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    BMP Fishing: The Series | St. Lawrence River
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    BMP Fishing: The Series | St. Lawrence River

    January 21, 2020

    (slow guitar music) – How you doing? Good. (grunt) (slow guitar music) – How’d you do? – I did good, Buddy. – Oh, my lordy. He’s bringing ’em in. – I told ya I’d be in a better mood today. – I know, I know. – See them? – Oh yeah, those are some good ones. – Excited about today. Today was fun. – A three time Bassmaster winner, let me hear it for the
    prodigy, Brandon Palaniuk! – [Audience] (cheers and applause) – 15-15 yesterday. – Not today. – Not today, you can’t keep him down. Two days in a row here, 25 pounds, even! – [Audience] (screaming and applause) – 25 even! – I don’t know which ones, Trip. – I don’t know either. – [Audience] (whistling and cheers) – For the first time ever
    on the Bassmaster stage, I did a mic drop, what a rally! – [Cameraman] What do you think? – He might do it again. – Good morning everybody, we’re here at the St. Lawrence River, day one, getting ready to blast off, and it’s fishing really good right now. Not as good as it can, the
    fish are really spread out right now, so there’s a lot
    of different things going on. You can see a lot of guys
    catching them at different depths. You can catch five-pounders
    all the way from the bank, all the way out into
    30, 35-foot right now. (wind and waves) It’s a start, but
    they’re gonna have to get a lot bigger than that. Oh! Gosh dang it! (grunt) I dunno what happened there. It’s not quite how I had
    it planned out in my head. I dreamt way different of that, of starting out last night. (wind and nylon friction) Gosh, little again! Jeez. Skinny, ugly. I’d feel better if those
    were even three-pounders. But when they’re … Two pounds, maybe? Not good, we’re gonna have
    to do some serious adjusting. (heavy bass and drum music) ♫ Yeah yeah ♫ Yo can I ball for a minute ♫ Right on ♫ I got this let it
    roll like a night storm ♫ Forever winning don’t
    you ever get in my way ♫ Cause otherwise I’m
    a rise up in your face ♫ Teamwork headfirst
    with my feet in the dirt ♫ Extreme thirst feel the
    surge of adrenaline burst ♫ My knees hurt please
    nurse let the medicine work ♫ So I can get a damn
    be professionally superb ♫ I won’t stop til I’m certified ♫ I won’t stop til I’m first to rise ♫ I’m on top getting first prize ♫ Gold metal get up and
    get ahead and it’s time – I hooked a carp. Like the carp, the carp ate my hair jig. Well, I want my hair jig back. (grunt) Thanks, Buddy. Right size, right color, wrong species. – [Announcer] From Rathdrum Idaho, The Prodigy, Brandon Palaniuk! – [Audience] (cheers and applause) – [Announcer] Brandon got
    15-15, and a lot of places, that’s the goal, but,
    you know the deal here. Tomorrow gotta be a bit of
    a rally day for you, man. – Probably the toughest day
    I’ve had on the St. Lawrence had lots of opportunities, I
    just couldn’t put it together, so, I’m looking forward to
    getting out there tomorrow, I’m gonna switch things up, I stayed in close today,
    tomorrow I’m gonna run probably 60 or 70 miles
    and see what I can do. – Brandon! – Got a lot of ground to make up. Thanks, Buddy. It’s, uh, frustrating. The most frustrating day
    we’ve had all year, for sure. Other than, probably Okeechobee. – What was yours?
    – 15. I got lots of work to do tomorrow. – Don’t worry, you’ll get them. – We’re here, day two, pretty relaxed. We’re like the last boat out today. Boat 99. Trying to make a decision
    on what I wanna do. Yeah, we stayed close yesterday, saw the right fish, got
    some of them to bite, lost some of them, couldn’t
    get some of them to bite. Today, I’m thinking about
    running to the mouth. The run out there, it’s probably … Hour and fifteen minutes one way? (wind and waves) Oh there’s, oh there’s a whole school. A whole school. (grunt) The school is there. – [Man] Let me know if you
    want me out of your way. – [Brandon] No, you’re good right there. I’ll land him in the seat. It’s the right kind. Catch five of them, and we’re in the cut. My heart is like, (Heart pounding). Come on, I need to land you to
    start this battle off right. I wish this was a team derby,
    so you could catch that, you could catch that six-pounder
    that’s following him. I mean there is like a
    absolute tank following them. Yep. He’s like, “no, I can still get away!” I don’t even know if he’s a four-pounder. Yeah, he’s close. (laughs) He’s got to be a four-pounder. Look at that. Hooked right in the
    freaking nostril, barely. Finally! (soft piano and cello music) – [Man] There we go. – [Brandon] Feels like a big one. Stay on there, Baby! Stay on there. (music intensifies) He’s got to be pushing four. Aw! (grunting) Yes! Mm, that’s what I’m talking about. That’s the kind you need. That’s more like it. Gimme some. ♫ All I want’s what I see
    coming to me for the work ♫ That I put in every
    day ’cause I’m hustling ♫ That’s right and I’m sanctified ♫ Living large ’cause I paid the price ♫ And my mama gave the same advice ♫ She said boy being smart
    doesn’t mean you’re right ♫ You wanna roll with a winner ♫ Let’s ride ♫ Competition get diminished every time ♫ Playing hard til it’s
    finished and then some ♫ But we ain’t scared we’re
    prepared for anything. ♫ I can see my name in lights ♫ Spoke from the heart
    and it shines so bright ♫ Yeah let the whole world know ♫ Let’s go let’s go let’s go ♫ I can see my name in lights ♫ Ball until I fall and
    I’m feeling all right ♫ Yeah so let the whole world know ♫ Let’s go let’s go let’s go – Yeah buddy. That’s $10,000 right there. That’s a biggun. I think that’s the biggest
    one we got in there. Surely that’ll help! Today, was pretty freaking awesome. Another clone. – How’d you do? – I did good, Buddy. – Oh, my lordy! He’s bringing ’em in. – [Announcer] From Hayden, Idaho, a three-time Bassmaster winner, let me hear it for the
    prodigy, Brandon Palaniuk! – (cheers and applause) – 15-15 yesterday. – Not today. – Not today, you can’t keep him
    down two days in a row here. 25 pounds! – (screaming and applause) – 25 even. – I dunno which ones, Trip. – I don’t either. – For the first time ever
    on the Bassmaster stage, I did a mic drop. What a rally! 25 pounds even, the biggest
    bag of the tournament. – [Audience Member] Nice job, Brandon! – [Announcer] And Brandon
    moves, what place were you in at the end of the day yesterday? – [Brandon] I don’t look, I didn’t care. All I knew was that it wasn’t right and I needed to fix it. – Well I’ll tell you what wasn’t right. You were somewhere in the 70s. Now sitting in eighth place! What a rally! – (whistling and cheering) – Thanks!
    – Nice job! You know it was 25?
    – No, I thought it was like 22, 23.
    – Getting too old for two. – I was, I called it, did I not? I know this was 25. – [Man] She said on the phone, 25? And I’m like, no. – I didn’t think so man.
    – And then he said no. And then he weighed in 25. – Well, first mission accomplished. Yesterday the goal was
    just to make the cut, and we needed to catch about
    20 pounds to do that yesterday. We smashed 25. 25 freaking pounds. Even when I won, I didn’t
    weigh anything that big. Who knows what’s gonna happen today. I promise we’ll be around
    25 pounds of smallmouth at some point today, whether
    or not we catch them. Oh no, this pump’s super slow today. Now it won’t work. It did that yesterday, remember? I had to swipe my card again. Let’s try hose one today. Hose two was better yesterday. I can’t even talk, I gotta
    pee so bad right now. It takes forever dialing network. Come on. Didn’t improve it. What the heck. Why? This is miserable, man. This guy needs to get his pumps worked on. Now neither one of them will work. Oh my gosh, this is frigging miserable. (whistling “Theme From Jeopardy!”) Four gallons! Old Mill and Bay, you guys need
    to work on your pumps here. I was about to have a complex. See you in a little bit. Well, now that that took 47 hours … Oh, it’s a giant, too! Please, get in this boat! That’s another five-pounder, Man. My heart is freaking pounding. Feel like I just ran a triathlon. Come on, come on, come on. Get in this boat. Don’t you do it. Come here. Oh, come here, come here, come here … They just don’t quit. (groaning) I can’t quite get her. Got her this time. Yeah! (grunt) – [Man] Flip it around real quick. – That’s how you wanna start right there. Hoo, look how bad I’m shaking. (laughs) It’s a four-and-a-half-pounder. – [Man] Yeah, baby. – (grunt) (distant boat motors) It’s a little one. This one’s little, but the
    big ones are behind it. Yeah, there’s a five-plusser behind it. This one’s only like a three-pounder. But I’ll take him right now. He’s three more pounds
    than I’ve got in the box. Keep an eye on that other one. – [Man] You said there was a giant one? – Yeah, there’s a giant one behind it. (heavy breathing) Oh, come on! (lines twanging) I’ve got you, I’ve got you. Solid three-pounder. – I have to tag you because
    you’re pretty small. I love the conditions, though. It’s way more, fishing,
    just conditions-wise, it’s way more enjoyable. The vibe is great. He’ll make the cut, for now. I got right out to that current seam, no current, they probably
    just slide out a little deeper. He might not even be three-and-a-half. – Yeah, it’s three more
    pounds than I just had. – [Cameraman] How’s it goin’ there, Bud? – Let me tell you what, Bud. We’re out here following around
    Brandon Michael Palaniuk, all day long, dressed to impress, eating a box of Goldfish. I got mosquitoes all over my graphs. – [Camerman] I got bit by mosquitoes. – Burning gas and catching bass. I don’t know what else to tell you. – [Cameraman] I mean you
    heard it here first, folks. – You heard it from Brett Haus Carnright. (acoustic guitar music) – Look at that cull. – [Cameraman] So, what
    do you think about it? – I’m about to watch Bass Live, while they film Bass Live. What do I think about it? I think he needs a couple more big ones, and I think he’s gonna get the bites. He just needs to get them in the boat. I’m excited for this run
    back to Waddington, too. – [Cameraman] I am not. – [Announcer] All right, here we go, I think we do have a picture
    now from Brandon Palaniuk. – It took a while to find BP, but, he’s a long way from takeoff. You can see the lake and, he’s down here where the big ones live. You can certainly see why he
    had that 25 pounds yesterday. – [Zona] Brandon Palaniuk fishing just outside of Cape
    Vincent, kind of jockeying around this area quite a bit. – [Announcer] What’s the
    runtime under these conditions? How long did it take
    him to get down there? – I’ll ask him right quickly. What’s your runtime on … Hour and 15, he said, on calm conditions. – [Zona] All right, and-
    – Which is 80 miles? 90 miles, something like that? – [Tommy Sanders] 80 miles, something like that, tomorrow could be a little bit longer. – Zona! – [Zona] Yes, sir? – Zona, I’ve got a little
    sea pecking trivia for you. – [Zona] Let’s go, let’s do this! – You ready? We’re gonna scan around with
    the camera just a little bit, and we’ll see if you can identify this one particular individual
    that’s following BP around. You notice that guy with
    his shirt unbuttoned? – [Zona] Oh, give me a
    closer look at this man, well this is fantastic! – When I pulled up and
    found BP, I was like, who do you have following you today? You know, got the shirt
    unbuttoned and everything, not your typical fishing
    jersey or anything. Let’s get, let’s get a little closer here. – [Zona] This is definitely, this whole thing’s not
    gonna end real well, but I like the whole look right here. – (laughs) – [Zola] I have no idea what’s happening. – He’s an unknown man
    with his shirt unbuttoned, how about that, on Zona Cam. – [Zona] We thought it
    was Bernhard Langer. – [Announcer] Or Michael Fassbender. – (laughs) That’s close, that’s close. – [Announcer] Michael Fassbender! – [Zona] Fun time at the Olympic gymnast. – There’s one like Kevin’s, you know, where they’re round, these
    are just super super long. – Over five pounds. – Three-time Elite Series champion, weighing the biggest bag in
    the tournament yesterday, from Rathdrum, Idaho- (crowd cheering) Rocketed from 72nd place into our top 10 with 25 pounds yesterday,
    looking for 22-three. 22 pounds 4oz! (wild cheers and applause) 22 pounds and four ounces. – Man, I’m still, I’m
    still upset about day one. I knew that when that happened, when I lost those big ones, day one, that it was gonna be
    really tough to come back. These guys are so good, and this fishery is so absolutely incredible that, it’s just, it’s hard to come back from that big of a deficit. – Tournament leader Brandon Palaniuk. – Top 12 backstage.
    – Thanks, Trip. – Can you sign
    two shirts down there? -Yeah. – A little more than we thought. Yeah, to have a shot, because these guys are all gonna catch at least 20, again. I’m gonna have a five-
    or six-pound deficit. I’m gonna have to catch,
    25 to even have a chance, and hope he struggles and catches 20. – Can you sign my … – [Mom] Can you sign the shirt,
    it’s for the bass people. And you’ll not get your picture
    with the kids if you don’t- – Brandon, is currently
    third in the tournament, after finishing day one
    at 70-something, horrible. But he jumped to third by day three, and he’s leading AOY! Leading AOY. He doesn’t know it, so I can’t tell him, but he has (bleep)-point lead, which, a lot can change tomorrow still. But it’s still exciting, and
    you still have to screenshot it when it happens. Hopefully we can just, wiggle to the top! – [Announcer] From Hayden, Idaho, a three-time Bassmaster … 25! (crowd cheering) For the third time ever … Can’t keep him down … (crowd cheering) – America. – [Cameraman] (snort) – Got to make sure they know
    what team I’m playing for. – [Cameraman] Yeah, ’cause
    it’s difficult up here, you never know if you’re Canadian or … – I know, eh? (toothbrush buzzing) – [Cameraman] What are you doing? – (hawk) (spit) Brushing my tooth. Because I’m so fresh. – Breakfast time. – [Cameraman] Those pants. – I know, I’ve got
    freaking bright red pants. I have a black jacket. I’m fishing right here, at this point, because of where I’m starting. – That’s what I was thinking. I was thinking it might be this, too. (camera shutter) – It’s gonna be a long one this morning. Instead of six hours to fish, I’m … – It’s cold. – [Cameraman] I’m cold. – You have shorts on. I have three-quarter pants on. – Today, is gonna be a little bit sporty. (rapid drum beat) ♫ Yeah ♫ Yeah ♫ Yo can I ball for a minute ♫ Right on ♫ I got this let it
    roll like a night storm (wind and waves) – [Man] Here we go. He’s got one. – It’s not bad. (heavy wind) It’s not that big. (sigh) At least make the run worth it. Three and three quarters. ♫ I can see my name in lights ♫ Spoke from the heart
    and it shines so bright ♫ Yeah let the whole world know ♫ Let’s go let’s go let’s go ♫ I can see my name in lights ♫ Ball until I fall and
    I’m feeling all right ♫ Yeah so let the whole world know ♫ Let’s go let’s go let’s go ♫ Yeah yeah ♫ I can see my name in lights ♫ Ride ♫ Let’s go let’s go let’s go ♫ Sport from the heart
    and it shines so bright ♫ Let’s go let’s go ♫ Ball until I fall and
    I’m feeling all right – I think that’ll do, right? ♫ Let’s go let’s go let’s go ♫ Ride yeah ♫ So let the whole world know ♫ Let’s go let’s go – It was fun, little buddy. – [Announcer] A three-time
    Elite Series champion, from Rathdrum, Idaho, the
    prodigy, Brandon Palaniuk! – (cheers and applause) – [Announcer] He weighed
    in the biggest bag of the tournament on day
    number two, 25 pounds even. He just eyeballed Brock Mosley, like I’ve never seen before. 63 pounds and three ounces
    started today digging deep in that Skeeter Livewell. – (whistling and cheering) – Some of the big brown
    beasts from beneath. 63 pounds and three
    ounces to start the day. Because of the job that Brock did, you’re gonna have to applaud him today. He’s looking for 19 pounds and an ounce. Waddington, you think he’s got it? – [Crowd] Yeah! (cheering) – 18 pounds, 13 ounces! – [Crowd] (sounds of distress) – You were all wrong. – Woo!
    – Go to your left, Brandon. – [Announcer] And Brock
    Mosley loves you for it. Let’s hear it for Brandon Palaniuk. (cheers and applause) – Incredible finish again. Let’s hear it for Brandon
    Palaniuk, ladies and gentlemen. – [Brandon] Good job, Brother. – Great comeback.
    – Thanks, Trip. – Good job.
    – Thanks. – Good job, Brandon. – There he is, they’re
    waiting for you, Buddy. – [Brandon] How you guys doing? Come on, give me some. – Go ahead. – [Brandon] Yep, that’s
    what I’m talking about. So it’ll be early. – You probably get,
    like, no sleep, do you? – [Brandon] Not much. All right, coming in hot! All right, let’s get it done! How are you, sir? – How are you doing?
    – Good, good. You got one? How are you? – Oh my god!
    – Been waiting for you! – I still love you, give me a kiss to me. – [Brandon] Oh, come on. I can’t kiss you on the lips,
    my girlfriend would kill me if I kissed you on the lips. Oh, yes! – Here, you want that one?
    – (laughs) I’ll take, what is it? What’s it for? – AOY leader, Man. – [Brandon] Shoo! I knew they were gonna announce
    it at the next meeting, so there’s no way of me getting
    around knowing that one. – You’re not gonna get around it. (laughs) – [Brandon] (laughs) I can’t run from it. I just don’t wanna know the point spread. Thanks, Trip. I guess there’s no hiding it now. – I knew it, I knew you’d find out! – Yeah, there’s no way to hide it now. Another successful week. Finished up in third place, after being in 72nd on day one. I’ll take it. Congrats to Kevin. The exciting news of the week is, we took the lead in Angler Of the Year. I was really trying not
    to know where I was at in Angler Of the year,
    but, when you’re leading, there’s no way to hide it. I got corn, green beans, beans, fresh zucchini from the garden, steak, chicken … We stayed at David and Debbie’s house, who is the parents of
    where Pipkin always stays, which is Liz and Jonathan. We got set up with this, setup, pulled the trailer in, pretty much took over
    their entire driveway, but, absolutely incredible people. Fed us every night. Lunch, breakfast, dinners, you name it. Pretty dang awesome. – Come on guys, I gotta get going here. – [Brandon] Really don’t know about it. – Bye! – Bye Brandon!
    – Bye! – Have fun! (cheering) Good luck fishing! – Good luck at Champlain! – So. Two tournaments left, and
    then the AOY championship. I start practice in the morning. – [Chad] Hey, I found a big
    toad, look at this toad. – [Brandon] What? – [Chad] Holy crap. – [Brandon] Well, this is
    the lot they put us in. Yes, ma’am. – [Cameraman] Oh my gosh, Chad. Catch him. – Look at how big this thing is, Dude. (whisper-scream) Hello! – [Cameraman] It’s probably peeing. – I already picked him up
    and let him pee without me. – [Cameraman] Oh, nice.

    How to Use a Lure Retriever – Fishing
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    How to Use a Lure Retriever – Fishing

    January 21, 2020

    Hey guys this is Gene Jensen. You know if
    you fish crank baits you’re gonna get hung up in brush piles. You have to fish them in
    and around thick cover and heavy cover, and it happens. You just get them hung up. I’ve
    got this monstrous tree right here in the back of this pocket, and I got my crankbait
    in it. It’s a lipless crankbait. So what do you do. Well, you break out what’s called
    a lure retriever and whenever I mention my lure retriever I get tons of questions. What
    is a lure retriever? Things like that, so I’m going to do a video on what they are and
    how to use them. First of all it’s just a gadget that you can drop down your line and
    knock your bait loose. That’s what this is. This is called a somthing golden retriever.
    I’ll put the name right up here, but this is my favorite lure retriever. I have another
    one, these you can buy at Bass Pro Shops. These little ones right here. These are great
    too. These little chains they hook into your, you know if you have trouble getting them
    out of the brush pile just keep shaking it till these chains grab hold of one of the
    hooks and 9 times or of 10 you can yank it out. This one is amazing, let me go ahead
    and get this bait out and show you how to use it. Get the bait our of the brush pile
    by showing you how to use this. and then I’ll talk more about this golden retriever. OK
    I’ve got it mounted on an old broken rod with an old old bass pro shops pro qualifier, 60
    pound braided, I’d like to put 120 pound on here eventually I’ve just got to find some.
    but I just push the button, lay that broken rod down on the deck. OK, you want the line
    going towards you with the line tie going towards you and the hook going away from you.
    I’m on the opposite side of the brush pile from where I got hung up. I put it on here
    just like that so it will slide down that line. Pull my line tight, and I drop that
    lure retriever right down to the bait. When I get to the
    bait, I just bump it. Guess what’s happened. There’s my crankbait. OK. so let’s talk about
    what all went on and how I got this bait out and everything else. Let’s talk about the
    advantages of this type of a lure retriever and the other types of lure retrievers. Let
    me get everything set up turn the camera back on and I’ll jump on it. Now let’s talk about this golden retriever
    okay The reason I love this golden retriever. I found this a couple of years ago. A buddy
    of mine, named Jeff gave one to me and about a year after that or about six months after
    that I was trying to knock a lure off, and evidently it was on something metal, and it
    sliced my line. That’s why want to go to some heavier braid. I really need to put some heavy
    braid on here. I don’t like to use the line that comes with it because it’s so thick it
    doesn’t go on a reel very good. That’s just how I do it. Some people wrap that line around
    a marker buoy like the one I’ve got up in the front of the boat. I don’t particularly
    like that because if you ever let all your line out that marker buoy will sink like a
    rock. Because this is too heavy for it. So what you do is, Let me use the big thick line
    so I can kinda show you guys how it is. When you put it on your line. You see how this.
    It’s kinda hard to show the whole thing. This little spring or curlicue thing is. So basically
    what you do is you run it along your line and your line goes right through here just
    like that. The reel being on the side, and the bait being on this side. and you drop
    it down and you do what I did on that video. You just shake it knock it loose. Sometimes
    it takes a little little bit longer. you gotta change your angles and things like that, and
    shake it and knock it loose. this one is amazing because this big hook right here as opposed
    to these little chains, this big hook right here will get an Alabama rig or an A-Rig or
    an umbrella rig whatever you want to call it. it’ll get that unhung. it drops down and
    this hooks on to the main body of your of your A-Rig. I’ll use this one. Slides down,
    hooks onto the main body of your A-Rig and it will pull that out and straighten out your
    hooks and you get your 15 to 25 dollar A-Rig back. so that’s why I love this retriever.
    another thing is I fish a lot of bridges a lot of riprap around bridges and things like
    that and you are going to get your crankbait hung in somebody else is stinking fishing
    line that didn’t know how to break the line off properly. it’s just gonna happen so what
    I love about this is this will go down and grab hold of that fishing line that hook will
    and yank it lose. this is just the ideal lure retriever. Now what I need to do with this
    little broken rod is I need to put a new guide on, I broke the guide off cause this things
    so heavy, but I need to change the guide to the bottom of it so it doesn’t break off next
    time. And I just slide this over top of it. Reel it in and that’s how it stays stored
    on my boat. It’s real easy to take out and deploy and get it all ready to go. this one’s
    about $12 at bass pro shop. this one is $25 on whatever website you can find it on. not
    bad. the other types of lure retrievers are there’s a long pole that has one of those
    curlicues on it. and that’s ideal for a bank fisherman because you don’t need to, for instance
    you don’t need to get on the other side, it helps, but you don’t need to get on the other
    side of the brush you got hung into. You just extend that thing out and knock your bait
    loose and get your lure back. There’s one called a Pocket Knocker. Now that’s a brand
    name but I tend to just take my, break out my sinkers and a big clip and make
    them myself. so what I would do is I would take a heavy weight, witch I don’t think I
    have one in here but we’ll kinda simulate. take a heavy weight. This is a half ounce.
    I would probably use a one ounce, a bell sinker something like that and then I take one of
    my duo clips. Take one of these duo clips right here and I hook on to that bell sinker.
    and then what you do is when you get hung up you get on the other side of the brush
    pile, you hook it onto the line and drop it down the line and then when it hits that bait
    you drop your line slack and it knocks that bait loose or you sit there and shake it.
    It just gives your bait that extra weight on that bill or on the lip of it to knock
    it loose. It done work every time but it does work a lot. it will save you a lot of money.
    let me think. That’s basically it. I tell ya, a lure retriever is a great investment.
    it will pay for itself just like that. These $12 or $15 lure retrievers at bass pro shop,
    come on. you lose three 5 dollar crankbaits, you’ve lost the equivalent of the value of
    this thing right here. so this thing will save you money in a hurry even this one being
    $25 it has saved me a ton of money. they’re worth the investment and it’s worth learning
    how to use them. Well like I always say. Introduce somebody to fishing. subscribe to my channel.
    share my videos across YouTube and facebook. I ask you to do that every time because this
    is what I want to do. I want to teach people everything that I know about fishing and everything
    that I’m learning about fishing and I can’t do it without your help so, if you like this
    video share it across Facebook share it across social media, remember to like this video
    and if you haven’t subscribed to my channel do so. Subscribe to this channel, subscribe
    to my other one called Flukemaster Reviews. And get out there on the water and enjoy fishing
    and have a whole lot of fun. Thanks. Take it easy.

    Winter Bass Fishing Tips to Catch More Bass Now | Bass Fishing
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    Winter Bass Fishing Tips to Catch More Bass Now | Bass Fishing

    January 16, 2020

    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

    Wet Flies & Nymphs Fly Fishing – How To
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    Wet Flies & Nymphs Fly Fishing – How To

    January 16, 2020

    (instrumental guitar music) – That was cool! – Yeah, baby! Woohoo! – Hi, and welcome to the
    Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing. I’m your host Tom Rosenbauer
    and in this episode we’re gonna explore the world of subsurface fishing for trout. And you know people that
    say that trout feed 90% of the time underwater
    and that may be true. The problem is we don’t usually
    know what they’re eating. So, there’s a lot
    of mystery involved, a lot of trial and error. Join us and we’ll
    show you some tips on subsurface fishing for trout. (instrumental guitar music) – Now you got him. – Oh, wow! – Hee hee! – I know you’re so tame
    when you’ve been caught. – ‘Cause this is
    the way we cast. – [Announcer] This show
    has been brought to you by Orvis Rod and Tackle. Ontario: Yours to discover. Ontario’s Algoma region:
    Where Huron and Superior Meet. – 150 years ago trout
    fishing was done solely with what today we would call
    traditional winged wet flies. Anglers fished as many as 10
    of them on a single leader, and even cast them over
    rising fish with success. Then people began experimenting
    with floating flies a little over 100 years ago, and this concentration on
    more exacting imitations of insects and crustaceans
    gave rise to the nymph, really just another
    kind of wet fly but usually without wings. Today we fish wet flies
    and nymphs interchangeably, but wet flies are more
    often swung in the current than fished dead drift. (instrumental guitar music) Fishing a wet fly or
    nymph on the swing, in other words across and
    downstream on a tight line, is both a return to a
    more traditional way of fishing with a fly and a relaxing and
    elegant way to fish. One of the really pleasant
    things about fishing a wet fly is that they don’t have
    any air resistance at all and so they don’t have as
    much air resistance as a dry and unlike most nymph fishing you don’t have an indicator
    or weight on the leader so the casting is just
    really easy and pleasant. Because trout often take
    the fly on a tight line the strike is felt immediately and fish often hook themselves. It’s also a great way
    to cover a lot of water when you’re not sure
    where the fish are. This kind of
    fishing a sunken fly works best in shallow
    water with a gentle riffle and it’s tougher with
    conflicting currents and in very deep water. Wet fly fishing is
    also most productive when you see the
    occasional rise. I’m just letting that, I don’t even really
    have to make a mend in this nice, slow water,
    I can just let that fly… Whoop, there’s one. Oh, we lost him! Don’t even need to mend, this water is so nice
    and gentle and uniform, I can just let that fly
    swing across the current. Although most of the time
    when you fish nymphs, you strive to eliminate
    drag on the fly, when swinging a wet fly the
    drag is subtle and controlled. Some aquatic insects can swim. A swung wet fly can
    imitate a tiny bait fish or it might also imitate
    an aquatic insect rising to the surface to hatch. We don’t know exactly why
    fish take a swung wet fly, but that’s part of the
    fun and the mystery of fishing this way. Frequent mends keep the fly
    from swinging too quickly because a tiny insect
    can’t swim that fast against the current. So the slower your fly
    swings, the better. Keeping the rod
    tip relatively high also helps to keep the
    fly swing more moderate. One more scientific way of
    fishing a wet fly on the swing is called the Leisenring
    Lift, or induced take. Here you cast the fly
    slightly upstream and across, make some mends, follow the line through
    its drift with the rod tip, and when you think
    the fly is close to where a fish should be, stop moving the tip
    or lift it slightly. The fly will suddenly
    rise toward the surface, and often it encourages
    savage strikes from the trout. Before we move on to the
    more complicated issue of fishing nymphs, let’s visit Pete Kutzer
    for some helpful tips on casting with a
    strike indicator and weight on your leader. – Through all these
    presentations, I’ve been talking about staying in the straightest
    line possible. We wanna stay in that
    nice, tight straight path that’s gonna keep that
    loop nice and tight. When you’re dealing
    with heavy flies or wind-resistant flies
    or great big poppers or maybe you have
    an indicator rig with a lot of weight on that,
    on the end of that leader, that’s where we
    might wanna actually start to travel in a
    little bit of an arch. That’s gonna help
    open up those loops, and prevent that heavy
    fly or that big popper from colliding with the rod. I have seen rods
    break just by a piece of split shot coming forward. So we wanna open up that loop by traveling a little
    bit of an arch. That’s gonna help get that
    fly still out to those fish, but keep that fly well
    away from that rod and away from that line. – Another great way to
    cast nymphs and wet flies is called the water load where you let the river
    be your back cast. Sometimes if you’ve
    gotten a lot of wind, if you got a lot of brush, you got two flies
    and an indicator or weight on your leader and you don’t wanna be
    casting all over the place you do what’s
    called a water load. And what you do, very simple, you wade until the
    line drags behind you, you pick up the rod tip,
    and flick a cast forward. So you keep doing that. As soon as the line
    drags behind you, especially with nymph fishing you don’t need to be
    that super delicate, just pick it up and
    make a forward cast. That way you don’t
    have to have your line going back and forth in the air and your fly’s tangling
    and getting in trees and things like that. You know it’s not all
    about catching giant fish. Sometimes just
    swinging a wet fly through a riffle and catching
    small trout is a lot of fun. Doesn’t always have
    to be a monster. As you can see, even
    this little rainbow’s bending that 6-weight rod. (instrumental guitar music) Nymphing is one of the
    most effective ways to catch trout day
    in and day out. It works all day long whether
    trout are rising or not and in all kinds of water. Feeding trout seldom pass
    up a well presented nymph, and will accept these
    flies more readily than dries or streamers
    in most cases. Artificial nymphs can imitate
    the larvae of mayflies, caddis flies, stone flies, midges, and also freshwater
    crustaceans like scuds, crayfish, and even aquatic worms. But the method of presenting all these imitations
    is the same. What fly do you tie on? Most people think that
    trout are not as selective when feeding under the surface, and you might wanna pick a
    nymph that’s popular in the area or one that a guide
    told you about. But in an unfamiliar
    stream with no other help we can get an educated guess by looking at submerged rocks
    and along the edges of rivers. So one thing you can do
    when you’re nymph fishing obvious thing is to
    turn over some rocks and see what’s on the bottom. Here we’ve got these
    brachycentrus, I think. Anyways, they’re
    called caddis flies. Their case caddis flies. I think they’re brachycentrus. We don’t need to
    know the Latin name. So you turn over a rock and you try to see
    what’s in the river and then you try to match that with the closest
    thing in your box. All you know is what’s
    there in the water. It’s a clue and it’s a start, but not knowing exactly
    what the fish are taking you’re at a disadvantage. And that’s why fishing
    with a wet fly or a nymph is so exciting, mysterious,
    and interesting. (instrumental guitar music) One of the biggest issues
    when fishing a nymph is getting the fly deep enough when trout are feeding
    close to the bottom at the same time letting
    the fly dead drift without showing any pull
    from the line or leader. Current is always
    faster near the surface than near the bottom, so when line and leader
    land on the water they immediately
    exert pull on the fly unless you remedy the situation
    with your presentation. As a result, even though we
    think we’re fishing a fly close to the bottom
    with a dead drift, it’s not often the case. And most aquatic
    insects and crustaceans, when they drift, don’t swim or
    are at best feeble swimmers. So trout often shy away
    from a fly that’s dragging but it’s hard to see drag
    when your fly is underwater. (instrumental guitar music) You can often tell if
    a fish takes your nymph by watching the tip
    of your floating line or by watching your leader. If it hesitates or
    dips under suddenly, you’ve either hung bottom or
    a fish has taken your fly. But strikes can be quite subtle, and fish can take and reject or spit out your
    fly very quickly, and unless a fish takes your fly in fast water or
    very aggressively many strikes go unnoticed. Just as with any other
    kind of nymph fishing, any time that floating line
    hesitates, wiggles, twitches, does any that looks weird,
    it looks suspicious, set the hook immediately. With nymph fishing those
    fish are gonna take that fly and spit it out really quickly and you gotta set
    the hook quickly. That doesn’t mean wrench
    it way over your head and break the tippet, but you gotta be quick
    and just about this much. Just like you’re gonna
    make another cast, but do it quickly. So to help stack the
    odds in our favor, we use strike indicators. These are little more
    than tiny bobbers. In fact, I once fished
    with a nymph a whole day on the North Flat
    River in Wyoming with one of those big
    plastic bait bobbers. I bought it in the gas station. It was a little
    clunky but it worked. Strike indicators
    turn nymph fishing from something that
    was almost a black art into one of the easiest ways
    to catch trout on a fly. In fact, nymph fishing
    with a strike indicator is a lot like fishing
    a worm with a bobber, and some of the
    deadliest nymph anglers are those who started out
    fishing worms for trout. It’s not that different, except the fish spit out
    your offering faster. Indicators come in all different
    colors and sizes and types and most people carry
    a variety of them. Different colors show up better under different
    light conditions, so you should experiment. Also, carry a range of sizes. The indicator
    should be big enough to hold your fly and
    weight off the bottom but not so big that
    it spooks the fish. Most people these days use a big plastic or
    cork strike indicator. They’re really buoyant,
    they float all day long, but they do land kinda hard and there’s some times when
    you want something more subtle. That’s a time when you
    wanna use a yarn indicator. Yarn indicators on flat water
    like this are very subtle. They don’t land with
    a lot of commotion and you can really see
    the slightest twitch in the yarn indicator so they’re one of the
    best things to use on flat water like this. Indicators serve another
    very important purpose. Besides being strike indicators,
    they’re drift indicators. You can’t tell if your
    fly is dragging underwater but you can watch your indicator and if it begins to
    struggle against the current you know the fly is dragging and that you need to mend line. If you watch your
    indicator and make sure that it’s traveling
    at the same speed as the bubbles or
    debris in the current you can be pretty sure you’re
    getting a drag-free drift. If it’s not drifting properly, mend the line to
    adjust your drift or use a reach cast the next
    time you present the fly. Exactly where to put your
    indicator on the leader is part trial and error based on how often
    the fly ticks bottom. Okay, when you put an
    indicator on your leader, general rule of thumb
    is to have the indicator about one and a half
    times the water depth. You want that fly to be
    riding just above the bottom and the fly is never,
    seldom, gonna hang directly below the indicator. So, you wanna estimate
    the water depth and then the water’s
    pretty shallow here. I think it’s about, you
    know it’s about this deep, so I’m gonna go right about
    here with my indicator. And I’m just going to put the
    indicator on my leader here. This is the foam kind. It’s got rubber bands inside. You just twist it a few times, and that holds it
    wherever you want it, yet when you change water depths when you go to another place
    you can slide that indicator and move it to
    wherever you want. This is only a general
    guideline, though, so play with the strike
    indicators position until you either tick
    bottom once in awhile or you catch a fish. (instrumental guitar music) Despite our best efforts,
    even with a weighted fly and weight on the leader the fly may not get deep enough or may not drift in
    a realistic manner. So we have to combine some
    presentation techniques and perhaps add more
    weight to the leader. Let’s discuss
    presentation first. One way is to cast
    straight upstream so that your fly and
    weight and indicator are all on the
    same current lane. But that’s a lot of work. You have to gather a
    lot of line quickly and you risk putting
    your fly line right on top of the fish. It’s best for short casts. When fishing across the
    current, you can also mend line sometimes frequently
    throughout a drift, but mending often
    moves the fly too much and it’s better to get
    that upstream loop of line before the fly hits the
    water with a reach cast. Keep trying different approaches until you find
    something that works. (instrumental guitar music) When you’re faced
    with a deeper run and you’re fishing smaller
    flies like we are today you need some weight
    on your leader. Nobody likes to put
    weight on the leader. It makes casting tougher and
    you get hung up more often but sometimes you gotta do it to get your fly
    down to the fish. So what I’m gonna do
    now is put on one shot. You try to start with as
    little weight as possible, and then you add the
    lightest weight first and then you add
    weight to the leader until you’re ticking bottom
    every half a dozen casts or so. Your fly’s gotta be
    occasionally ticking bottom or you’re just not
    fishing deep enough. The thing you wanna do, you don’t wanna try to put
    these on with your teeth ’cause they’re hard, you
    need a pair of forceps. And I’ve got a knot
    above my first fly, it’s about a foot
    above my first fly, and I’m gonna attach the
    shot right above that knot. Shot tends to slide
    on your leader, so you really wanna
    put it above a knot. Rigging a nymph with weight
    is not an exact science, so experiment with
    various arrangements until you catch fish. It’s really satisfying
    when you figure it out. (instrumental guitar music) (instrumental guitar music) Now most people fish
    nymphs with indicators. It’s easier, it’s better
    in conflicting currents, and usually they fish two
    flies under an indicator. You wouldn’t think so but
    trout are just as likely to take the upper fly
    with a piece of tippet sticking out of both ends
    as they are the lower fly. The section of tippet
    between the two flies can be anywhere from
    six to 20 inches long, but the longer that piece the more cumbersome the
    whole arrangement gets and a typical separation
    between the two flies is about eight inches. The tippet section
    between the two flies can be the same size
    as the upper tippet or a smaller diameter especially if the lower
    fly is a lot smaller than the upper fly. (instrumental guitar music) Now that you know
    about rigging nymphs and some basic presentation it’s time to learn more
    about how to present them. Fishing with an indicator is sometimes called
    long line nymphing, and it’s the best way when you
    can’t get close to the fish. But if you can it’s
    always better to cast as close to the fish as you
    can without spooking them. This is called high sticking. One way to fish nymphs
    is with what’s called short line nymphing and it’s done very close to you. It’s done almost
    under your rod tip. You want the fly line to stay
    out of the water if possible. You use heavily weighted flies and/or some weight
    on your leader. You lob them upstream and
    you just follow the nymphs down through the
    current like this. (instrumental guitar music) You can high stick nymph
    with or without an indicator. If you do it with an indicator
    it’s sometimes easier, especially when you got wind
    blowing like we do today. It’s very difficult to
    see that leader twitching because you’ve got the wind
    blowing your leader downstream. So sometimes a strike
    indicator helps a lot, and there you just keep the
    line above your strike indicator and just follow the
    strike indicator down through the current. Strikes in high stick nymphing
    are gonna be fairly subtle. You’ll just see that leader
    twitch upstream or tighten and it’s either
    bottom or a fish. So the minute you see that
    leader dart a little bit or move a little bit or do
    something that looks wrong or doesn’t look like the other
    cast set the hook quickly. There are times when you won’t
    be able to high stick nymph. High stick nymphing
    is really effective ’cause you have that dead
    drift right in front of you and it’s really easy
    to follow the flies down through the currents seen. But when you have to cast longer to get across a piece
    of water like this then you have to cast your
    indicator upstream and across or across or a
    little bit downstream but make a quick mend right
    after the indicator hits. As your indicator goes
    down through the current, sometimes you’re
    gonna have to mend once, twice, even three times. Try not to move the
    indicator when you mend. Just flip enough
    line to get that line upstream of the indicator. Toward the end of your drift
    just before drag sets in, you can also release
    some slack line to make that indicator float even further
    downstream dead drift. Just have some extra line in
    your hand, some slack line, and flip that slack
    line into the current. Sometimes when you’re nymphing just a little change in position will really make the difference in whether you
    catch fish or not. You may wanna move
    upstream a few feet, you may wanna move out a little, move downstream, sometimes
    even fishing that same pocket just a little bit of
    a change in position, might get your flies
    in there just right. (instrumental guitar music) One of the most exciting
    things in nymph fishing is sight casting to
    a fish that’s feeding in shallow water with a nymph. A naked nymph which means
    no weight on the leader, no indicator, just a
    tiny weighted nymph thrown to a fish
    in shallow water. You watch the fish’s reactions or you watch your leader
    to see the strike. That was cool! Wow! That’s a big fish and I’m probably not gonna
    get him out of there. Well, maybe, maybe, maybe,
    maybe, maybe, maybe! Oh, I got lucky on that one. Alright, you ready, Patrick?
    – Yup! – The nice thing about
    fishing without an indicator is you can reel the fish
    right up close to your rod. Yeah, baby! Woohoo! Bring him out in the sun here, get him in the clear water, burp him a little bit
    like they do the salmon. They roll ’em on the belly and
    get all the air out of ’em. There he goes! At the other end of the scale
    from sight fishing nymphs is fishing them
    from a drift boat. It’s one of the easiest
    ways to catch trout. In fact, some people
    think it’s too easy. With an experienced
    guide at the oars, by casting about 45 degrees
    in front of the boat you can get long,
    drag free floats as the guide works to
    keep the boat drifting at the same speed
    as the indicator. But you still have
    to do your part and mend the line periodically. I joined experienced guide
    Molly Seminek in Montana to learn more about proper
    positioning and drift of indicators when
    nymphing from a boat. – When the person in the front,
    in the bow, casts downstream and their float the boat
    catches up to the fly and the fly gets to the oar then they pick up and
    recast downstream. – If you like to catch
    lots of fish in a day there is probably
    nothing as productive as fishing nymphs
    from a drift boat because you can
    cover so much water and the trout are always
    eating below the surface. No matter what kind of
    water you like to fish, from brawling rivers to
    tiny mountain streams nymph fishing will
    often save the day and it’s really not that hard. (instrumental guitar music) (instrumental guitar music) Fishing with a subsurface
    fly in moving water adds a lot of
    mystery to fishing. You never really know what
    trout are eating down there, but striking to an unseen fish and suddenly feeling the
    weight of a hefty trout is a thrill that never gets old. To learn more about
    wet flies and nymphing, go to the Orvis learning
    center at for more information.
    Thanks for watching! – [Announcer] This show
    has been brought to you by Orvis Rod and Tackle. Ontario: Yours to discover. Ontario’s Algoma region:
    Where Huron and Superior Meet. (instrumental guitar music)

    FISH STOPS BITING?! Our go-to TRICK before changing bait/location. Work for salt water | fresh water
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    FISH STOPS BITING?! Our go-to TRICK before changing bait/location. Work for salt water | fresh water

    January 15, 2020

    It’s the 3rd day after a cold front. Let’s see what fish will bite. Anchovy got us the first mackerel, indicating active fish. A calico bass followed, still on anchovy. The shrimp bait got us the first wrasse. then a surprising California sheephead This fish tastes good, but be careful with its sharp teeth. The bites continued for a while, then suddenly stopped Before changing location, we tried to slightly shake the rod tip like this and it worked! The perch also tastes very good, we let it go as we’ve already got sheephead This is my worst release of the day and we missed the bite from a duck:) The same trick works for other species as well let’s take a closer look I hope I was able to share with you the
    joy of fishing! See you next time

    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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    January 15, 2020

    Glenn: There we go. Oh, he took it. Wow. You
    know when they want it when they do that. That’s awesome guys. Awesome. Boy, he took
    it. All right. Hey folks, Glenn May here with
    Today, I want to talk to you about fishing the Paddle Tail Swimbait. That is, some people
    call this a Boot Tail swimbait. It’s got that little… Let me get right up to here. This
    little puppy right here. You guys have seen these before with that little tail right there.
    That’s what I’m talking about. This little six-inch. This is the Rage Swimmer right here.
    I love this bait. There’s a lot out on the market. There’s a lot of different ways to
    fish it. They’re extremely popular baits. So, I’m going to go through and show you guys
    how to fish this. First of all, we’re going to go with rigging. And then I’m going to
    show you a lot of different tricks and tips for fishing this bait, starting with the rigging. So, what we want to do with is starting off
    with the hook. There’s two different schools of thought here on rigging. A lot of people
    like to use a screw-lock hook. 4/0 screw-lock. Well, first of all, you have to have a keel
    weight, my opinion. I like to use a quarter ounce keel weighted bait. It keeps the bait
    running straight. But this is the screw-lock right there. See that? It’s hard to see. Maybe
    against my hand, you can see a little bit better. But, typically, what that screw-lock
    does is, see it hangs like that with the bait, with the hook. Just like that. So, you screw that into the nose of the bait.
    Just, like, you literally screw it in. And it holds the bait in place, and then you can
    rig it. Texas rig like so. It sits in just like that. I’m not a big fan of screw-locks. At least
    for this bait. The reason being is no matter how I rig it, I don’t know what I’m doing
    wrong. But every time, it’s just a little bit off center from the eye of the hook, either
    one side or the other. So, it runs a little bit cock-eyed. Just like that. A little bit
    sideways on me. I’m not a big fan of that. I don’t like that. Now, maybe I’m doing it
    wrong, and you guys have a tip for that. But I haven’t been able to rig it perfectly straight
    with a screw-lock. So, instead, I just use a standard keel baited
    hook like this. The problem is you’re like, “Okay, cool. Well, how do you rig it?” Well,
    if you try to rig it regular Texas style, what you do is you go right down the nose.
    Straight down the nose. Right down the middle. Just like you normally do. Right to the bend
    of the hook. You flip it out. You start to go through and you’re “Oh well, hold on, hold
    on, hold on. I hit that weight.” What are you going to do? Are you just going to push
    it on through and tear up your bait? No. Now that you’ve made that little channel, we’re
    going to use that. Let’s back that up a minute. We’re just going
    to take that eye and now go right back through that hole we made, and it will go right back
    in just like so. All right. It goes right back in. Sorry. Right through. Boom. Out it
    comes. Perfect. So, you first make that little channel, and now you can rig it right through.
    It’s perfect. When you rig it, you just want to Texas rig. Tex-pose it, if you want to
    call it that. But I just like the skin hook a little bit. Bring it right through. And
    that’s how it’s rigged. Perfect. Okay? I’ll take that hook point and put that in a little
    bit. Now, I can bring it in cover without it getting snagged on anything. Okay. So, this rig that I’ve set it up right
    here, this is a weedless type setup. The reason I’ve done it this way is a lot of the stuff
    I fish in is weedy. Lots of flooded brush cover. Lots of submerged weeds. And I don’t
    want this to get hung up. However, if I were fishing in a lot of rocks and open water,
    another way you can rig it is with a jig head. And that just simply is a weight in the front,
    and then the hook comes out the top and it’s exposed. I don’t have any of those with me
    because I’m not fishing those on this lake. But that’s another way to rig and fish these
    baits is with an open jig head. The thing is with those is you are going to get hung
    up. So, make sure that you’re only fishing areas where there’s not a whole lot of weeds
    and stuff. Okay. Now that I showed you how to rig the
    bait, let me show you what kind of equipment that I’m using. In this case, I’m using a
    medium-heavy. A 7-foot medium-heavy power rod with a fast action tip. That’s the kind
    of rod you want to be using in all sorts of bass fishing. In this case, I’m using it for
    paddle tail. I rig with it. I’m using 30-pound Fireline Ultra 8 line. I use that because
    what I’m doing a lot of times is I’m fan casting. I’m covering a lot of water and that Ultra
    8 is great for long casting. It’s designed for that. So, I can get long, long casts on
    that. The line is no give to it, so it’s ultra-sensitive. So, I can feel that bite when the fish is
    way out there and hits the bait. I can tell that it’s a strike. And with it, I’m using the Abu Garcia Revo
    SX reel. I’ve got in the 7.3:1 gear ratio. I like it a little bit fast because I like
    to bring that bait back pretty quick. This s a reaction kind of bite. So, I like to move
    the bait pretty fast. Personally, I like to cover a lot of water, so I’m reeling it rather
    fast. So, 7-3 is a pretty good size reel gear ratio. I don’t need a super high-speed reel.
    So, you don’t need to spend the money on that just for fishing these baits. But if I happen
    to have one of those, I’ll use that as well. But the 7-3 works really well for me. The
    drag on it is what I like. It’s a 24-pound drag on it. Super strong. Super smooth. It’s
    great for fishing these baits. If they tend to bury up a little bit in the cover, I can
    wrench them out. Because, again, that’s what I throw these in. So, that’s the bait that
    I’m using. That’s the setup. Now that I have all that, let me show you how to fish it. There we go. You got a face full of swimbait.
    Paddle tail. Come on. Give me your face. There you go. Boy. Look at the mouth. Like that.
    Not a huge fish but, you know, how can they get big if they’re not small first. Ate that
    paddle tail. I’ll let you go. Okay. So, the first technique that I want
    to show you is very simple, straight-forward, and works surprisingly well. And that’s just
    your simple retrieve. All you’re doing, you’re casting it out there. In this case, it might
    be over the tops of weeds, over some rocks. You might be throwing it next to a weed line.
    Something where the bass are hiding where they can come out and ambush fish. It’s just
    a nice, steady retrieve. It’s nothing real too crazy. I’ve got my rod tip down. And I’ve
    got it to the side. That way I can feel the strikes a lot better, and I’m in a hook set
    position. You don’t want your rods sitting way up here.
    I’ve got the line out. You don’t want your rod, when you’re casting this, and when you’re
    retrieving it. Unless you’re…you want it right near the surface. Say, for example,
    the weeds are right under the surface, you don’t want your rod way up here. Because you’re
    not in a hook set position. If a fish bites it, you have to remember to bring your hook
    down. You bring your rod down. Reel it up really quick, that slack line, and then set
    the hook. It’s kind of difficult to do. So, you got to keep your rod tip down here, and
    just a nice slow, steady retrieve works really well. Sometimes what I like to do, when I’m
    retrieving, I’ll give it a pause if I see like a little hole in the weeds. I like to
    drop it down the weeds. I’ll pause it and let it kind of just flutter down in there,
    and sometimes that will draw a strike. Another way I like to fish it is burning it
    back. This is great when you have just submergent weeds right under the surface. You bring it
    back at a good clipping speed where it just barely breaks the surface where the paddle
    tail just might be bulging the surface just a little bit. But you’re bringing it back
    really fast. You’re looking for that reaction strike. This is great for warmer months. In
    the spring, all the way through the Fall, you’re going right along the weed lines. You
    want to get that fish to react to it, so you’re bringing it right towards the surface. This
    is great for early morning bites. Especially, if they don’t want to hit buzz baits, this
    is a more subtle approach, and you can usually get that bite. Especially, if that sun starts
    to come up and starts hitting the surface and they’ve been hitting surface lures, that’s
    a real good lure to switch to so you can keep that topwater bite going. So, the next retrieve is almost the opposite
    of that. Actually, it really is. It’s great for when fish are feeding off of bottom fish.
    For example, gobies and sculpin and even crawdads. But what I like to do is let it…I cast it
    out. Let it sit on the bottom. Bring the rod tip down low. And here I’m just crawling it
    on the bottom. I want to mimic that bait fish that feeds off the bottom. This works especially
    well in the winter time. When the crawfish are hibernating, you’ll get sculpin and gobies
    and whatnot that are sitting on the bottom of the lake feeding. That’s what the bass
    are feeding off of then. Sitting right on the bottom. So, you’re just dragging along
    the bottom. Now, one way to do it is with the reel, which works in the warmer months
    because you’re moving it pretty fast. But in the colder months, what I like to do is
    I like to reel up, bring my rod tip here, and just drag it along with my rod tip. Here it’s a lot easier to feel the bite rather
    than doing it with your reel. Then you get all the way to here, reel all the way back
    over, and then do it again. Just drag it with your rod tip. That way you’re getting a little
    pause in the action, too. You’re not doing it too fast. You can really pay attention
    to how fast you are moving that bait because as fast as you’re moving the rod tip is how
    fast you’re moving the bait. If you’re doing it with your reel it’s a little hard to visualize
    that. Plus you get a lot more sensitivity when you have it out on the side like that.
    That works exceptionally well when those fish are just hugging the bottom. Feeding off the
    bottom. Feeding off those little bait fish. Sitting on the bottom does a really good job. A lot of people don’t fish it that way, so
    try it that way when the bites off. Now, another way I like to fish this bait is a little bit
    unorthodox, but I like to use it as a pitching and flipping lure. Again, I’ve got the same
    setup. But, if I come across some cover or something that looks appealing to me, I’ll
    actually pitch right out there to it, and let it drop straight down like I would a jig
    or a worm. I fish it exactly like that. And it can work really, really well. And if you
    don’t think it does, watch this clip. Glenn: There’s a bass right there. Woman: There you go. So you can …. Oh. Oh,
    oh, got the tail, got the tail, got the tail. There you go. Glenn: There you go. Oh, my… Geez. Woman: Look at that. Glenn: Geez. It just whacked it. Woman: They might be little, but… Glenn: This fish. Woman: …they’re fun. Glenn: They’re aggressive. Whenever they grow
    that big they’re fun to catch. Woman: Little paddle tail is almost the size
    of your hand. Glenn: See, that’s a lot of fun. Sight fishing
    is fun, but you saw that fish react to it. I pitched it out there and it was a straight
    drop. That fish hit it before it even hit the bottom. So, pitching works really well. Now, one last one is a lot of people like
    to fish it weightless. I don’t have it rigged up that way right now. But, if you fish it
    without any weight on that keel weighted hook like I’ve shown you that works exceptionally
    well. You throw it out there and just reel it very, very slowly and let that paddle tail
    just slowly wiggle along, and that works really well, too. So, that’s another great way to
    fish these baits. All right. If you watched the video this long,
    now I want to give you some really good tips for maximizing how many fish you can catch
    with these paddle tails. I’m telling you what. There’s a lot of guys who stopped watching
    this at this point, so you guys are the ones that are going to have it over on them when
    you’re fishing these baits. So, here’s the great tips. First of all, you want to match the hatch.
    The first thing you want to do is if the fish are feeding on rainbow trout or sculpin or
    if it’s gobies or whatever is the main forage base in your lake perch, bluegill, what have
    you, you want that bait to match that color and match the action of that bait fish. So,
    pay attention to that very closely and see what the fish are feeding on, and that will
    up your odds. Here’s another quick tip. If the action of
    the paddle tail is just a little too slow, and you want to bring it back faster. Especially,
    say, for example, you’re fishing it weightless and you want to bring it back quick. But that
    little tail isn’t going to let you. You can grab a pocket knife and carve out some of
    the plastic around that tail and make it a smaller tail. I haven’t done it on this one,
    but I’m just telling you where to do it. Carve around that and get some of that plastic off
    of it. Now that tail’s going to wiggle a lot faster, and it’s going to allow you to bring
    that weightless bait back quicker. Or, if you just want a faster action on the tail
    you can do it that way. Just carve it off. Another thing you can do with this tail is
    just dip it in some Chartreuse dye. In my neck of the woods, the fish are feeding on
    bluegill all the time. Especially in the summertime, and actually, this is throughout the United
    States, fish feed on bluegill in the summertime way more than they are doing it in the crayfish.
    So, what you want to do is dip that this tail in some Chartreuse dye and make it look a
    little more like a bluegill. Something else that you want to do with these
    paddle tails. A lot of guys don’t take the time to do this, but you want that bait to
    mimic the prey. And I’m not talking about the color or size. I’m talking about how it
    moves in the water. Study it. Watch YouTube videos. Watch other videos. Study how these
    fish move naturally in the water. They don’t just come in a straight line all the time.
    They don’t just stop and go. But they go one way. They slow down. They pause. They move
    a little bit more. It’s a little erratic. So, pay attention to how they swim. Then,
    go to a swimming pool. Hopefully, you’ve got one or maybe you know a buddy that does. But
    go toss it in a swimming pool and practice mimicking that fish. You want to mimic the
    way it moves in the water. A swimming pool is a great way to do it. Or if you have a
    lake that’s super clear where you can practice that. But, that’s what you want to learn is
    that technique. Another thing you want to do when you’re fishing
    these baits is make sure your hooks are really sharp. Carry a hook sharpener with you, and
    always check your hooks. Especially when you’re fishing it out in rocks where you’re hitting
    it all the time. It doesn’t take more than just bumping it a few more times, then your
    hook is dull. So, always check your hooks and make sure they’re super, super sharp. One other tip. This is a fun one, but this
    is great in the Fall and in the colder months. A lot of guys, you’re used to fishing. You’re
    used to positioning your boat out and throwing it against the shoreline. That’s what we always
    do because the fish are in the cover. But in the winter time, a lot of times the fish
    are moved out. In the Fall, the fish will move out. So, what you want to do is take
    your boat, position it shallow, and cast out into deeper water. In this instance, you just
    cast it out and you drag it along the bottom. You want it to move along the bottom nice
    and slowly. Bumping it along erratically. Bringing it up shallow. And a lot of times
    the fish are positioned down there and boom, you’ll get nailed. So, that’s a great technique
    that a lot of people don’t do, and so a lot of fish don’t see that presentation. So, be
    sure to do that when the water temperatures are cold. There we go. Good fish. Here we go. Stay down!
    Come here. Here we go baby, come onboard. Look at that. How do you like that, guys?
    Wow. Again, right in the roof of the mouth. That’s where you want them. That’s a good
    fish right there. Nice four-pounder right here. Alright, ready? And that’s how you fish those paddle tails.
    I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks, visit

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    January 15, 2020

    Glenn: Hey, folks, Glenn May here at,
    but I’m here with Hank Parker with another weekly tip from Hank Parker. Where he answers your questions, and this
    week’s question comes from Bob, from, uh…what is that city? Hank: Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania is what I
    get. Glenn: Mahanoy City? Hank: Mahanoy City. Glenn: I hope we got that right, Bob, I really
    do. The question here is, would like to know that,
    “During a tournament, when do you know you should give up fishing a pattern or a lure,
    and try something else? And what are the factors that you consider
    when you make that change?” Hank: That’s a great question, and I like
    that, and it varies. You know, I fished tournaments on the St.
    Lawrence Seaway in New York where you’re gonna catch a hundred bass a day most likely, not
    always, but you have a really good chance at doing that. And then I’ve fished tournaments on Cherokee,
    Tennessee where, if you get five bites, you’ve had a great day. So, obviously, it’s a complete different mindset
    on St. Lawrence Seaway versus Cherokee Lake in Tennessee, so it depends on what body of
    water you’re on. You know, most of the time you can look at
    the history when you’ve been to a lake or you’ve looked at a lake, and you’ve been there
    in the past, and there’s a history on how many pounds it took to win a tournament, and
    how many guys had limits in that tournament. I try to research and find out as much as
    I can about a lake. And when you’re fishing in that tournament,
    it all depends on what body of water you’re on, what kind of bites you’re having, how
    many pounds is it gonna take to win to make that adjustment. Again, Cherokee, Tennessee, hey, if you get
    five bites in a day’s time, you’ve had a great day. So you wanna really concentrate on staying
    with your game plan and not deviatin’. You know, you put it together in practice,
    and stay with it. On the other hand, St. Lawrence Seaway, man,
    there’s a ton of smallmouth in that place, and a lot of great large mouth, and if you
    don’t have any fish going by 10:00, throw that pattern away and go to a go-to pattern
    that you know produces fish on those tidal rivers, and just make small adjustments after
    you get your plan together and go for it. I’m not saying…I did say it but let me back
    up and retract that. I never liked throwing my game plan away,
    but if I ain’t got a fish and I’m on the St. Lawrence Seaway, something’s definitely wrong
    because I should’ve already caught 20 by now. So I’m gonna make some pretty big changes
    there. Whereas, if I were in Tennessee, I would make
    little bitty changes perhaps, but I wouldn’t get too radical because five bites is good. I’m looking for 100 bites on the St. Lawrence
    Seaway, so I’m gonna make some more, bigger adjustments in New York than I would in Tennessee. That’s my whole point. So whatever has worked for you in practice,
    modify that. Make little changes. For example, if you were catching a fish on
    the shoreline, on a big, rocky shoreline and there was big boulders there, and you were
    catching on a spinnerbait, and today you just can’t buy a bite, man. You haven’t had a follow-up, you hadn’t caught
    a fish, go to a crankbait. Go to something to get on the bottom. They’re not coming up after that bait. If that doesn’t work, go to something you
    can fish low, like a jig or a sinking worm or a tube. But don’t just abandon that area. If those fish were there, they hadn’t gone
    far, and if you can’t catch ’em in there the on the inside, then move out and find the
    point. Find an area where there’s a break line, and
    then fish that break line. Those types of adjustments are the adjustments
    that have paid off for me, rather than abandon the whole game plan that you’ve put together
    in practice. Glenn: That’s fantastic advice, Hank. Bob, I hope that answers your question. For more tips and tricks like this, you need
    to visit where there’s tons of tips and tricks and articles on there. You can just immerse yourself in there, lots
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    January 15, 2020

    Glenn: Hi, I am Glenn May, and I am here with
    Classic Pro, the guru, Mr. Rick Clunn. Rick, it is a pleasure to have you here today. Rick Clunn: Thank you. Glenn: Rick, can you tell me a little bit,
    just kind of how you got started in bass fishing and how it ended up getting to where you are
    today? Rick: Well, you look at it, I have been in
    it 35 years and it is a fairly long story, so I will try to speed it up, the timeline
    on it. Actually, I started with my dad, wading down creeks in Oklahoma, fishing for anything–goggle-eyed
    perch, brim–and my dad liked to bass fish, so that is really where I kind of fell in
    love with bass fishing. My very first bass I caught was on a red-and-white
    Lucky 13 on my dad’s rod and reel, and actually, he never allowed me to fish, but the particular
    day, we had a bunch of relatives over, and he took them out in a boat, and I was standing
    there at the boat, crying because there was not enough room in the boat, so he handed
    me his rod and reel with the Lucky 13, and said, “Just fish here around the camp, and
    I’ll come back later, and you can go out with me in the boat,” and so I had never caught
    a bass by then. I was walking up and down the bank, and I
    was loving it because I was fishing with my dad’s rod and reel, and I was throwing the
    Lucky 13, but as do most kids, after a while, throwing it out there, I was kind of looking
    at crawfish, and I heard an explosion, and I looked up just in time to see this green
    fish with this red-and-white Lucky 13 coming out of the water on his nose. It scared me
    so bad I did not even reel. I just took off running up the bank. And I skipped the fish about three feet up
    on the bank, and he came off, and he started flopping back toward the bank, and I panicked,
    and I was running, and I dived through there like this linebacker trying to land on a fumbled
    football, you know. I landed on the fish, and I got him, and again, it was the only
    fish anybody caught that day, and I am so proud of him. But I will never forget, and I smelled like
    that bass, and that smell has stuck with me because I had it all over me. That poor old
    fish got abused. But still, that is kind of what made me love–all of a sudden. That was
    really probably the turning point, because before then, I had fished with little baits:
    minnows, crickets, grasshoppers and earthworms, and all of a sudden, I loved the fact that
    there is something so just about feeding this fish and fooling him into thinking this piece
    of red-and-white wood–all of a sudden it became, “Hey, this is neat.” You know, he
    has to eat minnows and crickets, I am really not fooling him, but I fooled him, and so
    from that point on, I loved casting artificial lures for bass. Glenn: Well, now that you are at the top level
    of your game, strategy plays a very important part to that, and a lot to your success. I
    am just curious, what do you do when you are preparing for a tournament? What kind of strategy
    goes into that, and does it change from tournament to tournament? Rick: Well, strategy is everything. Most of
    these guys are very equipped at developing a strategy, applying it, and executing it,
    and yet many times, you do that through pre-tournament preparation, through practice, and then through
    the tournament, and then all of a sudden at the tournament, you still have not done well,
    even though you executed your strategy perfectly. Basically, what you learn from that is that
    the most important initial step is having the right strategy, because if I have the
    wrong strategy, even though I execute it perfectly, it still will not translate into success. So that really is the ultimate key here is
    knowing what is the correct strategy. What baits do I need to be fishing? What type of
    water should I be fishing? Most importantly, you know, I have to be willing to take less
    bites to catch the right fish, because in the old days, tournament fishing was catching
    a limit. When I started tournament fishing, B.A.S.S. was a ten-fish limit. You caught
    a ten-fish limit every day. You did not ever worry about the big fish. Every day in a three-day
    tournament that you weighed in ten fish, you were going to do fine. With the five-fish limit nowadays, the quality
    of the lakes we have, the quality of the anglers, a limit is not good enough anymore. So now,
    so much of your time has to be to have the strategy to develop a technique that produces
    the five right bites, and if that means you are only going to get eight bites all day
    instead of 30 or 35 (because most of us want 30 or 35–that is more fun), you have to be
    willing to give up that if it means to get 8 right bites. If it means you have to fish
    a big swimbait, you are not going to get many bites, but when you get one, it is going to
    be the right bite. Glenn: Right. Now, for this upcoming season
    is any of your strategy going to be different from previous years, or are you kind of sticking
    with your game plan like you have done all along? Rick: No, any Classic nowadays, you really
    have to employ a different strategy than back in the old days, because again, when I won
    my first Classic, it was a 10-fish limit, and like I said, I did not worry a whole lot,
    even though I caught some big fish during the tournament, and that Classic was 1976,
    on Lake Guntersville, but still, that was the whole game then. Weigh in 10 fish a day,
    and that final day, see if you need to make a change. Here if you weigh, there will be
    guys weigh in five fish a day that will not even fish till the final day because they
    will not make the cut even though they caught five fish a day. Glenn: Yes. Rick: No, your strategy has to be to win,
    and it means that you have to develop the techniques and use the lures and the presentations
    that it takes to get the right bites–not get a lot of bites, get the right bites. Glenn: Right. Now, if you have a bad day on
    the water during the tournament, how do you maintain that focus to get right back into
    it the next day? Rick: You cannot afford to have a bad day.
    If you have a bad day with this group of guys, it is over. Glenn: Right. Rick: You can go out and just have fun, cry
    in your beer, and what you want. You will be out there going through the motions, but
    you cannot have a bad day. Forget it. It used to be you might be able to have a bad day.
    No, you cannot do it anymore, so what you mean by a bad day is relative now. You can
    have an okay day, and it is more what you are talking about, but let’s say you are in
    15th place, and you are, let’s say, 5 pounds behind. Well, you are still in the race, and
    now, even though that was not a good day, you are still in the race, and that is really
    going to be the key to your mindset and what you need to do and the changes you need to
    make to move yourself up, but a bad day now, you are finished. Because even though this body of water has
    the ability to put 25 pounds in the boat any day, which can move you up, that is why a
    mediocre day can still keep you in the running to win, where a bad day, even if you caught
    25 pounds the second day, you are not going to make that final cut, probably. Glenn: Right. Let me talk a little bit about
    your sponsors. You have a lot of products out there with your name on it. I was curious,
    when it comes to those products, how much input do you have in the development and the
    creation of them. Rick: It depends on the company–the type
    of company. With the lures and stuff, for me, with lures and rods and reels, and stuff
    like that, it is one 100% my input. Now, when you get into boats and the larger items like
    outboard engines and stuff, it is probably less than 10 or 20% input into that type of
    stuff. Most boats nowadays have all the requirements so that years ago, you would have had more
    input, but most boat changes nowadays, we might have given input back let’s say 30 years
    ago, “Hey live wells and rod boxes need to be this way,” and that is the kind of input
    we get, but that is pretty well now there. Now the only things that are changed are cosmetics
    and a little bit on the hull designs and stuff, and most of the time, that is somebody else
    doing that. We might say, “Yes, we want the boat to run like this and get on plane this
    fast,” but that is about it. Glenn: Well, how about the crankbaits that
    you have, your signature series? Rick: Yes, that is pretty much all mine. I
    mean, I put all the design into that, from how it should run to the colors to the type
    of hooks that are on it, right down. I mean, 100% of that. I give them the original ideals.
    They send me prototypes. I critique the prototypes. I send them back until it is the way I want
    it. Lucky Craft probably is the best company I
    have ever worked with because even historically, in the past, the companies I worked with,
    the best I could get was maybe 80 or 90% of what I really wanted, but I never got 100%
    until Lucky Craft, and with them, I actually end up getting more than I want. The guy is
    a genius. The bait catches a lot of fish. It helps me make my living, but it is so satisfying
    now to work with a company where if you have this ideal, all of a sudden, you can put the
    ideal on paper, and all of a sudden, you can fish it, and it is exactly what you wanted. Glenn: How long does that take for that going
    back and forth process before it finally comes down exactly what you wanted? Rick: Usually around six months, if it is
    a brand new lure or bait. Glenn: Really? Rick: Yes, around six months to get from the
    original conception to actually being able to manufacture it. Glenn: Yeah. Talk a little bit about your
    tin boat that you are using here out on the Classic. Rick: Well, that is a good one, because the
    one thing that I am doing a little different this year’s classic is I am actually fishing
    out of an 18-foot aluminum boat. It is a Tournament V18 that Tracker makes. I like the V-bottom
    even though it will not go quite a shallow as a flat-bottom, but in the V-bottom–I grew
    up fishing Toledo Bend and Rayburn when they were full of stumps–and the narrow light
    V-bottom aluminum boats like that go through the stumps so much easier. They are so fishable–a
    lot more fishable than, say, my big boat. Another thing I kind of like about that–I
    actually like these 18-foot boats. I have caught as many fish, if not more, out of an
    18-foot with a 150-horse engine on it than I have out of these big 20-, 21- or 22-foot
    boats with 250-horse engines, and I think one of the biggest mistakes we have done kind
    of unintentionally in this sport is we have kind of over the years–us, the fishermen,
    the tournament organizations and the media–have kind of given the public the impression that
    you cannot be a good fisherman unless you own a $50,000 boat, and that is just not true,
    and so like I said earlier, I have caught just as many out of this size boat I am going
    to be fishing in the Classic as I have one of the big boats, and I am fishing it at the
    Classic. The Red River is perfect for an aluminum boat,
    but I am actually going to fish it probably at Toledo Bend in the Open, and maybe even
    at Amistad, so I kind of am trying to erase a little bit of the wrong message that we
    are sending to the young fans and people that you have to have–I guess so many young kids
    call me and say, “Do you have to have a 20-foot boat with the big engine on it?” and they
    think they do, and I think that we are to blame for that. We have given them, again,
    that message that you cannot be a good fisherman if you do not have a big boat. Glenn: Right. Well, thank you very much, Rick.
    I appreciate your being on. Rick: Thank you. Glenn: I hope you get a fifth one. Rick: Thank you. Glenn: All right.