Arkansas pro Greg Bohannan, who’s competing this week at the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., recently reached a sponsorship agreement with CreekKooler, which manufactures floating, towable coolers designed for various watersports. Creek smallmouth anglers in the Ozarks region where Bohannan lives will find the CreekKooler especially handy on sweltering
“I am extremely excited to represent this new product,” says Bohannan. “My family has found numerous uses for the CreekKooler. It can be towed behind your kayak, taken to the dock or the beach, or you can throw it in your pool to keep all of your drinks cold. They are lightweight, keep your drinks cold for days and are very affordable.”
CreekKooler also released an official statement about the partnership: “Our team at CreekKooler is excited to partner with Greg Bohannan. Greg is a high-character individual with values that we at CreekKooler share. We are thrilled to partner with Greg as a respected, professional fisherman, but also as a man with a passion for community service, helping youth enjoy the outdoors and being respectful of our neighbors – all values that are important to us. Greg is in a unique position to help us spread the word about our new product, CreekKooler, and its many uses for fishermen and outdoors enthusiasts.”
The CreeKooler will be on display at the Forrest Wood Cup Expo Friday-Sunday, Aug. 11-13 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. For more information, visit KanoolerProducts.com.
April 6, 2016 by Greg Bohannan
I love to power fish as much as the next guy, but around the spawn and the immediate postspawn, when I need to put fish in the boat, I often turn to a dirt-simple – and somewhat gaudy – finesse-worm rig that excels in shallow water. It’s easy to set up and skips like a dream, which could help you reach shallow bass around wood cover and docks that you might otherwise be missing.
This rig helped me earn a $10,000 check at the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell and a top-25 finish at the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Dardanelle. Whether or not you fish for tournament checks, consider giving it a shot in the coming weeks.
Around the spawn, I always start with a brightly colored Gambler Floating Worm – yellow, pink or orange. Yeah, it’s pretty loud. If I’m not getting bites on a bright worm I go to something natural, such as green pumpkin.
I rig the worm Texas style with an offset worm hook and fish with a 7-foot, medium-heavy Denali Lithium spinning rod and a Lew’s Speed Spin reel. Braided line makes the rig easy to skip, so I spool up 10-pound-test Lew’s APT-8 Braid Speed Line and connect it to a 2-foot-long leader of 10-pound-test Lew’s APT Fluorocarbon Speed Line.
A key is to connect the leader to the braid with a small barrel swivel. The swivel isn’t there to avoid line twist as much as it is a way to add a little extra weight for easier casts and just a hair faster sink rate.
If the water is clear enough to see a bass on bed, the bright color of the worm certainly helps with sight-fishing, but that’s not really the point. Bright worms just seem to work this time of year. Maybe the color aggravates them a little bit, whether they’re spawning or guarding fry.
And that’s the prime time of year to fish it – during the spawn and postspawn, when bass are shallow and set up on shoreline cover. Given their location and activity, the best target areas are overhanging trees, shallow vegetation such as hydrilla or pad stems, docks, and shallow wood cover such as laydowns and stumps.
I like to make direct casts to targets or skip the worm under or past obstructions. If I think there’s a fish on a bed somewhere, even if I can’t see the bed, or if there’s an obvious piece of cover that might attract a bass to spawn next to it, I’ll let it sink right there.
Otherwise, I twitch it out from the cover, just like fishing a soft-plastic jerkbait. I’ll work it really fast, and then I’ll kill it when it gets out to the end of the cover – around the last branches of a laydown, for instance. At Dardanelle, a lot of times I’d get to the end of the log and I’d watch those fish come up and eat it. When it was sinking, it would bring them up off that bed.
To cover more water, I don’t waste too much time fishing the worm all the way back. Rather, I keep my Old Spice boat moving at a pretty good clip along the bank as I pick apart the cover. If they don’t bite within a couple seconds of me letting the worm sink, I’ll reel up and repeat. If one swirls and misses, I cast right back to the spot. That’s probably a fish on bed.
Yeah, this is a finesse presentation, but I’m often able to cover a good amount of water with it in the same kinds of places where other anglers fish a spinnerbait or a soft jerkbait. And since bass can’t resist that subtle Floating Worm in their face, it’s a good way to get a lot of bites.
I'm very fortunate to be able to live my dream by fishing professionally. Today, I ask for your help in making someone else's dream come true. I would like to auction off a one day fishing trip with me on any of the following lakes: Beaver Lake, Swepco or any of the Bella Vista Lakes. All the proceeds benefiting the Cast for Kids Foundation. C.A.S.T. is a non-profit foundation that provides fishing and outdoor activities for special needs, disabled, and disadvantaged children through their Cast for Kids program as well as for military personnel through the Take A Warrior Fishing program. Learn more about the Foundation at www.castforkids.org
Please submit all bids via Facebook message. The auction will conclude at 5:00 PM CST on Friday, March 10th. At that time I will contact the winner and set up a time that works best for us both. The high bidder will pay the full amount directly to the C.A.S.T. Foundation. The C.A.S.T for Kids Foundation in a non-profit 501(c)3 and the winner will receive a receipt for their tax deductible contribution to the Foundation.
We'll have a great day on the water and your money will be well spent. Please be generous for this great cause.
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