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/tips/2018-12-19-how-to-catch-winter-spotted-bass

How to Catch Winter Spotted Bass

Some of the best fishing of the year in the South occurs on the reservoirs with spotted bass in Georgia and the Carolinas. As a guide on Lake Lanier, FLW Tour pro Rob Jordan is adept at staying on the spots all winter. He knows when to fish deep or go shallow, and how to apply a jigging spoon, jig, underspin and crankbait to take full advantage of the opportunities. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-12-14-how-to-fish-umbrella-rigs-for-bass

How to Fish Umbrella Rigs for Bass

Castable umbrella rigs, also called Alabama rigs or A-rigs, were first deployed in tournament bass fishing by Paul Elias in the 2011 FLW Tour Open on Lake Guntersville. Since then, they’ve garnered a lot of controversy and caught a lot of bass. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-12-10-sinking-a-staysee-for-winter-bass

Sinking a Staysee for Winter Bass

Fishing late and early in the season is often challenging. Because the water is cold, it can take a lot more patience to find fish or to coax them into biting. If you truly want to put your patience to the test, you might consider fishing a jerkbait ultra-slow. If you want to try for superhuman patience, you might want to fish a jerkbait like Cody Murray. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-12-05-hallman-s-5-go-to-baits-for-new-lakes

Hallman’s 5 Go-To Baits for New Lakes

Deciding how best to figure things out on a new lake is one of the toughest challenges Tour pros and regular anglers alike encounter. Sometimes familiarity with the style of lake makes it easy, but other times you eventually need to stretch well outside of your comfort zone. Bradley Hallman has had success all over the country, and he’s got a stable of baits that he likes to rely on early in the process of breaking down a new lake. Your starting baits might be a little different, but Hallman’s approach to new water is worth considering. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-12-02-how-bryan-thrift-catches-winter-bass

How Bryan Thrift Catches Winter Bass

You might not always catch bass as well as Bryan Thrift, but in early December you sure can fish like him by throwing the same three baits he usually has tied on when he’s out fishing in the winter. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-30-cecil-s-shallow-cranking-menu

Cecil’s Shallow Cranking Menu

You can get by with a favorite crankbait or two for a lot of situations, but expanding your arsenal might not be a bad thing either. For cranking less than 6 feet deep, Cecil has six main baits he relies on, with a slightly different application for each. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-28-webster-s-late-fall-scenarios

Webster’s Late Fall Scenarios

By Late November across the country, a lot of people have switched their focus from chasing bass to watching football and going hunting. Certainly, this time of year can lead to some hit or miss fishing, but don’t give up just yet. As the doldrums of winter creep closer, FLW Tour pro Joseph Webster has a simplistic, yet efficient approach to putting bass in the boat. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-27-how-to-fish-buzzbaits-for-bass

How to Fish Buzzbaits for Bass

Buzzbaits are old-school topwater lures that are simple to fish and deadly effective in the right situations. They’re relatively weedless and are great for fishing fast and covering water. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-26-carolina-rigging-with-castledine

Carolina Rigging with Castledine

Todd Castledine has long been one of the most fearsome anglers to fish against in Texas. The Nacogdoches pro is good at nearly everything, particularly sight-fishing, but one of his secret weapons is undoubtedly a Carolina rig. From using it for finding offshore structure to catching finicky bass, he’s almost always got one or two tied up on the deck of his Ranger – and you should too. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-19-using-google-earth-to-scout-new-lakes

Using Google Earth to Scout New Lakes

Google Earth is one of FLW Tour pro Scott Martin’s go-to tools for scouting new tournament fisheries. The former FLW Cup champion and FLW Tour Angler of the Year relies on the satellite imagery before and during practice and competition days for everything from getting a “big picture” feel of a lake to locating specific grass beds, docks and laydowns to fish. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-16-how-to-fish-lipless-crankbaits

How to Fish Lipless Crankbaits

As the name suggests, lipless crankbaits are just that – lipless. Unlike their billed counterparts, lipless crankbaits don’t have a diving lip to counteract the natural buoyancy of the bait. As a result, lipless crankbaits are made to sink and can be fished at varying depths with a wobbling side-to-side action. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-14-find-ciscoes-to-catch-big-smallies

Find Ciscoes to Catch Big Smallies

Catching the biggest bass in a given body of water usually doesn’t happen by accident. Finding the right mix of forage and structure – along with other ingredients – can make all the difference. When it comes to big smallmouths up north in the fall, to truly put the odds in your favor you might need to veer off the beaten path and look for forage that doesn’t get a ton of attention all year. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-13-how-to-fish-walking-topwaters-for-bass

How to Fish Walking Topwaters for Bass

Walkers, or walk-the-dog-style topwater baits, are among the most popular and most effective lures for catching bass that are willing to breach the water’s surface to eat. A walker is the first choice in many situations from spring through fall, and one of the essentials that every bass angler must learn to fish. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-08-how-to-fish-square-bill-crankbaits

How to Fish Square-Bill Crankbaits

The unique shape of a square-bill’s lip (spoiler: it’s square) makes it ideal for banging off cover such as rocks and branches without getting hung up. That disturbance caused by a crankbait hitting and deflecting away from cover is often what triggers nearby fish to bite. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-07-hallman-s-favorite-bait

Hallman’s Favorite Bait

We all have favorite baits. Usually, they develop over time due to a level of comfort with the technique, some signature successes and that extra feel of confidence when you can lock it in your hand. For some, it’s a topwater. If you’re from Florida, it might be a big jig or a punching rig. If you grew up on the Tennessee River, you might cherish a deep-diving crankbait or a swimbait. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-11-05-john-cox-s-mat-punching-system

John Cox’s Mat-Punching System

While John Cox might seem to some observers to have a very simple approach to bass fishing, he’s actually one of the best at refining various techniques, particularly when they fall into his shallow-water wheelhouse. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-10-26-how-to-use-umbrella-rigs-for-smallies

How to Use Umbrella Rigs for Smallies

Umbrella rigs took the fishing world by storm back in 2011 when Paul Elias won the FLW Tour Open on Guntersville. Though fairly quickly ruled illegal at the top levels, umbrella rigs (also called Alabama rigs or A-rigs) have gained a foothold across the country as effective producers, especially during the cool-weather months in the South. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-10-24-fish-with-confidence-in-the-fall

Fish with Confidence in the Fall

Fall can be a frustrating season for anglers chasing big bass, especially during the transition periods between summer and fall and fall and winter. As the weather gets colder and water temperatures drop, fish begin aggressively feeding on shad and other baitfish in anticipation for a more dormant winter, but that doesn’t make them easy to catch. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-10-18-handling-deep-current-for-big-smallmouth

Handling Deep Current for Big Smallmouth

The St. Lawrence River offers nearly unparalleled smallmouth fishing, but it also presents a unique challenge. Bass anglers have fished in and around heavy current forever, though outside of the rest of the Great Lakes system, there isn’t a great comparison to the deep humps and eddies of the St. Lawrence. Carl Jocumsen and AJ Slegona both reaped the river’s bounty in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division season finale and have been perfecting river strategies for years. If you’re looking to improve your odds on the St. Lawrence — or anywhere with heavy current — you may want to take their advice. READ MORE »

/tips/2018-10-17-knight-s-fall-arsenal

Knight’s Fall Arsenal

Fall can be a tricky time of the year to fish. The bass are often spread out around the lake as they transition between summer schools and fall feeding, and with a ton of bait in many lakes, it can be hard to match the hatch correctly or get a bass to commit to something fake. Though Brad Knight has been known to spend his share of time in the woods in the fall, he still likes to fish as the weather cools. He offers a few strategies on how to identify productive fall patterns and get fish to bite. READ MORE »