Angler Education


  • 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
  • The Carolina Rig: Tricks, Tips and Tactics to Catch More Fish A Carolina rig is a bass fishing basic. It's one of our most efficient tools and it's a tool that each and every one of us ought to use regularly. Simply stated, a Carolina rig catches fish when other methods fail. Read More
  • The future of fishing? I hope not Far too many anglers motor into a new area, glance once or twice at the temperature gauge while dropping the trolling motor, and proceed to leave having drawn the wrong conclusions about temperature's effects on bass. 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
  • Finding Bass When the Water Gets Cold I wrote last month about water temperature and boat electronics, but there are plenty of opportunities to find fish without relying on a surface temperature gauge. Knowing the various physical influences on localized water conditions can lead an angler to find those secret honey holes where the bass like to congregate. Read More
  • The Two Sides Of December December can be a month full of a lot of variables and pinpointing one or two things that would help people all around the country can be a little difficult. Read More
  • Knock 'Em Cold: Fishing During Late-Winter Blasts During a recent test my partner and I had done just ok on our first day of fishing. We decided to give what looked to be a promising point one last try. Unbeknownst to us (and unreported by the weatherman), an intense storm system was heading our way. We had fished the point once again unsuccessfully for about 10 minutes when the storm hit. Read More
  • Industrial Strength Conservation in the sportfishing industry is akin to the Marine Corps – it is comprised of “a few good men” doing the work for tens of thousands of anglers. Of course there are lots of other organizations taking leadership in sportfishing and aquatic resource conservation as well, with Trout Unlimited and the Coastal Conservation Association being prime examples. But, from a pure, for-profit industry standpoint, when you look at it, it is just amazing what these industry guys do, and the commitment of their companies to have them doing it! Read More