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In this section you can read through questions that other visitors have asked our Pro Staff writers. Each general question is answered by at least two of our Pros giving you a bit more than a regular Q & A section. At times however there will be questions asked of individual Pros and the really good ones will be posted here also.

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I was wondering if you think I would need to go to school to learn about the way that fish act, live, spawn,and that kind of stuff or if there was a better way besides school? I’m 24 and since I was about 16 I have wanted to become a pro or at least try to. I’m fixing to purchase my first bass boat so I can really start hitting the lakes hard every weekend and joining a local tournament group. If there is any suggestions or tips that you may have to help me please inform me.
God Bless,
Jonathan Wilson
The Bass Doctor
How Old Do You Have To Be To Become A Pro Fisherman? Can you GIve me a list of sponsors that are looking for a young fisherman. Charles Stuart
Hi Paul. I found your article about fishing for halibut on the internet. You have some great info on catching these fish. We are fishing Pacific halibut off the So. Oregon coast this spring but we haven't had a whole lot of expereince at it. We've been on a few trips (Guided) out of Alaska, Canada and the North oregon coast with very good results. We now have a big enough boat to venture out ourselves for these morsels.

We know what type of bottom to look for but what we'd like to learn a little more about is what to look for on the screen. Are we looking for flat plateaus that rise up from deep waters? The fishing was so good when we went that we didn't pay much attention to what was on the screen. Our mistake.


Without spending too much time we'd appreciate a couple tips on what to look for. Many thanks. Darol Wester
Paul Smith
dear mr. watson, my friend and i are trieng to catch bass to put in his pond. we are not sure how to determine if the bass is a male or a female we want to know this so we dont take to many fish out of there habitat we would really appriciate if u could tell us how to define between male and female.from: a fellow angler hunter buck
Leo Watson
my friend and i are trieng to put bass in my pond and r wanting to no what a baby largemouth bass eats. the bass are about 5 inches in length. the pond is only 1/4 acre. would this be large enough to sustain bass? there are some tiny minnows in there but im not sure how many. could the bass find there own food or do i have to provide them? i have some shrimp pellets that i used to feed my aquarium fishwith, would that work?
thank you for your time
Leo Watson

You're article indicated females are larger than males. How do you actually determine the difference between a large male and not so large female? I ask this because in the waters I fish I seldomly see them (and their behavior: nest guarding...etc) until they are on the hook on their way into the boat.
B. Manley

Leo Watson
I would like to know how to pick paying sponsors in order to fish full time and try to go pro. The Fishing Professor
I would like some tips about what i need to do to become a pro fisherman. Is it worth my time? Im 17 years old i live in russellville, arkansas. get back to me on some info
thanks.

The Bass Doctor
HELP, I just got a baitcasting combo, and had nothing but problems with it, backlash short casts, please any info would be helpful. The combo is a zebco c2000c with aclassic graphite med heavy rod w/10lb test line, thanks.
Dennis Bryant
Charles Stuart
When I fish for largemouth, most of the time I like to fish works and soft jerkbaits. My main problem is slow bites. I have a feeling that its my hook selection and worm size might be mismatched. For the most part I prefer to use 6 and 7 inch worms or 3 inch worms when they are finicky. I am now using Eagle Eye 3/0 offset worm hooks. When they are tail biting they do not seem to get up to the hook, I fish for walley and sauger in the Ohio River in March and I may wait a 30 seconds or more before a fish is on so I get a lot of practice before my April fishing jaunts. Should I be using a larger hook like a 4/0 or 5/0 or find a hook with a longer shank or does that matter? Leo Watson
Steve Von Brandt
ALL bass fishermen write about a "slow retrieve". How slow is slow? I am just a beginner, I understand where to catch bass, and I understand equipment. It is the technique that I seem to be lacking. Dennis Bryant,
Charles Stuart &
Leo Watson
Is there an easy method you use to help in deciding what color of lure you should use? Dennis Bryant,
Charles Stuart &
Leo Watson
What suggestions do you have for trimming weedguards and skirts on jigs? Should plastic crawfish trailers be shortened? If so, under what circumstances? Dennis Bryant,
Charles Stuart &
Leo Watson
What color are crawdads in the spring? Dennis Bryant,
Charles Stuart &
Leo Watson
How would I affectively use a titanium spinnerbait in a pond with a good amount of weeds? Or is there another bait that you think would be more affective for bass? Dennis Bryant,
Charles Stuart &
Leo Watson
What kind of pole should I get for a jig? Should it be a stiff pole or a pole that is real bendy. Also, what reel you suggest with brand? Dennis Bryant,
Charles Stuart &
Leo Watson
How can you tell a florida bass from any other bass? Dennis Bryant,
Charles Stuart &
Leo Watson
How can I become a pro bass fisherman? Dennis Bryant,
Charles Stuart &
Leo Watson
What do I do when a few weeks after the opener when bass leave the shallows and or mud bays from spawning? Dennis Bryant,
Charles Stuart &
Leo Watson

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