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Wind…Friend or Enemy When Bass Fishing?

Mother Nature plays a very impactful role in determining the success or failure of a fishing trip.  Whether it’s safety concerns, level of comfort for the angler out on the water, or just how good the fish are biting, wind is a key element to factor into a fishing trip.  In this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, host Wade Middleton and special guest Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Clark Wendlandt take to the water on a windy, early spring morning on Decker Lake near downtown Austin, TX.

You’ll see a lot of great rod bending bass fishing action on a day most would have stayed at home. But not this duo, as they cover water and catch big bass while sharing insight into why and how they’re fishing.

The first pro tip to note about fishing in the wind is: go with the wind, don’t fight it.  There is a great misconception out there about how to effectively fish in the wind.  Many people think it is important to fish into the wind, allowing you to present your bait in a more natural presentation going with the current, or downstream.  Though the logic makes sense, this is just not true.  An angler can fish with the wind and be just as effective.  Wade and Clark prove that exact fact in this episode.  Fishing with the wind also allows for easier boat control.  Having things easier on you, the angler, makes fishing in the wind a more enjoyable experience.

Picking out the right bait is another key element to having success in the wind.  Begin by only fishing moving baits.  This list includes crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and lipless crankbaits.  These lures are easier to cast, control, and fish in the wind.  Often times you will find that it is very difficult to maintain bottom contact with a soft plastic bait.  Moving baits are the best option in windy conditions.

The last item to look at when gearing up for fishing windy conditions is clothing.  Proper clothing can keep you warm and dry as the wind blows across the lake.   Guidewear from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is designed specifically for these conditions.  From a well designed hood, to a great cuff system on the sleeves, this system will keep you dry.  Clark believes this set is great to be worn in both cold and warm conditions.  The material used in Guidewear is durable and comfortable enough to be worn in any scenario.  When it comes time to gear up for a windy day, be sure to pack a set of Cabela’s Guidewear.

 

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel

Bass Pro Shops – Crankin’ Stick

Cabela’s – Guidewear Advance Parka

Cabela’s – Guidewear Advance Bibs

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

SPRO – Little John

Stike King – Rage Bug

Strike King – KVD 1.5 Squarebill

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

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

Catching Bass

From time to time, bass anglers can become very competitive.  Add in the fact that you’re fishing with a good buddy, and this competitiveness can kick up a few extra notches.  On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, host Wade Middleton heads out for a day of fishing with his good buddy Jeff Reynolds.  As soon as the boat is launched out onto the water, the wagering and trash talk begins.

Wade manages to land the first fish of the day.  He then goes on to catch numbers two, three, and four in just a short amount of time.  It becomes evident very quickly that he has cracked the code for the day.  Working a SPRO Little John crankbait along the top of submerged hydrilla, Wade was triggering violent reaction strikes from these healthy wintertime bass.  The magic color for the day is “Old Fire Tiger.”  An often overlooked bait in the tackle box, a Fire Tiger pattern hardbait can still catch fish with the best of them.

After witnessing Wade catch four giants, Jeff Reynolds finally breaks his stubborn streak and ties on the same bait his buddy is using.  After just a few casts with the SPRO crankbait, Jeff gets his first bite.  From that point on, things were pretty even for the day.  Both anglers discovered that magic cadence and worked one specific area while catching one fish after another.

It is not often that a fishing day turns out like this.  There is a reason why it is called fishing.  Anglers have to work hard to figure out the bite for that given day, and continue to change & adapt to the conditions in order to catch fish.  As Wade proves in this episode, when you’re able to crack the code and load the boat up with fish…you better take advantage of it.

 

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 – Crank FC

SPRO – Little John

Garmin Live Scope Review

Panoptix LiveScope, these two words have revolutionized bass fishing as we know. This new technology from Garmin won the Best of Category for Electronics in the New Product Showcase at ICAST 2018. In this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we take an in-depth look at Panoptix LiveScope and the many other great features built into Garmin Electronics. Having high quality electronics on your boat can provide you with a fresh view and better understanding of your favorite body of water. Special guests include Mark Daniels, Mike McClleand, Scott Martin, Clark Wendlandt, Jason Christie, Luke Dunkin and Russ Lane all join host Wade Middleton. On this show, learn everything you need to know about Panoptix LiveScope. Find out what the buzz is all about as we hit the floor at ICAST 2018 to talk to some of the top pros in the industry. We then head to the water to learn how to set one up, and better maximize the potential of this great product. Anglers rave about the quality and definition provided from the transducer. Garmin Panoptix LiveScope gives users the ability to determine the specific species of a fish they see on their screen. The uses for this technology are endless, and will forever change the way we look at fishing. Panoptix LiveScope may receive all of the chatter, but there are a lot more great features packed into the GPSMAP series of products. One of those great capabilities is in the details and capabilities of the mapping system. Depth Range Shading transforms the way we view contour lines on a map. Anglers can assign specific colors to a given depth range across a body of water. Say you’ve assigned the color green to the depth range of 0-5 ft., and this is also the depth where you’re catching fish. Now you can look at your map, find an area that is colored green, head over there, and have confidence that you are running your pattern successfully. Find out more about Garmin, and learn how to use electronics on the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook.

Products used in this episode:

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod

Ranger Boats – Z521L

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0

Sunline

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics

Garmin – Panoptix LiveScope

Garmin – Virb XE

SPRO – McStick Jerkbait

SPRO – Little John

TH Marine – HydroWave H2

TH Marine – Atlas Jack Plate

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

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

 

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: 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 – Aruku Shad: https://bit.ly/2Rk3Zel

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

Gill – Insulated Tournament Jacket: https://bit.ly/2REcY9C

Gill – Angler Jacket: https://bit.ly/2THfXLO

Gill – Tournament Bib Trousers: https://bit.ly/2Fr3A2u

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