Angler Education

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  • 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
  • Long Live Soft Plastics Soft plastics have evolved throughout the years to include scents, glitter and a variety of other injections. 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
  • Lake Lay Classic Strategies OK. I'm really ready. I'm ready physically; I'm in great shape. Coming off one of the best seasons of my career, I'm ready mentally. And my tackle for the Bassmaster Classic is packed, ready to go. Packing tackle might sound a little lame but it is not. It's not just throwing a bunch of this and a little of that in a bag and calling it good it's a process. You need to take into account all the many different variables and factors of wherever it is that you're going. Seasonal patterns for the region, historic weather patterns, fishing pressures and the lake itself are all extremely important. Read More
  • Bass Habits: Both Instinct and Learned The bass brain should not be viewed as a simplistic computer wherein a specific input always yields a certain output. Bass brains are constantly modified through experience. Read More
  • Don't Leave Home Without Them - Three Rods To Get You Through The Early Summer Before professional anglers were considered the definitive sources for angling advice, back when money was tight and things like new fishing tackle were considered a luxury, I was privy to some sage advice that has stuck with me to this day. It came to me as I stopped by a small tackle store on my way to visit my parents one weekend. My objective was to buy a rod for my father to replace the one that I had stepped on and broke a few weeks prior. Read More