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Smith Mountain Lake Lure Chat with Skeet Reese

April 27, 2010 4 comments

Skeet power fished when others finessed to win at SML. ( Photo: Seigo Saito / BASS)

Skeet Reese won the 2010 Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake with a four day catch of 78-01.  He beat his nearest competitor by 15-09 lbs…A win like that in NASCAR that is called lapping the competition.

I caught up with Skeet as he he dodged tornadoes on his way to Florence, AL for the Alabama Charge on Lake Pickwick.

Bo Crawford (bocraw): Heading in to Smith Mountain Lake (SML), you had just lost a tournament by one solitary ounce [which is bad], but also had a commanding lead in the Toyota AOY Race [which is good].  How were you mentally heading in to the SML tournament?

Skeet Reese (Reese): The points lead doesn’t mean anything this early in the season–all you are trying to do is keep yourself in contention for the end of the season.  So going in to Smith Mountain Lake my goal was to have a good performance and a Top 10 finish.  I knew going in the potential of SML—having a history on that lake gave me understanding that allowed me to catch 20 lb bags that I wouldn’t have been able to do before. Read more…

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Lure Chat with Byron Velvick

March 29, 2010 8 comments

This is a must read interview for anyone wanting to learn how to fish swimbaits.

Byron Velvick slings his BV3D swimbait at the Golden State Shootout. (Photo: Seigo Saito / BASS)

If you listen to dock talk among fishermen out West, you will learn that the WON US Open tournament rivals The Bassmaster Classic in terms of prestige out there.  Because he won two US Open championships during the 90s, Byron Velvick earned his reputation as a big stick out West.  Back East, however, he is known as much for being “that bachelor dude” as anything else.  (That “bachelor dude” refers to his appearance on season 6 of ABC’s “The Bachelor” TV show). Read more…

Lure Chat with John Crews

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

John Crews used plastics in hydrilla to win the Duel on the Delta. (Photo: BASS / Seigo Saito)

In this chapter of lure chat I talk with Elite Series pro John Crews about his recent win at the 2010 Duel in the Delta. I will ask the reader in advance to forgive my eccentric questions about psychology and statistics in the beginning of the interview—rest assured that we do talk lures and fishing before the interview ends.

As you read this, it is interesting to keep in mind that John had 18 keepers that weighed 72-06, narrowly defeating Skeet Reese who had 20 keepers weighing 72-05. This is one of the few Elite Series tournaments I can remember where the winner did not catch his limit on multiple days. Read more…

Lure Chat with Brent Ehrler

March 10, 2010 2 comments

Brent Ehrler used these lures to win 125 k at Table Rock. (Photo courtesy of Brett Carlson, FLW Outdoors)

BassFan and Inside Line posted excellent articles covering Brent Ehrler’s recent FLW Tour victory at Table Rock Lake.  Brent’s successful tackle and tactics are covered, including the specific lures he used—namely; the 5-inch Single Tail Grub and Swimming Senko made by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, and the Pointer 100 DD and RC 2.5 DD made by Lucky Craft.

As many of you are aware, the person lucky enough to win our FLW Fantasy Fishing League will win some of these lures courtesy of the good folks at Tackle Experts.  It occurred to me that our readers might find it useful to get some helpful information on how to use these lures.

What follows is an interview I had with Brent as he was making his long commute back to California.

Bo Crawford (bocraw): I’m looking at this picture Rob Newell took of the lures on your deck. Was the grub the lure you caught the most numbers on?

Brent Ehrler (Ehrler): Yep-the grub is what I caught the good majority of the fish on that I weighed in. Each day a higher percentage of the fish came on the grub. The bigger fish I weighed in all week came on the Lucky Craft stuff. I had a 6 ½ on the jerkbait on the second day. On the third day of the tournament I caught a 5 ½ on the crankbait Read more…

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