• Going Mental

    In the Zone Fishing

    Over the years I have read a lot about where to fish and what to use, there are many talented Bass anglers that can give advice about a multitude of subjects.  We all owe thanks to fellow anglers, magazines, television shows and various instructional videos. We all posses the best equipment money can buy, sensetive rods and line, smooth reels, hypodermic needle sharp hooks, fast and quiet boats, sonar units with sidefinders and how much better have we become? Have our tournament wheights skyrocketed? With all of this information and technolgy how come we fail more than we succed, one "reason" (excuse) is all the educated fishing pressure. Another favorite "reason" (excuse) is the weather pattern at the time we are fishing. We basically share the same excuses with every Bass fisherman from the beginning of time, if we are unsuccesful we blame it on something and usauslly we are to blame.

  • In The Heat Of The Night

    Bass Fishing At Night

    Anyone that lives south of the Red River knows that "hot" does little to describe the horrific heat we have been experiencing lately. With temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark for several consecutive days, most folks don’t think about hours on the water as being much fun. In fact, this is the time of year I turn to fishing in the dark, night fishing. Most importantly to me, it is not nearly as hot fishing at night as it is during the day in this time of year.

  • Is Bigger Always Better ?

    Big Swimbait

    I'm pretty much willing to bet that nearly every angler reading this article, at one point or another, has heard the cliché "Bigger baits catch bigger fish". But does this hold true in every situation? As a Long Island angler, I seriously doubt it! Time to face facts, bigger isn't always better. So with that in mind, we ask ourselves, what are we left with? Answer; finesse! Finesse, a word that many long-time, traditionalist bass anglers cringe at the sound of, has brought about a revolution in the way many anglers approach bass fishing. 

  • PART 1 - Yoga with a Casting Rod

    Yoga Fishing

    Yoga - Spiritual and physical exercises to encourage health and well-being. A Hindu discipline aimed at achieving a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility.

    When I’m out on the lake, I usually fish as if I’m practicing for a tournament. I do this not because I’m practicing or want to be competitive, but because I want to be as efficient as possible. I don’t get out on the water as much as I would like anymore, so when I am out fishing, I have to find them and dial the pattern in as fast as possible.

  • PART 2 - Bass Talk, Are You Listening?

    Frank Lapinski Bass

    Keeping what has been said in mind, all of your senses need to be wide open and receptive, because the fish will tell you where they are and what they. They talk to us in many different ways; it’s up to us to be listening. You may see them, but not catch them. You may see other triggers that tell you whether or not there are fish in a given area, but not realize it. Have you ever come into a swampy area and seen lots of frogs on the bank, but none in the shallow water or in pads at that spot. Come back in a couple of hours and they are all back in the pool.

  • PART 3 - What’s Your Lure Doin’?

    Fish On

    Do you know what’s going on at the end of your line? I mean, do you really know what your lure is doing? Do you know what it just hit? Was it a rock? A log? A fish? Do you even feel your lure? It must seem like these questions are silly, but most anglers can’t answer them correctly. After the third or fourth cast some anglers slip into the repetitive mode or worse yet they don’t know how the lure is supposed to feel.

  • Slump

    Bass Boat

    One of the biggest lures of bass fishing is the competitive nature of the sport. At any level, it's competing against the fish on an afternoon out, your buddy on a Saturday morning or in the structured setting of a professional tournament, it is competition in a pure form. This fact causes us to occasionally encounter the malady that every competitor, in every sport has to face "The Slump." Like the slumping baseball player who is a half a blink slow on a fastball, guessing wrong on the curve and when he does make solid contact hits it directly at the waiting fielder, we can fall into the same rut.

  • The Carolina Rig: In Depth

    Carolina Rig

    Sometimes called the idiot rig, something so easy a child could use it, the Carolina-rig is probably the most underrated technique in today's bass fishing arsenal. True, the rig is easy to use, but it becomes more complicated when you expand on its capabilities. Not only is it one of the most productive rigs I have used, it is also the most versatile. I will show you the different rigs and when to use them, different retrieves for both active and inactive fish, and a variety of lures that work best in several situations.

  • The Top 6 Bass Fishing Techniques

    Here’s our complete guide to mastering the 6 most important techniques for targeting bass you’ll ever learn. We break down each technique with supporting tips and videos to help you learn what really makes a difference on the water.

  • Versatility - Key to Success

    Bass Angling Tools

    In today’s highly pressured and competitive bass fishing world, you can no longer just master one type of fishing technique or lure. If you do, when the checks are handed out at the end of a long day, your name will not be called.  You need to be skilled in as many techniques as you can learn.  If you have noticed over the past few years, some of the biggest names in Professional Bass Fishing who once where known for fishing specific baits such as jigs, crankbaits or topwaters have started winning tournaments by fishing other baits. You have to look at your tackle box the way a mechanic looks at his toolbox.