. But also moving it with the rod tip helps
    you control the speed of it crawling along the bottom. You can do it fast, you can do it slow, just
    barely crawl along the bottom or move along really fast. But the rod now, you’re looking
    at it, you can see how fast you’re moving it. If you do it with your reel, it’s real
    difficult for you to visualize how fast that bait is moving on the bottom. You’ve got different
    gear ratios and if you have a lot of line down here versus a little bit of line that
    changes the speed, just don’t do it that way. Move it with your rod and you’ll have a lot
    more control over it, plus you’d be ready to set the hook when you feel the bite. Finally, another way to fish it is… This
    is great when you have lots of weeds, submergent weeds such as milfoil, hydrilla. What I’ll
    do is I’ll throw it out there and let’s say its 2 feet under the water. I’ll just let
    it sink a little bit, bring my rod tip up and I’ll just slowly reel it back, just slowly,
    reel it over the top. If I see a pocket, a little hole in those weeds and I’ll drop it
    right down in it. Let it fall right in. A lot of times you’ll get a bite when it falls
    right in those holes. Bring it back up through the hole and just bring it over the top. What
    you’re doing is the fish are buried down in those weeds and they’re looking up and they
    see something go by them. It’s not like a crankbait or super violent or high profile
    bait. It’s real subtle and a lot of times they’ll just dive right out of that cover
    and inhale that bait. [00:20:02]
    [Silence] [00:20:12] Look at that. Oh, swim in the worm. Swimming
    in it. Keri: He wanted to chase it. Glenn: There we go. There we go. Swimming
    the worm. That’s how we do. Swimming it. Keep it right there. So, those are the primary ways that I fish
    plastic worms during the summertime. I hope it works for you. For more tips and tricks
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