Angler Education

Quick Tips

  • Rigging Guide Learn how to rig your favorite Gulp!, Gulp! Alive!, and PowerBait soft baits for a variety of different techniques. Read More
  • Fundamental Live Bait Rigging for Walleyes The fundamental livebait rig consists of a slipsinker sliding on the main line, followed by a snell consisting of a swivel, length of line, and hook. Most snells range from about 3 to 5 feet. Read More
  • Balanced Fishing Equipment To do your best on the water catching fish you must have balanced fishing equipment such as rod, reel, and line for the techniques and conditions you encounter on a day to day basis. So having different multiple rods, reels and line set ups you will be ready for any technique or conditions that come up. Read More
  • Fishing Vegetation When fishing vegetation it is always better to fish into or with the wind so your bait penetrates the grass easier. If you fish across, you get a bag in your line and your bait will not penetrate the grass. Read More
  • Slow Down When Fishing is Slow When fishing is slow, as it seems to be most of the time, slow down your fishing and use small lures with natural look, feel and smell/taste like Berkley Gulp!. It's scientifically proven to catch more fish. Read More
  • Drop Shot Softbaits on Humps and Sunken Islands It's typical to have smallmouths congregate on humps and sunken islands that top out at 15 to 25 feet deep during fall in natural lakes. Finesse worms, grubs, soft jerkbaits and tubes on drop-shot rigs comprise one way to consistently connect with these bass. As the water gets colder, giving the lure less action becomes increasingly more important. Read More
  • Throw to the Edge Instead of using the standard heavy weight flipping technique in tough bite, heavy cover situations, try backing off the spot a casting distance away. Tie on a 3/16 oz. Mushroom head jig and a 7 Power Worm. Throw to the edge and just inside weed line letting the lure make its way slowly through the cover. Those fish cannot resist. Most anglers won't try this." Read More
  • Sight Fishing When sight fishing for bedding or any visible bass, always remember your first cast is the most important! If you don't catch the fish on the first cast you might have to use a different technique to catch the fish. Read More
  • Summer Trolling for Trout Trout move deeper in the water column to seek out cool water as summer sets in and surface waters warm. Trout often inhabit depths around the thermocline, the transition between the warm, oxygenated surface layer and the cool, low-oxygen lower layer. Read More
  • Cranking Offshore Structure After the spawn, big bass quickly move to offshore structure, where they hold along humps, ledges, or deep underwater points. They're ready to feed, so whet their appetite with a big deep-diving crankbait. Read More
  • Patterning Weed Edges One key to successful fall fishing on natural lakes is targeting the edges of thick, green weedbeds. You can spot these edges where the vegetation grows almost to the surface. In deeper areas, use your sonar to find thicker clumps of grass. Read More
  • Use Scented Bait with Live Bait To attract and invariably catch more fish, an angler should always use scented bait such as Power Bait or Gulp! Especially in conjunction with live bait-which has a tendency to fall off or get pulled off by the fish. The Power Bait or Gulp! will always remain, giving the fish something to come back for-giving the angler a "second hook-up". Read More
  • Walleye Jigging Walleye jigging is about "feel". Feeling the bottom, feeling the bottom transistions, and most important feeling the walleye bite. Berkley Fireline can make you a better jig fisherman. Its no-stretch characteristics lets you feel everything that's happening-yet it casts smooth and has superior knot strength. With Berkley Fireline-Feel more bites, catch more walleyes-period! Read More
  • Swimming Jigs to Summer Bass During summer, bass hold in woody snags at the edge of islands and side channels of larger rivers, where they feed on shad that swim by in the current. To lure them out, cast a jig upstream and toward the bank, then work it back through the logs and trees with a swimming retrieve. Experiment with a steady retrieve much like a spinnerbait or a hopping action that sometimes triggers extra bites. Read More
  • Power Fishing I am a power fisherman. Power fishing is a broad term used to describe using reaction style lures to cover vast amounts of water. Included in this power fishing style, my favorite way to catch bass is skip pitching and swimming a jig. Skip pitching involves using a conventional reel and getting a jig to skip far back under cover. Swimming a jig involves slowly pumping a jig at various depths horizontally through the water column. Read More
  • Shore Casting for Walleyes at Night One of the simplest, most efficient, and most effective ways for walleyes during fall is shorecasting at night. Walleyes move into current areas, onto shallow shoals, or along weededges to feed once waters cool, weeds begin to die, and baitfish become more vulnerable. Read More