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Rods & Wheels Episode entered the Miami/Homestead Motor Speedway

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Be sure to catch this show on ESPN2, 9am EST Saturday, October 7th “Rods & Wheels Show. To see a few scenes from this show and other check out thisshort video.

ESPN2 films in conjunction with Bass Online the final fishing episode of the new series Rods & Wheels. In this episode, we entered the Miami/Homestead Motor speedway.
Where else to start the filming, but at the start and finish line of course. After a few hot laps around the track we proceeded to the end field to test there fishing skills in the well manicured speedway lake.

Miami Speedway Fishing

Miami Speedway Fishing

They were amazed at the lake, as everyone always is. The lake contains largemouth and peacock bass. It has deeps of 60 feet and crystal clear. In this picture below Brad and Joe again got to use our new freshly wrapped Skeeter ZX225 while being guided by Capt Todd Kersey.

Miami Speedway Fishing Lake

Miami Speedway Fishing Lake

Be sure to catch this show, it is amazing you can see fish actually swimming by the boat, the lake is well maintenance and managed by the speedway.
In the picture below, the camera man watches as he can see every strike almost before it happens. What great footage they loved it, and so will you!

Miami Speedway Bass Fishing Lake

Miami Speedway Bass Fishing Lake

A special thanks to the folks at the Homestead Motor Speedway for the opportunity.
Be sure to catch this show on ESPN2, 9am EST Saturday, October 7th “Rods & Wheels Show.”

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Everglades Segment of the Series on ESPN2

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 Look for this segment of the series to air
on ESPN2, 9am EST Saturday, October 28th “
Rods & Wheels
.” To see a few scenes from this show and other check out this short video.

ESPN2 films in conjunction withwww.bassonline.com the Everglades fishing episode of the new series Rods & Wheels. In this episode, we entered the Everglades Holiday Park section of the Everglades. The filming started at or before first light, our guide for this segment was Capt Chris Shepard. This area tested Joe & Brad’s our guest casting ability and there patients.

Everglades Fishing

Everglades Fishing

Below Capt Chris reties, as you can see in the back ground the amount of vegetation requires a very good presentation. The fish were suspended under the lily pads just waiting for your bait to pass, but you had to get there!

Everglades Bass Fishing

Everglades Bass Fishing

Below Capt Chris hits high on his MINNKOTA 101 trolling motor trying to race forward, to prevent Brad’s “hawg” from jumping off, this time the fish won! They were throwing the new Berkley Gulp Bat Wing Frog which seem to really bring up some good fish and made for exciding filming.

Florida Everglades Bass Fishing

Florida Everglades Bass Fishing

 Look for this segment of the series to air on ESPN2, 9am EST Saturday, October 28th “Rods & Wheels Show.”

Once again, our guides out perform the others. While there are several services in Florida, there still are no sign of any of them in the tournaments, the top ten or media. Don’t be folded by a “so called professional” Fish with proven successful guides that get the job done daily. Learn the latest techniques from successful tournament fishermen!

ESPN2 “Rods & Wheels Show” on Okeechobee

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Look for this segment of the series to air on ESPN2, 9am EST Saturday, October 21st “Rods & Wheels Show.”

ESPN2 films in conjunction with Bass Online, the all new “Rods & Wheels Show.”
The Lake Okeechobee episode of the new series started at world famous “Slims Fish Camp” located on Lake Okeechobee.
This segment they were guided by one of Okeechobee’s hottest fisherman Capt Rick Burton. The episode started out with a 15 minute ride around Okeechobee where Brad and Joe
got to experience some of what Okeechobee is so famous for.

Lake Okeechobee Fishing

Lake Okeechobee Fishing

Joe & Brad elected to try world renowned Okeechobee wild shiner fishing. They entered into one of the many grass bays Okeechobee has to offer. Shortly after setting up, they found the fish to be very active. Pictured below is Brad releasing a 7 lb trophy that was caught on film.

Lake Okeechobee Fishing

Lake Okeechobee Fishing

The both of them continued with almost none stop action, Brad ended up catching the two biggest fish, but Joe gave him a run for his money on the numbers of fish caught. The two caught uppers of 70 fish in two days of filming.
Pictured below is one of the many fish Joe landed. As you can see, he was cool as can be with the film crews right on top of the action.

Lake Okeechobee Fishing

Lake Okeechobee Fishing

Look for this segment of the series to air on ESPN2, 9am EST Saturday, October 21st “Rods & Wheels Show.”
Once again, our guides out perform the others. While there are several services in Florida, there still are no sign of any of them in the tournaments, the top ten or media. Don’t be folded by a “so called professional” Fish with proven successful guides that get the job done daily. Learn the latest techniques from successful tournament fishermen!

Rods and Wheels ESPN TV Shows

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Rods and Wheels

ESPN Rods & Wheels

The show involves two men, chosen from a nationwide search, who take the ultimate motorcycle riding and  fishing trips. Tulsa, Okla., native Brad Beasley and Marine veteran Sgt. Joe Kowalski of Connecticut kicked off their 38-day excursion with a fishing trip in New Orleans. From there, they biked 2,500 miles through the Deep South in search of some of the best outdoors and fishing destinations in the region ending in the Florida Keys.

We are filming the T.V. show for ESPN2, on world famous Lake Okeechobee, south thru the Florida Everglades and ending with some exciting peacock bass fishing at the Homestead Motor Speedway.

The show we film are scheduled to air on October 7th, 21st and 28th, 2006. We had a lot of fun making them and we met some of the greatest people on the planet. We would like to thank the crew and the guys that handled our guide trips.

Sightfishing for Bass Chance for Trophy

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Sightfishing for bass chance for trophy

By Tom Behrens

Special to ESPNOutdoors.com — April 25, 2005

If you asked largemouth-bass anglers across the United States to pick their favorite season for fishing, I would bet the No. 1 choice is spring.


Capt Todd Kersey - Bassonline.com

Todd Kersey hooked an 8-pound largemouth bass while he was sightfishing on his home waters of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee.

The change to warmer temperatures brings a lot of anglers back out on the water. Spring is characterized by rebirth in nature. Leaves pop forth on the trees; blossoms open up on flowering plants.
Bass also like the warming temperatures as they look for places to produce baby bass. Spring presents the greatest chance for most bass anglers to catch that trophy wall mount he or she dreams about.
One of the best methods of catching trophy fish in the spring is sightfishing for bass on spawning beds. This fishing method is so potent that in some states, primarily Northern states, the bass fishing season is closed during the spawning time. The key ingredients to sightfishing are knowing at what water temperature the bass begin their spawning ritual, what a spawning bed looks like and where to search for them, and what baits and fishing techniques are most productive.

Three bass fishing guides from Texas, Florida and South Carolina share their knowledge on the subject:
Study the seasonal differences
Rising water temperature, somewhere between the high 50s and mid-60s, dictates the spawning urge in bass.
“The first bed fish I saw this year was on Valentine’s Day,” said Butch Terpe, whose home waters are found at Lake Conroe in Texas. “It was a real nice warm day. I had one client with me and we caught 21 bass. We had a 7-pound fish in the morning that he caught, and that evening I had a 7.42- and an 8.75-pound fish.”
“The fish were in the shallows, getting ready to spawn,” Terpe said. “They may not have been dropping their eggs right then, but they were going to start coming in and build nests.”
Jerry Neeley, a guide on Lake Wylie that straddles North and South Carolina, looks for water temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees and a full-moon cycle.
“Usually by that first full moon in April, they are their beds,” Neeley said.
On Lake Okeechobee in Florida, the spawning urge may begin as early as November. The compulsion here is not brought on by rising water temps, but more likely falling water temps as the shallow waters of Okeechobee cool from the previous hot summer months.
“November is more of a prespawn month,” said Todd Kersey, who calls Lake Okeechobee home. “December is our first real strong month for spawning.

“I have seen the water temps in the high 40s in the winter and 90s in the summer. As the water temps drop, fish move in from the open lake into the grassy shallows. A hard cold snap followed by a new moon or full moon and a hard warming trend after that immediately draws them in.”
Kersey’s largest bass caught fishing the spawning beds is 12.5 pounds.

What does a spawning bed look like?
In Florida, lakes are characterized as having sandy bottoms and lots of aquatic grass — mostly eel and joint grass, which is sometimes referred to as Kissimmee grass. Joint grass can best be described as a bladed or straw type, and that’s what spawning bass love.
“When you see that type of grass, you know that area could hold spawning beds,” Kersey said. “What you will find is that the stuff (grass) will start floating at that time of year. It almost looks like somebody ran through it with an outboard engine.”
But grass cut by the prop of an outboard engine looks like it is has been cleanly cut in different sizes. Floating grass created by a male bass fanning an area with its tail is in one piece.
“When a fish releases the grass because of the fanning, he actually washes the dirt away from the roots,” Kersey said. “When it floats up, it floats up in a full piece and you will see small little roots on the end.
“Then you will know you are in a spawning area, or the spawning is starting.”
Spawning beds in Texas waters are usually found in 1 to 2 feet of water; but if the water is exceptionally clear, the beds may be as deep as 6 or
7 feet.
“You need a good pair of polarized sunglasses to cut the water glare so that you can see the beds and the fish,” Terpe said. “I look for beds that have brighter-colored sand around them; it looks like the fish have just finished digging it out.
“Sometimes the holes they are sitting in are so deep you can’t see them, but they will be there, especially if they are in over a foot of water.”

On Lake Wylie, bedding activity starts on the northern end of the lake first and then works its way down the lake.
“We have a lot of creeks that feed into the river itself, wide creeks with little pockets that go off in them. You might see a little cove that is no bigger than a house. You can get your boat up in the pocket and that’s just about it,” Neeley said.
“There will be at least one fish, maybe two buck bass, on beds in that little place. Pea gravel or sand works real good for beds.”
How to catch ’em

Often anglers will know bass are spawning but haven’t yet seen them. In that case, Neeley suggests using a fluke or a floating worm early in the morning or late in the afternoon, especially before the sun get up high on the water. He then will switch to a Zoom 6-inch lizard in a watermelon seed or similar color pattern that is rigged Texas style or employed for split-shotting.

“Just drop the bait right along the edge of the bed and they will usually pick it up,” he said. “Sometimes I will dip the tail in chartreuse dye.”
In muddy-water conditions, Neeley will cast a willow leaf, four-blade spinnerbait or a two-blade Colorado spinnerbait because of the vibration factor.

“I fan cast across the area, first using the two blade, 3/8-ounce Colorado spinnerbait, one large blade and one smaller on a long arm” he said. Then Neeley might change out to the four-bladed bait; his favorite color is green and white.

Terpe explains that one needs get very close to the bedding fish for success and an extremely quiet approach is required.
“Too much noise and commotion and you can forget catching the fish,” he said.
Terpe pitches or flips a craw worm about 3 feet past the nest and works it in toward the spawning bed very slowly.

If Terpe were to pick one lure that he likes best for sightfishing, it would be a black/blue craw worm.

“I like the small, compact bait for sightfishing,” he said. “Some people use tubes; others use lizards. They all work … just regular worms will work. A white tube works pretty well because you can see the fish suck the bait in.”
“Sometimes you can see the fish real good, see them suck it in. When they are real shallow you can see everything. That’s really fun,” he added. Sometimes they spit it out as fast as they suck it in.
“One day I saw a big fish on a bed and I could not get her to hit. I wasn’t trying to get the buck bass to hit but he hit it three times, and I caught him three times.”

Even though black/blue is his favorite color, he changes bait colors frequently if the fish are being spooked by the color.

“Sometimes certain colors spook the fish, so I will change to maybe a watermelon, pumpkin seed, tequila … try to figure out what was spooking them.”

Todd Kersey doesn’t have a favorite bait for spawning bass, but believes his fishing success can be attributed to his ability to be open to change.
“I was out in the Everglades and hit the spawn just perfect. We had one day I probably caught 100 fish, with 10 fish over 7 pounds, that we picked off of beds,” Kersey said.

“Probably eight different lures caught those 10 different fish utilizing the same presentation and basic colors. I think bass are just like we are: Some days you want pizza; other days you want Mexican.”

He is constantly changing up in hopes of getting a reaction from the fish. Neeley on occasion tries to get the fish to react to a modified Rapalla.

“Sometimes I will take a Rapalla, or something like that, and bend the lip on it kind of straight down. It makes it stay on top of the water,” he said.
“I usually go with the small black one. I always use bigger hooks on the back to make it sink down. Pop it a little bit as it is retrieved.”

Getting close but not too close to the beds, knowing where to look for bedding activity and using the best baits is all part of the mystique of sightfishing for bass.

One last comment on the ethics of fishing for bass on spawning beds:

If anglers kept the fish they caught off the spawning beds, it would present an ethical problem. But catch and release is not generally thought to have an adverse affect the ability of the fish to complete the spawning cycle.
If you do catch that once-in-a-lifetime behemoth, take only pictures of the fish and record its measurements; most taxidermists can produce a likeness of the fish in a plastic mount using those vitals.

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