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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!

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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!