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You know, sometimes, it takes a little outside perspective or question to make you stop and think about how you do things and why. For example, I recently posted a picture on Facebook with all my rods pushed into a corner. My fans asked, “How do you use so many rods?”

Well, for one thing, I look at fishing rods as the tools I use to do my job. That job might change a lot from one lake to the next, or even within the course of a day on the water.

That’s the easy answer for why I have so many rods. But I think there’s more to the explanation.

Last week, we started looking at backlashes and before we go any deeper, let me just say that it’s nothing to worry about. Most anglers do get better at handling baitcasters as they gain more experience, but every now and then, the wrong combination of wind, thumb pressure and lure weight ends up working against you and you end up with too much line moving at once.

Baitcasting reels offer a lot of benefits in terms of casting accuracy, control and efficiency, but any time you use one, you face the potential for a backlash. You won’t necessarily face a “bird’s nest” on every cast, and in fact, most anglers get pretty good at keeping this frustration to a minimum.

By Jason Christie
Mar 17, 2015

With the Bassmaster Classic in the rearview mirror and the start of the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series on the Sabine River right in front of me, I have to say I'm happy to get this new season underway.

There's always that excitement and anticipation to get a new year rolling. With the exception of the Classic, we've mostly been off for about five months, so it feels good to get back to fishing and get things going in the right direction.

 
By Jason Christie
MAR 11, 2015

With the spring season just around the corner, and the prespawn transition underway in many of the Southern lakes, the word that comes to my mind is “movement.” The fish know it’s time to get ready for the spawn, so anglers are going to have to stay with the fish as they move.

What I do is draw a line between where I think the fish winter and where they’re going to spawn. They’re going to move somewhere in that area. Depending on the stage of the prespawn, they may position closer to where they winter or they may stage 50 yards from where they’re going to spawn.

There’s a general prespawn stage and then, to me, there are stages of the prespawn. Right now, I’d think most of the Southern fish (with the exception of Florida) are closer to the winter stage of the prespawn; although some fish are starting to move.

Who is the odds-on favorite to win the 2015 Bassmaster Classic? You could do worse than putting your money on this Okie.

Ranked by one leading bass tournament website as the No. 1 angler in the world, Jason Christie burst onto the B.A.S.S. scene like few others. He is fishing his third Classic in a row in 2015, after finishing seventh in 2013 and 18th last year. He’s won four tournaments in three years and consistently places near the top of the leader board no matter where he’s fishing.

Who is the odds-on favorite to win the 2015 Bassmaster Classic? You could do worse than putting your money on this Okie.

Ranked by one leading bass tournament website as the No. 1 angler in the world, Jason Christie burst onto the B.A.S.S. scene like few others. He is fishing his third Classic in a row in 2015, after finishing seventh in 2013 and 18th last year. He’s won four tournaments in three years and consistently places near the top of the leader board no matter where he’s fishing. - See more at: http://www.yumbaits.com/blog/classic-profile-jason-christie/#sthash.LicUF3PE.dpuf



What got you into tournament fishing?

The competitive drive. I played sports throughout school and the combination of competitive drive and family, my dad, uncles, my mom, everybody fished. I think once my athletic days were over I had to keep that competitive edge. I coached for 8 or 9 years, but then I wanted it to be more about me and not about my coaching that’s where fishing came in. I’ve been doing it forever, and I quit my job [to pursue it].

By Jason Christie
FEB 10, 2015
Fishing in cold weather can be tough on an angler physically, but there’s also a lot to consider in terms of how your equipment performs in low temperatures. It’s too early yet to tell what kind of weather we’ll have at the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, but I’m sure I’ll fish in some freezing temperatures before late spring warms us up.

 

By Jason Christie
Mar 5, 2015

If you ask me, spring – and I mean the warm, sunny, birds chirping part – can’t get here fast enough. I don’t mind saying that I’m tired of the cold weather.

Realistically, on most of the country’s bass lakes, we still have a bunch of cold trips ahead of us. There are definitely some strategies that will help you contend with the conditions, but for me, it starts with the mental game.

 

By Jason Christie
FEB 5, 2015
I do a lot of fun fishing this time of year – some of it’s to start getting myself ready for the Bassmaster Classic and the upcoming Bassmaster Elite Season, but regardless of my day’s objective, it’s cold on the lake. Recently, our morning temperatures here on Oklahoma’s Lake Tenkiller have been in the low 30s with daytime highs in the 50s.

Despite the chill, I actually enjoy cold weather fishing for a few reasons...

By Steve Wright
JAN 22, 2015
TULSA, Okla. — Jason Christie thinks he might have two distinct advantages going into the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic. He hopes to exploit them with a unique game plan.

The first step in the plan was not spending a single minute of pre-practice time at the Classic site – South Carolina's Lake Hartwell.

Christie went deer hunting instead.

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