Smallmouth Return to the Neighborhood
by: Brad Wiegmann
They’re back… Kim and Danny Stricker have returned and brought the
smallmouth with them in Smallmouth Neighborhood-Volume II “Close
Encounters” (www.kimstrickerproductions.com) the smallmouth show
their photogenic side with plenty of close ups and remarkable
underwater footage of 2 smallmouth pairing up in courtship, a female
laying her eggs on a bed, an aggressive male protecting the fry, how
smallmouth relate to aquatic vegetation, and so much more.
In Smallmouth Neighborhood Volume I “Follow the Forage”, Michigan
FLW Pro Kim Stricker took anglers under the water’s surface and
inside the smallmouth neighborhood. With the help of his son Danny,
anglers got to see never seen before underwater footage of the
smallmouth interacting in their environment, bass catching scenes,
and much more.
In Smallmouth Neighborhood Volume II “Close Encounters”, Kim and his
son Danny again go under the water’s surface. The DVD is divided
into 6 chapters: teaser, intro, spawn, post-spawn, weeds, and
equipment. In the teaser, a big smallmouth succumbs to Kim, who
catches it on a rod and reel underwater. The intro explains about
the smallmouth neighborhood, its environment, and general
information about the smallmouth. The spawn has footage of location
of smallmouth beds, behaviors of male and female smallmouth during
the spawn, spawning rituals, and 2 smallmouth bass actually
spawning. Post-spawn shows the male smallmouth protecting the nest
and behaviors of both the male and female during this time. In
weeds, Kim shows how smallmouth bass relates to aquatic vegetation
and how it provides a source of food for them. The equipment chapter
covers equipment used during the filming of the DVD.
Volume II covers a completely different aspect of smallmouth
behavior. “It is really more directed towards the spawn, post-spawn,
and how smallmouth relate to aquatic vegetation,” explained Kim. The
55-minute DVD has incredible underwater footage of smallmouth and
debunks many of the myths surrounding the smallmouth bass. The DVD
even shows how a bass swims right back to its bed after being caught
and released. Another part shows Kim catching or trying to catch a
big smallmouth on a tube with his son Danny, who is underwater
telling him where to cast and when to set the hook. It shows that
it’s not always that easy to hook a smallmouth. “The DVD is a blend
of educational information and entertaining to watch,” noted Kim.
Entertaining for sure, as Kim gets into a fight with a 3-pound
smallmouth bass protecting its bed; you will have to watch the DVD
to see who wins!
If after watching the DVD you did not get enough underwater footage
of bass, check out the show Hook n’ Look with Kim Stricker on
Versus. New shows will begin airing in January and run thru June.
The smallmouth neighborhood DVDs are 2 rare exceptions to the normal
that only shows you the top side of angling. Its real life and
footage of smallmouth
interacting in their natural environment. I liked both of them so
much I plan on visiting
their neighborhood … with a fishing pole of course!
Brad Wiegmann is a professional fishing guide on
Beaver Lake and outdoor writer. Contact
him at (479) 756-5279 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Wiegmann is a professional
fishing guide on Beaver Lake and outdoor writer. Contact him at
(479) 756-5279 or by e-mail at