Tactics & Techniques

Summer Smallmouth Bass [VIDEO]

Locating Smallmouth Bass around structure is a key for summertime fishing, but don’t overlook those fish that are lurking in open water around major structures like humps and points.  In this video, Brendan C. shows you a different way to approach bass around open water structure.

Seasonal Fishing

5 Topwater Baits for Summer

We’ve broken down some of the best Topwater lures into 5 groups that will help you choose the right lure for the right situation.  In golf, it’s important to choose the right club for the shot and the same holds true for bass fishing.  You need to choose the right lure for the situation.

Tactics & Techniques

Topwater Tips Walking the Dog [VIDEO]

Bass fishing during the post-spawn is a great time to “walk the dog” using topwater baits such as an XPS Slim Dog, Zara Spook, Lucky Craft Sammy, etc.  Here’s a quick video that teaches you the basics of walking the dog with a few helpful tips and tricks that you can use the next time you are out fishing for bass in the post-spawn period.  It’s a great technique that everyone should learn.

Tactics & Techniques

Night Time Bass Fishing

In the heat of the summer in many parts of the country, bass fishing during the day time can be brutal. With air temperatures that can rise well past the 100 degrees mark in the shade, it doesn’t make for a good time on the water. In many lakes, ponds and even rivers, most bass have made transitions towards deeper and cooler water. Fishing offshore structures put us, the angler right out in the middle on the lake with no protection from direct sunlight. During these times, I have found night fishing to be a great alternative to battling the scorching sun.

Swamp Fishing For Bass
Tactics & Techniques

Swamp Bass Fishing

Man made swamps, every county has a few. Rivers and streams that have been dammed in one spot or another; creating a pool of water for industry, drinking or even recreation. These areas area usually shallow with a deeper spot by the dam, when I say deeper, I mean only around 5 to 6 feet. Fish such as Largemouth Bass love these areas, and some of the swamps can produce pretty sizeable fish. The trick is finding which one to fish and what lures to throw to entice them to bite.

Bass Feeding Zones
Tactics & Techniques

Locating Bass In Key Feeding Zones

Want to learn how to quickly pin point the most productive feeding zone while fishing for bass?   If you can master this one tactic, you will consistently catch more bass.

One of the most important factors you can determine is if bass are looking for a “vertical” or “horizontal” presentation?  When you can identify this one piece of the puzzle quickly, the rest will fall into place easier.

At the very least if you only get the “vertical/horizontal” preference determined, you’ll be 50% more productive while you are out fishing.

Spring Jerkbait Fishing
Tactics & Techniques

Spring Time Jerkbait Tactics

With the first couple of warm weather days drawing near here in Illinois that means it’s time for one thing, Pre Spawn bass fishing. Bass have a biological trigger that kicks in and lets them know it’s time to move up from their deep wintering holes and onto points and structure adjacent to spawning pockets and coves.