Killington Vermont Bass Fishing Tips From The Pro’s

1. Save Shredded Worms When your plastic worms get torn up, save ’em. Bass like to ambush wounded prey, so a beat-up worm is perfect to use, especially in shallow water. Anthony Gagliardi, 2006 FLW Tour Land O’Lakes Angler of the Year

2. Red Fools the Fish In shallow cover — wood, stumps, clumps of grass — I like to use a spinner bait with a red or pink head, and a crank bait with red hooks. The red makes the fish think the bait’s injured, and they’ll bite at it. George Cochran, 2005 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship winner

3. Skip Your Bait When you cast, stop halfway instead of following through, similar to a check swing in baseball. This makes the lure hit the surface of the water a few feet before your target, so the lure skitters over the water. It’s a good way to get under docks and other structures. Mike Iaconelli, 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Classic champion

4. Keep Your Hooks Sharp I use a file to sharpen my hooks every time I catch a fish and before every trip. It takes 30 seconds. Bass have boney jaws, so a sharp hook is more apt to penetrate the fish. Mark Zona, host of ESPN Outdoors

5. Look at Your Livewell Water When you put a bass in the livewell, they’re notorious for spitting up what they were feeding on. From there you can tell what color lure or kind of lure to throw the rest of the day. Matt Herren, No. 2 ranked angler, 2006 Wal-Mart FLW Tour

6. Face the Wind Sacrifice some distance in your casts and fish with the wind in your face. Bass always swim with the current, so it’s better for them to find your bait before they find your boat. Plus, the noise of water slapping your hull will carry away from the spot you’re fishing, which is good. Ish Monroe, winner of the 2006 Battle on the Border

7. Fish Shallow in the Spring In the spring bass hang out in spawning beds. Concentrate on shallow areas, especially in pockets and coves protected from the wind because this is where they like to guard their eggs. They’ll bite as much out of irritation with the lure as they will out of hunger. Jay Yelas, 2003 Bassmaster Angler of the Year

8. Make Your Bait Seasonal Bass eat different bait depending on the time of year. The general rule is early in the year they like crawfish, so use peach-colored patterns. In the summer and fall they like shad, so use chrome or silver baits. Mike Hawkes, 2006 Wal-Mart FLW Series event winner, Lake Cumberland

9. Fish before the storm The best time to fish bass is before a front comes through, and the worst time to fish them is after. The pressure makes the bass more active, so watch for a wall of clouds moving in. When it’s too pretty out, bass aren’t likely to bite. Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats founder and namesake of FLW Outdoors

10. Bug Those Bass Bass is an ornery fish. You have to keep tapping at it to upset it into biting your hook. Bass position themselves in cover, and like the lure presented to them at different angles. I’ve tossed lures a hundred times onto the same location until finally getting a bite. Ray Scott, bass fishing legend and founder of BASS

Courtesy of: www.boatinglife.com Article By Darren Wendroff

H.Q. Nguyen
H.Q. Nguyen
June 30, 2024.
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I’ve never been into fishing. I own a 22’ fishing boat that is docked in our town marina on the Long Island sound and have hardly ever gone fishing in it over the last 8 yrs that I’ve had it. Went for a guys weekend to Woodstock VT and booked a fishing trip with Stay Bent. Keith gave us a first class “American Express Platinum” fishing experience. Besides being the Yoda about fishing, he took care of us in every way. From making sure we caught fish to showing us how to use different fishing rods and bait, Keith was nothing less than a pro. He was also a true gentleman and went out of his way to make sure we had a great and beautiful experience. I now like fishing, a lot, thanks to Keith. Going to make this an annual trip with Stay Bent. Cheers Keith.
Bram Hall
Bram Hall
May 7, 2024.
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Keith is just a killer fishing guide. He took me and my wife to Lake Bomoseen. Put us on some monster largemouth bass. Helped my wife as she is learning and helped me with some subtle pointers so I learned quite a bit too. Knows how to find fish -- figured out what the fish liked in one cove and then went to a cove with similar water conditions and we had another strong run of fish.
Aaron Hallman
Aaron Hallman
February 16, 2024.
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My wife and I visited Vermont for our anniversary, and have always wanted to ice fish. We didn't really know what to expect, but it definitely wasn't the experience we got! Couldn't have imagined a better experience. Keith put in absolute work to make sure we had an awesome time and went over and above to make sure we caught some fish. The wife ended up landing a monster pike and largemouth. The experience made our entire trip worth it, and I'm so glad we called stay bent instead of anyone else.
Sarah Hallman
Sarah Hallman
February 16, 2024.
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My husband and I had the best time ice fishing with Keith as our guide! We caught bass, pickerel, pike, perch, and smelt and had a blast the whole time!
Chris Bernardi
Chris Bernardi
September 9, 2023.
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Keith was an outstanding guide. He was patient, took the time to explain the technique we were to use, and was set on us landing fishing. We had a great time and would definitely use his charter again.
Ken wholey
Ken wholey
August 24, 2023.
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Took the guys out for the day on the lake and had a blast reeling in big bass. Kieth was awesome and we will be using him again in the future.
Derrick O'Donnell
Derrick O'Donnell
August 23, 2023.
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If you’re looking to catch a ton of fish and have a blast while you’re doing it, you’re at the right place! Can’t wait to go again.
Michael Rodrigues
Michael Rodrigues
August 15, 2023.
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I had the pleasure of being on Keith's boat August 6th fishing for my first lake trout trip. He put us on tons of fish and I put my limit in the freezer. Always a great time and an even better fishing guide.
dante canepari
dante canepari
August 15, 2023.
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Im not much of a fisherman, but Keith made me feel like a pro. He has top notch equipment, knowledge, and was very professional and patient with a novice like me.

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