Angler Education

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  • Monofilament VS Fluorocarbon - Infographic Your fishing line is the only connection between you and the fish. For every successful fish story you might hear at the boat ramp, there are probably many more tales about anglers left in disbelief as the fish of their dreams breaks their line -- never to be seen again. Read More
  • 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
  • Crappie Dock Patterns You know the local lake that you spend all your time fishing? The one with all those houses that line the shore – the houses with all the boat docks? Those docks might be clogged with people loading and unloading boats and having all kinds of fun, but some of the best crappie fishing can be found directly below them at almost any time of year. 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
  • Super-sized Summer Dropshot From the time the weather began to warm early this year until now, every lake in the country has seen the local angling population hammer the resident bass with every bait and presentation under the sun. And now, with the return of summer’s heat, long days and rising water temperatures, the bass in most places are retreating to their offshore confines, looking for cover and an easy meal. Read More
  • Late Ice Panfish In some states throughout the Midwest, the ice-fishing season for walleyes and northern pike is coming to a close, or has, in fact, already closed. If you live in one of those areas, now is not the time to hang up the ice-rods and put the shelter and auger in storage. There are still some very good opportunities for ice-fishing action. Read More
  • Fish Talkin': Are you listening Throughout the years there have been many people talking about the importance of listening to what fish tell you in order to catch a good bag of fish. I believe there is a major misconception on this thought process. Read More
  • Landing Nets Better for the Fish and the Fisherman Fishing season throughout the Midwest is officially here. Bass and muskies are still protected in some areas, but for the most part anglers are out fishing and catching. This is a good time for some reminders on increasing your catch by using landing nets appropriately. Read More
  • Goby With A Southern Drawl Sometimes, you just never know what's going to be on the other end of the line when you reel it in. On most days, that can be a pretty fun prospect especially in a place you don't fish a lot. Read More
  • Can Bass Learn, Or Are They Like My Pet Cat? Can bass learn? Do they remember their experiences with lures? Can they apply their knowledge to lures they have never seen before? Read More
  • Cranked Up on Fluorocarbon If you respool your reels as much as I do, I hope you stocked up on some extra fluorocarbon line recently because it's summer and you're going to need it. Read More
  • Creating The Ultimate Bass Lure Bass lures have come a long way over the last century. The basics may not have changed, but the array of materials, the breadth of lure design, appearance and consistency, and the quality of hooks continue to improve. 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
  • Deep Thoughts: How Leaving The Bank Can Yield More Bass To watch the average bass tournament, the outcome is so often decided on who finds the best stretch of bank. But what happens when the shallow bite isn't there? Where do you go when the fish have closed the bank? Read More
  • Fishing Unfamiliar Water Bass tournament season will shift into high gear later next month when the Bassmaster Classic kicks off the Elite Series season at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Read More
  • Searching for Smallmouths Much like largemouth anglers turn to a Carolina rig or crankbait to search for fish, I've identified three search baits to aid in my hunt for smallmouth. Read More