Whatever you decide to do, whether it’s sales, construction, automotive or sports there is a learning curve to get past before you enter into the elite pro level. I have learned this lesson many times, thinking I had all the answers when it came to managing or selling situation only to find out I was massively off target. In talking with James Biggs, FLW Touring Professional, he shares his seasonal pattern advice.
When you are a rookie on the FLW no one does you any favors. The only help you receive is from your memory bank of practice and time on the water under similar conditions. When James Biggs rolls up to a new lake he spends time focusing on what his strength is. But before he hits the water he does his research. He goes online and looks at Google Earth and zeroes in on the what he believes the seasonal pattern will be. So mixing the seasonal patterns and online research will help you put more bass in the boat. Here are the four basic seasonal patterns:
- Winter Time Fun Time Where The Bass Hold To The Vertical Bluff Walls And Aren’t That Active.
- Realize There Are Two Patterns Going On In The Spring. You Have Post Spawn Fish & Shad Spawn In The Northern Zone and Spawning Fishing In The Southern Zone.
- Summer Brings The Bass Out Over Deep Water Holding To Deep Structure.
- Fall The Bass Push The Shad Shallow & Begin The Feeding Frenzy Known As The Fall Feed Up
Once you understand the circle of the life pertaining to bass you will match your strength with the seasonal pattern and according to James Biggs, “That’s When The Magic Happens!” Time spent on the water studying and understanding what the season is bringing will make you an accomplished angler and prepares you for the next step in tournament fishing. For more insight and great information check out James Biggs Fishing.
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As a freshwater guy I don’t know much about tides, tidal charts, moon phases or anything else that could leave you high and dry and out of the fishing when you hit the salt. However, what I do know about tides is that they change. Change is good and we need to evolve in what we are doing in order to constantly grow. Think of it like this, when Gordon Gecko was walking in with the brick cell phone in the early ninety’s who would have thought that a few decades later we all would have more power in our hands than was on the Apollo 13 trip to the moon. Like I said change is good and evolving is paramount. Here is the new publishing schedule for Kayak Bass Adventures.
The blog will publish three days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. I feel that there is enough content across the industry to keep it fresh and conversational. Here is a menu of how the days will break out and what will be covered:
- Tuesday: Interviews with people within the fishing community. These could be fellow kayak anglers, FLW Pros, BASS Elite Pros or people in the Outdoor Retail sector.
- Wednesday: I will talk about fashion, gear, new baits or some type of fishing related product. I like fashion!
- Thursday: This will be a free for all with guest hosts, video blog or some sort of wacky life advice.
As you can see there is going to be a ton of action across Kayak Bass Adventures. I feel that the tide is rising for all of kayak fishing and especially kayak bass fishing, so jump on and ride the waves. I look forward to your comments and suggestions. As for tidal reports and conditions on the big water I leave that to my friends at 30 Miles Out and Yak Fish TV.
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Whether you’re in an office, a shop, behind a desk or in the great outdoors one thing lets people know that you are an angler. It took me some time to figure this out and one day on my way into a big meeting my client asks if I fished? I said, yes, how’d you know? He told me that no regular person would have a set of goggles around his neck like that unless he spent some time on the water. After saying this he goes into his brief case and grabbed his. We spent time talking fishing and eventually secured the business. We make statements all the time some are loud and some are subtle. There is no bigger statement you can make than with your eyewear!
Kayak Bass Adventures chooses to wear Smith Optics. Not only are they cool and fashionable, which is extremely important, they are functional on every level. We choose the Smith Optics Chromapop lenses for five tactical reasons:
1. Five times more scratch resistant than a plastic lenses.
2. Lighter than plastic and glass.
3. Anti reflective coating on the back of the lenses preventing sidelight reflections.
4. Smith uses free polarization which does away with the need of having a film or glue on the lenses.
5. Great fits & Large Selection; Very Stylish!
Whether you are inside or outside Smith Optics has a pair of glasses that will fit into whatever you are doing. Don’t forget that you make statements out there. Smith Optics makes a huge statement, with their lifetime warranty. You heard correctly, I said lifetime, for more insight or to find your local Smith Optics dealer check out http://www.SmithOptics.com. These glasses can do it all from helping you find common ground in a business meeting to giving you a comfortable fit, while protecting you from the flying hooks or harmful rays.
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In the beginning there was a kid who wanted to fish. That beginning turned out a determined, knowledgeable and formidable competitor at the highest level of the FLW, the Forest Wood Cup. Before we tell you about the greatness achieved and the single largest contributing bait to his success; let’s take a minute and follow the trail that leads to the top of the world in bass fishing. The professional angler I speak of is James Biggs and we had a chance to catch up during one of his many appearances. During this session he expressed to me exactly where he had come from and where he wants to go in fishing.
James was introduced into fishing by his dad. They loved hitting small ponds and lakes around their home. James told me that from a very early age he wanted to become a pro. I looked at him and said that I had the same feelings and what had propelled him and stopped me? The answer is passion and a thirst for knowledge and the commitment to take it to the next level. When James turned sixteen he began fishing TBF tournaments as a co-angler. According to James it’s amazing what you can learn from the back seat, if you just listen? The drive for knowledge made him understand that you have to be confident in what you are throwing and how you are fishing it. This quote from James summed it up for me “It doesn’t matter if you fish super slow or have the trolling motor up to a hundred miles per hour; fish to your strengths!”
We have all heard the term, Jack of all trades and master of none. To be a pro angler you have to be a master of all. James Biggs is versatile, but it didn’t happen overnight. He told me that growing up he would pick out one technique a year whether it’s cranking, jigging or Carolina rigging you keep fishing it and learning the conditions that are great or not so great for the presentation. James goes on to say that by practicing and learning the modifications on leader size or jig weight you get the confidence that you can force feed a bass the Carolina Rig in two feet of water in forty degree weather. If there was one thing I grabbed from James during our visit it was confidence, confidence and confidence. To be the best you have to believe that you have the knowledge, the knowhow, and the equipment to get the job done. You add extreme confidence to that recipe and you have a champion.
We had a great time rolling back and forth and talking fishing. The things I took away from our visit were have I been studying techniques enough to know they will work? Have I ever been throwing something I had no clue how to fish when cash is on the line? I have many more questions, but times running short. Standby for the next installment where James Biggs tells us about the ups and downs of fishing at the highest levels!
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Remember when you were a kid and your parents said that you could be anything you wanted to be, if you tried hard enough? That sounded great to a twelve or fourteen year old kid, but as you aged and you had not found a direction you might have heard your folks or others say just do something! You may be wondering why I would start a fishing blog post with a those sentences? Well, I feel that in our sport, kayak fishing; we need more people daring to dream the impossible.
As I cruise and talk to folks on the road I always hear, “Man, I would love to be able to make a living at this outdoors, kayak fishing thing.” That dream sentence is smashed less than ten seconds after it’s said by the one who has the dream. That is a shame! Others will say to the dreamer, “there are only 5 people in the world who make a living riding a kayak”. These folks need to stop limiting hopes and dreams of those who want to climb the rope and make it to the top. So there are only 5? Is there room for more?
Dreams are great things and they are yours, don’t let the haters, trolls and others who prey on stealing your joy get you down. Those people wish they had the intestinal fortitude to give it a shot. One thing I have learned about haters and trolls is that they lack heart! When you have the heart and the courage to pursue the mission through to completion, no one can stop you. Dreamers who dream the big dream have to be focused and stay the course or else it remains just a dream. Here a five tips to help you stay on course:
1. Write down your end goal. How does it look when you achieve the dream?
2. Step through your dream detail by detail – call it a strategic plan.
3. Be willing to put the ground work in and stay on course even when you feel that you are failing.
4. Seek wise counsel & surround yourself with a team of encouragers.
5. It’s your dream and you have to nurture it. No one can deliver it for you.
Remember the kid who wanted to be the Astronaut, policeman or Professional Kayak Angler? It’s still in there and may just need to be unlocked. There is plenty of room on the stage for as many people who have the courage, the dream and the desire to help grow a limitless sport!
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Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Xcite Baits pro, James Biggs. As a weekend warrior and amateur outdoor media guy I was excited to hear from someone that is competing at one of the highest levels in bass fishing. This year James finished seventeenth in his first Forrest Wood Cup, so obviously he has skins on the wall and knowledge that we can all take with us to the water.
My biggest questions seem to center around techniques and baits. As you all know, I have a small tackle problem and am easily swayed into the popular tactic of the moment. Putting that front and center I asked James how he developed his skills in fishing different styles. The first thing that he said to me was fish with what you are comfortable and confident with. Well, examining my tackle selection that can change by the minute. In drilling deeper in the question of how do you get comfortable and confident he said practice. When you aspire to be a great tournament fisherman you have to be versed in mucho tactics. His advice to me was to only take the bait that I wanted to learn and throw it for an entire month. During that month you should gain the knowledge of how it works, how you can modify it and the best conditions to throw it in.
The next topic was about learning and listening. When you are coming up in the sport don’t be afraid to ask questions, go to demo days and seminars. To master anything you have to put the time in. I think that a lot of us, me included, just expect to roll up to lake, throw the bait in and hold on for the Double Digit that is assured to bite. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. In order to fish at the level of touring pros or great club guys you have to do the research, ask the questions and spend the time on the water learning what you’re doing.
It is always good to sit at the feet of the master, but it’s what you take what you have learned from the meeting and better yourself with the information. Here are my three quick takeaways: Be Confident, Never Stop Asking Questions and Put in The Time! These three things will make you a better person and also improve your bass fishing. We’d love to hear from you guys and what you think so feel free to drop us a comment.
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