Joe Maione is an avid fisherman, Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com, and a Team NuCanoe member. Joe is also a member of the Canoe Kentucky Pro Fishing team and an SHO baits pro staff member. He is addicted to kayak fishing and spending time with his son and daughter in the outdoors. Joe considers himself a novice writer and photographer.
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.
December was a tricky month in the Bluegrass State. Big swings in temperature, snow, rain, and wind made kayak fishing tough. Winter is a favorite time for me to fish, for a couple of reasons. It is somewhat of a down time with me for school, and (best of all) there aren't many people on the water.
As an owner of the 2012 NuCanoe “Frontier”, the one area in need of improvement was the seat base. The great thing about the folks at NuCanoe is the way they listen to their customers. The seat base on the 2013 model is much improved. NuCanoe also made it very easy for 2012 owners to upgrade to the new base.
I had the chance to hit the water yesterday (December 28) and I wasn't going to miss it. Most people think I am crazy going out in freezing temperatures and chasing fish. I absolutely love winter fishing! The action is slow, but I love the challenge and how peaceful it is out on the water this time of the year. Although fishing is tough, the reward this time of year is usually bigger fish.
I love to fish! I was lucky as a young child that my grandfather took the time to take me out and help me learn about the great sport we all love. As a father the most fun I have on the water is seeing my children enjoy the outdoors and spending time teaching them to fish. I also run fishing clinics at the school were I teach during the summer and try to introduce as many people as I can to my passion.
I just love a Senko style bait and anytime I am fishing it is one bait that I have tied on. Senko’s were designed and first offered to anglers by Gary Yamamoto in 1997 and have been gaining in popularity ever since. There are many manufacturers who make these types of baits and my favorite is the Yum dinger. They are cheaper and seem to hold up much longer than the other brands I have tried. I also use some hand poured baits from small hobby lure makers.
I often find myself heading to McNeely Lake for a quick trip especially when the creeks are blown out and I can’t chase the brown fish. McNeely is a small lake inside the Louisville, Kentucky city limits. It is often overlooked by bass fisherman because of its small size and motor restriction. Only electric motors are allowed. The lake also had a bad shad overpopulation problem back in the 80’s which made bass fishing and pan fishing poor at best.