S5:E4 - “Springtime Spots With Brian Latimer ” (2019)
Brian Latimer shows Joey some honey holes on his home lake: Lake Hartwell.
S5:E3 - “The Chickamauga GOAT” (2019)
Miles & Joey go fishing on Lake Chickamauga and get a little help from the GOAT, Andy Morgan.
Ned Rig fishing has taken the fishing industry by storm over the past few years and one of my favorite variations is what I call the “Ned Meek.” With the Ned Meek I use the Z-Man TRD MinnowZ, I use this because it is the best bait to imitate shad. The thing about shad is that they don’t lay on the bottom and they are always moving. It’s a great vertical technique for dropping down and holding the bait about a foot off the bottom and teasing fish into bitting.
The weather is one of the most unpredictable parts about fishing. Having cold fronts leads to muddy waters, and brings uncertainty about bass finding your bait. For these types of conditions, Black and Blue is one of the best baits to use. This bait is dark enough for the bass to distinguish, but has that pop of blue that catches their attention.
S5:E2 - “Thrift On The Norm” (2019)
Miles takes a trip to North Carolina to pre-practice with Mr. Bryan Thrift on Lake Norman.
S5:E1 - “Chickamauga Chunks” (2019)
Joey visits Miles on his new home lake in Tennessee.
Hey guys! My name is Joey Nania, I’m married to a great Alabama girl, Jessica, and have two kids, Zeke and Eli. Some fun facts about me are that my favorite angler is Kevin VanDam, my favorite movie is Across The Universe, I have two dogs, love the Green Bay Packers and Alabama football and will eat just about anything!
By the time I was 18 I had organized a youth fishing tournament in California where I grew up, but soon moved to Florida to hone my fishing skills. I joined the fishing club in college and in 2013 I became a professional angler. I can’t express to you how much it means to me to be doing what I had dreamed of as a kid. This was what I wanted to do for as long as I can remember and I am humbled and honored to continue to compete in fishing tournaments and host Sweetwater TV.
Question: "I wanted to ask how you got started in getting sponsorships. I want to get a start at becoming a pro."
I love implementing power-fishing techniques to find big bass in vegetation, so it is no surprise that I was very excited about fishing the most recent, and final, Bassmaster Open on the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana.
Last week I had the opportunity to enter the Bulldog division SuperTournament on Lake Eufaula, and ended up having a pretty good event despite some setbacks.
Everyone has a tough day on the water from time to time, and anyone that says they don't are lying! It's just part of the game we love and is something that honestly makes a true angler even hungrier for understanding and success. The key is limiting how often the tough frustrating days happen and there are definitely ways to do just that. While time on the water and an understanding of fish behaviors are very important there is one simple tip that can help you succeed on a daily basis.
Finesse fishing is a term that anglers use for explaining small subtle baits that work best when fished on light line with light equipment. For many years finesse fishing has been relatively unchanged with the drop shot rig and the shakey head being the best and most used options out there. These are in fact great ways to catch bass and are typically utilized most when the fishing is tough during either extreme heat or extreme cold temperatures. But guess what, there is a new kid in town and trust me it is here to stay.
This might seem like a silly article that is simple and obvious but the truth is a large number of bites in deep water go undetected to the untrained hand or eye. Of course having quality equipment is essential but aside from that having an understanding of exactly what you are feeling on the bottom is the key.
No matter what type of grass you are fishing whether it is floating water hyacinth or submergent deep cabbage beds there are some key factors that make almost every type of grass a great place to catch a bass. There are three main factors, cover, baitfish, and oxygen!
Hot summer fishing is definitely a difficult craft to master. While it is tough at times it can still be very productive if you keep an open mind and understand what the fish are wanting to do. If you do have success on a hot summer day in a tournament there is nothing worse then having your fish die because they weren't properly taken care of.
Creek fishing is possibly one of the most under utilized techniques for catching fish throughout the hottest months of the year. When I say creek fishing I'm not talking about fishing in big open creeks, what I'm referring to is going as far back in the creeks you can go, and actually fishing in the original creek channel. Here is why the very back of creeks are almost always a place you can find fish in the summer months.
Warm and sunny weather makes for a great excuse to get out and go boating, fishing, camping, as well as to fire up the grill, and the lynchpin for any great summer activity is a quality cooler.
While many people don't consider the shakey head worm to be a big fish bait, during the summer months this somewhat finesse rig can put absolute giants in your boat. The whole key is getting the bait to where the big fish live.
If you want to fire up a school of big bass in deep water in a hurry there are few techniques that rival a deep diving crankbait. Crankbaits have been winning tournaments since before I was born and with all of the different baits on the market today deep cranking is on a whole different level then before.
As it is for most of us who enjoy the outdoors, my parents were the reason for my passion in fishing and other outdoor activities. In honor of Father's Day, I wanted to share a story with you of an event that shaped my love for the Great Outdoors.