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7 Questions with Tom Redington

7 Questions with Tom Redington
Tom Redington

1. What is your favorite lure?

Topwaters are a lot of fun. I like getting to see the big splash when a bass eats. But I’m not fussy. I like catching fish most of all. Whatever is working is my favorite that day.

 

2. What is your favorite lure color?

Natural colors blend in and remind fish of things they eat. For hard baits, silver or white, especially partially clear lures, are very natural. For soft baits such as worms, plus jigs, greens and browns are hard to beat, with green pumpkin being the consensus No. 1 color that works everywhere.

 

3. I get bites but miss them. How can I catch them?

For soft plastics and jigs, make sure you get a solid hookset. You normally have enough time to get in position and drive the hook home. For treble hook lures or moving baits such as a spinnerbait, the opposite is true. Fish hit these and immediately let go. Any time you feel a tap or a change in your lure, give a quick wrist snap or pull. You don’t need a hard hookset with these baits, but the quicker the better.

 

4. How do I keep from losing fish?

Fish pulling free and especially jumping off is just part of the game, especially with hard-charging big ones. However, the best way to stay hooked up is to keep slack out of your line, as the loss of tension often is to blame for lost fish. A good way to do this is after the initial hookset, just keep your rod to the side and don’t really move it. Use your reel to keep the line tight and the rod slightly flexed. If you start pumping your rod to power in a fish like a saltwater angler bringing up a 1,000-pound blue marlin, you put slack in your line with every pump of the rod. Keep the rod bent, and play the fish with the reel and steady tension on the line.

 

5. What’s the best time and day to go fishing?

The short answer is anytime you can go because there are always fish biting on the lake somewhere. But the odds are in your favor typically on days when big storms are approaching or a weather change is coming. And most days, fish are most active around sunrise and sunset, so that’s always a good time to fish.

 

6. Which is better, artificial or live bait?

Both work well and have their advantages. Live bait is natural and looks, tastes, smells and moves like the real thing because, well, it IS the real thing. When the bite is tough or the fish are finicky, it wins every time. When fish are aggressive, artificial baits can cover more water and will sometimes out-fish the real thing. Most of us graduate to artificial lures for the added challenge. Natural baits attract fish by themselves. With artificial lures, anglers use their skills to trick fish into eating.

 

7. How big is your biggest bass?

Ha, that’s everyone’s favorite question to answer. Mine is 12 pounds, 5 ounces.

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