Often beginners to the sport of bass fishing will fish the banks and visual cover like docks, stumps and so on. Some days this works very well, and other times they will not catch a single fish. And when they catch a bass, the next time they are on the water, they will return to the same spot, with the same lure even during a different time of day, month or season and wonder why there
One of the best tactics is to match your lure to the local forage the bass are eating. Match the size, color and shape of the forage as closely as you can, and it will produce bass. This is very important in clear water. In the north a tube mimics gobies very well, and in the south and Midwest with the correct color can appear as crawfish or a baitfish. Determining what the forage is and
In late spring following the spawning activities of bass, the shad and bluegill will be spawning in relation to docks, rock ledges and riprap banks. One of the most productive baits that can cover more water quickly and stay in the strike zone longer in these areas is a crankbait. When fishing these areas boat position is a critical part of your presentation. The key to catching post
Now the water has warmed up and the spawn has almost passed, bass move from the beds to feed. The warmer water of the post spawn era has increased feeding activity bass that have been guarding their nest. Recuperating largemouth are not yet chasing fast moving baits and will stay in areas that provide quick access to and from deep water partially due to changing weather patterns and the
Day two of the LBAA Tournament on Tennessee's Old Hickory Lake turned out to be a tougher day of fishing following the front that moved in on day one.
Growing up on Dale Hollow Lake, in Tennessee, fishing with his family in the shadow of legendary bass angler, the late Billy Westmorland, gave young Mark Bilbrey a solid foundation in the sport of fishing. Mark became an Eagle Scout through conservation projects on Dale Hollow lake and other area parks. He received a skipper certification through the USCG at the age of eighteen navigating and fishing Dale Hollow Lake. Now, after many years as a businessman, Bilbrey has completed professional fishing guide training at Foley/Belsaw in preparation for a future in the industry. A registered Master Angler in Tennessee, and an Ambassador to the World Fishing Network he shares his tips, techniques and stories in hopes to help teach new anglers how to locate and catch fish. His articles have been featured on the web sites of the North American Fishing Club, Monticello Big Bass, and Catfishing Journals. Mark was recently on ESPN Radio's "Set the Hook!" with Pat Rose talking about, what else? Fishing!. Bilbrey holds memberships in several fishing organizations including Pro Staff Positions with lure manufacturing companies and is a member of B.A.S.S., NAFC, and FLW. His passion for sport fishing has been recognized in a promotional video on the World Fishing Network and he was recently selected as "Ambassador of the Year" by WFN. Also a member of The B.A.S.S. Council an exclusive online community made up of bass anglers from across the U.S. who are interested in sharing their opinions. As a member of the B.A.S.S. Council he has the opportunity to tell B.A.S.S. what he thinks about ideas, and provide valuable input through surveys. He credits his passion for fishing to his wife Donna and his childhood fishing with his father, Billy Bilbrey, his three older brothers and to his cousin Jack Huddelston, owner of Dale Hollows, Horse Creek Dock. Visit my web site at http:/markbilbrey.com