In addition to traveling the country fishing the FLW Tour, Zoom pro Jonathan Newton guides on the famed Tennessee River lakes. That means, in the summertime, he has to be a master of ledges. Once the water gets warm, big bass and big schools of bass, head out to the river channel and look to put the feedbag on.
After bass leave the beds, their next job is to protect the newly-hatched offspring. This makes them skittish and protective, but it can also make them extremely aggressive. Fry guarders can be some of the most irritating fish to chase – they should be easy to locate and aggravate, but that’s not always the case.
Noted Arkansas river rat Billy McCaghren has flipped up a few thousand bass in his tournament career, but each year he learns a little more about how to refine the technique.