UPCOMING EVENT: Walmart Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

Pro Tips Weekly: Walmart Pro Mark Rose

Mark Rose hauls another one over the side

Colorizing a Crankbait One of my most important fishing tools isn't found in the sporting goods department at Walmart; it's in the crafts department. That's where I find the Sharpie waterproof marker kits that I like to have with me when I'm fishing crankbaits. I keep my crankbait colors pretty basic - natural shad or chartreuse for the most part - but if I see bass chasing bluegills, or have one I caught spit up a bluegill, I'll use a Sharpie to color the crankbait up a little to look more like a bluegill. I might dab a little yellow on its side and orange on its throat. If I want a big section of yellow on a big bait's sides, I'll put it on and then smear it around with my finger so it blends in better. Mainly I use yellow, orange, blue and red. So instead of having to take along an array of millions of crankbaits, and then having to dig around in my boxes to find the exact one I want, I just have to take a few basic colors and some Sharpies. There's no telling how many dozens of fish I've caught on crankbaits that I've doctored myself. I also use markers on my football jigs and shaky heads. If, say, the paint on a pumpkinseed jig starts chipping off, I'll use a black marker to tone it down. A Sharpie works good for that too.

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Pro Tips Weekly: Keystone Light Pro Chad Grigsby

Waylaying Shoreline Bass in the Postspawn
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Pro Tips Weekly: Folgers Pro Scott Suggs

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Pro Tips Weekly: David Dudley

Cast and Move With a Shaky Head
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Pro Tips Weekly: Andy Morgan

Matching Jigs, Trailers and Line To Water Conditions
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The ups and downs

Sitting outside a small cove on the first morning of practice for the 2009 Walmart FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake, the 3M Scotch Tape and Peltor Brands pro from Dover, Ark., tried to peer to the back of the cove. Had the water been at a normal level, his line of sight would have been clear. Instead, it was blocked by a “logjam” of junk collected between flooded buck brush. READ MORE »


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Two winter classics: jerkbaits and finesse crankbaits

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Football season

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Don’t panic – it’s in the box

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Drop-shot upshot

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First Look: Lew’s Rods and Reels

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Tackle Test: Slip-sinker style

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First Look: Berkley Gulp! Alive! Ripple Mullet

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Tackle Test: Plano Liqua-Bait Locker System

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Wind wisdom

We’ve all heard that angling axiom: “Wind is your friend.” A truth, no doubt; but just like human interaction, this relationship depends on understanding habits, playing up the positives and navigating – sometimes creatively – the negatives. READ MORE »


Tackle Test: Strike King Rage Smokin’ Rooster

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Tackle Test: Heddon One Knocker Spook

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