Dave Lefebre is a Rapala professional bass fishermen from Erie, Pa. His home waters are Lake Erie, a fishery that we share with our fellow Keystone State anglers. If you would like to step into Lefebre’s world, check out a relatively new television show called “Erie Extreme” that is now airing 7 a.m. Sundays on WUTV. It’s not your typical fishing show.
“It’s kind of like a cross between a reality TV show and a fishing show,” says Lefebre. “I always wanted to do my own show and this is what we came up with. We tell it like it is, more of a behind-the-scenes look at what actually happens, playing off of challenges from viewers.”
It will be airing for 13 weeks in the Buffalo market. The website is www.erieextreme.com.
What does Lefebre do when he’s not bass fishing? He goes crappie fishing of course. One of his favorite spots is on Chautauqua Lake. “Chautauqua is a different kind of natural lake and it’s easier for me to find crappies. I look for the old grass from last year at the north or south ends and use my Marcum LX5 electronics to locate the holes in the grass.”
One key to his success is the line he uses, Sufix Ice Magic in 2-pound test. It’s abrasion resistant from the ice and also has very good knot strength, which is very important. The ice line also addresses some of the freezing problems associated with cold weather conditions – water doesn’t bead up as much on the line.
His favorite baits include the Slab Rap and Jigging Rap in pink or chartreuse colors, perfect for chasing crappies. He’ll mix things up when he thinks the fish want to see something different. He normally starts his outing with more natural colors first to see what kind of mood the fish are in. It’s definitely a process. He was also high on the Tungsten Tubby jig and the use of soft plastics.