Catch And Release Fishing: Let Em Go, Let Em Grow

The practice of catch and release fishing spawned from bass tournaments keeps evolving. While some tournament circuits continue to use the traditional format of weighing in a fish on stage and then releasing it, kayak bass circuits have established a format of CPR (Catch, Photo, Release) that immediately returns the fish to the water after the catch. The new Major …

How To Fish For Crappie: Catchin’ Slabs All Summer Long

Crappie readily bite for nearly everyone in the spring, but these panfish become more of a challenge to catch in the heat of summer. When the summertime sun raises water temperatures above the 80-degree mark, crappie seek deeper water and heavier cover. The fish still remain active though as they feed on schools of shad passing through the crappie’s hot-weather …

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

Fishing etiquette is important, especially 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 …

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. Bass Fishing The Rocks: Jigs A jig tipped with …

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 …