Arizona fishing pro Josh Bertrand is never happier than when he’s staring at his graph, working a dropshot rig in water at least as deep as his Nitro boat is long. In a perfect world, he’d be looking at ‘em in 40, 50 or even 60 feet of water, because that’s when many of his peers start to get a little nervous and think about giving up. There can’t possibly be a bass that deep, can there? Of course there are bass there, but sometimes they aren’t the tournament winners. On occasion, even a deep water freak, the Elite Series…
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Summer Froggin for Bass

Friday, July 24 2015 12:41 pm - for Bass
Bass busters throughout the land love the springtime bite. When bass start getting active. Pursuing eats and getting ready to reproduce. Great fun is had by most anglers in the spring. However, many non-fanatical anglers whine about the "Dog Days" of summer. Too much heat. Fishing isn't as easy, etc. That's just fine for the rest of us who can't wait for the heat and the weed-choked areas to form on our favorite lakes. For the uniformed, it's an impenetrable mass. But for those in the know, it's time to bust big bass with frogs in the shallows while others…
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Strike King pro Keith Combs loves to fish deep water for largemouth bass. This is especially true during the summer months. The three-time Toyota Texas Bass Classic champ and Bassmaster Elite Series pro decided to take a few minutes to share his Top 3 tactics for dredging largies from the depths. Deep cranking. "Generally my first instinct is to fish crankbaits on the deeper structure," said Combs. "The easiest way to locate the fish is to find points or channel bends. These are classic structures where bass usually live. "I like to fish crankbaits fast this time of the year…
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The simplest way to select a bass fishing rod is to match the rod's action with bait-specific techniques. We can narrow techniques down into 2 categories: tight-line techniques and slack-line techniques. The "action" of a fishing rod is determined by where the rod flexes along the blank. A rod with a"fast action" flexes mostly near the tip. A "moderate action" rod flexes towards the middle of the blank. "Slow action" rods flex near the butt section. Standard bass actions range from moderate to extra-fast. Tight-line Techniques These fishing techniques include fishing with crankbaits, jerbaits, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits that are retrieved…
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NITRO/Mercury pro Ott DeFoe has made a name for himself by consistently finishing in the money over the years. However, it's tough to categorize DeFoe's fishing style. Is he a power fisherman? Finesse man? Deep-water angler? Well, like every successful pro on the Bassmaster Elite Series, DeFoe is adept at almost every technique known today. So, what has allowed Ott to become a top angler besides his mechanical fishing skills? Think underwater eyes. In fact, DeFoe is just a bit excited about the upcoming northern events on the Elite Series that will allow him to use his Humminbird electronics to…
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Timmy Horton hit the pro-bass scene with a bang back in 2000. The NITRO/Mercury pro took home the Angler of the Year title in his rookie campaign. Since then, Horton has been one of the top anglers fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series, earned four Bassmaster victories and hosts Timmy Horton Outdoors. Horton took a little time to share some of his summer bass fishing tips with Pros4- 1Source. Think grass for bass during the heat of the summer. "I do like to fish deep water for bass during the summer," said Horton. "However, I love to pull them out of…
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Mercury pro Brett Hite is certainly one of the top pros fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series. His first year on the Elites brought Hite a victory in addition to qualifying to fish the prestigious Bassmaster Classic. This year hasn't been as productive, but it's not been too bad. The Yamamoto pro sits inside the Top 50 in Angler of the Year (AOY) points with three more regular season events to go plus the AOY Championship to get his points total high enough to qualify once again for the Bassmaster Classic. photo courtesy Joel Shangle So, what is the approach this Phoenix,…
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1. A fishing trick to use in stained or muddy water or at night when bass can’t see as well is to use big lures that displace water and create good vibrations. 2. Another trick some fishermen use is to put a little more bend in the blade of a spinnerbait to make it throb more intensely and make more noise as it moves through the water. 3. Maybe the best trick I can give you, though, is to slow down your retrieve. Believe it or not, a slow moving bait will actually send out more heavy vibrations than a…
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Chris Lane is on a mega roll. Honestly, the Bass Pro Shops pro is having one productive season after another on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Starting with his Bassmaster Classic victory in 2012, Lane has won an Elite event in each season. Plus, there are still a few events left in the 2015 season for Lane to add another victory. How is he doing it? Well, according to Lane, moving from Florida to Alabama several years ago and paying attention on tour have changed his life as a pro angler. In fact, the move to Guntersville, Alabama changed the trajectory…
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When followers of pro bass fishing hear the name Edwin Evers, they think many things like, Nitro pro, runs a Mercury, wins a lot, always smiling. Well, all of those thoughts are accurate. Evers is a Nitro/Mercury pro. Evers does smile a lot at the events. Oh yeah, he wins, a lot for a pro angler. In fact, Evers just finished off his 9th career Bassmaster victory at BASSfest on Kentucky Lake. This successful Megabass pro seems to always be in the mix. Almost every season, Evers is in the Top 20 on Angler of the Year (AOY) points and …
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