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January 12, 2013

Chester Moore column: Looking at bass angler mistakes

PORT ARTHUR —  Over the last two weeks, we have looked at key mistakes madE by anglers and todaY we conclude with bass fishing mistakes.

    Largemouth bass on pressured waters are the spookiest fish we pursue with an eerie “intelligence” about them that makes it seem as though they can participate our next move.

    According to 4-time Bassmaster Classic champion Rick Clunn the greatest mistake is not repeating the exact cast you just made to catch a fish.

    “Anglers should try to remember to make the exact cast to the exact spot and work the lure the exact same way. First off, bass are often together so there very well could be another there. Secondly, if you are aware of exact details and can repeat what you did then you might let the lure fall the same way or work a crankbait with the same exact retriever,” Clunn said.

    “There is a reason what you did worked so it is worth repeating.”

    The only other angler to attain four Classic titles is Kevin VanDam who won back to back in 2010-2011.

    I have had the awesome pleasure of fishing with four time Bassmaster Classic champion Kevin VanDam a few times.

    The first time I fished with him was on Lake Conroe and the first question I asked him was what is the most important skill for an angler.

    "Proper casting is the most important thing an angler can do to up his game," Van Dam said.

    "Being able to make long casts with soft landings and with pinpoint accuracy is crucial to making a strong presentation to bass, especially the really big ones which are shy to begin with."

    As he said this, Van Dam was pitching 25-pound fluorocarbon line extremely long distances by flipping standards into nooks and crannies along  

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