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How To Spool A Spinning Reel: A Beginner’s First Steps

Learning how to spool a spinning reel is likely the first thing you’ll need to learn about fishing. Besides a little push-button children’s rod, a spinning rod is more often than not the first thing any angler will use to catch a fish. How To Spool A Spinning Reel Your line is the only thing connecting you, your rod, and …

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Finding Bass: Locating Fish With and Without Electronics

Finding bass after the spawn is a popular technique for anyone looking to catch a pile of fish.  After the spawn, bass across much of the country will start their annual migration offshore. The warming shallow waters cause baitfish to head offshore, and the bass follow. Finding and catching deep bass isn’t always easy, but it’s often some of the …

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Long Live Dead Sticking: The Art Of Dead Sticking For Bass

Dead sticking a soft plastic is a cold water technique most bass anglers know will produce bites, but they rarely use. But, why? Well, first and foremost, the most useful skill in dead sticking is patience, which is a virtue. What Is Dead Sticking? The most simple explanation of dead sticking is Texas rigging a soft plastic, casting it to …

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Fishing Hooks 101: Matching The Proper Hook To Your Rig

Choosing the right fishing hooks has become a multiple-choice quiz anymore thanks to today’s wide array of lures and bass fishing techniques. Gone are the days when you tied on the first hook you found in your tackle box. Now you need a different style of hook for each type of lure and fishing application. Fishing Hook Sharpness When buying …

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Finesse Fishing 101: Mastering Finesse Bass Fishing Techniques

Some bass anglers disdainfully refer to finesse fishing as fishing with a “sissy stick,” because finesse fishing frequently requires lighter tackle than the power fishing tactics they use. However, there is nothing sissy about the loads of bass you can catch relying on finesse fishing techniques. Fishing power tactics with fast-moving or big, bulky lures, thick line and heavy-action baitcast …

Grub Fishing 101: How To Catch Fish On Grubs

One of the most classic and versatile techniques that has kind of fallen off the deep end is grub fishing. Grubs have been around for many years, and they aren’t used very much anymore, but they can still be super effective when the bite gets tough. What Is Grub Fishing All About? A grub is a soft plastic bait that …

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When Should I Change My Bass Lures?

Experience mainly helps anglers decided when they need to change bass lures or patterns. There are certain factors such as weather and water conditions that also determine when to make a change. Sometimes it even depends on what part of a lake or river you are fishing. Basic Switching Bass Lures Rules If I am fishing with a plastic worm …

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9 Surefire Ways To Unsnag Your Lures

Snagging sucks. But, it happens to the best (and worst) of us. When you get your lure stuck on a log or rock, use a few of MTB Hat Guy’s (terrible) tricks to get it loose. Check out how to (maybe) get unsnagged here: Have you ever used any of these tactics?