Angler Education

Quick Tips

  • Fishing a New Lake When fishing a new lake, pick one section of it and concentrate your efforts in that one area. By doing this you are able to fine-tune the subtleties from structure to techniques without spreading yourself too thin. Read More
  • When Fishing is Tough, Downsize When fishing is tough it's best to downsize all of your presentation. Smaller diameter line, swivels, hooks, jigs, beads, spinners, crankbaits, soft plastics, whatever it is that you are using. Once you do catch a fish under tough condition pay attention to the smallest of details. It can make a big difference at the end of the day! Read More
  • Be a Note Taker Be a note taker. Every time you catch a fish, ask questions. Why was that fish where he was, how deep was he, what's the water clarity, what's the depth, what kind of cover was he near. By asking questions and taking notes, you will be able to better put together the pieces of the puzzle. Read More
  • Ice Fishing for Lake Trout Winter is a fantastic time to catch big lake trout through the ice. This type of fishing often requires mobility as it can take quite a bit of searching to find active lakers. They can roam main-lake basins where they suspend in the water column to feed on open-water baitfish. Read More
  • Go Back to the Basics I think that many times anglers want to make catching fish too complicated. Often times I revert back to the basics and try to let the fish tell me what they want. With each fish I catch, these small pieces to the big puzzle are answered. Sometimes very simple things are overlooked when you hurry to locate and catch fish. Don't try to rush things and pay attention to the small details. Read More
  • Flipping and Pitching in Heavy Cover The only way to flip and pitch super heavy cover such as grass and thick trees is to spool your flipping stick up with Spiderwire Stealth. Read More
  • Fall Steelhead in Rivers Steelhead make fall runs in certain tributaries to the Great Lakes. Their movement patterns and habitats change with river conditions. To start, look for runs and bends in a highly diversified area of the river. Start fishing from the bank, covering the water on the inside bend closest to you. Read More
  • Enhance Your Catch Rate On my favorite spinnerbait, I add a 3 or 4" Gulp! chartreuse grub to enhance the catch rate of this versatile lure. Give me a Berkley 7" Ribbontail worm in june bug color and I can catch bass any where they swim. The 4" Gulp! Sinking Minnow has become my favorite lure on a Carolina rig. Read More
  • Hug The Bank For Spring Smallmouths In Rivers Spring means high water in most areas, due to snowmelt and high annual rainfall. And spring means movement for river bass. A plunge-pool below a dam is a classic wintering site. As water temperatures broach 50oF, smallmouths begin to wander downstream from a dam or upstream from a reservoir, toward spawning areas. Read More
  • Winter Tailrace Browns at Night Nighttime can be one of the best times to target big browns in tailrace fisheries of the South. Big browns are less spooky at night, moving out of heavy cover into areas easily approached and fished. Read More
  • Trout on Ice Trout, browns, brookies, & rainbows are coldwater species, so they like cold water and remain active under ice cover. One key to trout location in reservoirs and lakes is finding shallow flats (4 to 8 feet deep) with soft bottoms. Read More
  • Catching Tail Race Trout Tailraces below reservoirs can provide some of the best fishing for lots of big trout. Big browns migrate upstream and concentrate below dams during their annual spawning run. Read More
  • Jig-Worming Cold Water Bass One of the hottest tactics on the pro bass trail is working deep structure with jigworms, sometimes called shaky-head worming. Once it gets cold, largemouths favor steep rocky banks along the main body of the reservoir. Read More
  • The Unifilament Knot Another great knot from Berkley to learn that is especially key when using NanoFil. Read More
  • Practice Casting Practice casting. Don't let poor casting cost you a trophy or a tournament. Read More