Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question regarding bass fishing? Look through these frequently asked questions. You may find the answer you seek.

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How do I fish the Senko?

Got a question regarding the Yamamoto Senko? Anything and everything you want to know is all right here!

I want to become a pro fisherman. How do I start my career?

How do I get sponsors?

Being a good tournament angler simply isn't enough. Good tournament anglers are a dime a dozen, and most sponsors receive dozens of resumes from them every week. However, if you keep in mind the bass fishing industry is a business in need of salesmen, you'll go far. Companies are not just looking for patch-wearing tournament anglers anymore-they are looking for consultants-anglers who can act as a liaison between customer and company. Forget the resume and focus on getting their attention in other ways. The following articles will tell you how:

You can also discover more information by discussing this in our fishing forums

What are the world record smallmouth and largemouth weights?

The world record largemouth weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces; most state records are between 10 and 14 pounds. The world record smallmouth weighed 11 pounds, 15 ounces, and most state records are between 7 and 9 pounds.

How do I catch bass from the bank?

You don't need a boat to catch bass. These articles explain in detail what you need to know in order to catch them from the shore:

I need help with my pond (building/maintaining/stocking/management)

We have a growing library of articles for pond owners from the pages of Pond Boss magazine that address a wide variety of subjects. Please see our Fish and Lake Management section for more information.
   In addition, Pond Boss magazine is not only an excellent resource, but they have an incredibly useful website. Go to their Ask The Boss section where expert biologists and lake managers are eager to offer their advice. The managers, editors, and writers (all certified experts and licensed professionals) check that message board every day.

What can you tell me about the drop shot rig? How to rig, depth, equipment to use, type of bait...

We have several terrific articles on the site that explain how to rig and use the drop shot rig - complete with diagrams.

Are you affiliated with B.A.S.S., FLW, a product, manufacturer, or some other organization?

We are independent from any other organization. If you have a specific question for a lure or tackle manufacturer, equipment company, or tournament organization, please contact them directly.

How do I submit my article to this site?

We gladly accept article submissions from our readers. If you are interested, please review our Article Submission Guidelines, which explains how to send us your article(s).