Virginia has a lot of great fishing opportunities. But Virginia pond fishing might be one of its most overlooked. Largemouth bass are plentiful and many of these small bodies of water. And Trophies exist if you know what you are doing. I noticed Ryan Green on Twitter doing a great job stalking the banks of his favorite ponds. Ryan took some time to tell us about his favorite Virginia pond fishing techniques.
Last year we did a great interview with fisherman Ty Adams. Today, we have an interview with one of Ty’s previous tournament partners, Scott Schumann. Scott is a Virginia fisherman who fishes competitively on the BASS Nation Tournament Trail. He has also started his own cool YouTube channel. So I was excited when Scott agreed to do the interview. He provides some great information on his favorite waters as well as his love of spinnerbait fishing. Enjoy the interview.
I love this interview. Ok, I love all my interviews and appreciate the time everyone provides. But this one is unique. Ok, all of them are unique. So instead of trying to describe with generalized praise that could be used for all of the anglers that give time to contribute to DockTalk365, let me just be real specific about this one with Spotswood Payne, a Virginia trout, bass and musky professional fishing guide. I tried asking Spotswood about his approach to guiding. When I reviewed his answers, I realized that every answer not only answers about his approach to guiding but also provides important lessons for all of us recreational anglers as well. I also realized and loved that Spotswood goes to a deeper level answering with philosophical and theoretical approaches to fishing rather than solely answering on the practical level of what fly or lure to throw when. While I do like to be told what to throw when, I also love contemplating fishing on a deeper level, which is something Spotswood clearly does. So keep reading and I know you will love this interview as much as I do.
Fishing has provided so much joy over my life. I noticed when finding Ty Adams on Instagram that he gets the same joy out of fishing as I do. What I didn’t know before this interview was that Ty has not been fishing long and has only been fishing for a little over a year. Ty began fishing tournaments soon after he started fishing and has even fished with BASS pro David Walker twice in his short fishing journey. Pretty impressive, huh? Yeah, I thought so. What is even more impressive is Ty’s outlook on fishing. So keep reading and discover why Ty is always smiling.
We had such a great time talking with Wes Smallwood, that we had to put the interview into two parts. If you haven’t read part I, you can read it here. In this interview, we start where we left off talking about Wes’ dad and the positive memories created by taking his son fishing. Thank you Wes’ dad! We then get into some Virginia fishing discussion including the fish story behind Wes’ Trophy Citation Smallmouth Bass. Fantastic reading from this young up and coming competitive kayak angler.
I reached out to Virginia’s Wes Smallwood after seeing his impressive kayak fishing results. I love all of the information and detail Wes provided to us. I have divided his interview into 2 parts. In this part, we focus on his Wilderness System Ride 115x. We learn why he bought this kayak as well as how he is rigging it to fit his fishing needs. We also learn about something not covered in most reviews of the kayak, its towing power. Keep reading to find out what I mean.
I am fascinated by Smith Mountain Lake. I have never fished it but know people who have with mixed success. So when I saw Isaac Jones consistently catches big bass there, I thought I would throw some questions at him about the Lake as well as other aspects of his fishing. This young angler has a lot of great fishing knowledge already and high goals for his future tournament fishing. Read on to learn more about this Virginia angler.