Doing it right. Getting to know Mike Delvisco.
Making a living as a professional bass angler, seminar speaker, TV host and product endorser has kept Mike Delvisco extremely busy for the past quarter century. As a senior in high school, Mike competed in his first B.A.S.S. event — going on to compete in the Grand Slam and PAA events all over the country. His passion for bass fishing has spilled over into sharing his knowledge through educational seminars and hosting video segments. Sponsored by Texas Roadhouse, Phoenix Boats, Browning Eyewear and Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits to name a few, Mike appears to be in his prime, reaping the rewards of all his hard work. Mike spends nearly 250 days traveling yearly, either in his tow vehicle or boat. He believes the products Husky Liners® manufactures are extremely useful, practical and something every outdoors person should have in their vehicle.
When fishing, what species do you target? What techniques are your favorite?
Being a professional bass angler, obviously my target species is bass but I do have frequent opportunities to ﬁsh for many different saltwater species. I’ve had the chance to ocean ﬁsh in the northeast, south and west coast and enjoy it all. Back to bass ﬁshing though, I favor techniques that revolve around shallow water cover ﬁshing.
Do you have that one “go to lure or bait”?
I think as anglers we all have that one favorite bait we turn too to catch a few more ﬁsh or one that we have the most conﬁdence in. I actually have two a Rapala DT 6 crankbait in Silver color and a Yamamoto Senko in green pumpkin color. If you have these two baits you can catch ﬁsh anywhere in the country!
Do you have a specific season for fishing? Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?
I fish year round but do prefer the warmer temperatures and climates but fall is a pretty special time to fish!
What do you look for in the lake you fish, weeds, rocks or wood? Do you fish shallow, mid depth, or deep, and do you have an ideal depth/water temperature that you prefer?
Most of the structure I fish revolves around rock, wood and boat docks but if I am on a lake that has grass or some form of vegetation I always focus on that first. That will be the most dominant structure in any lake that has multiple forms of cover. My preferred depth would be 10 feet and less and 68-75 temperatures. The great thing about bass however is their tolerance to a multiple of water temperatures, depths and type of cover they prefer. That's why there are so many ways and techniques to catch them!
What is your choice of beverage while fishing?
A boring bottle of water! It's important to stay hydrated especially on warm days and water is the best at doing this.
What Say You? Tips and Tricks from the Husky Pack
I use neodymium magnets attached to my catch-all ammo box to keep my lures and pliers secure. Comes in handy when switching out lures especially with those pesky treble hooks that tend to catch everything. I also keep my pliers stuck there - always right where I need em when I land a fish. I've even tumped my kayak and the pliers were still attached! Inside the box I've got a magnet holding my keys to the lid so I don't have to dig around. These neodymium magnets are easy to find in any hardware store and pack a punch! Obviously they need to secure to something ferrous but some good 3M double sided tape can stick em to any surface.
I worked at a bar and I would empty the chicken wing blood in large empty mayo jar and take them down the river empty one out into the water then throw my line out with a creek chub and the cats go insane best idea I've ever had.
Lynae S. Drakage
Keep it Simple. I'll spend half the day trying out new lures and fancy techniques, then put on a simple white grub and catch the most fish. A grub has caught me more fish than any other lure this past year!