UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

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Family Before Fishing

Family Before Fishing

This is my eighth year fishing the FLW Tour, and the next event on Lake St. Clair will be the first true smallmouth tournament we have fished during my career. Naturally, being from Wisconsin, I love chasing smallmouths whenever I can. So to say I’m excited is an understatement. Yes, there are largemouths to be caught, but on St. Clair smallmouths will dominate, and I can’t wait to get this tournament started. READ MORE »

Fishermen Are Liars

Fishermen Are Liars

With winter coming to an end, most fishermen are starting to get back out on the water. With this activity, there has been a corresponding increase in fishing-related social media posts, and one trend I’m seeing is anglers putting guys in touch with one another for information purposes. READ MORE »

How Do You Value Yourself?

How Do You Value Yourself?

The most common questions I get from aspiring fishermen are about how to obtain sponsors and the industry norms when it comes to negotiating deals with them. All are great questions, but there are no simple answers. That’s because there is no right or wrong approach. Every professional goes about it differently. I’d like to give you my thoughts on the subject. READ MORE »

Be a Tackle Tinkerer

Be a Tackle Tinkerer

One of the few benefits of living in Wisconsin and having long, miserably cold winters is I have a lot of time to mess with my tackle. One of my favorite things to do is to custom-build baits and rods. I’ve done it all – pouring my own lead, building spinnerbaits and buzzbaits, pouring plastics, hand-tying skirts and hair jigs, powder-coating, airbrushing, and most recently building my own rods. READ MORE »

Should You Fish For a Limit?

Should You Fish For a Limit?

Over the years I have often felt that the tournament slogan “five by three” was overrated because catching a limit of fish does not correlate to having a successful tournament. READ MORE »

Checkin’ 7 with Stefan

Checkin’ 7 with Stefan

The sixth stop of the FLW Tour presented by Evinrude on the Mississippi River is a breath of fresh air for Matt Stefan of Junction City, Wis., considering it is a short few short hours from his house. But just because he lives relatively close to the Mighty Miss doesn’t make him a river rat by any means. Stefan has fished this stretch of river numerous time throughout the summer and fall, but has never ventured here this early. Still, Stefan has a leg up on the field considering many of the pros have never even seen this section of river before and because of that I decided to jump in the boat with him while he did some exploring on day two of practice. READ MORE »

The Importance of Fish Care While Culling

The Importance of Fish Care While Culling

Fish care is important for all anglers, but particularly for tournament anglers, because it can easily change the outcome of a tournament if not taken seriously. In our sport ounces count, and poor fish handling can lead to dead fish and lost dollars. READ MORE »

When to Turn Pro

When to Turn Pro

Tournament fishing continues to grow at all levels and provides a ton of outlets for anglers of all ages. High-schoolers and college students can now fish at regional and national levels, giving them experience that anglers only a few years ago didn’t have access to. READ MORE »

Fishing High-Percentage Spots

Fishing High-Percentage Spots

Fishing more high-percentage spots results in more bass caught and the increased likelihood that you will weigh in a heavier bag at the end of the tournament day. READ MORE »

Off-the-Water Practice

Off-the-Water Practice

In a few more weeks I’ll be leaving for my first tournament of the 2017 season. From the sub-zero temperatures and snow-covered ground of my home in Wisconsin, I’ll be heading for a warmer climate down south. READ MORE »

Early Winter Trophy Smallmouths

Early Winter Trophy Smallmouths

Unfortunately, for most of us in the North Country, the fishing season is coming to an end. Ice has begun to cover several of the shallow ponds and bays off larger lakes, and it will only be a matter of days before the lakes are completely frozen over and ice fisherman start their yearly ritual. READ MORE »

Practice Adjustment Pays Off

Practice Adjustment Pays Off

After fishing three tournaments on Lake Okeechobee over the past three years, I swore to myself that I would never fish anywhere on Okeechobee other than the Monkey Box area again. PERIOD! READ MORE »

Dirty Jigs Tackle Adds Stefan

Dirty Jigs Tackle Adds Stefan

Dirty Jigs Tackle has announced that FLW Tour pro Matt Stefan has joined “Team Dirty,” the national pro-staff for the company. He will promote the entire product line and work closely with the team to help design a signature series of products specifically for the needs of Upper Midwest and Great Lakes bass anglers. READ MORE »

Quick Lure Modifications

Quick Lure Modifications

Over the years, I have compiled a list of items that are oftentimes not associated with bass fishing but that play critical roles for me each time I'm on the water and need to modify baits. These little tools and trinkets can be used to improve your success rate, but will not be found in a local bait shop. Instead, they’re found in the aisles of local hardware and craft stores. To recognize their value, you have to think outside the box a little bit. READ MORE »

How to Catch Big Fall Smallmouths

How to Catch Big Fall Smallmouths

What's the best time of year to catch lots of big smallmouth bass in the northern United States? Well, get ready, because it's going to happen in the next couple of weeks and continue until the lakes freeze solid. And the best part about it is that often times you will have entire lakes to yourself since most anglers switch gears and start their hunting seasons, leaving the lakes almost completely void of pressure. READ MORE »

M&M Bars

M&M Bars

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