Tips

Wet the line.

April 17, 2013
USA Staff When tying any knot always wet your line so as not to damage the line, like the Orvis Generation 3 Clear Intermediate Fly line pictured above. This will guarantee that the knot will maintain 100 percent strength.   Continue Reading

Sharp Hooks

April 17, 2013
USA Staff Keep your hooks sharpened for best results and fewer lost fish. Use an inexpensive hook file or an electric hook sharpener to touch up edges and points on spinner and crankbaits and soft-bait hooks, like the Bass Pro Shops XPS .   Continue Reading

Organized Tackle

April 17, 2013
USA Staff An organized tackle system, like the Plano Bill Dance 1234 tackle box pictured above, is the key to fishing success. Have the lures you plan to use readily available. Rods and reels are properly set up for the fishing you plan to do. Everything is prepared the day before your trip so when the ... Continue Reading

The Fix It All

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen If there’s one item that every boater, angler and human needs, it’s duct tape. Keep a roll in the garage, the truck and especially the boat.  You can stop a hole in an aluminum boat, a plastic canoe, a pair of waders, and even form a comfortable cork handle on a bass rod ... Continue Reading

Free of Fog

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen If you wear glasses, there is one thing you can count on in the outdoors—they will fog up. Fishing is equally frustrating, just try looking through misty glasses and a pair of fogged Polaroid clip-ons at the same time. Well, there’s hope. All it takes are some simple household items like dishwashing liquid and ... Continue Reading

Fly Rescue

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen If your flies or bucktail jigs are looking tired and tattered, you can bring them back to their fluffy past with 212 degrees of steam. Just fire up a pot of boiling water and grab an oven mitt and a pair of hemostats (pliers will also work). Hold the fly over the steam ... Continue Reading

Reel Rules

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen 1. Don’t dunk your reel in lake water. Even clear lakes have sand and other particulate matter floating in the water. 2. Use an approved reel oil and grease and don’t use WD-40. It’s a beeswax-based lubricant that when heated will leave a very hard finish that’s brutal to remove. 3. Rinse your reels at the ... Continue Reading

Vertical Fishing

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen One deadly summer and fall bass technique is to helicopter a spinnerbait against vertical structures like tall trees, bluffs walls, and bridge pylons. Bounce the bait off the structure, open the bale and let it drop vertically while maintaining line control. Watch for the slightest hesitation in the line, and set the hook. You can ... Continue Reading

Match the Egg Hatch

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen One of the best places to find big trout is where salmon are spawning. Trout or char will lay behind a spawning bed to voraciously consume eggs as they float by. With hundreds of salmon often representing four different species in a river at the same time, it can be tough to identify exactly ... Continue Reading

Change Your Line

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen The next time you pick up a reel, ask yourself; How long has that line been there? Line that has been used regularly should be changed every 60 days. If your reel has been sitting in the corner all season, you need to change it at least once a year.  Fluorescent lights, temperature changes, ... Continue Reading

Turning Green

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen Seasickness will turn a fun day on a boat into a miserable day of chumming your lunch into the water. Here are a few tricks to help keep the dreaded green monster at bay. Stay in the fresh air while the boat is underway. Stay out of the cabin, and don’t stare at ... Continue Reading

Match the Crawfish Hatch

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen Take the guesswork out of which color and size crawfish to use with this inventive trick the bass pros won’t share by using a simple South Bend Crawfish trap. Stop at the local 7-11 on the way to the lake, and buy the cheapest, fishiest cat food you can find.   Walk several yards ... Continue Reading

Rejuvenate a Gore-Tex Rain Jacket

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen Over time, your jacket absorbs dirt and pollutants reducing its ability to shed water. The jacket then starts absorbing moisture, preventing it from breathing.  Although it may not leak, you’re left feeling clammy and armed with the knowledge that you spent $250 or more on a premium raincoat that now functions like a ... Continue Reading

Spool Organizer

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen I used to let the extra spools that came with my new reels sit in the box unused. Now I take all the spare spools I can get my hands on and load them up with my favorite line and line sizes. Then I mark each spool with a Sharpie and store it ... Continue Reading

Stealth Fishing

April 17, 2013
Peter B. Mathiesen If you spend much time stream fishing, learn to move slow, stay in the shadows and wear drab colors. Staying out of the sun will keep smallmouth and trout at the end of your line.   Continue Reading

Save Money by Making Your Own Chum

April 17, 2013
Capt. Gary Morin, IAFF 146 Chum is an effective and proven method of bringing in game or bait fish, but anyone who has paid for chum knows how expensive it can get.  So don’t pay for it.  After each trip, most saltwater anglers have leftover bait like partially frozen mackerel, herring, dead sea worms, defrosted sea ... Continue Reading

Successful February Bass Fishing in the Southeast

April 17, 2013
Jamie Olive, IAFF 4103 February is generally still cold but the fishing starts to heat up as the water begins to warm. When water temperatures crawl into the high 40s and low 50s, look for Largemouth (the big females that are full of eggs) to be on rocky points and rip-rap walls where the sun baked ... Continue Reading

Swim Baits For Giant Fall Muskies

April 17, 2013
Bob McNally Catching oversize muskies isn’t easy anywhere, by anyone. But if you’re going to do it, autumn is the time, as the big toothy predators are on the prowl chowing down for the coming winter. Huge muskies are caught with many different style and action lures. But in recent years hand-made, meticulously hand-painted “swim baits” have ... Continue Reading

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