Posts Tagged ‘bass’

Triple Threat™ Strikes First At Kentucky Lake

April 23, 2012

NEW for 2012 - Triple Threat™

The first report is in on the NEW Xtreme Bass TackleTri-Laminate tube color for 2012, Triple Threat™: The bass just couldn’t leave it alone!

The 4″ Triple Threat™ came through for a customer who called me after making a long weekend trip to Kentucky Lake recently.  “They wouldn’t let the bait sit there, they got on it right away,” is how he described the bite.  Throughout the course of the trip the water quality changed from clear to stained but it never slowed the bite down.

Although he does not consider himself a tube fisherman, in recent years Xtreme Bass Tackle™ baits have become a bigger part of his arsenal.  As soon as Triple Threat™ came out he ordered them in anticipation of his first trips out to chase bass.  As with other tube colors like Canadian Mist, Formula G3™ and St. Clair Crayfish™ that he has developed confidence in over the years, he now considers Triple Threat™ a “go to” bait and will have it tied on for his next trip out.

(All information, information shared and bait purchases are confidential.  In this case the angler has given Bass To The Future™ permission to discuss the bait name and location for the enrichment of the bass fishing experience for others.)

Xtreme “Mystery Bait” at R&B Bass Circuit Tournament Saturday April 21st

April 17, 2012

It’s time to rev up the tournament season with the R&B Bass Circuit this Saturday and win a “Mystery Bait” package worth $200 in cash and prizes by using Xtreme Bass Tackle baits!  It’s simple…

All you have to do to qualify is let the audience know which Xtreme Bass Tackle bait that you caught your fish on when you weigh-in.  Sign off on the bait selection then wait for the tournament director to open up the sealed envelope with the winning bait.  If that’s not easy enough, Xtreme Bass Tackle is giving out FREE samples at registration, so anyone fishing this tournament will qualify!

Link up with the R&B Bass Circuit to find out more about this event at the St. Joe River Six Span ramp in Elkhart, Indiana.  Be safe and have fun at this R&B opening event!

Catch the Lake St. Clair WebTV Network Show This Week

September 18, 2010

New broadcast every Friday by 9pm


This week the broadcast covers:

NBAA Double Barrel Shootout Season Finale – With an interview with tournament director Paul Sacks

NBAA Sunday St. Clair Challenge Season Finale – With an interview with tournament director Pete Lusis.



THE BIG 10 CHAMPIONSHIP held on Lake St. Clair on October 2nd & 3rd
These college age anglers are coming in from all around the region and can use your help with providing a boat for practice on Saturday and/or the tournament on Sunday. This is a super event and an opportunity to give something back to the sport. Contact Cameron at:

The Michigan State Team won the event in 2009

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Lake St. Clair – Another Toad Succumbs to Muskegon Goby

August 27, 2010

The bite on Lake St. Clair has been showing some signs of trending toward fall patterns and the Xtreme Bass Tackle tube bait, Muskegon Goby fits right into the slot when it comes to fall bait color selection. Just ask Frank Keller (Croswell, MI) about his recent success:

This 5.7 lb. smallie was caught on Tuesday, 08/24/2010 on a 4 inch Muskegon Goby tube in Lake St. Clair

Congratulations Frank and the rest of us will be right behind you!

Photo of a goby from Muskegon Lake (above) Muskegon Goby tube by Xtreme Bass Tackle

Xtreme Bass Tackle Muskegon Goby tubes can be found now at Nautical Mile BP Tackle Shop at 9 Mile and Jefferson.

(c) Wayne Carpenter

David Hasty Leads BASS Northern Open on Day 1

August 20, 2010

Captain David Hasty at the fishing show this year.

Captain David Hasty leads the BASS Northern Open after day one with 22-3 lbs.

The following top three results are from the REALTIME LEADERBOARD at:

Pro Division
1 David Hasty 5 bass for 22- 3
2 Scott Dobson 5 bass for 21-12
3 Chris King 5 bass for 21- 6

Co-angler Division
1 Christopher Helfer 3 bass for 13- 9
2 Joseph Nega 3 bass for 12-14
3 William Schwartz 3 bass for 12-11

David talks about his day one strategy and what he caught his fish on including upgrading with Xtreme Bass Tackle baits. See video interview of David from the BASSCam by clicking here

Get more information about the event at:

BASS Northern Open front page

You can book at trip with Captain David by contacting him at Erie’s Edge Guide Service.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Lake St. Clair WebTV Network – Week 7

August 1, 2010

New broadcast every Friday by 9pm

This week there is an extended tournament report covering several NBAA tournament circuits along with some standings at this point in the season.  One tournament result came from Div. 42 where the first place finishers had 24.oo pounds and second place had 17.66 pounds.  That was during a three hour event.

I do a Seaviewer Underwater Video promotion but there is some cool video footage from 46 feet deep in the St. Clair River.

Also a word from one of our sponsors.

You can view the latest program at: Combat Bass Fishing and click on the video on the front page.


I’ve got some BFL coverage including an interview with Capt. David Hasty of Erie’s Edge Charter Service.  We discuss how his day went then talk a bit about the value of running down to Lake Erie from Lake St. Clair to get fish.

Lake St. Clair – Lake or River?

July 22, 2010

It’s the annual tipping point to decide  between chasing Lake St. Clair lake fish or river fish. The lure of the big bite in the river is almost impossible to ignore for even the most die hard lake angler yet there are no guarantees. The smallmouth bite over the last two years has shown moments of brilliance but easy 20 lb. sacks have been harder to find. The hot years are the best of all yet 2008 was a hot year and also the best fishing season I have ever seen on this fishery yet the river schools were small and tight to structure. No-one really knows how the river bite during the summer months of 2010 will work out but the hot weather we have had so far gives it the best chance to be outstanding. Stay tuned.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Lake St. Clair Bass Fishing – Awareness

July 20, 2010

Lake St. Clair in low light conditions. An awesome place to be.

It was such a decent evening with winds just strong enough to keep the insects at bay yet light enough to allow an ease of navigation. It was one of those times where even fine boat control techniques could be freely used. All the usual Lake St. Clair elements were there with the ships going up and down the shipping channel, terns squawking overhead, the occasional cruiser wake to manage and the bass were biting. In the distance we could see dark clouds and heard a continuous rumbling that sounded like thunder, yet there was no rain in the forecast. We chalked it up to something being done at Selfridge AFB but it was still impossible to completely ignore the sky.

It’s days like these that can push the memories back of spearing waves and managing multiple drift socks to stay on fish. In fact it is amazing how a day like this can bleed off the stress of the job with every mile from shore and every bass put in the boat. It wasn’t even the ultimate fishing day with four and five pound bass jumping in the boat but is was an ultimate experience to share with my friend Scott as we worked our way through various structures to find the bass that were available.

Scott during a previous trip in Anchor Bay

Popping a 3 lb. smallmouth on a piece of river structure that might not have had any fish at all yet was cool. Really cool was to see Scott with his fluid spinnerbait hookset pull the biggest smallie caught off this one structure in 10 years. At one point I mentioned to him that it seemed like the mouth of the smallmouth was even smaller this year and asked him if he had noticed that too? For whatever reason lipping smallies has been a chore for me this season. It could just be the old age and eyesight thing but I swear their mouths were bigger before. It’s a good thing to have a friend around who will humor you though as Scott proceeded to struggle with one smallmouth at the side of the boat and mentioned that what I said just might be true.

It was the third time this year where the trip back required the navigation lights to be turned on and the wisdom to travel back at a moderate speed just in case something I couldn’t avoid was floating in the now black expanse before me. No matter what this big body of what throws at me next time it can never take away the memory of this trip and the value of good times spent recharging the spirit with the promise that we will do it again, soon.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Lake St. Clair Web TV Network – Week 5

July 17, 2010

New broadcast every Friday after 9pm

Following changes in the environment, both natural and man-made, can be essential to gaining and edge on the big water. This week we take a look at two things: A dredging operation and the increased presence of cormorants.

The U.S. Corps of Engineers is continuously surveying the shipping channel to monitor changes in the depth and the shape of river for ship traffic. You’ll see these boats towing a sonar array off to each side to get wide coverage. Each year they go back and dredge out parts of the channel that have shifted and potentially influence traffic lanes in the river. This week one such operation was under way at the Firecracker.

Although the area directly around the Firecracker itself wasn’t being dredged, it was close. The newly configured bottom could affect how the schooling smallmouth use the flat around the marker but it most definitely changes that corner under buoy X32 and how that works out will remain to be seen.

Cormorants around one of the range finder markers near the Detroit River in 2002

Cormorant migrations are nothing new to Lake St. Clair but knowing what stage the migration is in can help with our bass fishing. It can be helpful to know if a spot is “on” every year when the cormorants first show up, become numerous or the numbers begin to taper off. In this broadcast you can see them up close from video shot this week.

There is also the weekly coverage of tournament results on Lake St. Clair with mention of the tournaments coming up on the weekend.

Next week: Interviews with the top finishers for the MBCF Jr. State Championship on Cass Lake

Click here to see the broadcast on the Combat Bass Fishing website

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Lake St. Clair – Weighing the Value of “Spots”

July 17, 2010

From a angling perspective the practical value of spots in an ecosystem can be broken down into a few main components.

FIXED – Spots that hold fish at one time will always have the potential to either always hold fish or support populations of fish under select conditions. A spot that held bass in 1920 would be very likely to hold bass in 2010. This has more to do with the fixed position of structure like flats, islands, breaks, markers, underwater humps, shoals and such than anything having to do with calendar dates.

MAJOR SHIFT IN THE ECOLOGY – A significant shift in a major element like water quality, water depth, forage or algae (weed growth/types) can create a major changes in the way bass relate to the structure. Water levels rise and fall on Lake St. Clair in a 19 year cycle so spots will have more or less water on them at any given time. This season we have seen spots that haven’t been active for almost 15 years get active again. Other spots that fished strong in the shallow water years you would think fish better with more water over them but that hasn’t always been the case. The advent of zebra mussels and gobies have created an explosion of smallmouth bass where back in the day Lake St. Clair was known as big largemouth water.

TEMPORARY (Weekly or seasonal) CONDITIONS – The mayfly hatch would be one such temporary condition which cause bass to feed differently during that period. Some “spots” that typically hold fish that can be caught with conventional presentations can seem empty. By changing tactics and chasing the mayfly bite other patterns can be worked until the hatch period is over and those spots reload with summer bite fish. The normal cycles of pre-spawn, spawn, post-spawn, summer bite, fall transition and fall patterns affect how bass position on spots. One particular spot could be hot in the spring and fall but not so much in the summer. Another might only hold summer bass yet another may only hold pre-spawn bass.

An answer to monitoring the current levels of bass activity across the St. Clair River, St. Clair River Channels, Lake St. Clair and parts of the Detroit River could be to cover that water a couple of times a week to stay on top of changing conditions. Another option would be to access the Live! information given in Fishing Spot Specs™ and Marked Maps Live!™ Both services provide an overview of the system wherever my staff and I are at and will give you regular access to accurate information you can trust.

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(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter