slow roll spinnerbait

Slow Roll A Spinnerbait To Wake Up Winter Bass

If you could only choose a couple of lures to fish all year, a spinnerbait would have to be at the top of your list. A spinnerbait must be considered a lure for all seasons because it can be retrieved at various speeds, including a slow roll. The standard retrieve for a spinnerbait involves steadily cranking your reel so the …

point fishing

Point Fishing 101: The Best Baits To Fish A Point

Points are well-known fish magnets that especially attract bass during winter. Point fishing flat out catches em. The classic point has sharp features and steep drops that are easy to see with the naked eye. There are also small rounded points with gradual slopes that can be found with your electronics. Both types of points draw bass throughout the winter. …

suspending stickbait

Catch Winter Bass With A Suspending Stickbait

Big bass are generally lazy, especially in the winter. The ideal bass fishing lure for catching lazy big bass is the suspending stickbait because you can fish the bait so slowly. Suspending Stickbaits For Trophy Bass The suspending stickbait catches trophy bass because it produces best during late winter warming trends when prespawn heavyweight bass move up in the water …

winter crappie fishing

5 Spots You Need To Look For Winter Crappie

Biting winds numb the fingers and toes and the frosty air constantly ices up rod tips. Yes, winter weather can be pretty harsh on anglers, but there is a bright side to this gloomy scenario. The good news is winter crappie still bite despite the cold and can be taken even in the bitterest weather if you know where to …

I Went Ice Fishing And I Hated It

This weekend it was -6 degrees, with 30 MPH winds, and for some reason, I went outside and fished. “Ice Fishing” as I’m told, is “fun” for Northerners. I grew up in California, where anything with the word ice in front of it was considered a punishment or a hassle. But, in the holiday spirit and with an extra layer …

Get Your Hands On The Perfect Last Minute Fishing Gift

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jumbo jig trailers

When To Use Jumbo Jig Trailers For Bass Jigs

Bass anglers with hearty appetites like to super-size their meal combos when eating at a fast-food place. The same can be done for a hungry bass by serving it with a big jig and jumbo-sized trailer. Despite the success of finesse fishing, there are still many big-bait advocates who believe bass prefer a magnum-sized dinner. A lot of times you’ll …

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The Mystery Tackle Box Lake Of The Ozarks Fishing Guide

Known as one of the nation’s most popular vacation spots, Lake of the Ozarks also has a reputation of being one of the best fishing lakes in the country. The 54,000-acre reservoir annually makes Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list and is a popular stop for national crappie tournament circuits. The lake contains plenty of fish-attracting cover and structure …

finesse fishing 101

Finesse Fishing 101: Mastering Finesse Bass Fishing Techniques

Some bass anglers disdainfully refer to finesse fishing as fishing with a “sissy stick,” because finesse fishing frequently requires lighter tackle than the power fishing tactics they use. However, there is nothing sissy about the loads of bass you can catch relying on finesse fishing techniques. Fishing power tactics with fast-moving or big, bulky lures, thick line and heavy-action baitcast …

Cold Water Cranking With Lipless vs. Billed Crankbaits

Suspending stickbaits are usually my favorite lures to throw when the water is cold throughout the winter, but there are times when bass will still bite a crankbait. That’s when it’s time for some cold water cranking. I throw some sort of crankbait mainly when cold water ranges from 44 to 50 degrees. If the water is colder than that …