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Bass go for cover when it’s sunny, and scatter when it is cloudy. When the sun is shining, it can be expected that fish will come and bite when the lure is close to cover. This is not true for cloudy days, when they can bite anywhere.
During autumn, cast your bait down stream. This should yield better results.
In the Spring, position yourself in shallow waters, cast deep upstream, and use a 1/8 ounce weight.
The ideal time for bass fishing is in the early hours of the morning, or late in the evening. These are the times when bass are on the feed. However, on cloudy days or in muddy water, bass will come out to feed in mid afternoon.
Check the surface of the water. If it’s covered with moss, try a scent – which can serve to penetrate through the thick cover.
There is no need for flashy colors when choosing a jig. Use only the basics, such as brownish black, or blue black.
Ideally, your worm should be suspended ninety percent of the time.
For good results, always make sure that your hooks are sharpened. While you’re at it, check your knot on a regular basis; make sure it is tied tightly.
It is important to learn to shake your bait, instead of dragging it. What this does is make the bass think that it is actually live bait.
For better setting of the hook, tighten your drag.
Although it is economical to buy in bulk, worms or tubes bought in large quantities can get smelly, even in open spaces. Keep them sealed in smaller bags, like those you buy for food storage. It is important that large mouth bass bait are stored airtight, to preserve freshness. This way, they can be kept anywhere for long periods of time. Note, our Walking Worms come in small bags of 8.
Planning is everything. Your bass fishing trip should begin before you even reach the water. Make sure you formulate a plan. After executing that plan for an hour or two, see if it is working, and contemplate moving on to “plan B” if it is not. Pay attention to your instincts.
Even if you have a favorite place to fish a “hot spot”, be sure to try new spots often.
It is important to study a lake map and think about the season you’re in, and consider weather conditions each time you go out to fish. Even if you are fishing on a very familiar lake, it is always important to investigate. This way, you may find a great fishing spot that you may have previously missed. A computer or various websites can also help you discern water levels, forecasts, and wind conditions.
Don’t give up just because a bass short strikes behind your top water bait, and you don’t connect with it. Simply cast different bait, quickly, and try again.
Try something smaller if you have been using larger lures and have only been getting a few nips and non-producing bites. In this sport, bigger doesn’t always mean better.
When fishing a stump, it is important to think about the root system. This is surprising to some people, but the roots might hold more fish than the main part of the stump itself.
When going after large fish in a lake, it is best to use strong, sturdy rods. The food in a lake is plentiful and rich, so expect to see fish weighing upwards of twelve pounds each. Lake fish can be many times bigger than those found in ponds and streams.
It is a known fact that Bass are smarter then many other types of fish. They are going to try to do whatever it takes to rid themselves of that hook, so it is best to be prepared. To keep your catch on the hook, the best thing a fisherman can do is keep the fish in the water. Hold your rod with the tip pointed down, angled towards the water. Bring the fish this way as close to shore as possible, then onto dry land. Once on dry land, it will be easier to concentrate on getting the hook out of the fish’s mouth. The same principle works with boats as well. As soon as you can, scoop him in the net, and bring the fish out of the water and on to the boat.
Before you release your bass, take a look inside of its mouth. Often, while fighting a lure in its jaw a fish will try and throw up the contents of its stomach. By looking at this, you might be able to determine what food the fish are actively eating, and then choose a lure that will duplicate that.
When using light lines or small hooks, make sure that you use a quality reel one with a smooth drag system to protect again sudden surges by a fighting bass.
On a regular basis, check your line right above the lure. Rocks, gravel, stumps, and other obstructions can quickly fray your line.
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Fish for Bass With a Walking Worm

One of the most effective and exciting means of catching bass is the walking worm. walking worms are typically five to seven inches long and mimic an earth worm with a slender back section ending with a paddle tail.
The line should be at least eight pound test. Tie the hook using a clinch knot. Pass the tag or loose end of the line through the eye of the hook. Twist the loose end around the main line six or seven times and then pass the tag end back through the small loop formed above the eye of the hook. Moisten the knot and pull it tight.

Place the walking worm on the hook using a Texas rigging. Place the top or fat end of the walking worm next to the point of the hook. Make sure the flat side of the worm is next to the hook. Push the point of the hook down through the top of the worm and through the center of the body for about half an inch. Push the point of the hook out through the flat side of the worm and slide the worm up past the turn in the shank of the hook.

Turn the hook back toward the worm and push the worm up slightly so there is excess plastic above the point. Push the point through the worm and out the other side. Straighten the worm and slightly insert the point into the worm body.

Cast the worm near a structure such as a dock, rocks, brush or a wall. Allow the worm to settle, which may take several moments as the worm is fished with no weight. Once the worm reaches the bottom, allow it to move with the currents of the water.

Begin to retrieve the walking worm by raising the tip of the rod. Repeat the motion two or three times which will result in a ticking or bouncing motion. Reel the worm a few feet and stop which will allow the worm to settle to the bottom once again.

Repeat the motion until the worm is completely retrieved. Recast the walking worm, paying particular attention to areas of small cover where a bass may be lying in wait. Remember to keep the slack of the line reeled in, as this will make setting a hook much easier. Allow the fish to take the bait before attempting to set the hook.
Tips & Warnings

There are many different colors of walking worms available. Try using alternating colors when fish seem to turn off or stop biting. It may also be advantageous to use different colors at different times of year or even day.

Use caution when rigging the worm Texas style. It is possible to push the point of the hook into a thumb or finger. Once the barb penetrates the skin is becomes very difficult to remove hooks.
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Thailand’s Lake Monster

The 7-acre (2.8-hectare) lake is one of several created in recent years near Bangkok for anglers who want to hook some of the world’s most exotic fish.
Lake Monster alone boasts roughly two dozen types of freshwater fish, many of them threatened with extinction.
This is allowing anglers to catch rare species without having to go into the wild and try to remove a very rare fish from its natural habitat.
People want to come and fish for these big fish, especially because many of these exotic species are new for Asia,” Parnitpechedpong said.
Lake Monster is now a haven for the Mekong giant catfish, a Southeast Asian beast that has seen its wild population drop by about 95 percent over the past century.
At 9 feet long and 646 pounds a Mekong giant catfish currently holds the record for the largest freshwater fish ever caught .Lake Monster also hosts alligator gar, which can grow as long as 10 feet and weigh 300 pounds .
These North American giants are not listed as endangered, but habitat loss and overfishing have taken a toll on the species’ preferred spawning habitats, contributing to significant population declines.

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Striped Bass Fishing

Striped bass fishing is one of the many types of bass fishing that has become very popular.Fishing for these incredible fish is both challenging and fun. Being that there is such a broad realm within the bass community, striped bass is in a category all its own.
Today we are going to discuss how you can get involved with this incredible opportunity and join the many enthusiastic anglers that have already been bitten by the bass bug.
Striped bass are most often called stripers and also rockfish because they can be frequently found in rocky areas that offer shelter and protection. There are several ways to catch these fish such as by casting, trolling and even bottom fishing. In most areas, stripers do not reproduce well requiring extensive game management and stocking. The best months for catching this game fish are late March through May. This is because striped bass begin to feed aggressively as they prepare to spawn.
Bait – Finding and using the right type of bait for stripers is the same as any other type of fishing. The more experienced striped bass fisherman will spend a lot of time looking for schools of baitfish. They know that when they find these schools that the fish will be very close by.
Casting or trolling with large plugs or fishing live bait under a bobber are all techniques that I have used when fishing for these animals. Chicken liver, normally a great bait for cat fishing, has been a proven good choice as natural bait. The most effective artificial baits, in my experience, are spoons and rattle traps. Live shad are the bait of choice when using live bait because they are the primary forage food for stripers.
Tackle – You need to know the difference types of tackle used for striped bass fishing just as you need to know the types of tackle used for any other game fish. Fishermen use a variety of tackle and methods to catch these hard fighting fish. Some who enjoy the fight may use light tackle while others who prefer to put food on the table will use heavier tackle. In my case, I usually go with the heavier tackle because these bass are some of the biggest game fish out there reaching weights of over seventy pounds.
When it comes to bass fishing, striped bass fishing is one of the favorites for many and you can also find yourself hooked by this incredible experience. There is just no way to describe the exhilaration you feel when you hook into one of these monsters and you discover that you are in for the fight of your life. Good luck to you on your next fishing adventure.
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Lucky Dog reels ’em in after first year in business

Jon Totzke had an ulterior motive in mind when he decided to start selling his own hand-made fishing lures.
“I figured this was an excuse to do more fishing,” Totzke said, with a chuckle. “I mean, you have to test them out, right. I’d tell my wife, ‘Honey, I have go do research.’ You can’t just throw them out there and say they work.”
But they do seem to work, and that’s why Lucky Dog Lures has grown faster and become a much bigger deal than Jon and his wife, co-owner Anne Marie Totzke, anticipated.

Jon and Anne Marie Totzke manufacture and sell a variety of handmade fishing lures at Lucky Dog Lures in Readfield. The couple has operated the business for the past year and it is growing quickly.

The couple manufactures the lures and operates the business out of their Readfield home. Lucky Dog Lures sells eight styles and 37 color combinations of beaded fishing lures with various blades. The Totzkes operate on both a wholesale and retail basis, and their lures can be found in 15 fishing stores across Wisconsin. They hope to sell the lures nationwide eventually and penetrate the Canadian market.
Jon, who also is a painting contractor, started the business about a year ago with the idea that it would provide an income during the winter months when the painting industry wanes.
“That was the plan, but it’s getting to be more and more of a full-time business for both of us,” said Anne Marie. “Really, it all started when we started making them for ourselves because we both love to fish. They started producing a lot of fish and people kept saying, ‘Wow, you should manufacture these.’ It was kind of a hobby that turned into a business.”
The couple needed a name for the business and got a good one after attending a Ducks Unlimited banquet in Oshkosh. They entered their names in a raffle for the grand prize of a new boat, motor and trailer. On a lark, they also entered the name of their dog, Willie, a 4-year-old golden retriever — one of three dogs the Totzkes own. A few days later, they received a call from Ducks Unlimited with the news that Willie was the grand prize winner, giving the Totzkes a new boat and a catchy business name.
“People kept saying what a lucky dog we had,” said Jon, who often wears a Lucky Dog T-shirt with Willie’s logo on it.
The Totzke’s lures are used by anglers of different skill levels and can snag a variety of fish. Most are made from stainless steel wire with blades of both nickel and polished brass. Jewelry beads of glass and brass arranged in different sequences complete the look.
“They’re very versatile — you can go from panfish to northern to bass to musky,” said Jon. “We’ve caught just about everything on them. Our lures are a combination of things. Fish like flash, color and sound, so we try and combine all three of those. We’re able to get the flash with our nickel and polished brass, color with the beads, and sound with the brass and the glass hitting each other, because when that happens it produces kind of a clacking noise underwater which attracts fish. Sound underwater is four times louder than above water.”
The Totzkes try to incorporate both old and new elements into their line of lures, and Jon initially was inspired by his 92-year-old grandfather’s tackle box.
Lures in the Lucky Dog lineup include the Chatter Bug spinner, which features a June Bug blade that has free-spinning action, glass beads for instant flash, brass beads for additional noise and shiny nickel hooks. The Chatter Bug is great for hooking panfish, walleye, bass, trout and northern pike.
Another popular lure is the Big Bugger, which has a June Bug blade and fire-polished glass beads which give off an enticing flash to attack bass, walleye and northern pike. The Chatter Bug comes in four color combinations and the Big Bugger is available in 10 color choices.
“You can’t make just one color,” said Jon. “Everything works differently depending on the lake. Right now, the red hooks and red beads are our big seller. But it depends on what lake you’re on. It depends on things like water clarity — whether it’s clear or cloudy — how much light you’re dealing with, and what the fish normally feed on in that lake. We have some new blades and have brought back some of the old blades like the June Bug, which has been around since the early ’60s.”
The Totzkes have made strong business contacts and learned more about their field by attending fishing shows around the country.
“We go to shows and talk to people who are fishing guides and field testers,” said Anne Marie. “We have six different fishing guides who are using our lures and even have field testers using them in California, Oregon, North Carolina, Tennessee and lower Michigan.”
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Variety Of baits That Bass Fisherman Can Use.

1734bass-and-fly-postersWhen there are a variety of baits
that work. The key is to understand why each of them
works and to only uses the correct bait for the
situation you are presented with.

In my opinion the spinnerbait is the best bait a bass
fisherman can use.

It is a versatile lure that you can use in a majority
of the situations you will encounter on the water.

There are two main varieties of spinnerbaits. One has
willow leaf blade and is designed to provide maximum
visual attractant to the fish.

The blade design creates a large surface to reflect
the available sunlight and make the bait visible to the

This type of spinnerbait should be used when you want
to attract fish through a sight pattern.

The second form of spinner has what is called an
“Indiana” style blade. These blades are rounded with
a cupped end. This design creates a great deal of
vibration as the bait is retrieved.

When attempting to fish using a sound pattern this
is the style of bait to use.

The great thing about a spinnerbait is its versatility.

By altering the speed of your retrieve you can fish
this lure on the surface of the water or as deep as
three to four feet with equal success.

It allows you to experiment with different pattern of
fishing without the need to change lures.

The spinnerbait is also a semi-weedless lure. I have
used them through the years with great success in dense
lily pads. A favorite approach of mine is to cast
directly into the pads, allowing the spinnerbait to
drop into pockets.

As a spinnerbait drops the rubber skirt flutters on its
way to the bottom. The often causes a strike on the drop.

When using this technique you need to be ready to set
the hook at this time. It is imperative also that
you have somewhat heavy line and a stout rod when
using this technique.

For deeper water pattern you need to switch baits.
The spinnerbait is no longer effective in water that is
6-12 feet deep.

For these situations I have two bait choices for you to

If the fish are very active the bait of choice in these
situations becomes the crankbait.

Crankbaits come in many different shapes. They also
have unique diving depths that are creates by the design
of the plastic lip of the bait.

You should have a variety of styles in your box so that
you can accurately present your bait to the bass at the
proper depth.

Crankbaits are designed to be retrieved much quicker
than most other baits. This bait is useful only when the
bass are active.

During the hot days of the middle of summer deep water
bass are not very active. To catch them you need a second
deep water bait in your arsenal. This is where the jig and
pig combo comes in handy.

A jig and pig consists of a colored jig head with a large
sharpened hook. Attached to that hook is a piece of pork

When I use this combo I like to have a contrast in colors
between the jig head and the pork rind. If I use a dark
jig head I will attach a bright chartreuse or white pork
rind to the hook.

I believe this combination gives me two chances to
provide and attractant to the bass. This bait is designed
to be fished very slowly. My preferred approach is to
bounce it off the bottom with a twitch of my rod and allow
it to settle back down.

I will also move it slowly with a series of jerks of the
rod tip. I am trying to create the image of a wounded
small fish.

Remember you are fishing conditions where the bass are
not very active. Bass in this state are not look to feed,
but will gobble up an easy meal if it is presented to
them the right way.

Perhaps the most enjoyable bait to use is the topwater
lure. It is the only bait that allows you to see the bass
strike it, often violently.

True topwater baits are best used in only specific
conditions. I will tie one to my line only when it is
near dusk and the water is very calm. I also like to see
topwater action on the lake before I fish in this manner.

When I observe my surroundings and see fish breaking the
surface and bass feeding off insects on the surface I
know it is time to tie on a topwater lure. When using a
topwater lure be sure not to set your hook too early.

The common mistake fishermen use when using this lure is
to attempt to set the hook when they first see the fish
behind their bait.

When you do this you will surely come up empty. You must
resist the urge to strike when you see the fish, wait
until you feel the fish with your rod tip before you set
the hook.

5 “Quick Shot” Artificial Bait Tips By: Thomas Husnik

If you enjoy a spot of bass fishing
then you’ve probably honed your
style and technique… however, did
you know that there is always room
for improvement in terms of your
technique and thus your catch rate?

First, take the time to choose the
bait to best suit your fishing needs
on a particular day.

For example, if the water is murky
then you do not want to choose bait
that will not show up on the bass’

Bass initially home in on their prey
because they notice movement, rather
than than how it looks.

This is why torpedoes and buzzbaits
are popular. They actually vibrate
to ensure that the bass can find them
in murky waters.

Crankbaits are also excellent;
especially those in metallic colors
that tend to flash a little as they hit
the light.

This will attract attention of bass in
the near vicinity and can really
encourage them to bite. As you can see,
choosing artificial bait is really all
about using logic.

Second, assess the state of the water
that you will be fishing. This is not
in terms of how dark or clear it is
but rather in relation to how much
vegetation there is or how many craggy
areas and rocky areas there are.

For example, if you are fishing where
there is plenty of vegetation then
some artificial baits will get stuck.

As such, you need to use weedless baits
to keep the line smooth and ensure that
you don’t get hung up.

If you are going to fish under rocks
and shelves then you need baits that
will sit deep in the water instead of
the top water.

Third, do not be afraid to switch baits
if you find that one is not working for

Depending on the conditions, weather
and number of people on your chosen
lake, bass may not bite from one day to
the next. This can be incredibly
frustrating for any bass fisherman.

Some experts in the field have
commented that bass will bite if you
are using a plastic worm in one lake
but then will ignore it in another.

You should never be afraid to
change your bait if you find that your
catch rate is not as high as it should

Fourth, tailor your bait to the type
of bass that you are trying to catch.

For example, smallmouth bass, largemouth
bass, striped bass and white bass may
all go for different types of bait.

White bass tend to go for spinnerbaits
whereas smallmouth bass tend to go
for plastic lures. Again this varies
from area to area so be sure to do your
research in advance.

Finally, find your comfort zone. Many
bass fishermen prefer certain baits and
lures to others out there purely and
simply because they feel more comfortable
using them and thus have greater
confidence in their abilities to catch
bass from one day to the next.

You should therefore try several
artificial baits out to see which ones
you feel more comfortable with using
before you actually settle into a regular

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