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

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Know the Flow

Everyone thinks “a bass is a bass no matter where you go“; Lake Fisherman will say that bass relate to the same cover and that bass move the same way on any body of water.  Well, myself, and a lot of river rats know that’s not true!! Rivers add a different mix of situations to deal with, current and water fluctuations are two of the major issues to contend with on river systems.  In the spring it’s the most crucial piece.

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It's Fall and I'm Happy

Fall Bass Fishing

That first cast a smooth underhand pitch with a Pumpkin “Big Jig” and a brown grub trailer. The bait slides into the water with hardly a splash, slides down the old log, and “TIC” the line jumps and bait swims to the side you set hard and a fat 5lb bass fish breaks water “what a feeling”.

You knew he’d be there, that nice piece of wood on the point next to the creek channel. You continue up the creek channel crankin’ a shallow Speed Trap not twenty yard and another bass, then another and about five fish later you’re at the back of the cove.

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Ice Out Bass Fishing

Ice Out Fishing

Tips for early spring largemouth bass fishing 1 to 4 weeks after a lake thaws out after the winter freeze.  Look for shallow coves or bays that are protected from the wind, with dark bottoms, located in the north, west, or northwest corners of the lake. These Coves and Bays will be the first to warm up, because they receive the most sunlight at this time of year. In these areas insect activity will begin earlier, which will attract baitfish, which in turn, will attract bass.

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Things You Should Do in the Winter

Northerners, there's nothing worse than watching the winter weather come rolling through, freezing up the lakes and preventing you from doing what you love, bass fishing. But rather than curse the weather or wish we were moving down south, why not take some time to prepare for next year.
If you are a tournamnet angler, winter is the perfect time to start getting ready for the next season. All other sports have a pre-season, so should bass fishing.  Here are few things that you should do during the bass fishng off season.

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The Metabolic Bass

Metabolic Bass

Looking back on my first days of Bass fishing, I can remember how simple my thought process was... choose a lake, bring my favorite rod, favorite lure and try to catch fish. I never considered; time of year, water temperature, weather changes, oxygen levels, water clarity, water depth, pressure changes, location of bait fish and all the other variables that play an important role in Bass fishing. Today, I can't even fish from the shore without trying to assess all of the many variables which effect the feeding habits of bass. It's an ongoing educational course that we'll never graduate from. Bottom line, the more we know and apply, the more productive we will be on the water.

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Spring Fever

Spring bass

As the days begin getting warmer, spring fever kicks and its time to go bass fishing. With the warmer days and nights, come warmer water temperatures. That equates to the fish moving into shallower water on our local lakes, creeks, rivers and ponds. This is a time when most fish become active again and are easier to catch.

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Summer Schooling

White Bass

While most youngsters are enjoying school being out for the summer, there is another type of school going on, summer school. I don’t mean your traditional classroom education type of summer school, I am talking about summertime schools of sand bass fish and hybrids. The action is fast and fun. Richland-Chambers reservoir is loaded with sand bass and an abundant supply of food for them to eat, shad.

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Springtime Bassin' Is Coming

As daytime temperatures begin reaching the 70's and 80's, the surface water temps also begin to rise. As any "bass minded angler" can tell you, it won't be long until those green creatures of the deep begin their annual migration to the shallows to spawn (lay eggs). It is during this time that most of us dust off our gear and head to our favorite lake. When bass are shallow, they are the easiest to catch.

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Winter Bass Fishing Fix

Ok, the forecast calls for lows in the 20's and highs in the 30's. Winds will be 15-25 mph. Unless you are really on a great pattern and catching lots of bass fish or you have a tournament to fish, chances are you'd rather stay in the warm confines of your home than be out on the water. I know I would. So what's a guy or gal to do? You can only wipe the boat down so many times.

All of your favorite reels have been respooled with new line. You have gone through all of your tackle, sharpened hooks, sorted and re-sorted all of your plastic worms, checked and re-checked the trolling motor, big engine, tilt, trim, trailer bearing, wheels.....you get the idea. You've covered every square inch of the bass boat and everything seems to be in good working order. You have the most excruciating case of cabin fever anyone has ever experienced. In fact, you may end up going completely insane if you don't get "a fishing fix", and soon.

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Autumn Bass Fishing At Last

Fall Bass Fishing

Finally, a break from a long, hot and dry summer has arrived. We humans are certainly glad to see the temperatures fall and receive a little bit of much needed rainfall. Hopefully the wildlife in our area will benefit from it, also. This has been an unusual summer to say the least. We went over 70 days without rainfall, had one of the hottest summers on record, and for one reason or another, the bass fishing at Richland-Chambers reservoir was horrible. In fact, it has been the worst I've ever seen. Perhaps the cooler temperatures will spark a change in the fishing. Let's hope so.

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring Bass Fishing

Not soon enough, the ice will be melting, the water will start to warm up from a uniform 39 degrees, and it will start to stratify. If you are like me you can't wait to get out and start catching the first bass of the year. I hope this article helps you get started with Spring or post-Winter and pre-spawn bass fishing with success. As always, we will start with location and then move on to equipment and techniques.

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Bass Fishing in the Winter

Winter Bass Fishing

Fishing for bass during the late fall and winter months can be a daunting task.  During the regular season there is identifiable structure to fish. Vegetation in bloom and shaded areas offered by the sun will produce fish during the heat of the day. Winter, however, does not give you any of those visible signs. So what do you do? Well, once again, you must turn to your understanding of bass and its lifestyle during these "lean months". When I use the word “lean,” I am referring to the food chain, which can be drastically reduced by the elements.

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Springtime Bass Fishing

Northern Lake in Spring

Spring is upon us and my fingers are itching to get bass fishing! Generally bass will begin their annual movement towards the shoreline in preparation for feeding and bedding within the first few weeks following ice out (for those who live in areas where your lakes and ponds freeze over the winter). Males will bite more readily close to the shoreline, however the larger females will hold back, usually at the first or second drop-off. This annual ritual is probably the best time to catch that lunker fish you have dreamed about.

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Tips For Boating with Your Pets

I don’t know about you, but my favorite fishing buddy is my dog.  He keeps my secret fishing spots “secret” and he never cast over me... ever!  Let’s face it, our pets are family and no wants to leave them home alone.  That being said, not all pets enjoy boats and the water.  Most dogs love that feeling of wind blowing in their faces and the stimulation of being outdoors.  Who would’ve thought?  These days my old boy isn’t too crazy about the water, but we’ve had some great days on the water together. 

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Bass Boating Essentials

Boat Safety Equipment

Running a high performance bass boat is a fun way to cover water effectively in a short period of time.  However, in order to enjoy your

high performance machine there are a couple of safety pieces that you need in your boat just in case a situation occurs where you  may need it. Life Jackets are the most important necessity to have in the boat. Whether it’s a foam jacket or a Automatic PFD, a life jacket could save your live if you get thrown out, if the boat sinks or for any reason where you have to get into the water.  A life jacket will keep you head up and out of the water so you can work on trying to get to safety.  

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Reading Water

Reading Water

How many times do you have to fish in an area or new body of water and wish you could see the bottom? I bet if you could you wouldn't be as afraid of fishing new bodies of water. The ability to read water is not a mystical power or a special talent it is just being observant to the lay of the land. When we are driving to our fishing destination do we pay attention to the surrounding land hills, bluffs, mountains, or swamps, we should.

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Approaching New Water

Approaching New Water

For those of you who regularly travel to new water to bass fish, or participate in tournaments that frequently bring you to unfamiliar impoundments, you are probably familiar with the overwhelming feeling of; "what do I do now?" Well, to offer some consolation, there are several steps you can take to combat this all to familiar problem, many of which are much easier than one might anticipate. First of all, quite possibly some of the most important steps you can take to prepare for new water, can be taken days or weeks in advance to physically traveling to your new destination. I consider these steps a form of "bassin' reconnaissance", that will, if done correctly, eliminate a whole lot of unproductive water.

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Summertime Bassin’ on Richland-Chambers Reservoir

Richland Chambers Reservoir

Although mild in nature compared to last years scorcher, summertime is upon us here in North Central Texas. We have yet to see the thermometer blast through the 100-degree mark, even though it has been close a time or two. The days are long and hot, but the fish don't seem to mind too much. Several local anglers continue to catch fish, despite the uncomfortable summertime conditions.

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Fall Feeding Frenzy: Bass Fish on Richland-Chambers

Richland Chambers Fall

If you have not been out to Richland-Chambers reservoir lately, you might want to consider a trip in the near future. The bass are beginning their fall pattern, which means they are moving to the mouths of and into the creeks chasing shad. The sandbass and hybrids are also schooling on the south end of the lake, according to some local anglers, like Bill Young of Corsicana. Bill and his family recently caught 60-70 sandies and hybrids schooling on the top, near the dam.

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To Lead or Not to Lead

Banning Lead Lures

The banning of all lead in fishing tackle because it is ingested by wildlife resulting in lead exposure has become a very controversial topic. This topic is taking on a life of its own. Some people believe that environment lobbyists have extremely blown it out of proportion, while others feel that the government has not taken it seriously enough. There are always two sides to the story, and then there are the facts. I myself am interested in keeping the environment a clean and healthy place for my four young children.

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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...