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Easy Steps and Tips for Fishing From Woo Daves

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June 27, 2014
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Bass Fishing
Fish as a back boater and learn a ton about bass fishing

Steps to fishing vary for different people, but if you have a desire to be a tournament guy or girl, join Bass and fish a year or two on the open tournaments as a back boater, and you can learn a ton about bass fishing. I have seen a great group of young fisherman move up the ladder by starting out here. Learn to fish plastics, and you will have a big portion of the game won. Get a “Worming with Woo” DVD and study it closely.


  • Do put gas in your boat. 
  • Don’t get gas on your hands, and if you do be sure and wash your hands. Safe bet is just let your partner put the gas in the boat.
  • Do charge your batteries immediately when you come in. Don’t let your batteries sit around two or three days without charging
  • Do re-tie after catching a bass. Don’t think that you can catch one more before re-tying. It could give you a big headache when you lose a big fish if you don’t retie.
  • Do use a good suntan lotion before you go out on the water. Don’t go on the water without it – period, enough said. Protect yourself.
  • Do be courteous to other fisherman on the water.  Don’t cut in front of them, watch your wake and treat them as you would like to be treated.

Getting ready for a tournament can be painstaking, but if you work off a list of things you need and check them off as you go, things will go smoothly for you. The more you fish, the more you will add to the to do list for your trip, such as put on new line, oil for boat, life jackets, Zoom worms, electrical extension cord for charging, some food, drinks, maps, rods, reels, tackle boxes, rain suit, etc. Study maps and upcoming weather conditions.

Good luck!

by Woo Daves


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Woo Daves

Home: Spring Grove, Virgina
(wife) Patty, (children) Wendy, Chris, Dave and Bob
Collecting arrowheads, saltwater fishing and hunting
: Nitro


Angling Stuff

Favorite Technique: Plastic worm, using a spinning rod, w/light line and finesse fishing
Fishing Strength:
Finesse fishing shallow water and docks in tough conditions
Favorite Lake:
Thousand Island, NY
Favorite Species Fished
Bass and Smallmouth bass
Likes to Fish:
Saltwater fishing on the Eastern Shore of Virgina and catch flounder, red drum and black drum
Circuits Fishing: BASS Opens, Fishers of Men and local tournaments


Career Highlights

Fishing 50 years
20 1st Tournament Finishes
2000 Bassmaster Classic World Champion
17 time Bassmaster Classic qualifier
50 Top-10 Bassmaster Classic Tournament Trail finishes5 Bassmaster event
5 Bassmaster event wins
2012 Finished 3rd in Northern BassMaster's James River Open
2011 Qualified and finished 10th in PAA All-Star Championship
2009 Inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame
2006 Finished 4th in Northern Smith Mt., VA Bassmaster's Open
2004 Finished 3rd in points for the Northern Bassmaster's Open Division
2003 Winner of the Mustad Ultra Point/Bass Pro Shop Classic
2002 Winner of Norther Bassmaster's Hudson River Open
1999 & 2000 Angler of the Year at Bassmaster's Eastern Invitationals
1991 Winner of Illinois Bassmaster Invitational
1991 Winner of Pro-Am Teams Points Championship
1974, 1976 and 1977 Winner of the Virginia B.A.S.S. Federation State Championship
Selected as a Road Warrior for USA Today
I work with the Super Kids on the south side of Virginia
I am involved with Pro-Am Teams' Piers For Handicapped Fishermen Program - four piers already built.
Host of the Annual Burrowsville /NASCAR / Wounded Warriors Fishing Tournament. September 2011 was our 20th year.
Produced six Bass fishing videos and DVD's.

Feelings on Tournament Fishing:

Tournament fishing creates a great competitive atmosphere, which requires you to use your physical and mental skills to the fullest. It also allows you to develop friends nationwide.  Throughout the years of tournament fishing, I've personally had the opportunity to meet a tremendous amount of people and I have learned many fishing techniques on different lures and different structures.

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