Here’s your latest installment of our Sunday Quiz, weekly questions to test your knowledge of fish and some of the strategies used to snatch them. This week’s theme (themes, really) is tackle and technique – specifically, what technique to use with a given lure. Be sure to to let us know in the comments or on social media how you scored, and what you’d like us to cover in future installments! Now, without further ado: Continue reading Sunday Quiz: Technique and Tackle→
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.
Can I be honest? I probably like shopping for bass jigs more than I like fishing with them.
Don’t get me wrong – when the bite’s slow and the fish are clinging to the bottom, I have been known to chuck a jig or two. However, I would much rather be walking a spook-style topwater lure across the surface or pulling a spinnerbait right back under it than sitting there hopping a lure and waiting for a subtle bite. Continue reading The Basic Parts of Bass Jigs→
From time immemorial, fishermen have looked for efficient ways to do their job. The first fish net, an invention so intuitive that it was invented in many places worldwide, is a great example of less effort for more fish. On the Niagara river on the US/Canada border in 1860, a man named Edward vom Hofe created a system to more efficiently catch fish. It consisted of an elevated pole, a heavy weight on a cable, and a fishing line that could float freely at depth from behind the weight while trolling. Continue reading A Brief History of the Downrigger→
You arrive at the lake, tie on your confidence lure and begin casting it in all the right spots to find hungry bass. You try the edge of a big weed bed, you work a long point near deep water and you even target a few scattered downed trees, but nothing works. You figure that the bass are simply not interested in that particular lure, so you switch things up and try your luck with a different lure. Continue reading Bass Techniques for Sharpening Your Retrieve→
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