October 28, 2019

Fall has made itself known in Southern Illinois.  Just like the leaves, temperatures are on "the fall".  The whipping winds are biting.  And, there's a little frost on the pumpkin.

With all of that, the bass are biting.  While it can be frustratingly difficult...

October 16, 2019

The temperatures are cooling off.  The leaves are changing colors.  The gridiron is in full swing.  For, it's time to get Crabby...time to head to Crab Orchard Lake for some fall bass fishing.  It will be my primary fishing "residence" until the weather turns cold enou...

September 16, 2019

With the water conditions clear with a temperature in the low 80s, it is an absolute mixed bag of bites on Lake of Egypt right now.

You can get bit in 2 inches of water or 20 feet; the choice is yours.  Personally, I can get a few bites doing most anything, but I strugg...

September 8, 2019

I recently wrote an article for U.S. Angler's Choice entitled You, Fish You.  It can be found on the articles tab at www.actournaments.com.  I have penned some follow-up thoughts below...

In part one of “You, Fish You, I introduced a discussion of “fishing your strength...

July 17, 2019

 It is a typical run-and-gun schooling bass bite on Lake of Egypt these days.  The water is gin clear with surface temperatures in the mid 80's.  And, don't forget the abundance of boat traffic!

Show the bass a variety of topwater offerings so they can tell he...

June 3, 2019

The early summer Lake of Egypt bite is solid.  It is a shallow and deep bite with a little something in between, so pick your poison and go for it.

On recent trips, as soon as I hit on something that is working, I run with it until it runs out.  Then, based on what I ha...

May 28, 2019

 I am very pleased and blessed to announce that I have accepted a position on the Big Bear Rods pro staff.  The owner of this innovative South Carolina rod making company reached out to me directly.  I great appreciate Robert spending a portion of his time communicatin...

May 28, 2019

John Gale and I had an excellent two days of fishing catching over the holiday weekend at Lake of Egypt.  Usually, for me, holiday weekends are times to avoid bass fishing and enjoy other leisurely activities.  But, since I feel like I've bare fished this year, I decid...

May 6, 2019

I, finally, had a great day on the water this past Saturday.  A rainy, stormy day kept the crowd at Lake of Egypt to a minimum, and I was able to take advantage of it by putting 40 bass in the boat!!  I got keyed into a good early post-spawn shallow bite and ran with i...

April 1, 2019

The late winter/early spring weather in Southern Illinois has been less than cooperative to say the least.  Despite a major cold blast moving into the area Saturday night, I spent about 7 hours on the lake Sunday.  After a slow start, I worked my way into a late-aftern...

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