• 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.

  • Get Paid to Fish Book Review

    If you’re looking to obtain and keep quality sponsors, the book “Get Paid to Fish” is a “must read”. It is packed with details that you better know if you are going to approach any company for sponsorship. Written by Bernie Barringer and Jim Kalkofen, whom both have over 20 years’ experience in fishing and outdoors activities, this book is the key to opening doors for those anglers who want to get paid to fish. It also offers some valuable insight not just from the writers, but from industry legends like Kevin Van Dam and Al Linder (to name a couple), detailing what it really takes to get a paycheck from a sponsor.

  • 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.

  • How To Choose A Bass Fishing Tournament Partner

    Fishing Partners

    There are several things you should know before you choose a bass fishing tournament partner. The individual should be one you can work with in harmony, sharing expenses, ideas, opinions, responsibility and knowledge openly and without either of you being offended.
    The team that works together has a much greater chance for tounament success. Spend as much time as possible fishing together before you commit to each other. Eight plus hours in the same boat can be a long day and season if you are not a team that shares the responsibility for success and failure.

  • How To Disguise Yourself as a Bass Pro

    Hugh Crumpler

    No one wants to be considered as a Klutz, Rookie, Beginner, Schmuck, or even termed a novice. When you go bass fishing and you want to be seen by your peers as a knowledgeable fisher person - read on- this article will help you to disguise yourself as a bass fishing professional.

    Shoes- does not sound important. The shoes a person puts on their feet prior to entering a bass boat can be a big clue. Combat boots, hunting boots, any footwear that will hold dirt, sand, mud, and rocks in the soles is taboo. These parts of the earth that cling to the bottom of land footwear do amazing things in a boat. First if you step on the painted parts of a boat with these shoes you scratch the paint. If you step on the carpet some of the stuff comes off and when the boat accelerates the stuff gets in your eyes and smarts as it hits your skin. So, the kind of footwear to wear is usually deck shoes or tennis shoes.

  • 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.

  • Pattern Fishing ABCs

    If you’re a tournament angler, by now you’ve probably heard a lot about establishing a pattern when you’re on the water. On any given day, there can be one or more patterns that are going on and the anglers who can identify the most productive pattern can usually be found on top of the leader board at the end of the day.

    When you think about multi-day tournaments or even one day events with multiple days of practice, it is important to identify more than one pattern. Why? So you have something to fall back on as conditions change, or as you burn through your fish. Think of it as learning your ABCs… only now it’s pattern “A”, pattern “B” and pattern “C”.

  • Sell Your Skills, Not Your Soul

    Sponsor Boat

    As most tournament anglers already know and what future tournament anglers will quickly learn. Sponsors are what can help make an angler a champion. Don’t get me wrong, having a sponsor is not going to make you an instantly better angler. They will however make it possible for you to compete in the extremely expensive world of professional bass fishing. Just don’t fall into a long term agreement that is going to greatly benefit your sponsor and only enable you to wear a cool looking patch on your shirt and have a few free lures in your box.

  • So You Want To Turn Pro?

    Bass Tournament

    Many people would like to compete on the tournament trails, and would do very well, even win large sums of money. The first thing you have to ask yourself is, "do I have what it takes"? I will try to outline below some of the roadblocks and requirements to answer your questions.

    Well to start with, you need angling know-how. A good understanding of the lifestyle and habitat of the fish you want to catch, including feeding and mating habits. Then, you have to think like a fish! These are just a few of the prerequisites you will need before "stepping up to the plate". I began fishing in London, England at the age of six on the banks of the river Thames. Ten years later, I was competing in local tournaments or matches against some of the best in the country. Using the oldest cliche' of all " I was hooked". By the age of twenty, I was fishing in championship competition in different lakes, rivers and streams, all over Europe.

  • 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.