Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2016, Page 52

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2016, Page 52

the mistake on Lake Mead by going back to the same areas over and over again. On Lake Mead, you really have to move around and fish a different basin every day.”

Woods likes to fish around the Echo Bay area of the lake.

Echo Bay is where the local bass club out of Las Vegas introduced smallmouth bass into the lake. The smallmouths have greatly expanded into other areas of the lake and can now be caught pretty much anywhere on the lake.

Woods noted there is some difference to the smallmouth behavior on Mead. “The fishing pressure is huge on this lake,” said Woods. “Lake Mead spots really don’t replenish like they do on other lakes.”


Both Lain and Uribe like to cover water using a variety of topwater lures and other reaction baits. “I like to use walking style baits such as Vixens and Spooks,” said Lain. “I make long casts in the clear water; so that I can travel long distances over flats.”

Both anglers employ a similar set-ups for their

topwater baits. “I use a Daiwa Tatula

7’2’’, medium glass rod for my walking

style bait and a 7’1’’, medium-action

rod for poppers,” Uribe said. “I rig both

rods up with a Tatula 100H 6.3:1 reel

and 30-pound Sunline braided line,

connected via a top-shot to 10- or 12-

pound-test Sunline mono line.”

Uribe always has a popper rigged up

and lets the bass tell him if they prefer a

popper-style bait over a walking-style

bait. For poppers, Uribe likes either a


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sized Rico or if it gets windy (which is very often), he opts for a Rio Rico.

Lain will mix in other reaction-style baits, such as ½-ounce Revenge spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. The colors for all of Lain’s lures involve shad-patterns with a hint of chartreuse.

Lain uses Daiwa J-Braid with a mono leader, so that his topwater baits don’t get caught in the braided line. The mono line serves as a buffer between the ultra-sharp hooks and the zero stretch benefits of using 30- to 50-pound braided line. Each spool up about 10-feet of mono line between their topwater baits and the mono leader.

Mead’s ultra-clear water calls for natural colored baits. Both Lain and Uribe use shad and bluegill colored baits. In fact, both agree that they usually work their topwater baits so fast that color doesn’t