How, Why, When, And Where To Fish Spinnerbaits

Spinnerbaits Catch Fish Period

  Grab a hand full of spinners and let's go fishing. Today I get to talk about two of my favorite subjects: Spring time fishing and Spinnerbaits. No matter what your level of fishing expertise this article will help you put more and bigger fish in the boat. First off let's cover the why to fish spinnerbaits. Spinnerbaits are what I call a search bait, they cover water fast and without a doubt catch fish as well as any other lure. A spinnerbait is the most versatile lure ever maid, and can cover more of the water column than any other lure. (more…)
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Clear Water Bass Fishing

Bass Fishing Tips and Tricks

I thought it was time for me to share some of my bass fishing tips and tricks, for catching bass in crystal clear waters. Clear water bass fishing, can present some of the toughest fishing an angler has to deal with. When the water is so clear that the fish can see you and your lures from a great distance, it is time to pull out every trick you ever heard of. In water so clear you can see your lure more than a few feet from the boat, matching the hatch becomes more important than ever. The more a bass can see your lure, the more it needs to exactly imitate whatever the fish are feeding on. Over the years I have learned a few tricks that will help insure success in what can seem to be an imposable situation. (more…)
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How To Catch Bass In Weeds

Why Fish The Grass

The biggest bass of your life is waiting in the huge mat of weeds stretching out for what seems to be acres. The problem is where to start, and how do you find the bass, and get him out of this mess. Time and time again I see anglers pass this prime real-estate by, because it's just too difficult to fish. When I approach a mat of weeds that looks like it is ready to snag and rob me of every lure I have, I see nothing but opportunity. So why do I get so excited when others choose to run from cover? To answer thatĀ  I will show you what I see, where I start, and what lures I use to pick this mess apart and haul in the big ones. Most anglers know that large numbers of monster bass take to the weeds when the heat is on, and bass will spawn in the shallow weeds. Still weeds can be intimidating, and finding a place to start can be confusing when so much of it all looks the same. Over the years I have caught some of my most memorable bass in the skinny water chock...
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Take A Kid Fishing Day

A Day For The Kids
I have spent a great deal of my life taking fishing way too serious, and sometimes I just need an attitude adjustment. If you want to remember the reasons you fell in love with fishing in the first place, take a day off and have fun. Take the kids fishing. Tournament fishing, competitive fishing, and just the pressure we put on ourselves to catch more fish, can distract us from the simple pleasure of fishing. If you think I am wrong, put your rods aside and take a kid fishing. Watch their faces light up and the excitement on their faces when the learn to catch a fish. Let them have their fun, and try to remember how you felt when you were first learning. Below are some tips for making the day all about the children, and helping them get the most out of the day. (more…)
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Baitcast Reels

Why Use a Baitcast Reel? There is no doubt in my mind that a baitcast reel is the most durable, versatile, and reliable reel ever made. If I am going to be making a thousand casts in a day, casting spinnerbaits and covering water fast, the baitcaster is the only choice. Baitcast reels have come a long way since I bought my first one in 1974. Today's reel are engineering marvels, offering an extensive range of options like
  • A wide range of gear ratios
  • Large spool capacity for heavy line
  • cast controls to prevent backlash
  • multi bearing construction for smooth winding
  • free floating spools for longer casts
  • Both left hand and right hand handle placement
With the range of options there is a tailor made reel for any fishing situation. All things considered why would you not be using a baitcast reel? (more…)
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Crappie Fishing Tips

Crappie Are Just Plain Fun

Would you consider catching 100 or more fish weighing between 1 and 3 pounds each a successful day of fishing? For me a day like this is just plain fun. There are times when I set aside all my big rods, tackle boxes full of bass lures, and massive amount of gear, and just have fun catching slab crappies. While most people may think catching 100 plus slab crappies in a day may sound like just another fish tale or at best stretching the truth a bit, let me assure you it can happen on a regular basis. Understanding how water temperature affects the movements of crappies is the first step in being in the right place at the right time to assure success at catching your limit of slabs. (more…)
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How To Catch Catchfish

The first fish I can remember fishing for and catching, was the channel catfish. Growing up in Ohio and West Virginia, every lake, stream and river had a good population of catfish. The rig we used was simple and still works well today. It consisted of a 1 to 2 ounce lead weight on the bottom of the line, and a 8 to 10 inch leader tied about 12 to 18 inches up the line. We used a single hook and most often a night crawler for bait. We knew very little about fishing, but still managed to catch our share. This makes this type of fishing a great way to start out a beginner angler or a child, catching fish (more…)
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What Are The Best Bass Fishing Lures

I am often asked what lures do you consider to be the best bass fishing lures. There is no simple answer to that question. So in this article I will cover one type of lure that has been responsible for consistently putting bass in the boat, on the days when bass seem to have lock-jaw. That makes this type of lure on of my all time best bass lure. (more…)
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How to Fish Ponds

Learn how to fish ponds and other small bodies of waters and you may find the fish of a lifetime is just a cast away. [caption id="attachment_226" align="alignleft" width="316"]Pond Bass Pond Bass[/caption] Most people pass by some of the best fishing waters every day, and never give them a second thought. I have learned over the years to stop and try a few casts, the rewards can be well worth the effort. On the days when I don't feel like loading the boat, and hauling it several miles to the lake, small waters can be a convenient and productive way to fish. fishing small waters can be just like fishing any other body of water, but there are a few things to keep in mind. (more…)
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How To Fish With Lures

What lures to start with If you are consideringĀ  learning how to fish with artificial baits, and lures, you will find the choices are endless. If you fish for 50 years, you still will find many baits you have not tried, and many more new ones coming out each year. You will also find out that some work, and some just don't seem to ever catch a fish. So how do you sort through all this mess, and not end up with a tackle box full of baits that are basically useless? Looking through my tackle boxes you will see more lures from one tackle manufacturer, than all others combined. These lures stand out as clearly recognized leaders in the fishing industry, that have stood the test of time for most of my lifetime. Some are among the first lures I purchased, they are peppered with teeth marks, somewhat worn, and still catch fish the way they did when they were new. They are RAPALA lures. (more…)
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