Bass Fishing Tackle Tips

Here you will find quick “how to” tackle tips for anglers and bass fishing enthusiasts.


May 4, 2011

A Big Bait Excites a Smallmouth

Spinnerbaits and smallmouth bass go hand in hand, there is nothing like burning a spinnerbait just under the water and a 4-pound smallmouth coming up and crushing it. Burning spinnerbaits is a great technique on lake Erie smallmouth. Speed is the key to catching big smallmouth, you can't reel a spinnerbait to fast for a smallmouth to chase it down and eat it. You have to reel pretty fast so the bass does not get a real good look at it. I also think it is the speed that makes the smallmouth want to chase it and take the lure. With this technique you can fish it in 5 foot of water or 15 foot of water.

May 4, 2011

Doing It Wrong Might Make It Right

Once while fishing in a bass tournament, I got in a hurry to retie a Texas rigged plastic worm. I inadvertently put the sinker on backward. I decided to try it anyway and the reversed sinker technique has since put a lot fish in my boat. With the sinker facing the wrong way I found I could cast over a fallen tree branch and ease the bait up to the limb. When the cup of the sinker hits the limb, it stops the forward progress of the bait, instead of simply sliding over and falling lifelessly to the bottom. With the sinker nudged tight against the limb, the worm rises upward making for an easy target for the bass. With subtle pulls and releases, I have found I can work a worm forever in one spot. This is a great technique for cold front bass or lure weary bass. With that bait staring them right in the eye for long periods, the bass simply have to strike.

May 4, 2011

First cast

If you look at a piece of structure as a small community instead of just a piece of cover, your approach and presentation will change drastically. Take a small patch of pads isolated against a nothing bank. It will be the centerpoint of movement for any fish living on that bank. Fish up the bank to the lilies, but before you cast to the bed think about what the best spot in that cover would be. If you can find a lane that you can bring a bait through near the center of the bed that’s good. If you can find the lane that will allow you to present your offering closest to the shady side of center that’s even better.

March 30, 2011

Go To Froggy

One of the toughest parts frog bass fishing is letting the fish take the lure long enough before setting the hook. The Go To Froggy by […]
February 27, 2011

Spinnerbait presentation

There are times when I want to specialize my spinnerbait presentation in a way that isn’t very popular. I like to go shallow and slow. The […]
February 27, 2011

Tube baits

As we all know, tube baits are excellent lure for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. You can improve the lure with one simple modification. Most manufacturers […]
February 27, 2011

Triple Surgeons Knot

Tired of fumbling with a blood knot when putting new line on your bass fishing reel? Use a triple surgeons knot instead. Pull about thirty inches of […]
February 27, 2011

Rat L Trap

A great technique for monster is bass is ticking the grass with a Rat-L-Trap. To prevent the lure from hanging in the grass, down size the […]