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Bass Fishing: Browsing ALL Articles (ALL 108 ITEMS)

Topwater Fly Fishing for Bass
Topwater Fly Fishing for Bass (howto)
Make a splash for bass with your fly rod.

6 Reasons to Fish for Freshwater Drum
6 Reasons to Fish for Freshwater Drum (howto)
If you haven't considered freshwater drum fishing, the author has six reasons why you should.

Rapala Tournament Touch Screen Scale - 15-pound
Rapala Tournament Touch Screen Scale - 15-pound (howto)
An affordable touch screen quality with fisherman friendly features.

Topwaters: The Baits and How to Use Them
Topwaters: The Baits and How to Use Them (howto)
Toss topwaters for visual thrills and water-churning fun.

Summertime Smallmouth Bass
Summertime Smallmouth Bass (howto)
Smallmouth bass are known to inhabit small rivers and large creeks. Here are a few tricks in reeling in some smallies during the summer and early fall months.

North America's Best Catfishing Waters
North America's Best Catfishing Waters (howto)
For monster cats, and lots of them, these seven waters are where you should be.

Beaver Hut Bass
Beaver Hut Bass (howto)
Beavers create great fishing spots both on big lakes and small streams. Next time you pass by, stop and try a few of these techniques.

Being a Good Boat Partner
Being a Good Boat Partner (howto)
Here are a few reminders the next time you go out on your fishing buddy's boat to fish. Follow these simple rules of fishing etiquette and it's likely you'll be asked back.

Ten Commandments for Topwatering
Ten Commandments for Topwatering (howto)
To help improve success at topwater fishing, here are a list of 10 bass fishing commandments to live by on your next outing.

Fishing and the Color Game
Fishing and the Color Game (howto)
When it comes down it, lure color is important — here are some tips on choosing the right color for the right situation.

Carolina Rigging
Carolina Rigging (howto)
Veteran tournament angler Deron Eck discusses tactics of using the Carolina rig.

Using Lipless Crankbaits
Using Lipless Crankbaits (howto)
Lipless crankbaits have been hauling in fish for decades and for good reason. Here are some tips on how to use these vibrators next time out on the water.

Lure Colors
Lure Colors (howto)
With so many colors to choose from, how do you know which lure color is the right one to haul in a trophy bass?

Dissecting Docks for Largies
Dissecting Docks for Largies (howto)
When it comes to structure fishing, docks are a must to find largemouth bass. Here are a few tips on finding the right docks and using the right techniques.

Spoon Feeding Smallmouths
Spoon Feeding Smallmouths (howto)
During summer and fall months, break out the jigging spoons in search of some smallmouth bass. The key to this is knowing where to look and what to do.

Fishing Tandem Rigs
Fishing Tandem Rigs (howto)
Multiple-lure rigs can be used to catch a variety of fish. Though it can be a hassle to assemble, cast and keep untangled, tandem lures aren't that difficult to use when rigged properly.

Boat Launch Etiquette
Boat Launch Etiquette (howto)
Help make the boat launch experience another part of a great day on the water with these tips.

Bank Fishing Basics
Bank Fishing Basics (howto)
Spring is prime time for fishing from the bank. Many anglers don't own a boat but they still enjoy catching fish. Here are some tips on how to get a bite with your feet firmly planted on dry ground.

Science of Sound — How Fish Hear
Science of Sound — How Fish Hear (howto)
Uncovering the secrets to sound can help put more fish in the boat.

The Ubiquitous Jighead and Shrimp Rig
The Ubiquitous Jighead and Shrimp Rig (howto)
The jighead and shrimp rig is considered one of the overall picks for saltwater fishing in the southeast U.S.

Tips for the Traveling Fisherman
Tips for the Traveling Fisherman (howto)
To ensure the best fishing trip possible, remember a few things when you plan your adventure.

Topwater Tactics for Spring Bass
Topwater Tactics for Spring Bass (howto)
Early spring is a great time to cast topwater lures for big bass. Read on to learn about ideal conditions, locations and lures for topwater fishing the spring season.

Six Little Known Methods for Bass
Six Little Known Methods for Bass (howto)
Anglers who deviate from standard fishing techniques may catch more bass. Tactics such as slack-lining a jig, dragging a jig, slow-rolling an in-line spinner and others will sometimes produce bites when everyday methods won't get a second look.

Taking Pond Fishing to the Next Level
Taking Pond Fishing to the Next Level (howto)
Ponds may be pint-sized, but the bass they harbor are not. In fact, some of the biggest bass caught every year come from ponds. Read on to find out how to get in on the action.

Prowling America's Backwaters
Prowling America's Backwaters (howto)
Adventuresome anglers who put forth the effort can discover great, unpressured fisheries in North America's backwater streams, ponds, sloughs and lakes.

Middle Zone Bass
Middle Zone Bass (howto)
Big bass do most of their feeding in the "middle zone." Learn the baits and techniques you need to catch them.

Froggin' for Bass
Froggin' for Bass (howto)
Be prepared -- an incredible strike can happen at any moment. Frog fishing is definitely not for the faint of heart!

Sammamish Smallies
Sammamish Smallies (howto)
Regardless of what method is used on Lake Sammamish, one thing is for sure: there's plenty of smallmouth bass available for the committed angler.

Finesse Fishing
Finesse Fishing (howto)
Who says finesse fishing has to be the tactic of last resort?

Keys to Bass Fishing
Keys to Bass Fishing (howto)
If you're in search of excitement, aerial acrobatics and a strong tug at the end of your line, look no further than the largemouth bass.

Goodbye Civilization, Hello Boundary Waters
Goodbye Civilization, Hello Boundary Waters (howto)
"If money is no object and you ask me about the very best bass-fishing trip, I'd send you to Ely. If you are on a tight budget and ask me the same question, I'd have the same answer for you." - Jerry McKinnis

Giant Smallmouth of the Quetico Wilderness
Giant Smallmouth of the Quetico Wilderness (howto)
Over 1,000,000 acres of pristine wilderness, filled with hundreds of lakes full of giant smallmouth bass, await the adventurous angler in Canada's Quetico Provincial Park, just across the US border from the Superior National Forest.

When the Stars Align
When the Stars Align (howto)
My quest for a trophy fly-caught smallmouth on Michigan's Lake St. Clair saw postponement after postponement -- then the stars aligned!

Tailrace Hybrids
Tailrace Hybrids (howto)
If you are up for some tackle busting fishing action, head to your nearest tailwater hybrid fishery. Your first hybrid striped bass will provide a lifetime memory.

Kayak Bass Fishing Tactics
Kayak Bass Fishing Tactics (howto)
Kayaks offer anglers a low-cost solution for getting off the bank and on top of some great bass-fishing hot spots. To learn more about battling Mr. Bucketmouth from a kayak, read on.

Shakin' Up Bass
Shakin' Up Bass (howto)
See what the shaky head fuss is all about this coming season. It is one tactic guaranteed to convert finicky fish into sure biters.
Drop Shot Rigging (howto)
Learn when, where and how to fish a drop shot rig.

Texas Rig
Texas Rig (howto)
When, where and how to fish a Texas Rig.

River Bass During the Spawn
River Bass During the Spawn (howto)
Lake fishing is fun, but if you want to experience the most exciting and most challenging form of bass fishing, big rivers are where it's at.

Headwaters For Prespawn Bass
Headwaters For Prespawn Bass (howto)
The headwaters reaches of your favorite lake provide ideal conditions for attracting huge numbers of early spring bass.

Skipping Tubes for Largemouth Bass
Skipping Tubes for Largemouth Bass (howto)
Add one more tool for your angling arsenal by learning this handy casting technique.

Freestyle Jigging
Freestyle Jigging (howto)
Improve your spoon-fishing game with the freestyle jigging system.

Sight Fishing for Largemouth Bass
Sight Fishing for Largemouth Bass (howto)
Actively searching for fish with the naked eye can lead to excitement-packed days and -- when conditions are right -- a steady bend in the rod.

Tuning Up Your Bass Jigs
Tuning Up Your Bass Jigs (howto)
Like almost all fishing lures, bass jigs can be modified to yield better results. Follow these simple steps to make your bass jigs more effective.

Cover Fishing 101
Cover Fishing 101 (howto)
Improve your angling know-how by learning to identify and fish different types of cover.

Flipping Jigs Under the Full Moon
Flipping Jigs Under the Full Moon (howto)
Typical baits such as topwaters, cranks and spinnerbaits will always catch fish at night, but flipping jigs can be bona fide big bass producers.

Night Fishing Primer
Night Fishing Primer (howto)
For a safe, fun and eventful experience, learn the night fishing basics before heading out on the water after dark.

Canoe and Kayak Trolling Tactics
Canoe and Kayak Trolling Tactics (howto)
Canoes and kayaks provide a silent, stealthy method for fishing smaller waters. Moreover, the surge-and-drift movement of these crafts across the water's surface imparts a deadly action on the baits being trolled.

Keeping a Fishing Log
Keeping a Fishing Log (howto)
Finding the pattern is crucial to consistent success, and the best way to expose patterns is by learning to keep and use a fishing log. Here's how.

Planer Board Stripers
Planer Board Stripers (howto)
So much for angling as a gentle persuasion -- this is industrial-strength fishing!

Baiting Summer Stripers
Baiting Summer Stripers (howto)
Stripers are seldom thought of as summertime fish, but in the right place, with the right baits and presentations, you can experience some unbelievable action in hot weather with these monster predators.

Catching Summer Bass in the Shallows
Catching Summer Bass in the Shallows (howto)
Tired of bucking wakes from ski boats and personal watercraft out on your deep main-lake fishin' holes? Our experts will point you to shallow-water spots guaranteed to yield more pleasant and productive summer bass outings.

Tips for Targeting Offshore Bass
Tips for Targeting Offshore Bass (howto)
Legendary bass anglers share their personal strategies for targeting offshore fall bass.

Overlooked Fall Hotspots for Bass
Overlooked Fall Hotspots for Bass (howto)
Step off the beaten path and try these 10 overlooked fall bassin' hotspots!

Powerhouse Smallies
Powerhouse Smallies (howto)
In river-run reservoirs, cool water, plenty of dissolved oxygen, a tremendous forage base and lots of rock and gravel for spawning add up to near-perfect conditions for producing trophy-class smallies.

Late Spring Bass Fishing
Late Spring Bass Fishing (howto)
Pro bass angler Randy Howell explains why many bassers have trouble putting together a viable pattern in late spring and offers some sage advice.

Trick Worm Tactics
Trick Worm Tactics (howto)
Three top pros discuss when and where they fish the floating worm. Take careful note -- each of these competitors has won thousands of dollars fishing these buoyant baits.

Catch Bigger Bass from Surface Slop
Catch Bigger Bass from Surface Slop (howto)
Next time you encounter grassy cover on top, try these tactics -- we bet they'll connect you with a monster slop bass!

Score Monster Bass in High Water
Score Monster Bass in High Water (howto)
You'll view high water as a golden opportunity rather than a disaster once you put the following advice from bass fishing legends Bill Dance, Ron Shuffield and Jim Rivers into practice.

The Inside Scoop on Super-Shallow Crankbaits
The Inside Scoop on Super-Shallow Crankbaits (howto)
Super-shallow crankbaits can be used in an amazing number of common bass fishing scenarios. Here's where you should be fishing 'em, plus some inside tips guaranteed to increase your strike percentage.

Add Pounds to Your Stringer
Add Pounds to Your Stringer (howto)
Try these prespawn tips from some of the best pros and guides in the business to tap into a way-bigger class of bass.

Score Big Bass on Your First Trip of the Year
Score Big Bass on Your First Trip of the Year (howto)
Make your first bassin' trip of the year count using these five early-season strategies from legendary anglers. At least one is guaranteed to catch bass in frigid water, regardless of where you're fishing.

Hybrid Bass One-Two Punch
Hybrid Bass One-Two Punch (howto)
Hybrids, wipers, hybrid stripers, sunshine bass -- whatever you call 'em, these bad boys will put a serious bend in your rod.

Overcoming Spring's Greatest Bass Fishing Challenges
Overcoming Spring's Greatest Bass Fishing Challenges (howto)
Florida pro Shaw Grigsby and Alabama pro Gerald Swindle reveal how they deal with all the negatives that the spring season is notorious for dishing.

Spawning-Run Stripers
Spawning-Run Stripers (howto)
Two legendary Tennessee striper guides discuss how to pinpoint giant striper locations before, during and after their annual spring spawning run.

Toadin' for Bass
Toadin' for Bass (howto)
Learn to use these amphibian imitations to increase your weigh-in numbers and bolster your bragging rights.

Targeting Edges for Largemouth Bass
Targeting Edges for Largemouth Bass (howto)
Learning to identify edges and understanding how bass relate to edge areas will help you catch more and bigger fish.

Planning a Fishing Trip
Planning a Fishing Trip (howto)
Planning a fishing trip isn't much different than any other vacation or multi-day outing.

How to Win River Bass Tournaments
How to Win River Bass Tournaments (howto)
If your next tournament is on a river, here's how to fish your way into the winner's circle.

Rootin' Out Spring Smallmouth With Crawfish Crankbaits
Rootin' Out Spring Smallmouth With Crawfish Crankbaits (howto)
The real key to catching bass on a crayfish-imitating crankbait is capturing the herky-jerky movements of this little crustacean.

Deep-Water Bass Patterns
Deep-Water Bass Patterns (howto)
Try these super-deep bass tactics for a fantastic fall outing!

Overlooked Spring Bass Hotspots
Overlooked Spring Bass Hotspots (howto)
Where will you be fishing this spring?

Crankin' Reservoir Smallmouths
Crankin' Reservoir Smallmouths (howto)
Two legendary smallmouth guides present options for crankin' reservoirs that will tap you into all the heart-pounding excitement these great gamefish are capable of dishing out.

Lunkers Love Ledges
Lunkers Love Ledges (howto)
Ledges -- the final frontier. Learn how to score lunker bass from these overlooked structures.

Super Soft-Plastic Baits for Fall
Super Soft-Plastic Baits for Fall (howto)
Whether you're competing in a tournament or simply out for a fun day of fall fishin', you're sure to score big with these 8 squishy rigs.

Bass Fishing in Your Backyard
Bass Fishing in Your Backyard (howto)
Secondary rivers, farm ponds, municipal lakes and other overlooked bass venues produce quality fish and don't require a big boat or a thousand lures.

Best Bets for Big Summer Bass
Best Bets for Big Summer Bass (howto)
We've corralled five bass experts to take you on a milk run of the choicest summer hotspots.

Suspending Jerkbaits for Bass
Suspending Jerkbaits for Bass (howto)
Dig past the hype and mystery surrounding suspending jerkbaits and find out when, where and how to fish these amazing artificials.

The Importance of Weeds
The Importance of Weeds (howto)
Seek out the weeds this season, and see what lurks within.

The Wonders of Worm Weights
The Wonders of Worm Weights (howto)
Rigging up can be a simple chore, yet deciding on the variation and style of weight can be a bit bewildering.

Fishing the Wind
Fishing the Wind (howto)
Fishing calm water may be more comfortable, but nothing turns on the bite like the wind.

Overcoming Cold Front Conditions
Overcoming Cold Front Conditions (howto)
Try these techniques the next time you have the "cold front blues," and watch your catch rate increase dramatically.

Humps Hold Fish
Humps Hold Fish (howto)
For those willing to put in the legwork for finding these out-of-the-way spots, the fishing can be non-stop and action-packed.

Buzzbait Strategies for Bass
Buzzbait Strategies for Bass (howto)
They don't call buzzbaits "heart attack lures" for nothing!

Hook-Setting Basics
Hook-Setting Basics (howto)
Setting the hook is a relatively simple motion once you get the hang of it.

Hunting the Snakehead:  Angling Tactics from Asia
Hunting the Snakehead: Angling Tactics from Asia (howto)
The beady eyes of a snakehead lend it a reptilian appearance.

Structure Fishing 101
Structure Fishing 101 (howto)
Structures are a big factor in fish habitat and certain types will concentrate fish.

Catching Hawgs on Top
Catching Hawgs on Top (howto)
Understanding what to use and when to throw it is the most important part of the topwater game.
Fine-Tuning a Carolina Rig (howto)
The Carolina rig is truly a system for offering different baits to bass in a variety of situations.

White Bass Spring Run
White Bass Spring Run (howto)
When the "run" is on, its a time when anglers can catch white bass until their muscles quiver from exhaustion.

The Price of Quality
The Price of Quality (howto)
Can your choice of reel and rod really make a difference in your casting ability?

Tube Bait Basics for Smallies
Tube Bait Basics for Smallies (howto)
They can be deadly in the hands of a seasoned pro, but confusing and frustrating for first-timers.

Getting Started Tournament Fishing
Getting Started Tournament Fishing (howto)
Before the "blast off" of my first bass tournament, I felt something in my stomach that I had never felt before while fishing...a case of the butterflies.

Bass Fishing Basics
Bass Fishing Basics (howto)
It's no wonder that Mr. Bucketmouth holds a treasured place in anglers hearts and minds everywhere.

Wormin' With Woo Video
Wormin' With Woo Video (howto)
If you think you know about worm fishing now, wait until you see and hear Woo's formula for bringing in the big ones.

Shallow-Water Crankin'
Shallow-Water Crankin' (howto)
A short-billed crankbait fished slowly through the shallows is potent on springtime bass.

Dead Sticking Jerkbaits for Pre-Spawn Bass
Dead Sticking Jerkbaits for Pre-Spawn Bass (howto)
This do-nothing method requires lots of patience, but it'll put fish in your livewell from late-winter through spring.

Catch Lunker Bass From Cold, Muddy Water
Catch Lunker Bass From Cold, Muddy Water (howto)
Try these tricks when conditions get tough on your favorite lake or river.

Targeting Wintertime White Bass
Targeting Wintertime White Bass (howto)
If the winter fishing itch gets too much to bear, give "sandies" a try.

Go With the Flow for Monster Smallmouths
Go With the Flow for Monster Smallmouths (howto)
Wherever you live, chances are there's a nearby river jammed with big, bad bronzebacks.

Stocking a Beginner's Bass Box
Stocking a Beginner's Bass Box (howto)
Tips for filling your first tacklebox with the deadliest assortment of lures available.

Live-Bait Secrets for Giant Stripers
Live-Bait Secrets for Giant Stripers (howto)
Serious about tangling with a trophy? You'd be wise to put something squirmy on the end of your line.

Picking Lure Colors for Bass
Picking Lure Colors for Bass (howto)
Since lures are sold in every shade and combination imaginable, fishermen need some criteria for deciding which one to tie on.

Lures for Wood, Rock and Weeds
Lures for Wood, Rock and Weeds (howto)
Selecting the right bait for the cover you're fishing is at the heart of every successful bass outing.

Crankin' Clearly
Crankin' Clearly (howto)
Crankbaits can be deadly in clear water if you use the right approach.

Smallmouth Are Different
Smallmouth Are Different (howto)
The bronzeback's unpredictable nature makes it challenging to even the most accomplished bass anglers.

Offshore Bass
Offshore Bass (howto)
Know where the big bass are hiding in your home lake? They're probably suspending offshore. Find out how to catch 'em in this article.

Catch Tackle-Bustin' Stripers
Catch Tackle-Bustin' Stripers (howto)
Landlocked stripers abound in cool reservoirs and rivers nationwide. Here's how to get in on the action!


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