Swim Jig Fishing 101: How To Fish A Swim Jig

The standard bass jig has always been a staple bottom-bouncing lure for decades, but the lure became more versatile when savvy anglers started swimming it for suspended bass. The History Behind The Bait Back in the 1980’s, anglers in Alabama, Wisconsin, Arkansas and some other states started swimming a jig around aquatic vegetation to catch bass, I started swimming a …

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How To Catch Big Trout On Jerkbaits

Did he just say, “jerkbaits for trout?” Hear me out. When you are looking to upgrade from the typical 12 inch stocker rainbows and catch yourself a trophy trout, your best bet is a jerkbait. Once native trout (and stockers, sometimes) reach a certain size, they move to a strictly baitfish diet. This means your bug imitators or live grasshoppers …

3 Topwater Bass Baits That Will Cover You All Summer Long

When the summer heat raises water temperatures into the bathwater range, a topwater bait is the least likely lure most bass anglers would choose then. Although bass can seek cooler temperatures in deeper water, some remain near the surface to feed on schooling baitfish while others stay shallow in the shade of heavy cover and ambush any prey swimming nearby …

How You Should Really Be Fishing A Jerkbait

Most bass anglers agree that suspended bass are the hardest to catch, but there is a solution to catching these fish. Bass suspend most often from early winter to early spring and late summer through early fall. One surefire way to keep a lure in a bass’ strike zone and tempt the fish into biting is to throw a suspending …

Scouting Out, The Googan Squad Jerkbait

The Googan Squad Scout is a suspending jerkbait on the hunt for a mondo. A neutrally buoyant lure that doesn’t quite float and doesn’t quite sink, the Scout suspends in the water column with a nose-down look, daring fish to take a swipe. Each Googan Squad Scout is built with an ultra-tough shell shaped like a streamlined baitfish. The torpedo …

The 3 Easiest Set-Ups For Bottom Rigging Live Bait

I love all things fishing, whether it’s chasing smallmouth in the spring, muskies in the fall, or slab crappie through the ice – it’s all good to me. Growing up just outside of Chicago my early fishing experiences were on the banks of local rivers and ponds where I targeted drum, carp, and catfish. As I got older my fishing …

How To Fish A Rip Bait (Jerkbait)

Some anglers call it a rip bait. Some call it a jerkbait or a stickbait or a minnow bait. I mainly use a rip bait during the winter for lethargic suspending bass, but I am not ripping the bait as its name implies. Bass during this time want a slow-moving, easy meal so instead of ripping the bait with hard …

How To Select The Right Livebait For Panfish

Using live bait is about the closest anglers can come to guaranteeing they will catch panfish on any given day. Savvy anglers can tie on their favorite artificial fly or soft plastic drenched in the smelliest, oiliest fish scent and catch plenty of panfish, but the real deal produces more often than the imitations in most instances. Minnows, worms, crickets, and crayfish …