Jimmy Brown and William Reynolds teamed up to win the Michiana Fishing League tournament last weekend on the St. Joseph River in South Bend.
A lot of smallmouth were caught on a variety of lures and techniques with Ned rigs and crankbaits among the top producers.
Sure that expensive bass boat looks good and carries all of your sophisticated equipment.
There’s no question that the electronics unlock secrets of a lake and those premium rods, reels and line make you a more resolute angler.
But is all of that necessary to catch a state record bass?
A traditional exposed-hook mushroom jig excels where little to no cover carpets the lake floor.
Yet it’s often in those underwater jungles — grass, brush, rock and boat docks— where bass like to live and lash out at unsuspecting prey. That’s why Z-Man designed the definitive weedless Ned Rig tool, the NedlockZ™ EWG Jighead.
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This 1920s Heddon Muskie Minnow was purchased by lure collectors at a previous Niles Riverfest. Although it had prop blades, it was weighted to run underwater and create a disturbance to attract muskies. (Photo by Doug Bucha)
In addition to showing their valuables made by the likes of the former Heddon, South Bend, Paw Paw, Creek Chub and Shakespeare tackle companies, the collectors are seeking any historical information people have from the pre-1970s era, including that about obscure smaller tackle manufacturers as well.
The St. Joe Valley Bassmaster will conduct their 36th Youth Fishing Contest at Potato Creek State Park Aug. 11, 2012.
The event is free to boys and girls who will be divided in three age groups, 4-7, 8-11, and 12-14. The park will be charging an entrance fee.