Topics: Tips

Berkley Tacklebox: Rock solid postspawn tactics

Jan 23, 2008

The postspawn bass in your home lake are on the move and tough to pattern. One thing is for certain: You know the fish are moving from shallow to deep water. Beyond that, postspawn is all about a game of intercepting the movement of fish that generally are not aggressive, coming off the rigors of the spawning cycle itself.

Berkley Tacklebox: Catching deep water smallmouth

Jan 23, 2008

Trying to put a pattern together for last year's BASS Elite Series event on Lake Oneida, I was lucky enough to spot birds that were actively feeding on baitfish. I got close enough but not too close to see that they were stuffing themselves on juvenile yellow perch that were being pushed to the top of the water column through an opening in some aquatic grasses.

Berkley Tacklebox: Slow Baits Equal Big Florida Bass

Jan 23, 2008

Wish you had a dollar for every time a cold front or a thunderstorm in your area caused your favorite lake's Florida-strain largemouth bass to develop lockjaw? By now we've realized that it happens because Florida-strain largemouth are more affected by weather changes and drops in water temperature than Northern-strain largemouth are even in summer. But in late spring/early summer, before the water temperature has stabilized, they can seem especially temperamental.

Berkley Tacklebox: Bass And Deep Water Ledges

Jan 23, 2008

It's not unusual for people to equate bass fishing with the shallow-water flipping and pitching that goes on so many places throughout the country. True, largemouth bass, when they inhabit structure-filled watersheds, will be found regularly around the bank, near blown-down trees, hydrilla, lily pads and other places that provide them outstanding places to both forage and hide.

Berkley Tacklebox: Cranked up on fluorocarbon

Jan 23, 2008

If you respool your reels as much as I do, I hope you stocked up on some extra fluorocarbon line recently because it's summer and you're going to need it.

Berkley Tacklebox: Goby with a Southern Drawl

Jan 23, 2008

Sometimes, you just don't know what's going to be on the other end of the line when you reel it in. On most days, that can be a pretty fun prospect especially in a place you don't fish a lot. It was that way when I was on Lake Erie, bobbing up and down on big wave after big wave, fishing for some of those giant smallmouth bass.

Berkley Tacklebox: No one fishes with just one bait!

Jan 23, 2008

Whether I'm watching one of those med shows like or my experience is more firsthand, I'm always amazed at the number of tools surgeons need to work. From 15 different types of scalpels, to who knows how many needles, forceps, hemostats those guys run through a lot of equipment.

Berkley Tacklebox: Wacky Rigging Soft Plastics

Jan 23, 2008

In a never-ending quest to catch more and bigger fish, anglers have learned to embrace a multitude of baits and techniques. Hard to believe, but at one point, even the beloved, tried-and-true Texas rig was cutting edge. We've learned to flip and pitch, cast monstrous swimbaits and even rig a drop shot. And though these fishing techniques began as foreign to most of us, eventually they found their way into the bass fishing vernacular.

Berkley Tacklebox: How to use scented baits for cold water bass

Jan 23, 2008

After seeing what I have while fishing thousands of days in hundreds of tournaments across the country, I know that scented baits catch more fish. It's no secret, really, and nowadays pretty much every angler uses scented baits to his or her advantage.

Berkley Tacklebox: Berkley pros picks for Sooner Run

Jan 23, 2008

For the second year, the Bassmaster Elite Series schedule takes the world's top bass anglers to Oklahoma's Grand Lake of the Cherokees. Located in the far northeast corner of the state, Grand Lake draws in visitors, vacationers as well as full- and part-time residents from several states. But in addition to being a popular spot for the pleasure boaters, anglers flock to Grand Lake for some the state's best fishing.

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