Beware too much versatility

JCREWSIn the last few columns we’ve talked a lot about the benefits of versatility and how it’ll help put more bass in your livewell. Like a lot of things, however, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.

It’s great to have a dozen rods with different baits on the deck of your boat. Actually, it looks pretty cool. The thing is, though, it doesn’t always help us catch bass. That many combinations will only work if we know how and when to use them. Most of us would be better off with three or four combinations that will catch bass under a wide array of conditions and that we really know how to use.

With that in mind I’m going to give you two setups that I think every angler should carry. I’ll let you pick one or two more from the ones I’ve described in previous columns or from your previous experience on the lake or river you’re fishing.


The shaky head

This is a presentation that’s easy to use, inexpensive and it’ll catch fish almost anywhere and at any time of the year. Set it up correctly and you’ll fall in love with it.

I like to start with a 1/8-ounce weight and a 4-inch worm, although I’ll go up to a 1/4-ounce weight if it’s windy or if I’m fishing a little deeper. Generally I’d say you should use the heaviest weight you can get away with. I know that sometimes a slow fall will trigger bites but I really try to stay heavier if I can get the head through the cover. The heavier weight bouncing and scratching on the bottom will trigger a lot of bites, too.

Color choices for your worm are basically limitless. My starting point is green pumpkin or a natural green hue of some sort. Green pumpkin is a term of art. Every manufacturer has a slightly different version of it. Pick the one you like the best. Obviously, the version I like the best is the one I use with Missile Baits.


Crews Succeeding On Both Ends Of Business


By John Johnson
BassFan Senior Editor

John Crews says he’s always been a multi-tasker.

“Going back to when I was real young and when I was in high school, I always got my best grades while I was playing sports,” he said. “Those times in between when I had lots of free time, I didn’t do as well because there wasn’t a time crunch on getting things done.

“I manage my time better when I’ve got a bunch of things going on at once.”

He’s exhibited that over the past 3 years while competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series and also operating his own company, Missile Baits. He’s posted three consecutive Top-20 finishes in the Toyota Tundra B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year (AOY) race after ending up 30th in the 2011 campaign.

“Some of it’s also having fished full-time for 12 years now – I know what I need to do to be prepared for each event. It’s a combination of my personal nature and having that much experience to rely on.”

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