Hollowell Signs on to Host New WFN Show - the Bass Dr.
Todd recently announced his signing on to host a new hit fishing show on the World Fishing Network (WFN) called the Bass Dr. Stay tuned for updates on the journey that lies ahead....
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The Castaic umbrella rigs allow fisherman to catch more bass. When bass school offshore, they often form in groups of hundreds of fish.
Being the opportunistic predators they are, bass will attack schools of minnows and the Castaic umbrella rig looks just like a school of minnows.
Cast the rig, count it down to the correct depth and hang on! It's very common to catch multiple bass on one cast. Even 5 bass have been captured on one cast!
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Riding off the momentum of 2013, I'm looking forward to taking it to the next level in 2014. With a full tournament schedule on the horizon, I'm keeping my skills sharp and eyes on the prize. You can follow me on tour by checking out my Tournament Trail page with my complete schedule with results as they come in. Check back often and hope to see you on the water.
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One of the things that always gets my attention at the end of the fishing season is just how much abuse our bodies take as professional anglers. I’m sure there arguments on both sides of this question, but I have to ask it anyways – are pro fishermen really pro athletes? I’m going to argue that we are. Take a look around at the top FLW Tour pros and I guarantee that you will find that most of these names could outperform most others in their age group in a CrossFit competition. Some of these guys are even former pro athletes.
In my opinion, the sport has evolved – the more endurance you have and the more mentally tough you become, the more it shows in the standings. Guys like Tharp, Christie and Dudley all come to mind – these guys are athletes and I believe it’s a reason why they are among the best in the sport. And it’s why I spend a lot of time in the gym both during the season and in the off-season. In order to keep up with the young guns in the sport, it’s not an option for me at the age of 37 to stay out of the gym.
Let’s start with the physical aspects of this sport. We endure long boat rides, some of which get very bumpy and violent at times, at speeds of 70-plus mph. This puts a lot of stress on our back and core muscles through severe punishment. And if your body isn’t strong, you will certainly feel sore the next day. In practice, we’re sometimes on our feet for 12 to 14 hours a day while making thousands of casts. Can you imagine a baseball pitcher throwing a thousand pitches over 12 to 14 hours, doing it repeated for four days in a row? Thankfully, FLW gives us a day off between our three-day practice period and our four tournament days. At least that day gives our bodies and our minds a chance to recover, along with time to reconnect with the world.
Nutrition also plays a big role. The pros that I know who work the most hours and have the most endurance have all found ways to hydrate and feed their bodies properly so that they can keep up the pace. Most pros that I know will absolutely insist that you use a fuel additive when fueling up your boat to protect your boat’s fuel system. So why don’t we take the fuel we need for our bodies that seriously? Instead of sodas full of sugar or candy bars that cause your body to crash, replace those with water and healthy sports drinks that replace electrolytes. It’s also important to eat every 3 to 4 hours. There are plenty of foods that are convenient for your boat – you don’t have to settle for canned meat, crackers, and candy bars. Try to stock up on foods like almonds, carrots, oranges, cheese slices, bananas (yes bananas are in my boat), beef jerky, CLIF bars, celery sticks, yogurt cups and turkey slices. These healthy foods will keep your internal motor running all day long.
Not only do exercise and nutrition play a role in the daily grind as a pro, but I believe that it helps with enduring a long season. In my opinion, the angler who thinks of himself and trains as an athlete has an edge … don’t you agree?
Get in the Zone Quicker
Maximize Your Casting Distance and Time in the Strike
Zone When Fishing Deep
If you are like some shallow river rats, it can be painful to fish 20+ feet deep and think about all of he time wasted while watching your bait is sinking to the bottom. Well, the fact is, at certain times of the year and on certain bodies of water, fishing deep isn’t just an option – it’s a necessity for you to put fishin the boat.
This Prescription of the Week offers up three essential tips for maximizing
your casting distance and the time your bait spends in the strike zone when you
are fishing deep.
First, make sure you are using a long rod – one that will allow you to make
super long casts. When I’m fishing deep swimbaits, I favor the Bulldawg Rod BD711HC, which is a 7’11” Heavy rod that was designed specifically for swimbaits and umbrella rig-type lures. It features the new Microwave Guide System designed by the late Doug Hannon and the American Tackle Company, which won the Best New Fishing Accessory Product award at the 2013 ICAST show. These new guides not only increase your distance, but increase your accuracy too.
Next, a common mistake I see weekend anglers make is that they use monofilament line when fishing deep structure. Monofilament and braided line both float and work against your bait which is trying to get to the bottom. Make sure you are using a quality fluorocarbon, like Vicious Elite Fluorocarbon, because it sinks and helps to get your bait to the bottom and stay in the strike zone faster. Not only that, but it has low-stretch properties that allow you to feel your bait with increased sensitivity – AND it’s invisible to the fish.
Last, fluorocarbon line tends to dry out over time – so it’s important to use a line conditioner like Reel Magic. Apply it before you start your day and once more about halfway through your day, andyou will notice that your casts are smoother and achieve greater distances.
Using the right rod, combined with the right line that is well conditioned will help you make longer casts and keep your bait in the strike zone longer. See you on the water!
In an effort to bring the pros closer to the fans, FLW has announced the creation of FLW Podcast. During each audio podcast, FLW hosts Joe Opager and Jody White will discuss a variety of different issues of interest to bass-fishing fans. In addition, during select podcasts, Opager and White will also interview a compelling FLW Tour pro in an attempt to get their thoughts on myriad intriguing topics.
In the second episode, FLW Podcast hosts Joe Opager and Jody White talk about the biggest bags in FLW Tour competition, the BFL Regionals, and have a lengthy conversation with FLW Tour pro Todd Hollowell about 2014, angler safety, and more.
To listen to this podcast episode click below:
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