I’m aflame today because today we accept Bernie Schultz.
Bernie is a built-in Floridian with added than 30 years of acquaintance aggressive at the accomplished akin of clash fishing.
- With two US and two Canadian titles, he has won able-bodied over a actor dollars in cost money.
- In accession to aggressive on the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bernie Schultz serves as a adviser to abounding of the bigger brands in fishing, including Shimano, Rapala, Mercury Marine, Power Pole, Garmin, and others.
- He aswell serves as a columnist for several above fishing publications, including Bassmaster, Florida Sportsman, Ontario’s Just Fishing, and Inside Line.
How you doing, Mike? Acceptable to accommodated you.
All right, yeah. Great. Acquaint us, what are you up to today?
Oh, I got a few renovations traveling on at the house. I’ve got a little bit of a down aeon amid tournaments, and we’re accomplishing a kitchen remod. That sounds appealing boring, I’m sure, to your listeners, but that’s what’s traveling on at our abode today.
What’s your next tournament?
Next clash is on Basin Hartwell. It’s on the Georgia-South Carolina border. It’s appropriate on the accompaniment line, and it’s a aces fishery. That’s in the aboriginal allotment of April. Again we leave anon from there to Winyah Bay, which is on the bank just arctic of South… what is it? Charleston.
Okay, gotcha. How continued accept you been fishing?
Well, I’ve been fishing tournaments over 30 years. I’ve been fishing my absolute life. Even as a absolutely adolescent kid I was on the water. My grandfathering and my mother were affectionate of the afflatus for me. We lived on a basin in Sanford, Florida. That’s area I abstruse to… I mean, I abstruse the basics there.
Nice. So it was your grandfathering and your mother?
Correct, yeah. My dad didn’t fish, but dad consistently fabricated abiding there was baptize adjacent and that I had a boat. My grandfathering was a fisherman, and my mom was apparent to that aboriginal on. That’s area I got it, was through them.
Wow. Acquaint us, how did you alpha fishing competitively? From if you were a kid and you were just accomplishing it for fun, and again all of a abrupt you absitively to alpha fishing competitively?
Well, I affectionate of backed into it, Mike. I was a apprentice at the University of Florida, and one of my advisers was in a bass club. We ample out appealing aboriginal on during the chic that we both fished and that we had a accepted interest, and again we started fishing together. He encouraged me to appear to a bass club meeting, and I did. As a guest, I was arrive to bend in a tournament, and my aboriginal draw was Shaw Grigsby, of all people. That affectionate of absorbed me at that point. I mean, I’d been fishing continued afore that, but that was my aboriginal acknowledgment to aggressive fishing.
Your aboriginal acknowledgment to aggressive fishing, and you get partnered up with Shaw Grigsby.
Yeah. Appealing aberrant about-face of events, but… And we’ve remained accompany to this day. Shaw was a abundant angler if I got complex with the club. I knew how to fish, but I didn’t accept the mechanics of clash fishing. It’s a absolutely altered thing. I mean, fishing below the alarm with the burden of money on the line, and at this level, with sponsors and media and fans, it absolutely changes the accomplished way you access the game. Fishing for fun is… you know, that’s one thing, but if you alpha a career in aggressive fishing, you amount out appealing bound that there’s a big transformation.
Well, let me ask you. This is consistently absorbing to our listeners, is, what’s the bigger problem, or what’s the bigger claiming you begin if you got into aggressive fishing?
When you go fishing for fun, there’s not a lot of pressure. If you’re fishing for survival, for your income, for adopting your family, or for the companies you represent, it puts a lot of burden on you. I anticipate the bigger claiming is blockage up with the bend and managing all those pressures. Bend move. You know, a lot of tournaments are multi-day events, so it’s not like you can go out there for one day, and whatever happens that day determines the outcome. A lot of tournaments are three to four canicule continued at the akin that I attempt at. That affectionate of takes the luck agency out. You accept to be consistently advantageous over those three or four days. With all the pressures that I mentioned earlier, it becomes a challenge. Like I said, bend move around. You got to break up with the fish, and things change constantly.
Yeah. You know, if it comes to clash fishing, I accept acquaintance plays a big allotment of it. What did you apprentice over your career in aggressive fishing that’s helped you to succeed?
You know, it’s just a amount of time on the water, and you alpha acrimonious up things. I mean, you apprentice tricks and techniques, and you apprentice how to use all the lures that are activated to altered base and types of cover. You know, bass are cover-oriented creatures. They like to be about things, usually. That doesn’t beggarly they’re not free-roaming. There are free-roaming fish. There are ancestry bend that just biking block allurement fish. But for the a lot of part, bass are cover-oriented, structure-oriented. They chronicle to something. It’s the acquaint I abstruse throughout my career aggravating to amount out how the bass are apropos to key structures or appearance of a physique of baptize that affectionate of has helped me survive.
Right. Let me ask you, if you’re traveling into a tournament, abnormally at your level, and you apperceive it’s traveling to be a multi-day event, do you put calm a plan of advance for anniversary day, or one plan of advance for all four days?
Well, ideally, you wish a individual plan to plan throughout a three or four day event. But you know, like I said earlier, bend accept fins, and they use them. I mean, they move and they do altered things. Their affection changes. Weather consistently changes. Even if you accept abiding conditions, the bend sometimes accomplish a affecting change in their habits. So you know, it’s consistently adapting and aggravating to amount out what the bend are traveling to do next. Usually, there is some bendability with accessory variations, but there are some canicule if it’s badly different, area you accept to atom what you’re accomplishing and alpha from scratch.
You know, and I consistently ask this of the humans that we interview, is do you accept a set absolute of how abundant time that you’ll plan a specific plan, and if it’s not working, again you move on appropriate away? Or are you one of those anglers that’s added of a feel affectionate of person?
It is absolutely by feel. I anticipate that speaks for a lot of guys. I mean, try to accord your bold plan every befalling to work, but at some point if it becomes futile, you just accept to atom it. That’s what separates a lot of anglers on the baptize in how acknowledged they are in their careers, is how able-bodied they adapt. You accept to acclimate constantly. As the sun gets higher, the baptize begins to warm, or if you accept a algid foreground appear in during the hours of competition, things are traveling to change. If the barometer changes, if there’s accepted breeze that’s… You know, like if you’re fishing on a backlog and they alpha active baptize through the turbines to actualize electricity, that bearing puts bend in key places, and you accept to acclimate and acquisition out area those key spots are. It’s consistently adapting and aggravating to acclimatize to whatever the bearings brings.
What do you acquisition is the hardest allotment about implementing your plan if you accept berserk alteration variables?
Just blockage up with it. Timing. You know, so abundant of fishing auspiciously in tournaments is keyed on timing. It’s alive area to be and if to be there, and accepting the appropriate access of the appropriate lure, the appropriate presentation. I mean, it could appear down to casting angle. There’s so abounding variables. It’s absurd to try and yield all that in and try and action it. I apperceive I may accomplish it complete a little harder than it is, but sometimes it is that challenging.
When you’re traveling through your tournaments, and the variables are alteration and you’re affectionate of authoritative changes as you go, are you demography addendum as you go, or are you one of these guys that just keeps it in your head?
It’s in my head. Actual few guys accumulate notes. I mean, there are guys that accumulate logs afterwards an event’s over with, and maybe they almanac things at night afterwards they’re off the water, but I don’t anticipate you’re traveling to see any high-level clash adversary stop what he’s accomplishing to address down any addendum during a competition.
Do you await on your electronics?
Absolutely. I run Garmin electronics, and I’m application the new Livescope. It’s absurd what you can see underwater with that thing. I can in fact see bend pond below the apparent with my electronics. I can see them access a lure. They’re that good. I can accomplish a cast, I can see my allurement abatement through the baptize column, and I can watch bend acknowledge to it. It’s absurd what you can see with electronics now. I await heavily on the GPS aspects of them as well.
That’s amazing. What accept you abstruse that’s fabricated you bigger back you’ve started and as you’ve gone forth over the endure 30 years?
You don’t accept abundant time for that, I can acquaint you. I mean, it’s a connected process. If you’re not learning, you’re falling behind. This action is consistently evolving. The technology, the accessories we have, and the strategies. I mean, that’s not to say that old tricks don’t apply. They do, and they plan well. At times, it’s the old-school approach that plan the best. But anymore, the akin of antagonism is so top and so accomplished and so acquired that you absolutely accept to be on your game, and electronics is a big allotment of that.
Right. I anticipate in any sport, technology is absolutely arena a bigger and bigger role every year.
Absolutely. Absolutely. I mean, any sport, I anticipate that speaks to.
Yeah. Lastly, as we appear to the end of our interview, I wish to ask you… I consistently ask these two questions. What is your a lot of acknowledged fishing secret?
It’s not a secret, but the best admonition I can accord your admirers is time on the water. The added time you absorb on the water, the added acknowledgment you’re traveling to accept to what’s traveling on, the elements, the habitat, and how the bend are apropos to all of that. Sitting in an armchair watching fishing shows on TV, that’s not traveling to get it. You’ll apprentice some basal things, but until you’re on the baptize applying what you apperceive and acquirements by balloon and error, you’re not absolutely traveling to advance as quickly. So get out there and absorb some time on the baptize and get to apperceive what’s traveling on.
Nice. Second question. What’s your a lot of acknowledged or your admired fishing allurement or bait?
That’s tough. I accept several. As far as lures, the assemblage appellation allurement and plug, apparently a Rapala Original Floating Minnow would be my aboriginal choice. It’s so versatile. It’s shaped like a minnow. It’s buoyant, but it can be formed below the apparent as well. It’s a absolutely acceptable tool. Again a Yamamoto Senko. It’s a bendable artificial worm. A lot of of your listeners, I’m sure, are actual accustomed with that. I absolutely like those a lot. Again apparently for a third best would be a Hildebrandt spinnerbait, a tin roller, a allurement that I advised for them. Those three baits are apparently my a lot of assured go-to lures that I can recommend.
Nice. I’d like to acknowledge you for getting on our show.
But afore we go, of advance this is able fishing, so do you accept annihilation that you wish to promote? If you do, acquaint our admirers what it is and how to get it.
Well, you know, anybody at this akin of the bold is accurate by companies, both marine, tackle, and sometimes companies that aren’t complex in the action directly. Non-endemics is what we accredit to them as. I accept a sponsor page. You can acquisition all the sponsors that abutment me there. They’re the bigger brands in fishing. I mean, I’ve got Ranger, Mercury, Motor Guide, Garmin, Hildebrandt, Rapala, Fuji Rod Components, T-H Marine. I mean, I’ve got a lot of companies I represent out there, and I’m apparently not traveling to get them all in.
You can apprentice a lot from what I address and what I allotment through those websites, those publications. There’s aswell an basis for aged angling. If guys like old lures and they wish to apprentice about them, I accept an basis of aged lures on my website.
Bernie, that’s a lot of abundant advice for our listeners. Again, I wish to acknowledge you for getting on our show.
Yeah, man. Any time. Just accord me a shout. I’m blessed to help.
All right, great. Hey, acceptable luck in the Elite Series this year.
Thank you, sir. You accept a acceptable day.
All right. Yield care.