Gary Klein with a trophy bass

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Catch Bass in the Rain Day 2: Bass Fishing a Fast-Moving Thunderstorm

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Editor’s Note: When storm clouds begin to brew, and rain starts coming down, fair-weather anglers will crank-up their motors and head for home. But not Gary Klein of Mingus, Texas, a longtime top bass fisherman and one of the founders of Major League Fishing. By bass fishing in wet weather, Klein has learned how to catch bass and how to become a better angler.


“If you have a bright, sunny day, and you’re fishing deep-water structure, the bass usually will be hiding under or on the down-current side of the structure,” Klein says. “Or, even if the structure is in shallow water, the bass will be more in the shade and tighter to the structure.

“However, when a thunderstorm moves in, the sun’s hidden, the rain comes down, which diffuses the light more, and there is wave action, which again lessens the amount of light penetrating down into the water. The bass generally will come out away from the structure and become more aggressive.

“If bass are holding in a rock pile on a deep-water ledge or tight into deep-water bushes and trees, they’ll move out of the cover, swim up on top of the structure and become very aggressive when a thunderstorm arrives. When a thunderstorm blows-up, if I’m fishing deep-water cover, I’m still going to fish a lure fast – trying to get an aggressive bite. I believe the bass leave the cover when the storm hits.”

*Worms, Buzzbaits and/or Spinner Baits:

“The main key to remember when a thunderstorm comes is to try and cover more water quicker,” Klein explains. “If you’re fishing for deep bass with a worm, use a lighter sinker and a larger worm. If you’re angling for more-shallow water fish, use buzzbaits or spinner baits that you can cover a lot of water with, fish quickly and catch more-aggressive fish.”

Gary Klein with trophy bass


“All of this advice holds true, unless a rain comes down so hard you hardly can see and has 20- or 30-mile an hour winds with it,” Klein says. “During those kinds of rains, buzzbaits and spinner baits are hard for the bass to home in on and to see. Then I change to a crankbait. I still feel bass are relating to the surface because of the rain. But I also think they can see a crankbait easier and will come to it quicker than they will the spinner bait or the buzzbait.

“Utilizing the crankbait, I still can cover water from 0 to 15 feet. Basically, in a thunderstorm, I’m angling for shallow-water bass. However, I’m fishing under the water instead of right on the surface. I’m still angling for cruising and active bass. But I have to admit during those hard, driving rains that holding the boat steady and casting is hard. I don’t do as well as I do in a thunderstorm where the wind’s not quite so high, and the rain not so heavy.”

Tomorrow: Bass Fishing a Toad Strangling Rain

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How to Bass Fish Like a Pro
If you could sit down and interview some of the best pro bass fishermen in the world, what would you want them to tell you to help you improve your bass fishing skills?

In this book, How to Bass Fish Like a Pro, Kevin VanDam explains how he catches bass consistently, and how he fishes all 12 months of the year. In the bonus chapters, he will tell you how to fish for hot-weather bass.

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Mark Davis, in Chapter 3 of the book, explains his five secrets to becoming a better bass fisherman, how to turn your bass fishing around to the positive side, and how to catch hot-weather bass. In the bonus chapter, you’ll get six different interviews with Davis, where he tells you: three tips for becoming a better bass fisherman; his three favorite bass lures; and how to keep a big bass on the line and get it to the boat.

James Niggemeyer tells you how to become a bass pro. He also tells you how to catch bass when the weather sizzles. In Niggemeyer’s bonus chapter, he explains how to move from being a bass-club fisherman up to being a pro.

Mark Rose will explain his five favorite go-to bass lures, and how to catch bass in the middle of the summer.

In this book, you’ll hear from top-performing pro fishermen about how they catch big bass consistently, and what they do to win millions of dollars as professional bass fishermen.


Catch the Biggest and Most Bass in Any Lake
If you were having open-heart surgery at the hospital, you’d want the best doctor with the most experience and the latest equipment and techniques that money could buy to do your operation. You’d study these doctors’ credentials to learn who was the best.

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This is the same type of research that author John E. Phillips has done with the best bass fishermen in the nation to solve the problem of how to find and catch the biggest and the most bass in any body of water that he fishes.

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Winning Strategies of the Bass Pros
I learned many years ago if you want to be the best you can be, then you need to learn from the best – particularly when you want to be the best bass fisherman possible. That’s why I’ve written Winning Strategies of the Bass Pros about 11 top bassers.

If you’re wondering at what age you can start learning about bass fishing, you’ll see in the first two chapters about two young men who have come up through the ranks of collegiate bass tournaments – Jordan Lee, who won the Bassmaster Classic in 2017, and Dustin Connell, who won $100,000 in a B.A.S.S. Elite Series tournament in Mississippi in 2017. Top-name pros on both the B.A.S.S. circuit and the FLW circuit are in this book, including Kevin VanDam, Jay Yelas, George Cochran, Rick Clunn, Larry Nixon, Woo Daves, Randy Howell, Scott Canterbury, and Gary Klein.


In How to Bass Fish Like a Pro, Volume II, you’ll learn tips and tactics from 21+ Bassmaster Classic winners, two Major League Fishing champions, and 20+ Bassmaster Anglers of the Year about some of the dramatic changes in bass fishing, like:

Depth Finders: You need the latest and greatest depth finders available, since they’re the brains of a bass boat with maps, GPS, side scanning, down scanning, and forward scanning features that enable you to see underwater structures and fish 100-feet away with a 360-degree view. Today’s competitive bass anglers may have four or five depth finders located on the consoles and the bows of their boats. 

Other Changes in Equipment: Power fishing for bass using heavy line and rods, big baits, and bait-casting reels that resemble winches have given way to finesse fishing and new techniques like fishing the Ned Rig, the Neko Rig, the Chicken Rig, and the Tokyo Rig on spinning tackle and line as small as 6-10 pounds. 

The Growth in Youth and College Competitions for Bass: A young person can begin competition fishing as early as the second grade and continue throughout high school. After that, if the competitor qualifies, he/she may win a scholarship to fish on a college team that eventually may lead them to a professional bass-fishing career. 

Changes in the Ways Anglers Bass Fish: Many of the most-consistent winners never pick-up their rods to fish during pre-fishing. Instead, they’ll idle across the water, dropping waypoints from their electronics in places where they’ve identified schools of bass holding. These contestants will have at least 50-250 locations, where they’ve pinpointed schools of bass before a tournament starts.


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