There’s nothing quite like the excitement of seeing trout or redfish explode on a topwater plug. Conversely, there’s nothing quite as frustrating as heaving your bit out, twitching it only to have it drag across the surface, like a snagged branch. Capt. Marty LaCoste has a simple and effective way to keep you from snagging on the hooks; a heavy monofilament leader.
If your tackle box is busting at the seams with rarely used corks, sinkers, hooks, line, soft plastics, topwater lures, jigheads and other items collected over years of wandering the aisles of your favorite outdoor store, make a little room for an item that might actually help you catch a few more fish: A small tube of Super Glue.
National crappie tournament champions Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman have earned themselves the reputation for being diehard tight-line trollers, but they describe a twist that one or both of them may use during the post-spawn to pick off male who are sticking tight to the nest during the post-spawn to guard fry.
Using Ross Barnett Reservoir as an example, FLW Tour pro Pete Ponds of Gluckstadt points to spillways as some of the best riprap spots you’ll find. Draining backwaters through sub-highway pipes, these flushing points reach open water through culverts buttressed by riprap.
To find success on bedding bream, one needs a nose for the sport.
“One of the first lessons my daddy gave me about fishing was smelling out bream beds,” said Joe Watts of Canton. “We were paddling across a lake one day and he stopped, turned up his head to take a big breath and said, ‘smell that son. That’s bream on a bed.’