Personal Best Largemouth Bass

5.4lbs Largemouth Bass

This weekend I went fishing at a local reservoir.  And didn’t expect to get much action.  However, I was excited to test out my new 3/8oz jigs I bought off Amazon.  I love the jig head & skirt color combination.  I bought a variety.  However, I decided to started with the red and black coloring.  And for a trailer I used a soft plastic craw which was red with black spots. 

I reasoned this bass fishing lure set up and color combination would be most effective because of the water conditions.  More specifically, it had been raining consistently.  Causing water to flow through the creeks into the reservoir.  This obviously makes the water extremely muddy.  In muddy fishing water, with low water clarity, it’s important to use extremely dark color combinations for your fishing lure.  This maximizes its profile.  Making it easier for largemouth bass to see. 

Pro Tip: bass have trouble seeing in muddy water, I’ve learned they tend to favor shallow water.  And are also found along the shoreline/bank of a reservoir. With this being said use a dark color lure, in shallow water to target largemouth bass.  Anyway as I casted out adjacent to the waters edge I moved my jig extremely slowly along the bottom.  I moved the lure about 1 inch in distance per second.  Occasionally, I stopped and let it sit in place for multiple seconds.  I was intentionally mimicking a crawdad. 

And specifically placed my lure moving parallel to an extremely steep drop off point.  I knew if my theories were correct in this instance, than, this is most likely where a bass would be.  And realizing I was at the right spot, I kept my lure, in the strike zone for as long as possible.  While keeping the possibility of a fish interested in it.  Eventually, I thought to myself, was that a nibble?  It was so hard to tell.  But, I felt something, almost like a fish bumped the lure.  I knew this was my chance.  My gut was telling me, there’s a big largemouth bass feeling out the prey.  I maintained my consistent jigging motion in hopes I’d get a strike.  And within two or three seconds the line was pulling in away from me.  That’s when I realized it wasn’t a snag and in fact a fish was running with my lure.  I immediately, pulled up my rod and hooked the largemouth bass.  It almost got away, the fish was clearly a big fish, I’ve caught enough to realize that.  Even on my Medium Heavy Action Shakespeare fishing pole I had trouble bringing it in.  I thought my pole won’t break, but, my 12 lb test line might.  It took me a minute or two to bring in.  I tried as quickly and safely as possible to land the fish without any foul play.  I was successful, and when I saw it, adrenaline shot through me.  I almost fell into the water.  However, I managed to pull the largemouth bass out of the water and put him on a scale.  This is my 5.40lbs personal best largemouth bass.

Fishing Lure Color Selection (Part 1). How Colors Look Underwater

Fishing Video

Fishing Lure Color Selection Video Transcript

Most lure fishermen
have very strong views and what colors
work best but many of the popular
theories are just hooey in fact fish
would need to break the laws of nature
to see some of the colors that most guys
push in quite often guys become so
convinced of the magical qualities of
this color that they’ll use it more
often and with greater confidence so
it’s only natural that they’ll catch
more fish on it and of course lure
countries want you to believe that color
is very important because they make a
lot more money if you feel you need to
buy six different colored lures rather
than just one now as a lure maker I
spent a lot of time thinking about how
to catch more fish on lures including
what colors to paint them so in this
series of videos I’m going to give a
very simplified version of the science
behind what fish are actually able to
see and I’ll hopefully cut through some
of the garbage that you get fed on the
subject this information should be
valuable not only to my fellow lawmakers
but to anyone who’s deciding what lure
to buy next we’re trying to choose a
lure from the tackle box for a specific
purpose now objects can look quite
different underwater than they do in air
and that’s because water changes the way
that light behaves and that in turn
affects how colors can be seen or not
seen so let’s start with a very simple
concept let’s look at how the intensity
of underwater light can change our
perception of color I’d like you to
imagine that this is a tank of ultra
pure seawater and we’re about to drop
the two lures in the diagram into it so
we’re holding the lures are present
above the water where they receive a
hundred percent of the sunlight so the
colors that we see a 100 percent intense
now light that enters water from above
does two things when it strikes the
water surface some gets reflected away
and some penetrates into the water and
the light that penetrates into the water
also gets absorbed so the deeper you go
into the water the less light gets down
there so as we immerse the lures into
the water the amount of light is reduced
surprisingly quickly in fact 25 percent
of the light that hits the water surface
is absorbed or reflected away before it
gets to a depth of one centimeter or
half an inch below the surface by the
time by the time the lures reach a depth
of one meter or three feet more than
half of the light that was available at
the water surface is gone
in fact only 45 percent of the light
penetrates of this depth so you can see
a significant reduction in the
your colors if you want to do a home
demonstration try replacing an 80 watt
light globe in your lounge room with a
40 watt one and see if that doubles your
perception of colors in the room and
consider that this is just one meter or
three feet below the surface by 10
meters or 30 feet 78% of the lights been
absorbed leaving only 22% to eliminate
the lure so many of my lures dive much
deeper than this and many commercial
ones do as well and you can see how
water depth starts to affect the way
that fish will see the lures you go
deeper in color just becomes less and
less important to illustrate this better
let’s put the lures back simultaneously
on the screen for direct comparison it’s
quite a difference now here’s the scary
thing that I haven’t told you yet up
until now we’ve been talking about what
happens in ultra clean water on a dead
calm day with the Sun directly overhead
unless you regularly fish a long way
offshore in tropical marine environments
and midday in perfect weather you
probably won’t experience this kind of
light penetration on every other
occasion there’s a whole range of
factors that reduce light penetration
into the water so for inland waters or
near shore coastal environments things
are very very different in these areas a
whole range of things are affecting
light penetration such as plankton
growth that can cific significantly
reduce the depth to which light
penetrates turbidity from dirty water
suspended silt or even bubbles can
reduce light penetration a dark
coloration to the water which comes with
vegetation can reduce light and of
course the angle of the Sun and the
amount of waves or ripples of the water
surface also play a very important role
it goes without saying that if you’re
fishing under overhanging lily’s bridges
or vegetation that also reduces the like
the penetrates the water and yet every
lure fisherman knows that bass and other
species usually lurk in dark shady areas
and bite best during low light periods
at dawn and dusk which is very
interesting now in part two of this
video series we’ll look at how specific
colors are affected by this phenomenon
but for now the important message is
quite simple the visibility of all
colors is affected by water depth so you
need a larger selection of colors for
shallow clear water fishing in the
middle of the day then you’ll need for
deep water fishing in dirty water at
dusk I hope you take the
to watch the next video in this series
when we’ll start to explore what colors
work best for deepwater fishing

Best Fishing Quotes of All Time | Dale Carnegie | William Shakespeare | Ernest Hemingway | Richard Friedenberg | Roberto Clemente

Top Fishing Quotes

The Best Fishing Quotes Ever

Dale Carnegie Fishing Quote

  • I often went fishing up in Maine during the summer. Personally I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn’t think about what I wanted. I thought about what they wanted. I didn’t bait the hook with strawberries and cream. Rather, I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish and said: “Wouldn’t you like to have that?”
    Why not use the same common sense when fishing for people?

Roberto Clemente Fishing Quote

  • Roberto Clemente wasn’t much of a fisherman. When he was a kid, he was working when he wasn’t playing baseball, and when he wasn’t doing either, he was sleeping, with time out somewhere along the line for eating. After he became a star, he continued to be too busy to do much fishing even though the waters around his native Puerto Rico are teeming with game fish. Winter ball, his business on the Island, and other and varied activities gave him little time for leisure. Among the latter were his interest in kids, particularly underprivileged kids. And he knew that kids like to go fishing. Last summer Roberto beamed, his dark eyes sparkling, when he discussed with this writer a project underway at his home in Puerto Rico. “We are building a pond and we will stock it with fish so that the kids can come there to fish and have fun. It goes down to a big rock and then makes a sharp turn. It is 330 feet down to the rock and almost that much after the turn.” The pond, he said, would be stocked with several species of fresh-water fish indigenous to Puerto Rico, “and trout, too,” he added. He didn’t say how the kids would get out into the country to the pond to fish. He didn’t say where they would get the fishing tackle and bait if they didn’t have any of their own. He didn’t have to. Knowing Roberto Clemente we knew that he’d get them there, furnish the bait and tackle, and probably throw in a picnic, too. He’ll be missed by a lot more people than baseball fans.
    • Roberto Clemente, circa summer 1972, as paraphrased and quoted in “Fishing Well: Clemente & the Kids’ Fish Pond” by Jimmy Jordan, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Tuesday, January 2, 1973), p. 17

Richard Friedenberg Fishing Quote | A River Runs Through It Fishing Quote | Norman Maclean Fishing Quote

  • Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.

Ernest Hemingway Fishing Quote

  • Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish and of forgetting that the fish has a hook in his mouth, his gullet, or his belly and that his gameness is really an extreme of panic in which he runs, leaps, and pulls to get away until he dies. It would seem to be enough advantage to the angler that the fish has the hook in his mouth rather than the angler.
    • Ernest Hemingway, introduction to S. Kip Farrington Jr., Atlantic Game Fishing (1937).

Danny Kaye Fishing Quote

William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice Fishing Quote

William Shakespeare Hamlet Fishing Quote

  • A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing Fishing Quote


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Rage Tail Structure Bug Review – Best Bass Soft Plastic Craw Fishing Lure

Rage Tail Structure Bug

Strike King’s rage tail structure bug (delta red) soft plastic fishing lure is my personal favorite.  I find it to be the best bass fishing lure when it comes to trailers.  There are many ways to use this lure.  I personally enjoy rigging the rage tail bug on a bico 3/8 oz jig and using it as a trailer.  When fishing the rage tail structure bug I fish parallel to the bank.  Usually on a steep bank.  And pop the lure off the bottom to imitate a crawdad or crayfish.  Crayfish are typically red in color.  So that’s why I like to use a rage tail structure bug delta red.  Also, when applying the bait to my jig I make sure my skirt is red and black.  Keeping it finesse makes it look in tact and like it’s the real deal.  The larger the bass you catch the harder it will be to outsmart it.  Remember, bass are incredibly smart species.  They learn from the past run ins with times they were caught by anglers.  This makes adults more hesitant when preying on bait.  However, if you imitate a natural bait fish and use the same presentation in color, movement and size then you’ll get more bites.