Wednesday July 13

5 Topwater Baits for Summer

in Seasonal Fishing

by Brendan

We’ve broken down some of the best Topwater lures into 5 groups that will help…

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Thursday June 13

Post-Spawn Fishing Tips

in Seasonal Fishing

by Brendan Cucinello

It’s pretty safe to say that the post-spawn is one of the hardest times of…

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Saturday August 20

Weedless Frog Tactics

in Tactics & Techniques

by Marques Green

  Summertime on the Mississippi river means one thing, weedless frogs.  Lily pads, eel grass…

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Saturday August 20

Weedless Frog Tactics

Saturday February 19

The Complete Guide to Drop Shot Fishing

in Tactics & Techniques

by Brendan Cucinello

This step by step instructional guide will break down the different components that are used…

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Wednesday August 21

Wacky Worming

in Fishing Tackle

by Dan McGarry

Over the last three years the most consistant bass fish catcher I have used has…

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Wednesday August 21

Wacky Worming

Before you go out fishing for bass, be sure to check out our comprehensive articles, tips and resources.

Braided VS Mono

Braided and Monofilament Line

For those of you who suddenly feel as though you've come under a full-on advertising assault of the senses, regarding whether braided style or monofilament line is the right choice, you need not feel alone. I empathize!

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The Right Bass Fishing Rod & Reel

Rod and Reel Basics

Choosing the right equipment doesn’t have to be that complicated. I will give you as much information on the three basic setups I think will give you a good start without costing you a fortune. I would suggest going with two bait casters and one spinning rig. In the past I would recommend going to a dedicated sporting goods store to get what you need, but now most retail stores are carrying a good selection of quality rods and reels. In my area, Walmart is now carrying brands like Diawa, Abu Garcia, Falcon, Wright and McGill and Quantum.

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Basic Fishing Rod Selection for Beginners

Fishing Rods

Shimano, Daiwa, Bass pro shops, the rod manufactures are endless. So how do you pick the right rod for you, the consumer?  Here is the biggest key to rod buying, “Get something that is comfortable for you, the individual“.  Just because Kevin Van Dam uses a certain manufacture’s rods doesn’t mean that those rods will work for you.  It basically comes down to experimentation and finding out what’s comfortable in your hands.

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Side Imaging Tips Tutorial

Side Imaging

Basic settings for performance - Humminbird 1198 - 1197 - 998 - 997SI and 797SI 

First the Side Imaging does not even compare to the 2D versions of the Lowrance units or even any other units. On the 997SI and the 797 SI units, there are few things you need to look at. With SI units we are looking to the side and these settings are totally different, but here is what we are going to look at on these units.

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Winterizing Your Boats

Fogging Engine

As everyone has noticed for the past several weeks, old man winter has been gone on vacation, or something. We have been enjoying spring - like weather during what should be the onset of our cold weather season. In fact, it has been so nice outdoors, I have not considered deer hunting or duck hunting, two of my favorite cold weather endeavors. Instead, I have been focusing on my bass fishing, which has been pretty good. It looks like things are about to change. According to the weather forecast, we are in for a bit of seasonal weather, in other words, it’s gonna get cold and stay that way for a while.

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Where Ya' Puttin' In ?

Boat Launch

Last evening, my oldest daughter, Megan, and I went to a friend's boathouse on Richland-Chambers reservoir to try and catch a few crappie. We didn't catch a bunch of fish, but we got a few. More importantly, we got to spend some quality time together. After the fish quit biting, we headed over to Oak Cove Marina for a bite to eat. We ordered our usual favorites, a club sandwich with fries for Megan, and tater tots for me. As usual, the restaurant was packed with fishermen, some with wives and girlfriends, others eating with their fishing partners.

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Making It Go - Save on Gas

Gas Pumps

Last weekend I traveled to Wagoner, Oklahoma to practice for an upcoming B.A.S.S. tournament in October at Fort Gibson Lake. Since I had never been on Fort Gibson Lake, I thought it would be good to spend the weekend familiarizing myself with the lake and the area surrounding it. I wanted to see where our tournament headquarters was, where I would be staying for the six days I would be at the tournament and check out the local eating joints.

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Boat Ramp Etiquette

Boat Ramp

Memorial Day weekend came and went, as it always does but for my family, things were a bit different this year. Usually, we spend what most folks refer to as the beginning of summer, with my father at his place on beautiful Lake Quachita just out of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Custom Bass Fishing Rods

Custom Rod

To the marine or auto mechanic, his tools are his lifeline. Without using quality tools to get the job done, his efforts become futile. In order to succeed in business, he has to depend on those tools to hold up to the pressure of daily, relentless use. For a professional bass angler, his fishing rods are the tools by which he makes his living. They too, must be dependable and hold up to the rigors of competitive fishing at the professional level.

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Equipment Check

Fishing Equipment

One of the most important features of successful bass fishing is having clean, fully functional fishing tackle and equipment.

Let’s begin with rods and reels. These are your most expensive tools and need to be maintained regularly especially when demanding total performance.

All line guides should be checked with a Q-tip gently twisted inside each eye. If the cotton wool catches on any of the inner rings, they should be replaced as they could cut your line at a crucial point during fish retrieval.

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Why Polarized Sunglasses?

Polarized Glasses

Polorized sunglasses?  Chances are, every serious fisher-person south of Canada either owns or has heard of these miracle shades that let you see into the water. Polarized sunglasses have become more of a phenomenon, than just a way to block out the sun.

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5 Topwater Baits for Summer

We’ve broken down some of the best Topwater lures into 5 groups that will help you choose the right lure for the right situation.  In golf, it’s important to choose the right club for the shot and the same holds true for bass fishing.  You need to choose the right lure for the situation.

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Post-Spawn Fishing Tips

Post Spawn Bass
It’s pretty safe to say that the post-spawn is one of the hardest times of year to catch bass, in fact, many anglers feel it can be brutal.  
 
Post-spawn begins right after the spawning stage, when the bass leave their spawning beds.  Depending upon where you live the post-spawn stage can vary from February in the south to as late as July way up north. 

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Prespawn Cold Front Bass [VIDEO]

In the early spring on natural lakes and ponds, cold fronts can push largemouth bass into very predictable places.  In this video we share tips for catching post frontal bass under blue bird skies with a Keitech Model 1 Jig.  When water temps are still in the 40-50 degrees range, and you have clumps of grass and matted vegitation can be the ticket in shallower coves, pockets and ponds.

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Top 20 Bass Fishing Tips by Season

We picked 5 of our favorite bass fishing tips for each season and put them into a guide that's easy to follow.  No matter what time of year it is, you need to be in sync with what bass are doing.  Choosing the right lure, technique or presenation can make or break your day out on the water.  Whether it's knowing how to use your electronics to catch bass suspended in the water column or applying some simple old school tips and tricks, there's something in our guide that can help everyone find the big ones.

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Finding Bass When the Ice Melts

Ice Out Bass Fishing

Ice out is something that is highly anticipated by the northern anglers.   Many lakes, reservoirs and ponds can freeze solid for several months, keeping you away from catching bass, unless you’re an ice fishermen.  As the end of winter approaches, all we keep saying is “when will the ice finally start to melt?” When the winter continues to linger on the excitement for the ice out builds.   For those of you who didn’t spend your free time during the winter organizing your tackle boxes, cleaning your reels and all

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Fall Back Lunker Bass

Bass fishing in the fall provides some of the best fishing of the year for both numbers and size.  If you ask any seasoned angler when the best time to connect with a true giant, many will tell you either during the pre-spawn phase, or in the late fall (depending on where they are located).  I say late fall because that’s when bass will have gorged themselves in preparation for the upcoming winter, but there’s also another reason which I will explain later in this article.

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Line Watching On The Ice

Line watching has been a great way of detecting strikes in many types of fishing.  It can be tricky at times, and especially when ice fishing with different light conditions.

Straight-line fishing has a couple of detection times.  The early one is when the line is seen to do something different, such as stop as it is going down, moving to the side, or a slight twitch downward and/or upward. 

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Finally Some Ice Fishing!

Been trying to get out all winter for a little #icefishing.  Finally got a chance to get out with my longtime friend Eric Fieldstadt (Great fishermen and photographer). 

If you’ve never been ice fishing, you might be wondering why anyone in their right mind would want to walk out onto a frozen lake or pond and start drilling holes.  The answer is simple… Addiction to Fishing! 

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Cold Weather Angling

The months of November and December for most folks in the Upper Midwest “football season & deer or duck hunting” means not many people are thinking about bass fishing this time of year. Wintertime bass fishing is actually one of the easiest times of the year to fish because the fish are very predictable as far where they will be; the key is how to get them to bite.  

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In the early spring on natural lakes and ponds, cold fronts can push largemouth bass into very predictable places.  In this video we share tips for...
We picked 5 of our favorite bass fishing tips for each season and put them into a guide that's easy to follow.  No matter what time of year it is,...
In this video, Brendan C. shows you how to rig soft plastics on a Shaky Head Jig and teaches you the basics of Shaky Head Fishing.  When fishing gets tough,...
Drop shotting in the post spawn is a great way to catch bass that are around blue gill beds or guarding fry.  It also makes for a great follow up...
Bass fishing during the post-spawn is a great time to "walk the dog" using topwater baits such as an XPS Slim Dog, Zara Spook, Lucky Craft Sammy,...
Bank fishing or as some call it shore fishing, is where most of us started out fishing as kids. Today more fishing tips and techniques are targeting anglers...