Christie Tops Trio Of 20s, Reynolds 2nd, Houston 5th
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Photo: FLW OutdoorsJason Christie laid off this afternoon and spent about 3 hours just running and looking.
Day 1 of the Hartwell FLW Tour Major in South Carolina certainly didn't answer many questions. In fact, the pattern development's probably more difficult to read now than it was yesterday, when the field rested after the official practice.
Here's why: The bed-fish were hit hard today, where there was visibility. Strong winds from the west rolled across the lake, which blew out a lot of areas and made boat position difficult. The wind's predicted to lay down tomorrow and shift to the east. Along with high, bright skies, it could be the best day of bed-fishing. So the sight game's still heavily in play.
But the wind helped the moving-bait bite today. Anytime Jimmy Houston's in the Top 5, you can bet the spinnerbait's happening. But without wind tomorrow, the moving-bait bite could collapse.
Georgia Spots Or Slots?
Hawk's 14-12 Leads A Light Day 1, Christie Trails
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Georgia's Lake Lanier doesn't have a slot limit – there's a 14-inch minimum. But day 1 at the Forrest Wood Cup was a lot like playing a slot machine: Run as many brushpiles as you can, drop your quarter in the water, and maybe you'll get lucky.
It's not quite that simple – a few pros figured out something a little different, like Cody Meyer, who's catching suspended fish, or Ott DeFoe, who's running an aluminum tunnel-hull way up the river. But overall that's the gameplan. Some struck it rich, others emptied their pockets.
The day-1 leader is 31-year-old California pro Kevin Hawk, who taloned 14-12 after he suffered an 8-ounce fish-care penalty. He's working a deep milk-run as fast as he can, but fishing each spot slowly. His theory is to run tons of spots each day in search of better quality.
By Lawrence Taylor
Do bass pros have a secret they keep to themselves? Is it a lure? It’s got to be a hidden honey hole. Maybe a hush-hush mix of chemicals they spray on their baits or some high-tech electronic doohickey that makes bass go nuts?
Do they bury a dead cat in the graveyard under a full moon?
Oklahoman Jason Christie, pictured at right, fishes the FLW and PAA tours among others and has cashed some pretty big checks since he quit coaching high school basketball. He quickly rose through the ranks and continues to be a top contender at any tournament, and now offers guide trips to budding or current bass tournament anglers (and just regular guys who want to improve their fishing). His School of Bass isn’t just a normal “go out and catch bass” deal, though. It’s an educational experience that lets the client in on the “secrets of the pros.”
The focus of his School of Bass is pattern-fishing, and trips are seminars on the water, geared toward teaching tournament anglers or regular bass fishermen the art of identifying, developing, refining and exploiting a bass pattern. The pattern is the secret, and it’s got to be discovered every day you’re on the water.
Christie Intercepts 16 Pounds, Morgan A Pound Back
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Photo: FLW Outdoors/Gary MortensonJason Christie sacked 16 pounds in a cove his thinks fish are coming to.
Warm, sunny conditions put the fish on the move today at the Norman FLW Tour in North Carolina, and the bite was on. Rather than a parade of 11- and 12-pound sacks within the Top 10, weights ranged from about 13 pounds all the way up to 16.
And with more of the same weather in store tomorrow, the escalated-weight pace could continue if the first major spawning wave of the year crashes the bank. They're not there yet – they're still milling around with only slight bedding activity. But they're coming.
Leader Jason Christie caught the day's best sack at 16 pounds even. It included two brutes – 5 1/2 and 6 pounds. He took a popular approach – he worked a cove he felt fish were coming into, and covered as much was as he could.