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Going Soft for Largemouth Bass

One of the best times of the year to be out on the water fishing is during the spring. The weather is warming, plants are blooming, and more importantly, the bass are spawning. During the spawn, bass will push up into shallow water to make their beds. This makes them easier to see, and anglers can target these fish effectively by flipping soft plastic baits. In this episode, host Wade Middleton and professional angler Jeff Kriet are searching the shallows for bedding bass while using Big Bite Baits soft plastics. In recent years, a soft plastic stick bait has rapidly become one of the most popular baits nationwide. The small, slender profile of these worms allows the bait to float slowly through the water column with a swift swaying motion. This action drives bass insane as they cannot resist the opportunity to eat this enticing object. Big Bite Baits produces one of the best soft plastic stick baits on the market in the “Trick Stick.” Available in a wide variety of colors, the Trick Stick can be fished both weightless, or without a weight. This gives anglers the opportunity to rig the bait in a multitude of ways. The main two presentations are: Texas rig, and wacky rig. Along with that, the bait can be worked on light line, and with heavier line and a bait caster. During this show, Jeff and Wade work the Trick Stick in and amongst flooded cover, picking off spawning fish at a rapid rate. In the second half of the show, Jeff Kriet introduces us to another great bait from Big Bite Baits. That bait is the Tour Swim Worm. Currently a prototype, this bait will be introduced to the public very soon. Pro staff members have worked to test this bait over the span of 18 months to ensure it will perform under any and all conditions. The Tour Swim Worm is designed to swim effortlessly through shallow grass when Texas rigged. This swimming action can be achieved by separating the tail, allowing the tail to move rapidly when retrieved back to the boat.

Here are several more details about the Tour Swim Worm from Big Bite Baits:

-Available in two lengths: 5.5” & 7.5”

-Features a ringed body with solid core allowing for easy hook placement

-12 different color patterns

-5.5” is available in a 10 pack

-7.5” is available in an 8 pack

Be sure to tune in to learn about these great soft plastics from Big Bite Baits.

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel

Ranger Boats – Z521L

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics

Garmin – Panoptix LiveScope

Garmin – Virb XE

Sunline – FC Sniper

Big Bite Baits – Trick Stick

Big Bite Baits – Tour Swim Worm

Eagle Claw Trokar – TK180 Finesse Worm Hook

Why Are You Fishing at Choke Canyon and Fayette County

In this episode we hit the waters of Choke Canyon Reservoir with Wade Middleton as he visits the lake for his annual fishing trip to the lake. What he finds on this trip will surprise everyone who knows the history of the lake as he hits the water!

Then we’ll join Mike McClelland as he goes fishing on a spring afternoon on a new body of water he’s not visited before in an effort to share how he locates bass based on the conditions for that day.

While at Choke Canyon Wade will see a newly flooded lake that has risen over 15 feet in the past 6 months resulting in flooded brush and grass that basically gives the bass more places to hide than ever before. On Mikes fishing trip he spends time cranking rocks and off shore structure with crank baits and why he picks one bait over the other. He’s going to share how he sets up his sonar, choosing a bait for right situation when you’re fishing and how to target bass from shallow to deep.

You’ll see a variety of products features in this episode from

Spro Aruku Shad

Spro Rock Crawler

Sunline Sniper Florocarbon line

Garmin Sonar

Garmin Mapping

Garmin Live Scope

Big Bite Baits Trick Stick

Bass Pro Shops Lazer Eye Spinnerbaits

Johnny Morris Platinum Series Fishing Reels and Rods

Ranger Boats

Yamaha Outboards

Power Pole

Bass Fishing from Lake Wilson, Alabama and Lake Bastrop in Texas

Americana Outdoors meets up with Pro Clark Wendlandt as he goes fishing with Power-Pole’s Curt Hill on Lake Wilson, Alabama. Then our own Jeff Reynolds take us out for fishing adventures on a bass fishing adventure on Lake Bastrop, Texas.

In this episode you’ll see how anglers use Power Poles Shallow Water Anchors to their benefit to help with boat positioning as Clark and Kurt pick apart the shallow grass on Lake Wilson outside of Florence, Alabama. Then we join Jeff Reynolds on the water at Lake Bastrop in Texas where he’s dealing with cold weather. While fishing Jeff shares information on how he deals with tough fishing conditions on any lake and how you can catch fish. While on the water he shares insight on using Secret Lures Ledge Shaker, crankbaits, and other products to trick fish into biting when others can’t get bites!

Some of the products you’ll see in this episode include:

Ranger Boats

Yamaha Outboards

Garmin Live Scope

Sunline FC Sniper

Strike King

Secret Lures Ledge Shaker

Big Bite Baits Finesse Worms

Power Pole Blades

Bass Pro Shops

Cabela’s Guide Wear

Shaky Heads, Drop Shots and Finesse Fishing

Finesse fishing is one of the most productive ways to catch a great deal of fish. For some anglers however, it is difficult for them to put away their power fishing equipment and pull out a spinning combo. On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, find out about various finesse fishing techniques and discover the most effective ways to set up your equipment. From choosing the right Sunline, to Big Bite Baits soft plastics, Secret Lures jig heads, and even Bass Pro Shops rods & reels, we break down the gear you need to catch bass while finesse fishing. The first key piece to a solid finesse fishing set up is your rod & reel combination. Bass Pro Shops offers a wide range of products that can fill this need. Two of those products include these spinning reels: Johnny Morris Signature Series, and Johnny Morris Platinum Signature. Comprised of high quality components, these reels come out of the box ready to perform at the highest level. Fashioned with a smooth drag system, these reels will help you get more fish in the boat. Another factor to consider when working with a finesse combo is the fishing line. When using lighter line to entice bites, it is extremely important to have a line you can trust to work in those situations. This is why many top pros turn to Sunline. By using braided line as their main line with a fluorocarbon leader, these anglers ensure they have the strongest combination possible to set the hook on a fish. With those two factors squared away, the final piece to the puzzle is selecting the right bait. When it comes to a shaky head, host Wade Middleton turns to the Secret Lures Tail Shaker Jig Head paired with a Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm. This is a combination capable of catching both quality, as well as great quantities of fish. Get armed the with the knowledge needed to be successful with finesse tactics on this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook.

GEAR SHOWN IN VIDEO:

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Spinning Reel

Bass Pro Shops – Signature Series Spinning Reel

Ranger Boats – Z521L

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics

Garmin – Panoptix LiveScope

Garmin – Virb XE

TH Marine – HydroWave H2

TH Marine – Atlas Jack Plate

Big Bite Baits – Finesse Worm

Sunline

Secret Lures – Tail Shaker Jig Heads

Catching Bass All Over The Nation

Americana Outdoors is Bass fishing all over the nation! We’re starting on the West coast on Lake Castaic where we’ll meet up with Bass Pro Shops Pro Anglers David Walker and Wade Middleton as they visit the lake for the very first time. While we’re there they talk about and share insight on fishing a heavily pressured lake while also hearing from anglers like Clark Wendlandt, Gerald Swindle, Aaron Martens, John Crews, Brent Ehler on choosing fishing line, tying knots and matching fishing line to the bait their fishing. After we wrap up our trips to Castaic and talking fishing line we head to the world famous Sam Rayburn reservoir where we’ll join Wade Middleton as he fishes a late winter day with with water temperatures in the low to mid 50’s with both a Spro Suspending McStik Jerkbait and a Spro Aruku Shad. We then wrap it up with Terry McWilliams who shares his secret fishing bait called the Stupid Tube. He shares the technique and how it’s helped him catch fish for years!

Products and Topics Featured in this episode:

  • Choosing Fishing line for that day.
  • Fishing baits like Ned Rig and how.
  • Choosing Sunline Sniper or Shooter
  • What is best fishing line?
  • Using Sunline Sniper for finesse fishing
  • Finding largemouth bass on Sam Rayburn reservoir
  • Why Monofilment line might be a better choice at times.
  • How to find Bass.
  • Bass Pro Shops Fishing Rods
  • How to fish and rig the Stupid Tube

 

  • Ranger Boats
  • Sunline Sniper
  • Big Bite Baits
  • Garmin GPS Mapping
  • Garmin Sonar
  • Garmin Virb
  • Spro Aruku Shad
  • Spro Jerkbaits
  • Bubba Blade Pliers
  • Secret Lures Stupid Tube

All About Boat Positioning

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, learn the ins and outs of boat positioning.  Being able to present your bait properly to a piece of cover can be the difference in catching a fish and not getting a single bite in both shallow and deep water as we visit a variety of lakes from Texoma, Toledo Bend, Amistad, Wilson Lake and others to learn how boat positioning is one of the main factors that separates the pros from an average weekend angler.   In this episode we hear from Chris Lane, Jeff Kriet, Clark Wendlandt, Wade Middleton, Russ Lane, Power Poles Curt Hill and Garmin’s Darrel Rollins who all share tips and insight into how you can catch more fish.

 

A key part of this program is how Power-Pole offers a long list of products that can be added to your boat to help make boat positioning an easier task.  Professional angler Clark Wendlandt takes out Curt Hill onto Wilson Lake in Alabama to show you what you need to know about these products while we also hear from Chris Lane on how items help position your boat in shallow water. .  It quickly becomes obvious how important these shallow water anchors are when fishing shallow cover.

 

Later in the show we spend time learning how electronics can also play a major role in boat positioning.  Detailed mapping allows users to mark waypoints easily so you can navigate back to them offshore.  Waypoints serve as a map dot for anglers to use when triangulating their next cast.  Host Wade Middleton shows viewers the importance of waypoints when fishing offshore in the second-half of this episode.  We also hear from Garmins Darrel Rollins on how to maximize the settings on your electronics.

 

Gear Shown In Video

Ranger Boats – Z521L

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics

Garmin Pan Optix

Garmin Live Scope

Garmin – Virb XE

TH Marine – HydroWave H2

TH Marine – Atlas Jack Plate

Sunline

Strike King

Big Bite Baits

Targeting Bass on Boat Docks

In this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we focus on dock fishing.  Boat docks litter the shorelines of many lakes across the country.  These structures offer shade, and a spot for bass to hang out nearly year round.  When it comes time to catch a kicker fish, many top pros even turn to fishing docks to find that right bite.  Learn about the proper baits to use, and other important details regarding dock fishing in this episode.

 

Picking the right boat dock to fish is not an easy task.  Many lakes these days have numerous docks in each cove.  So a popular question becomes, ‘How do you know which one to fish?’  Professional anglers Jason Christie and Jeff Kriet suggest selecting the dock that is on its own and sticks out from the rest.  From their experience, they have found that bass will tend to congregate around the dock that is different from everything else around it.

 

Once you’ve figured out which dock to fish, picking the right bait becomes the next task at hand.  As is the case with any piece of structure on a lake, bass can set up near the surface, suspend in the middle of the water column, or hang tight to the bottom.  In this show, the fish are suspended around the docks feeding on shad.  Host Wade Middleton decides to target these fish with a SPRO McStick jerkbait.  Boat docks are high percentage areas to fish, and can even kick out a giant fish fairly often!

 

Gear Shown In Video

Ranger Boats – Z521L: https://bit.ly/2D32x7s

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP: https://bit.ly/2ADuqRO

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0: https://bit.ly/2AGmoaS

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics: https://bit.ly/2H4OBha

Garmin – Panoptix: https://bit.ly/2CeutDH

Garmin – Virb XE: https://bit.ly/2FlhaW0

TH Marine – HydroWave H2: https://bit.ly/2swx5bL

TH Marine – Atlas Jack Plate: https://bit.ly/2FjEfIN

SPRO – McStick Jerkbait: https://bit.ly/2M5bNuF

Big Bite Baits – Finesse Worm: https://bit.ly/2Fr3hVr

Catching Bass On and Near Dams

One of the most obvious pieces of structure to fish on a lake is the dam.  In this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we break down how to target this fish holding habitat.  From the top of the water column, all the way down to 20 plus feet, fish will position along a dam.  Host Wade Middleton, along with the help of top touring pros, will offer insight into dams and how to go about fishing these areas.

 

The first place to start when pulling up to a dam is to take a look at your electronics.  Make an assessment of the data provided, and use that to point you in the right direction.  Garmin Panoptix LiveScope will help you determine exactly where the bait, as well as the fish, are positioned.  Once you’re aware of this specific information, it will make picking the right approach much easier.

 

Selecting a bait to use along the dam can be extremely difficult due to the vast habitat offered along these areas.  In this show we offer several options to help simplify your approach.  For fish suspended along a dam, try these key baits: topwater lures, wacky rigged Big Bite Baits soft plastics, and a SPRO crankbait.  When the fish become locked onto the bottom, you can throw a worm such as the Big Bite Baits Coontail Worm, or a Finesse Worm.  Keeping things simple will make things much easier while you’re out there on the water.  Dams are a great place to catch fish, and you can apply these techniques on your next trip!

 

Gear Shown In Video

Ranger Boats – Z521L: https://bit.ly/2D32x7s

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP: https://bit.ly/2ADuqRO

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0: https://bit.ly/2AGmoaS

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics: https://bit.ly/2H4OBha

Garmin – Panoptix LiveScope: https://bit.ly/2VL2HYj

Garmin – Virb XE: https://bit.ly/2FlhaW0

TH Marine – HydroWave H2: https://bit.ly/2swx5bL

TH Marine – Atlas Jack Plate: https://bit.ly/2FjEfIN

SPRO – RkCrawler: https://bit.ly/2THK0ms

SPRO – Little John: https://bit.ly/2D56M2k

Sunline – Shooter FC: https://bit.ly/2TDYQdC

Sunline – Super FC Sniper: https://bit.ly/2QzvE5D

Big Bite Baits – Coontail Worm: https://bit.ly/2QFCJS9

Big Bite Baits – Finesse Worm: https://bit.ly/2Fr3hVr

Secret Lures – Ledge Shaker Jig Head: https://bit.ly/2TIP9uq