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GUIDES by Don Wirth:

Choosing Lures for Stripers
Choosing Lures for Stripers (guide)
Add these artificials to your arsenal and see if they don't bring an exciting new dimension to your striper fishing.

Plastic Perfection
Plastic Perfection (guide)
If you're serious about catching more and bigger bass, here are eight plastic baits you've gotta try.

Cold Water Bass Lures
Cold Water Bass Lures (guide)
If you've had trouble scoring strikes when the water temp drops below 50 degrees, study these tips from fishing's top pros and guides to heat up your next bass outing.
Bass Boat Buying Guide (guide)
Shop right to get the best boat deal! Learn how to narrow your options and get the rig of your dreams at a price you can afford.
HOWTOS by Don Wirth:


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.

Mason-Dixon Muskies
Mason-Dixon Muskies (howto)
While most don't realize it, world-class muskellunge can be caught south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Here's the lowdown on where and how to catch these behemoth fish.

Fish Current for Summer Slabs
Fish Current for Summer Slabs (howto)
Current breathes life into the ecosystem of river-run reservoirs and can be responsible for a tremendous crappie bite...if you know how to fish it properly.

Late-Season Tips for Super Slabs
Late-Season Tips for Super Slabs (howto)
Before hanging up your poles for the winter, read what follows. We've gathered a stringer-full of late-season crappie tips from some of the best guides in the country to extend your season and help put you on some of the biggest crappie of the year!

Where and How to Catch Shallow Summer Crappie
Where and How to Catch Shallow Summer Crappie (howto)
Heat and humidity soar while fish lips clamp tightly shut for most midsummer anglers. Learn to re-open those crappie jaws with these tips from legendary crappie guide Harold Morgan.

How Water Color Impacts Crappie Patterns
How Water Color Impacts Crappie Patterns (howto)
Three top crappie guides explain the role of water color when determining crappie patterns.

Catch Crappie in Grassy Lakes
Catch Crappie in Grassy Lakes (howto)
Is your favorite crappie hole clogged with grass? Learn these tactics to put more fish in your livewell.

Fishing Docks for Slab Crappie
Fishing Docks for Slab Crappie (howto)
Docks can deliver an awesome stringer of slabs if fished smart, but not every dock has potential as good crappie habitat. Here are some important factors to look for when evaluating these man-made structures.

Super Slab Crappies on Artificial Lures
Super Slab Crappies on Artificial Lures (howto)
Big crappies are more abundant than ever thanks to vigorous stocking programs and enlightened management practices.

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.

Score Slabs from Rocky Lakes
Score Slabs from Rocky Lakes (howto)
Three top guides who earn their living fishing rocky lakes share their expertise to help you score slabs from these challenging bodies of water.

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.

Seasonal Sauger Strategies
Seasonal Sauger Strategies (howto)
As your area fisheries cool down, try this three-phase approach to extend your sauger season.

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.

Grocery Store Catfish Baits
Grocery Store Catfish Baits (howto)
Find a wide selection of taste-tempting catfish treats just down the road at your neighborhood grocery store.

Musky Fever
Musky Fever (howto)
Discover the awesome presence and tenacious fighting of this legendary gamefish.

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.

Catch Crappie in Unexpected Places
Catch Crappie in Unexpected Places (howto)
What you're about to learn will open your eyes to unexploited crappie fishing possibilities close to home.

Juglines for Catfish
Juglines for Catfish (howto)
"Catfish go berserk on a jugline. They run all over creation, and chasing after them is half the fun!" Jim Moyer, Catfish Guide

Jerkin' Tailwater Trout
Jerkin' Tailwater Trout (howto)
Trout fishing below our nation's hydroelectric dams can be phenomenal.

Advanced Crappie Jigging Tactics
Advanced Crappie Jigging Tactics (howto)
Some of the top crappie guides in the nation share their secret jigging methods!

Catching Cold-Water Slabs
Catching Cold-Water Slabs (howto)
Learn where and how to catch monster slabs in frigid water from Tennessee's top crappie guides.

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.

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

Muskies on Bass Tackle
Muskies on Bass Tackle (howto)
You don't have to invest in an arsenal of exotic and expensive equipment to catch big muskellunge.

Top Spots for Channel Cats
Top Spots for Channel Cats (howto)
Where to go for the best channel cat fishing in North America.

How to Sink Crappie Cover
How to Sink Crappie Cover (howto)
Establishing cover is hard work. But as guide Harold Morgan puts it, "It's like taking out a crappie insurance policy."

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.

Tubin' Winter Slabs
Tubin' Winter Slabs (howto)
Bag a boatload of big crappie on tube jigs over the holidays! Find out how in this article.

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.

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.

Heavy-Metal Crappie
Heavy-Metal Crappie (howto)
Want to put more crappie in your boat? Do like Harold Morgan suggests and add some heavy metal to the end of your line.

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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