To Hook Set, Or Not To Hook Set, That Is The Question

Knowing when and how to set the hook is a key to landing or losing a bass. The lures you use will determine whether you set the hook immediately or wait a couple of seconds after getting a bite. Lures also dictate whether you employ the overhead jerk hook set to cross the eyes of a bass or firmly sweep …

How To Spool A Baitcaster: A Beginner’s First Steps

A baitcast reel is the hardest reel for a beginner to learn to cast without backlashing. However, beginners will be glad to know that it is much easier to spool line on a baitcaster than on a spinning or spincast reel. The main consideration when spooling a baitcaster is the line size and type of line you will be adding …

Wade For it…… How To Pack For Your Next Wading Trip

Traveling light is the key to successful wade fishing trips. Less is more in this situation because the more tackle you bring the harder and more cumbersome it is to wade and fish a stream effectively. The type of gear and how much gear I bring depends on the fish I will be targeting in streams.  When I fish for trout, …

Packing For A Plane: How To Fish While Traveling

Packing your fishing gear for a plane flight to that once-in-a-lifetime fishing destination can be the biggest challenge of your dream trip. Fortunately, on most of my fishing trips that require flying, the fishing companies that invited me on the trips usually supply all of the rods, reels, and lures I will need for the trip so I just have …

How To Fish A Deep Crankbait For Summer Studs

Summer becomes vacation time for the novice angler, but for some serious bass anglers, it’s a time to go to work. While many of us get away from work to enjoy the relaxing side of fishing, a handful of competitive anglers take an endurance test of deep cranking for summertime bass. This effective technique requires a few special angling skills, …

Spinning Rods: Just For Noobs Or A True Tournament Tool?

I must confess that I dislike using a spinning rod when bass fishing. I lose casting accuracy and the rods are generally too light for the power fishing tactics I enjoy using to catch bass. I prefer using baitcasting gear for topwater fishing, pitching and flipping jigs or soft plastics, cranking crankbaits or spinnerbaits and working suspending stickbaits in the …

4 Lure Types That Will Catch You More Than Just Bass

Lure designers occasionally get a bonus when anglers use their creations for other species than fish the bait was intended to attract. Even though a lure is marketed toward a specific fish, savvy anglers experiment with lures and have found certain baits can cross over to catch multiple species. Here are four lures or rigs that were originally designed for …

The State Crappie Record For Every State In America

Crappie fishing is a past time anglers enjoy throughout the country. Their delicious taste and sporting ability are a few reasons why they’re so popular. While most anglers would consider any fish over 12 inches to be a slab, crappie can grow much bigger, especially in the south. Here is the list for the largest crappie caught in every state …

Pro Guide Explains How To Find Walleye On A New Lake

Wisconsin fishing guide and friend of the program Tom Boley explains how to find for Walleye on a new or unfamiliar body of water. Watch Tom cover electronics, techniques and other sound fishing advice related to catching walleye in unfamiliar waters. For highly informative fishing content, follow and subscribe to Tom Boley Fishing on YouTube and Instagram. For highly effective …