Bass Fishing from Top to Bottom

Every angler has a favorite story or moment which sparked their passion for this great hobby and sport.  For many, those origins tie back to pond fishing as a young child.  Ponds are great places to learn how to fish, and try new techniques.  On this episode, host Wade Middleton takes a break at deer camp to escape to a farm pond for several hours.

This particular pond is loaded with a variety of vegetation along the surface of the water.  No one bait is better cut out for this situation than a SPRO Bronzeye Frog, in particular the Bronzeye Jr.  Paired with Sunline FX2 braided line, and a Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod, Wade begins to get bite, after bite, after bite.  It is important to break down the conditions you face with a given body of water.  This pond was loaded with vegetation along the surface, so Wade deducted that the only way to target these bass would be to use a SPRO frog.

Not all situations will dictate that a topwater be the main presentation you use.  Lakes with lower water levels will present a different set of circumstances.  In the next portion of this show, Wade is joined by good friend, and professional angler Jeff Reynolds.  The two head out onto a body of water that is in the middle of a winter draw down.  This means the lake level is well below normal, and all cover along the bank is out of the water.

Provided these conditions, the two decide to go in search of fish holding to offshore structure.  In this specific scenario, a bottom bait is a good selection.  On this episode we will focus on both the Ledge Shaker Jig Head, and MVP Football Jig from Secret Lures.  Both of these baits feature the pivot divot head design.  A very unique construction, the pivot divot head maintains great contact, and feel along the bottom.  It also allows the bait to stand up naturally.  This life-like appearance under the water triggers a lot of bites.

Having the right gear is key to a successful fishing trip.  But until you determine what portion of the water column the fish are located in, this gear is worthless.  So the next time you take to the water, start by locating the fish, then select the right bait, and then you can start catching some bass!


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

Yamaha –  Side-by-Side Vehicles

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics

Garmin – Panoptix LiveScope

Garmin – Virb XE

Sunline – FX2 Braided Line

SPRO – Bronzeye Jr. Frog

Secret Lures – Ledge Shaker Jig Head

Secret Lures – MVP Football Jig

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.


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


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

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:

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:

SPRO – RkCrawler:

SPRO – Little John:

Sunline – Shooter FC:

Sunline – Super FC Sniper:

Big Bite Baits – Coontail Worm:

Big Bite Baits – Finesse Worm:

Secret Lures – Ledge Shaker Jig Head: