Underwater Video: Lucky Craft Pointer

Lucky Craft’s Pointer is one seriously amazing rip bait. Originally designed for bass, these things will catch just about anything that eats smaller fish. Come take a trip into the FishwithJD Underwater Lure Lab to get a fishes’ eye view of what the pointer looks like below the surface.

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Monday Morning Getaway: What’s Your idea of Paradise?

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So, another work week begins. Where would you rather be right now? Perhaps launching the bass rocket on a glassy dawn? Or having an entire beach to yourself at sunset…

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What about rock-hopping your favorite trout creek?

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Or chasing big game off Baja?

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Maybe your thing is stripping a streamer for jumbo trout…

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Or would you rather be hiking the Alaskan backcountry along a river jammed with chrome?

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Of course, it wouldn’t suck to be dropping the drifter in at sunrise on some favorite river, either…

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Which one would you pick? Or give us one not on the list… Where would you be fishing this morning if you could?

3 Steps to Rejuvenate Old Plastic Baits

Sweaty, slimy swimbaits...yuck!


I hate it when plastic baits start getting that slimy, sweaty consistency! It usually happens as they get older or have been stored in a hot place (like the garage) for long periods. What’s happening here is the plastic starts to break down and leach out. In addition to the slimy feel, plastic baits often start giving off a chemical smell that I’m sure fish aren’t super fond of.

I used to chuck older plastics into the trash, but our resident bass guru, Big Fred Contaoi showed me a way to bring some life back into these babies. [Read more...]

Jig Fishing Basics for Pre-Spawn Bass

Bass Patrol Jig: A good place to start!


Early in the spring, when bass are in a pre-spawn mode and haven’t yet come up into the shallows, you can have some unbelievably good days by fishing deep with jigs.

While we’re kinda on the backside of what is traditionally considered “jig season” (late fall through early spring), there’s still time to get out and hammer a bunch of fish. Here’s how to do it: [Read more...]

Chris Lane wins 2012 Bassmaster Classic

The Champ (James Overstreet photo)


Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., won the Bassmaster Classic Sunday by more than 3 pounds, fending off hard-charging Greg Vinson. Lane’s victory was his second Bassmaster tournament title of 2012. Each came with a qualification for the 2013 Classic.

Lane brought 51 pounds, 6 ounces to the scales over three days to claim the 2012 crown of professional bass fishing and the $500,000 first-place prize. It was his first Classic win.

Vinson, of Wetumpka, Ala., had a 47-15 total. Finishing third was first-day leader Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., with 45-15. Fourth was 2008 Classic champ Alton Jones of Woodway, Texas, whose tournament total was 45-14. Ott DeFoe of Knoxville, Tenn., shot from 15th to finish fifth with 44-14. Read the whole story @ Bassmaster.com

When things were a little more simple…

The Good Ol Days!

Whenever I head to the Tillamok area and hang at trusty sidekick Reilly’s fishing shack, I am always drawn to this classic fishing photo on the wall. Early in my angling career, I’d pour through my uncle’s dusty old fishing books that were full of photos like this one and just dream of one day being the guy in the shot. But these pictures also make me long for days gone by when there were a lot more fish, fewer people and absolutly zero online message boards.

Don’t get me wrong, I like things like HD fishfinders that can tell me the depth, tide and where to get a burger, space-age rod materials and chemically-sharpened hooks, but things just seemed so much more simple back then…

How to catch Winter Bass

Now that the cold weather months have arrived, it’s time to give up bass fishing right? Well…not so fast!

While it is true that bass will get more lethargic as the water temperatures drop, you can still have some seriously good days of fishing in the winter…if you keep some basic principles in mind.
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