Gerald Swindle Unplugged Part 2 | Bass Fishing

Glenn: Well, turning to something a little
more serious, back in 2007 when you had thatDQ in a Classic, has that affected the way
you fish today?Gerald: It doesn’t affect, the DQ in ’07,
it doesn’t affect how I fish this right now. Did it affect me afterwards? Heck yeah, man.
I thought it was a bogus call, I thought itwas unfair, and I thought that ESPN was just
wanting media and they got it. It’s not writtenin the rules, it was a judgment call, so yeah,
there for a while, I stayed a little bitterabout it but you put that stuff behind you.
It doesn’t change how I fish now, man, I strictlyfish for the goals I have set and I’m not
motivated by anger, any of that stuff. I kindof let that stuff go. Glenn: So Gerald KYBass1276, he asks, he wants
to know your thoughts on advantages and disadvantagesthat anglers face fishing the Classic being
that it’s the first event of the year. Specifically,he wants to know how you prepare yourself
after being off for a couple of months. Gerald: Well, really most of the guys will
come back and fish some prior to the Classic,locally. Fishing and getting back in the swing
of things, that’s not that big of deal becausemost them kind of have a spring training.
They’ll leave home a week early and go fishevery day and get back into the groove but
the biggest disadvantage is getting all thisin order. Wrapping boats and trucks and motors
and getting stuff in. I mean, it was a dayand a half before the Classic and my boat
and truck was completely disassembled in mybasement and they were wrapping it. So, the
biggest disadvantage is trying to get allthe loose ends tied up before the tournament,
but as far as mechanically and all that, that’snot that big a deal. Glenn: Kind of like riding a bike, huh?Gerald: Kind of like riding a bike. Once you
get back in there, you’re in there. Glenn: Zell poses an interesting question
here. He says in the old days of the BassmasterClassic, contenders were only allowed 10 pounds
of tackle and 4 rods. What would you do ifthe night before the Classic, tournament officials
notified everyone that they were once againimplementing this rule?Gerald: Well, I’d probably take a spinning
rod, so I could throw a drop shot or shakyhead. I’d take one cranking rod, one flipping
rod, and one rod to cast a jig with. So, Ican take a 7 footer to jig with, a 7 foot
medium to crank, 6’6″ heavy spinning rod towork with, and a 7’2″ flipping stick, I could
probably get through with the whole deal,man. You know, just downsize. I’d have to
fish the baits that I’ve got confidence inand my strength, which would probably be jigging
and stuff like that. If they decided to doit, it’d be kind of kinky but just go with
the baits you’re the best with. Glenn: And with 10 pounds of tackle, would
that be primarily plastics or jigs or?Gerald: Probably, probably half and half.
I’d probably have couple pounds of crank baitsand couple pounds of jigs, the rest of it
in plastics. Glenn: Well Larry Sullivan has an interesting
question here. He wants to know how has thisrecession has changed the way you do things
and do you fear for the fishing industry?Gerald: The recession has changed things.
Changed the way I do things a little bit,simply because I don’t, I wasn’t a big pre-fish
in the beginning but I don’t do as much ofthat as I normally would because the cost
of fuel and hotels and people losing sponsorship. You’re just not as frivolous. You don’t buy
extra tackle and you shop around hotel rooms,you stay more guys to a room. Plan your trips
out a lot better. So that part you have toadjust to, but I do fear some for the industry.
People are still fishing. A lot of peoplestill buying fishing licenses, unfortunately,
lot of people ain’t buying boats and trucksand that’s what we need to keep the economy
going. So there’s a little bit of fear there. Glenn: Do you think things are going to get
on the upswing here real quick?Gerald: I don’t think so, man. I think we’re
another year out before we see anything reallychange. Another year. Glenn: AnglingAdam wants to know your favorite
deep water tactic for northern lakes on thetour. Gerald: Probably drop shot, man. I mean, if
I go north and you end up fishing deep, it’sjust hard to beat drop shotting and looking
at them. You know, that just seems to be thebest way to catch them and always has been,
so drop shot, drop shot, and then drop shot. Glenn: You have a specific bait you like to
use?Gerald: You know, I don’t think you can go
wrong with a Zoom green pumpkin finesse, youknow? I take it anywhere up there and catch
them. I mean, you can try anything but thatparticular one is going to work day in and
day out everywhere you go. So, green pumpkinfinesse, quarter ounce weight, usually six
or eight pound line. Glenn: So here’s another one. Grizzly1654,
he writes in, what advice would you give someonewho grew up banging the banks and is ready
to move away from the bank and learn how tofish deep water structure?Gerald: Biggest thing I’d probably tell you
is learn to read your electronics. Study thatstuff hard at home, read every manual, and
get you a quality depth finder, and that’sa much more efficient tool fishing deep. It’ll
save you a lot of trouble but you can learna lot of that by looking at some of the information
they have to offer whether it’s an owner’smanual or your dealer teaching you settings
but depth finder, depth finder, depth finderto move off the bank. Glenn: And here’s a really interesting hypothetical
question. Lund Explorer, he writes in. I’dlike to see a detailed plan of how you would
design two different boats, how would youequip them out from scratch. One boat would
be fully rigged with no expense spared atall and the other one would be an entry level
boat for guys just starting out. How wouldyou go about doing that?Gerald: I’d say my high end boat would be,
I’d probably got with a Triton, a 21-X3. Iwould put heated seats in it, be the number
one design, heated seats much like in yourcar that ran off solar power that got it from
one of these lids so it never ran down yourbatteries, you just flip a switch and warm
your seat as you ran. Nice built-in stereo. I’d like to be able to run about a 200 pound
thrust trolling motor, so I’d have to reinforcethe front nose for the rip and the turn of
the trolling motor, probably go with a Mercury250XS, something pretty strong, fast. Maybe a little midget stripper pole or something
to go in right here. Just a little chromeone on those tough derbies. That would be
my biggest things I’ve always wanted was designheated seats, you know. I would like lights
in the live well so when you’re fishing atnight and stuff like that you can kick on
the lights and see down in the live well. That would be my fancy one. My entry level would be a straight 18 ½ foot
fiberglass Tritan. I’d build it out at thesame type hull as this right here, the same
design, to get the speed, wouldn’t have verymuch in it. It’d have a flasher back there
and a small, like an X-28 out front. Wouldn’tget crazy on the depth-finder. I’d have me
about a 10″ jack plate manual, keep the pricedown. I’d set it up to run. I’d have most
of the storage shifted to the back and notthe front, so you would overstore it in the
front and weigh it down. I’d paint it blackand white, generic. Just a straight black
and white mean boat. There’s my two boats. Glenn: Lund Explorer also wants to know what
new technology do you think has made a positiveimpact on the sport?Gerald: Positive impact. I don’t know, I think
probably the oxygenator, all these live wellsystems that they’re getting, where they’ve
got all this extra way to keep them alive,I think stuff like that has probably made
a more positive impact than what people realizesimply because it helps keep the fish alive
and that’s what we’re out here to catch iscatch and release, so but more technology
going into live wells, I think it’s probablyoverlooked but it does make a difference. Glenn: In following up on that, Pitching Kid
wants to know what you think is going to bethe next technological breakthrough in bass
fishing?Gerald: I don’t know. They’re getting so fancy
with it man. I guess they’re going to hireus and get some kind of dog trained. Bring
him out here and let him point fish. I mean,they’ve got all these fancy depth finders,
side scan, eagle scan, mount scan, you know,I don’t know. I was hoping that you would
see somebody come out with a better weathersystem for these boats, where you can pull
up on the screen is what I look to be coming. You just pull the weather channel and just
read the weather, wind direction would bepretty nice. That’s what I predict is going
to happen.

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