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Heath Wood resides with his wife Faron and their son Carson in Mountain View, Missouri. His writings have been published in many major hunting magazines such as Predator Xtreme, Bowhunting World, Deer and Deer Hunting, Gun Digest, Turkey Country, and Game and Fish. As well as several websites and blogs for over 15 years. His favorite topics include, but are not limited to deer, turkey, and predator hunting.
Wood is a member of the Mossy Oak pro staff where he can often be found sharing tips and stories through his writings on MossyOak.com. He has also appeared on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World TV, Hunters Specialties The Stuff of Legends, Hunters Specialties popular DVD series Cuttin' and Struttin', and NWTF's Turkey Call TV. Heath loves helping introduce newcomers to the sport of hunting and working with the youth in any way possible.
In the world of bass fishing, whether fishing around a small farm pond or a professional angler competing at a high level, when struggles happen, sometimes we need to instruct like a coach, explaining to stick to the fundamentals.
The fifty-two-inch-wide boats used for fishing are ideal for traveling the narrow shoals of the winding Ozark rivers. However, they do not have much room to pack extra gear that is not necessarily essential. Many fishing trips would often begin with clear skies and warm temperatures, and then, in a blink of an eye, a dark thundering cloud would pass over, bringing heavy rain, and unless we were prepared with the proper rain gear, we would end up soaked. That is where the new packable rain gear from Whitewater Fishing will save the day.
Approximately two hours before sunset, while on the boat, a dark rain cloud began to canopy over the top of the lake. After gathering my equipment to get ready for a quick boat ride back to our cabin, I realized this gentleman had no intentions of leaving. As the rain began to fall, he urged me to grab the fishing pole from the front deck with a black plastic worm already tied and start fishing. My first cast in the rain landed six inches on the opposite side of an exposed log. Immediately after the worm hit the water, a bass hit like that of Mark McGwire hitting a baseball.
When B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro and Wisconsin native Jay Przekurat began his first year as an Elite angler in 2022, he set a personal goal to do well enough to end each tournament by cashing a check and maintaining his spot in the top half of the angler standings.
For most anglers, once fall fishing ends, their boats are pulled inside for the winter, and their rod and reels get a break until the first signs of spring. However, winter fishing can result in larger-than-average bass catches. It only takes the angler paying attention to what bass are doing and figuring out how to lure them out of their winter hiding spots.
Watching in the distance, I noticed several boats travel into the small creek arms to do most of their fishing. It wasn’t long before I heard the bass splash coming out of the water. From where I was standing, I could see a gentleman reeling in a famous Table Rock largemouth bass. As my weekend at the lake continued, my assumption of where the bass could be found was validated.
As our boat came around another shoal on the Eleven Point River, we were utterly in awe of the moon that seemed to be sitting on top of the water. While motoring down the river in complete darkness, the lights attached to the gigging rail often allow us to visualize what is ahead. This night, however, the moon sparkling off the water gave us plenty of light, along with a special appreciation for being outdoorsmen.
I received my first fishing rod, reel and accessories from my mom and dad as a birthday gift some 35 years ago. A VHS tape titled Fishing for Beginners came with the kit. All these years later, I still clearly remember one segment of that video.
Two predictable things happen when the peak of summer arrives and temperatures rise. The first is that fishermen lose some of their enthusiasm, and the second is that fish can become harder to find. Anglers take heart; it’s no big mystery.