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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

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

Wade Smokes Dinner for the Crew

 
Wade Middleton – hunter, fisherman, taste tester – switches roles with Angel (briefly!) and shows us how easy it is to use the Bradley Smoker and create delicious smoked foods even when Angel is away.

Fishing Rods and Reels

Whether you’re fishing at a pond, or casting for largemouth out of a 21 ft. Ranger bass boat, you need a rod & reel to be able to present a lure to the fish. This is some of the most basic logic in fishing. From there, the combinations of gear, line, baits, and other elements are endless. In this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we are keeping things simple: learn about choosing the right rod & reel combo to fit your needs.

Host Wade Middleton suggests starting with the fishing rod. The lineup that Wade depends on day in and day out is the Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Rod. One of the most cutting edge rods on the market, the advanced RTX5 graphite blank provides sensitivity for hooksets, as well as brute strength for getting fish out of cover. In comparison to previous models, the Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Rod is 15% lighter and 30% stronger. Other features in this Signature Series of rods include a Fuji exposed blank reel seat, a well-placed bait keeper, and Fuji guides. Available in seven different casting models, this rod will get fish in the boat.

Once you have identified the right fishing rod, the next step is to find a reel to pair with it. Bass Pro Shops makes a reel in the same Signature Series of product. That would be the Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel. Constructed with the finest detailing, this reel is 100% built for performance. From the solid machined aluminum face, to an unbreakable titanium finish, capped off with a premium 11-bearing system, this reel caters to the hard core angler. It is available in both right and left handed models, as well as two different gear ratios. The Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel makes optimal performance almost second nature.

Following this, we take a look at one of the newest additions to the Bass Pro Shops Line of products, the Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Spinning Reel. This episode is packed with information to help you purchase the right gear. Bass Pro Shops pro staff member Clark Wendlandt also joins the show to provide his input on the topic. Tune in and get ready to learn some great fishing knowledge!

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod

Bass Pro Shops – Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Reel

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

Sunline

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

Kriet and Middleton Go Small

In this episode, it’s another great adventure with Jeff Kriet and Wade Middleton where they will both educate and entertain as they fish from a small bass boat on a body of water they grew up fishing.

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

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

Bass Fishing with Electronics Made Easy Thanks to Garmin

No need to be intimidated as it’s all about using your electronics for locating fish in today’s episode. We’ll start hearing from Scott Martin as he shares insight in the new Live Scope from Garmin, then we’ll hear from Mike McClelland on how Live Scopes works before Jason Chrisite shows you what the fish are doing on the screen. Then we’ll go out on the water with Americana Outdoors’ Wade Middleton along with Pro Clark Wendlandt as they head to Fayette County Lake in Texas during the summer on a trip to use Garmin’s Live Scope for the very first tie. to check out the newest Garmin LiveScope for the first time! Then we spend time with Jason Christie on Lake Amistad where he shares insight on setting up his electronics before we go WAY north to Minnesota to meet up with Steve Pennaz and Danny Thompson for Wade’s first Ice fishing trip.

Products Seen in this episode include:

Garmin GPSMap 7616

Garmin 7612Map

Garmin Live Scope

Garmin Pan Optix

Johnny Morris Platinium Series Fishing Rod and Reels

Bass Pro Shops

Cabela’s

Ranger Boats

Yamaha SHO 250 Sunline Agasi Braided Line Sunline 6 Pound Test Sniper Big Bite Baits Yamaha Viking

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