Pro Pointers

How to Select Line For Cover with Brandon Palaniuk and Denny Brauer

Bass are drawn into dense weed growth as water temperatures peak in summer. Not only are bass protected from the heat of the sun by canopies of surface vegetation, but these sheltered areas also feature an endless array of feeding options, as baitfish and small panfish are pulled into weedy cover for the chance to survive another day. Anglers have …

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Jacob Wheeler’s Winning Strategy on Cherokee

VMC Neon Moon Eye Jigs, the new Storm 360GT Searchbait and Rapala Jigging Raps helped Jacob Wheeler win the first Bassmaster Elite Series regular- season tournament held on Tennessee’s Cherokee Lake. “The big key for me was that VMC Neon Moon Eye Jig,” Wheeler said on the weigh-in stage, shortly before hoisting the championship trophy. “It has a big eye …

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Behind the Scenes with Mike Iaconelli

I’ve heard of guys bragging about having their own Bass Pro in their shops but they’re nothing compared to what Mike Iaconelli has in his shop! A big shout out to 1Rod1ReelFishing for posting this video, check them out and subscribe!  

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Seven Secrets to a Perfect Fillet

You can catch your fish and eat some too! To make the most of your stringer when its time for shore lunch, pack a Rapala® fillet knife, fork and board and follow the tips below for fashioning beautiful fillets. 1. Choose The Right Tool For The Job When shore lunch is on the menu, a classic Fish’N Fillet® or Fish’N …

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How to Catch Big Bass on a Buzz Bait in the Fall with Ott Defoe

Feel that bite in the autumn air? That means it’s buzz bait time. “I catch ‘em real good on a buzzbait all fall long, especially in October,” says Ott DeFoe, a 4-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and the 2011 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year. That’s because bass go shallow in the fall, following baitfish and putting on the feedbag. “When the …

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How to Catch Fall Smallmouth by Mitch Eeagan

Super shallow and non-structured bottoms entice cold water smallmouth bass By Mitch Eeagan Cool days and even colder nights have water temperatures tumbling; bug hatches are coming to a halt. The once warm summer rains are turning bitter, too – crawlers and the like burrowing deep rather than getting washed into the drink. Young-of-the-year fishes that have avoided being eaten …

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How to Fish the New VMC Gliding Jig

Think you’ve seen it all when it comes to finesse baits? Think again. Tie on a VMC Gliding Jig and you won’t believe your eyes. But the fish will. And they’ll bite it when they won’t hit anything else. “The action that this bait has, I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Randall Tharp, a three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and …

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Six Quick Tips for Catching Walleye with Al Linder

Among the differences between Rapala® pro anglers and recreational anglers is a depth of experience that enables the pros to avoid making — and repeating — common mistakes on the water. Here’s six unforced errors to watch out for. You’ll catch more walleyes if you do! 1. Fish Too Deep, Too Soon The biggest mistake many walleye anglers make is …

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How to Catch Bass with an Ultra Light Popper

When big fish are following tiny forage, you gotta go small for big success. To match the hatch, tie on a Rapala® Ultra Light Pop. “When you hear people talking ‘match the hatch,’ they’re often talking more about color,” says Bernie Schultz, a seven-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier. “But matching the size of the forage that fish are eating is equally …

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How to Catch Bass with Poppers in the Fall

Among his peers in professional tournament competition, Bobby Lane is best known for his skill using spinnerbaits and Carolina rigs, but when water begins cooling in the autumn, the Yamaha Pro often changes to a topwater popping plug. Usually considered a summertime lure, Lane actually keeps a popper tied on throughout the fall months. “Topwater popping lures are more versatile …

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