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Monday, December 21, 2015

How to Fish Subsurface Baits: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

@DarcizzleOffshore shows you how to fish subsurface baits using Bagley Bait's Sinking Mullet from the December Inshore Lucky Tackle Box.

How to Fish with Pencil Poppers: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Want to learn how to fish with a Pencil Popper?

We'll be showing you how with Gibbs Lures' 1/2 oz. Pencil Popper featured in the December Inshore Lucky Tackle Box.

How to Fish Inshore Swimbaits


@DarcizzleOffshore shows you how to fish an Inshore Swimbait using Bonehead Tackle's 4" Shad that was featured in the December Inshore Lucky Tackle Box.

How to Use an Octopus Hook: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

@Darcizzle Offshore shows you how to use the Mustad Classic Beak Octopus Series featured in the December Inshore Lucky Tackle Box.

December Panfish Tips: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

NIck, the @InformativeFisherman, shows you how to use every product in the December Panfish Lucky Tackle Box!

How to Fish a Jig Wobbler: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

@DarcizzleOffshore shows you how to fish a Jig Wobbler using the one we included in December's Lucky Tackle Box from Wake Fishing.

Friday, December 18, 2015

How To Fish Jigs in Winter: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

In this Lucky Tackle Box tips video, Travis Moran is going to show you how to fish football jigs in Winter using V&M's Pacemaker Football Jigs.

How to Get a No-Twist Dropshot Setup : Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Are line twists an issue for you when drop-shotting?

Travis shows you how Mustad's No-Twist Shot UltraPoint hook, from December's Lucky Tackle Box, is perfect for eliminating that problem.

How To Identify High Percentage Areas: Lucky Tackle Box

In this video, we'll show you how to find the high-percentage areas for catching cold winter-time bass with a drop-shot setup.

How To Fish Vertical Structure: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

In this video, you'll learn how to fish vertical structure and steep rocky bluffs for winter-time bass.

Monday, November 23, 2015

November Panfish Tips: Lucky Tackle Box

Nick, the @InformativeFisherman, with tips on how to use every product in the Panfish Edition of Lucky Tackle Box.

How to Fish Inshore Jig-Heads: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Darcizzle Offshore shows you how to fish the Dockside Bait & Tackle Goldeneye Jig-Heads that were featured in the November Inshore Lucky Tackle Box.

How to Fish Saltwater Chatterbaits: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Darcizzle Offshore shows you how to fish Saltwater Chatterbaits with the Z-Man DieZel Chatterbait that was featured in the November Inshore Lucky Tackle Box.

How to Fish Weedless Plastics: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Darcizzle Offshore shows you how to fish weedless soft plastics with the Mustad Power Lock Plus Ultra Point Worm Hooks that were featured in the November Inshore Lucky Tackle Box.

How to Fish Inshore Topwater Poppers: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Darcizzle Offshore shows you how to fish Surface Popper Lures like the LIVETARGET Mullet Popper  that was featured in the November Inshore Lucky Tackle Box.

How to Fish Inshore Spin-Baits: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Darcizzle Offshore shows you how to fish Inshore Spin-Baits using the Gapen Nepag Spinner that we included in the November Inshore Lucky Tackle Box.

How To Fish a Jig (advanced) : Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Learn How To Fish a Jig Beyond the Basics.

How to Maximize Reaction Baits: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Learn how to maximize your time on the water while using Reaction Baits.

How To Texas Rig: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Learn How To Texas Rig in this fishing tips video.

How to Rig Thicker Soft Plastics: Lucky Tackle Box Tips

Learn How To Rig Thicker Soft Plastics in this Lucky Tackle Box Tips video.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Andrew Flair's Top 5 Fall Baits

Andrew Flair discusses the Top 5 Fall Baits to throw for Bass in late Summer and Fall.

This time of year the bass tend to move shallow in search of bait fish. This can be a great opportunity to throw

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Crankbaiting Deeper Water Works Well in Late Summer

Yamaha Pro Mark Davis Offers Suggestions to Improve Your Technique

Even though it's September and the next major move bass make will be into shallow creeks and bays, Mark Davis still has a deep diving crankbait tied on and ready to cast. For him, the deep cranking season will continue for at least another month.

156lb Tarpon Landed

Jolly Roger Pier in Topsail Beach was the site of a flurry of tarpon activity last weekend as the silver kings chased mullet along beaches. The largest fish came on Sunday, Aug. 30, when Justin Avery of Creedmoor decked a tarpon that measured 78 ½ inches long with a girth of 35 5/8 inches. The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust weight calculator estimated the fish at 156 pounds.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Biggest Bass Ever Caught on Camera?

Butch Brown landing a 19.3lb Largemouth Bass on a Huddleston Deluxe swimbait. Video from the huddleston deluxe website.

As far as I am aware, this is Butch's biggest largemouth to date. The fish was caught on March 28, 2008. Not only an amazing catch, this may be the single biggest largemouth bass ever on film from the strike to the net. Butch is the man!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Lucky Tackle Box T-Shirts - LIMITED EDITION

Show up everyone at your local water and let them know you've got the tackle it takes to land that Lunker by rocking our official LIMITED EDITION Lucky Tackle Box t-shirt!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Spinning for Tuna

Does spinning tackle have a place offshore?

This yellowfin slammed a popper fished on stout spinning tackle by the Yamaha team around oil rigs off Louisiana.
If you like offshore fishing imagine this—three days running around the Gulf of Mexico in a triple Yamaha-powered 42-foot Invincible center console doing nothing but fishing for yellowfin and blackfin tuna with surface plugs.

Friday, July 17, 2015

July 2015 Lucky Tackle Box - Bass Box

The July 2015 Lucky Tackle Box (BASS) focused on giving all of our subscribers amazing baits from some of the best brands out there with a little twist... we put in a mystery item this month that also doubled as a contest for our subscribers! All we asked is that you take a photo of the surprise baits, post it on our Facebook page and use the hashtag #LTB.  Before the month is over, we're going to select a winner and send them a brand new Daiwa Baitcasting Rod and Reel worth $250!  Hope you enjoyed this month's box and good luck!
Total value: $31.97
The July box included the following...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 2015 Lucky Tackle Box - Inshore Saltwater

Our first Inshore Saltwater box was a huge hit and we hope you enjoy the second box of hand selected Saltwater items just as much as you did the last! We delivered a box worth $30.96.
Here is a list of everything we included along with links if you would like to purchase more...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Inshore Saltwater Fishing Tips

Whether you're trying inshore saltwater fishing for the first time or haven't been too successful with it in the past, brushing up on a few basic tips should go a long way toward making the experience as enjoyable and successful as possible. As with any type of fishing, relying on luck alone is a surefire way to come home empty-handed. Experiment with the following tips, and your inshore saltwater fishing game should improve considerably in no time.

June 2015 Lucky Tackle Box - Bass Box

The June 2015 Lucky Tackle Box focused on giving all of our subscribers amazing baits from some of the best brands out there... the water is warm and the action is hot so we needed to give you guys as much value as we could so you're at the top of your game!
This month, we've delivered a box to you worth $27.45.
The June box included the following...

  • Backstabber Lures Square Bill Crankbait (msrp: $8.99)
    • Features a unique design with a hook extending from the back of the bait as opposed to the belly, the Backstabber Square-Bill Crankbait repels snags better than conventional lures. Specially tuned and weighted to accommodate the top hook and swim true, this hook configuration also hooks fish in the top lip - greatly increasing your odds of landing those larger fish.
  • Castaic Swimbaits Jerky J (msrp: $5.99)
    • The boot tailed Castaic Jerky J Swim Series Swimbaits are some of the most realistic soft plastic swimbaits on the market today. Each bait is hand painted, offering an uncanny resemblance to one of bass' favorite forages. Perfect for rigging on a darter head, or umbrella rig. The Castaic Jerky J Swim Series Swimbaits - tie one on and get bit.
  • Vicious Fishing Crankbait (msrp: $3.99)
    • Vicious Crankbaits feature a non-tangling design that places the hook hangers in precisely the correct position to eliminate fouling and promote better hook sets. On the inside, the Vicious Crankbaits are equipped with an enhanced sound chamber that grabs bass' attention with a loud underwater acoustic.
  • Reaction Strike Fathead Jr.(msrp: $5.49)
    • A split bodied/tube style paddle tail bait!!! This bait is made of incredibly soft, but strong plastic. Patterns are painted below a layer of clear soft plastic.
  • Z-Man Pack of Soft Plastics (msrp: 3.99)
    • ElaZtech is a remarkable material that is soft and pliable, and as much as 10X tougher than other traditional soft plastic baits. ElaZtech resists nicks, cuts, and tears better than traditional soft plastic baits.
  • Mustad Hooks (msrp: $3.99)
    • Mustad Hooks deliver the ideal balance of hooking and holding power. The unique shape of the hook is intended to "lock" the fish into the elbow bend, making it harder for the fish to throw the lure.
  • 5-Hour Energy Energy Drink (Free Bonus Item)
  • Big Bass Monthly Issue 009

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Best Lures for Trout Fishing

Whether you are in a lake, river or stream, fishing for trout is one of the most popular pastimes in North America. Not so long ago, the favorite bait of trout anglers was fat, juicy earthworms. However, a variety of lures have proven to be versatile and effective at landing great catches worthy of trophies, bragging rights or dinner plates. The only problem is understanding which lure works best in various locations and conditions, but a few simple tips can help you in your selection.

Spoon Lures
Even though spoons have a simple design, they are very effective when it comes to hooking large trout. However, they work best when fishing deep waters, whether it is a river, stream or lake. These lures are heavy and sink quickly, so you need to start reeling them in right away. If a spoon hits bottom, it may drag or snag.

When fishing early in the season, look for a spoon that is heavy but less than an inch in length to attract trout. If the water is relatively clear, you will want to use one with natural colors, but if the water is cloudy, try a spoon that is silver or chrome on one side and fluorescent orange, green or yellow on the other.

Inline or Weighted Spinners
Spinners also work very well for catching trout, but there is such a wide variety that you have to choose carefully. Many anglers believe that spinners made to look like small fish with colors similar to that of trout are the most effective. However, gold, copper and silver are also popular choices. In addition, it is believed that hooks hidden in fur or faux fur tend to catch more trout than bare hooks.

It is a common belief that spinners work best in lakes that have been newly stocked with trout, but many anglers have experienced success with these lures in rivers and lakes supporting natural-born trout. When fishing with spinners, try to cast your line upstream or slightly up and across. Then, reel the lure in slowly just as it reaches downstream. Some anglers prefer to bait their spinning lures with small earthworms or red worms.

Stick Baits, Crank Baits and Jerk Baits
Stick bait, crank bait and jerk bait are usually used for catching bass, but they can work well with rainbow trout and other trout species as long as you know how to use them, which can take a while to learn. These types of lures look like minnows or other small fish. They are lightweight and float on or just below the surface of the water. Some anglers try to sink these lures a little deeper by using weights, but this can be dangerous because they are prone to snags.

One popular practice is to bring a selection of these lures when trout fishing but reserve them as backups. When other lures fail to catch anything, crank baits, jerk baits or stick baits may come through.

Rubber Jigs
Experienced trout anglers rarely use rubber jigs, but they have been known to catch some decently sized fish. Rubber jigs work best in shallow creeks with clear water and a moderate current. It is recommended that you attach a small float to your line to adjust the depth of the lure when it is in the water.

What type of lure is your go-to when fishing for trout? Let us know in the comments below!

Monday, June 15, 2015

5 Tips for River Fishing

River fishing is one of the most entertaining and exciting types of fishing there is, but one thing about it is certain: River fish can be crafty and hard to catch. People spend years learning the ins and outs of a particular stretch of river and the fish that inhabit it before they begin reeling in great catches. While most of us don’t have that much time to commit or live close enough to become experts, you can greatly improve your chances of a successful river-fishing trip with the following tips...

Monday, June 8, 2015

World Record Grouper

Just when Alex Newman was ready to give up and declare defeat at a charity fishing tournament Saturday, history hit his line.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Efficient Fishing

Get Organized, Catch More Fish
Managing tackle in a manner that engenders efficiency is no easy matter. But it's one of the most important things you can do to put more fish in the boat on every trip.

"Whether you're prepping for a trip or out on the water, scrambling to find lures, pliers or other gear wastes time and costs you fish," says veteran guide and obsessive organizer Bernie Keefe. "Investing a little time and effort to organize tackle eliminates such headaches and makes you an efficient fishing machine."

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Seven Tips for Hittin, Flippin' and Pitchin' Targets

Jared Lintner teams the right tools with knowledge, practice and jig/trailer combinations to coax big bass from docks and heavy cover. Follow his seven guidelines to flipping and pitching success!

When Big Baits Work Best for Bass

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 2015 Lucky Tackle Box

The May 2015 Lucky Tackle Box focused on giving all of our subscribers amazing Spring baits from some of the best brands out there... the water is warm and the action is hot so we needed to give you guys as much value as we could so you're at the top of your game!
This month, we've delivered a box to you worth $33.46. 
The May box included the following...

The Top Father’s Day Gift for Fisherman!

Don’t know what to get your Dad or Grandfather or Uncle this Father’s Day?
We’ll make it easy on you… get Dad a subscription to Lucky Tackle Box. It’s the best gift for any angler!
Why is it the best gift? Glad you asked…

May 2015 Lucky Tackle Box - Inshore Saltwater Box

Our first Inshore Saltwater box! We delivered a box worth $38.75. Here is a list of everything we included along with links if you would like to purchase more...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Best Lures for Smallmouth Bass

Everyone has their go-to lures when it comes to smallmouth bass fishing. Some swear by certain colors, body types or sizes. Bass can be found at various depths, and choosing the best lure to take advantage of the fish’s location within the water column is important. Below are a few of the best smallmouth bass lures we recommend you try:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

5 Shallow Water Fishing Tips

Fishing in shallow water requires a completely different set of techniques. Everything from the way you cast to the lures you use will play a role in whether or not you finish out the day with a successful catch. In no particular order, here are five easy tricks you can use when you’re fishing in shallow water:

  1. Select your bait based on the clarity of the water. If it’s muddy and murky, you’ll probably have better luck using darker bait like a black plastic worm. If the water is more clear, something more translucent like a see-through blue will work better.
  2. Cast underhand or sidearm, pulling back just as the lure hits the water to reduce its splash. A powerful cast will disrupt the water with a big splash, causing fish to potentially get spooked and swim away. On a related note, use smaller, lightweight lures that won’t cause a big splash.
  3. Improve casting accuracy by pitch casting. Give your lure about 3-4 feet of slack and hold it in one hand. Point the rod straight out to where you want the lure to land and add some tension to the rod so the line is taut. Toss the lure out into the water and repeat that pullback motion to reduce the splash.
  4. Maneuver your boat slowly. Fish living in shallow water love to hang out near vegetation or fallen branches. If you see areas like this, don’t power through them. Drift whenever possible and leave your boat’s electronics off so as not to spook any fish directly beneath you.
  5. Try using a wacky rig. If you’re fishing for bass, a wacky rig will allow both sides to move in the water and, if you’ve baited it with a worm, will cause it to kick and put some resistance into the water. You’re less likely to have your rig move several feet away from your initial cast point and more likely to get some strikes.

Shallow water fish tend to spook very easily. By treating their habitat with a delicate touch, you’ll get better results each time you go out to fish in shallow bodies of water. Got a tried and true technique that works for you in shallow water? Let us know about it in the comments below!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Avoiding Common Fishing Mistakes

A lot of what you’ll learn about fishing will come with experience, but there are always a few mistakes that new fishermen and women make when they’re getting started. Here are a couple that we hear people regularly running into, and how we suggest avoiding them while you get your sea legs.

  • Using worn-out fishing line is a no-no. Using old line can prevent your lures from shifting like you want them to, or the line could snap on you when you’re trying to reel in a bigger catch. Swap out your line on a regular basis. Doing so will keep you from losing good lures and baits. Run your fingers over your line regularly to check for abrasions or nicks and cut off any damaged line you find. Replace old line with braided or monofilament line.
  • Giving the line too much slack is a mistake everyone is guilty of at one point or another. A line with too much slack on it reduces the amount of control you have over the line, making it easier for a fish to shake loose from your hook or snap the lure off your line completely. You’ll also be less likely to feel gentle tugs on your line. Keep the line comfortably tight and allow just a little bit of slack.
  • Using an old hook or the wrong hook for the job will significantly reduce your chances of catching a fish. Fish vary in size and strength, meaning a small hook won’t do the job when you’re trying to reel in a big catch, but a large hook could scare off those smaller fish. Plan ahead and know what you’re intending to catch before you cast into the water. Avoid using a dull or rusty hook—chances are it’s not as sharp as it needs to be and you run the risk of your hook breaking.
  • Avoiding windy conditions might mean missing out on a great chance to catch some fish. The wind can be a hindrance to you, but plenty of fish like to search for food when the wind picks up. Use the wind to your advantage by casting downwind to catch those feeders.
  • A tired fish is easier to reel in. Don’t immediately try to get your catch on the boat. The shorter the distance between you and the fish, the stronger the pull. Let them wear themselves out a little before you pull them in.
  • Too much talking can take away from your concentration and potentially scare off the fish. Keep it quiet and stay focused when you’re out on the boat. Some bites will be very subtle, requiring a lot of focus on your line and a steady hand. Plenty of pros preach the importance of staying focused and quiet, so get into the habit of it from the beginning!

Do you have any mistakes you made when you first started fishing? Let us know what they were in the comments below!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Springtime Spinnerbaits

If you are fishing the fabled reservoirs of the East or the clear sprawling impoundments of the American West, you will find top bass fishermen using the flashing blades of a spinnerbait to bring home big bass action each spring.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 2015 Lucky Tackle Box

The April 2015 Lucky Tackle Box gave our subscribers a great combination of baits for this time of year, when the water (and bass) is heating up. This month, we've delivered a box to you worth $28.97. 
The box included the following...
  • Bagley Baits Balsa B Series Crankbaits (msrp: $8.99)
  • Jig & Tonic Football Jig (msrp: $5.00)
  • Skinny Bear Fishing Shad Eye Swimbait (msrp: $5.99)
  • Mustad Hooks (msrp: $4.00)
  • Z-Man/El Grande Lures/Bass Assassin Lures Pack of Soft Plastics (msrp: 4.99)
  • Baitmate Fish Attractant Free Bonus Item 
  • Big Bass Monthly Issue 007

Monday, April 13, 2015

Finesse Jig and Little Pig

The finesse jig with pork trailer is one of the most consistent producers of bass when water temperatures tumble into the low 40s and below.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Heat Up Cold Weather Bass Action with Multi-Rigs

One of the hottest trends to hit fishing in recent years has been the umbrella rig, a.k.a. “Alabama Rig.”  While some tournaments have eliminated its use, it remains an exciting tool to experiment with. Best of all, it can really heat up the bass action when fish seem sluggish in late winter and early spring.

Last winter, I did some bass-hopping along the TVA trail with Jimmy Mason. Jimmy, an FLW and former Bassmaster Elite Series angler who guides professionally in northern Alabama, gave me a crash course in multi-rigging on three famous Tennessee River impoundments: Wilson Lake, Pickwick Lake and Lake Guntersville.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Added Advantage

Hey folks, 
My name is John Gillespie, the host and producer of JOHN GILLESPIE'S WATERS & WOODS television show. Over the past 17 years we have produced 807 consecutive episodes, in other words, a new show each and every week. I am not an expert fisherman, instead I rely on the expert guides that service the upper Midwest. Over the years I have learned a lot from these guys and I hope our viewers have too.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 2015 Lucky Tackle Box

The March 2015 Lucky Tackle Box gave our subscribers the perfect baits for catching big bass this time of year.  We partnered with some popular brands and introduced some hidden gems to deliver you a box worth $29.22.  The box included the following...
  • LiveTarget Lures Crawfish Crankbait (msrp: $12.99)
  • Bigfoot Baits Kicker Craw (msrp: $4.00)
  • Snag Proof Bass Grabber Double Hook Jig (msrp: $4.99)
  • Skinny Bear Fishing Dropshot Hook (msrp: $2.25)
  • V&M Baits Wild Thang Worms (msrp: 4.99)
  • Baitmate Fish Attractant Free Sample 
  • Big Bass Monthly Issue 006
If you haven't tried it yet, you can try it risk-free and get your first box for just $5 when you use code SAVE10 at checkout. See for yourself why LTB is the #1 monthly fishing box.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Using Wake Baits to Catch Big Bass

Wake baits are taking the bass movement by storm, and for good reason. These tantalizing cranks give new meaning to the term “topwatering” and provide a niche factor for garnering strikes when other baits fail to make the grade. Come and uncover the wake craze – its one bait worth doing a background check on.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Flutter Spoons for Largemouths

The outing was a lesson in frustration. Pounding typical shoreline structure had produced few largemouth bass, and as the day crept forward, my reliance on this fruitless pattern showcased my fishing shortcomings. “They were here last week,” I muttered to myself, although in slightly more colourful prose.
And so, with my rod firmly tucked between my legs, I began the ride back to the ramp in what can best be described as a drive of shame.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Casey Ashley Wins 2015 Bassmaster Classic

Casey Ashley Wins 2015 Bassmaster Classic

GREENVILLE, S.C. — On Sunday evening at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Casey Ashley completed a journey that began more than three decades ago and seemed to drag on forever these past few weeks.

The 31-year-old South Carolina native, who has lived just a few miles from Lake Hartwell all his life, caught five bass that weighed 20 pounds, 3 ounces to cap a moving victory in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on his home waters with a three-day total of 50-1.

The weight was enough to help Ashley pass Elite Series pro Bobby Lane of Florida, who finished second with 46-15, and Texas angler Takahiro Omori, who placed third with 44-3.