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. Today, we are talking about fishing, and how to decide which lures to use. When you are first starting out, take a top-down approach. Starting this off, we are going to take a look at topwater lures. One of the easiest lures to use is the topwater popping lure. These lures pop across the water and spit and chug and actually have little rattles in them making little noises; that will bring the fish up to surface. This thing is a topwater lure, has two hooks and a feather on the end to kind of look like a bait fish. Very easy to use, it floats, it pops, you could see when the fish comes up and eats it. To advance a little further from here, we go to what we call a walking lure. These lures actually -- you have to impart a little bit of action to them to get them to walk across the surface. They are usually cigar-shaped lures, and by pulling on it and twitching it the bait will actually move from side-to-side when it is walking across the water. There are a lot of other top-water lures out there to choose from; you can also use what we call a buzz bait. This one actually is a metal bait and it skims across the surface of the water and churns up the water and gurgles on its way across, but you have to keep it on the surface by keeping your rod tip up and reeling it fast enough. Any of these lures are very easy to use because you actually see the fish bite. So, take that top-down approach when you are first learning how to fish and you will be a lot more successful. We will talk about other lures coming up next.