Even if you’re not catching fish, there’s something satisfying about slinging a lure 40 yards across the water with a flick of your wrist. But learning to cast farther is also a skill that will help you put more fish in the boat. A longer cast not only helps get your lure in front of more fish; more importantly, it lets you keep your boat or your feet farther away from the target zone, dramatically reducing the risk that you’ll spook the fish. Continue reading Improving Your Reach: Maximizing Your Casting Distance→
You’ve dragged your Texas-rig across the same point three times with no takers. But on the fourth pass, you feel the distinctive tap-tap, signifying that you’ve just fooled your fish. Somewhere in the murky green water below, a largemouth bass has just inhaled your lure. Your senses lock in on rod, reel, line and water. You tighten your grip and get ready to claim your prize.
Many lures have a narrow range of efficacy. Floating frogs, for example, are often extremely productive for catching black bass, but they are unlikely to fill your stringer with crappies, bluegill or catfish.