One of the biggest keys to tournament fishing success-especially if you are fishing lakes you have no experience on-is knowing how to break down a body of water to find fish quickly. That being said, knowing how to use maps to their greatest potential is of utmost importance.
My favorite time of the year is here- the post-spawn/summer! I know that's kind of weird, seeing is that most fishermen prefer the pre-spawn, spawn or even the fall, but Im a big post-spawn and summer kind of guy. A big reason for this love for the "dog days" is the fact that in many lakes, like Guntersville, the grass is beginning to grow dense- and bass love grass! Since this is time for bass to be digging into the grass, this is the time I dust off the hollow bodied frog box. Though frogs are pretty good right out of the box, today I want to help you maximize your success with these fake amphibians by making some simple adjustments.
Look around the next time you’re in a lecture; if you see someone with seriously messed-up hair, the kind of shirt Ricky Bobby would be comfortable in and a deep-red sunburn save for the exact outline of a pair of wraparound sunglasses, you just might have identified a new species of varsity athlete: the dedicated college angler.
They’re becoming easier to spot. College fishing, which traces its roots back to the early 1980s and the formation of clubs at Indiana University (IU) and Purdue University, is now a fast-growing club sport on American campuses. Varsity Bass, a leading sports blog devoted to college fishing, lists more than 300 active clubs nationwide with at least one school represented in each of the lower 48 states.
I really try to avoid using clichés as much as possible when I write about my experiences, but you just have to throw one down every once in awhile. One cliché that I hear all the time goes something like this: “Man, this sport can be so humbling sometimes. Just when you think you have things figured out, you go out and bomb.”
That one rang very true for me at the recent Lake Guntersville EverStart, where despite the fact that it is now technically considered my “home lake,” it turned out to be one of the most frustrating and disappointing multi-day tournaments I’ve fished in years.
I finished 88th.
Miles “Sonar” Burghoff has been fishing most of his life with his first tournament at age 12. Sonar grew up in Northern California where he learned to fish for bass. This created a dream for him to pursue his passion. Sonar moved to Florida and attends the University of Central Florida. When he is not hitting the books his is landing monster bass. He explained that one of the main reasons he wanted to go to Florida was to learn how to flip in the heavy cover. Sonar has always wanted to perfect his techniques “It’s like a being a chess piece, you have to make moves to be successful”. Sonar says that he wants to move towards the Midwest after college to perfect his deep diving crank baits. This will help him pursue his career in the open division. Keep an eye out for Miles Burghoff in the Future. >>> read more