Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 21, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Don’t Pass on the Bass Class

“Teach a man to fish… better, and you keep him from chucking his rod in the lake.”–unknown


I am currently attending the “Bass Fishing Techniques” course offered by Rose State College, along with about 135 other avid anglers.  In the first two sessions, we heard from former Bassmaster Classic Champion Ken Cook and Bassmaster Elite pro Tommy Biffle.  They shared some subtle but significant technique pointers, interesting lure development history, fish biology, and even their flaws as an angler.

We also were treated to their stories and watched as Tommy Biffle utilized the auditorium’s plastic plant décor and deftly pitched a jig into it as “fish structure.” Perhaps another Bassmaster Elite Pro, Jeff Kriet will use the podium as a stump in his upcoming course.

Bass University is another intense fishing learning experience offered around the country. And if you don’t mind FREE, you might consider attending a Bass Pro Shops Fishing Classic Seminar, Feb 24-26. Perhaps there is a fishing class near you.

Although confident in my angling abilities, I never fail to pick up something new to try after a seminar or class.  Like Tommy Biffle’s reminder not to “load” the rod when pitching a jig. That probably saved hours of picking out backlashes. In addition, I might be missing fish when I hesitate. “Anytime the line feels funny, set the hook,” Biffle shared. “Jerks are free.”


Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Oklahoma. Visit him at

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Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”. One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”... To the point it could be classified as borderline illness. Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie." Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up. Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well... And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.                                                                                Find out about the rest of Take Me Fishing Blog Authors.

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