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Sensational New Softbaits for Bass - In-Fisherman. Steve Quinn - April 22, 2019 I’m sure Nick and Cosma Creme, purported molders of the first “rubber worm,” would never believe that lures derived from their kitchen tinkering would still be making headlines 70 years later. From the original nightcrawler look, softbaits have morphed into every shape and color envisioned by anglers, enabled by today’s sophisticated plastic-pouring machines. When I began tournament fishing in the mid-1970s, worms were just coming on the scene, soon to be followed by grubs and pork-shaped trailers. The most popular lures still were plugs, in-line spinners, spoons, floating minnowbaits, and topwater lures. By most accounts, bass were far easier to catch in those days, being relatively unpressured in most waters.

We used tackle that was crude by today’s standards, and few if any electronic aids, yet we made epic catches. Toward Better Softbaits Some baits came with flavors baked in, while sprays and juices emerged to be added before casting. But soon after Gulp!’ Channel Catfish In Streams | In-Fisherman. Z-Man Fishing Products' Slim SwimZ. YUM's Kill Shot. Z-Man's Hula StickZ: an Update. In-Fisherman | The World's Foremost Authority On Freshwater Fishing. Catalog.pdf. Four Winning Lures to Catch More River Smallies | River Smallies. Posted on June 14, 2007 Guest Article by Bill Schultz Fishing for smallmouth bass is my passion. I love chasing smallies on lakes, but enjoy the river experience even more. I’ve spent hundreds of hours wading smaller rivers from Southeast Wisconsin to the Southwest corner of the state. In recent years, I’ve done some productive exploring on the Wisconsin, Menominee, Oconto and St.

Croix rivers by boat. In this article, I’m going to tell you what my four favorite lures are to catch river bronzebacks and how I use them. Rebel Teeny Wee-Crawfish Since I caught my very first river smallie on the Wisconsin River in August of 1995 on Rebel’s Teeny Wee-Crawfish, this little fish catching magnet has been my constant companion on every one of my excursions for river smallies. The Rebel Teeny Wee Crawfish I fish it on a 6’6” or 7’ St.

Another bonus is that you don’t have to be an expert to fish it. YUM Dinger In recent years, Senko-style lures have become very popular. Mepps Aglia Streamer. Smallmouth Bass Fishing | A Guide to Smallmouth Bass Fishing. Everything Smallmouth | Smallmouth Fishing Tips, Articles and Videos Everyday | Page 3. Have you tried out the Reactions Innovations Skinny Dipper bait? If not, you are missing out on a great artificial bait smallmouth bass fishermen, as well as other casting for other species of fish are raving about. Let’s take a look at this bait While this might appear elementary to an experienced fishermen, those just beginning their adventure as a smallmouth enthusiast will need to learn how to set the hook before any fish appear with a lure in their mouth. Yes, sometimes game fish, and smallies in Fishermen are creatures of habit. When we find a river, lake, or impoundment that produces smallmouth bass in abundance we tend to stick with this body of water for the majority of our fishing time.

Doing so is fine if you are happy fishing You guys living in the states of Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington have one of the premier smallmouth fisheries in America. We all have favorite baits that are our “go to” smallmouth bass lures when the fishing gets tough. The St. Solutions for Smallmouth Bass Jigs | In. Missile Baits Shockwave « Wired2Fish.

Truth be told, I almost gave up on smaller paddle tail swimbaits. A large majority of the ones I’ve used never impressed me—I could never see what the hype was about. They’d slowly roll back and forth and if you’re lucky, the tail would decide to kick every now and then. I might as well have been straight-reeling a stick worm. I’ve had a chance lately, however, to play around with the Missile Baits Shockwave and it has restored my faith in the small swimbait. It has incredible action, it stays intact for a bunch of fish catches and it doesn’t cost you your firstborn. Incredible action Get this—the Missile Baits Shockwave is a swimbait that actually swims. The section of this swimbait that connects the paddle tail to the body is extremely thin and flexible, giving the Shockwave’s tail the chance to do its job.

When you hold the Shockwave between your fingers, you can feel the tail continuously vibrating with even the smallest movement of your hand. Surprisingly durable Versatile. 7 Steps for Organizing Soft Plastics « Wired2Fish. Organizing your bass fishing soft plastics doesn’t have to be confusing, daunting or frustrating. Although it may seem like a bunch of mind numbing labor, I’ve been using a simple organization system that allows for much easier and more modular storage.

This system has given me 5 major advantages since implementing it. Find what you need in a hurry—Fishing is a time-sensitive sport. When a group of bass gets fired up, you need to be able to re-rig and continue casting within a few seconds. Your preparedness often correlates directly to your success.Lighten your load—There’s no sense in carrying hundreds of extra pounds in soft plastic baits when you’re bass fishing. It slows down your boat, hurts your fuel mileage and negatively impacts your ride in rough water. Step 1: Dump it It’s probably going to drive you crazy—even though your soft plastics are in major disorder, you always knew where your favorite color “might” be located. Step 2: Categorize broadly Step 3: Separate it further. Finesse fishing's most overlooked lure. To me, plastic grubs rank as finesse fishing’s most overlooked lure, which is surprising, since they’ve been around since 1958. They’re among the easiest of all finesse lures to use, since they imitate small baitfish swimming through open water; you can fish them anywhere in the water column, including on the surface in place of buzz baits in thick vegetation.

I use grubs to cover water with a horizontal presentation. That means casting and winding, and it could hardly be easier. You don’t want to overwork grubs with a lot of jerks, pauses and speed changes. Only on rare occasions, when I’m absolutely certain I know bass are feeding on the bottom, will I use a short hopping presentation right along that bottom, and even then I only move the lure in very short hops. Grubs have three basic tail designs that create the lure’s action, and water temperature essentially determines which tail style I use. Line size is critical, too. Want more? Fishing Grubs, The React Lure for all Seasons. One of the most versatile of all lures, the grub mimics baitfish better than almost any other soft plastic bait, and they can be fished many different ways and all year round.

A grub's fat short body and thin twisting tail displaces a tremendous amount of water as it moves along, the bass picks up the vibrations with its lateral lines and movement means food. Once the bass has found the bait its natural shape and color gives him no reason to suspect a trap. In cold water, winter and early spring, the fish are more sluggish and a slower more deliberate presentation is necessary to fool them. Flipping, and Topwater Grubin' and Shakin' are excellent techniques to catch grub fish this time of year. John Bailey, a Southern California bass fisherman known for his Jig prowess, flips for bass all year long. Like many West Coast fishermen, John's first lure of choice is the Yamamoto grub, he flips a 4" smoke pepper or smoke sparkle w/blue flake. I use a 6' 6" medium action Graphite spinning rod.

Meal Worms: Best Live Bait for Spring Trout. Photo by Gorman Studio I always carry garden worms and mealworms during the early days of trout season, and I reach for the latter more often. These small, golden-yellow beetle larvae are more buoyant than earthworms, so they're easier to keep in feeding lanes. They show better in murky water. And their size, which matches that of most trout forage, screams Eat me! My technique has always been straightforward: Stick a hook through the middle, crimp on a split shot, and kerplunk. Connecticut angler Matt Wettish, however, has turned drifting mealworms into an art form, and he claims these baits will catch the biggest trout in any given river, no matter how pressured.

The Perch Bug–Cahill Connection Wettish learned light-tackle stream fishing from his grandmother, who used to collect what she called "perch bugs"—a type of aquatic larvae—and drift them for trout on 4-pound-test line in Connecticut's Farmington River. "You can't effectively present a size 18 Cahill on 4-pound-test. Z-MAN® | The Science & Art of Fishing. Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - The Maine Fishing Guide on Google Earth. How to get started with MDIFW's Maine Fishing Guide Google Earth application: You will need to have Google Earth installed to view this data. Click here for the free Google Earth download. For help using Google Earth goto the Help Center. Launch the Guide Once you have launched the Google Earth application you can choose the various map layer options from the menu at the left and you can obtain additional information by clicking on the icon of interest.

The Maine Fishing Guide was developed by the Fisheries Division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to assist anglers in locating Maine's most common sportfish and to help plan for your next outdoor fishing adventure. This Google Earth application allows anglers to readily locate principal lake and pond fisheries for coldwater species and bass; as well as the presence of other warmwater sportfish species identified as principal fisheries or present. Here's a listing of our current data layers in the Maine Fishing Guide:

Downsize for smallmouth streams. Z-Man | The Z-Man Store. Fishing Complete Inc. Finding And Catching River Smallmouths During Spring - In-Fisherman. Bass Through The Roof -- Topwater Smallmouth Baits - In-Fisherman. New Jersey Bass Fishing Main Page - Reports, Discussion Board & Techniques. Smallmouth Bass | Matching Rods & Reels to Small mouth Tactics | 1. The Smallmouth Worm Is A Different Animal - In-Fisherman. Mojo Weights - Bass Fishing Weights For Any Situation! Spectastic Wiggle Rig, Rockhopper, Slip Shot, Swivel Downshot, Rig Saver and the Pineapple Downshot. Tactics For Summer River Smallmouth - In-Fisherman. The Reaper reincarnated as a TriggerX Flappin' Grub and more. Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Tim Holschlag's Smallmouth Angler. Jigs: Traditional and Non-Traditional | River Smallies. Posted on May 20, 2003 One item all smallmouth enthusiasts have in their tackle box are jigs. We use them in tubes, thread various plastics on them and even use them for live-bait once in a while.

I’ve used many types of jigs over the years, usually the cheapest ones I could find. I came to the conclusion a couple of years ago, that like the rest of my equipment and tackle, I needed to find higher quality jigs that did a better job of meeting my needs. The jigs I use today are from Laketown Manufacturing in Jenison, Michgan ( and Bait Rigs Tackle in Madison, WI ( I would consider Laketown jigs to be more traditional and Bait Rigs jigs to be a little non-traditional.

Bait Rigs is owned by a couple of walleye enthusiasts, Joe and Tony Pucci. Along with its unique design, all Bait Rig jigs come with Mustad Accu-Point Knife Edge Hooks. Joe Rummelt owns Laketown Manufacturing and has two goals when it comes to the multitude of jigs his company produces. Yakima Bait Company. Fishing line: braided line and leader debate. Fat worms. River Runner Baits. Finesse fishing tackle for smallmouth bass. Downsize For Fall Smallmouths - In-Fisherman. Smallmouth Bass Fishing | A Guide to Smallmouth Bass Fishing. Fishing Lures - Buy Lures and Fishing Accessories | Mepps. River Smallies | River Smallmouth Bass Fishing.

How To Fish The Mojo Rig. Swimming Grubs for Great Lakes or “Any” Lake Smallies | Smallmouth Bass Fishing. By: Bill Schultz During the past 14 plus years, I’ve had the good fortune and pleasure of spending 150 days chasing smallies in Door County. This is the “thumb” on the map of Wisconsin that juts out into Lake Michigan. My efforts have been rewarded with having caught and released over 4,000 smallies. Like many of you who have fished for Great Lake’s smallies, or fished for lake smallies in general, I have tried a plethora of lures. I’ve always tried, however, to keep it simple and not over do it. I think I’ve done a good job of narrowing my presentations to those that work best, based on research, talking with others and through my own experience. For most of my years fishing Door County, swimming a grub on jig is a presentation I’ve used on a somewhat regular basis. In recent years I’ve been using Berkley Fireline and Stren Microfuse in 3-pound diameter and 8-pound test (8/3), as well as Power Pro in the 2-pound diameter and 10-pound test (10/2).

The Slo-Poke GrubMaster. The Slo-Poke GrubMaster Jig (The best Bass Jig that you've never heard of) The invention of the Worlds best Smallmouth Bass Jig came about as have so many other products, because necessity is the mother of invention. In this case the need was for a jig that could swim naturally and horizontally in the water column while being compatible with a wide variety soft plastic lures. In the early 1990's, I discovered that Smallmouth Bass in the Great Lakes would readily hit grub tails that swam horizontally. Yes, there were many lures that would attract these fish, but nothing was easier to use, more consistent throughout the seasons, and was more adaptable than a jig tipped with a soft plastic grub tail. Simply put, this presentation worked more effectively than anything else. The problem that existed was that standard weight-forward jigs, like ball jigs and power heads, didn't fit the bill for "swimming" plastics horizontally.

Let's discuss the fundamentals for using the GrubMaster. Bass Tip 1: The MOJIKA RIG. Smallmouth Crankbaits, Rivers and Lakes - In-Fisherman. In-Fisherman | The World's Foremost Authority On Freshwater Fishing. Smallmouth bass creek finesse fishing Ozarks. 100% of Bait Rigs Tackle Company Fishing Jigs, Rigs and Leaders only on E-Bait. Welcome to the Bait Rigs Tackle Company Website. As we enter our 25th year of business, we realize more than ever the importance of customer service and satisfaction. Innovation and quality are the key ingredients in all Bait Rigs products and our award winning designs have earned wide appeal with discriminating fisherman everywhere. Please feel free to contact me personally with any concerns, problems or questions you may have regarding our products.

Bait Rigs Famous Brand Names Bait Rigs Product Categories Shipping Information for Bait Rigs Bait Rigs ships on Monday, Wednesday and Friday's except during holiday weeks. US orders must be placed before 12 pm. International shipping varies by destination, all international orders are sent Air Mail. International Shipping Now Available! We have partnered with Bongo International to service our customers Worldwide! Bongo International provides our customers with their very own US address. Essential gear and wading for creek smallmouth bass | Smallmouth Bass Fishing. By Juan Veruete, Kayak Fish PA, LLC Oh yes, the good old days of grabbing a spinning rod, a pack of sinkers, and hooks to hit the cool clear waters of your local smallie creek. If you want to get back to your roots and simplify your life…at least “temporally” here’s a simple formula for getting there.

Foot wear An old pair of sneakers can do just fine but often creek rocks are slick so you may need to look at other options. Many companies now make “river shoes” or “water sandals” that have lug bottoms and can do relatively well in gravel and small rock environments. Rods and Reels Chasing creek smallmouth bass often require down sizing baits so a medium power 6 - 6.5 foot rod is the ticket. Bait selection Everyone has their favorite baits and you should always pack your favorites. 4 inch Berkley Power Worms rigged on a 1/8 or 1/16 oz jig head3″ Baby Stickworms and 4.25 ” Stickworm Jr.’sWinco’s Creek Wacky WormRebel Wee Craw or Teeny Craw crankbaitThe Tiny Topedo by Headon Gear Storage.