Ronell Smith talks about how the swimbait has advanced through the years.
James Hall discusses how to act once you catch a fish.
James Hall talks about saving face with other anglers by practicing catch and release.
James Hall shows us how to act like you're catching a big one even if you haven't caught anything all day.
James Hall gives potential anglers tips on how to appear like they know how to use a spinning rod.
The first time Kevin VanDam saw Strike King's King Shad, he rolled his eyes.
When Georgian Mike Echols fishes topwater plugs, crankbaits or spinnerbaits, his go-to color is shad. Echols, who competes in CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open tournaments, figures you can't go wrong emulating the bass' No. 1 forage.
If you've ever spent much time on Lake Texoma, the sprawling 89,000-acre impoundment along the Texas-Oklahoma border, you understand how frustrating it can be trying to catch the finicky bass living around the lake's dozens of docks and crowded boat stalls. Cast after cast will go untouched, even though you know without a doubt that fish are present.
When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, you can have every aspect of fishing covered the right rod and reel, good line, an effective lure and a solid pattern that will give your thumb the sandpaper look of a grizzled veteran but without the proper hook, and a sharp one at that, you're not going to catch many fish. It's as simple as that! Trying to land a fish without a good hook is like trying to cut a steak with a butter knife.