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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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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
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    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)

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