Fishing Techniques

From deep to shallow water, and from Texas rigs to Carolina rigs, discover in-depth information for all types of techniques.  These articles will help you become a better angler. 

Walk The Dog For Topwater Thrills

Old pro Charlie Campbell show how he walks the dog with his Zara Spook, and reveals his secrets!

Baitcast Skipping To Tight Spots

Learning how to skip with a baitcaster gives you more options, and more fish!

Iaconelli on How To Catch Smallmouth from Bald Spots

Want to catch monster smallmouths? Then use these tips from Mike Iaconelli!

Finding A Seasonal Pattern

Seasonal patterns determine where you should be fishing. Your most important asset for developing a seasonal pattern is...

Fishing The Worst Conditions

Better anglers learn to adapt to the conditions and figure them out. Here's how to do it.

Versatility Is A Virtue

You’ll catch more bass surfing seasonal movements and daily conditions than swimming against them. Here's how.

Night Fishing Gear

There’s no need to worry about venturing out on the water at night. Take it slow and easy, make sure you have the right equipment, and just have a good time.

How To Fish A Spot From The Bank

Yes you can be very successful fishing from the bank! Here's how!

Five Moves To Giant Smallies

These two expert anglers have caught smallmouth bass over 7 pounds. Follow their approaches to land your own.

How's Your Bass Persona?

Bass anglers, are always trying to improve the techniques they use. But they might be overlooking the most important thing.

Thirteen Kinds of Bass Anglers

Every fisherman is every one of these personalities all at once. Which one are you today?

How To Develop A Pattern

Here's information you can use to begin developing your own patterns for the lakes you fish.

Just How Long Is Long Enough?

How long should you spend time with a certain bait or at a location when fishing for bass? Find out inside.

Cranking Bass on Deep-Water Structure - The Paul Elias Way!

Paul Elias takes you to the tackle store, outfits you with the proper equipment, and then teaches you the fundamentals of deep-water structure fishing for bass.

Cranking Bass on Deep-Water Structure - The Paul Elias Way! (Part II)

Paul Elias explains the techniques for discovering and catching schools of large bass around a single piece of deep cover.

Mining For Bronze

Catching smallmouths can be a snap if you can predict their pattern. Follow these tips and you'll catch some quality bass.

Finding Smallmouth Bass On New Lakes

Put these tactics in your arsenal, and put some quality smallmouth bass in your livewell as a result.

Rigs For All Reasons

Learn these four rigs, and you should have an excellent arsenal on every trip to any lake anywhere in the U.S.

3 Rigs You Ought To Learn

Want to do better the next time you go fishing? Here are three rigs you should be using!

The Texas Rigged Plastic Worm

This in-depth article will help you become a better worm fisherman in less time. Part I in a series.

The Texas Rigged Plastic Worm Pt. II

We go into detail about rigging and fishing the texas rigged worm. If you want to catch more bass, then read this!

Top to Bottom Bass Fishing

Whether fishing on top or 20 feet deep, discover the secrets to catching bass in all depths.

Shattering Shallow Myths

Anglers who can break away from the crowd and fish with an open mind can score some tremendous fish.

Three New Ways To Use Old Soft Plastic Rigs

Here are three unusual and productive ways to use common rigs to catch fish and impress your friends.

Carolina Rig vs. Texas Rig

Carolina rig vs. Texas rig: Both will catch bass, but how do you decide which to use based on the conditions you're confronting? Find out inside!

Carolina Rigs - Going Deep

If you can't find bass shallow, don't hesitate to switch to a Carolina rig. It casts far, sinks fast, and combs water quickly.

Deep Water Structure

Deep water fishing is probably the most misunderstood type of fishing out there. Michael Iaconelli demystifies it inside!

Deep Water Jig and Pig

The jig is one of the best baits you can use to not only catch deep bass but to figure out where they are located.

Power Fishing: Flipping and Pitching

Top bass pro Mike Iaconelli explains how to perfect his favorite technique. A BassResource.com Exclusive!

Flipping and Pitching Explained

The next time traditional fishing techniques aren't working, why not give flipping or pitching a try?

Rules To Live By

There are certain fishing rules that determine whether or not you have a successful day. Find out what they are inside.

Have A Fling

Pitching is one of the most important techniques you will ever use while bass fishing. Here's how to utilize this skill.

Drop-offs and Creeks

Channels and drop-offs are very important structures in bass habitat. Here's how to fish them!

Open Minded

Most bass fishermen get locked into certain beliefs concerning bass fishing. Buck the trend and catch more bass.

Shorten Up Your Game

You will see how effective toe-to-toe bassin' is, and how fun it is to catch bass by flipping and pitching a jig.

Know Thy Enemy

The next time you find yourself in a battle with uncooperative bass, follow these tips to improve your results!

Skipping The Surface

When pitching and flipping just won't get your bait where you want it, skipping may be the technique for you.

Horizontal Jigging

The next time the going gets tough on your favorite fishing hole, try this technique and you might just load the boat!

Cliffhangers

Want to catch big bass? This article teaches you when and how to fish bluff banks for quality tournament limits.

Bluffing at Bull Shoals

Bluffs hold fish year round. And when you find yourself in a conundrum … you better lean on the rock.

Fly-Rodding for Bass

Undertake a new challenge that will pay dividends in the thrills and catches 'traditional' bass anglers are missing out on.

Fly Fishing For Bass

Adding a fly rod to your arsenal might not increase your catch ratio but it sure will kick the fun factor up a notch or two.

Leapin' Largemouths

If you flyfish for bass, there's one lure you should never leave home without. Find out inside.

Bass On The Fly

Every bass angler could enjoy more success by adding a fly rod to their arsenal. Learn how to catch bass on a fly inside.

Going Nuts!

Thinking outside the box and straying from the everyday presentation can lead to more fish in the boat, and more tournaments won.

The Float-N-Fly In Depth

The float N fly technique will catch them on the nastiest, toughest days of the year - even during winter. Here's how!

Slip Floats And Dark-Side Walleyes

Active walleyes don’t mind chasing things down. When conditions drive them to the dark side early in the year, do this...

River Bass

When you fully understand a river, and how it works, it holds the key to all other bass fishing.

True Confessions of a River Rat

River fishing can be tough to learn. Here's how to catch huge bass on your local river or stream!

River Bass Fishing

Some great tips to help you catch bass in rivers. We break down location, lure type, color selection and tidal charts.

Bridges Over Fertile Water

As simple as the structures may appear to be from above, focusing on the structure beneath will give you a decisive advantage.

Fishing Bridges

Don't turn a cold shoulder to bass fishing’s most obvious structure. You could be missing out on the mother load!

Full Contact Fishing

Here's a new and unusual bass fishing technique that's often deadly on pressured waters.

Sight Fishing Tips

There are a few basic principles about sight fishing that can be expanded upon to make it work for each individual angler.

Fishing Older Reservoirs

If you no longer visit the local old lake, go back and give it a try every now and then. It might just surprise you.

Drop Shot Hooks Angler

Let the fish tell you what they want and become a better angler with the drop shot rig.

Drop Shot Fishing

Drop shot fishing: The hottest rigging technique for catching big bass year round. Learn about dropshot fishing here!

Dropshotting in Shallow Water

Think drop shotting is just for deep, clear water lakes? Think again! You could catch big bass!

Advanced Dropshotting

Here are 20 questions you were afraid to ask about dropshotting, but just have to know! Learn more now.

The Drop on Dropshotting

Here's detailed information on how tournament pros use the rig to score victories in major pro-am events.

Feeding Finicky Bass

Here's step-by-step instructions on tying the dropshot rig, along with a few useful tips too! Learn the drop shot rig here!

Always Lucky

Dropshotting does too many things right. Find out inside why the people who use it are "Always Lucky".

Deep Water Dropshotting

Want to catch more bass? Here's some tips to help you immediately on your next deep-water bass trip.

The Finesse Worm and Drop-Shotting

Learn to use the drop-shot technique to fill the livewell with limit after limit of fish. Here's how!

Drop Shots: #1 for Numbers of Bass

Drop shots excel at quickly filling tournament limits with quality keeper bass. Here's how to use them from summer through fall.

Is Bigger Always Better?

Big baits equal big fish, right? Not always! Small baits can catch huge bass too. We show you how inside.

Getting Small

Using small lures is not for everyone and it does not work all the time. But under certain conditions, it can pay real dividends.

Small Baits, Big Rewards

On your next fishing trip, don't forget about the little baits, because they definitely have their place and time in your fishing success.

The Split Shot Rig

The split shot rig is a deadly tactic on lethargic bass. Perhaps one of the best places to utilize this rig is...

Drift & Drag: Patience A Priority

The Drift & Drag, sometimes labeled boring and slow, can load the boat if done properly. Discover the secrets inside.

Learning How To Slow Down

Patience can sometimes be the key to catching monster bass. But there's more to it than just that. Here's why.

Finesse Fishing with Terry Scroggins

Terry Scroggins explains how he caught more than half the keepers he hauled to the B.A.S.S. scales using finesse techniques and a spinning reel.

Finesse Fishing Tricks

Slow, easy and yet incredibly deadly, finesse techniques work when other methods fail. This article details how to use finesse tactics.

Finesse Fishing

If there is a truly misunderstood bass tactic, Finesse fishing is it. We demystify the technique to help you catch more bass.

Try The Finesse Side Of Bassin

Lighten up a little. Finesse bassin holds the key to success when the bite gets tough. We show you how.

Sissy Sticks and Giggy Bass

Jig worming is a technique to try when other presentations fail. Here's how to coax even the most wary bass into biting.

The Resurgence of Doing Nothing

Many anglers simply do not have the patience to fish this technique, but when the going gets tough, it's a proven producer.

Ultralight Fishing

When fishing gets this tough and you're faced with a fishless day, sometimes all you can do is go to light tackle.

The Truth About Light Tackle

Light tackle fishing does not necessarily mean you have to use tiny baits and wimpy rods. Discover what we mean inside.

Weightless Worms

If you're after a trophy bass, the worm is probably the best type of lure you can use. Here's a new technique to try!

Being Frugal With Soft Plastics

Why do we break the bank when buying plastics? It doesn't have to be this way. Here's why.

No Boat, No Problem!

Fishing from the back seat of the boat doesn't mean you'll catch less fish. Put the odds in your favor when you try these tips.

Back Seat Strategies

Life in the backseat is not always what you expect nor is it always what you like. Sometimes it's better than you can imagine!

Success From The Back Of The Boat

You can be effective from the back of the boat. Be observant and you will be surprised at how many fish you can catch.

Belly Up to the Bass!

Tube fishing isn't for everyone, but if you haven't tried it you'll never know how pleasant it can be. The fishing can be extraordinary.

Float Tube Fishing

Many anglers enjoy fishing from float tubes. They can fish hard-to-reach lakes, get away from crowds, and become better anglers.

Float Tubing For Bass

Float tubes are some of the most overlooked weapons in the bass fishing arsenal. Learn to float tube, and see what you've been missing.

Shoreline Bassin

Do you think you're at a disadvantage fishing from the bank? Truth is, you can have a much higher success ratio than those in boats.

Bank Fishing

Fishing from the bank doesn't have to be a disadvantage. If you are observant, patient, and flexible, you can catch big bass!

You Can Bank On It

Bank fishing to be a great way to catch fish. Find out how to do it and see how bank fishing can make you a better angler.

Pond Fishing

When fishing a small pond, tactics lend themselves to the finesse approach. Mini-boats and baits rule.

Small Ponds For Big Bass

So what should you expect when fishing small bodies of water and what should you use to catch fish? Find out inside!

Clear Water Bass

What do you think of when someone mentions clear water? Do you cringe? Clear water has always been considered difficult to fish.

Clear-Water Tactics

If you think it's too hard to catch bass in clear water, think again. Here's how to catch them.

Muddy Water

They say cold muddy water is an angler's worst nightmare. Here's how you can turn a bad situation into a productive day.

Thermocline: The Barrier

Knowing what a thermocline is and how it affects fishing will improve your results. We explain inside.

Learning New Tactics

Attempting to learn new ways to fish can be very frustrating. Here are some tips to make the process easier.

The Learning Curve

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner, advanced or one of the best pro anglers in the nation, you can always learn more.

Top 5 Spots for Finding Bass Quickly

The next time you're in a pinch trying to find a few biting bass, give these locations a try. You might catch a big bass!

Bass in a Basket: Look Closer

Lots of lures catch fish, but location means the most. Learn how to find bass from George Kramer. A BassResource.com exclusive!

Learning New Lakes

Here's how to get a crash course on a new lake and learn the local's secrets when you have a tournament or are just going fishing.

Solving the Big Water Puzzle

Big bodies of water can be intimidating for anglers. Where do you start? What do you throw? We help solve the riddle inside.

Unfamiliar Waters

With a little knowledge and preparation, any angler can approach a new lake with enthusiasm and confidence.

A New Approach

Fishing a new lake can be pleasant, or not. It takes proper preparation in order to increase your odds of a pleasant experience.

Approaching New Water

If you're planning a trip to a new lake, you can greatly increase your chances of catching fish by following these tips.

Fishing Unfamiliar Lakes

Many fisherman experience the frustration of fishing for bass in unfamiliar lakes. Here are a few tips, tricks and tactics to help you out.

How to Cover Water

Following these tips in order will produce results and raise your fishing skills to the next level.

Where's The Bass?

Don't know what look for when it comes to locating bass when you're on a new lake? Discover the best places to start inside!

Fish Don't Tweet

Here's how to find and catch bass in small lakes and ponds year round!

Using Online Resources to Catch More Fish

By using readily available online tools to perform a little research off the water, you can improve your strategy on the water.

Understanding Lake Maps

The trick to lake maps is knowing how to read them. This article will help you understand how to read a lake map effectively.

Charting Your Catch

How do you know what a good lake map looks like? How can a map help you catch more fish? We answer these questions inside.

Search and Destroy Method Bass Fishing

This logical, targeted approach is deadly when catching largemouth bass. We explain inside.

Boat Positioning

Bass Pro Mike Iaconelli explains how to position your boat for executing perfect lure presentations. A BassResource.com exclusive!

How Ike Marks the Sweet Spot

Marker buoys are the most precise means we have to mark a sweet spot. Mike Iaconelli teaches you how to use them inside!

When The Wind Blows

When high winds change your fishing tactics, make sure you have more than one area selected to fish.

Blowhard

Wind is our friend. When you learn how to use it rather than fight it, your catching will improve. Here's how!

Managing The Wind

Fishing in the wind takes a lot of patience and persistence. Here's how to manage the wind to your advantage.

Wind: Friend or Foe?

To consistently catch fish, a fisherman needs to be adept at fishing in all types of weather, windy days included.

Fishing With The Wind

Don't let your attitude defeat you if the weatherman predicts a windy fishing day, instead try using some of these tips.

Caution To The Wind

A high wind is a menace, not to mention a deadly threat to boaters, campers and others who spend time in the outdoors.

Bass Fishing In The Rain

What tactics should you use during a heavy rain? How does rising water and muddy conditions affect fishing? We tell you inside!

Cold Fronts

Fishing in post front conditions can be tough. Discover the key to catching fish after the passing of a cold front.

After The Rain

A heavy rain passes through followed by bright sunny skies. How will this affect fishing? Find out inside.

Techniques For When Times Are Tough

Discover detailed information for developing successful strategies when encountering tough fishing conditions.

Suspended Bass

One of the worst conditions that strikes fear into most bass fishermen's souls is suspended fish. Here's how to overcome that fear.

When Bass Suspend

Fishing for suspended bass can be very productive if you adjust your presentation accordingly. Discover how!

Sound Advice

Some anglers believe manmade noises have little effect on a bass, but some of the top pros think otherwise. Here's what they said.

Low Light Conditions

Low-light periods are key to a successful day on the water. Here are some tips for maximizing these prime feeding times.

Urban Bass Fishing

If you can’t get out on the lake, you can still catch bass in unusual places - and many times they can be quality bass!

Urban Bass

Industrial or urban areas frequently offer opportunities to target fish that few people consider catching.

Backyard Hotspots

Retention ponds offer a simple way to get your line in the water, and even catch some quality fish. Here's how.

Bass Fishing at Urban Lakes

Take a break from conventional urban pursuits and go bass fishing right near your house! Here's how.

Traffic Jam!

Few anglers take boat traffic into consideration as part of their game plan. But that would be a mistake.

Boats and Bass

For a lot of bass anglers, boat traffic is a bane to fishing. But boat traffic can sometimes have a positive effect on fishing.

Swimmin' For Smallies

There are several tricks that have proven successful in any smallmouth haunt. Try this one the next time you go fishing.

10 Tips For Success

There are about 10 basic rules that you should use if you wish to succeed on unfamiliar waters.

Fishing The Flats

Flats offer some of the best fishing in any lake. We explain how to find and catch the mother lode on flats.

Making A Good Point

Learning how to fish points effectively includes knowing how bass use them and then using that to your advantage.

School Success

Your best chance for the most reproducible fishing is when you have uncovered the riddles associated with schooling bass.

Four On The Fall

Dropping water levels got you down? A quartet of pro anglers reveal their secrets for fishing falling water.

Is The Drought Getting You Down?

If you decide to shy away from the lake during a draw down, you may be missing out on some really great fishing.

Bass Fishing in Tidal Waters

Florida guide Captain Frank Bourgeois shows you why tidal waters can be more productive than you might think.

Fishing Tidal Waters

Tidal water is just another of the many obstacles anglers face. Here's how to adapt to win.

Fishing The Green Stuff

If you find good growths of various types of vegetation on a lake, you can find bass somewhere around or in it during the day.

Bass In The Trash

Getting at bass where they live can take some gear, techniques, and know-how, some of which is rather far out.

How To Fish The Weeds

Perhaps the easiest and most reliable place to find fish is in the weeds. Discover how to effectively fish the weeds inside.

How Terry “Big Show” Scroggins Fishes Aquatic Vegetation

A lot of fishermen become immediately overwhelmed by a lake full of vegetation. But really, it’s as simple as...

The Finer Points of Punching Mats

Here's how to catch bass that lurk in seemingly endless acres of grass mats.

Good Wood

What makes one dock or log better than another? You'll know when you consider these few factors.

Dock Fishing 101

These tips will help you to catch bass from one of the greatest places to catch them from, docks!

Boat Docks for Bass

Give these dock fishing tips a try and you might just catch a few more bass on your next trip.

North Country Docks

Don't be concerned about fishing behind other anglers, remember these tips and there's still a good chance you'll load the boat!

Attacking Wooden Docks

The next time you are out on your home waters, check around for the oldest wooden docks, and start fishing them like this.

Make Fish Stories Reality

The next time you're on the water, don't have a fish story about the one that got away. Show them the one that didn't get away.

Smart Bass? Dumb Bass?

Are there differences in tendency to strike lures between different bass? You might be surprised.

Catching Trophy Bass

Some people have knack for catching huge bass. What about you? Learn a few of their secrets inside.

A Fish Called Wanda

Big bait, big fish? Any truth to that? Here's proof that big bass prefer their meals super-sized.

The Hope Chronicles

One man's lifetime of big bass knowledge is revealed, enabling you to catch some really huge bass!

The Hunt For Big Bass

To consistently catch big bass, an angler must know where to go, when to go and what to use. Here's what you need to know.

Tracking Trophy Bass

Weather trends will always effect fish movements and patterns. All you have to know is how to find them and fish for them.

Are You Ready For Fishin' Outside The Box?

Want to catch huge bass? Learn from the master, Paul Duclos, who consistently catches double-digit bass!

Slow Down

If you want to catch big bass, you have to slow down. Here are some pointers to help you out.

Catching Bigger Bass

If you expect to catch big bass, don't just hug the shore all day and fish straight to the bank. Follow these tips instead.

Tips for Catching Lunkers

Want to catch huge bass? These few tips will stack the odds in your favor for catching a lot of big fish this season.

Giant Largemouth Bass

Ever wonder what is the mystery behind trophy largemouth bass? Find out by reading this article.

Landing A Record Fish

Looking to catch the next world-record fish? Bass pro legend Roland Martin offers tips on landing lunker catches in this article.

Be Prepared

Count on banging a once-in-a-lifetime big fish, then Be Prepared to act on it when it happens, and it will.

Airtight Trophy Certification

Many records have failed to make it to the books due to poor planning. Here's how to have a fail proof system.

Logical Approach To Big Bass

Looking for lunkers? Discover the one thing that can truly lead you in the right direction. We reveal it inside.

The Next World Record Smallmouth Bass

Which body of water is the prime candidate for producing the next World Record Smallmouth Bass?

Color Your Line

Coloring your line for stealth and success is a proven method that gives you another positive piece to your fishin' puzzle.

Hung Up

Let's face it, getting hung up is a fact of bass fishing. Here are several techniques for getting your lures unstuck.

Bass and Cover

How does a Classic Champion pick apart cover and maximize his fishing results? Find out from Michael Iaconelli.