Frequently Asked Questions

How do you think bass fishing has changed since 1974?

You could write a book on this, but aside from changes in tackle, lures, equipment in general and all the electronic gadgetry, you still have to find the bass and get them to bite.  I think the “catch and release” program promoted by B.A.S.S. early on has had a tremendous positive effect on the fishery.  A great percentage of anglers now release their fish and that’s a change since 1974.  There is a great deal more knowledge out there but there still is no magic lure or never fail techniques.  From the standpoint of the pros, I’ve seen them go from a bunch of good ole boys with their shirttails out to a group of polished communicators.

How do you decide which pros to use as instructors in Bass Techniques?

We develop a diverse curriculum covering mainstream and “cutting edge” techniques.  Certain pros favor certain techniques and we play to their strengths.  This lets you learn from the best of the best!  Of course, we try to include pros with name recognition too.  None of the presentations are scripted so you sometimes get contradictions between pros on an overlapping point.  That only shows that bass fishing is a variable and not an absolute.

How many students do you think have been through Bass Techniques since you started it in 1974?

Since the number of events varied from one in 1974 to twenty events each year in the eighties and then thirty events and beyond each year following that, I’d make an educated guess at over 150,000. 

Is your average bass fisherman better-informed about fishing than when you started?

Yes, but most still lack some of the basic knowledge about bass.  Many are still looking for that never-fail lure.  I guess we’re all a little guilty of that.  That may be why tackle boxes weigh fifty pounds!

To your knowledge, has a Bass Techniquees student gone on to make it in professional angling?

Yes, I’m sure we have several but we have three that went on to win the prestigious Bassmaster Classic.  Robert Hamilton in 1992, the late Bryan Kershal in 1994 and Mike Iaconelli in 2003.  All were students in at least one Bass Techniques course.  That’s a pretty strong recommendation.  A wise and successful man was once asked how you succeed in an endeavor.  He answered “Find a man who is succeeding in that endeavor, study what he is doing, and do exactly that.”  I think that has application here.

What do you want a student to take away from each session?

I want him to learn things that will make an immediate difference in catching bass and enjoying the sport.  These immediate difference-makers will vary in number, based on experience level, but every participant should learn something that will help him.