Stay In The Zone For Suspended Bass

April 5, 2012

Suspended bass can be some of the most difficult fish to catch — simply because when they’re suspended they’re usually in an inactive mood and don’t want to chase a lure. But if you can keep something appealing in the strike zone long enough, they’re much more apt to bite. Two of the most effective lures I’ve found for this situation is the Smithwick 4 1/2-inch Suspending Rogue and the Bomber Long A. The reasons these baits work so well is they have the ability to deliver an enticing "darting" action and they suspend well in between twitches on or just above the bass’s depth level. This is an unbeatable technique — but naturally you’ll have to experiment with different sizes and colors.


A Great Spot For Spring

April 4, 2012

My standard answer for people who live in the northern states is that bass become active as soon as the water is soft enough for the bait to sink. In the south, it's as soon as the water temperatures become consistent in the mid to upper 40s. I've caught many big bass in lakes and ponds with ice still on the water.


Jerkbaits After the Spawn

March 30, 2012

A jerkbait can be used year-round. One of the most overlooked times is in the spring after the spawn. The Bomber Long A is deadly when twitched on the surface when females are guarding fry. The females think the jerkbait is a predator looking for an easy lunch. The females will often hit the bait aggressively to kill it. The jerkbait also is a great bait to pitch around laydowns and boat docks for reaction bites. Professional angler John Gray won a national championship using this technique.


Ding 'Em Up

March 22, 2012

The YUM Dinger line of soft plastics have done more for my fishing than any other bait on the market. I rig a YUM Dinger wacky style during the postspawn. I use a spinning rod and skip the bait right under docks and overhanging trees.


Walleyes At Night

March 21, 2012

Have you ever looked deep into the eyes of a Walleye? Compared to eyes of other fish, a walleye’s is a bit odd looking, kind of glassy like a marble. It gets even stranger at night, when they seem to glow. That’s because a walleye’s eye has a unique membrane, sort of like a cat’s eye, that allows them to capture every bit of available light and use it to see when other fish can’t. This explains why some of the very best walleye fishing happens at night. Because they are actively feeding, nighttime walleyes are often on the move, chasing schools of baitfish.


When a Spoon is More than a Spoon

March 14, 2012

Lots of folks fish jigging spoons. Almost all fish them the same way. Find fish on the depth finder, drop a spoon on their heads and jig up and down. I prefer to stay to the side of fish, rather than on top of them. So, I have found a way to fish the Cotton Cordell C.C. Spoon without getting on top of the fish. Very simply, I cast it. It has been working for me, every summer and every winter, for over 15 years. And it works at times in spring and fall. Basically, it works anytime that bass are schooled up and feeding on shad.


Prince's Great Rookie Ride

February 29, 2012

B.A.S.S. Elite Rookie Cliff Prince’s approach to new waters served him well throughout his first season, as evidenced by his second-place finish in the Rookie of the Year race and a spot in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. B.A.S.S. Elite Rookie Cliff Prince’s approach to new water served him well throughout his first season, as evidenced by his second-place finish in the Rookie of the Year race and a spot to fish the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.


Check Funnels For Winter Bass

January 20, 2012

Texan Will Kirkpatrick is a legend of sorts. From fishing bass tournaments in the 1970s to guiding on Lake Rayburn to administering yearly fishing schools, there are few who have accomplished as much as this friendly, helpful angler. He’s caught every freshwater fish there is except golden trout and arctic char. The fact that he’s been on the Rebel Lures Pro Staff for 40 years attests to his skill, knowledge and ability to catch fish.


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