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  • Making the Best of the Worst of Times - Fighting the effects of Pre Spawn cold fronts with subtle tubes During happier February times, when the sun is high enough to warm shallow water, you could catch actively feeding, Pre Spawn bass on a big jig, spinnerbait or crankbait. But if your luck is anything like mine, you've seen your share of nasty February cold fronts blow through your area on a Friday night just in time to mess up your Saturday fishing trip. Read More
  • The Importance of Fresh Line Fishing experiences can range from both the pleasure that comes from catching a fish to the pain and frustration that comes when “the big one” gets away. Read More
  • January Means Big Slow Worms Work! Ringing in the new year on the lake is the perfect way to spend a cool January day. For the Northern anglers, January marks the height of ice fishing, but down South the bite gets tough, and we trudge on, looking for those few bites left. Once we find those bites it's time to hold on for a great afternoon of fishing. Read More
  • Brrrrr Bass Get Cold Too Forced temperature changes are commonplace for bass. Not a bass alive can avoid some degree of thermal fluctuation, regular or irregular, at some point in its life. Summer cold fronts and the like are more of a nuisance than a hardship. But there is at least one season when things get much more serious: winter. Read More
  • Sound: Music to a Bass' Ears If bass anglers are not fully agreed on the effectiveness of sound, they agree even less on what sounds work best. To some anglers the louder the sound, regardless of its nature, the better. Read More
  • Cold Water Fishing: Patience is Key I don't especially love winter fishing; however, when I do hit the lake I can usually cash in by covering a bunch of water and slowing down a jerkbait presentation. Read More
  • 3 Structures to Target this Winter If we’re going to be honest about it, fishing in the winter isn’t always the most pleasant activity. It can be cold, windy and sometimes getting the fish to cooperate can be frustrating. Read More
  • Winter Striper Fishing With the extremely low temperatures of late throughout much of the northeast, many striped bass anglers are content to wait for the spring migration to begin. But don’t think that just because it’s cold outside that the only people catching big stripers are the lucky anglers who winter in the Carolinas. Read More
  • Fishing over Hunting: Every Time When you take a look out on the water in November you don't see the throng of boat traffic that a typical fall day would include. Mainly because most anglers are hunters, and they replace their rod n' reel for rattlin' antlers and grunt tubes. I find myself in the same dilemma each November, and the result is always the same give me the open water. Read More
  • Worms: What are Bass Thinking? Did you ever wonder why bass attack plastic worms? It's not because worms make up a significant part of a bass' diet. Worms, notably earthworms, are not aquatic animals. Instead, they live on land burrowing through the soil. Read More
  • Fishing After Cold Fronts First, let me say that as an angler I understand that bass fishing after a cold front can be very frustrating. Especially if you fish in areas with Florida-strain largemouth bass, cold fronts can pretty much be the excuse you need to park the boat and head to a deer stand or sit in the house and watch football. Read More
  • Fishing for Schooling Bass It’s October, and the bas are actively search for huge clouds of baitfish that sometimes seem to be everywhere. The baitfish that hatched earlier in the year are now the ideal size for bass forage. Read More
  • Power vs. Finesse As we anglers get more and more diversified in our fishing skills, as we find out what works best for us and what we enjoy doing the most, we sometimes take on the labels of finesse fishermen or power fishermen. Read More
  • Baby Steps: Downsizing for success Throughout the summer months bass see a wide variety of baits, but they mostly consist of super-sized worms. Read More
  • Bass Diets: What are they thinking? Although largemouths, smallmouths, and spotted bass are opportunistic feeders, their preferred foods are small fish followed by crustaceans and insects. Read More
  • Spooling a Spinning Reel There’s no shortage of reasons to keep a few spinning reels in the boat. Perhaps you haven’t yet mastered a baitcasting reel or maybe the fishing conditions require you to downsize your bait selection to try to finesse a bite. Read More