I’ll never forget the first time I encountered the strolling technique. Fishing on Lake Fork one blistering hot July day, Major League Fishing champ Kelly Jordon told me that we were going to catch a lot of bass on this particular afternoon despite the fact that the thermometer was hitting 105 degrees in the shade.
“What we’re going to do is toss our crankbaits out, we’ll keep the reels in free-spool, then we’ll use the trolling motor to travel along the creek we’ll be fishing until we’ve gotten all of our line out, then we’ll kneel down, start reeling, and hang on,” said KJ, a Palestine, Texas, resident.
What was my first reaction to Jordon’s instructions? Truthfully, I wondered if he had suffered from a heat stroke that the Lone Star State is famous for. But several hours later – and after being sworn to secrecy – I understood that strolling a deep diving crankbait into the depths of a structure-filled lake like Fork was a ticket to summertime big bass riches.
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