Took in some of the Bass University learnin’s on Sat in NJ, got to hang wif the fellers:
The Cajun didn’t make the pic because he was skinnin’ a possum (or somethin’). Anyhow, here’s some notes. Should say first they all killed it — the Bass U folks (thanks again for havin’ me) and of course the pro/expert types:
1. Cliff Crochet: “Speed Kills”
> First of all, what up with Cliff lovin’ Sandra Bullock movies? Cliff, hate to tell you man, she doesn’t like boats or fishin’:
> Cool tip: If you know something changed but don’t know what it is, speed up.
> Flip a 1-oz jig or TX rig for a reaction bite. “No one in their right mind is going down the bank flipping a 1-oz weight.” Which I guess means…Cliff’s not right?
> Fish shallow places OFFSHORE with a Rat-L-Trap. Innerestin’.
> In Cajunese, “Chatterbait” is pronounced “Chattabeet.”
> “One of my favorite things to do is skip a Chattabeet around docks [and other cover].”
> “When you pick up and don’t feel the bait action, that’s a fish.” In other words, feel for the bait first. If you don’t feel it, hit him — don’t wait to see if you’re hung.
> He loves his new Cajun Wakebait, and his fave color is “cayenne” (pink chrome):
2. Seth Feider: Smallie blackbelt master class
If you fish for smallmouths, you’ll think you know a lot about it til you hear Seth talk about it. Dang man, wow.
> When it’s high blue skies, fish shallow for smallies and deep for largies. Vice versa when it’s blowing/cloudy.
> “Some people don’t fish with a hat. If you don’t, a) you look ridiculous and b) it doesn’t help block the sun. I always wear [a hat and] a hood so it’s as dark as possible around my head…” — to see the fish better.
> For slick/sunny fishing, he cranks his HydroWave and leaves it on.
> The blackest smallies are the easiest to see and catch.
> Storm Arashi Spinbait (“green gill” for mimicking small perch): 6-lb Sufix fluoro gets 4x more bites as 8-lb. Use braid instead of split rings and a tail marabou feather to increase hookups:
> When a smallmouth is tracking a bait, don’t kill it — slow your reeling and they’ll kinda run into it and bite it.
> BU host Pat Renwick and I were stunned that Seth pays attention to spinning reel gear ratio. We honestly had no idea what our spinning reel gear ratios are.
> Seth uses an INSANE amount of rod action for hard and soft jerkbaits in clear water. Soft jerkbaits have to have a lot of salt to stay down with all that action.
> He pulls out a Ned Rig for…finding fish. I honestly never thought of the Ned as a search bait but I guess that’s sorta what it is.
3. JT Kenney: Fish de Flanders
JT talked about the Ned Rig for 45 MINUTES. 5 mins in I was like:
My phone woke me up — Brian the Carpenter texted me this:
HAHAHA! Okay I got a couple things out of it (other than catching up on email — heehee):
> JT’s Magnum Ned Rig Head is heavier and has a bigger hook gap.
> He doesn’t really set the hook — YouTube version here:
> He likes to cut a 6″ Senko-type stick worm in half because the 6″ worms are fatter than the 5″ ones.
> Use the FG Knot for tying fluoro to braid. Took him 6 months and a couple temper tantrums to learn it.
Thanks again to the Bass U folks and the pro fellers for lettin’ me sit in…. If you wanna spend your hard-earned $ wisely, go to Bass U. Here’s the remaining class schedule.