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Bass Fishing

Bass are one of the most sought after game fish in North America as well as many other parts of the world. When people think of bass they think of a tough fighting, tail dancing, big fish. Bass put up some of the best fights in the game. They can leap right out of the water and will surely make your drag scream. Bass come in a variety of sizes, and catching a trophy bass can be a rewarding experience. Bass are not overly difficult to target if you know what you are doing and have the right equipment. Our comprehensive tips and guides will go over the details of what gear you need and how to target them. We’ll teach you exactly how to find trophy bass and how to land them one after the other.
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Understanding Bass

October 27, 2023

Spotted Bass vs Smallmouth - The Differences Explained

In the world of freshwater fishing two bass species often take center stage the elusive Spotted Bass and the iconic...
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October 27, 2023

Spotted Bass vs Largemouth - The Differences Explained

In the world of freshwater fishing two bass species often take center stage the elusive Spotted Bass and the iconic...
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December 21, 2022

Smallmouth Bass Basics: Everything You Need to Know

Some of my most memorable days fishing were spent on a clear rocky-bottomed river catching smallmouth bass They d race...
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November 19, 2022

Largemouth Bass: Identification, Behavior Basics, and Best Lures and Techniques

Ask pretty much any angler in America and they ll tell you that they love catching bass nbsp Easily the...
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November 14, 2021

How To Catch Spotted Bass - Identification, Techniques and Lures

While the vast majority of American anglers are familiar with the largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides far fewer know about its...
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November 13, 2021

Redeye Bass: What You Need to Know to Catch Them

America s most popular game fish is undoubtedly the largemouth bass and with such a wide distribution it just makes...
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September 10, 2021

Largemouth Bass Anatomy: What You Need to Know

You can tell a lot about a fish s behavior just by looking at it For instance even casual study...
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September 10, 2021

Largemouth Bass Hearing: Sounds that Trigger Flight or Feeding 

Most of the bass anglers I fish with know more about color palettes than interior designers and I m pretty...
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September 10, 2021

Good Vibrations: Lures to Trigger a Largemouth’s Lateral Line

Bass are sight predators which explains why they grow faster and larger in habitats where visibility is good But that...
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August 25, 2021

Sight: The Largemouth Bass’s Most Important Sense

Everything you decide about a bass lure - everything from shape to color choice to the action you give it...
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April 19, 2021

What Do Bass Eat?

Largemouth bass are America s favorite sportfish by a mile and I don t know an angler who doesn t...
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August 31, 2019

Types Of Bass: Positive Identification and Species Information

Learn more about the species of bass including smallmouth largemouth and more...
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November 11, 2017

When Do Largemouth Bass Spawn? What You Need to Know to Make the Most of Mating Season

The spring spawn initiates the most predictable movement of largemouth bass all year and locating big bass during the mating...
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Tips & Techniques

September 25, 2023

Largemouth Bass Lure Selection: Water Temperature Matters Most!

Water temperature is the single best predictor of which lure presentation and technique to pick when bass fishing Yes water...
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September 19, 2023

New Research Finds that Long Stays in Live Wells are the Single Greatest Cause of Bass Mortality Post Tournament

Table of Contents clickable Facts at a glance Live bait and fishing mortality the early research Settled science Not quite...
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March 28, 2023

The Best Rod Length for Bass Fishing Explained: Technique Specific or Compromise?

As you can probably guess there s no one perfect rod length for a bass rod Instead the ideal length...
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March 11, 2023

Fly Fishing for Bass: Everything You Need to Know!

Among fly anglers there s no question that cold water species like trout reign supreme Flies and trout are a...
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March 10, 2023

How To Catch Suspended Bass: A Guide to Successfully Targeting Offshore Bass

As the boat idled out of yet another shallow water bay our day was all but done and the fishing...
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March 10, 2023

How To Fish For Bass From Shore: Tips And Techniques For Shore Fishing Success

What s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bass fishing Fast flashy boats full of...
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February 23, 2023

Pond Fishing for Bass: Proven Techniques To Catch Big Bass

The U S Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that a staggering of the population lives within miles of a bass...
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February 17, 2023

Spoon Fishing For Bass: A Guide To Fishing An Underutilized Lure

I m willing to bet that a peek into any angler s tackle box is going to reveal something we...
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February 8, 2023

Minnow Fishing for Largemouth Bass: So Effective, It’s Almost Like Cheating!

Post-spawn and all summer and fall largemouth bass will predominantly feed on minnows and shad Present in huge numbers they...
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February 6, 2023

How To Catch Peacock Bass

What s the first thing you think of when you hear the word bass Smallmouth Largemouth Maybe even stripers Whatever...
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February 3, 2023

Largemouth vs. Smallmouth: Everything You Need to Know - And Tips to Catch Them!

America s love of fishing encompasses many species but none are more popular than the largemouth and smallmouth bass Widely...
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January 27, 2023

Best Bass Fishing Lakes in Texas

Texas The lone star state where everything is bigger including the bass As the largest state in the continental U...
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January 25, 2023

Can You Eat Peacock Bass? - Everything You Need To Know

It s amazing how many sport fish fly under the radar when it comes to being a great meal The...
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January 23, 2023

Winter Bass Fishing: Tips for Catching Bass in Cold Weather

Winter time to get the bass gear packed up and the boat winterized Bass fishing is after all a warm...
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January 23, 2023

Best Color Whopper Plopper for Every Condition

As bass anglers we all have boxes dedicated to the lures we know are going to catch us fish Crankbaits...
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January 13, 2023

Rock Bass vs. Smallmouth Bass: A Guide to Easy Identification

When it comes to both recreational and professional angling there s no doubt that bass are the most popular species...
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January 13, 2023

Can You Eat Smallmouth Bass? Everything You Need To Know

Eating smallmouth bass is a topic that carries with it some controversy Whether you re talking to a professional bass...
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December 22, 2022

Rock Bass vs. Warmouth Bass: Positive Identification Made Easy!

Rock and warmouth bass look so much alike that it can be tough to tell them apart at a glance...
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December 21, 2022

Smallmouth Bass Basics: Everything You Need to Know

Some of my most memorable days fishing were spent on a clear rocky-bottomed river catching smallmouth bass They d race...
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November 2, 2022

Ice Fishing for Bass: Our Best Tips for Pulling Largemouth through the Ice

Largemouth bass are America s favorite game fish and spring summer and fall they re the passion of legions of...
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July 22, 2022

How to Hold a Bass: The Right Technique Explained

If there s one unspoken rule of bass fishing it s catch and release We all love the sport and...
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June 8, 2022

The Best Senko Colors to Catch More Bass

Every fisherman I know has a preference about everything from fish finders outboards lines hooks rods reels and just about...
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May 16, 2022

Bass Fishing from a Kayak: Our Top Tips to Tilt the Odds in Your Favor

The largemouth bass is America s favorite species to catch and there s no more exciting way to do that...
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July 19, 2021

Best Bass Fishing in Lakes America: 13 Guaranteed Hot Spots

No fish gets American anglers as excited as largemouth bass and from small ponds to the Great Lakes we re...
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July 8, 2021

How to Fillet Bass: Smallmouth, Largemouth, or Stripers

Filleting bass whether we re talking about smallmouth largemouth or stripers is an easy quick process if you know what...
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April 29, 2021

Bass Fishing in the Rain: A Few Tips to Make the Most of a Storm

When the sky opens up and the rain really starts falling in sheets savvy anglers know that the most aggressive...
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April 23, 2021

Night Fishing For Bass: How to Catch Largemouth Bass After Dark

As every hard-core largemouth angler knows fishing at nighttime is the right time to catch big bass Falling water temperatures...
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October 22, 2020

Can You Eat Largemouth Bass: Yes!

Can you eat bass The short answer is yes But be aware that keeping largemouth can be contentious and most...
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October 22, 2020

Hook Size For Bass: Picking the Right Hook Size for Bass

Hook sizing can be confusing and for new anglers there s certainly a temptation to assume that big bass demand...
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October 20, 2020

Best Live Bait For Bass: Alive and Kicking

Never underestimate using live bait for bass You re not going to see many live crawfish or shiners on the...
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July 28, 2020

Best Time To Fish For Bass: Catching Largemouth By Season

Consistently catching largemouth bass demands on more than just the right tackle Savvy anglers know that understanding seasonal bass behavior...
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September 30, 2019

Fall Bass Fishing Tips: How To Catch More Bass In The Fall

As the days shorten and the air grows crisp it s a sign that magic is happening below the surface...
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February 6, 2018

Bass Fishing Tips: How to Catch Bass In The Spring & Summer

Largemouth bass These two words are enough to send a shiver of excitement up an angler s spine If you...
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March 11, 2023

Fly Fishing for Bass: Everything You Need to Know!

Among fly anglers there s no question that cold water species like trout reign supreme Flies and trout are a...
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February 17, 2023

Spoon Fishing For Bass: A Guide To Fishing An Underutilized Lure

I m willing to bet that a peek into any angler s tackle box is going to reveal something we...
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February 8, 2023

Minnow Fishing for Largemouth Bass: So Effective, It’s Almost Like Cheating!

Post-spawn and all summer and fall largemouth bass will predominantly feed on minnows and shad Present in huge numbers they...
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September 11, 2022

How to Rig and Fish a Spoon: A Guide for New Anglers

To new anglers spoons may not look like much Little more than asymmetrical metal blades with a hook it s...
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September 7, 2022

How to Rig and Fish a Popper: The Basics Explained for New Anglers

When the weather s warm and the bass are keyed in on prey items like frogs large insects and minnows...
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September 7, 2022

How to Fish a Spinnerbait: A Complete Guide for New Anglers

Spinnerbaits are a popular choice for bass Combining vibration color and flash they offer a combo that s very hard...
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September 6, 2022

How to Rig and Fish a Swimbait: A Guide for New Anglers

Folks new to fishing may not be familiar with the swimbait but I promise you you want to be Designed...
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July 22, 2022

How to Fish a Fluke: The Overlooked Finesse Trailer

Experienced bass anglers know that giving the fish something they don t see every weekend improves the odds of a...
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May 16, 2022

The Humble Grub: Is It the Best Soft Plastic Bait of All Time?

The humble grub a soft plastic bait with a short fat body and a wriggling tail is an essential in...
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March 12, 2022

How to Rig and Fish a Senko: Top 5 Techniques

While soft plastics like Rage Tail Craws Brush Hogs and Flukes are popular the Senko is legendary When the bass...
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December 27, 2021

How to Tie a Crankbait: Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Techniques

Tying crankbaits isn t exactly rocket science but it s something people ask a lot about nonetheless Which knot is...
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December 6, 2021

How to Fish a Crankbait Like a Pro: Everything You Need to Know

Crankbaits like jerkbaits and chatterbaits are among the most misunderstood lure options despite also being among the most popular In...
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October 23, 2021

How to Fish a Jerkbait Like a Pro: Everything You Need to Know

In clear water there s probably no lure as effective as a jerkbait That s a strong claim and we...
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May 14, 2021

Bass Fishing with Live and Artificial Worms Explained - Nightcrawlers vs Soft Plastics

Worms and fishing are as closely associated as bluffing and poker and whether you choose the latest soft plastic or...
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October 23, 2020

How To Jig For Bass: The Next Generation of Jigs Explained 

If you think jigging for largemouth bass involves a naked lead head and a curly-tailed grub you re behind the...
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August 13, 2019

Chatterbait Chatter: Tips and Techniques to Get the Most from a Chatterbait

If you haven t been throwing a chatterbait you don t know what you re missing A worthy addition to...
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April 18, 2019

Drop Shot Tips

Related Top choices for drop shot rods Table of Contents clickable What is Drop Shotting The Basics Drop Shot Tips...
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Tackle & Gear

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January 16, 2024

Best Square Bill Crankbaits Reviewed: The Ultimate Pre-spawn and Early Fall Lure

When bass are actively feeding on crawfish in transition zones pre-spawn or when they re keyed in on shad and...
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January 16, 2024

The Best Jigs for Bass: Great Options for Every Situation

Search a dozen boats on a score of bass lakes and you ll find a jigging rod on every one...
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September 16, 2023

The Best Flies for Bass: Options Small- and Largemouth Can’t Resist!

While trout are far more often the target of fly anglers chasing small- and largemouth bass is a heart-pounding adventure...
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September 15, 2023

Best Reels for Pitching and Flipping: Bass Dragging, Hard Fighting, Ultra-Fast Options for 2024

Buying Guide What to Look For in a Dedicated Pitching and Flipping Reel Speed Some anglers believe that speed is...
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March 10, 2023

Best Lures For White Bass: Our Picks For White Bass Success

There are some things in fishing that can leave me scratching my head wondering how or better yet why Like...
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March 9, 2023

Best Bass Lures For Shore Fishing: Our Picks For Shore Fishing Success

These days it s easy to get caught up in all of the hype that is bass fishing After all...
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March 9, 2023

Best Spring Bass Lures: Our Picks For Spring Success

Spring is quickly approaching Is there any better time to be chasing big bass Sure some might argue that fall...
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March 9, 2023

Best Lures For Night Fishing Bass: Buying Guide and Reviews of Our Favorites

The dog days of summer The sun is hot and the bass are nowhere to be found Hot summer days...
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March 7, 2023

Best Crankbait Reels Reviewed: When Slower is Better!

Take a look at new baitcasting reels these days and you'll see that high speed is all the rage nbsp...
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February 18, 2023

Best Rod and Reel Combos for Bass: Baitcasting and Spinning Options Reviewed

What to Look for in a Rod and Reel Combo for Largemouth Bass If you re in the market for...
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February 17, 2023

Best Rat Lures For Bass: A Guide to The Best Rat Lures for Landing Lunker Bass

Trends in fishing come and go Yes some show up and take us all by surprise and really do end...
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February 15, 2023

Best Rapala For Bass: A Guide To Selecting Rapala Lures For Bass 

The year is and with a chunk of cork in his hand fisherman Lauri Rapala is about to set the...
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February 10, 2023

Best Buzzbaits: What You Should Be Throwing in 2024

Too often in fishing things fall out of popularity Lures are the biggest victims Rods reels electronics they all continue...
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February 7, 2023

The Best Bass Fishing Lures for Ponds: Go-tos For Catching More Bass in Small Water

When I was younger there was this local pond my buddy and I used to fish any chance we got...
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January 24, 2023

Best Swimbaits for Bass: Soft- and Hard-Body Options Reviewed

Ask tournament winners anywhere in the country and they ll tell you that swimbaits are nothing short of deadly Nearly...
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January 23, 2023

Best Soft Plastics for Bass: Must-Have Baits for 2024

Which plastics are best for bass fishing There s no simple answer to that question With plastics that can cover...
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January 19, 2023

Best Winter Bass Fishing Lures: What to Use to Make your Winter a Successful One

Cold weather can bring out the worst in fishing Baitfish get lethargic food sources that were prominent in the warm...
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January 13, 2023

Best Smallmouth Bass Lures - What You Should be Fishing with in 2024

Whether you re a seasoned professional or a casual weekender - or you fall somewhere in between - versatility is...
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May 27, 2022

Sensitive Strength: The Best Rods for Fishing a Ned Rig Reviewed

The Ned rig is a fantastic finesse presentation for bass But unlike worm fishing a stout rod and heavy line...
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October 23, 2021

Best Crankbaits for Bass: The Tournament-Tested Pro Picks

I don t know a bass fisherman who doesn t have a few dozen crankbaits in their arsenal Properly worked...
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August 9, 2021

Best Poppers for Bass: Catch Bass With Topwater Magic

In bass fishing soft plastics and spinnerbaits seem to get all the love Now there s no denying their effectiveness...
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April 26, 2021

Best Worms for Bass Fishing: Top 5 Options

For many bass fanatics fishing for largemouth means fishing with worms And while we don t really know why bass...
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October 22, 2020

Best Spinning Reel For Bass: Spin-in a Largemouth

While baitcasting reels dominate the tournament scene plenty of anglers already know that good spinning reels are more than up...
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October 20, 2020

Best Lures For Bass: Exploring The Best Options

There s no one lure or technique that can catch largemouth day-in and day-out That s a simple fact Instead...
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August 1, 2020

Best Spinnerbaits for Bass - Color, Vibration, and Flash

Spinnerbaits are special Not only do they offer nearly endless options for customization but with the right know-how they can...
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July 28, 2020

Best Bass Fishing Line: Braid, Mono, and Fluorocarbon Compared

Largemouth are America s game fish for a reason and the heart-pounding excitement of fighting your first -pounder will hook...
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August 29, 2019

Best Bass Fishing Reels: Our Favorites Reviewed

To the uninitiated one reel is pretty much like another But for bass anglers the differences are critically important--and easy...
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August 21, 2019

One Rod To Rule Them All? Best Bass Fishing Rods Reviewed

Bass fishing demands an almost bewildering range of techniques--and the tackle to match That s why it s easy to...
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April 11, 2017

Best Jig Rods for Bass: Our Favorites for 2024 Reviewed

Flipping casting swimming dragging--jigs can do it all It s no surprise then that they re a popular choice for...
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April 2, 2017

Lily Pad Madness: Best Topwater Frog Lures Reviewed

Some of the most exciting bass fishing of my life has happened around lily pads I ve worked a clear...
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March 12, 2017

Best Drop Shot Rods for the Money: Our Favorites Reviewed for 2024

Drop shotting is one of the hottest techniques for bass It offers a subtle finesse presentation of a worm that...
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March 10, 2017

The Best Flipping and Pitching Rod - Buying Guide and Reviews of the Top Sticks

There are many fishing rods on the market that are great for flipping and pitching However some that market themselves...
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June 6, 2022

BEST CASTABLE FISH FINDERS FOR 2024! CATCH MORE FISH FROM SHORE

BUYING GUIDE WHAT WE CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A CASTABLE FISH FINDER Obviously we prefer CHIRP sonar systems But what else...
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May 31, 2022

Best Kayaks for Bass Fishing Reviewed: 2024 Picks and Buying Guide

If you ve ever wanted to slip quietly across a big pond slide over a downed tree that stops bass...
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February 24, 2022

Best Portable Fishing Boats: 2024 Reviews and Buying Guide

Plenty of anglers need a portable fishing boat that can slip into the bed of a truck with just one...
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November 14, 2021

Best Fish Culling System: Win More Tournaments

Talk to professional bass anglers and they ll tell you that tournaments are won or lost through time management That...
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October 22, 2021

Best Fishing Rod Racks For 2024

Pretty much every angler I know has more than a few rods And while leaning them against a wall works...
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June 2, 2021

Best Fish Grippers: 2024 Buying Guide & Reviews

A fish gripper is the ideal tool for handling medium to large fish and for many anglers it s an...
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October 23, 2020

Best Minnow Bucket: Top Choices Reviewed

Whether you chase slabs with minnows toss shad to big cats or throw shrimp to reds you know that hot...
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July 29, 2020

Best Fishing Nets: Making Sure You Land The Big Ones

Hooking and fighting are only the first steps in catching a fish - landing them is the difference between a...
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July 28, 2020

Best Fish Hook Removers Reviewed: Options for Every Angler

Sometimes removing a hook can be simple and it s easy to pluck it right out But when you ve...
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April 22, 2020

Best Fishing Sunglasses Reviewed - Stylish Safety in the Sun

From bright sun to errant hooks fishing is harder on your eyes than the price of a new boat If...
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October 30, 2019

Best Fishing Knives Reviewed: Finding The Right Knife

I ve never gone fishing and not needed a knife From line to rope cutting bait to cleaning fish a...
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August 29, 2019

Best Fishing Scales Reviewed: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Without a scale to weigh your fish you re just guessing And if there s one thing I ve learned...
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February 6, 2019

Best Fish Finder for the Money 2024

Find the best fish finder for your boat or kayak in this review...
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February 6, 2019

Best Trolling Motors: Buying Guide & Reviews

Whether you're new to or experienced with trolling motors it pays to do your homework before you pull the trigger...
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January 31, 2019

Best Fishing Watches Reviewed: Time and Tide on Your Wrist

Some anglers lean toward minimalism looking for a purity of experience that draws them into a deeper connection to nature...
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November 26, 2018

Best Headlamps for Night Fishing: Light Up the Darkness and Land More Fish

If you re an angler there undoubtedly has been a time on the water when you ve regretted not bringing...
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July 23, 2018

Best Fishing Pliers for Freshwater and Saltwater Reviewed

Every time I ve forgotten my fishing pliers I ve regretted it immediately Pliers are an essential angling tool and...
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April 18, 2017

Best Tackle Box, Backpack, and Bags Reviewed in 2024: Be An Organized Angler

My grandfather s tackle box was always a mess He d manage to find what he was looking for though...
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Bass Fishing Rigs

April 26, 2022

Fishing the Jika Rig: A Compact, Weed-Busting, Finesse Technique

Bass anglers never get tired of finesse techniques for a reason on a pressured lake where the big ones have...
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February 26, 2022

Tokyo Rig: A Secret Weapon for Soft Plastics

For a long time my go-to worm setup was the weed-busting Texas rig And while there s still no question...
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February 25, 2022

The Shaky Head: Perhaps the Best Finesse Technique for Pressured Bass

Two finesse techniques dominate bass angling the drop shot rig and the shaky head nbsp By contrast the Texas and...
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February 24, 2022

Neko Rig: The Ideal Technique for Wary Bass

The Neko rig was invented in Japan where it originated as Shin Fukai s unorthodox response to ultra-pressured bass in...
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February 24, 2022

Carolina Rig: An Unbeatable Technique for Hard, Flat Bottoms

Hard relatively horizontal bottoms are where the Carolina rig shines offering everything an angler wants in a soft plastic setup...
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February 23, 2022

Fishing the Ned Rig: A Subtle, Finesse Technique at Its Finest

I m sure I m not telling you anything new when I say that pressured bass need to be seduced...
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April 25, 2021

Wacky Rigging: The Ultimate Finesse Worm Technique Unpacked

Finesse techniques for worms are among the most productive options for largemouth bass nbsp The precise reasons that a long...
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November 21, 2020

The Texas Rig: A Complete Guide to Rigging and Techniques

The Texas Rig has come to dominate bass fishing for a reason it works Whether you re pitching big tubes...
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November 2, 2020

Bass Fishing Rigs: Rig Like A Tournament Pro

As any bass fishing veteran can attest an excellent worm rig has won more tournaments than anything else hands down...
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September 27, 2019

How To Tie a Drop Shot Rig

Whether you fish fresh or salt a drop shot rig is a great way to suspend a bait near the...
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Bass Fishing Knots