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Jerkbait season over?….No way!…Big smallmouth time on Megabass Jerkbaits!

For years,
the common rule of thought on summertime smallmouth fishing was using
deep finesse tactics. Grubs, jigs,
and small worms were considered the standby methods of catching big bronzebacks from June until October.

About 10 years ago, with the introduction of the Vision 110,
that began to change.
Anglers fishing in the northern tier of states were secretly catching big smallmouth,
way past the prime, pre-spawn period,
when most anglers considered jerkbaits to be the most effective.

Over the years, the word got out, and now,
it is common knowledge that jerkbaits are standby,
proven and popular method of catching both quantities
of, and quality smallmouth bass.
I’d like to share a few of my secrets with you regarding this technique…

For the most part, the Megabass
Vision 110 will begin producing big smallmouth,
as soon as the fish begin their post-spawn, fry-guarding mode.
In such popular smallmouth lakes such as Champlain, Winnepausaki, Dale Hollow,
Minnetonka, and all the Great Lakes,
this period is coming up in just a few weeks, and will remain effective until
mid-October.

The first priority of smallmouth jerkbait fishing is area.
The key here is shallow flats.
The same flats where the big smallmouth spawn.
I like to concentrate in big, flat bays, with 3-6 feet of water.
Big rocks are a key, but any hard bottom will suffice. Wind is another factor.
Since you are dealing with water visibilites of 5-20 feet,
some type of breeze is critical to being successful.
On days where it is slick calm,
that is when you may want to try the bottom-bouncing finesse methods.

Like with all jerkbait fishing,
a big part of the puzzle is finding the exact retrieive the bass want.
Their personality changes daily, so you will have to experiment.
Some days they want the bait stopped still for several seconds,
and barely twitched. On other days, a hard, fast jerking motion is required.
Just experiment until you find the best one for that particluar day.

Colors are another big factor.
Jerkbait color is probabaly one of the most important parts of catching smallmouth or not in the summer.
It is far more critical that when fishing jerkbaits for largemouth or spotted
bass on more southern bodies of water.
On cloudy, windy days, I like the Table Rock Shad, Megabass Sexy Shad,
Mat Tiger, and PM Ayu. On sunny or partly cloudy days, the more clear colors,
like Pro green, Tennesse Skeleton,
and Ito Wakasagi will produce more strikes.

There are three Megabass jerkbaits you will need for the smallmouth….the Vision 110,
the Silent Riser, and the Mag 110.
The Vision 110 works best of all when you have a fairly stiff breeze,
and water visibilities of under 10 feet.
This is due to the fact the balancers in the 110 put off more sound that the other versions,
and will call the bass in from a greater distance.

The Silent Riser was actually designed to meet a need I had found for summertime
smallmouth fishing. Several years ago, I found that under a bright,
post frontal day,
the smallmouth were just following my Vision 110 back to the boat and not actually hitting it.
I deducted the bass were a little wary of the noise of the balancers.
Last year, Megabass introduced the 110 Silent Riser,
which is an exact duplicate of the Vision 110….but Silent.
The results were no less than remarkable.

Under those, calm, sunny, tough fishing days,
the Silent Riser will generate more actual, hook-up strikes than the Vision 110.
It is now a staple in my Smallmouth aresenal.

And finally, the new Megabass Mag 110.
Everyone is excited about this long-awaited cousin of the Vision 110.
With a slightly larger profile, and also silent,
the Mag 110 will draw in the biggest,
meanest smallmouth in the area you are fishing.
I would suggest fishing the Mag 110 early in the morning, when the light is low,
and on cloudy, windy days.

On last tip on summertime jerkabait fishing….Don’t worry about using light line to get the bait deep.
You want to keep the bait high in the water-column. I like to use 15-20 lb.
Megabass Dragon call line for summertime smallmouth. Keeping the bait shallower,
gives the smallmouth less of a chance to study the bait…they simply charge up from the bottom,
and nail it hard.

So don’t miss out!…get a good selection of colors in the Vision 110,
the Silent Riser, and the Mag 110,
and be prepared for any situation you may encounter.
This is the best time of year to catch that smallmouth of a lifetime.

Good Fishing…

Randy Blaukat

Although the spawning season will be complete in much of the US by May, spawning can occur into late June in the northern tier of states and on into Canada.

Given this, now is an excellent time to begin preparing for one of the most enjoyable ways to catch bass: topwaters in the post-spawn period!

Topwater fishing can be productive just about any time of the year when water temperatures are over 60 degrees. However, for about a one-month period after the spawn, topwater fishing can be a stable, reliable technique for catching quality fish.

Once the bass are finished spawning and guarding their fry, they begin to retreat into deeper water to recuperate. This transition is usually marked by a depth change of about 5-10 feet just outside their spawning areas.

During this time, I look for spawning-type coves and position my boat in 10-20 feet of water, and begin casting parallel to the bank over that deeper water.

Many of these post-spawn bass will hang out on the bottom in these areas, and will charge a topwater moving overhead. In these kinds of situations, clearer water is generally better, but it is not necessary to pull bass off of the bottom.

The rule of thumb I use in deciding which areas to target is directly related to water clarity. If water visibility is over 5 feet, then I fish over areas that have at least 10 feet of depth. Conversely, if water visibility is under 5 feet, then I will generally stick to areas with depths under 10 feet. This is only a rough guideline, of course, but , serves as a good starting point to further hone my topwater pattern.

Megabass Anthrax

Megabass Anthrax

My two main topwaters I use during this time are the Megabass Anthrax and the Megabass Giant Dog-X. The Anthrax is particularly effective during the immediate post-spawn. I generally go for the longest casts possible, and work the Anthrax very slowly over deeper water. This slow retrieve is necessary to give the bass time to locate the lure, as they have to come up quite a distance to hit it. The slow retrieve also maximizes the surface disturbance created by the unique fin, allowing for distinctive ‘slaps’ to the surface of the water as the Anthrax rolls side-to-side.

If the bass are a little shallower and there is less visibility, then I will generally go with the Giant Dog-X. This lure makes a little more noise with its moving balancers and allows for a faster retrieve (which helps in shallower water).

Megabass Giant Dog-X

Megabass Giant Dog-X

I use monofilament or light braid when fishing any topwater lure, as these lines float more than fluorocarbon and therefore give the lure more action.

Weather conditions always play a big role in the success you will have with post-spawn topwaters. As with any topwater fishing, a cloudy day with little to no wind is ideal. But that one month period after the spawn is the one exception to this. Since bass are looking to feed after the rigors of spawning, they will attack topwaters all day during this time.

Commitment is a big part to angler success. If you commit to throwing the topwater all day—even if the sun is out—you can come back to the dock with some really nice bass. The action may taper off during the middle of the day, but you will no doubt be surprised to find that the quality of the fish will often increase.

During post-spawn topwater fishing, you will get more bites in the mornings and evenings, but your biggest bass will usually come between 10am and 2pm—right when most anglers have given up on the technique.

Get ready! Before you know it, topwater fishing will be upon us all!

Good fishing,

Randy Blaukat

The world of treble hooks can be a confusing one, even to the experienced angler. Manufacturers offer a wide range of models, including round bends, EWG’s, beaks, heavy wire and light wire–not to mention different colors and barb sizes.

Jerkbaits, and specifically Megabass jerkbaits, require very specific hooks to maximize the performance of each lure.

Currently, all Megabass jerkbaits except the Live-X Margay come factory equipped with Megabass Katsuage Out-Barb treble hooks.

All baits come with no. 6 Katsuage treble hooks, with the exception of the Mag 110, which comes with no. 4’s.

These are excellent hooks, manufactured exclusively for Megabass by the renowned French manufacturer VMC Peche. Katsuage hooks are made of a stiff, light-wire, and are extremely sharp. They penetrate easily, and are designed to penetrate the soft hinge area of the jaw–and hold.

The weight of the Katsuage treble hooks are very important, especially on the X-80 Trick Darter and the Live-X Revenge. Both of these lures suspend perfectly out of the box, and any upgrades to a larger or thicker diameter hook will affect the lure’s factory settings.

The same goes with the rest of the Megabass jerkbait line. Out of the box, the Vision 110 Magnum SD is tuned for near-perfect suspension, with an incredibly slow rate of rise. The 110 SF is the slow-floater everyone knows. The Vision 110 Silent Riser come up slightly faster than the SF, and the 110 Magnum F and 110 HF have a more rapid rate of rise. Float rates can also be almost imperceptibly affected by the color pattern of the lure, with heavier coats of paint slightly increasing weight.

There are two main factors you must consider when choosing the best treble hook for a Megabass jerkbait:

First, the suspend/float/sink goal you have. This will largely be determined by water temperature and water visibilities.

For example, if you want the Vision 110 to suspend perfectly, or slightly rise, you must stay with the lightwire Katsuage hook. Any upgrade to say a no. 4 or 6 Gamakatsu round bend, will cause the lure to sink.

You will find the Silent Riser and the Mag 110 F float up a bit quicker than the Vision 110, so it may be possible to upgrade to two no. 4 or 5 roundbend Gamakatsu’s and still have those two baits suspend.

Second, the rate at which you plan on working your jerkbait. If you are working the lures at a fairly rapid pace, with not much of a pause between jerks, the hook size and diameter become less important. You can then upgrade to a larger hook, because your rod inputs keep the lure from sinking.

But remember, no matter what, the action of the lure will be affected to some degree when you upgrade to larger hooks simply because you are adding weight.

Personally, I use the Katsuage hooks over 80% of the time. I have caught numerous bass over 8 pounds on these hooks, and also landed a 35 lb. Striper on Beaver lake with the no. 6 Katsuage hooks on a Vision 110.

Once these hooks penetrate, they rarely come out. Not because of the barb size (which is small on purpose to help with penetration), but due to the non-rounded design of the hook itself. Although it is a light wire model, the hook is fairly difficult to straighten out, unless a tremendous amount of pressure is exerted on it.

Another reason I like the Katsuage hooks is the fact I fish Megabass jerkbaits on light line most of the time…usually 6 to 10lb. test. Personally, I think this is a big key to being successful with Megabass jerkbaits.

Since I don’t exert much hook-setting power with this light line, I really depend on the sharpness and small diameter of the Katsuage hook to do that for me.

However, I do upgrade the hooks on my Megabass jerkbaits when I am fishing the lure at a fast pace. Most of the time, I do this when water temperatures are up over 60 degrees, and particularly when fishing for smallmouth or spotted bass.

Under these conditions, I like to go with a no. 5 round bend Gamakatsu treble hook on the front and back hook hangers. On the middle, I keep the stock no. 6 Katasuage hook. Also, if I am hooking a lot of fish towards the rear while working the lure at a fast pace, I will go with a red hook on the first hanger, which seems to give the bass a better target.

Overall, my advice to any Megabass user would be to stay with the stock Katsuage hooks. This was the hook that Megabass founder and 110 designer Yuki Ito created specifically for this lure.

The key is to make sure your hooks are in top condition. If one of the points gets dull from a rock, or straightens out a bit from being hung up, replace it immediately with a new one.

In review, here are my specific suggestions for each Megabass jerkbait:

1. Vision 110: stay with stock Katsuage hooks all the time, unless you are working the lure with no pauses at a fast pace. Then, upgrade to a no. 5 Gamakatsu round bend on the front and back, keeping the stock hook in the middle.

2. Silent Riser: Stay with stock hooks, and use suspend strips to weight the lure to your float/suspend goals. Upgrade to a no. 4 round bend Gamakatu on the front and back hangers, and keep the stock hook in the middle when fishing the lure fast or in stained water. This setup will still allow the Silent Riser to float very slowly.

3. Magnum 110 SD and F: Stay with the stock no. 4 Katsuage hooks at all times. They are perfect for any situation.

4. Live-X Revenge and X-80 Trick Darter: stay with the stock Katsuage hooks with both of these lures. Any upgrade will cause the lure to sink, and negatively affect the action of the lure.

5. Live-X Margay: the Margay will sink with two no. 6 Katsuage hooks. Stock, they come with two no. 8 trebles, that are unsuited for tournament bass fishing. Since the no. 6 Katsuage is the lightest hook you can buy with similar bite diameter, I use these despite the fact they cause the lure to sink, and fish the lure a bit faster to compensate.

Replacement Katsuage hooks in the no. 6 and no. 4 sizes can be found at your nearest Megabass dealer, or ordered online through the MBUSA Store.

Good fishing!

Randy Blaukat

As a Megabass pro for nearly 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to have access to new Megabass lures before they were available to the general public.

For example, I was fishing with the Megabass Vision 110 almost 10 years ago, far before anyone had heard of them. Now, they are a staple in the tackle box of almost every serious bass angler in the U.S.

Another Megabass lure I have been using a long time, that is just now starting to gain a national following, is the Flap Slap.

I have written about it in the past, and the word is rapidly getting around, in regards to its effectiveness.

To me, the Flap Slap is about were the Vision 110 was 5 years ago….the super-serious anglers are using it, and keeping it quiet.

If you ask many people who have fished with me, they can tell you my enthusiasm for the Flap Slap.

I rank it in the same category of effectiveness as the Vision 110. I can’t tell you the numbers of 2-5lb bass I have caught on this lure…all over the country.

Much of this enthusiasm comes from the versatility of the lure. It will catch fish 12 months out of the year, in a wide range of water and environmental conditions.

One of the tricks I have learned with the Flap Slap can be used in the upcoming months….is weighting the lure to create a controlled-sink.

This is a cold-water only method. When the water temperatures get down into the 40’s…where they are now in much of the country, and will stay for the next several months….the weighted Flap Slap can be a huge producer.

Here is how to do it.

Take the Flap Slap, and gently sand the belly of the lure (between the two hook hangers) lightly…just enough to rough up the surface.

Place 4 Storm Suspend Strips on top of each other, just behind the front hook hanger. I like to super glue each strip onto the other one…to keep them from coming off.

Next, take some pearl fingernail polish, and paint the strips. This will make the lead color not stand out, and blend the strips into the belly color better.

This weighting system will allow the Flap Slap to sink about 6 inches per second.

What I like to do, is cast the weighted Flap Slap out on main lake points. Most of the time, in water temperatures around 45 degrees, with water visibilities of 4-8 feet, the bass will suspend off these points in 8-15 feet of water.

I will make my cast, and begin counting down initially to 12 or 15, then begin slowly reeling, stopping, twitching, then reeling again. I like to try to fish the Flap Slap like a combo jerkbait/crankbait.

Depending upon my success, I will experiment with how deep I count the lure down to, before beginning my retrieve. The good thing about the slow sink/steady retrieve, is that I can get the Flap Slap into water columns that other winter-time lures like jerkbaits, cannot reach.

I like to use 8-10 lb fluorocarbon line, with the Megabass Orochi X-4 F4-66 rod and a Megabass Retgraph baitcasting reel. This is an incredibly light/sensitive and powerful setup.

The best colors for the weighted Flap Slap technique depends greatly upon the water conditions you are fishing. Water visibilities, sky conditions, and wind speeds will all affect the color choices, so it is best to have 4 or 5 of your favorite colors ready.

So on your next cold water trip, don’t just rig up everything with Vision 110’s and Silent Risers. Make sure to bring the weighted Flap Slap along, and see how it stands up against the other winter-time favorites.

Good fishing!

Randy Blaukat

Back in the early 1980’s, when I was learning how to fish a jerkbait, the accepted theories around this technique were much different from today.

Just out of high-school, I was fortunate enough to have some jerkbait mentoring from several old, grizzled Ozark fishermen.

These were weathered-old guys who had spent their lives fishing Table Rock and Bull Shoals lakes….the two lakes were modern jerkbait fishing was born.

Back then, the deep-billed Spoonbill Rebel was the only jerkbait anyone threw.

Rigged on a baitcast rig with 12lb line, these old experts would show me how to wrap lead wire around the front hook of the Rebel, to make it suspend perfectly.

Their color choices were simple…..silver on sunny days, gold on cloudy days…..probabaly because that was the only two colors offered back then in the Rebel.

The technique was simple, yet difficult.

They would find a big cedar tree standing in deep water, sit down in their big, fold-down front casting chair…..and cast the Rebel well past the tree.

The old guys would reel the lure down next to the base of the cedar tree, stop it, and usually lite a cigarette.

At that point they would wait. And wait. And wait. Sometimes, they would’nt even move their rod-tip for a minute. Then they would just slightly twitch the rod…and wait again.

During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, I saw this technique produce more 7-9 pound bass than any other method I have witnessed since then.

Being young and a non-smoker, I was more impatient, and usually caught fewer and smaller fish than my old-dude friends.

This method had a short shelf-life. In the Ozarks, most anglers would fish like this when the water temperature was between 48-52 degrees…..basically just the month of March….then the “jerkbait” season was officially declared over.

The Rebels were then put away, and not taken out again until the following March.

Much has changed since then. The advent of the Rogue minnow expanded the technique, and the introduction of the Megabass Vision 110 in the late 1990’s (and the many Japanese manufacturers who tried to copy the 110 afterwards)………..took the technique to an entirely new level.

Today, thanks to the Megabass Vision 110, and the other Megabass jerkbaits that include the Silent Riser, the X-80/95/70’s, the Margay, Revenge and Leviathan…..jerkbait season now lasts all year-long.

This is due to several factors. Back in the day, when the Spoonbill Rebel was king, the technique was only good when the fish were sluggish, and in 6-10 feet of water, and suspended.

Now, with the range,versatility and colors of the Megabass Jerkbait System, we can attract strikes from fish that are aggressive or passive, shallow or deep, and under all-weather conditions.

Knowing the personalities and abilities of the Megabass Jerkbait System is key to catching fish all year-long with this lure class.

Here at Megabass USA, we are more than happy to help the anglers choose which Megabass lure to use under any give set of conditions. We can also provide tips and advice, to make your next trip more successful.

Just send us a note on our Facebook site, with your questions,  http://www.facebook.com/megabassusa.

and we will gladly answer any questions you may have.

Get ready and stock up….jerkbait season is here to stay.

Good fishing,

Randy Blaukat

As many anglers know, the success of the Megabass Vision 110 is legendary to most professional and weekend anglers alike.

Quickly becoming a mainstay in every serious anglers tackle box, the 110 has dominated almost all jerkbait fishing in the U.S., over the past few years.

Hidden behind the success of the 110, is the Megabass Leviathan. This has been one of my favorite Megabass jerkbaits for years.

Serious anglers on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, Lake Lanier in Georgia, and Lake Shasta in Califiornia have been quietly using the Leviathan for a while, with incredible results.

The Leviathan is a deep-running jerkbait, that will attain depths of nearly 12 feet, on 10lb fluorocarbon line. Very similar to the Megabass Live X Revenge, which will run about two feet shallower, the Leviathan success is centered around its own balancer systems.

The balancers in the Leviathan make the lure dart and move like no other. My favorite aspect of the lure, is the fact you can stop it completely still in the water, give it a quick upward jerk, and the lure will actually back up.

This is an incredible strike-triggering feature.

I like the Leviathan when the fish are a bit deeper than the Vision 110 can reach. The best scenario I have found, is when the water temperatures are 40-50 degree, with a water visibility of over 3 feet.

I’ll make a long cast around main lake points, bluffs or steep banks, and reel the bait quickly, but steadily for about 15 cranks. At this point, I will stop the bait for 3-20 seconds (depending upon the water temperature), then give it about a 2 feet “sweep”…not a twitch, like with the Vision 110.

At that point, I will stop it again…just for a second or two, the twitch the rod-tip sharply upward, which will make the lure back-up. This is usually when the strike will occur.

The Leviathan casts really well, even in the wind. I match this lure up with the Megabass f4-70 Tomahawk rod, and a Megabass Retgraph G-RG10R  reel. This combo gives me a lot of power, distance, and the ability to manipulate the lure correctly.

Although I would classify the Leviathan as a jerkbait, it is much more versatile than that.

The method in which to work the Leviathan would better be described as a combo, jerkbait/crankbait, since the sweeping motion allows the deep lip on the Leviathin to wiggle, much like a crankbait. A quick twitch after the sweep, turns it into a jerkbait.

If you are a jerkbait fan, try adding the Leviathin to your arsenal this winter and spring. It will open up a totally new water-column to present a jerkbait in, and definitely add up to more fish.

Good Fishing!

Randy Blaukat

This year has been an oddity in regards to water temperatures. The National Weather Service predicts that 2010 may be one….if not the  hottest year ever recorded.

Here in Missouri, as we enter the month of November, water temperatures are still in the low to mid 60’s….some 10 degrees above the normal range for this time of year.

This warm weather has caused some fishing patterns to exist longer than normal.

One of the biggest indicators of this, is how long the fish were caught deep this year around the country. From mid-May until now, many of the bass tournaments have been won deep, which is most unusual for normal years.

Regardless, the shorter daylight hours, and a shift in the sun’s position, signals a return to the shallows for most bass across the U.S.

When this happens, and the water temperatures fall under 60 degress……like it will any day now,  in most of the U.S. lakes….that means it is time for vibrating bait fishing!

Vibrating, rattling baits like the Bill Lewis rattletrap have been around for many years.

Originally, they were used mainly while trolling for white bass. Now, vibrating lures like the rattletrap have morphed into more versatile and productive lures for largemouth bass and other gamefish.

The Megabass Vibration X Ultra is one of these lures. Taking the same basic vibrating lure premise, Megabass has improved and modified this design, to create the ultimate vibrating crankbait.

This is my favorite time of year to fish the Vibration X Ultra. Although I catch a lot of good fish on the lure during the pre-spawn…and probabbaly bigger ones….fall is the time for numbers and good action.

Many of the threadfin shad are up shallow and cruising right now, and the Vibration X Ultra is a great shad imitator.

I like to cover a lot of water with this lure…put the trolling motor on a fairly high-speed, and cover a lot of shallow, flat banks and points. Shallow, flat points on the main lake are the best places. Wind makes it even better.

Normally, I will fish this lure on the Megabass f4-70 Tomahawk rod, with 20lb. Megabass Dragon Call line, and the Megabass Retgraph reel. I also like to point the rod-tip directly at the lure when retrieving it.

This way, when I stop and start the reel handle, the baits reacts more erratic, causing more strikes. Also, keep a fast retrieve up with this lure. Unless the water temperature is under 45 degrees….you will get a lot more strikes fishing it fast.

Another  productive way to fish the Vibration X Ultra, is pumping it off the bottom. This works well when you have water visibility over 3 feet. Under these conditions, I will position my boat off of long, flat points in 20-30- feet of water, cast to the bank, and pump the lure up a couple of feet, letting it flutter to the bottom, them pump again, until it reaches the boat.

90% of the time, you won’t feel the strike….the fish will be there when you pump upward.

The Vibration X Ultra also comes in a silent model. You still get the vibration, but no noise. This is particularly effective on sunny days with little wind, or on days with a north wind after a cold front.

Lures like the Vibration X, are some of the few lures that make noise, that have stood the test of time. Most lures that have been around for years are silent (jigs, worms, ect)….because the bass get less conditioned to them.

However, the Vibration X Ultra, capitalizes on the reflex instinct of a fish…..that predatory reflex that  instinctively shows itself with lures like the Vibration X Ultra, due to the speed it is moving.

Water temps headed into the 50’s where you are fishing?…..Pick up a few Megabass Vibration X Ultra’s at your nearest Megabass dealer, and see for yourself the effectiveness of this incredible lure.

Good Fishing,

Randy Blaukat

Fishing is full of stereotypes.

Most of us were taught that fish behaved a certain way, during certain times of the year. Lures became classified by seasons and other external variables, which attributes to the reason why many anglers fall into ruts, regarding their fishing techniques.

Jerkbait fishing, with lures like the Megabass Vision 110 and Silent Riser fall into this catagory. Traditionally, jerkbaits were reserved for a couple of months prior to the spawn.

The Megabass Vision 110 has changed all of that. Megabass receives reports all the time of anglers catching fish on this lure, all year long….and not just for bass.

The Vision 110 has quietly become one of the deadliest walleye baits available to anglers anywhere. This trend started several years ago by accident. Bass anglers fishing in lakes were walleye live, reported catching good numbers of walleye while bass fishing.

Since then, the Vision 110 has become the “secret” walleye lure for anglers all over the northern and midwestern states.

November, December and January are the prime times to catch big walleye on the Megabass Vision 110.

Here is what to look for…..

The best times to catch walleye on the 110, is on nasty, windy or rainy days. Many anglers don’t like to fish under such condition this time of year, but that is when you will have your best success.

You will need to bundle up, and bring 4 different colors of the 110 for your best walleye trips. Myself, and many of the other walleye fans prefer the MRB Shad or the Cosmic Shad colors on the cloudy/rainy days.

If the conditions happen to be partly cloudy or sunny on your trip, make sure to try the Leviathin Ayu or the Wakin Ayu color patterns.

Experimentation has proven that on cloudy days, the walleye prefer the more metallic finishes, and on sunny days, the flatter, mat finishes work better.

Many anglers like to troll the 110 on 8lb. line, around flats or flat points. During this part of the season, the walleye will suspend in these areas, making them easy targets for trolling.

I personally prefer casting the 110, as it gives you the bonus opportunity of catching bass with your walleye. Bluff banks are the best cover, but many times, your best success will come by fishing the windiest banks on the lake, regardless of their slope.

Much of the determining factor in where to begin your search for fall walleye, depends upon the type of lake you are fishing.

For example, if I am fishing for walleye on Bull Shoals lake in Arkansas, I will be fishing bluffs.

 If I were on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota, I would be fishing grass flats. Usually, a visit to the local tackle shop, will point you in the right direction, in regards to depths or other tips to get started.

So let the jerkbait season begin!…and don’t forget to pick up some of the new Megabass Silent Risers….they will soon become one of your favorites!

Good fishing.

Randy Blaukat

 

For those of you who have been involved with bass fishing for over 20 years, the metamorphosis in rod technology has been spectacular.

About 15 years ago, top bass fishing professionals began referring to rods as “tools”….an expression that previously had not been associated with fishing rods.

Tools are exactly what high-end fishing rods are. Years ago, most bass fishing techniques basically centered around worming or cranking.

 Now, the never-ending stream of new techniques for catching bass, has created the need for specialty rods….or tools….to gain the maximum efficiency from these techniques.

With cutting edge rod technology also comes increased prices with rods…..just like golf clubs….you will get what you pay for, in terms of overall experience.

Therefore in today’s world of high-end, high-performance rods, anglers must be able to discern a rod’s quality and versatility, to get the most out of their money.

As far as quality and versatility goes, the Megabass f5-69Xdti Chimera Evoluzion Evolution has no equals. Of all the rods I have ever used, this model is by far, the most versatile, highest-performing tool I have ever seen available to bass anglers.

The Chimera has the rare quality of power, sensitivity, lightness and feel.  There is a detailed feature story on this rod currently on tackletour.com, that will give anglers a lot of technical detail on the rod itself, but I would like to take a moment, to give you some practical applications with this rod.

The Chimera is the perfect worm/jig rod. The 6’9 length, and progressive taper of this rod makes for great lure manipulation ability, and powerful hooksets….a rare combination for most rods.

I like it for all Texas-rig fishing, when using weights from 1/8 oz. to 3/8 oz. The rod is also well suited for jig fishing….in particular, finesse jig fishing, with weights in the  same range.

This rod is also great for deep-water fishing…down to 45 feet or so. The 6’9 length of this rod takes up a lot of line stretch in that deep water, which really helps in good hookups.

I also use the Chimera for spinnerbait fishing, crankbaits, topwaters, fluke-type lures, jigging spoons, and some jerkbaits. Really, the only application I wouldn’t feel comfortable to use it in, would be heavy flipping, with lure weights over 1/2 oz.

If you are an angler who loves simplicity, quality and performance, the Megabass Chimera is the rod for you. Match it up with the new Megabass Retgraph reel.

 This combo will become the most versatile tool in your rod locker.

Good fishing!

Randy Blaukat

This summer seemed to really fly by.

While I’m not ready to put up my shorts and tee-shirts yet, the thought of throwing the Megabass V-3 Midge spinnerbait in a few weeks, will make me forget all about the warm weather months.

The V-3 Midge is the ultimate, clear-water spinnerbait. In fact, Aaron Martens used it to win the U.S. Open on Lake Mead a few years back. It also was responsible for one of my biggest bass weighed in during a BASS event…a 9 pounder on Georgia’s Lake Lanier in the fall.

Spinnerbait fishing usually picks up during the pre-spawn, and again in mid-fall. The main difference is during the pre-spawn, large spinnerbaits usually always work better. This is due the the fact most gizzard and threadfin shad are at their full-grown size during this time.

In the fall, the shad are much smaller. Many threadfins are still only a inch or two long, which is why the Megabass V-3 Midge is perfect.

The Midge’s compact design is the perfect size, fall forage for bass. Once the water temperature gets down to the low 60’s, and continuing into the low 50’s, the Midge will be one of my primary lures on lake where you have at least 2 feet of visibility.

Try fishing the Midge with a medium-fast retrieve on rocky banks and bluffs. Shade is critical, and cloudy days are even better. I will usually go with a clear-colored skirt on sunny days, and a chartreuse, or solid white on cloudy days.

The aspect of the Midge that sets it apart from other spinnerbaits, is the original slim-minnow head design.

This head design is a Megabass original, but has been copied by a lot of other spinnerbait manufacturers. Also, the fine wire on the Midge makes the lure vibrate, which is highly attractive to the bass.

I fish the Midge on the Megabass f4-70-TX Tomahawk rod. This fiberglass composite rod is perfect for launching the Midge a long way, and has the perfect tip flex to work the lure correctly.

Copied by others, the Megabass V-3 Midge spinnerbait has no other equals. Order a few today, and see the difference for yourself.

Good fishing!

Randy Blaukat