Techniques for better bass fishing, part 1


Learn or refine these techniques to improve your bass fishing success in 2022

PARK FALLS, Wisc. – It’s a new year, and if you’ve resolved to take steps to improve your bass-angling success and enjoyment in 2022, you’re reading the right article.

We all have our own confidence lures and presentations. But what happens when these go-to techniques fail to produce? Well, you either adapt or go home disappointed. That’s why learning a new technique or presentation – or refining one you’ve dabbled in – is one of the easiest ways to become a more effective bass angler.

We asked four of our St. Croix pros to tell us a bit about one of their favorite bass presentations. We hope the information they share will arm you with the information and confidence you’ll need to give these techniques a try – or improve your skills and success with them – in the coming season.

Jerkbaits with Dax Szegda, Chetek, Wisconsin

Dax Szegda has guided anglers in Northwest Wisconsin for the past 14 years while also pursuing a busy tournament schedule. “I fish anywhere where smallmouth bass live and wherever my tournaments take me,” he says. “I love fishing for anything, but there’s something about putting five big bass in the livewell on tournament day or hunting for a giant smallmouth and looking into those red eyes before letting it go. That’s what it’s all about for me.”