Posts Tagged ‘Bassmaster Classic’

Coontail Grass Made Beeswax Creek Special

February 23, 2010 6 comments

Jeff Kriet says coontail grass was key to success of Beeswax Creek. (Photo courtesy of BASS)

Prior to the Classic I went on record with my prediction that the tournament would be won by targeting Lay Lake’s famous Coosa Spots with jigs.  As I watched the Classic coverage on TV, no one was more surprised than me as one largemouth after another was lifted over gunnels with lipless crankbaits hooked in their mouths.

Don’t get me wrong—the Rat-L-Trap type lures are no secret to fishermen on the the Coosa River chain.  Everyone knows you can catch a limit of quality fish with one before you go look for your kicker fish.    But after you get your limit you are supposed to put the trap down and go for the quality bite.  That is just the way it is done.  Nineteen plus pound sacks are not traditionally caught on lipless crankbaits alone on these Coosa River lakes.  That type of success is supposed to be reserved for legendary grass lakes like Guntersville and Sam Rayburn.

Lay Lake is full of lure snagging vegetation we call “bank grass”.  Fishing a trap on the outside edge of bank grass can be effective, but it is not in the same league as fishing over milfoil and hydrilla.  Without milfoil and hydrilla present, I was somewhat surprised when KVD busted a 19-08 sack on Day 1 with his famous Red Eye Shad.

Everyone knows that to catch big largemouth you have to tick the traps over the top of the milfoil and hydrilla.  We don’t have grass like that on Lay Lake…or so I thought. Read more…

Bo visits a different podcast

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Armchair Angler Bo Crawford dropped in for a small segment of episode 212 of the  WeatherBrains Netcast last night.  He talked about how this cold weather will effect the fish during the Bassmaster Classic.  WeatherBrains is a podcast targeted to an audience of weather nerds.  Their weekly panel consist of well credentialed, highly recognized meteorologists.  Bo’s segment is about 50 minutes in if you want to skip the weather shop talk.  But there is a huge crossover between fishing nerds and weather nerds, so you might find the entire episode interesting.

Great Fishing Weather!

February 11, 2010 4 comments

Tomorrow is the first day of practice for the Classic competitors.

  • Water temp=Cold
  • Water Quality=Muddy
  • Current = Strong
  • Air Temp = Even Colder.

Here is what Alabama Power says about the current: Read more…

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

February 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Here comes the Kool-Aid.  Trey Reid wrote this Classic Chill article for  It is an excellent article, but you had better factor in the BS factor before you buy 100% in to the pros’ pity party.

As I said in our last podcast, don’t totally buy-in to the pre-tournament blues.  The people actually competing in the tournament will ham it up between now and the first weigh-in.  “You might win this with 36 lbs”–Not.  Worst case scenario is mid 40s.

Yes, I will eat giant crow if I am wrong.

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Bassmaster Classic Television Coverage

February 9, 2010 1 comment

Set those DVRs!

Set those DVRS folks.  The following programming schedule should interest all my fellow Armchair Anglers.

Saturday 2/20:

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET           ESPN2

10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET           ESPN2

Sunday 2/21:

6:00 AM – 7:00 AM ET               ESPN2

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM ET               ESPN2

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET             ESPN2

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET               ESPN

10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET           ESPN2 Read more…

Experts Share Bassmaster Classic Picks

February 8, 2010 3 comments

In preparation for the upcoming Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake, I asked people who are "in the know" about professional fishing to give me three names to keep an eye on.  Should any of these predictions come to pass, he shall be crowned Chief Soothsayer of the Armchair Anglers and will for evermore be held in high regard on this site.   (Even-though we all know predictions like this involve more luck than skill).

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Classic Competitors: Leave your Sissy Sticks at Home

February 4, 2010 1 comment

Mark Zona says the Coosa Spot is the small kid that can beat bigger kids up.

In Part 1 of this series, we covered how the “Alabama Spot” is not really a Spotted Bass at all.  In Part 2 we are covering the challenges of targeting this species on Lay Lake in February.

The final countdown is on for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake and the pre-tournament hype has kicked in to high gear.  Amateur and professional pundits alike are laying out their analysis and predictions about what techniques we can expect to see from the Classic Competitors.  I am reading many reports about how Spotted Bass ( a species we now know to be a unique species called the Alabama Bass ) will factor into the tournament.  Many are saying that some fish will be caught on traditional Spotted Bass techniques such as the shakey head and drop shot.

Those pundits could not be more wrong.

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Genetic Science Confirms that Alabama Bass are Distinct and Unique

February 2, 2010 6 comments

Note:  This is part 1 of a 2 part article on the “Alabama Spot” bass species.  Part 2 will cover how Alabama Spots will be targeted at the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake.

On the most recent episode of our podcast we spent a great amount of time discussing how spotted bass would factor in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake.  Following that discussion, I did some research on the differences between the “Alabama Spot” and the “Kentucky Spot”.

What I discovered blew me away.  It turns out these fish are more different than most of us bass fishermen thought.  “They are not even related”, says Dr. Carol E. Johnston, Associate Professor of Ichthyology at Auburn University.

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VOTE! — When should the Classic be held?

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment
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Big Names scheduled for February Episode

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Being the superstitious fisherman I am, I don’t want to jinx it by giving away names just yet. But we have scheduled some big names to appear on the upcoming February episode of the podcast. Discussion on the show will be heavily weighted towards analysis of the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake. These guys are subject matter experts to say the least and are in a unique position to give candid opinions about the upcoming Classic.

What questions do you have about the upcoming Classic? Email your questions to and we may ask your questions on the podcast. Even better, we welcome your comments on the blog. Click the “leave a comment” link below.

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