Smallmouth BASS Exploding on Top Water Poppers

Smаllmоuth BASS Exрlоdіng оn Tор Wаtеr Pорреrѕ

>> OH!>> I GOT IT. >> YEAH, THAT WAS COOL. YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN COMING UPTHE KABETOGAMA LAKE HEREFOR YEARS NOW AND JUSTLOVE THE FISHERY. AND PREDOMINANTLY, YOU KNOW,A LOT OF PEOPLE COME UP HERE,THEY’RE COMING UP HEREFOR THE WALLEYES. AND IT’S A TREMENDOUSWALLEYE FISHERY. I MEAN IT’S JUST FULL OFTHE PRETTIEST 20 TO 25 INCHWALLEYES, ARE JUST GREENON THE BACK GOLDEN FISH. I MEAN AS TREMENDOUSWALLEYE FISHING. YOU KNOW, ONE THING THAT’SOFTEN OVERLOOKED OUT HEREIS THAT THIS FISHERY IS ALSOA TREMENDOUS SMALLMOUTHBASS FISHERY. YOU KNOW EVERY ONCE IN A WHILEWE LIKE TO KINDA MIX IT UPA LITTLE BIT. WHEN YOU HAVE THIS MANYSMALLMOUTHS OUT HERELIKE THERE IS,IT’S HARD NOT TO FISH FOR THEMONCE IN A WHILE. >> I TELL YOU WHAT,THERE ISN’T MUCH BETTER THANRIGHT THERE. >> IT’S ABOUT THATSPAWN TIME SEASON. THEY GET UP THERE AND THEY’RE,THE BUCK BASS ARE PROTECTINGNESTS AND THE FEMALESARE PREPARING TO SPAWN ANDSOMETIMES THEY CAN REALLYBE AGGRESSIVE AND YOU JUST HAVEA BLAST UP ON THIS ROCK. THERE, YOU GOT HIM? SIT RIGHT ON THAT ROCKRIGHT UP, RIGHT UPIN THAT SHALLOW. >> YEAH. THAT, THAT SPOT JUSTLOOKED FISHY. BOY, THESE FISH ARE RIGHTON THE BANK. WHOA. >> IF HE’S IN THE, OH YEAH,THAT’S A GOOD BASS TOO, JASON. THAT IS A BEAUTY. I MEAN, THAT THING WAS ALMOSTON THE BANK. >> YEAH. WHOA, WHOA. MAYBE A FOOT FROM THE ROCKSA FOOT FROM THE SHORELINE. >> YEAH. >> ALL RIGHT. THAT IS A NICE BASS. CAUGHT IT ON THAT SALMO POP. THAT IS A GREAT LOOKING FISH. YOU KNOW THESE FISH ORTHAT FISH WAS PROBABLY A FOOTFROM THE SHORELINE. >> OH, I KNOW IT. >> RIGHT UP ON THE BANK. LOVE THAT. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE ISA FUNNER WAY OR A FUNNER FISH,WHEN YOU LOOK ATSMALLMOUTH BASS ON TOPWATERS,THAT’S ABOUT AS GOODAS LIVING GETS AS FARAS I’M CONCERNED. >> I DON’T KNOW ANOTHER FISHTHAT HAS THEIR ATTITUDE. >> YEAH, THAT’S THE STAROF THE SHOW THERE. >> WE’RE GOING TO SEE A LOTOF THAT TODAY. BUT THE THING ABOUT IT IS,IS THAT IF YOU CAN FIND THATRUBBLE, GRAVEL, SAND,THAT’S WHERE THEY’RE LIVING. >> THAT IS JUST COOL. I MEAN, I DON’T KNOWHOW ANYBODY COULD NOTJUST ABSOLUTELY LOVEWHAT WE’RE DOING RIGHT NOW. >> THAT’S THE BEAUTIFUL THINGABOUT FISHING, THE SPORTOF FISHING IN GENERAL,IS THE FACT THAT YOUHAVE SO MANY DIFFERENTPRESENTATIONS YOU CAN DOAND DIFFERENT FACTSTHAT YOU CAN USE. AND, AND, UH,IF YOU WANT TO THROW TOPWATER,IF YOU WANT TO BOUNCEON THE BOTTOM WITH JIGS,I MEAN IT’S JUST EVERY DAYYOU CAN COME OUTAND ENJOY YOURSELFA DIFFERENT WAY. >> YEAH, I AGREE. >> THE THING ABOUTKABETOGAMA LAKE IS 26,000 ACRESIN VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK. IT IS BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. IT’S UNTOUCHED WILDERNESS. IT HAS HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDSOF ISLANDS, AND IT IS LOADEDWITH STRUCTURE THAT HOLDSTHESE BEAUTIFULSMALLMOUTH BASS. >> THERE, YOU GOT HIM. >> OH. >> BUT HE’LL COME BACK. HE’LL HIT AGAIN. HE’S TRYING. >> COME ON. >> HE SAYS, I WANT IT,BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW BAD. THERE YOU GOT IT. >> OH NO. >> THAT LOOKED TOO GOOD. LET’S TRY IT AGAIN. >> OH!YEAH, THAT WAS COOL. THAT WAS COOL. >> HOW DOES HE FEEL?>> OH YEAH. >> HE’S, THEY ALL FEEL FUN,I CAN TELL YOU THAT. >> YEAH, YEAH. >> I THINK IT MIGHT BE ABLETO JUST UH. . . >> NO, IT’S PRETTY DECENT. >> BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU’REHANDLING THESE TREBLE HOOKS. I CAN TELL YOU THAT RIGHT NOWWITH THESE FISH. YOU GET A GOOD GRIP. PRETTY COLOR FISH, ISN’T IT?>> YEAH, IT IS. I LIKE IT WHEN THEY GETTHOSE CHEETAH SPOTS. >> YOU KNOW IF YOU ASKEDA HUNDRED FISHERMENWHY THEY COME TO KABETOGAMA,99 OF THEM WOULD TELL YOUTHEY’RE COMINGTO CHASE WALLEYES. AND FOR GOOD REASON,IT’S LOADED WITH WALLEYES. MY HEAD IS WITH THE WALLEYE. MY HEART IS WITHA SMALLMOUTH BASS. THEY’RE AN EXCITING FISHTO FISH. THERE’S ALWAYS GOOD ACTIONON ‘EM. AND THIS LAKE IS LOADEDWITH THEM. >> SO THIS IS THE SPRINGOF THE YEAR. WE’RE OUT HERE FISHINGLATE MAY, EVEN IN EARLY JUNE,THE WATER TEMPERATURESWILL GO FROM IN THATLOW 50 RANGE UPTO THE MID 60 RANGE. AND DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME,THESE SMALLMOUTH BASSARE HEADING UP TO THE BANKSDOING THEIR SPAWNING,MAKING THEIR NEST. THE BUCK BASS, THE FEMALES,THEY’RE ALL UP THERE GETTINGREADY TO SPAWN. SO YOU CAN ATTACK THEMWITH TOPWATER BAITS,ANY KIND OF SPINNER BAITTHAT YOU WANT. THEY’RE READY TO OBLIGE YOUIN THAT. >> THERE, YOU GOT HIM. OKAY. >> HOW’S THAT FOR SOME FUN?>> YEAH, IT IS FUN. >> YOU KIND OF SEETHAT COTTONWOOD IS BLOWINGON THE LAKE HERE. >> AND THEY’RE HIDING IN THERE. GET THE NET FOR YOU, JASON. >> ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, SIR. >> YEAH, YOU BET. >> I’LL UNHOOK HIM HERE. BOY THIS ONE’S HOOKSALL OVER IN IT. THERE WE GO. ALL RIGHT, FUN STUFF. YEAH, HOOKS LOOK ALL GOOD. YOU KNOW, I THINK WHAT I LOVEABOUT FISHING TOPWATERSIS THAT, YOU KNOW,FIRST OFF YOU’RE ACTIVE,YOU’RE MOVING. YOU KNOW, YOU’RE CASTINGAND REELING,CASTING AND REELING. YOU’RE DOING SOMETHINGALL THE TIME. AND IT’S ALSO JUST A LOTOF EXCITEMENT,A LOT OF STIMULATIONIN THE SENSE THATWHEN A FISH COMES UPAND HITS IT, FISH MISSES IT,SOME FISH JUST BURNA MEMORY IN YOUR MINDAS FAR AS JUST CRUSHINGTHAT LURE. AND IT’S EXCITING FISHING. AND YOU KNOW,SO MOST OF ALLWHEN I’M OUT TO FISH,YOU KNOW, I’M OUT THERETO HAVE FUN. I CAN THINK OF FEW THINGSFUNNER THAN JUST WATCHING FISHBLOW UP ON A TOPWATER. AND IF THERE’S ONE FISHIN PARTICULAR THAT LOVESTO COME OUT AND PLAY,IT’D BE A SMALLMOUTH BASS. >> GOT ‘EM?>> YEAH. HE SUCKED IT IN. JUST KISSED IT. >> YEAH, HE DID. HE KISSED IT. >> OH, I GOT ONE, HIT MINE. >> YOU GOT ONE CHASINGYOU TOO?>> YEAH. MISSED IT. >> I TELL YOU WHAT,PRETTY COMMON WITH THESE BASSWHEN YOU CATCH ‘EM,THEY’LL COME IN WITH THREEOR FOUR OTHER BASSFOLLOWING THEM. >> IT’S RELAXING. >> YOU KNOW THE KEY THINGABOUT SMALLMOUTH BASS FISHINGWHEN YOU’RE DOING TOPWATER,IS YOU CAN KIND OF PICKWHERE YOU THROW. THERE ARE SOME DIFFERENT UH,UH, SHORELINES THAT WILL HAVEA SHEER ROCK WALL. THERE’S NOT REALLY A LOTOF BASS ON THAT AREA. THEY’RE LOOKING FORTHAT RUBBLE ROCK, THE SAND,AREAS WHERE THEY’RE SPAWNING. THERE’S CRAYFISH UNDERNEATHTHERE. WHEN YOU’RE OUT HERE FISHING,YOU CAN ELIMINATE A LOT OFTHE WATER BY JUST SAYING THIS,YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT THISAND SAYING, IT’S TOO DEEP OFA DROP OFF RIGHT HERE,THOSE BASS AREN’T HANGINGIN THAT AREA RIGHT THERE. AND LOOK FOR THE BOULDERSTHAT ARE UNDER THE WATER,THE TREES THAT ARE HANGINGOVER THE WATER AND YOU’LL SAVEA LOT OF TIME BY JUST SKIPPINGTO THE NEXT SPOT,NEXT SPOT. AND THESE LAKES UP HEREAT KABETOGAMA, IT’S COMPLETELYLOADED WITH GOOD TERRITORYLIKE THAT. >> OOH. >> HE’S UNDERNEATH THAT LOG. YOU SEE THAT LOG UNDERNEATHTHE WATER THERE, JASON?>> YEP. >> HE LIVED THERE. >> FIRST CAST, WHAM. THAT’S A NICE BASS. >> YEAH, IT IS. NOT BAD FISH. >> YOU’RE JUST LIVING UNDERNEATHTHAT LOG. WAITING FOR MR. SALMOTO COME BY. >> OH, AND I’M TELLING YOUSOMETHING, HE’S FLAT INHALEDTHIS BAIT. >> I THINK WE’LL GO AHEADAND NET HIM. >> YEAH. >> TOO MANY TREBLESIN THEM LIPS. >> YEAH. >> LOOK AT, LOOK AT THIS BAIT. >> IT’S JUST GONE. >> YEAH, YOU SEE IT. . . >> I CAN’T EVEN SEE THE BAIT. HE HAS NOW,HUSKY LITTLE FISH TOO. I MEAN, YOU TALK ABOUTA FISH WANTING TO EAT A BAIT. >> THAT’S FOR SURE. >> YOU COULDN’T EVEN SEETHAT BAIT ANYMORE. SHE’S LIVING RIGHT UNDERNEATHTHAT LOG. AND UH, I THINK JUST ABOUTAS SOON AS IT HIT THE WATER,A COUPLE OF LITTLE SNAPSAND THAT RIGHT THERE. THERE WAS NO ESCAPING FORTHAT BAIT, THAT WAS AN ABSOLUTESWALLOW JOB THERE. >> OH, THAT’S A GOOD FISH. THAT’S A GOOD FISH. WHOA. >> I MEAN HE JUMPED OFF A ROCKTO GRAB IT. HE WAS RIGHT ON TOP. >> OH. HE’S DARK TOO. THERE’S GOING TO BE A COOLLOOKING FISH. THAT WAS COOL. >> THEY STARTED DIGGINGFOR DEEP WATER YOU KNOW,YOU GOT SOME WEIGHT TO THEM. >> HE WAS WAY UP THERE. >> OH. >> NOT A BAD GATOR AT ALL. >> NO. >> ALL RIGHT. THAT’S A NICE BONUS, HUH?THE FISH CAME OFF IN THE NET. >> A LITTLE BONUS. >> YEAH, HERE. GET MY HANDS UNDERNEATH HER. GUESS SHE’S JUST BIG ENOUGHTO HURT YOU. THERE WE GO. THAT’S COOL. THAT’S SOME PRETTYIMPRESSIVE TEETH. >> YEAH, FOR FEEDING ONTHOSE SMALL FISH. >> YUP. ALL RIGHT. THERE. FUN. >> OH, GOT ‘EM! >> THAT’S COOL. YEAH, THESE FISH ARE UPIN PRETTY SHALLOW WATER. >> YOU KNOW, THAT’S A PERFECTEXAMPLE OF THE AREATHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. LOOK AT ALL THE GRAVELAND RUBBLE ROCK UP THERE. RIGHT NEXT TO SOME SAND,THAT GOOD TRANSITIONAND THE POINT. I MEAN YOU’VE GOT ITALL RIGHT THERE. >> YOU KNOW YOU GET UP HEREEARLY IN THE YEARAND AS SOON AS THAT SUN SHINES,THESE FISH WILL MOVE UPSHALLOW. AND THEY’RE, YOU KNOW,THEY’RE MOVING UPON THESE SAND,GRAVEL ROCK AREAS. AND TYPICALLY THEY’RE,THEY’RE MOVING UP ON BANKSTHAT ARE CONNECTEDTO THE MAINLANDOR IN SOME CASESREALLY LARGE ISLANDS. BUT JUST THAT WATERTHAT WARMS UP QUICKER. YOU KNOW, YOU’RE TRYINGTO FIND THAT,THAT PROTECTED WATER THAT,THAT IS WARM, HAS THE RIGHTBOTTOM COMPOSITION. AND YOU KNOW,A LOT OF TIMES YOU MIGHTHAVE A 50 YARD STRETCH. THEN YOU MIGHT MOVE 10 YARDSWHERE THERE’S NOTHINGAND IT GETS MUCKY BOTTOMOR THERE MIGHT BE SOMECATTAILS GROWING. THEN YOU GET ANOTHER15 YARDS STRETCH. ONCE YOU IDENTIFYWHAT THE SWEET SPOTS ARE,YOU TRY TO SPEND AS MUCH TIMEFISHING THE GOOD STUFF,SPEED THROUGH THE NOTSO GOOD STUFF. YOU KNOW, YOU’RE JUST TRYINGTO EITHER CAST BEDSTHAT YOU CAN SEEONCE THESE FISH MOVE UPON BEDS. IF THEY’RE NOT ON BEDS,FISH THOSE BIG ROCKSTHAT YOU CAN SEE. USUALLY THAT’S WHEREWE’RE GOING TO FIND THESESMALLMOUTHS EARLY IN THE YEAR. >> I NEVER CAUGHT A BAD BASS. >> GETTING A LITTLE SHOW, HUH?. >> WELL YOUR PERSISTENCEPAID OFF. HE KEPT FIRING BACK DOWN. >> I THINK THAT WAS LIKE FIFTHCAST INTO THAT LITTLE POCKETTHERE. WHEN I SEE A POCKET,I GOT LIKE GOT TO GO,IF I WAS A BASS,I’D LIVE THERE. >> SO I KEPT GOING BACKAND LITTLE JUNIOR WITH BACKIN THERE. HE’D BEEN CAUGHT BEFORE. YOU JUST LOVE THOSE POPPERS,DON’T YOU, BUDDY?YOU KNOW, JASON AND I TARGETEDSMALLMOUTH ALL DAY LONG. AND WHAT WE FOUNDAND WHAT WE TYPICALLY WILL FINDIS IF YOU FIND SOME CALM WATER,A LITTLE OUT OF THAT WIND,FIND THE CUTS AND THE BAYSWHERE THOSE SMALLMOUTHBASS CONGREGATE AROUNDTHE BIG BOULDERS AND STUFF. BUT TRY TO GET ONIN THOSE BAYS,IN THOSE CUT INS,WHAT WE CALL A CUT INAND YOU’LL FINDTHOSE SMALLMOUTH BASSPRETTY MUCH LOCATEDIN THOSE AREAS. YOU CAN ALSO COME AROUNDTHOSE POINTS WHERE THAT CURRENTCOMES AROUND AND A LOT OFBASS WILL BE SITTING ON TOPOF THOSE POINTSWHERE THAT CURRENT IS. >> HEY, THAT FISH JUSTLICKED IT OFF THE SURFACE. >> HOW DID IT FEEL?>> FUN. THAT’S HOW IT FEELS, JUST FUN. THEY ARE SO STRONG,RIGHT ON THAT POINT. >> LOOK AT THAT. >> THE GREAT PART ABOUTKABETOGAMA IS IT’S BASICALLYA GREAT BIG SECRET WHEN ITCOMES TO SMALLMOUTH BASS. THERE ARE A LOT OF LAKES THATWILL PRODUCE GOOD NUMBERSOF SMALLMOUTH BASS AND MOSTOF THEM ARE WELL KNOWN. ON KABETOGAMA AND NAMAKAN,WHERE WE’RE FISHING HERE TODAY,UH, IT’S NOT THAT WELL KNOWN. IT’S A BIG SECRET. AND I’LL TELL YOU,YOU CAN COME UP HEREAND YOU’LL HAVE A LOTOF THE LAKE TO YOURSELF. >> I TELL YOU WHAT,THERE ISN’T MUCH BETTERTHAN RIGHT THERE. >> YOU KNOW ALL THE SHOWSWE FILMED UP HERE IN THE PASTAND WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN UP HEREIN MID SUMMER,ALL THE WAY UP UNTIL LATE FALL. TRADITIONALLY, YOU KNOW,WE FOUND FISH ON,ON DEEP STRUCTURE, DEEP ROCKS,YOU KNOW, ANYWHERE FROM SAY 15ALL THE WAY OUTTO 40 FEET OF WATER. YOU KNOW, ONE THING THATI’VE ALWAYS HEARD WHENEVERI’VE BEEN UP HERE IS, OH,YOU SHOULD COME UP HEREIN THE SPRINGWHEN WE’RE CATCHING ALLTHESE SMALLMOUTHS IN LESS THANTHREE FEET OF WATER. YOU KNOW, I’VE SEENTHE SMALLMOUTH BASSIN THIS LAKEAND I KNOW WHAT THIS LAKEIS CAPABLE OF, BUT MAN,THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN. AND SO THIS YEAR I KEPTIN TOUCH WITH TIM. AND YOU KNOW WHEN HE SAID,IT’S ON, WE WERE HERE. YOU KNOW, I TELL YOU WHAT,THIS LAKE IS JUST CRAWLINGWITH SMALLMOUTHS. THIS IS A LOT OF FUN TO FISH. >> GOT HIM?>> YEAH, I GOT HIM. >> ALL RIGHT, EASY. >> THERE’S THAT LITTLE DIPIN THERE. SEE HOW THEY COME OUTOF THAT DIP JASON?ATTACK MODE. >> NOT A BAD LOOKING FISH. >> YEAH, NOT A BAD FISHAT ALL, JASON. WITH THAT FIRE TIGER. I SWITCH COLORS THERE. >> YEAH, LOOK AT THAT RED EYETHERE, FOR SURE. OH MAN. >> LOOK AT THAT. >> THAT’S A NICE FISH. >> THAT IS A REALLY GOOD FISH. THAT’S A NICE FISH. >> BOY, THEY’RE JUST GORGEOUS. >> COME HERE, GIRL. COME HERE, SWEETIE. JUST HANG ON. >> YOU KNOW, ONCE YOU GET OUTON KABETOGAMA LAKE IT’S,YOU KNOW, YOU’RE BASICALLY INTHE VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK. AND SO IT FEELS VERY REMOTEBECAUSE IT’S UNDEVELOPEDFOR THE MOST PART. THAT’S KIND OF UNIQUEIN TODAY’S WORLD. I MEAN YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK ATMOST LAKES AND YOU KNOWYOU’VE GOT CABINSALL AROUND THE LAKE. YOU’VE GOT PEOPLE JET SKIING,YOU’VE GOT DOCKSTHAT YOU’RE FISHING. YOU KNOW, THAT’S JUSTTHE WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY. BUT YOU’VE COME UP HEREAND IT’S LIKE TRAVELING BACKIN TIME IN A SENSE. YOU GO OUT TO ALL THESEISLANDS AND JUST BEAUTIFUL,BEAUTIFUL LAKE. YOU’LL SEE A FEW BOATS FISHINGONCE IN A WHILE,BUT YOU JUST DON’T SEE ANYBODY. WHAT’S REALLY COOL ABOUT THIS,WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THISLIKE LAKE THE MOST IS THATIF SOMETHING LOOKS FISHY,THERE’S FISH ON IT. WHY?BECAUSE USUALLY THERE’S BEENNOBODY IN FRONT OF YOUTO FISH IT. >> OH YEAH. WOW. THAT WAS CRANKED ON THIS GIRL. >> OH YEAH, THAT’S A GOOD ONE. >> HERE. >> ALL RIGHT, TIM. NICE FISH. >> NICE FISH. >> THAT IT IS JUST GORGEOUS. HUH?>> THAT’S A GOOD FEELINGRIGHT THERE, JASON. >> THAT IS. GORGEOUS, TIM. >> CAN YOU SEE THE BELLYON THAT FISH?MY GOODNESS SAKES. >> YEAH. >> I DON’T KNOW. THAT’S WHAT I CALL FUNRIGHT THERE, JASON. >> THAT IS FUN, HUH? >> YES SIR. >> JUST LOVE THE ATTITUDETHEY HAVE. >> YOU BET. WELL, THANK YOU, SIS. >> THERE!GOT ‘EM! >> OH. >> THAT FISH WAS SHALLOW. >> USUALLY BRING A FRIENDWITH IT. >> THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUTLAKE KABETOGAMA IS THERE’SPLENTY OF LODGING FOR YOU. WE HAVE KABETOGAMALAKE ASSOCIATION. GO TO KABETOGAMA. COM. THERE’S GOING TO BE A NUMBEROF A VARIETY OF RESORTSTHAT WILL CATER TO FAMILIESAND CORPORATE GROUPS. MANY OF THEM HAVE SWIMMINGPOOLS AND HOT TUBS,RESTAURANTS, BAR AND GRILL,LOTS OF WATER SPORTS KAYAKS,CANOES, PONTOON RENTALS,BOAT RENTALS. SO JUST GET ON KABETOGAMA. COM,FIND A RESORT THAT’LL FITYOUR FAMILY AND WE’LL SEE YOUON THE WATER.

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