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

Ice Fishing in Minnesota

Americana Outdoors heads out in below zero conditions on an ice fishing adventure with several really hard core members of Team Garmin as they brave extreme conditions to fish cold frozen waters in Minnesota. While there they’ll showcase a variety of ways to ice fish with Garmin products such as the Ice Fishing Bundle, Live Scope and more.

We’ll see these die hard anglers in action as they target both crappie and perch while fishing from inside ice fishing wheel houses to drilling holes outdoors. They’ll share great insight and tips on using electronics for locating and catching fish, choosing fishing line, ice fishing strategies and just how fun it is to catch fish in Minnesota.

Finding More Bass with Garmin Panoptix

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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