John Moore

John Moore has been tournament fishing for four years and is president of Sunrise Bassmasters in North Branch, Minnesota.

Posts about Bass

Coon Lake

Posted by: John Moore Updated: June 12, 2009 - 12:54 PM
Clouds cleared way to beautiful bluebird skies. The fishing was not nearly as cooperative as the weather. Approximately 50 youth anglers competing for spots in the Forrest L Wood cup in 2009&2010 fished their way through a tough day. My youth angler was able to land a 3.5lb largemouth bass. That 1 fish was good enough for 14th place out of all the other anglers !

The bait of the day was a senko. Bass were found shallow off the banks.

Congrats to all the anglers who participated !

John

Forest Lake Sunrise Club Tournament

Posted by: John Moore Updated: June 3, 2009 - 9:19 AM
Wayne Farr and Jason Trandahl found some quality fish on Forest Lake, and brought in a nice limit of 14.04 pounds.  Relatively close behind was reigning AOY Jim Nordlund and Eric Wilson.  The rest of the field found it challenging to find keepers of any size.  Muskies appeared to be more common than bass.  One large Muskie was rumored to have head-butted a members trolling motor.

For more information, check out www.sunrisebass.com

John Moore: Windy Days Part 2

Posted by: John Moore Updated: May 14, 2009 - 12:13 AM
As the wind blows plankton across the lake, panfish and shad will follow. Gamefish, such as bass will not be far behind. Wind driven currents cause water to chop which reduces sunlight penetration. Wind current will also yield oxygenated waters by churning up sub-surface waters. Bass can feel a waters current passing into their lateral lines. Instinctively, they will position themselves to the places that would yield the highest concentration of baitfish. Bass will move closer to certain windblown banks in attempts to locate an easier meal to eat.

Bass will be waiting to ambush confused and singled-out prey. Look for eddies or irregularities in the water. Baitfish can get disorientated in sediment washing through areas that restrict flow. Concentrate your casts to those areas using a bait that will get down to where you need it in the water colum. Wind blowing through vegetation channels can concentrate fish at and near the downwind side.

Following the wind is part of reading water. Ask yourself, what are the paths of least resistance ? Wind direction, how strong it is and how long it has been blowing a certain direction are all factors to be considered.

Have fun&tight lines !

John Moore

Still waiting for the opener ???

Posted by: John Moore Updated: May 11, 2009 - 5:28 PM
This weekend, I was able to spend some quality time with my brother&wife on a local metro lake. Since the bass season has not officially opened, we targeted large pike. Pike&Bass often share the same types of structures&hideouts. They also have a liking for similar baits. (spinnerbaits, crankbaits, chatterbaits&even topwater this time of year).  It is an excellent way to get out on the water and work out bugs out of the reels before the tournaments start.

I was able to find 4 large pike roaming flats along with over 20 largemouths. We also targeted panfish using small grub jigs on shallow flats. Again, more bass.

With such great action in the prespawn period of the largemouth, why is it that we wait ? If it was catch&release, would that be ok ?? Also, Tim Pawlenty: If you read this, how can I help you move the opener off of mothers day weekend ?? Might I suggest a week earlier ??

Thanks,

John Moore

Still waiting for the opener ???

Posted by: John Moore Updated: May 11, 2009 - 5:28 PM
This weekend, I was able to spend some quality time with my brother&wife on a local metro lake. Since the bass season has not officially opened, we targeted large pike. Pike&Bass often share the same types of structures&hideouts. They also have a liking for similar baits. (spinnerbaits, crankbaits, chatterbaits&even topwater this time of year).  It is an excellent way to get out on the water and work out bugs out of the reels before the tournaments start.

I was able to find 4 large pike roaming flats along with over 20 largemouths. We also targeted panfish using small grub jigs on shallow flats. Again, more bass.

With such great action in the prespawn period of the largemouth, why is it that we wait ? If it was catch&release, would that be ok ?? Also, Tim Pawlenty: If you read this, how can I help you move the opener off of mothers day weekend ?? Might I suggest a week earlier ??

Thanks,

John Moore
      

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