Mays of the Pasts

Mays of the Pasts

Since 2012, we have published 119,634 words that describe how, when, and where Midwest finesse anglers have caught largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass during the month of May.

They feature the insights and tactics of Rick Allen of Dallas; Terry Bivins of Lebo, Kansas; Burton Bosley of Sutton, West Virginia; Norman Brown of Lewisville, Texas; Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kansas; Terry Claudell of Overland Park, Kansas; Gary Craig of San Jose, California; Ace Croucher of Quenemo, Kansas; Steve Desch of Topeka, Kansas; Paul Finn of Olathe, Kansas; Shaun Finn of Olathe, Kansas; Brent Frazee of Parkville, Missouri; Bob Gum of Kansas City, Kansas; David Harrison of Lawrence, Kansas; Rick Hebenstreit of Shawnee, Kansas; Clyde Holscher of Topeka, Kansas; Dwight Keefer of Phoenix, Arizona; Ned Kehde of Lawrence, Kansas;  Casey Kidder of Topeka, Kansas; Pok-Chi Lau of Lawrence, Kansas; Ralph Manns of Rowlett, Texas; Greg Monahan of Lee's Summit, Missouri; Dave Mull of Paw Paw, Michigan; Travis Myers of Paw Paw, West Virginia; George Nochta of Santee, California; Nathan Parker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Preston Parks of Pittsboro, North Carolina; Travis Perret of Overland Park, Kansas; Dave Petro of Lecompton, Kansas; Mike Poe of Siler City, North Carolina; John Redding of Topeka, Kansas; Drew Reese of Rantoul, Kansas; John Reese of Lawrence, Kansas;  Steve Reideler of Denton, Texas; Harold Rice of Ramona, California; Chris Rohr of Overland Park, Kansas; Joe Showengerdt of Kansas City, Kansas; Walt Tegtmeier of Leawood, Kansas; John Thomas of Denton, Texas; Andrew Trembath of Parkville, Missouri; Jay Vannorthwick of Junction City, Oregon; Larry Vannorthwick of Havensville, Kansas; Brian Waldman of Indianapolis, Indiana; Bill Ward of Warsaw, Missouri; Dave Weroha of Kansas City, Kansas; and  Lyn Yarbrough of Leawood, Kansas.

As anglers examine these many words about Mays of the past, they should be mindful that locations and presentations can be similar, but they can also be slightly dissimilar and even radically different.

We have a habit of not discussing why we catch the black bass that we catch. Across the years and even during the spawning season, we have come to the educated conclusion that it is impossible for anglers to totally interpret the why equation.  Therefore, we try to avoid uttering why speculations in our logs.


Anglers can read all of the words that feature how, when, and where these 46 Midwest finesse anglers caught largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass in Mays of the past by examining the seven Midwest finesse columns below:


(1) https://www.in-fisherman.com/midwest-finesse/an-addendum-to-the-month-by-month-guide-to-midwest-finesse-may/. It contains 12,490 words.


(2) https://www.in-fisherman.com/midwest-finesse/a-month-by-month-fishing-guide-to-midwest-finesse-may-2013/. It contains 14,056 words.

(3) https://www.in-fisherman.com/bass/midwest-finesse-fishing-may-2014/. It contains 22,461 words.

(4) https://www.in-fisherman.com/bass/midwest-finesse-fishing-may-2015/. It contains 21,585 words.


(5) https://www.in-fisherman.com/bass/midwest-finesse-fishing-may-2016/. It contains 20,369 words.

(6) https://www.in-fisherman.com/midwest-finesse/midwest-finesse-fishing-may-2017/. It contains 28,357 words.

(7) https://www.in-fisherman.com/midwest-finesse/a-month-by-month-guide-to-midwest-finesse-for-bass/. In some ways, this is a historical analysis of Midwest finesse fishing that we wrote back in 2011. It focuses on each month of the year and it is entitled "A Month-by-Month Guide to Midwest Finesse Fishing." It contains 316 words about fishing in May.


Here are some photographs from past Mays:

Steve Desch in May 2012.

Clyde Hoschler in May 2012.

Dwight Keefer in May 2013,

Ned Kehde in May 2013.

Brent Chapman in May 2014.

Travis Perret in May 2014.

Bob Gum in May 2014.

Ralph Manns in May 2014.

Steve Reideler in May 2014.

Drew Reese in May 2014.

Andrew Trembath in May 2015.

Steve Desch in May 2015.

Ned Kehde in May 2015.

Rick Allen in May 2015.

Steve Reideler in May 2015.

David Mull in May 2016.

Jay Vannorthwick in May 2016 .

Steve Reideler in May 2017.

Rick Allen in May 2017.

Rick Hebenstreit in May 2017.

Ned Kehde in May 2017.

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