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Jig Vs Texas Rig: When Should You Throw Each?

When you find a nice patch of shallow cover, you can bet bass are most likely hiding out somewhere nearby. But, how are you supposed to catch those bass once you find them? The two most common baits to flip or pitch into shallow cover are a jig and a Texas rig. Each has their own calling. Allow Ben Milliken …

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Jointed Stickbaits: Why You Should Use Them To Target Big Bass

What’s the deal with jointed stickbaits? Some lures attract more fishermen than they do fish and eventually become novelty items for lure collectors. Others catch boat loads of bass, but mass production and excessive use makes these lures less effective when bass become conditioned to them. Then there’s the lures designed for other species, which innovative anglers have converted into …

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Vertical Jigging For Walleye: A Precision Tactic

When you can locate fish either suspended or off the bottom, one of the most fun ways to entice a strike is vertical jigging for walleye. The tactic pulls fish congregated on rock piles, near structure, or suspended in open water. If you can find them, but suspect they’re finicky. Try a vertical jigging option. Vertical Jigging For Walleye Breakdown …

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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 …

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Points Vs Channels Vs Swings: How To Fish Bass Highways

Nearly all manmade reservoirs have three things in common. Whether it’s a highland, lowland or mixture of both, a reservoir usually contains points, flats, and channel swings. These three primary structures of reservoirs serve as eating and resting places for bass throughout the year as the fish travel along their seasonal migration routes. The structures are also interrelated because the …

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3 Topwater Baits You Can Throw Around The Spawn

When the bass spawn is fully on, most bass become lethargic and finicky. The spawn wears largemouths down, and if you want to catch them, you’ll have to adjust. During the spawn, or just after the spawn, when bass are still in the shallows and around vegetation or shallow cover, a subtle topwater can be just what you need to …

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How To Fish A Little Underspin For Panfish

When panfish such as crappie and white bass suspend in mid-depth ranges, the versatility of underspins or horsehead jigs make these lures ideal for coaxing bites from these suspending fish. During the spring fishing season you can target bigger suspended crappie offshore—but still close to spawning banks—by pushing double Roadrunner rigs with bobbers off the front end of your boat …

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How To Fish Prop Baits For Aggressive Strikes

A wide array of poppers, chuggers, walkers, and prop baits (hard bodied baits with propellers attached at one or both ends) are available today that are capable of creating surface explosions from bass, but some work better than others depending on water clarity, weather and the type of cover you are targeting. By selecting the right surface lures for the …

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Why You Should Follow The Barometer To Catch Crappie, According To Science

The old adage that fish bite best before a storm and the rhyme about wind direction affecting a fish’s feeding habits gain some credence when applied to barometric pressure readings. Since wind and storms usually indicate changes in barometric pressure, these conditions also signal a change in crappie behavior. Scientists have detected many organisms that respond in some fashion to …

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Paddle Tail Swimbaits: When, Where, And How To Rig Them

Paddle tail swimbaits are bass catchers year round, in any water conditions. Simply put, they imitate the look and feel of baitfish better than anything else. Here are a few tips for fishing paddle tail swimbaits to help catch you more fish! Rigging Paddle Tail Swimbaits There are three main ways to rig a paddle tail swimbait; exposed top hook, …