Angler Education

Quick Tips

  • Working Flash Lures for Ice Fishing Flash lures are one of the most popular jigging lures for ice fishing. Potential jigging sequences are limited only by your imagination and your interpretation of how fish are reacting. Yet, just as no secret lures exist, neither does a secret jigging sequence. Read More
  • Feeder Creeks in Fall Fall summons river bass to a major feast before winter sets in. Fish feel the urge to feed heavily, storing energy for the long cold period when activity is minimal. To make the most of this bite, key on ambush points in tributary creeks and backwaters, where groups of bass feed. Read More
  • First Concentrate on Points When fishing a strange lake, first concentrate on points. Next, look for any differences you can find on shoreline or structure. If you have lots of rocks, search out some brush, lots of logs, find a few stumps. Be sure to concentrate on any junction areas. Read More
  • Scents Scents are a product that I firmly believe in. I will put Berkley's PowerBait on my crankbaits, hair jigs, fuzzy grub tails and a little on the line in front of the lure with my fingers. It works especially well on FireLine. You can actually still smell the scent on the FireLine hours after you have applied. Read More
  • Swimming Lures Under the Ice Swimming lures designed to represent real baitfish are great wintertime baits. They tend to work best in clear water and specific spots, particularly during the changing light periods of dawn and dusk, when walleyes commonly feed during the winter period. Read More
  • Master Every Technique You must try to master every technique under every weather condition to be a successful pro fisherman. Read More
  • The Key Connection Remember that the key connection between the angler and the fish is the fishing line. Be certain to spool up often, (I will completely re-spool after a full day of "hard fishing") and for the best "connection" available, make certain that the line bears the Berkley brand. Read More
  • Deep Winter Smallies Smallmouths can winter deep in reservoirs, down to 50 feet or deeper. Wherever 50-foot flats exist, that's where they'll be - whether it's in a creek arm or the main reservoir. The classic approach is to find them with sonar and work them with jigging Read More
  • The Deadly C-Rig Carolina-rigging has been the favored fall tactic of pro anglers for probing reservoir structure. Some call the technique 'power fishing with finesse' because you use stout tackle, but the action of the lure is subtle and tempting to fish. Use your sonar unit to find stumps, weedbeds, or other cover along creek channels or offshore islands. Read More
  • River Largemouths in Spring Tracking studies have verified that river largemouths make major spring migrations from wintering areas to shallow backwaters. Though miles may separate these habitat zones, fish unerringly arrive once ice has departed. Read More
  • Prespawn Cover Options for Bass Staging bass move toward the bank as spawn-time approaches. When reservoir flats have warmed into the upper 50oF range, look for bass among flooded stumps, brushpiles, and along the inside corners of points within feeder creeks. Read More
  • Trolling for Spring Trout in Lakes & Reservoirs During springtime, stocked trout in lakes and reservoirs can be found fairly shallow, feeding in the upper 10 to 15 feet of the water column. An effective technique to catch spring trout is to troll with crankbaits, either longlining directly behind the boat or with planer boards. Troll with 10 to 20 feet of line out at a speed around 2 mph. Read More
  • Go Weightless for Prespawn Bass As lakes warm in the spring, largemouth bass move into shallow cover in coves, canals, and harbors. They seek warming water offered by these spots that also provide plentiful baitfish. Bass are eager to feed, but not yet aggressive in the cool water. Read More
  • Black Marlin Fishing Off Australia's Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef is a giant marlin paradise. Huge black marlin patrol the miles of reef along this pristine coastline hunting various tunas and reef fish. Australian game boats troll dead skip baits to raise black marlin, many true 'granders' or marlin over 1,000 lbs. Read More
  • Think Vertical for Cold Water Bass When water temperatures tumble below the low-40?F range, bass often move from mid-depth flats to more vertical structures. Fast-breaking edges allow bass to change depth easily, without traveling long distances. Read More
  • Winter Bass When it's Cold River currents prevent these waters from freezing when flatwater impoundments are ice-covered. With careful presentations, river largemouth can be caught. First, look for areas with minimal current where bass move for the winter. The upper ends of backwaters or dug-out ponds and harbors off the main river are prime locations. Read More