72, Day 2
The Importance of Electronics and Cook's Favorite
Wintertime Bass-Fishing Places
NOTE: Ken Cook quit his job as a fisheries biologist in 1983 to become
a professional bass angler. Since then the Meers, Oklahoma, resident has
participated in numerous tournaments, including more than 200 BASS events.
Currently, he fishes about 18 tournaments a year and stays on the water
about 200 days a year.
Do you use electronics to aid in your winter bass fishing?
Answer: I always use electronics. I think a quality LCG model with
a good pixel count and good detail is crucial to your success as a bass
fisherman, particularly since it helps you see what's happening below
the surface of the water. I use a Bottom Line unit that has plenty of
power and lets me see the detail close to the bottom of the water. Detail
of what's beneath the water is so important to your success, especially
in the summer and winter when you're offshore and in deeper water.
What are some of your favorite spots for catching bass during the winter?
Answer: For the most bass-fishing success in the winter, find lakes
that are heated by nuclear power plants. The water is so much warmer in
these kinds of places than anywhere else. Too, you'll find the bass more
active. I have a couple of favorite wintertime places here in Oklahoma.
One is Sooner Lake, which is heated by the local power plant. I also enjoy
fishing several spots in Texas where the water is warmer. Other than lakes
with nuclear power plants on them, I recommend you fish deep, clear mountain
lakes like the Lake of the Ozarks in the winter. You just can't locate
bass in muddy, cold water. If the water is clear, you'll have a better
chance of pinpointing bass, which is more than half of the game.
Tomorrow: Equipment for Wintertime Bass Fishing