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Entries in Better Bass Fishing (55)

Saturday
Oct142017

Want To Be A Better Angler? Check Out Better Bass Fishing

Sales for my first book, Better Bass Fishing, really have picked up recently. Not sure why, but very happy to see it. Book didn't get much publicity when it first came out so few people knew about it.

Best thing about this book is that most of it is "ageless." By that, I mean that the information doesn't get outdated because it's about the "big picture" instead of specifics.

This book tells you about bass intelligence and behavior, as well as seasonal movements. It explains how and why weather influences the bite. And it reveals attitudes, behaviors, and routines that will make you a better angler. Plus, pros and guides share their secrets on when and how to use general types of baits, including topwaters, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Here's an example:

Secret: Topwaters aren’t just for warm water.

"You can catch bass consistently on top in water that is 50 degrees or above,” says lure designer and topwater expert Sam Griffin.  “Usually in colder water, you want to fish extremely fast or extremely slow, not in between.”

The popper is a good choice for colder water, he adds, because you can keep it in one place longer and because its tail sits down in the water, making it easier for the bass to take.

Here are a couple of reviews from Amazon (sometimes temporarily out of stock) and Barnes & Noble:

"Probably one of the best books ever written on bass fishing. I got more out of this book than I have the last 10 books I have read on the subject. I would love for the author to follow up with a 2nd book on bass. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to fish for bass or even those of us who have been for many years. There's something for everyone in this book."

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"The information can be continually used as a resource for years to come. The best thing about this book is that the information is current. So many of the other books out there have information that is from the 80 and 90's."

Sunday
Sep242017

Photo art created by Rick Hart's TightLines. Check it out on Facebook

Reviews at Amazon

Better Bass Fishing: "Probably one of the best books ever written on bass fishing. I got more out of this book than I have the last 10 books I have read on the subject. I would love for the author to follow up with a 2nd book on bass. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to fish for bass or even those of us who have been for many years. There's something for everyone in this book."

Why We Fish: "I read this book about 1/2 way through, then ordered 4 more. I gave them, as gifts, to friends. Some of the contributors are folks I hold in very high regard, as well as Mr. Montgomery himself. I keep referring back to certain passages occasionally, primarily to gain insight from someone else's perspective. I do recommend this book. My friends have thanked me several times."

Fish, Frogs, and Fireflies: "This book was amazing - perfect summer reading for adults and kids alike! I read it first and enjoyed it and then we read it as a family at bedtime with our 7-year-old, taking turns reading chapters. His favorite chapter was about the toads escaping and he is still giggling about some of the other stories too. It brings back so many childhood memories - back when the outdoors meant so much more. I'm so glad we read it - and we will re-read it - lest we forget. We laughed (and cried...bringing Mom up the mountain!) and I'm so happy to have been introduced to this wonderful book."

Friday
Sep082017

Bass Boss Ray Scott Shares Strategy in Better Bass Fishing

Roland Martin (left) and B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott in 1975, after Martin won a B.A.S.S. tournament at Santee-Cooper.

One of best things about starting to write for Bassmaster in the 1980s was that I got to know B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott. During the 1985 Bassmaster Classic in Arkansas, I shared a table with him and then Gov. Bill Clinton for a barbeque dinner at the governor's mansion in Little Rock. We've shared a few other meals at Classics and other events as well. For awhile, I was the ghost writer for his B.A.S.S. Times column. He's a story teller, entertainer, and salesman like no other, and he's also a pretty good fisherman.

I asked him to contribute to my first book, Better Bass Fishing, and this is what he provided:

Anglers never should overlook the power of provocation, according to Ray Scott, founder of B.A.S.S. and father of competitive bass fishing. That lesson was emphatically driven home to him while on Alabama’s Lake Eufaula with Harold Sharp, his long-time tournament director.

“I was fishing the front and running the trolling motor,” Ray remembers. “Harold was in the back and yet somehow he was catching twice as many bass as I was. Finally, I asked him what his secret was.

Sharp told him: "You’re making them mad and then I’m catching them."

“There’s no other fish in the world like a bass,” Ray continues, “and many times provocation is more important than ‘Let’s have lunch.’

"Yes, bass eat when they’re hungry, but they also strike to protect their territory. I’ve seen a bass hit a bait, then swim a little ways and spit it out. It’s a primary instinct.

“But you have to remember that what provokes that bass won’t stay the same. It could change in 2 minutes or 10 days. And it’s not because they think that we’re trying to catch them. They’re just doing what bass do.

“The guy who slows down and studies the fish, who can put the numbers together to figure them out, will do better than the others.”

(This book is available at Barnes & Noble, but often is sold out at Amazon, which does keep my other books in stock.)

 

Friday
Aug252017

While you can catch bass year around, you will not, on average, boat as many bass in cold water as you do in warm.  That’s because bass are cold-blooded. At 39 degrees Fahrenheit, a bass’ metabolism and digestion falls to only 20 percent and 10 percent of what it was at 64 degrees.

From Better Bass Fishing, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Sunday
Aug202017

How and Why Weather Affects the Bite

This is an excerpt from the "Weather" portion of my book, Better Bass Fishing. Of course, the book is written mostly for bass anglers, but this section --- as with many of the others --- can help you become a better angler in general by understanding the "big picture."

Generally moving from west to east, areas of high and low pressure determine our weather.

As high pressure moves in, winds tend to blow clockwise and away from the center. Weather within the center of a high-pressure area features clear sky, dry air, little or no wind, and cooler temperatures. Especially during fall and winter, high pressure brings sunny, blue-bird skies, cold winds, and poor fishing.

With the approach of a low-pressure area, the wind blows counter clockwise and toward the center. Weather within the center of a low-pressure area features cloudy sky, high humidity, light winds, steadier temperatures, and possibly precipitation. Fishing almost always is better under these conditions.

Changes occur as one type of pressure is pushed out by another. A low pressure area moving in typically brings unstable weather and falling barometric pressure. Falling pressure, anglers know, typically coincides with better fishing.

But maybe not for the reason that many believe. Some think that high pressure makes fish uncomfortable, which is why they don’t bite well upon the arrival of fair weather and a rising barometer. They also believe that falling pressure prompts fish to become more active.

Actually, what probably happens is that falling pressure allows plankton and tiny invertebrates to become more buoyant and float upward. This makes them easier prey for shad and minnows. The increased activity of these forage species, in turn, triggers bass and other game fish to feed.

Or, falling pressure simply might be an indicator of more favorable conditions overall, according to Bob Ponds, a former professional angler who worked as a radar specialist and supervisor for the U.S. Air Force and the National Weather Service.

“If you have falling pressure, you’re going to have high humidity and clouds. It will be darker and the fish will stray out farther from where they have been hiding and they will bite better,” he says. “Barometric pressure doesn’t affect how fish bite so much as it indicates conditions that affect how they will bite.” 

This book is available at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But it often is sold out at Amazon.