My 17 lber... the untold story

Every successful angler sets goals to help stay on track but somewhere out there in the distance, even farther than the tangible is the intangible. The intangible consists of things too far fetched to even be called goals, they are left in the realm of dreams. One of my dreams was to someday log on to bassmaster and see a picture of me holding a giant bass. Thanks to Dan O'Sullivan I got to see one of my dreams come to fruition. Thank you DanO for doing a great write up and telling the untold story of my biggest bass. A lot of people know that I caught her but even some of my close friends didn't know the details of the catch. I'd like to think I've come a long way from then but then again, maybe not. Afterall, I've hooked a lot of big bass with a rod and reel but none as big as her. DanO wrote it best when he titled the article "Help From Above." There is no doubt in my mind I was meant to catch that fish. I did everything wrong! From the single size 1 treble to the light line, to the light action rod, I couldn't have made poorer decisions but it just goes to show you that when its your time, there is no stopping the inevitable. All I can say is while I did everything wrong, I still managed to be in the right place at the right time, during the right feeding window. Article Check it out, I'd love to hear your thoughts! And yes, I assure you the story is true.

Swimbait Sink Rates Explained

Does anyone else remember when swimbait fishing was simple? Not only were you the only guy on the lake throwing a swimbait but you only had 3 or 4 legitimate options when it came to choosing a bait. Now there are so many brands and models that it can get really confusing knowing what bait you need. Let’s say you finally made the decision to buy an 8″ Huddleston Deluxe and you even chose the color. You would think all the decision making would be over but its not! Now you have to choose between 4 different sink rates, also known as “rates of fall” or “ROF”.
Multiple people have been asking about these different sink rates as well as about the rigging options for each model. I hope this video sheds a little more light on the subject. My personal rule of thumb is to fish the lightest model available that still has a molded in jig hook protruding from the back.

Making the Switch to all Braid

It was only a few short years ago that I believed braid was only good for frog fishing. Oh how the tides have turned. Today you will find that every rod I own is spooled with braided line. From the smallest of dropshot rigs, to the heaviest of swimbaits its all braid of varying brands. Obviously making a switch of this magnitude is not simple. It requires quite a few changes to how you fish but more importantly, to the gear you use. However, there is good news! You don’t need to spend a fortune to make the transition to braided line. This video will explain how to do it with the equipment you already have. If you haven’t made the switch yet, its time.

One of the key differences between fishing braided lines as opposed to straight monofilament or flourocarbon is the need for leaders. I’ve actually already filmed a video describing how to tie the necessary knots. If you look to the upper right you’ll see a window highlighting the most popular posts. It is called, “Four Essential Knots for Bass Fishing.”

In the next few days I will do an additional post that discusses the different brands of braided lines. Not all brands are created equal. I’ll show you some of the differences and even show the specific braided lines that I choose to use for my day to day fishing. Stay tuned!