Smallmouth Smackdown ABA Ram Series Bass Fishing Tournament on the St Lawrence River



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Smallmouth Smackdown ABA Ram Series Bass Fishing Tournament on the St Lawrence River.

In this video I am up on the St Lawrence River 1000 Islands Lake Ontario practicing for the FLW Costa Series. I end up finding some good smallmouth bass and decide to enter into the ABA Ram Series Tournament this coming Saturday. I figured I might now get a chance to run to these fish in the actual Costa event due to high winds and perhaps FLW deciding to make Lake Ontario off limits. I had a pretty good few days of practice and was averaging a 5 pound average for the most part. Lots of good size smallmouths are schooled up right now and are in 20-30 feet of water. I was also getting some fish up shallow but wasn’t going to rely on those shallow fish. It was hit or miss and the conditions had to be right in order for me to sight fish for cruising fish. I felt I could catch a good bag of fish over 25 pounds if everything went right for me. I ended up catching most of fish on a drop shot with the Gajo Bait Spirit Shad in Smoke Purple. The Spirit Shad has been my go to bait this year and it certainly didn’t let me down in this tournament.

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Who is SmallmouthCrush?

Travis Manson was born and raised where the giant Smallmouth Bass of the north live…WISCONSIN. He started fishing from the bank at a young age and spent most of his childhood with a rod in his hand. Travis is primarily a self-taught angler that is always learning and experiencing this amazing sport of fishing. He started out fishing for walleyes and fishing in local walleye tournaments, but then in his mid 20’s, he caught the BASS BUG and has been hooked every since. He competed at the highest level in bass fishing on the Bassmaster Elite Series for a number of years, until he ran out of $$ money $$. This led to a move across the country to the Northeast where he got things right again and is back on track, but now on his own terms. Perhaps he will make another run at the Elite Series if the opportunity allows. In the meantime, he is a fishing guide offering trips on the Chesapeake Bay for largemouth bass(year round), guided trips for smallmouth back in Wisconsin (during select times) and trophy smallmouth bass guided trips in Upstate New York (May-November) His Youtube Channel is named after his passion for the smallmouth bass and will be used as a platform for “how-to” videos, on the water instruction, crazy on and off the water topics and vlogs on the day in the life of a fishing addict! Hope you enjoy!

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