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So, in light of the preceding paragraphs, this issue’s col- umn introduces an angler who is a transplanted westerner now living in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved from sunny south- ern California in early 2005 through a job transfer but at the same time he looked at the move as an opportunity to chase his dream of becoming a professional tournament angler. Although he had thoughts that the west-coast big-bait tactics would work in the east, he couldn’t fathom the num- bers of big fish – over 10 pounds – that existed in his soon-to- be local waters. Texas MopTop Jig What turned out to be a move to pursue a ca- reer in the birthplace of professional bass fishing has become a dual career fishing the FLW Series and chasing trophy bass. Although he is now a fulltime angler on the FLW Series, Matt Peters is torn between targeting trophy largemouths and spots and the tournament scene. “The numbers of 6- to 9-pound fish here are off the charts,” Peters said. “The lakes Shibui Spinnerbait have all the same fish in them as they do out west, it’s just that the anglers here aren’t fishing for them.” To give you an idea of what he’s talking about here, in the 4 short years he’s been in Atlanta, he’s logged hundreds of fish in the 5-9 pound range, 10 largemouths over 10 pounds, topped NEW 5/8 oz. and 7/8 oz. by his personal Football Jigs best of 14.6 pounds along with 12 magnum spots in Guru excess of 5 pounds. Surely Peters is on to something. Designed by Jig Ben Matsubu

“The biggest difference between the south and the west is the lake structure and cover for the most part,” he said. “In the west there are few lakes with docks and grass and even fewer lakes with laydown trees, standing timber, and brush piles. “Big fish in the south relate to standing timber as much as they do any other form of cover. Unfortunately, standing timber is by far the hardest to fish. You want to find stand- ing timber that is adjacent to good water. Standing timber off main lake points or along creek channels can be the key to finding points and pockets that consistently hold trophy fish. “Another form of cover prevalent in the south is laydown trees,” he added. “The difficulty with laydowns, though, is ev- eryone knows of them and fishes them. That’s where you, as a trophy hunter, have to outfish the other anglers by knowing exactly how to position your boat to make the perfect cast that will illicit a strike from a big fish.”

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to the bass capital of the world. He also knew there would be a learning curve associated with this transition.

“Brush piles are a mystery thing to me,” he said. “I thought it was wild when I got the scoop on how anglers here construct brush piles. In fact, you’d be shot in California if you were cutting down trees and pulling them in the lake! There are a lot of trees here, though, and anglers I know have permits to cut wood on some lakes, which is amazing to me. “Although I’ve never created a brush pile of my own, I fish brush piles I find and come across,” he said. “Anglers want to fuss about it some-

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