Angler Education

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  • Bottom Bouncer Rigging Bottom Bouncer Live Bait Rigging is a great tactic to use when walleyes are relating tight to deep structure and are considered to be in a neutral or negative feeding mood. Read More
  • The Best Time to Fish According to the Bass Like any other visual predator, a bass' hunting ability varies with the photic environment. There isn't an animal alive; neither predator nor prey that is lord and master of the entire light intensity range. 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
  • Minimizing Stress During Tournament Weigh-Ins It's a crying shame to keep a bass alive throughout the fishing day only to have it die at a tournament weigh-in station. And yet, for a bass that has endured a long day in a livewell, this is where the balance of life or death often hangs. Any excessive handling or neglect in these final stages can be critical. Read More
  • On Rookies, Vets And Repeats: Berkley Pros Prep For Classic Their backgrounds are varied, their experiences and expertise, too; though each day finds them thinking about the same place. Lake Hartwell, site of this year's Bassmaster Classic, is never far from their minds. Read More
  • Turning to Grass for Bass After the warmth of summer, there’s no doubt that your favorite fishing hole has some vegetation built up in it. In summer, when the water warms, the different aquatic vegetations are able to bloom. And if you are a bass angler, there’s nothing that makes you happier than grass in a fishery. Read More
  • Bass on the Rocks Even without a calendar and temperature changes, there’s an easy way to mark the arrival of summer: the massive quantities of pleasure boaters taking to local lakes. Now don’t get me wrong, I love being out on the water as much as anybody and I understand that people would want to ski or tube or just enjoy the scenery. But if you are like me and trying to catch a fish, you’d prefer to avoid the traffic. Read More
  • Fishing for Spawning Bass Among anglers, there is perhaps no more controversial topic than whether or not, as conservationists, we ought to fish for bass while they are spawning. Read More
  • What's Up With Double Digit Bass? Berkley's Dr. Keith Jones is one of the foremost authorities. He knows the answers to questions most anglers can only offer a guess. Read More
  • A Peek At New Classic-Inspired Baits As far as bass tournaments go, they don't get any bigger than the Bassmaster Classic. And I'm not just saying that because I won last year, either. But look around the industry; read the magazines and the websites and you will see that success is often measured by what happens during the Classic. Read More
  • Do Fish Say Ouch? There is perhaps no more reflective issue in fishing than the subject of pain. Not so much ours but that of the fish. Do fish really feel pain, and if so how much do they feel? Do they scream in agony at a good hook-set, or do they feel no more than a potato does when being cut up for French fries? Read More
  • Land that Lunker Fishing season is here, or at least a lot closer, throughout the Midwest. Are you going to try to go fishing more often this year? If so, that increases your odds of catching a big fish, a true trophy. The more we go, the better the odds of catching one of those fish that memories are made of. Read More
  • From Funky To Fun: November Bass There's no shortage of activities competing for the attention of anglers during the fall. As anglers, it's obvious we love to be outdoors; and after a summer of hitting the water hard, watching some football or sitting in a deer stand sounds like a pretty good idea. Read More
  • The Strike Zone - It's all in the Eyes In all those ball sports, the ability to make the pitch, shoot the basket, sink the putt, or thread the ball between two defenders when all the chips are down, the money on the line, and the pressure on is what separates the men from the boys, the professionals from the amateurs. The same is true for bass fishing, particularly tournament fishing, largely because of the way bass are made. 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
  • No One Fishes With Just One Bait! Whether I'm watching one of those med shows like ER or my experience is more firsthand, I'm always amazed at the number of tools surgeons need to work. Bass anglers should relate to these extravagant instrumental needs quite well. After all, when it comes to having a lure for all occasions, we share the same mentality as surgeons. Read More