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2019 Championship & School of the Year Preview

 
Championship week at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is one of the most exciting weeks of the year.  Hundreds of college anglers travel from across the country to make their way to Florence, AL and Pickwick Lake.  The week is full of prizes, good food, and activities to keep the anglers busy.

Festivities kick off with a bang on Tuesday afternoon.  Competitors make their way to McFarland Park to enjoy Yamaha Angler Appreciation Night.  Upon arriving, they are greeted with a pizza dinner and tons to do.  Yamaha offers demo rides in Yamaha powered Ranger boats, Garmin provides Panoptix LiveScope demonstrations, and Abu Garcia puts on the Flip, Pitch & Cast Contest.  This night is a great treat for the anglers to take a break from the rigors of practice, and get out to socialize with other student anglers.

Next up on the schedule is the Angler and Sponsor Banquet.  Dozens of supporters of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are on hand providing product to the anglers and talking to them about their brands.  This is possibly the best night of the year for all of the college anglers.  They will leave tonight with a wide assortment of great products.  On top of great food and prizes, we have our first opportunity to talk to the field about their expectations for the first day of tournament action, as well as break down the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

Also up for grabs this week is a spot in the upcoming Ranger Cup University Challenge.  The highest finishing Ranger Cup qualified team will earn an all expenses paid trip to compete in an every fish counts format event.  We provide coverage from the 2018 Ranger Cup University Challenge.  Adrian College faces off against Bethel University on a great body of water in Texas.  Be sure to sign up and get involved in this program!

In the final portion of this episode we will highlight fish care and conservation.  For these young anglers to enjoy a sustainable resource for years to come, conservation is key.  Companies like T-H Marine, AFTCO, Bass Pro Shops, Yamaha and many others make this one of their top priorities.  Learn about the efforts in place this week at the Championship including G-Juice, AFTCO Bass Bus Live Release Boat, and the AFTCO Bank Bag program.

This episode is packed full of great content that you don’t want to miss.

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

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

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

 

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