Over the years, I’ve caught some really great fish from shore. We’re talking giant beasts on saltwater beaches, to freshwater beauties in lakes and rivers. No boat, no problem, as I try and keep one or two rods in my truck at all times…just in case. Finding good spots from the bank requires a [Read more…]
By: Joel Nelson If crappies kick off the spring season, then bluegills certainly endcap it and extend the popularity of panfishing well into the summer months. Their sheer abundance and position towards the relative bottom of the gamefish food chain makes them readily available to most anglers in almost all portions of the U.S. [Read more…]
Topwater lures can be extremely effective for targeting smallmouth bass — not just numbers, but big ones, too! For this application, there are four primary topwater lure styles to consider: prop baits, poppers, jump baits and wake baits. All of these baits can be worked around cover or in open water, whether you’re on [Read more…]
How do you determine leader length on your spinner rigs? Hopefully you’re not running the same length in all conditions! Experienced fishing guide Brad Hawthorne shed some light on how he determines his leader length in various fishing conditions from dirty water to clear water and negative bites to positive bites.
Panfish continually rank as one of the most commonly targeted species in the U.S., and in northern waters, their popularity exceeds that of even largemouth and smallmouth bass. If panfish are popular, then crappies are the undisputed heavyweight champion of the group. They have become increasingly sought after nationwide as new people are introduced to [Read more…]
When it comes to jig fishing, the baits I use are about as diverse as the bodies of water I fish. One of my favorite go-to techniques is pitching a simple swimbait. It’s a dynamite presentation for pitching and ripping in a variety of different conditions, from shallow weeds to deep rocks and everything in [Read more…]
No doubt about it, lipless crankbaits are one of the most versatile tools available for catching walleyes, and they are still underused, despite being a mainstay in most of our tackle boxes. The great thing about rattle baits is their ability to fish so many different depth levels. Traditionally, a rattle baits is simply [Read more…]
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