SPLIT-SHOT RIG

February 1, 2017 0

SPLIT-SHOT RIG By Ken Poor The split-shot rig is a finesse fishing technique that gained popularity for fishing western impoundments with clear, deep water for bass. It is a relativly simple, but very effective, technique that can be used in a variety of situations and for many different species of fish, other than bass, including…

TEXAS RIG FOR BASS

January 27, 2017 0

TEXAS RIGS FOR BASS By Ken Poor Check the rods in the boats at any local bass tournament weigh-in and it is obvious that plastic worms catch fish. Just about every boat will have rods rigged with a variety of plastic lures including Texas rigged worms. If you want to catch largemouth bass like the…

FISHING KNOTS

January 27, 2017 0

By Ken Poor Every angler I have met has a story about “the big one that got away”. Quite often the only thing bigger than “the one that got away” is the story about why it happened. There are plenty of stories around about “the legendary monster fish that specializes in destroying tackle”. Or the…

KIDS AND FISHING

January 27, 2017 0

KIDS AND FISHING By Ken Poor Children love to fish, but a successful fishing trip with a child requires plenty of thought and preparation plus an abundance of patience. Children have a short attention span, typically about fifteen minutes per task, and they need action to hold their interest. Given the choice of catching one…

MUSKIE BY THE SEASON

January 27, 2017 0

MUSKIE BY THE SEASON By Ken Poor SPRING Spring is finally here after a long cold winter and everything gets a new start including muskie hunters. Reels have been stripped cleaned and oiled and refilled. A few new lures have been added, and muskie hunters are ready to get out on their preferred lake and…

SLIP FLOAT SET-UP

January 27, 2017 0

SLIP FLOAT SET-UP By Ken Poor Most of us got our introduction to fishing sitting on a rock or riverbank with an old bamboo pole and a red and white fixed plastic bobber. The fixed bobbers is easy to use and a good way to introduce a child to fishing. But the fixed floats have…

SPINNER BAIT BASICS FOR LARGEMOUTH BASS By Ken Poor Spinnerbaits can be bulged just below the surface, worked slowly on the bottom or slow-rolled down a deep weed edge to cover the in-between depths. They are a great lure for flipping or pitching into tight cover and they can be used to make long cast…

BASS PATTERNS AND THE STRIKE ZONE By Ken Poor Understanding the seasonal and daily movements of bass is part of the key to catching fish consistently and is called patterning. Patterning bass starts with knowing when and where the bass should be both seasonally and during different times of the day. After you develop a…

FINESSE TACTICS

December 24, 2016 0

FINESSE TACTICS By Ken Poor Finesse fishing is for the most part, downsizing the lure or bait you are using and then fishing it very slow and precisely in the strike zone. Anytime you are faced with extreme seasonal weather conditions, finesse fishing should be your “go to tactic”. Certainly the hot weather during the…

CAROLINA RIG

December 24, 2016 0

CAROLINA RIG By Ken Poor The Carolina Rig is one of bass fishing’s oldest, most versatile techniques and is just as effective today as it was when it first became popular over fifty years ago. Fishermen, who have learned how to use it and understand its versatility, also know that variations of the Carolina Rig…

DOOR COUNTY TRIP REPORT DOOR COUNTY, WISCONSIN An old fishing hole revisited By Ken Poor The temperature in northern Illinois was hot and humid as I loaded the essential fishing gear into my boat, packed my duffle bag with sufficient cloths to last for a few days, and headed north to Door County, Wisconsin. After…

CLUBS AND TOURNAMENTS

December 23, 2016 0

CLUBS AND TOURNAMENTS By Ken Poor Fishermen are, in general, a competitive group. Just about all fishing trips end with talk about who caught the biggest fish, the most fish or who had the big one on that got away. Ask any guy who has fished with his wife or girl friend and “allowed” her…

EARLY SEASON MUSKIES

November 25, 2016 0

Muskies begin their spawn in late winter about the same time the ice begins to melt on the northern lakes. Ice-out normally occurs from mid-March to mid-April. The peak of the muskie spawn usually occurs from late March to early April and tapers off by mid-April. Areas where muskies spawn include heavy vegetation in the…

DROP SHOT RIG

October 24, 2016 0

DROP SHOT RIG By Ken Poor The Drop Shot Rig is a finesse fishing technique that became popular for fishing western impoundments with clear, deep water for largemouth bass. It is a relatively simple, but very effective, technique that can be used in a variety of situations and for many different species of fish, other…

DOCKS AND BASS TIPS

October 24, 2016 0

DOCK BASS TIPS By Ken Poor On many lakes docks have replaced logs, trees, stumps and brush as natural habitat for bass. To a largemouth bass, docks or piers are nothing more than a pile of wood that provides them a safe place to hide, a great feeding opportunity and protection from bright sun light.…