Angler Education

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  • Skippin' to Better Bass It is always about the presentation. Successfully Skippin' a bait across the surface of the water to a cruising bass takes a certain amount of practice. Oh, but it's worth it. Read More
  • The Cold, Hard Facts About Winter Bass Fishing Wherever you fish, the stories are almost the same. Bass fishing is a warm-weather activity. Fall makes its way into winter and the boats get winterized and packed away with the rods and reels until spring. Fish are cold-blooded creatures so there's no way they have any interest in feeding on anything an angler has to offer while the mercury is dipping. Read More
  • Crankbaits - Scott Rook's Search Party? Fishing unfamiliar water during an unfamiliar time of the year is nothing new to BASS pro and Berkley ® Pro Staff member Scott Rook. With limited time during competition to locate and catch fish, this Arkansas pro turns to one of his strong suits crankbaits to help put him on a winning pattern. Read More
  • Fish Attractants: Leave the oil at home Oil-based scents are derived from the highly purified oily fractions of processed natural foods like herring, shad, and crayfish, primarily composed of fatty compounds renowned for their insolubility in water. 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
  • 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
  • Perfume to Some, Odor to Others Researchers in British Columbia, Canada, noticed 50 years ago that when they rinsed their hands in a stream containing migrating Pacific salmon, those salmon below the wash site suddenly became agitated, broke school, and retreated downstream. A few simple experiments revealed that the odor of human skin was the culprit. 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
  • Shade Fishing Most people think that catching big bass in the summer is more difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Much like anything else that has to spend all day outside during the hottest part of the year, bass will look for a shady place to hang out. 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
  • Columbia River Gorge Angling Bass, Walleye, Catfish, Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead are the fish species you can find in the Columbia River Gorge. The following is a description of each major fishery and includes when, where and how to make your fishing adventure a successful one. Read More
  • Pitching for Bass If a bass could build its ideal habitat, the specs would be something like this: shallow water, in or near heavy cover with quick access to deep water nearby. Read More
  • Finesse Fishing in Shallow Water One of the many great things about fishing is that presents endless possibilities. Pretty much everyone takes to the water with a single goal in mind: to catch fish. Read More
  • Locating Summer Transition Bass June is normally what we consider a transition month for bass. The transition we're referring to is the movement of bass from their spawning flats to their deep-water summer hangouts. Read More
  • With a Bass, Size Does Matter Bass practice prey size selection as soon as they start feeding, demonstrating that size selection is instinctual. Selection might be controlled by the optics of the visual system. Read More
  • How to Fish with Scented Baits Scented baits catch more fish. That’s a fact. And because of that, scented baits of various styles are hitting the market at a seemingly weekly basis. Read More