By Steve Graf
Welcome to the “Angler’s Perspective.” Each week, I’ll share with you some tips, tactics and interviews from the greatest anglers in the world. My goal is to make you a better and more informed angler. You’ll hear not only my experiences as an angler, but the Pros who actually fish for a living. With these articles, I’ll pass along my knowledge of bass fishing while giving you advice from professionals that fish the Bassmaster Elite Series, FLW and Major League Fishing Tours. I’ll do my best to entertain and educate you on the latest techniques and news from the bass fishing world.
Let me introduce myself, I have been fishing my whole life and grew up fishing small ponds in East Texas. I started fishing competitively when a friend of mine asked me to fish a team tournament on Lake Bistineau in 1990. Since then I have fished with success, several team circuits including; Anglers Choice, the FLW Tour as a co-angler, the pro side/boater side of the BFL Tour, the FLW Everstart and Costa Series, B.A.S.S. Central Opens and the ABA Bass Pro Shop Open Series. During that time I have obtained sponsorships from some great companies in the fishing industry like; Ranger Boats, Daiwa Rods and Reels, Gamakatsu Hooks, SPRO Lures, Santone Lures, Seaguar Fishing Line, V&M Baits and GRUV Fishing Tackle. I also own and have produced for 13 years an outdoors program called the “Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show” heard exclusively on 1130 The Tiger KWKH and I’ve recently signed on as the co-host for a Facebook live/You Tube show called “Tackle Talk Live.”
While I don’t pretend to know everything about bass fishing, like you, I continue to gain knowledge and improve my skills as a competitive angler. Bass fishing is a great sport that you never stop learning. Today’s professional anglers are highly skilled in all phases of bass fishing including but not limited to; bait selection, map reading, casting skills, bait and tackle promotions and using state of the art electronics that are a huge part of today’s bass boats. The pros of today are well versed and understand how to take advantage and trust their electronic units in order to help them find fish.
So I look forward to bringing you articles each week that will give you a better understanding of what the world of bass fishing is all about both from a professional and weekend warrior perspective. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook.
Steve Graf is Owner/Co-host Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show