I am not what you would call a Bass purist. Occasionally I fish for pike or steel head and very rarely a white fish or a bluegill. I think that if you fish for only bass you will at times lose your edge because there are techniques that you use fishing for other fish and when you learn them it will make you a better bass fisherman. Even when I am fishing for other fish I still use bass tackle and bass methods most of the time. Most of the walleye I catch are on a husky jerk and fished in the exact same manner as I do for bass just like I Show people in my “Slash and Burn Jerkbait fishing” dvd. My big pike catches usually come on jerkbaits or spinnerbaits just like the spinnerbait techniques I use in the “Master of the Whirling Blade”dvd to catch more Bass. The point is no matter how much you love bass fishing you can learn a lot by cross training and fishing for other species.
This weekend we were at the White Lake Chanel fishing for white fish and I happened to land this little bitty walleye that was 11 pounds, 29 ½ inches long and 21 inches around at the stomach. It was a pretty neat bonus to go along with all the whitefish. I caught the fish on a 3/4 ounce hopkins spoon slowly sweeping it along the bottom with the current casting of the Channel wall.
Don’t worry my next report will be about bass fishing…. I promise!
John W Torsch