Savvy smallmouth anglers have learned from experience that the best way to catch a trophy-size brown bass is to offer it a magnum-size meal.
Close your eyes, reach into your tacklebox and grab a topwater bait. Chances are, it will catch bass. Maybe not right now. Maybe not even today or tomorrow - but sooner or later, every surface bait you own will pull a largemouth up from the depths and into your boat. Knowing which one to use, however, shouldn't be left to chance, and the country's top pros can't rely on a roll of the dice. They have to know, without a hint of a doubt, which bait will produce and which one won't. Their livelihoods depend on it.
Soon after large creature baits proved their stuff, lure makers introduced downsized versions. Do they measure up to their larger predecessors?
While bass living in those waters have the same basic needs, catching them requires an understanding of the differences in how fish live and feed in such dissimilar environments.
Fallen trees provide all-important cover for fish and visible, identifiable targets for fishermen. Some, however, are better than others.
In this article, you can read how when having the choice of an ever widening array of lures and tactics, sometimes just getting back to the basics with a little discernment and a little "old school" thinking is not a bad idea.
A highly ingored fact is that red clay bluffs or banks are like magnets for fish.
Mark Menendez keys in on how to fish for bass during a drought.
Several anglers who stumbled on Day One of the Empire Chase enjoyed revivals on the second and final day before the top 12 cut.