Angler Education


  • Jigs for Fall Walleyes The fall season is a great time to catch lots of walleyes, and it’s a great time to catch big walleyes. There are also a lot of outstanding ways to catch walleyes this time of year, but if limited to one presentation, many of the best walleye anglers in the Midwest would choose a jig. Here’s how you can catch more and bigger walleyes on jigs in the next few weeks. Read More
  • About Fluorocarbon Lines and New Braids To further my fishing education, I’ve been reading about and comparing my experiences with veteran fishing guides and anglers in regards to fishing lines made of fluorocarbon and gel-spun Polyethylene, which are the micro fibers super-lines are made from. Read More
  • How to Turn Cooling Weather into a Hot Bite Among all the different factors that affect bass behavior, none has more impact than the seasons. Fish – especially bass – are ruled by the weather. Read More
  • Between Meal Snacks for late Summer Bass September is a month of plenty, if you're a bass that is. There are baitfish everywhere. Huge clouds of baitfish. That's one thing about bass fishing now that makes it stand out better than most months. Read More
  • Fishing Can Get Hot as Autumn Approaches By now we know that seasonal changes are not all bad news for anglers. In fact, a change in season can spur otherwise complacent bass into a much more aggressive lifestyle. Read More
  • Autumn Panfish Most anglers are pretty open-minded when it comes to fishing. Some have their favorite species of fish that they prefer, and they concentrate on that species. Read More
  • PowerBait HollowBelly: Top to Bottom With any presentation, confidence is the key. A swimbait isn't like a dropshot; it doesn't catch the volume of fish like a dropshot. If an angler learns to dropshot and takes it to his pond, they can almost instantly start catching fish. Read More
  • Fish the Weedline for Summer Action In the summer, predator fish like walleyes, pike, bass, and crappies will be wherever their food is. If there isn't something for them to eat in an area, they simply won't be there, or at least they won't be there very long. Read More
  • Corralling Cruisers with a Floating Worm If you spend time at the lake, either at the marina or around the boat slips, undoubtedly you’ve noticed bass cruising around. You’ve probably been on the water since before sunrise, made a long run to an end of the lake and all the while there are bass within a short walk of a hot cup of coffee and an indoor restroom. It can be frustrating. Read More
  • Troll or Cast for More Fish? There are a lot of different ways for an angler to present a bait to fish, but trolling and casting are two of the most popular methods, and also two of the most productive. Let’s talk about when casting works best and when trolling works best. Read More
  • Up-sizing Summertime Baits By this time of year, throughout many parts of the country, bass have seen a fair amount of fishing pressure. Common sense tells us that bass in this situation can become harder to catch and luring them to bite requires downsizing both line and bait. While this may be a good tactic for most places, targeting pressured bass in summer doesn’t always require picking up a spinning rod and a finesse bait. Read More
  • Be Ready for Fishing in the Heat Some people think that the summertime is not the best time to catch bass – much less big bass. The hotter and higher the sun gets, the better sitting in front of the air conditioner begins to sound. It’s during this time of year that too many anglers opt for sipping iced tea instead of fishing. Read More
  • Industrial Strength Conservation in the sportfishing industry is akin to the Marine Corps – it is comprised of “a few good men” doing the work for tens of thousands of anglers. Of course there are lots of other organizations taking leadership in sportfishing and aquatic resource conservation as well, with Trout Unlimited and the Coastal Conservation Association being prime examples. But, from a pure, for-profit industry standpoint, when you look at it, it is just amazing what these industry guys do, and the commitment of their companies to have them doing it! Read More
  • Bass and Deep-Water Ledges It’s not unusual for people to equate bass fishing with the shallow-water flipping and pitching that goes on so many places throughout the country. True, largemouth bass, when they inhabit structure-filled water sheds, will be found regularly around the bank, near blown-down trees, hydrilla, lilipads and other places that provide them outstanding places to both forage and hide. Read More
  • Take It Down A Notch: Power Fishing with Finesse Take it down a notch. A lot of people have been telling me that lately. And, in one way of thinking, I have. I've added finesse to my power fishing. Read More
  • Pitching - It's An Art Form I look at pitching a bait to shallow cover as an art form. It's not only placing a lure where you want, it is much, much more. And when anglers understand the need to get beyond the technical aspects they will be, by far, better fishermen. On a competitive level, pitching is critical. Read More