Angler Education

Quick Tips

  • Redfish Tactics Forage choices, and not seasonality will dictate what types of baits to use, when fishing for Redfish. Crustaceans (crabs & shrimp) are the primary food source for redfish during the cooler months. Baitfish such as pinfish and sardines will be the primary food staple for the redfish during the warmer months. Read More
  • Drifting Mackerel for Striped Marlin A common method for fishing marlin is to drift live mackerel baits deep amongst baitfish schools. The rigging that works best is to attach a 6-10 oz torpedo sinker with a small rubber band to a snap-swivel which is attached to 10-15' of #100 leader. On the hook up, the rubber band will break free and not foul on the leader. Read More
  • Shorecasting for Great Lakes Trout On larger lakes like the Great Lakes, trout move shallow where shorecasters can target them with spoons and swimbaits. Good areas to fish include mouths of tributary rivers, points, and other access areas like piers. Read More
  • Learn to Use Your Electronics Learn to use your electronics to study the environment structure and depth. It is your eyes to success. Read More
  • Slip Bobbers for Walleyes A livebait leech, minnow, or nightcrawler suspended below a float (bobber) is one of the most efficient ways to target walleyes that are gathered in relatively confined areas. Shallow, windswept rock reefs are one common gathering area for walleyes during late spring and throughout summer. Read More
  • You Can Catch Bass Any Day of the Year The Bass are always biting somewhere in a lake. The key to catching them consistently is versatility with different lures and techniques. You can catch bass any day of the year on some Berkley lure. Read More
  • Slow Trolling Live Baits Black marlin hunt on the edge of the reef and feed on the abundany schools of both skipjack and yellowfin tuna. Boats catch live tunas each morning on the edge of the reef and transfer live tuna to 'tuna tubes' - a type of live bait tank that keeps the tunas alive until they are deployed and slow trolled along the drop-off. Read More
  • Fishing Docks for Largemouth Bass Docks and boat houses are important cover for bass, particularly when shoreline development has depleted natural cover. High-percentage spots depend on water depth and cover options. To tempt bites, flip or pitch jigs or softbaits like tubes, soft stickbaits, worms, or craws by pilings and into boat stalls. Read More
  • Topwater Time Walking baits, poppers, propeller baits and minnowbaits twitched on top shine on rivers during the summer months. Much of the habitat is shallow and snaggy, and topwaters keep you fishing without hang-ups. Topwaters have magic appeal for river smallmouths in warm water, too. Work them, then pause and let the current carry them over another likely spot. Read More
  • The Versatile Worm Within a specific range of sizes and actions, plastic worms are the most versatile and most effective tools to use for smallmouths in lakes. The right worm is 4 to 5 inches long and relatively thin. Read More
  • Pitching Tubes to Riprap Banks Reservoir smallmouths often congregate close to shore along riprap and rocky breaks into deeper water during early spring. The rocky shallows warm early, drawing bait. Read More
  • Trolling Spreads For Marlin Fishing One of the best methods to locate marlin early in the season is by trolling a set of marlin lures. Most boats troll at 6.5 to 8 knots and stagger trolling lures along the 'clean' lanes or alleys which form behind a boat at trolling speed. Placing your trolling lure in these lanes is critical. Read More
  • Swimming Grubs for Suspended Bass Smallmouths often suspend over relatively deep water in reservoirs and natural lakes in summer, when baitfish populations peak. In reservoirs, they tend to follow shad or shiners. A 4- to 5-inch grub worked horizontally on a jig head can work wonders. Read More
  • Master Every Technique You must try to master every technique under every weather condition to be a successful pro fisherman. 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
  • 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