Best Fishing Knots for Fresh and Saltwater? Strongest, Easiest to tie, and Fastest Reviewed

We’ve demystified the marketing hype around line before, and now it’s time to concentrate on knots themselves. Which knot is the strongest? Which is the easiest to tie? Can you use the same knot on braid as well as fluorocarbon? Which is the best choice for joining your braided main-line to a fluoro leader? Wherever … Read moreBest Fishing Knots for Fresh and Saltwater? Strongest, Easiest to tie, and Fastest Reviewed

Best Crappie Rods For Spider Rigging – Our Favorites Reviewed

We’ve written before about selecting a rod for crappie. But there, we were taking a close look at the best general purpose rods for casting, shooting, and jigging–all-arounders that could get most jobs done for papermouths. But spider rigging is specialized fishing, and a good general purpose rod isn’t going to be what you need. … Read moreBest Crappie Rods For Spider Rigging – Our Favorites Reviewed

Spider Rigging For Crappie: Are you Geared-Up for Spinning a Web?

As the spring spawn gives way to the summer heat, crappie will leave the shallows and look for deeper, cooler water. Still active, and still feeding, summer slabs will disperse over a wide area, making this season tough on papermouth anglers. Where legal, spider rigging is the most effective technique for trolling diffuse crappie on … Read moreSpider Rigging For Crappie: Are you Geared-Up for Spinning a Web?

Pulling Crappie from the Bank: How to Catch Spring Slabs from Shore

Not every angler owns a boat, and if you’re planning on fishing from shore this spring, don’t be discouraged. As the water warms and the days lengthen, there’s no better time to try for crappie with your feet planted firmly on the ground. In fact, think of spring as the season when the fish come … Read morePulling Crappie from the Bank: How to Catch Spring Slabs from Shore

Getting to Know Crappie: The Black and White of Identification

Whether you call them crappie, sac-a-lait, papermouths, or silver perch, one thing’s for sure: the excitement of dropping dozens of these bad boys into a cooler is hard to beat. And as any crappie fanatic can attest, they’re more than just fun to catch–they make a fine meal, too! That makes it easy to understand … Read moreGetting to Know Crappie: The Black and White of Identification

Are You Ready for Slab Season? Seven Techniques to Help You Catch More Crappie

If you live in the South, crappie season may have already arrived. As the water warms, they’ll move from open water and deep holes to staging areas, and finally into the shallows to spawn. This is among the best times of the year to catch a mess of slabs, as they’re aggressive and hungry. There’s … Read moreAre You Ready for Slab Season? Seven Techniques to Help You Catch More Crappie

Finding Fish Under the Ice: Our Best Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

The real secret to catching more fish is knowledge! The more you know, the more fish you’ll catch. These ice fishing tips and techniques are proven winners. Whether you’re ice fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie, Perch or any other type of fish it’s important to know as much as you can about the species you’re after. You’ll … Read moreFinding Fish Under the Ice: Our Best Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

Hook More Crappie More Often: Best Hooks For Crappie Reviewed

As any successful crappie angler can tell you, the hooks you choose are no less important than your line, rod, and reel. Crappie sport bigger, more fragile mouths than similar species like bluegill, and they have an appetite for minnows rather than worms. If you’re new to chasing spring slabs, you might not know what … Read moreHook More Crappie More Often: Best Hooks For Crappie Reviewed

Catching Spring Slabs: Best Crappie Corks, Floats, and Bobbers Reviewed

For many anglers, spring means the start of crappie season. And while there are many ways to catch them, the best technique for early crappie involves a cork, float, or bobber. Whatever you call them, they’re ideal for suspending a jig at just the right depth or dropping a kicking cricket into a stationary school. … Read moreCatching Spring Slabs: Best Crappie Corks, Floats, and Bobbers Reviewed

Humminbird vs. Garmin vs. Lowrance: Best Fish Finder for the Money

The more you know about fish behavior, prey items, structure, cover, and the thermocline, the more likely you are to find the fish you’re looking for, year-round. But there’s nothing like knowing you’re in the right spot. If there’s a fishing accessory worth investing in, it’s a top-of-the-line fish finder. With powerful sonar, precise electronics, … Read moreHumminbird vs. Garmin vs. Lowrance: Best Fish Finder for the Money