Tips, Tricks and Tactics From the Pros
Mike Wurm's Tactics
Editor's Note: Mike Wurm, a 49-year old professional bass fisherman from Hot Springs, Arkansas, first fished competitively in 1978 and began fishing professionally on the BASSMASTER circuit in 1992. Wurm ranked 21st in the Top 150 Tour for 2000-01 and 3rd in the Top 150 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has had eight top-10 tournament finishes and has competed in five BASS Masters Classics.
Question: Mike, tell me about your major wins and accomplishments.
Answer: I won the Top 100 event on Lake Russell, the B.A.S.S. Top-100, and an F.L.W. tour event on Lake Erie.
Question: How long have you been on Strike King's Pro Fishing Team?
Answer: I've been working with Strike King for about four years because I enjoy fishing Strike King's quality bass lures.
Question: Tell me about your biggest tournament won with a Strike King lure.
Answer: I was fishing at Murray Lake in a F.L.W. tournament in early spring. The water was all colors and about 50 degrees. I was using a green crawfish ¼-ounce Bitsy Bug. I caught the bass under boat docks. Actually, the two biggest fish I caught at the tournament were under the boat docks. They weighed in at 18 pounds the last day.
Question: Describe, step-by-step, what tactics you used to catch those fish.
Answer: I was using the Bitsy Bug on 8-pound-test line and a spinning rod. At that time of year, the bass really seemed to target the boat docks as they tried to come up. It was rather cold that day. In fact, we had snow the first day of the tournament. I caught the bass using the Bitsy Bug, a Carolina rig and a small crankbait. The first day I caught 14 bass; the next two days I caught less than 10 pounds and made the top five. The last day I had five, and I caught these five keepers around 9:30 a.m. and coasted the rest of the day. I caught them both in the boat docks.
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