Shaye Baker's monster day on Okeechobee

Posted by admin on December 11, 2013

Day One of the Bassmaster Wild Card presented by Star Tron was a day Shaye Baker will never forget. His 29-8 bag, anchored by a 9-1 monster, put him in first place. Shaye finished third in the event behind Chad Morgenthaler and Jesse Tacoronte.

Busy Summer

Posted by admin on September 4, 2013

I have been very busy since the start of Q4K and I have several things in the works. If you haven't had a chance, check out my latest video here and visit my FishFlics library. More to come — Stay tuned!

Two winter classics: jerkbaits and finesse crankbaits

Posted by shaye on January 1, 2013

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If you’ve ever picked ice from your rod guides, if you’ve ever pried Vienna sausages from juice that was more solid than liquid, if you’ve ever ignored the warning on a package of hand warmers and put them in creative places for fear you might lose life or limb, then you’ve probably spent a cold day or two in a bass boat.

And if you’ve bass fished in the extreme cold, then you’ve likely thrown a couple of wintertime classics –jerkbaits and finesse crankbaits. Few lures have the ability to tempt lethargic bass in the dead of winter to open up and say ahh like these two. But there are some subtle differences that set these techniques apart from one another. > see more at

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Old-School Overhaul on Bass Fishing Lures

Posted by shaye on September 13, 2012

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I like to reminisce from time to time. Most fishermen do. I think back to some of my most memorable moments spent on the water. Growing up fishing with my dad. Some have stuck with me on account of a big fish catch. Others were just great days on the water. All, however, involved one thing for certain—a fishing lure.

Some bait or another was a part of each and every memory. I can think back to a plethora of past plastics and hard baits that I haven’t laid eyes on in years. I remember every color, texture and smell. 

Baits that I grew up fishing. Baits that brought in thousands of pounds of fish, or so I like to remember. Everyone who has fished a large portion of his or her life has baits like these. Memories from one manufacturer or another. > see more at

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Tuscaloosa’s Overlooked Warrior River Bassin’

Posted by shaye on September 9, 2012

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There are few places on earth as densely populated with giant spotted bass as the Black Warrior River. I grew up fishing the Coosa River and can attest first-hand to the ferocity that lies in store each time you hook into a Coosa Spot. However, the more I come in contact with the Black Warrior, the more impressed I am with just how mean and big its spotted bass can be.

Coosa Spots, as violent and plentiful as they are, can’t compare to the spotted bass fishery found in the Black Warrior River, in strength or in number. There are several contributing factors to what sets the Black Warrior apart, but the dominant key has to be an abundance of current.

A part of the largest watershed encompassed entirely in the state of Alabama, the Black Warrior is charged by numerous feeder creeks and some of the most nutrient-rich runoff in the country. This nutrient-packed, ever-moving water is like a lifetime supply of protein bars and a gym membership for every bass in the fishery. > see more at

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A box of chocolates

Posted by shaye on September 9, 2012

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The Detroit River FLW Tour Open has come and gone and it was an eye-opener for me personally. I have fished all my life and covered tournaments across the country but I’ve never seen fishing quite like its done on St Clair and Lake Erie. For starters, the contour of St. Clair seems to change less than an inch per mile.

There are areas like those along the shipping channel, where massive freighters leave 20 feet tall wakes, that have a significant depth change. However the Bell River Hump, where half the top 10 fished (including winner Larry Nixon and runner-up Bill McDonald), is basically a 10-square mile flat under 14 feet of water. > see more at

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Going against the grain

Posted by shaye on September 9, 2012

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When our coverage crew set sail on Lake Lanier to cover the Forrest Wood Cup, the common focus was down lake where most of the fishermen were located and where the tournament was one just two years earlier. The majority of the anglers were targeting deep-seated spotted bass with a drop shot and an array of other baits. Very few had turned left out of Laurel Park and headed up the Chattahoochee River.

However, one of the anglers who did was the eventual Cup champion, Jacob Wheeler. Wheeler went way north, to the point where the vast, winding Chattahoochee turned into a babbling stream littered with laydowns and submerged rocks. A hazardous wonderland, that produced the majority of an astounding 21-pound, 15-ounce bag on day one for Wheeler, and had him in a commanding lead. > see more at

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Champlain proved diverse and plentiful

Posted by shaye on July 9, 2012

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Although I had never been to Lake Champlain prior to our coverage of the Walmart FLW Tour Major held last week, I had always heard that it was as diverse a fishery as it was plentiful. The Tour anglers certainly validated both statements. During the four-day event we saw thousands of fish caught and it was dealer’s choice as to which technique was employed. There were certain baits that bested others of course, but for the most part, if you backed your boat in Champlain, you were going to catch fish. > see more at

Florida Fishing Tricks in Other Spring Locales

Posted by shaye on April 9, 2012

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Florida bass fishing can be some of the best in the country no matter what time of year you hit the water. With mild to scorching hot temperatures year round the bass never get cold in Florida, so they never stop growing. Arguably the best time to head south however is on or around the spawn. Large females move in to the shallow weedy waters of lakes like Lake Okeechobee to feed up, lay their eggs and then feed heavily again before returning to open water or burying up in thick vegetation.

The tail end of the spawn is one of the most exciting times to bass fish in Florida. It seems that there are hundreds of bass per acre fresh out of the spawn and no longer preoccupied with furthering the species along. Once the females lay their eggs, they don’t wait around for room service. Instead they hop out of bed and get on the prowl for whatever they can find. This presents a perfect opportunity to peruse the shallows with reaction baits and load the boat. > see more at

Table Rock Review

Posted by shaye on April 3, 2012

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Just prior to the FLW Tour Major on Table Rock, the common starting point for most anglers was shallow. However, the prevalent notion that the event would be won sight-fishing didn’t prove true. Instead, the majority of the top-10 anglers found large limits of pre-spawn females in a 5-mile stretch of Long Creek that had the most stained water.

Although the tournament was won by Brent Long pitching a jig, the rest of the anglers fishing in the area were throwing moving baits and bringing in big weights as well. The key bait for most was a shallow running crankbait that anglers bounced off wood and rock to trigger reaction strikes from the big bass that were feeding up before going onto the bed. > see more at