Fall River Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tournament



Andy Buss and Steve Prange participate in the Polar Bear Bass Fishing tournament on the Six Span stretch of the St. Joe River in Elkhart, Indiana. It was a cold morning with an air temperature of just 25 degrees. The water was just 40 degrees.

We caught smallmouth bass with blade baits and ned rigs; however, we didn’t not catch the quality of fish necessary to be competitive. Throughout the video we discuss the how we caught the smallmouth bass that we did.

At the end of the video, I interview the winners, Trevor Nunemaker and Chase Laughlin. They share how they found and caught enough smallmouth bass to beat the star-studded field of cold water anglers. They used Erie Darter baits around wood and hard bottoms. Their presentation was unique.

Relevant Videos:
“Navigate the St Joe River” –
“Winter Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the St Joe River” –
Teddy Bradley “Flipping and Punching for Big Largemouth Bass” –
Kerry Frey “Lake St Clair Smallmouth Bass on Swimbaits” –
Steve Kline “Giant Largemouth Bass on Alabama Rig” –
Steve Prange “Blade Bait Fishing in Michigan” –

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EQUIPMENT USED:
Camera Equipment – GoPro Black Hero 7
GoPro Black Hero 5

Erie Darter –
¼ ounce LeadHead – Bite Me Tackle Sparkie Spider Grub Jig –

Ned Rig:
Yoder’s Custom Rods –
Bite Me Tackle Lead head Ned Rig (“Jackpot”) –
Fishing Line – 8# 100% Trilene Fluorocarbon –
Fishing Rod – Falcon 7’ Medium Spinning –
Fishing Reel – Shimano Stradic 2500 –

Blade Bait – 1/2 oz gold Silver Buddy
Red Treble Hook – Gamakatsu #5 –
Fishing Line – 12 lb 100% Trilene Fluorocarbon Line –
Fishing Reel – Lew’s Tournament Series –
Fishing Rod – St. Croix Tournament LBC74MHF

BOAT USED & EQUIPMENT
2018 Nitro Z0, purchased by Schnelker Marine –
Minn Kota Ultrex –
Humminbird Helix 12 –

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