Soft stick baits - the original was the Yamamoto “Senko” - catch lots of bass. I will give some common rigging techniques, and discuss catching big bass with a stick bait. Using a stick bait during pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn has helped catch some monster bass the past several seasons.
When the conditions get tough and your well-laid plans and predicted patterns go out the window, good old shakeyhead will be there for you. The shakeyhead worm is possibly one of the most effective techniques available to bass fishermen. It is a staple for both boaters and co-anglers alike on every bass fishing tournament series across the globe.
The last week of August and the first week of September, Marian & I were at the Greely Cabin in Center Conway, NH on Conway Lake. The cabin is located adjacent to Rose’s Cove. Wily Creek flows into the cove and the lake.
As you may remember, in the first segment of “Travels of a YakAngler: Four YakAnglers – Two States” I went to Kentucky and Tennessee. I fished creeks and ponds, and was able to catch some fun fish. This next adventure takes me back down to Louisville, KY to fish with Joe Maione, coachjoe, and his daughter Taylor.
I’ve been on the river the last three days. We caught good numbers of big fish each day, but the last day the river rose about ten inches in half as many hours. It was the best day of fishing I’ve experienced this year.
I am lucky enough to have in my backyard the Susquehanna River - one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries - with multiple locations I can get to quickly. On this trip, I wanted to get to one of my favorite sections that I haven’t been to all year: Dauphin Narrows, a few miles north of Harrisburg.
When I moved to New Hampshire over six years ago, I was excited about the fact that I was less than an hour away from the longest river in New England. 410 miles long, the Connecticut River winds its way from its headwaters near the Canadian border creating the border of Vermont and New Hampshire, and slicing through Massachusetts and Connecticut before providing 70% of the fresh water that enters Long Island Sound.
I look forward to the water getting low enough to keep the rest of the world off of my river. This time of year, the highs are in the 90s for days in a row. The only rain that falls comes hard and fast in highly regionalized downpours that don’t show up on the stream flow gauge. The ground is too dry and too thirsty to let any of it get into the watershed.
The Caney Fork Outfitters stop on the River Bassin 2014 trail produced my personal best smallmouth and a narrow second-place finish. After months of internet sleuthing and Google map study, I elected to fish a small tributary off the famous Caney Fork River. Small mouth was the name of the game for this stop and I had only a few, brief encounters with small mouth in the past.
The two-day unseasonably warm spell ended today! The air temperatures dropped from 45°F at 8am to the upper 30s in a few hours while we fished! Overcast and cold, drizzling rain were the order of the day. A couple times I swear the rain turned to sleet in the afternoon. Water temperatures stood steady at 38°F and the water clarity was nice at about 4’. This was the first day of a predicted freeze that ended that night with snow and freezing rain.