2018 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open – Day 2

It’s time for the final day of competition at the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open.  Nearly 500 college anglers will take to Lake Dardanelle in hopes of winning this prestigious event.  Following the first day of competition, weights are stacked closely at the top and it appears to be anyone’s ballgame to win.  However, Lake Dardanelle is known for being a very stingy fishery.  This means that although a team may have caught them well on day one, they may have a great deal of difficulty duplicating their performance again on day two.

Tournament fishing is one of the most difficult sports out there.  Each day anglers take to the water not knowing what conditions may be presented to them, and what pattern the fish will be targeting on.  Add to the mix the fact that several hundred boats have been going down the bank casting to the same areas, and all indications point towards extremely difficult conditions. Tune in to see exactly how final day action will play out.

During this episode we will also introduce you to more great initiatives from AFTCO.  AFTCO is known for their dedication to conservation.  Conservation is what ensures there will be healthy bodies of water and fish populations for future generations.  From the Bass Bus Live Release Boat, to the Bank Bag Program, AFTCO has measures in place to make sure they are doing their part.  We will hear from the competitors as they express their appreciation and gratitude for what this great company is working to accomplish.

Ice Fishing in Minnesota and setting up Garmin Panoptix

For the first time in his life, host Wade Middleton goes ice fishing! During this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook we head to the frozen tundra of Minnesota to catch a few fish through the ice. With the help of the Garmin Panoptix Ice Fishing Bundle, Wade manages to catch a lot of small fish while also learning about this great technology that kept him entertained and learning the whole trip. And later, find out how to properly set up Panoptix on your boat, as well as how to mount the transducer for optimum output.

Ice fishing is not for the faint of heart. Cold, windy conditions can be harsh enough to scare off the most extreme anglers. For those brave enough to take to the frozen lakes in search of fish, having the right equipment is extremely important. When it comes to fishing gear, Garmin Panoptix is one of those “must haves”. This extraordinary technology from Garmin allows anglers to see a real time image of what is happening directly beneath them. As you will learn in this episode, you can even see the fish take the bait live on the screen!

Panoptix is also extremely applicable in situations when anglers are fishing out of a boat. The transducer can provide images both in front of and beneath the boat. Before you can start catching fish on the water, it is key to get everything dialed in and installed. We will show you the settings needed to get the best reading on the screen of your Garmin. Following that, we will take a look at the transducer, and discuss how it works when mounted to the trolling motor.

Gear Shown In Video:

Garmin Panoptix Ice Fishing Bundle

Garmin Panoptix Transducer Ice Mount

Garmin Panoptix Trolling Motor Transducer

Garmin – Virb XE

Sunline FC Ice Premium

Yamaha Viking Side-By-Side:

Gill Insulated Tournament Jacket:

Gill Insulated Tournament Bib Trouser:

Gill Performance Fishing Glove

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, host Wade Middleton heads over to one of his favorite fishing destinations, Sam Rayburn Reservoir.  Sam Rayburn is widely considered among the best bass fishing lakes in the country.  On this specific trip Wade takes to the water on back-to-back days.  From one day to the next, the weather changes drastically.  Wade has to figure out how to re-pattern the fish, and determine exactly how to catch them.


One of the most prominent lures used on Sam Rayburn this time of year to catch bass is a lipless crankbait.  The bass tend to hide out in the submerged grass scattered across the lake.  A lipless crankbait worked along the top of this grass can cause a great reaction bite from feeding fish.  On the first day of this trip, conditions set up perfect for Wade to target the fish in this manner.  He decides to go with a SPRO Aruku Shad in a crawfish pattern.  The fish quickly begin biting, and continue to do so for the remainder of the day.


The following day Wade returns back out onto Sam Rayburn Reservoir.  Conditions have changed drastically from what Wade faced on the prior day.  A cold front has blown through leaving blue bird skies, and a high pressure day.  In these types of conditions, fishing can become very tough.  Knowing that the fish had been hiding out in the grass, Wade decides to fish around the emergent cover again.  This go around he ties on a SPRO McStick and finds a great deal of success.


Gear Shown In Video

Ranger Boats – Z521L:

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP:

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0:

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics:

Garmin – Panoptix:

Garmin – Virb XE:

TH Marine – HydroWave H2:

TH Marine – Atlas Jack Plate:

SPRO – Aruku Shad:

SPRO – McStick Jerkbait:

Gill – Insulated Tournament Jacket:

Gill – Angler Jacket:

Gill – Tournament Bib Trousers:

Sunline – Super FC Sniper: