Original Caption: Obion's Mike Terry, a leading angler in the BASS and Red Man tournaments, says that asking plenty of questions is the key to fishing on an unfamiliar lake. March 1995, The Jackson Sun, photo credit: Larry Atherton/The Jackson Sun

Today’s Throwback Thursday historical photo comes from a 1995 article in The Jackson Sun by Taylor Wilson titled, “Tips from the Masters.”  In the piece, Taylor has advice from pro anglers Randy Blaukat, Shaw Grigsby, Jr., and O.T. Fears III.  But the headliner for the piece was Obion, Tennessee’s, Mike Terry, a B.A.S.S. and Red Man tournament trail professional.

Mike won the 1993 Alabama Bassmaster Top 100 event at Alexander City, AL (Lake Martin/Tennessee R.), as well as taking three titles in FLW competition, including the 1996 Forrest Wood Open on Kerr Lake, edging out hometown heroes David Wright and David Fritts to capture the $100,000.

Some of Mike’s advice from the story:

  • “Every day you’re on the water you should try to learn something.”
  • “If you wake and its cloudy or raining, you need to fish moving baits – crankbaits or spinners. If it’s a high pressure, bluebird sky kind of day, you have to plan on using your subtle baits such as a jig or a Carlolina-rigged plastic worm.”
  • “Do what you think will work with the present conditions, not what worked last week or anything like that. You’ve got to be able to change day-by-day.”
  • “If you catch a fish off a point in a small creek, go to another creek and duplicate that. If you can piece together some sort of pattern, you will catch more fish.”