You Don’t Own The Water Bro: Fishing Etiquette In 2019

As fishing pressure rises on our waterways so does the chance for conflict between anglers. From personal experience and more than 20 years of covering bass tournaments for media outlets I have seen or heard of wars of words on the water and in one case a fisticuffs battle between tournament competitors. Issues such as anglers fishing too close to …

Northern Pike: Underappreciated Predators or Overrated Lure Snatchers?

Northern Pike fishing is popular in Europe and Russia, and continues to grow in popularity in North America. This popularity is due in large part to their trophy size potential, strong fight, and great taste. These toothy monsters are often simply known as “pike” or “northern.” With green backs/yellowish white bellies, long powerful bodies, and sharp inwards pointed teeth, pike …

Bass On The Rocks: 4 Proven Baits For Fishing Around Rock

A crayfish tops the meal menu for any bass living on rocky lakes. Rocks provide shelter for crayfish so when you fish rocky lakes for bass you should consider selecting lures that best imitate a crayfish. Here are four mud bug imitators you should try when fishing lakes with rocky bottoms. Jigs A jig tipped with either a plastic chunk …

4 Dominant Bass Baits For Fishing Muddy Water

Think big, flashy and noisy when selecting lures to catch bass on muddy water lakes. A bass’ sight is hindered in murky water so the fish has to rely on its other senses to hone in on prey. Bass are equipped with a lateral line which works like an ear and detects vibrations resulting from water displacement. So big lures …

When To Use A Spinning Vs Baitcasting Rod, Explained

Choosing a spinning or baitcasting rod can be a challenge for new anglers. Generally, your skill level and the species of fish you enjoy catching will determine which type of fishing rod you should select. The two basic types of rods are casting and spinning rods. Casting rods are designed for baitcast and spincast reels whereas spinning rods are matched …

How To Become More Outdoorsy In 5 Easy Steps

We put together a list of 5 ways to help you become more outdoorsy. While this list won’t turn you into Bear Grylls, it should serve as a foundation and guideline to help point you in the right direction. Remember to always tell someone where you’re going and when you plan on returning when venturing outdoors. Follow that rule and …

Musky Fly Fishing 101: How To Catch Musky On The Fly

You’re a fisherman from another dimension, a dimension not only of conventional heavy baits and big blades, but of sucker rigs and trolling. Now you’re going to take a journey into a wondrous new world whose boundaries are that of the imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead—your next stop? The Musky Fly Fishing Zone! The answer is easy: You enter …

The Mojo Rig: A Finesse Technique That Lights Up Finicky Fish

The Mojo Rig has quickly become my favorite finesse fishing technique. The Carolina rig with a heavy sinker is great for fishing deeper than 10 feet but it becomes too awkward for me to fish when bass are shallower yet still want a lure close to the bottom. During this situation, a finesse version of the Carolina rig works best …

Drop Shot Vs. Shaky Head: A Finesse Fishing Battle Royale

Dropshot and shaky heads are two of the most effective finesse tactics for bass fishing present lures differently but produce similar results. A shaky head jig and a drop-shot rig both catch lots of bass on pressured waters but present lures differently in the water column. Here’s a look at when and where to use each finesse tactic on your …

Three Of The Deadliest Ways To Fish A Creature Bait

They look like something from outer space with all sorts of tentacles and flappers that make all the right moves to entice bass into biting. Creature baits come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes that make you wonder if these lures are a genetic mutation of a plastic worm or crawfish or the hybrid offspring of a tube …