Test Your Angler IQ

Did you miss an airing of "Test Your Angler IQ"? Or leave the room before the Bassmaster University pro answered the questions? Here's a rundown of each episode's questions, with the correct answers in boldfaced text:

Airdate Jan 1

1) What presentation does Gary Klein prefer in standing timber?
A: Bait swims free
B: Dead drift

2) A deep timber strike will feel:
A: Mushy
B: Forceful

3) When imitating a bluegill in clear or black water what color should the lure be:
A: Brown/Orange
B: Brown/Green
C: Black/Blue

4) Red hooks are used on baits to make:
A: Less visible
B: Blood stream
C: Harder strikes

Airdate Jan 8

1) You should fish laydowns from the front to the back for:
A: A better presentation
B: Not disturb the front
C: Choosing the right lure

2) When hooking a large bass on spinning tackle:
A: Move the boat toward the fish
B: Depends on the drag
C: Lean toward the fish and back reel

3) When making a cast with spinning gear, the lure should be:
A: To the tip
B: 18-inches from the tip
C: 36-inches from the tip

Airdate Jan 15

1) A bass in shallow water is affected most by:
A: Barometric pressure
B: Water temperature
C: Shade

2) A bass pattern is best described as:
A: A path that you should stay on
B: Duplicating your last catch
C: Helps determine what lure to use

3) What two factors determine how a fish will set up in the cover:
A: Water color and air temperature
B: Time of day and lunar cycle
C: Current and wind

Airdate Jan 22

1) George Cochran's spinnerbait presentation is:
A: Wake the blade near the surface
B: Bum it along
C: Herky, jerky, fluttering blades

2) George Cochran's top three lily pad lures:
A: Spinner bait, crank bait, tube
B: Tube, buzz bait, spinner bait
C: Jerk bait, buzz bait, spinner bait

3) The biggest mistake anglers make while fishing lily pads:
A: Too much noise
B: Avoid heat of the day
C: Too many lures

Airdate Jan 29

1) The best way to catch big bass around cypress trees is:
A: Fish any kind of vegetation near the base
B: Go to a bigger bait
C: Find one isolated tree

2) Fish a 20-foot circle around the base of a cypress tree because:
A: Baitfish don't get close to the base
B: Roots and knees spread far from the base
C: Closer will spook the fish

3) Pitching is the act of placing your bait farther from the boat, sometimes 30 feet away.
A: True
B: False

Airdate Feb 6

1) An Edge can be explained as areas in your waters that:
A: Cover of any kind that forms a straight line
B: The thermocline that divides a lake
C: Any kind of eddy water that is formed by current or wind

2) If your lure is hung up, you probably:
A: Are going to need to re-tie
B: Ruined that spot for the next hour
C: Are in the right place

3) A Carolina Rig should have two or three feet of leader that should be:
A: Heavier than your main line
B: Lighter than your main line
C: The same as your main line

Airdate Feb 12

1) George Cochran believes that early in the morning you should fish a buzzbait slower by:
A: Pulling the rod tip lower
B: Using heavier line
C: Cupping the blades on the lure

2) George Cochran does not use a trailer hook in the lily pads because:
A: It hangs up too much
B: The fish can see it
C: It hurts the lure action

3) Tim Horton thinks that in ten feet of water you should use a deep diving crankbait that will go:
A: 10 foot deep
B: 9 ½ foot deep
C: 12 foot deep

Airdate Feb 19

1) A pattern within a pattern can be described as when fish are responding to a crankbait but...
A: ...only for about an hour.
B: ...not striking very hard.
C: ...respond better when the lure is suspended.

2) Greg Hackney uses a square-bill crankbait because:
A: It is less visible
B: It deflects off the cover
C: It has better action

3) What casting distance does Greg Hackney use with a square-bill crankbait?
A: Short – like pitching a jig
B: Long – never get close to the cover
C: Depends on the wind – avoid a backlash

Airdate Feb 26

1) Dean Rojas thinks that the best forage for bass in the fall is thought to be:
A: Crawfish
B: Shad
C: Perch

2) The primary location to focus on in the fall is:
A: Creek channels
B: Grass lines and rock piles
C: Main lake points and backs of coves

3) One of the best ways to locate grass beds when you are unfamiliar with a lake is to:
A: Look around lily pads
B: Cast on the north side of the creek and cove
C: Notice where groups of coots are congregated

Airdate Mar 5

1) Hackney doesn't swim his jig because:
A: He wants a more life-like presentation
B: He likes a slow presentation best
C: He is trying to feel the brush under water

2) When it takes several casts to a tree to trigger a bite, Hackney is pleased because:
A: That indicates that new fish are there
B: Other anglers have passed over the spot
C: It forces him to fish slower

3) A reel with a 6.3:1 gear ratio will:
A: Pick up more line with each revolution
B: Pick up less line with each revolution
C: Have less resistance

Airdate Mar 12

1) When fishing a tube, Horton says that if you think you might have had a strike:
A: Jerk immediately
B: Put your rod in the 9 o'clock position
C: Put a small amount of tension on the bait

2) The hook your tube is rigged with should be:
A: Large with a round bend
B: An extra wide gap hook
C: A regular worm hook in perfect condition

3) When using a soft plastic jerkbait most of your bites will come:
A: Just after the bait enters the water
B: While aggressively cranking
C: When you have paused the bait and it falls

Airdate Mar 19

1) When fishing clear water on a sunny day, Hackney prefers which color blade:
A: Nickel
B: White
C: Yellow

2) Hackney uses a trailer hook when:
A: Fishing clear water
B: Not in much cover
C: The lure is oversized

3) Rojas uses which rod action for distance casts:
A: Medium/Heavy
B: Medium
C: Medium/Light