My son and I had the pleasure today of meeting Jimmy Houston. For those who don’t recognize the name, he has been a TV fishing personality for about 30 years, is a successful BASS tournament winner, and an author of several books. He is always laughing on his TV show, and he’s the one that kisses the bass he catches before he releases them (just the females, he says).
Jimmy was making an appearance at our local Concord Bass Pro Shop for their Fall Fishing Classic sale. As I mentioned, he is an author, and I have one of his books, a Christian daily devotional called “Catch of the Day.” It was a Father’s Day gift from my wife a few years ago, and I read it all the time. It has lots of fishng tips, and some very good messages about having a relationship with Christ. I recommend the book to anyone. Now, this blog isn’t a religious forum, but one of the things I admire most about Jimmy Houston is he is not ashamed to say he is a Christian. In Matthew 10:33 Jesus said, “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.” Jimmy will get a personal introduction to the Father when he gets to Heaven.
Jimmy gave a 30 minute seminar on jig fishing and crankbait fishing that was very informative. He demonstrated why when fishng a jig you need to keep the rod tip high and just move the jig slightly. Your rod sensitivity to a strike diminishes as you lower the tip. Your rod is most sensitive when the tip is up. Just be sure to reel down before you set the hook. More rods are broken “high-sticking” than any other way, with the possible exception of car doors. As for crankbaits, Jimmy’s best tip was to make sure you tune the lure to run straight. That’s the best way to achieve maximum depth from the bait. But the best advice he gave all afternoon was to get very accustomed to what your lure feels like when it doesn’t have a fish on it. Then, when you feel anything different than that, set the hook. Most guys try to learn to know the feel when a fish is biting their lure, but that happens far less often than not biting, and we fish today with so many different lures, it has to be easier to learn what it feels like with no fish on it.
Jig fishing and crankbait fishing are two very good presentations for bass, but they really work best with two different types of rod. A soft tip and a good backbone for hooksets works great for that jig fishing, but for throwing crankbaits all day you should have a moderate action rod, graphite, about seven feet long. That’s my preference. You could go with glass, but they are heavier, and will tire you out faster. Have both rods rigged and in the boat. If you need help determining a good choice for either of these baits, email me and I’ll be glad to help.
We’re coming into crankbait season now. Are you ready?