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Entries in Better Bass Fishing (72)


I caught this 5-pound smallmouth on a recent trip with Rick Hart of Rick Hart's TightLines on the Tennessee River below Wheeler Dam. Fish hit on my first cast of a rainy, miserable day. On the frigid day before, I caught a 6-pounder on my second cast! Great trip despite the weather.

You can find out how Rick targets and catches these big smallies in my upcoming book, Kickin' Bass, which should be out in the fall. Until then, check out my other books, including Better Bass Fishing, available at Amazon.


Reviews At Amazon For My Books

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."


Check out Better Bass Fishing, Why We Fish, and Fish, Frogs, and Fireflies at Amazon, as well as The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton.


Tips For Fishing Moving Water

River fishermen and those accustomed to fishing moving water know the importance of bringing a lure to the boat in line with the current’s direction. Bass and other game fish are opportunistic feeders that position themselves facing into the current, waiting for an easy meal to be washed in their direction.

After several presentations across a point from various angles, find the slack-water area of the point --- the backside of the point out of the direct moving water. Some of the area’s biggest fish could be holding here, waiting for food to wash by.

You can find many more helpful tips like these in my book, Better Bass Fishing, available at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Topwater Wisdom From Legendary Guide and Luremaker Sam Griffin

"Your first fish on topwater is just like your first kiss. You never forget it."

When I fish with Sam Griffin on Lake Okeechobee, I always learn something, especially about topwater fishing.

Some of the wisdom that he's shared over the years is revealed in my book, Better Bass Fishing.

And Sam will figure even more prominently in the sequel to that book, which will be out late this year or early next.

Here's some more from Sam:

“My big things are to be confident and have patience. I’ll fish behind people throwing worms and crankbaits and catch fish they bypass. I like to fish that topwater slower and let ‘em read the menu.”