River2sea Ruckus Product review by Michael Coleman

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As the season changes  from late winter to early spring and the cold water starts to warm the River2Sea Ruckus lipless crank bait is a bait you need in your arsenal!!!! With super loud tungsten bearings, the Ruckus measures up at 3 inches and weighs in at 3/4 of an ounce. This makes this bait a casting dream. Heavy winds are not a issue for the Ruckus with the tungsten weighting system and armed with River2sea hooks makes this bait ready to go right out of the package. The Ruckus retails at 12.99 it’s a must have bait. There are many ways to retrieve the Ruckus just simply cast it out an burn it back or try the yoyo technique. A very effective way is to throw it around sparse cover and rip it off the grass or just simply let it sink to the bottom and drag it around. The Ruckus is available in a large verity of colors for more information about the Ruckus go to www.river2seausa.com

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Michael Coleman fishing

 

Preston Henson and James Matsuoka Win Bass Pro Shops Top 100 event

Bass Pro Shops Top 100

Preston Henson and James Matsuoka Win Bass Pro Shops Top 100 event

The First ever Bass Pro Shops Northern California Open was held at Folsom Lake last weekend. This was a event where 100 Teams fished for 2 days and only the top 10 Teams moved on to weigh in at Bass Pro Shops is Rocklin Ca on Sunday. Two RB BASS Anglers made the top 10 Randy Walker and Preston Henson, both Anglers Teams had a shot at the title.

The Team of Preston Henson and James Matsuoka squeaked out the win as they edged out Corey Fenske’s Team by a very narrow margin. Preston Henson stated that the bite changed each and every day, the fish were transitioning from eating bait to eating craws. The team used the River2Sea Rover for key topwater bites and then changed to dartheads and the River2Sea Papa Mur Jig for most of their bites that they weighed in over 3 days to take the win with a total weight of over 40lbs.

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Preston Hensons Sponsors are: Phenix Rods,Lews Reels,RBBASS,River2Sea,D&M Custom Baits

James Matsuoka’s Sponsors are: River2Sea and Phenix Rods
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Soft Jerkbaits by Josh Parris

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You could write a book on the various rigging options and techniques of soft jerk baits, but for time sake I’ll stick to shallow weightless tips for now. I have always stuck by Zooms super salty Fluke, it’s soft, durable, and has enough weight to be cast a mile weightless. I throw my flukes on a medium heavy rod paired with 10lb fluorocarbon line
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on most lakes and 12lb on the Delta and Clear lake. I like to use the fluke Texas rigged with a 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook in both light and heavy wires. Many will say a round bend hooks helps increase hook up ratio, but I haven’t noticed a significant difference between the two and prefer the EWG. The light wire hook will give a great soft jerk bait presentation, working just under the surface. I use that presentation in winter and when the bite is tuff and I’m going more finesse.
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Just like a hard jerk bait the fluke will pull fish from a long way, but because of its soft bait action it tends to draw more bites than a traditional hard jerk bait. I use the heavy wire hook during most of the year. Despite it being a heavier hook it actually makes the bait want to jump out of the water. The majority if the hooks weight is in the back of the bait and points the head at the surface. It creates a blend between soft jerk bait and top water. It will jump out of the water if given a hard twitch during the retrieve. Its possible to do a top water presentation with out a heavy wire hook. It just takes much more work on the anglers part and isn’t typically as controlled. When fishing heavy cover I like to skip the bait in to it and immediately start retrieving it breaking the surface. After a few pops I kill it and let it set for a few second. Ninety percent of the time as soon as it stops is when it’s going to get bit. In open water or on rock bluffs and spars cover I make a long casts past my target. I don’t want the fish to see or hear the baits entry. If my target is close to the bank, I cast on to the bank and pull the bait in silently. I work the bait to my target with the typical twitch twitch pause. When I get to my target I start jumping it out of the water followed by a brief pause. I try to mimic the conditions if bass are chasing bait I try to be erratic, on calm days or if it’s slow I use a more slower retrieve throwing in little busts of breaking the surface. With colors I throw two, albino white and baby bass. Most of the time I throw white because I can easily track it and most bait fish have some white on them. During post spawn or if the water is really clear and the sun is bright sometimes I’ll switch to baby bass. Like all jerk baits the fish are most times just instinctively swiping at it. Sometime they are completely missing it or just grabbing the tail. To combat missing and losing fish, I always try to wait to feel the fish before setting the hook. Most times if they don’t get it and you don’t rip it out of there with a hook set they will immediately come back for it on the next pause. Easier said than done when they violently exploded on it, but loosing or missing fish will quickly reinforce it. I almost always have a soft jerk bait on my deck, it’s a great search bait for covering water as well as follow up bait for a fish that missed top water baits such as Spooks, Frogs or Whopper Ploppers. I hope this helps, and good luck out there!
Josh Parris

Wanta Get Bit? Get Flit! Ima Flit 120 jerkbait

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Design

-3 Hooks: Made with three hooks.  This design helps increase catch ratio when fish are in a reactive mood and not willing to aggressively feed.  Most commonly an asset in colder water early and late in the year and in post frontal situations.

-High Pitch (small bb’s):  Most Commonly resembling to baitfish in the Herring family (flat sided, as opposed to a round sided smelt), which includes Gizzard and Threadfin Shad, to imitate sound in colder water conditions and in post frontal situations.

-Triangular Internal Chamber system:  This unique system maximizes sound by ricocheting bb’s at constant angles.  With this design it allows for a controlled sound among all jerkbaits that come out of production, allows the jerkbait to be consistent in sound, and keeps the bb’s from getting stuck in crevices.  This design emits a controlled sound and maximizes consistency, maximizing it’s realistic and unique sound.

-6 to 8ft dive depth:  Most common depth, within visible sight, of suspending baitfish and predatory fish aimed to catch in colder months and post frontal situations.

-Flat sided, wider back:  A common shape of baitfish resembling in the Herring family.  If taken a cross section of, both will appear triangular in shape, as oppose to oval in shape, more resembling of a smelt or minnow, which is less commonly fed on by Bass.

-Forward pointed, skinnier bill:  This lure has its action built into it’s design.  Many competitors make a lure and adjust the bill width and size to give the lure its action.  This will only create more resistance wearing the user out much quicker.  The bill angle, length and width is designed for strictly the depth, where the body is designed for the action by resembling the shape of Herring, which includes Gizzard and Threadfin Shad, and giving a similar cadence, resulting in a much user friendly, less tiring lure.

-Flash:  With how the sides of the jerkbait are designed, they reflect light slightly downward, naturally the direction from which a strike will most likely come from, as oppose to outward and in any which direction like most competitors.

Techniques

-Jerk Pause:  Starting each jerk with a slack and ending with a slack after single to multiple jerks.  Increase frequency between jerks and pauses as fish activity level increases and as water temperature increases.  Work the lure with your rod top close to the water to maximize depth, bringing the rod tip up as you would like to work it shallower or through or over shallow cover.

-Deadsticking:  Working the lure with very little contact with the lure itself and inching the lure forward by bringing up the slack and using the weight of the line to move the lure forward.  Start out with a couple cranks and with the Jerk Pause technique to get the lure to depth before working the deadsticking technique.

Recommended Tackle

-6’0″ to 7’0″ depending on height:  You want the rod as long as possible, but just short enough to where your rod tip is not dragging in the water on the Jerk Pause technique when your rod is pointed downward.

-8lb-14lb line:  The lighter the line the better, when you can get away with it.  This will maximize the natural action of the lure.  As there is more cover and debris to wear line easier, increase the weight of the line.

-Reel:  Most reels can be used, but suggest using a 6.3:1 ratio or greater for easy use.

Flit 120 – Available in 18 colors

Flit 120 – 114 Table Rock Shad

 

Flit 120 – 171 Boned Shad

199 – Clear *NEW*

100 – Silver Flash

101 – Gold Flash

102 – Clown

104 – Chartruese Shad

105 – American Shad

107 – Olive Herring

108 – Misty Shad

109 – Ghost Minnow

113 – Brown Flash

115 – Blue Shad

116 – Tennessee Shad

125 – Matte Bluegill

150 – Ghost Tennessee Shad NEW COLOR

151 – Pro Blue NEW COLOR

152 – Phantom Craw NEW COLOR

Tournament Bass Tips Improve your success

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Tournament Bass Fishing Tips by “Ron Howe”

 

     I am by no means any super Pro Bass Angler, but Ive had a lot of Tournament success in recent years and I want to share what has made me better and hope it can help you be a better Tournament Bass Angler.

     We all start out as Beginners or Rookies or Future pro’s. We develop a love for fishing and a love to compete. Throw a high horse powered bass boat in the mix with a cool looking gel coat and were hooked! Blasting off against 60,70-230 boats is a serious endorphin rush! You against the world the weather the water and oh ya the fish! Once a Angler fishes a few events they get addicted to Tournament Bass fishing. I did!

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     Very few Anglers ever make it to the top level of Bass fishing and fish as a “Pro” for a living. Many of us can live the dream regionally near home and are happy to do so. With kids a full time job and few sponsor dollars available for a weekend warrior we are limited in our opportunities.

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      I have been tournament fishing for over 20 years now. I love it! I love meeting new people and love to compete. Along this journey I started at a club level. We caught fish, but rarely got in the money or won a Trophy or some Wood! The same guys always did well. We new we were good anglers, but couldn’t get to the top of the club event level. Then you meet new people and learn about events with a higher winning potential. So you say sign me up im in! And much like the club level you fish well, but never end up in the top level of the circuit. The same guys always do well??

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      When we fish at the club level or regional semi-pro level it is the last time we will ever get info on how these Anglers did better than us. You must stay to the end of every event you fish to learn and get better. In time you will find out what won the events or what the top 5 teams did to out fish the rest. If you leave the event early because you didn’t place well you are loosing the chance to get better! Stay, ask questions, hang out with those willing to talk, many Anglers love to brag! Heck I do! That’s how you learn!

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      Take what you learn and go practice it, get better at it. When you tackle your weakness find another tournament tactic and get better at it. The more versatile you are the better you will become at Tournament Bass fishing at any level! Don’t get mad when a team does well, try to find out what they are doing that you are not! Now go get good at it. Many years ago I forced myself to practice Punching or heavy flipping. Its not that I couldn’t do it, I love to flip just not in the junk. If I can open water fish I would rather do so. By forcing myself to practice this and get better at it I Punched 25lbs in 15 minutes. That’s all I needed to do 1 time to get me to get over what I want to do and what I need to do at the right times. Drop shotting was an other one, Its not hard, I just didn’t like to do it. I would rather drag a jig or a 10” worm, but quickly I forced myself to improve at this tactic and believe me it has paid off! Get better at what you don’t like to do, it will make you a better Tournament Bass Angler.  

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     One big bit of advice I can give you is to take control of as many things as you can. This is one of the most important steps to becoming a better Tournament Angler. Make sure your line is new or in great condition. Always tie new knots. Always use new hooks. Make sure your boat is fully ready before you leave your house. Know the weather, the tide, the water level, the seasonal pattern you will fish and know the primary food source at that time of year where you are fishing! And as I have asked my partners on a few very sad occasions when the big fish gets off, did you have a trailer hook on? Being pre-paired is the best thing you can do that will improve your Tournament results as a weekend warrior.

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      This one is tough, but invest in good quality products. Make sure you buy products that are proven tournament products. Have the right rod and reel for what you’re doing! A red crank bait just aint a red crank bait if it doesn’t work correctly. If a spinner bait doesn’t work properly it just wont catch as many fish. Bite the bullet and buy good stuff. Make sure you bring enough product that you do well with, do not run out! I have multiples of my favorite baits; I don’t want to run out.

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        Time management. This is critical to your success in tournaments. This does not mean fish too fast. This means fish every second of the day effectively. Each time you start and stop do it quickly. This will add 1-25 more casts per day in every event. If you made 25 more casts in 5 events that is 125 more chances to catch a big one! It is a percentage game and you are improving your chances. If you are the non boater, are you getting ready to go quickly? When the boater puts his pole down and grabs the trolling motor rope that’s a big clue you need to be on the move. Timing is everything!! Think how many times in practice you pull up and first or second cast BANG you get a big one! If you manage your time in tournaments you will increase these odds in your favor. I do a lot of Salmon fishing and I get asked a lot “how come you hook so many fish?” I always answer because im a tournament Bass Angler! And then respond by saying I make more casts than the average angler. Make the most of your time and you will become a better Tournament Bass Angler and a better fisherman.

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    I hope you can use some of these valuable tips to improve your time on the water and your success in your next Tournament.

 

Good Luck

“Ron Howe”

Ron and Dan Win Snag Proof Open

 

Spring Bass tips by Dan Wells

 

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Spring bass fishing tips.

 
As late winter turns to early spring bass began to feel the urge to full fill their primary need in nature, reproducing!  Keeping in mind that bass must reproduce every year and understanding what they need to have a successful spawn are the best tools you can keep in your tackle box during the spring transition.
 
Largemouth’s optimal water temp for spawning is 63-70 degrees and the best bottom composition for them is a light sand/gravel bottom that can easily be swept clean. The first step is finding the good bottom that they will spawn on. Look in the back of coves, pockets and flats. Once you have found the right bottom you can start to track and anticipate the water temps  as to when they will actually show up to do their thing and you can be one step ahead of them.
 
Knowing that the majority of bass have wintered out on the main lake points and features, you now have your starting point to search for their migration route to where you had found the prime spawning grounds.  In the late stage of winter and very first signs of spring fish the very outside of the spawning areas near the main lake, as the water begins to warm and spring progress work your way to the secondary points heading towards the spawning area. As spring has progressed into the later stages and the water temps have started to reach 60 degrees start looking from the secondary points all the way back to the flats  where they will spawn.  In other words as the water temps increase fish further and further back into the spawning bays that you have found to have the good spawning bottoms.
 
Some simple research and a good understanding of bass seasonal movements will increase your catching greatly in spring. Get out to your lake way ahead of spring and even during the winter draw downs and start looking for those good spawning grounds, this way when the water rises and the temps start coming up you will already know where they are headed to and you will be there waiting!
 
Good luck out there and please practice catch and release during the spawn.
Dan Wells

Dan Wells on Frog Fishing

Dan Wells Professional Bass Angler explains the ins and out of frog fishing, listen close and learn how to improve your frog fishing tactics and catch more bass. Dan will cover the right Dobyns rod, Spider wire line,and ABU Garcia reel to use as well as how to pre pare a frog for catching more and bigger bass, In this case the Snag Proof open is coming up in august and Dan will show you how to prep your Snag Proof frog and help you increase your catch rate.

 
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Dan Wells and Ron Howe holding there Snag Proof champions trophy’s from using the tips in these videos for there success!

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Post Spawn Bass Fishing by Ron Howe

 

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Post Spawn Bass Fishing by Ron Howe

As the spring time rituals of spawning end and hot summer days are approaching us quickly, bass move into a post spawn mode. These post-spawn fish will be in a recovery mode from the spawning period. This can be a very tough time to catch bass. There are many ways to tempt a lazy post spawn bass into a feeding response. First I recommend using plastic worms such as flukes in shad or pink colors. Cast these near spawning areas and dead stick them or barely move the baits with small twitches and long pauses. My next bait is a drop shot. I will use this on light line like 6-8 lb Berkley Trilene fluorocarbon since the bass are wary, tired and most likely have received heavy pressure all spring. I use primarily 2 colors,Purple or Morning Dawn. I will use both 4 and 6 inch sizes. I recommend using a 1/8oz  drop shot weight. Simply stick to coves and secondary points leading away from spawning areas. Toss your drop shot up there and don’t move it! We call it dead shottin’! Twitch your rod slightly 1-2 times, don’t move the bait, let it sit there. Watch your line. They will swim away with it! Remember, many males will be guarding their fry and will remain shallow! Many big females will also remain shallow for many days after spawning to recover.

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This period of skinny fish that are finicky will pass and the next phase of post spawn will be feeding time. Bass will begin to school up and start to chase bait. This is when it can be fun! TOPWATER TIME! Now we have so many choices, but here are a few of my favorites. First, I like wake baits and buzz baits. I can keep these baits moving slowly and they draw tremendous strikes and catch BIG fish! I use a 7-6ft Medium heavy action Abu Garcia Veritas rod on wake baits with 20lb Berkley Trilene monofilament line. My favorite wake bait is the MS Slammer and for colors I will use Trout, Baby Bass, and Bluegill colors primarily. I use a super slow retrieve at this time of year and the fish will tomahawk the bait! For buzz baits I will use Persuader Double Buzzers and the Persuader Gold Rush Buzz Baits in white and chartreuse/white. I will use 15lb. test Berkley Trilene XT monofilament line on a softer tipped rod with good backbone. Many post spawn fish will just slurp the bait down and this softer tip will help to hook a few more of these fish. I always use a trailer hook in post spawn, like a Daiichi Bleeding Bait Trailer. Next is the Spook type bait or Zig Zag Topwter Bait. They come in so many choices, take your pick. My favorite is the good old Zara spook made by Heddon. I use 3 sizes-small, medium and super spook! Shad and Baby Bass are the only colors I use. Slow walking this bait in post spawn can be deadly! If the fish are swirling on the baits and not committing to eating them I will use a popper and use very slow pops with long pauses. If you are fishing a body of water that has lots of weeds,tules or grass MR. FROGGY should be rigged on 65lb Spider wire and worked slowly in these areas. Hang on big ones love the frog! 

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Last but not least is one of my favorites as bass begin to gorge on bait fish such as shad, bluegill, and baby bass. It’s Dr. Crankenstein time! There are so many Crank baits to choose from its crazy! I stick to a water column approach! Shallow ,mid, and deep. For shallow cranking I use IMA Square Bill crank baits. For mid cranking I use IMA Pinjack crank baits, . For deep crank baits I use Norman DD-22’s .Shad and Bluegill colors dominate my tackle box this time of year. A true crank bait rod is a must in my opinion. I recomend 7-6″ foot for long casts and a 7ft for target casting.The shorter rod can help you to make more accurate casts at a close distance. I prefer fiberglass rods for a softer tip allowing the bass to better inhale the bait! If all else fails, drag a 3/8-1/2oz football head jig in green pumpkin super slow!

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Good Luck “Ron Howe”

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Rip Baits according to Gary Dobyns written by Bassdozer

Ripbaits According to Gary Dobyns
Written by Russ Bassdozer

Few names in history evoke as much fear as “Jack the Ripper”, a notorious figure that preyed on London in the late 1880’s. Over 100 years later, the name of Gary Dobyns evokes fear too – in those going up against Gary and his ripbaits in Western tournaments. That’s because Gary Dobyns has won well over one million off his competitors, a good chunk of it by ripping them with hard plastic-lipped ripbaits.

Q: Gary, you’ve recently had some newsworthy success with ripbaits. I’d like to ask you more about ripbaits today Gary. To set the scene, you rip with a 7 foot Loomis CBR845 baitcasting rod, 6:1 reel and primarily 10 lb line, either monofilament or Yamamoto Sugoi fluorocarbon which lets you get a foot or two deeper than mono. On the rod, does it serve any other purpose – crankbaits, topwater or whatever?

GD: Russ, this is the only rod model I rip with, using 10 lb test for ordinary ripbaits, and 12 lb test for larger ripbaits. I also throw a lot of small crankbaits with this rod. However, I do not throw big cranks with this rod. For larger crankbaits, I step up to the Loomis CBR847 rod.

The ripbait rod (CBR845) is also perfect for small poppers. So, the G. Loomis CBR845 crankbait rod is universal in that it can cover ripbaits, small crankbaits and small topwater poppers in one rod model.

Q: Gary, I know you rip more than 90% of the time with Lucky Craft baits. So let’s limit this article to the Lucky Crafts you use most often. What can you tell us about each of the Lucky Craft ripbaits you use, Gary?

GD: Russ, there’s nothing specific about any individual model. These are the ones I tend to use more often:

  • Flash Minnow 110SP  4-1/2″ 5/8 oz 2-3 ft
  • Pointer 128SP  5″ 1 oz 3-5 ft
  • Pointer 78SP  3″ 3/8 oz 4-5 ft
  • Pointer 78DD  3″ 3/8 oz 7-8 ft
  • Bevy Shad 75SP  3″ 3/8 oz 7-8 ft
  • Staysee 90SP  3-1/2″ 7/16 oz 8-10 ft

I use the deep divers more often earlier in the year, because the fish are deeper then, and the two deepest models are the Staysee and the Bevy Shad. As fish come up real shallow, the Flash Minnow and the Pointer 78 are the shallowest models. The Pointer 128, being a big bait, I use it for brawling with big shallow largemouth.

What causes me to use one model or another is that I am trying to reach different water columns where fish are stacked. The difference of getting my ripbait a couple of feet deeper or shallower is what makes the difference between getting bit or not.

Q: Gary, sometimes a bait gets categorized as a smallmouth killer or a spotted bass killer, or other species-specific usage. Do you think ripbaits have a specific appeal to smallmouth, spotted bass or largemouth?

GD: You’ve caught me by surprise with that question, Russ. Honestly, I’ve never made a species distinction when it comes to ripbaits. Ripbaits have universal appeal to all three bass species. Using ripbaits, I’ve never noticed a difference in catchability between largemouth, smallmouth or spotted bass.

Q: Gary, some anglers mention having a good ripbait bite first thing in the morning, and then have it fade out and die on them by mid-morning. Is that something you’ve seen about the ripbait bite? Is the ripbait bite similar to what many have experienced with an early morning topwater bite, that it’s usually good at first light, and shuts down once the sun hits the water?

GD: In spring and winter, the ripbait bite can last all day. By late spring and early summer, an early morning ripbait bite can be very true. Especially in clear warm water, the ripbait bite is easier in low light, a lot better early in the morning and late in the evening. Once the sun is overhead and water is clear, the ripbait bite can become harder. This is basically true of any reaction bait bite.

 

Q: Gary, what would you say is the biggest error you see anglers make with ripbaits?

GD: There are two things:

  1. Not tuning them. Anglers should test their ripbaits in a pool or clear water. They should swim perfectly straight on a steady retrieve. Otherwise, when you rip them, they’ll roll up on one side or another, and you won’t get the depth or the action you need out of the ripbait.
     
  2. maintaining too much line tension. Between rips, many anglers keep too much line tension, which keeps the lure creeping forward ever so slowly due to line tension. When a ripbait pauses, the fish needs to see a dead still lure. I move the rod tip back toward the bait to give a little slack after every rip, which causes the lure to come to a dead stop.

Q: Overall, what action are you trying to create with a ripbait, Gary? What impression are you trying to make on the bass with a ripbait?

GD: I am creating a rip-pause action. Actually, the rip is more like a pop (how you would pop a popper is a good idea for those who haven’t ripped yet) – and always the pause, which is when you get bit. I’ll mix the number of pops from one to three – pop, pop, pop, pause, pop, pause, pop, pop, pause. I deploy an erratic action.

The impression I am trying to make on a bass is that the ripbait is crippled or injured. Again, you can think of this as the same sort of impression we often try to make on the surface with a popper.

Q: With the rip component of the action you create, do you vary the rip for different seasons?

GD: Not really, Russ, I usually rip it good. Again, think of them as pops. In really cold water, I won’t rip it as hard as I normally rip it the rest of the year. Speaking of very cold water, there is a misconception that ripbaits don’t work well in water temperatures below 55 degrees. That’s not true. There’s one fishery that’s typically 44 degree water in winter, and I rip them.

Q: With the pause component of the action you create, do you vary the pause for different seasons, Gary?

GD: In winter, all the prey fish out there are colder, therefore slower. With predator fish, nothing is as aggressive in winter as in spring, summer or fall. Most of the time, I will pause 2-3 seconds and pop it again. Just in winter, I may go slower on the pause – anywhere up to 5-7 seconds. That’s an awful long time for a fisherman to wait! Sit here and count it to yourself now.

Q: Do you look to develop a cadence for the day? That is, once you catch a few on a certain sequence of pops and pauses, do you find all your fish going for that same sequence of popping-pausing – or do you catch fish on a diversity of cadences during the day, Gary?

GD: That’s a good question, Russ. Once I rip a few fish for the day, I will get tuned into that way of creating a certain retrieve for the rest of the day. Once I’ve gotten results with a certain cadence, I will get into it, and stick with it the rest of the day. It’s the same thing, for example, with a buzzbait. Some days they want a buzzbait slow, the next day fast. It’s a trial-and-error method to begin the day, then you discover what they want from you, and lock yourself into it.

Q: Gary, I speak for every reader when I thank you for sharing your insights on ripbaits with us. Are there any other points you’d like to mention before we say goodbye, sir?

GD: Ripping is an easy technique, and it can be very easy when bass do not want to feed, but are just acting aggressive. Ripping evokes an aggressive predator instinct. Also, it can be a big fish bait.

Again thank you, Gary.

Tournament Bass Tips to Improve your success

Howe Hog

Tournament Bass Fishing Tips by “Ron Howe”

I am by no means any famous super Pro Bass Angler, but Ive had a lot of Tournament success in recent years and I want to share what has made me better and hope it can help you be a better Tournament Bass Angler.

     We all start out as Beginners or Rookies or Future pro’s. We develop a love for fishing and a love to compete. Throw a high horse powered bass boat in the mix with a cool looking gel coat and were hooked! Blasting off against 60,70-230 boats is a serious endorphin rush! You against the world the weather the water and oh ya the fish! Once a Angler fishes a few events they get addicted to Tournament Bass fishing. I did!

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     Very few Anglers ever make it to the top level of Bass fishing and fish as a “Pro” for a living. Many of us can live the dream regionally near home and are happy to do so. With kids a full time job and few sponsor dollars available for a weekend warrior we are limited in our opportunities.

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      I have been tournament fishing for over 22 years now. I love it! I love meeting new people and love to compete. Along this journey I started at a club level. We caught fish, but rarely got in the money or won a Trophy or some Wood! The same guys always did well. We new we were good anglers, but couldn’t get to the top of the club event level. Then you meet new people and learn about events with a higher winning potential. So you say sign me up im in! And much like the club level you fish well, but never end up in the top level of the circuit. The same guys always do well??

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      When we fish at the club level or regional semi-pro level it is the last time we will ever get info on how these Anglers did better than us. You must stay to the end of every event you fish to learn and get better. In time you will find out what won the events or what the top 5 teams did to out fish the rest. If you leave the event early because you didn’t place well you are loosing the chance to get better! Stay, ask questions, hang out with those willing to talk, many Anglers love to brag! Heck I do! That’s how you learn!

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      Take what you learn and go practice it, get better at it. When you tackle your weakness find another tournament tactic and get better at it. The more versatile you are the better you will become at Tournament Bass fishing at any level! Don’t get mad when a team does well, try to find out what they are doing that you are not! Now go get good at it. A few years ago I forced myself to practice Punching or heavy flipping. Its not that I couldn’t do it, I love to flip just not in the junk. If I can open water fish I would rather do so. By forcing myself to practice this and get better at it I Punched 25lbs in 15 minutes. That’s all I needed to do 1 time to get me to get over what I want to do and what I need to do at the right times. Drop shotting was an other one, Its not hard, I just didn’t like to do it. I would rather drag a jig or a 10” worm, but quickly I forced myself to improve at this tactic and believe me it has paid off! Get better at what you don’t like to do, it will make you a better Tournament Bass Angler.  

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     One big bit of advice I can give you is to take control of as many things as you can. This is one of the most important steps to becoming a better Tournament Angler. Make sure your line is new or in great condition. Always tie new knots. Always use new hooks. Make sure your boat is fully ready before you leave your house. Know the weather, the tide, the water level, the seasonal pattern you will fish and know the primary food source at that time of year where you are fishing! And as I have asked my partners on a few very sad occasions when the big fish gets off, did you have a trailer hook on? Being pre paired the best thing you can do that will improve your Tournament results as a weekend warrior.

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      This one is tough, but invest in good quality products. Make sure you buy products that are proven tournament products. Have the right rod and reel for what you’re doing! A red crank bait just aint a red crank bait if it doesn’t work correctly. If a spinner bait doesn’t work properly it just wont catch as many fish. Bite the bullet and buy good stuff. Make sure you bring enough product that you do well with, do not run out! I have multiples of my favorite baits; I don’t want to run out. 

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        Time management. This is critical to your success in tournaments. This does not mean fish too fast. This means fish every second of the day effectively. Each time you start and stop do it quickly. This will add 1-25 more casts per day in every event. If you made 25 more casts in 5 events that is 125 more chances to catch a big one! It is a percentage game and you are improving your chances. If you are the non boater, are you getting ready to go quickly? When the boater puts his pole down and grabs the trolling motor rope that’s a big clue you need to be on the move. Timing is everything!! Think how many times in practice you pull up and first or second cast BANG you get a big one! If you manage your time in tournaments you will increase these odds in your favor. I do a lot of Salmon fishing and I get asked a lot “how come you hook so many fish?” I always answer because im a tournament Bass Angler! And then respond by saying I make more casts than the average angler. Make the most of your time and you will become a better Tournament Bass Angler and a better fisherman.

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    I hope you can use some of these valuable tips to improve your time on the water and your success in your next Tournament.

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Good Luck

“Ron Howe”

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