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KVD Tips

KVD gives you tips straight from the pro circuit.

Hot weather fishing

When it’s really hot, bass move to shade and current. It’s a great time to fish moving water and boat docks. And when it gets uncomfortable, I’ll jump in the water to cool off or go for a fast boat ride!

Shaky Head Fishing

Seasons: All Year
Time of Day: Anytime
Knot: Palomar
Weights: 1/8oz to 3/8oz. Mainly 3/16oz or 1/4oz

Tips: Shake or Drag bait on the bottom
Technique: Use your finger on the line and feel the bite.
Trends: More and more anglers are using this technique
Secrets: Try it in tough conditions or post fronts
How long have I been using it: 10+ years
How often do I use it: Roughly 10%

Rod: Quantum 7’ Medium Tour Edition
Reel: Quantum Energy E40 PT
Line: Bass Pro Shops XPS 8-10lb Fluorocarbon
Hook: Football or Normal Jig Head
Bait: StrikeKing 3X Finesse 4” – 7 “
Colors: Watermelon and Green Pumpkin

Other Thoughts: Don’t be shy about trying a Creature Bait or Craw.

Wacky / Finesse Fishing

Seasons: Spring to Fall
Time of Day: Anytime
Knot: Palomar
Weights: Either weighted hook or finishing nail in one end
Sight Fishing: Definitely

Tips: Look for targets: stumps, docks, and lay-downs
Technique: Use your finger on the line or watch the line for strikes
Trends: More and more anglers are using this technique
Secrets: Try it in tough conditions or post fronts
How long have I been using it: 8-10 years ago
How often do I use it: Roughly 10%

Rod: Quantum 7’ Medium Tour Edition
Reel: Quantum Energy E40 PT
Line: Bass Pro Shops XPS 8-10lb Fluorocarbon
Hook: Mustad Weedless Wacky Hook
Bait: Strike King Zero:
Colors: Watermelon and Green Pumpkin – Clear Water, June Bug – Dark / Stained Water

What about Power fishing?

People always ask me about being labeled as a “Power fisherman”.
Realize that just because my trolling motor is on high and my boat is moving along pretty fast, it doesn’t mean that my lure is moving fast. In fact, my lure may be sitting perfectly still.
Power finesse is all about efficiency. It’s about making as many quality presentations to prime targets as you possibly can in a limited amount of time.

Summer Fishing

In the heat of the summer, I like to start off with a top water bait early in the morning. This way you can see if you can capitalize on aggressive fish.