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Learn how to rig your favorite Gulp!, Gulp! Alive!, and PowerBait soft baits for a variety of different techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.