Brett Hite weighs in on fishing diversity, breaking down new water, and the bladed jig.
Take a quick glance at the roster of anglers fishing the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, and you’ll be struck by the geography. Of the 52 anglers preparing to compete on Lake Conroe, Texas, March 24-26, 11 currently reside in the West, and three others (including Simms pro, Aaron Martens grew up in California.
The influx of successful anglers from the Pacific Time Zone into heavily Southern waters has been a noticeable game-changer on the Bassmaster Elite Series, and on the Classic. None more so than Arizona based Simms Pro, Brett Hite.
Hite won the very first Elite event he competed in (Lake Seminole, Georgia in 2014), and has rang up an astounding 11 top 10 finishes in the 33 tour-level events he’s fished since qualifying that year.
We caught up with Hite while preparing for Classic week. Here’s what he had to say:
By Joel Shangle
Heading into the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Oklahoma, Simms Pro James Elam was tabbed as a potential favorite. Pretty heady expectations for a young Elite Series pro fishing in his first Classic. No surprise, though, to the many northern Oklahoma anglers who Elam had regularly beaten on Grand Lake since he was a teenager.
Fast forward to the final week before the 2017 Classic on Lake Conroe in Texas, and you’ll find a slightly different James Elam. Less pressure, fewer preconceived notions about the fishery, and a more open mind about what might happen on this San Jacinto River impoundment come March 24-26. Read more:
By Joel Shangle
Few faces in the world of professional bass fishing are as familiar as that of, Shaw Grigsby. Thanks to both a highly successful 40-plus-year B.A.S.S. tournament career and the 20-year run of his popular television show, One More Cast With Shaw Grigsby, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more well-known (and well-liked) personality than the amiable Floridian. Grigsby’s career is about more than longevity and TV recognition: the upcoming 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe, Texas, will be his 16th (the 15th-most among all-time Classic competitors). He’s made three Classic Top 10s, and has been identified as a threat on Conroe because of the later-than-usual time of this year’s Classic. Below, the veteran tournament anglers talks about his career and how he feels about his odds come March 24 on Lake Conroe. Continue reading
Finally, the end of winter is in sight, which means it’s time to prep for the longer fishing sessions that come with spring and summer. Whether it’s long hikes to secret stretches of river or dawn to dusk tarpon missions, we all spend a ton of time on our feet this time of year. Sore feet, tired legs, and achy backs have pretty much become accepted side effects of hard fishing. However, with the right foundation, you’ll be surprised at how much longer and harder you can fish without feeling it when it’s time to do it again the following morning. Simms Right Angle® Footbed (RAF) debuted in the award winning Currents Shoe. Because of its popularity, the RAF has found it’s way into a wide array of Simms footwear. Here’s the entire collection and a little more info about how the RAF will help you fish longer and harder.