Spring Bass Fishing Gear Review: Vision 110+2, Aldebaran MGL, crankbaits…

Spring is here and its time to talk about new gear! From jerkbaits to reels, to apparel, we’ve got you covered on a bunch of awesome new items for 2019! This time of year is all about getting dialed in and many of us do that with new tackle. We hope this guide will help you make solid choices as you prepare to head to the lake.

This video starts out with a great new offering from Reaction Innovations. The Shiver Glide is the upsized version of the already popular Shiver Shot. Next comes T-H marine’s Eliminator Prop Nut, designed to eliminate vibration in trolling motors. After that we jump into split ring pliers and look no further than the Executive Split Ring Pliers by Texas Tackle. Its amazing the difference a good pair of pliers makes!

We continue to expand from there looking at Aftco’s Hydronaut suit and many more items. Everything discussed in the video is broken down and linked below.

New Gear…

Reaction Innovations Shiver Glide: http://bit.ly/2DUwrtM

T-H Marine Eliminator Prop Nut: http://bit.ly/2tjbn9Q

Texas Tackle Executive Split Ring Pliers: http://bit.ly/2fT4Qw0

Aftco Hydronaut Suit: http://bit.ly/2GApJgk

Lucky Craft LV-500 New Colors: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

(Aurora Shad, Bone Pro Blue, Chrome Blue, Clear Water Shad)

Megabass Vision 110+1 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2iGYOCX

Megabass Vision 110+2 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2BLQIBA

Shimano Aldebaran MGL: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

The Lipless Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Metanium DC: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

Reel Labels: http://bit.ly/2Gy6809

Line- 30 lb Braided Line: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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REVIEW: Crescent Ultra Lite Kayak $699

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The long talked about Crescent Ultra Lite Kayak is finally starting to hit stores right about a year after it was unveiled as coming soon. Purporting to be a true throw and go kayak that is easy on the shoulders and wallet but well outfitted, the Ultra Lite made its way to my house for a run through the paces. At a touch over 10 feet long and less than 50 pounds, one thing crept into my mind: creeks and rivers. Before I drop the pros and slows for this review, here is more from Crescent on their newest kayak.

About the Ultra Lite From Crescent Kayak

Crescent Ultra Lite Tackle Review Payne OutdoorsThe Ultra Lite is the 10ft fishing kayak worth owning.

By utilizing our patented and highly engineered hull system that features a full-length keel design, its small size does not compromise stability or paddling performance.

The Ultra Lite’s lightweight construction makes it easily transportable to remote locations, and its compact design is maneuverable in small, tight areas creating a kayak ideal for creeks, rivers, and bays.

The performance and comfort found in the Ultra Lite make this an excellent kayak for anglers and non-anglers alike.

Small, fun, and as close to the fish as possible, this is Ultra Lite fishing.

SPECIFICATIONS

LENGTH 10′ 2″
WIDTH 30″
WEIGHT 46 LBS
WEIGHT CAPACITY 350 LBS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Injection molded handles
  • Open cock-pit design
  • YakAttack gear tracks
  • Patented, stable hull design
  • Powder coated frame seat

The Good in the Crescent Ultra Lite

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The first thing I noticed about the Ultra Lite was the hull design. The secret from my discussions with the Crescent team had a lot to do with Todd West (IGFA World Record angler and widely known river rat) really taking a long time getting a purposeful design put in place rather than a rush to market or cookie cutter solution. The rotomolded kayak isn’t your typical shake and bake kayak. Lots of drain lines, purposeful placement of design elements like the carry handles and all the included standard YakAttack accessories make it water ready for most creek and river anglers without additional investment.

The deck is a wide-open format that unlike many bargain boats, has a rigid floor that doesn’t bow and bend with common angler body weights. Kiss-offs which serve as mid-deck pillars make that stability possible to distribute top deck weight. It’s a very firm platform for anglers who want to stand to fish. Stability and standability are very good in this kayak as long as weight capacity is observed.

Crisis Averted

A good thing that started off as a bad thing is the seat. The new seat design on this kayak is actually much of what held up production. The original seat was a 90 degree angled, glorified stadium chair that wasn’t well suited for anglers or really even paddlers. At the $699 price point, many manufacturers are unwilling to invest materials and expense into a good seat. After some initial testing, West sought to make the seat more ergonomic and angler friendly. The new design, with sloped angles on the frame shoulders, the reworked feet, and more complete, top to bottom design adds inherent value to a kayak that could have been doomed by a corner cut too quickly in initial runs.

Crescent Ultra Lite Tackle Review Payne OutdoorsThe YakAttack Mighty Mounts instead of water gathering flush mount rod holders is a great choice. These blocks that accept t-bolt track accessories allow anglers to choose what they use in that location. Maybe you want a 360 degree light or a GoPro camera pole right there? It’s possible. Or if you do want a rod holder right behind the seat, drop on a new Zooka Tube or Omega Rod holder. YakAttack front and back take a lot of upgrade money off the table that for years we had to invest in.

Ultra Lite Performance

Performance is what surprised me the most. Kayaks can look nice (which the Ultra Lite certainly does) but may paddle horribly. That isn’t the case here. The Crescent Ultra Lite holds a line better than any 10-foot long kayak I’ve ever paddled and still maneuvers in the current like a nimble 10ft boat should. Spinning around on the downstream side of an eddy to make a cast is a blade dig away.

The Ultra Lite kayaks boast Made in the USA and spring to life in the same facility that makes Bonafide kayaks.

The Ultra Lite Points of Improvement

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Six kiss-offs are visible in the cockpit area in this view.

While I love the purpose and design behind the kiss-offs, aesthetically, they aren’t great. To a novice, they might look like unfinished scupper holes. A deck mat kit would alleviate that look but that’s not yet available. Hopefully, it will be soon.

For less nimble folks, getting back down from the standing position may be a little difficult and feel like a trust fall. The seat is very close to the deck (remember it was built for creek and river applications) and can mean a swim for those not paying close attention. A stand (and sit) assist strap should be a consideration for folks who may have some vertical movement challenges or who are inexperienced.

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Scuppers right down the middle, in front of the chair and in the tank well. Two total on the Ultra Lite.

While the Ultra Lite drains well, the single inline scupper in the cockpit is not my favorite. It doesn’t gulp when paddled like many single scupper models do. A scupper hole closer to the front of the kayak and one under the seat would be a drier ride.

You’ll need to invest in dry bags if you will be fishing in less than ideal conditions as under hull storage is limited in the Ultra Lite. The 12-foot Lite Tackle by Crescent has more dry storage if you have to have it. I’d love to see it in the Ultra Lite but I suppose the features have to stop at some point.

Final Thoughts

The Crescent Ultra Lite represents what I hope many sub-$1K boat manufacturers will continue to design into their watercraft. The high-end components, thoughtful design by an actual kayak angler, and a $699 price point should make this a kayak you should demo. Whether you are in the market for the throw and go river rider or a pond and creek boat it warrants a look. The Ultra Lite may finally bridge the big box to specialty shop gap.

 

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How to Find Stripers in the City by the Bay

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San Francisco is an amazing city. It plays host to some of the most successful tech startups in the world and has been a hub of culture and diversity for years. It also has world-renowned restaurants, a fantastic music scene, and jaw-dropping museums and parks. Flying under the radar, however, is a surprisingly diverse and robust fishery. Within the city limits, you have the potential to catch a 20lb Striped Bass, Halibut, Salmon, Surf Perch, and more. Although all those fish are fun to target, the Striper reins supreme in my eyes. It’s a cagey, aggressive fish that’ll bend your 8wt in half. Since San Francisco is the city of 7’s, measuring 7 by 7 square miles I thought it would be appropriate to share 7 tips for targeting my favorite local prey. Enjoy!

Tyler Graff Flylords Striped Bass Flies

#1 – Fly Size Matters

The old adage that you need to match the hatch rings true for Stripers too. If you’re on the beaches of San Francisco you can fish a pretty large fly (2/0) without a problem. There is some big forage for the bass out at Ocean Beach. However, if the bite is slow, you can always downsize for more action. Inside the bay, I often fish a size 1 fly but go smaller and more sparse on the materials if the water is clear or if the fish are being snotty.  

Tyler Graff Flylords Striped Bass

#2 – Tailor Your Line to Where You’re Fishing

Depth tends to matter a lot when fishing for bass in The Bay. Typically, I’m running a Scientific Anglers (SA) Sonar Titan Intermediate Line when fishing inside the bay.  However, there are a few spots that have sandy bottoms that allow for the SA Sonar Hover/Sink 2/Sink 4, which is good if you want to get deeper and potentially come tight to a Halibut. If I’m out in the waves of the ocean though, I go with a full sink line like the SA Sonar Cold Sink 30, which really helps get your fly down. Just keep in mind, the salt water and heavy currents will keep your fly line from sinking quickly so you might even use a solidly weighted fly on top of that full sink line.  

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#3 – Get to Know a Spot

You’ve got two options, you can try new spots all the time and really search for a “hot spot” or you can pick a beach and really learn it. Head there on different tides to figure out how it fishes on a low tide, a high tide, and a changing or moving tide. That’s what I did when I first started fishing the San Francisco Bay. I picked a spot and really got to know its ins and outs. Once I got that spot dialed, it was easy to apply some of my learning to other spots around the area.

Tyler Graff Flylords Striped Bass Friends

#4 – Network

Yea, networking is pretty important in San Francisco’s ever-changing Tech industry and online dating scene.  It also helps with the fishing! Head to the local fly shop, Lost Coast Outfitters (LCO), and attend as many of their events as you can. Cal Trout also hosts a few events a year where you can meet local anglers and talk shop. LCO also has surf clinics which are a good way to get connected to other anglers and learn more about the fishery. The more you’re connected, the more you’ll learn about the techniques that work for Stripers. As with most fishing, some anglers are pretty tight-lipped about their spots. So be cognizant of that when you’re posting online or asking questions of the long-time locals. It’s not as secretive as Steelheading but it’s not far off.

Tyler Graff Flylords Striped Bass Pier

#5 – Time the Tides

Moving tides will create big currents and will result in the most, and biggest, fish. It’s pretty remarkable how lockjawed the stripers will get when there’s a slack tide. One of the things that’s nice about this fishery is that you can head out for a few hours and be back in time for lunch or a beer with your buddies. Watch the tide charts and time it so you hit a rising or falling tide for a couple of hours, then head back into the city for some fun.

Tyler Graff Flylords Striped Bass Surf Perch

#6 – Have Some Surf Perch flies in Your Box!

A great way to save a session out on the beach or just inside the Golden Gate Bridge is to have a few surf perch flies. If the bass aren’t around or they just aren’t eating, the surf perch offers a really fun alternative. To make it more enticing, they’re great for fish tacos too!

Tyler Graff Flylords Striped Bass Foggy

#7 – Find the Current

Bass love to eat when the water is moving. As you get out there and learn your spot, figure out the spots within your spot where the current moves the most. That’s where the fish are going to feed the most. Look for points where the water needs to move on a changing tide, fish will find those areas and put on the feedbag. Don’t underestimate this tip and Tip 3. Moving water makes the difference when fishing for stripers.

Tyler Graff Flylords Striped Bass Portrait

If you’re ever in the city, reach out to me at @baetisandstones on Instagram or stop in at Lost Coast Outfitters for the inside information. Good luck out there!  San Francisco’s fishery is truly underrated and these simple tips should help you get started on what will certainly be a new addiction for you.

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Fishing Structure: 3 Tips For Targeting Offshore Bass

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Fishing offshore structure usually requires a boat, mapping, and good electronics in order to get dialed in bass hangouts far from the bank.

Bass anglers relying on their electronics have found the secret ledges, drops, and humps that produced heavyweight stringers for a handful of offshore experts. Since most of their secret spots have been revealed, savvy open-water specialists try other tricks to stay ahead of the competition.
Boat positioning gives offshore experts one of their biggest advantages over the newcomers. Bank-running anglers can easily position and hold their boats within casting distance of visible shoreline targets, but structure completely surrounded by water presents more of a challenge. The ability to position in open water over or near an invisible target has become the key to success for offshore experts.

Fishing Structure: Hump It Up

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Three variables that determine how to position your boat around structure like an offshore hump. They are depth, current, and water clarity. Certain humps will top out at a depth of 20 feet or less in clear water it is best to stay back off the hump then as far as you can. Determining which side of the formation to target depends on current or wind direction.

You should usually position your boat on the down-current side and cast back towards the structure.  The wind has little effect on deeper structure but does create some current on humps that rise within 6 to 8 feet of the surface, so point the nose of your boat into the wind to control it easier and cast in the same direction.

Fishing Structure: Channel Breks And Ledges

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After finding the sweet spot on a channel break or ledge with your electronics, position your boat in deep water and cast to the structure’s shallow section. Holding in deeper water allows you to stay farther away from the break and use the depth and distance to muffle any excess noise emitting from the boat that could spook fish. When current exists, position your boat on the down-current side of the structure.

Fishing Structure:: Locating Roadbeds

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Concentrate on ambush points along the roadbed, such as corners and ditches on each side of the structure. Position your boat at a 45-degree angle on either side of the roadbed–never on top of it though–and cast upwind past the structure.

The Worst. Fly. Rod. Ever. (maybe)

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The image has been altered to protect the identity of the fly rod in question.

This was the worst fly rod ever.

Or maybe not. I don’t know. You might like it.

But I didn’t.

To be honest, there was a time when I liked it. That is why I bought it. I could cast it a mile. In the fly shop parking lot. In my back yard. Even a few times on the water. Into the backing.  That is what I could do with it. Sounds great, right?

Well there aren’t a lot of real-life fly fishing situations where you need to dump 90 feet with a 5-weight.

Maybe you have had to plop a BWO down in the next county over. But I was never faced with that particular scenario when chasing trout. But hey, I guess I should chalk that up to not doing all I could do. I’m not that intense. Maybe this rod was built with real fly fishers in mind. All I was doing was casting real far.

To accomplish this casting competition feat, the rod was fast. And – and not to be disparaging to the  genius men and women who probably designed the thing – it was as stiff as a flash frozen salmon in the north sea. Flagpole stiff. Why a 5 weight would ever need to be that fast I don’t know.

I did buy the thing, though.

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Rigging Soft Swimbaits and Paddle Tails For Spring Bass Fishing

These tricks will save you time and money the next time you throw a swimbait! We’re covering when to throw an underspin, when a hollow belly is better than a paddle tail, and how to quit wasting so many keitechs! If you want to catch a swimbait fish this Spring, this is the video for you.

We cover basic rigging with weedless swimbait heads like the Owner Beast as well as traditional rigging with the Matt Allen swimbait head. Next we discuss the best underspins for a variety of circumstances and last we take it a step further and cover how to make your own underspins on the fly.

Below is a breakdown of all the swimbaits, swimbait heads, underspins, and terminal tackle discussed in the video.

Preferred Swimbaits…

-Basstrix 6″ Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR

-True Bass 5.5″ Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2GEtNvZ

-Strike King Rage Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2evZF8j

-Scottsboro Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2NpyLjU

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Keitech Easy Shiner: http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H

Unique Heads For Finesse Swimbaits…

-Owner Flashy Swimmer 1/0: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head: http://bit.ly/2EpluSA

-Fish Arrow Wheel Head: http://bit.ly/2E6eU1R

Swimbait Heads…

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Owner Beast Hook 4/0 and 1/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

UnderSpins…

-Hog Farmer War Pig Underspin: http://bit.ly/2pcQnRP

-Fish Head Hammer Spin: http://bit.ly/2prEFTd

-Blade Runner Spintrix: http://bit.ly/29UVegz

-Owner Flashy Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

Underspin Components…

Owner CPS Spring (Large Size): http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

Pro Point Underspin Blades: http://bit.ly/2f6uwne

Khan Baits Easy Spin: http://bit.ly/2RUVXVW

Larger Swimbait Rigging…

-Gambler 7/0 Duz It Hook: http://bit.ly/2tv1WFW

(Best Fit For 5.8 Keitech)

-Owner Beast Hook 8/0: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

(Best Fit For 6.8 Keitech)

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/4 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Related Videos…

Tim’s Finesse Swimbait Video: https://youtu.be/eQUcHUtASzQ

Make Your Own Underspin Video: https://youtu.be/6EwnDkT2GDQ

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Fishing Quarry Lakes: Breaking Down Lowkey Honey Holes

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Here’s a riddle for all you bass anglers. What’s manmade, contains heavyweight largemouth and receives little fishing pressure? – No, it’s not some new reservoir in a remote section of Mexico or Zimbabwe.

If you answered a mining strip pit or rock quarry, you’ve obviously already sampled these overlooked bass fishing treasures close to your home.

A lot of strip pits are untouched and just seem to breed large bass. Strip pits are usually on private property and big boats can’t go on them. So they don’t get the fishing pressure, which gives the bass a chance to grow big. Strip pits also hold plenty of aggressive bass in various sizes as I found out while fishing on some abandoned mining holes in western Missouri. Runoff from rains earlier in the week had turned the water off-colored and a cold front dropped the temperature into the 40-degree range when we descended into the pits. Yet despite the unfavorable conditions, I still managed to catch 25 bass with the largest weighing about 3 1/2 pounds. Our outing was rated as a slow day though because on good days strip pits can yield 40 to 50 bass per angler with possibly a dozen fish in the 5- to 8-pound range.

What Are Quarry Lakes (Strip Pits)

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Strip pits or quarry lakes are unique bodies of water that feature really deep, steep banks that lead into some shallow water. The steep walls and clear waters of a strip pit cause bass to suspend most of the time, so it’s best to try paralleling the bank and working a lipless crankbait close to the walls. A lipless crankbait is ideal because it can be worked in the bass’ strike zone (usually 4 to 8 feet deep) longer than other lures.

Areas To Target While Fishing Quarry Lakes

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Prime locations to fish for bass in gravel pits include rock shelves, any shallow sandy areas, laydowns and shoreline bushes that cast shade into the water. The rocky bottom of a pit is ideal for working a crawfish imitator. Try a 3 1/4-inch plastic craw on a football jig for bedding bass and switch to a 4-inch craw and football jig during the summer. Strip pit floors contain gravel or sand, so you can steadily drag the craw on the football head jig across the smooth bottom without hanging up. Retrieving a walking bait at a steady pace is another productive pit technique, especially if bass are suspended 10 to 12 feet deep.

Ice Fishing Lures for Warm Water Bass

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Mike Iaconelli
Mike Iaconelli

I was fishing earlier this winter — ice fishing actually — up on Mille Lacs, Minnesota when something struck me that I want to share with you. I may have talked a little about it before but it’s worth mentioning again.

Fish are coldblooded, prehistoric creatures. They don’t know what a lure is supposed to do or why it was invented. They have no ability to think or reason. A fish will bite something because it looks like food or because they’re predators and they can’t help themselves. What they do is simple and straightforward, even if we don’t always understand it.

So anyway, back to the Mille Lacs trip.

We were supposed to be fishing for walleye and yellow perch. We caught plenty of them, too. But in the mix was a surprising number of bass — nice, healthy ones. The lure we used was a Rapala Jigging Rap Ice Jig. They come in five weights and sizes, and in at least 10 colors.

Rapala Jigging Rap Ice Jig
Rapala Jigging Rap Ice Jig

Basically they look like a small minnow with flat sides. You tie them on through a loop on their back that’s in a place that allows them to hang perfectly horizontal when they’re in the water. They have one treble hook on the bottom just below the line tie and a single hook in front and another one in the back. To top all of that off they have a wide, flat plastic tail.

They are a true engineering marvel.

There’s nothing especially tough about fishing with them. Just drop them straight down below your boat and jig them up and down. If the water’s cold, go slow and easy up and even slower and easier going back down. When the water warms increase your speed accordingly.

But do not, under any circumstances, rip them when you pull them up. These baits are designed to be jigged slowly. They are not blade baits. If you pull them up too fast, you’ll destroy their unique vibration.

And, when you let them down do so on a semi-slack line, and watch it carefully. You want them to fall semi-freely so you get the benefit of their unique spiral, but you also want to be able to set the hook in an instant. Dropping them down properly is as much art as it is science.

Most of your bites will come on the fall.

The reason I’m talking about them now is because they are more than ice fishing lures, no matter what their name implies. They are dynamite baits when bass are suspended in schools. It doesn’t matter how deep they’re holding or how cold or warm the water is where you’re fishing.

Abu Garcia Delay Series Casting Rod & Abu Garcia REVO series Casting Reel
Abu Garcia IKE Delay Series Casting Rod & Abu Garcia REVO series Casting Reel

When you’re fishing one of the bigger and heavier Rapala Jigging Rap Ice Jigs I’d suggest a 7 foot, 6 inch Abu Garcia IKE Delay Series Casting Rod — medium action. I pair it with a 6.6:1 Abu Garcia REVO IKE Casting Reel. It’s spooled with straight 10, 12 or 15-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon.

With the smaller and lighter lures I drop down to a 7 foot Abu Garcia Ike Delay Series Casting Rod. I use the same reel but I lighten up my line to something between 8 and 12-pound-test.

Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Line
Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Line

I always fish my Jigging Raps with straight fluorocarbon line. Never use a leader. You’ll get better action and catch more bass that way.

Give a Rapala Jigging Rap Ice Jig a shot this summer when the bass school up offshore over deep water breaks. That’ll show them something they’ve never seen before, and just might put a few giants in your livewell.

Hobie Launches Elite Kayak Bass Open Series

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Hobie® Launches Elite Level Kayak Series on Lake Chickamauga

Kayak Fishing Pioneers Expand Presence In New Tournament Series, Offers Kayak Anglers Additional Competitive Opportunities

Oceanside, CA (February 22, 2019) – Hobie is proud to announce the launch of a new elite-level kayak series, the Hobie Bass Open Series (BOS), on Lake Chickamauga this Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, in Dayton, Tennessee.

Birthed out of their popular Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky Lake, and in response to angler demand, Hobie has created what is essentially the first elite-level tournament circuit in kayak fishing, the 2019 BOS will comprise of six Open events, 11 satellite tournaments, one last chance shootout, and a Tournament of Champions (TOC) in November 2019 on Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita and hosted by Mountain Harbor Resort.

The inaugural season of the Hobie Bass Open Series aims to provide a true open format and an elite feel for kayak anglers across the country. Each Open allows the top finishing angler to earn a spot on the North American Team for the Hobie Fishing Worlds 9 and the Top 6 finishing anglers earn a highly coveted spot in the 50 angler culmination of the season, known as the Tournament of Champions.

A Catch, Photo, Release (CPR) format—a conservation-based practice that actually finds its origins in competitive kayak fishing—will test an anglers skill on premier fisheries during prime conditions. Anglers will be able to turn in their longest 5 bass each day in hopes of maxing out a 10 fish limit, scored in inches, over the course of the two-day tournament.

100% of all entry fees gets paid back out to anglers throughout the season, and the top 10% of the field will be paid out at each event. With high-end payouts, Elite level qualifications and an exclusive year end championship, the Hobie BOS events provide a great opportunity for any kayak angler no matter what brand of kayak they enjoy using.

The first event will headquarter at the Rhea County Welcome Center in Dayton, Tennessee, followed by the 2019 Hobie Bass Open Series event on Lake Shasta, California, March 9-10, 2019; Kentucky Lake, Kentucky, May 18-19; Lake Fork, Texas, June 1-2; Lake St. Clair, Michigan, June 29-30; Lake Guntersville, Alabama, September 21-22; and the B.O.S. Shootout, November 8 on Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita and Tournament of Champions, also on Lake Ouachita, November 9 and 10.

Keeton Eoff, Director of Global Strategy, Hobie, remarks: “We’re excited to help provide this opportunity for the anglers. This latest initiative definitely jibes with our continued work over the last decade to help the sport of kayak fishing move mainstream, and we’re proud to provide the exposure to a group of anglers who can hold their own in any arena. This is going to be good!”

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How To Catch Bass In High Water

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Chart a year of your bass fishing and you’ll likely have a graph marked full of peaks and valleys.

Many factors influence the ups and downs of bass fishing, including rising lake levels. By keying on a bass’ movements during this condition, you will increase your success rates and straighten out those chart lines on a higher plateau.

Fishing The Stages Of Rising Water

Stages of rising water present different options to you. When the lake level is at normal pool and starts to rise, you have fewer options, so try flipping a jig to any available cover, usually the first ambush points for bass in the newly flooded areas. If the lake is already high and rising, then you have a lot more targets. However, if it’s already high and the water is in bushes, then you have to figure out how to get through the first line of cover to reach the fish. This can create some problems because bass can be difficult to reach back in the flooded trash.

Bass will also start scattering more if the water is warm. In early spring, bass scatters less in the shallows because the cooler water prevents them from moving far. Sometimes you can find bass along migration routes such as ditches, points or any creases in the terrain rather than in the shallow flooded cover. A prime example is when a lake is rising, but the water temperature is moderate and bass haven’t moved up to the bank yet. When this occurs you should key on the bottom structure because the fish will move along the underwater avenues from one line of cover to the next.

Fishing Rising Water In Reservoirs

When the water starts to rise on some reservoirs in the spring, you can head for the backs of creeks and search for 45-degree banks. As the lake level rises, bass will still relate to the old bank line even when water becomes so high it inundates miles of land in the back of the creeks. Bass might move off into a flooded grass field or a ditch, but these spots will still be near the creek channel.

While some bass will move extremely shallow into the flooded fields, the majority of the fish will still concentrate around the original bank. The fish relating to the creek channel will congregate around any cover such as flooded timber or log laydowns along the steeper inclines of the old bank line.