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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Never doubt Rodney Akey when he says hes gonna catch you a big one.
Just ask his buddy, Will Skalla.
Will likes his bluegill fishing, but I prefer bigger fish, said Akey, a catfish specialist. I told him that bluegills were for women and children, and that if he would come with me Id show him what big fish look like.
So, on May 22, the Niles anglers headed to the St. Joseph River below Berrien Springs dam. About 8 p.m., Akeys line began to move. He let the fish run a bit, set the hook and the battle was on.
If results from the recent Michiana Walleye Association (MWA) tournament were an indication of how the St. Joseph River has responded to stocking efforts, the answer is very well!
Thirteen teams competed on the stretch between Twin Branch and Elkhart during the eight-hour event. They caught 70 legal walleyes measuring 15 inches or bigger, not to mention more than 250 sub-legal walleyes.
Thats pretty darn impressive when you consider that state stocking efforts have fallen off the past decade and walleye fishing was on the downswing.