The 2019 Bassmaster Classic Part 4: The Ike Foundation

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic Part 4: The Ike Foundation

We had a huge success with The Ike Foundation at the Bassmaster Classic Expo presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. I couldn’t be happier with what Becky said about things. (I wasn’t there because I was fishing all three days.) As I’m sure most of you know, The Ike Foundation is a charity set up to get kids fishing early. The idea is that if we get them started early, when they’re little, they’ll fish all of their life. But, even […]

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic, Part 3: The Afterparty

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic,     Part 3: The Afterparty

After the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods was over the Ike Live! Afterparty got underway. It was maybe the best ever.  It lasted from about 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm, or I should say that was the official time for it.  The truth is that they finally ran us out of the hotel in the wee hours of Monday morning, and I didn’t want to leave even then. That’s saying something because I’d just finished three […]

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic, Part 2: Lure selection

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic, Part 2: Lure selection

Last time we talked mostly about the conditions and where I fished. Here’s the scoop on what I fished with, and why. My best spot, among equals, was the natural flat rock I talked about. My lure choice for that was a Rapala DT 6 in Caribbean Shad. It’s a fairly small crankbait — 2-inches, 3/8-ounce — and it’ll dive in the 6 foot range which was perfect for what I was doing. Remember that I said the rock was […]

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic, Part 1: The conditions, the choices

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic, Part 1:            The conditions, the choices

OK, fishheads, here’s the way the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods unfolded. It’s going to take me three or four blogs to tell it all in detail but it’s so important that I think it’s worth me writing that much. And the Classic part of things is something that we all should take note of if we love the sport of bass fishing. It was a wonderful tournament that was put together with everything a top-shelf […]

Fishing Blade Baits Shallow

Fishing Blade Baits Shallow

When most of us think about blade baits we think about deep water, and cold water. Recently, however, I fished one shallow in the Upper Chesapeake Bay, and with great success. I do have to admit, though, that the water was cold. We fished with a Molix Trago Vib Blade Bait for several different reasons. For one, it’s well balanced. It’ll hang in a horizontal attitude no matter how it’s fished. Another thing is that you can change its vibration. […]

Just When You Think You Know It All…

Just When You Think You Know It All…

Just when you think you know it all something comes along that you’ve never heard about, not even thought about. That’s what happened to me this winter on the Upper Mississippi River when I was fishing Pool 2. I was introduced to the tumble rig. We were fishing near a power plant with a warm water discharge. Typically that’s where you find a lot of fish in a small area, and that’s exactly what we found. But, even though we […]

A Super Short Delay Is a Good Thing – Part 2

A Super Short Delay Is a Good Thing – Part 2

Last time we talked about the two rods in my Abu Garcia Ike Delay Series that are designed for twitching techniques. This time I want to cover the other five models. I’ll detail what they’re designed to do and why I recommend you take a close look at them when it’s time for you to upgrade. I may have mentioned this before but it’s important enough to repeat: The name Delay was no accident. The idea behind these rods is […]

A Super Short Delay Is a Good Thing, Part 1

A Super Short Delay Is a Good Thing, Part 1

Recently I received a really good report from a friend who’s a serious recreational angler about one of my rods — the 6 foot, 4 inch, medium power, moderate action Ike Delay Series made by Abu Garcia. I thought I’d share some of his experiences with you and give you my perspective on why they should be in your rod box. He fished jerkbaits for smallmouth with it. Here’s a mix of what he had to say and what I […]

Stay on Top of Things When the Water Gets Hard

Stay on Top of Things When the Water Gets Hard

In the last couple of blogs we talked about winter bass lures. That’s great, up to a point. But, somewhere along the line it just gets too cold to fish and at some point the lakes freeze over in much of the country. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop getting better at your craft. You can still learn and practice. I can’t say how many videos in total are posted on the Internet but to give you a […]