Tips, Tricks and Tactics From the Pros
Editor’s Note: At this time of year, the most-consistent bass will be holding either on ledges or in extremely-shallow water. Mark Rose of Marion, Arkansas, has been one of the most-consistent fishermen on the FLW Tour Major Series Tournaments this year, having taken a second-place and a sixth-place win. When he’s not fishing tournaments, Rose is practicing to stay on top of his game and to develop new and better techniques for catching bass. This week, Rose will tell us how to catch bass now in mid-summer. When we caught up to Rose, he was on his way to the final FLW Tour Majors Series Tournament on Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River, which was also the final qualifying event for the Forrest L. Wood Cup Championship.
Part 1: Mark Rose Says to Keep-On Cranking with the KVD 1.5 and 2.5 to Catch Bass
Question: Mark, what lures have you fished lately?
Rose: I’ve become a big fan of Strike King’s KVD 1.5 and 2.5. I recently returned from a fun-fishing trip on the White River in Arkansas, and we wore-out the spotted bass with those two lures. The KVD 1.5 and 2.5 are excellent shallow-water lures. You can tie either of these lures to the end of your line and cast it into any type of cover you see on the bank. I fish them under trees, boat docks and lay-downs.
These two lures are virtually weedless. They work through the cover really well, yet still have a great action when you’re fishing for open-water bass. I don’t know all the reasons that bass like these two lures, and I don’t have to know. All I need to know is that when I cast these lures out and reel them in, I catch bass.
Question: What color did you use on the White River?
Rose: I used sexy blue back herring and chartreuse with a black back.
Question: At this time of year, most of us don’t think about bass holding in those 1- to 3-foot-depth zones. So, why do you fish Strike King’s KVD 1.5 and 2.5 in the summertime in those shallow-water depths?
Rose: The Mississippi River and the White River have been high all year long. Right now, the water’s falling out of the rivers and the lakes these river systems support. When the water starts to fall, like it is right now, the bass pull into the cover. That’s why I’ll be fishing treetops and other bank cover.
Question: How do you work the 1.5 and the 2.5 through that cover?
Rose: I use a steady retrieve. I don’t try to slow-down the bait and walk it slowly through cover. I reel-in the 1.5 and the 2.5 immediately, because these lures are at their best when ricocheting-off cover. And when they ricochet-off cover, that’s usually when the strike happens. One of the big advantages of these two crankbaits is they’re somewhat weedless. In the past, the two words weedless and crankbait never have been mentioned together.
When you’ve tried to walk other crankbaits through cover, and they’ll hit a limb, a stump, a rock or any other type of cover, then you’ve had to you’d stop your retrieve, let the bait float-up over the cover and then start cranking again. But with the KVD 1.5 and 2.5, you don’t have to stop your retrieve. You can just keep-on cranking when these baits hit cover, because they don’t get hung-up very often.
Question: What size bass do you catch using this tactic?
Rose: I catch a number of 2-pound spotted bass and good numbers of 3- to 4-pound largemouth bass. One day when I was fishing with a buddy of mine, we probably caught and released 50-or-more bass with these two lures.
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