Posts Tagged ‘Lay Lake’

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…

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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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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Edwin Evers and Tim Horton featured in Episode 3

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Be forewarned! This episode will make you want to get out and fish. As promised, Episode 3* is heavily weighted towards analysis of the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake.  Elite Series Pros Edwin Evers and Tim Horton give us their take on the upcoming tournament. Later, Kory Mitchell from Tournament Fishing Radio joins us to test out a new backlash format.

Before the Classic I will probably be following-up with a few blog posts that go into more detail on some of the topics discussed on this show.  Check back soon.

* The best way to listen to the show is through iTunes.

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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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Champions Reese, Duckett Provide Unusual Edition of Bassmaster Classic in its Return to Alabama’s Lay Lake

January 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Boyd Duckett is one of eight Alabama anglers fishing the 2010 Bassmaster Classic

Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., shares the spotlight with Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, Ala., in this look at two champs aiming for the same prestigious prize in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic:

Focus on Skeet: As the winner of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, Reese enters the 40th edition of the Classic, set for Feb. 19-21 on Lay Lake out of Birmingham, Ala., as the defending champion.

Spot back on Boyd: As the pro from Alabama who won the Classic three years ago, Duckett is the defending champ on Lay Lake, having won the 2007 Classic in his home state.

Again on Skeet: Reese is a candidate to repeat in 2010 for a rare consecutive victory. The Bassmaster Elite Series pro is at the top of his game. He narrowly missed 2009 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year honors, finishing second in AOY points. And Lay Lake ups the ante for Reese: He was the runner-up to Duckett in 2007, just 6 ounces back.

On Boyd: He made history as the only Classic winner to capture the title in his home state. The small-town Elite Series rookie who instantly hit the big time intrigued fans; three years later, anglers – especially Alabama anglers – don’t miss a chance to shake Duckett’s hand.

“I’ve had several thousand people in the last six to eight months say, ‘You know, the Classic’s coming back to Alabama, man, you’ve got to step up for us,’ ” Duckett said. “I feel like I’m fishing for a whole team of thousands of anglers in Alabama. Coming into it in 2007, I was fishing for me and a close group.”

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From Rookies to Repeat Champions, 2010 Field Puts Wild Spin on Fourth Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Lay Lake

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Rookie Scott Ashmore of Broken Arrow, OK

Scott Ashmore’s first competition as a Bassmaster Elite Series rookie will be the year’s biggest event, the Feb. 19-21 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Lay Lake. He will be fishing to win the $500,000 first-place prize against 50 of the world’s best, including defending champ Skeet Reese and Kevin VanDam, five-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year and two-time Classic winner.

What a way to start an Elite career. Does this give Ashmore the jitters?

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