3 Reasons to Fish Fast for Panfish

Monday, September 08 2014 3:00 pm - for Panfish
While there is a time and place for slow presentations for panfish, I'm here to tell you that fishing fast is a great way to catch more and bigger sunfish, crappie and yellow perch. Reason 1: It Covers Water and Finds Fish Faster Part of why I like crappie fishing so much is that these fish are such a challenge to track down. Yes, some days their elusiveness leaves me scratching my head, but when I locate a school it makes the hard work worth it. Dillydallying with slow, methodical tactics is not how I search out crappie. It's run-and-gun,…
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Off Shore Mini Trolling Board Tips

Thursday, August 28 2014 11:17 am - for On the Water
Mini 'Boards AKA Mini Trollers equal Big Fun! Carry your Off Shore Mini Planers with your trolling gear all year long! There are situations all season where they shine. Crawler harness rigs slowly give way to crankbaits as summer melts into fall, and August and September really are prime for trolling them. Where I fish, there's a lot of 15-25' rock structure, and almost always lots of cabbage weeds rimming the edges of it. Walleye use both. Anytime I'm working tight to structure, I like a Mini Planer's willingness to track tight to the boat and sensitivity for telegraphing weeds,…
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Stick baits took the bass world by storm when they arrived several years ago and leveled the playing field. Casting a wacky rigged Yamamoto Senko, Bass Pro Shops Stik-O, YUM F2 Dinger Worms or versions of these lures has put money in the bank for tournament anglers and put smiles on the faces of weekend warriors of all ages. Wacky rigging a stick bait is easy and absolutely deadly at catching bass. The O-Wacky Tool will help reduce the number of soft plastics lost when wacky rigging stick bait. But there's an underbelly to the light-hooking tactic of wacky rigging,…
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The tidal Potomac River near Washington, D.C. gets lots of accolades for its brackish water largemouth fishing and exotic snakeheads. But what often gets overlooked is that this river also offers superb smallmouth bass action for over 100 miles upstream from the Nation's Capital. Smallmouths are not native to the Potomac, but were introduced by railroad in 1854. As a train crossed the river, a worker dumped a bucket full of fingerlings off the trestle and the fish expanded from there. The dividing line between largemouth and smallmouth water basically starts around the city limits. From that point all the…
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One of the strongest associations in fishing is that of largemouth bass and weeds. No doubt, flippin' jigs and Texas-rigged plastics will haul green bass out of submerged weedy cover. But in some situations it's often more productive to fish over the tops of the weeds and coax them out. And a soft plastic jerkbait like the venerable Zoom Super Fluke is a good choice to do so. Perhaps the best scenario for this approach is on clear water lakes. For one, due to the depth (weeds grow deep thanks to the extreme light penetration in the clear water) the…
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Yes, I have a boat. Yes, it has sat a lot this summer. The reason: I have discovered the versatility and convenience of the Bass Pro Shops® Stik-O™ Worm . Lately I have found that it's so much easier just to pack a bunch of different color Stik-Os and some octopus hooks in to the same bag, throw them in a cargo pocket and head out to my favorite pond. Greg “Bo” Miller began fishing when I was about 11 years old and serves on the pro staff at Bass Pro Shops, Mercury Marine and St. Croix Rods. Trust me,…
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If you haven't been night fishing in a while, you need to try bass fishing at night from now until September.  It doesn't matter if you're fishing your local pit, pond, or stream….or if you're taking the bass boat out on your big lake; night fishing right now is getting hot all over the country. James Smiley is a professional tournament bass fisherman winning over 20 tournaments & 5 angler of the year awards at various levels of competition. Understand the night Just like during the day, you need to consider all the factors. Water clarity, moon phase, wind, and…
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Rivers, which make up a significant bass-fishing resource in our country, function differently than reservoirs or natural lakes. River bass are subject to the regular rises and falls in flow, which plays a huge factor in where they locate within a river. When the flow is up, which it has been all summer on my home waters of western Pennsylvania, it pushes bass close to the bank. And when they are tucked tight to shore, in water that is most likely murky, I've found that nothing catches them like a spinnerbait. Here are a few tips and items in regard…
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No doubt about it - there are some crazy color names out there for fishing lures. Nuclear Chicken. Roadkill. Baby Puke. Discover the science behind how a bass sees color, and learn which colors yield better results. There are some crazy names and colors for fishing lures and there is a good reason, Bass love 'em! Bass Lure Colors, Simplified Scuppernong. Roadkill. Foxy Momma. Chaos. You won't find these hues in a box of crayons, but you will find them on fishing lures. And though they seem random—silly, even—there is very good reason for these freaky colors and wild color…
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Every species has several standard rigs that, more often than not, are reliable fish-catchers. Day in and day out, these three are some of the most reliable at putting walleye in the net. Bottom Bouncer and Walleye Spinner Rig Why it works: For many, this is the go-to when drifting or slow-trolling for walleye. How to rig it: Carry bouncers in 1-, 2-, and 3-ounce weights for a range of depths. As far as spinner rigs go, there are tons of choices. Worm harnesses feature two snelled hooks, while leech and minnow versions have one. The whirling blade puts out…
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