Alan Batista demonstrates the art of jig trolling using BKDs.
"...Drop a jig head down....I used a 1 oz dressed with a Bass Kandy Delight (BKD), which is the standard soft plastic jig on the Chesapeake. Let it hit bottom and then start slowly moving (trolling) in the direction of the current along your desired feature or according to your pattern..."
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Find Out What Expert Chesapeake Anglers Lenny Rudow and Shawn Kimbro Think of BKDs
Which is better, bait or lures? That’s the question answered with every episode of the Got Bait? fishing series, and the answer isn’t always the same. If you watched the pilot episode, The Hunt for Flounder, you already know that lures proved more effective when fishing for flounder in coastal bays. In this episode,The Search for Stripers, Lenny Rudow and Shawn Kimbro put live spot up against soft plastic lures called BKDs. Mix in a few cow-nose rays, a couple of traitorous team members, and a spot-sandwich (yes, he really did take a bite), and see what happened here:
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Bait Vs Lures, Take II
"Which is better when you’re trying to catch striped bass: live baits, or soft plastic lures? The bait-versus-lures debate is an old one, which we first addressed with regards to flounder fishing, in the pilot for a new series called Got Bait? And in Got Bait? The Hunt for Flounder, the results were quite surprising… but what happened in Got Bait? The Search for Stripers, is down-right shocking." Read More
Originally posted in May/June 2015
Joe Mitchell of FishinMission2601 demonstrates how to rig 6" and 10" BKDs in a variety of methods.
Tips for keeping those soft plastic lures on your jig head.
Originally Posted 5/31/15
It turns out I'm not much of a blogger. I planned to stay engaged through this venue every two to three weeks but have failed miserably! I hope to do better and we invite you to join in or even write a guest entry.
Bass Kandy Delights has kept us very busy so far this year. It has been fun! (not as fun as fishing but keeps me close to the action.) I'm looking forward to making time to fish more and at the same time, work hard to grow our business. We have been looking at other ways to market and sell our product. We have had recent success introducing our product to the west coast. A packaging solution is at the top of our list to help us move forward. We have learned a lot but still have a ways to go.
I had an opportunity to fish with Shawn Kimbro, author, fisherman and friend Thursday evening. Acquaintance and fellow angler Joe Evans joined us. I have fished with Shawn before, read his books and have attended several of his presentations. Every time I have spent time around him I have taken something away that increases my chances to catch more and larger fish. Some of the information I already know but he reinforces and explains why it is important to focus and concentrate on certain tactics when the fishing is tough.
We were on a quantity fish that should have made it easy to catch on every cast. Shawn was doing considerably better than I was but the fish were being selective. I paid close attention to what he was doing. We were both standing in the same boat, using a bait casting rod with braided line. Both were using a 6" BKD, his was white and mine was my favorite color silk chartreuse. Both were catching fish, one of us was not catching as many, but even more importantly one was catching a smaller class of fish. In both cases, it was me. I finally switch to a white.
After casting the white and not really improving my results I grabbed a bottle of red Spike-it garlic die and dipped the tail of the white BKD in to it. This is HOTRODDING your bait.
Shawn had been fishing with a hotrodded BKD from the beginning. The next cast resulted in a much nicer Rockfish! Excited, I didn't take much time to to think about what had happened but after several more casts without any fish, I was perplexed thinking I was just unlucky. Mr. Kimbro in the meantime, was still doing well! He then asked me what size of jig head I was using. I was using a 1 ounce and he was using a 3/4 ounce. The out going tide was decent and I didn't think the one ounce jig head was too heavy. I changed any ways. 1/4 of an once different.
Immediately I began catching a better class of fish! Joe also changed to this set up. We all enjoyed the rest the evening until it was time to head to the barn. I only wished I had changed sooner.
Driving home I thought about what had happened. My take away was- don't keep doing the same thing thinking you will get different results. It is possible the fish could "turn on" and whatever your using will work eventually.
Finding fish is the first step to catching fish. When you find fish you need to give your best effort to catch them and if they are finicky you need to try different things. Don't wait too long. Pay attention to what makes a difference in each situation and apply a methodology to repeat what works each time you experience that situation. Soon it will be natural to how you fish and you will catch more and longer fish faster
The next morning I fished with Steve Fogle of Backyard Custom Rods and Repairs. We fished with Phil Kerchner on his boat. I paid attention to what was going on. We marked fish pretty steadily all morning but not nearly as thick as the night before. We were not fishing the same area. I was fortunate to catch more fish and the largest fish. It doesn't happen often. It may have been luck, or the mojo left over from fishing with Shawn the night before. I know I learned some information and would like to think it made me a better fisherman.
Originally posted March 13, 2015
Time I spent in Florida three years ago provided me with the confidence to fish BKD's anywhere for any species of fish.
I was fishing with a long time angling partner Terry Yoder. We have fished the trout streams of Western Pennsylvania since my early teens. More recently we fish the waters of the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina annually. We have also fished together in Alaska.
Terry had pulled his Carolina Skiff from Pennysylvania to Little Torch Key in Florida. He had arrived there two weeks before me and had the chance to scout the beautiful waters of the Keys. When I arrived, we fished with Bill Welder, a local fishing guide originally from the Chesapeake region. After a great day of fishing with Bill and receiving some tips, we set out to fish on our own the following morning. Terry had found an area on his chart plotter that looked like a place to catch fish. He located water that went from 3' to 16 to 18' right now! It was in the middle of no where, 50 to 100 yards wide and close to a mile long end to end. Like a canal in the middle of the water.
I finally threw Terry a BKD. He looked at it and said he was already using a bait that look about the same. After a few more casts with me landing more fish, he threaded the BKD on to his 3/8 oz. jighead. On his second cast it was fish on! He later told me he missed one on his first cast.
We continued to catch snappers, and grouper for quite some time. A cut bait fishermen came in and anchored a few hundred yards below us. Suddenly I'm on a fish that I couldn't move. Straight down about 17'. It finally decided to run away from us. At this point were thinking a big grouper. As it was peeling my drag away on my 2500 series reel with 15 lb braid on it I realized I may get spooled. I jumped on to the front deck of the skiff, Terry started his engine and began to chase this monster . As we were approaching the upper end on the channel in about 7' of water this 5' to 6' tarpon cleared the water. It abruptly turned back into the channel for deeper water. We turned as quickly as we could but the fish headed up the side of the channel into very shallow water. My line scrapped against the coral and soon all that was left was a memory.
The next day we headed back to the same area where I had hooked up on the tarpon. We were soon catching fish again and then bam! I'm on another big fish. This time I'm using my bait-caster. For about 3 seconds I thought I was bringing this fish to the surface. It decided to run up the channel and with even less line on this reel than my spinning reel, we had no choice except to follow. High tide was coming in and the shallow water on the edges of the channel soon became deeper. As it went up on top the ledge, we could see another large tarpon with a BKD hanging from its mouth. I made up line and was starting to feel like I could land this fish with my bait-casting rod, it turned quickly, came right past the boat and again my line shredded when it touched the coral. I had hooked (and lost) the two biggest fish in my life about 70 minutes apart using BKD's.
I have caught white perch, grunts, bluefish, catfish, sea trout, several types of mackerel, many types of grouper, and snapper on BKDs, just to name a few.
Originally Posted 1/16/2015
I never had to ask my Dad to take me fishing. As a kid, he never went without me. Never. And we went almost every weekend. I have had a passion for fishing for as long as I can remember. I am the second oldest of five children in my family. I have two brothers and two sisters. I'm the oldest son. My Dad was my first and best fishing buddy and I was his. My Dad has since passed on, but going fishing with Dad shaped my life. Not because of what I caught, but because he took me fishing.
This is a space where I will share my passion for fishing, tips, techniques, and favorite finds. Over time I might tell stories of my fondest memories, fishing with my Dad and my brothers, or maybe my grandfathers, uncles, cousins, or friends....
In the mean time...take someone fishing!
I have had a passion for fishing for as long as I can remember. My Dad was my first and best fishing buddy and I was his. I never had to ask my Dad to take me fishing. As a kid, he never went without me. ...going fishing with Dad shaped my life. Not because of what I caught, but because he took me fishing. This is a space where I will share my passion for fishing, tips, techniques, and favorite finds. Over time I might tell stories of my fondest memories.... In the mean time...take someone fishing!