Steve ChaconasCaptain Steve brings 25 years of bass fishing experience on the Potomac River to columns featured in the BoatUS Trailering Magazine, Sportsman's Magazine, Woods & Waters, and The Old Town Crier. He has also written for the Free Lance Star newspaper, The Mount Vernon Gazette, The Mount Vernon Voice, The American Sportfishing Association and many others. Steve also hosted the National Bass Fishing Radio Show. Capt. Steve is also the BoatUS.com online fishing expert. A U.S. Coast Guard Captain, licensed by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Steve has the opportunity to fish with anglers of all skill levels, including some of the biggest names in pro bass fishing. He is one of the top bass fishing guides in the country. Steve's been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and on TV and radio: BASSMASTERS, BASS TIMES, BASSIN' Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, ESPN and others. He's been: emcee of the St. Jude Children's Hospital Tournament the past 11 years, a member of Boat US Speakers Bureau, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and a member of the American Sportfishing Association. Steve has been awarded an Excellence in Craft award from SEOPA and was the recipient of the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce 2002 and 2003 Home-Based Business of the Year Award. Prior to fishing, Steve's careers included teaching high school algebra and sales of cars, computers and surgical products. He also hosted the longest running all-financial morning radio show in the country and is considered to be "The Father of Business Radio".
Hi, I am Captain Steve Chaconas with National Bass Guide Service. We showed you how to use lures like topwater lures, but now lets scratch the surface a little bit and go a little bit deeper.
We use crankbaits. These are the baits that we cast and then we retrieve and we crank them back to the boat. A short lip like this that will allow the bait only to go about a foot or less. This is a great bait; it doesnt get snagged that much, and when it does, you can go and get it because it is only about a foot beneath the surface. Just tie it on and crank it. It is perfect; it doesnt get snagged that much and anybody can use it. When you get a little more advanced you could go to bigger baits that have bigger lips, something that dives a little bit deeper like this bait. You can see that the lip on this bait is designed much longer, allows that bait to dive much deeper, can get down into some heavier cover and deeper water so you catch some bigger fish. But start with the smaller one, because the smaller bait is going to be much easier to handle, much easier for you to use. Crankbaits, they are lot of fun, but they can cost a lot of money. So, learn how to use them and be careful. Go out there and have a good time. Coming up next, we are going to go with another bait that will go a little bit deeper and could cover some water for you, the spinnerbaits.