Important Knots For Bass Anglers

Ever Feel Like You’re Missing That Special Fishing Knot?

How many times have you been out on a bass fishing trip facing a specific situation where a certain knot is required but couldn’t remember how to tie it?

I’m sure it has happened to each of us at some point and what happens?

We end up either running around asking everyone else how to tie the knot or improvise using a knot that is less than an ideal solution.

Even if you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a credit card size knot guide for your wallet, sometimes the little diagrams just don’t cut it!

Important Knots For Bass Anglers

Obviously the best way to avoid this situation is to re-learn how to tie the knot and keep practicing to commit it to memory.

Fortunately, today’s Internet provides numerous resources enabling us to access a variety of websites and other resources (videos, downloadable e-books, etc.) to help solve almost any problem.  This is definitely the case for our fishing knot problem and I would like to introduce you to a few of the resources I found particularly useful …

I was amazed to not only find numerous websites providing diagrams and written instructions but also websites with downloadable PDF files (e-books) and even videos.

The best part … I found all my favorite bass fishing knots on a cool website including the Albright, Improved Clinch, Palomar, Blood and Rapala knots.

Plus they were all in animated video …  How cool is that!!!!

Get Your Bass Fishing Knot Guidance Here!

Here is a video tour I created to guiding you through the website, different bass fishing knots (and why I use them) and how the site works …

As mentioned in the video, the link to the animated video site can be accessed directly by clicking below:

Grog’s Fishing Knots

I also created an archive file (Zip format) with two fishing knot e-books and another knot typing program to help you in your knot tying quest.

You can download the file directly by clicking on the link below:

Knot Tying E-books Download

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Santone Lures for Your Favorite Lake

Santone Lures of Mt. Pleasant TX is a company producing a wide array of great baits for the bass anglers fishing your favorite lake!

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Santone uses nothing but the best materials combined with high quality workmanship when manufacturing a full line of spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, jigs and other tackle every bass fisherman needs!

Take a few moments to watch the following video and see what we mean :)

I also recommend you follow Santone on Twitter (@TeamSantone) and watch their feed every Monday at 10 AM central time when they announce their weekly give-aways!

In the meantime, be sure and check out Santone Lures by visiting their website at:

You’ll be glad you did :)

Wacky Worm Fishing for Bass (Updated)

Wide Gap Hook and Jig Wacky Rigs

Many new bass anglers are constantly on the look-out for different bass fishing lures and methods for rigging them.  One of the apparently simplest bass lures to use can often be a tad more difficult for many fisherman who are just starting to try them out … these baits are basic plastic worms.

Almost from the first time we hear of plastic worms, it conjures up images of the first “live bait” many of us fished with … the ever-present earthworm!

So it’s easy to see why many new plastic worm fishermen think it should be a snap to use the artificial version right … just push the hook tip through the worm, cast it out and you are ready to go …

Though many plastic worm rigs can be a little more complicated there is at least one plastic worm rigging method that is straight forward … the wacky worm rig.

The best part, fishing the wacky worm rig for bass is also pretty straight forward.

Here is a short instructional video from the folks at Kayak Bass Fishing providing the ins and outs of rigging and fishing the wacky worm rig using soft stick baits for bass fishing …

Next time you head out to your local bass lake, take a few wide gap hooks, 5 to 7 inch plastic worms and have a blast fishing the wacky worm rig!

You’ll be glad you did!

Approximate Bass Weight Table

Many visitors found an earlier post on calculating bass weights using a fish’s length and girth helpful but got a little confused by the math…

fall bass fishing success

Since it is easier to keep a tape measure in the tackle box than worry about a scale and dead batteries, I prepared a little table to help determine an approximate weight for your catch…

bass weight table

Note the length and girth measurements are inches and weight in pounds…

Just find a length and girth of your catch in the appropriate boxes and the approximate weight is provided in the third box…

Note the red arrow pointing to the line with a length of 24″ and girth of 16″ resulting in a calculated weight of 7.2 lbs. A bass with those exact measurements was weighed on a certified scale and the scale weight was 7.15 lbs…

Pretty close in my book :)


I just made a change to the weight calculation spreadsheet on Google Docs and now you can calculate the weight of your prize catch!

Simply click on the following link, enter the length & girth (inches) into the appropriate boxes on Line 2 and the weight will show in the third box!

Enjoy :)

Carolina Rig Basics for Deep Water Bass

carolinarigstdMany bass anglers focus their fishing attention in relatively shallow water depths (<10 feet) for one of two basic reasons:

1)      the waters they fish are primarily that shallow or

2)      they are not comfortable with fishing deep water.

Though the second reason may involve a lack of confidence in finding bass holding structures in deep water, often times it relates to a lack of skills in deepwater presentations techniques.

Probably the most basic of deep water bass fishing methods involves using a simple system called the “Carolina Rig”.  The key components of the traditional “Carolina Rig” include:

  • A 7+ foot long MH to H casting rod and reel combo spooled with 20 lb. test main line (in today’s bass fishing world, super-braids reign supreme in this role);
  • A fairly heavy (> ½ oz.) sinker (lead, brass or tungsten), glass beads, barrel swivel and appropriate hook (depends on lure selection);
  • A two to five foot long leader (usually fluorocarbon) of varying line test depending on water and cover conditions;
  • Lure (usually plastic baits with lizards and worms being used on the traditional rig).


After preparing the rod, reel and rig set-up, the next possible hurdle occurs when trying to cast the rig since there is a fairly long leader between the sinker and lure.  To help solve both these isses, Ron Colby (Yamamoto Custom Bait Pro Staffer) demonstrates the steps in rigging, casting and the basic retrieve used with the “Carolina Rig” in the following video:

The beauty of the “Carolina Rig” is once you learn the basics of rigging and the presentation, it provides a great tool any bass angler can use when faced with a deep water bass fishing situation …

Tight lines and full livewells!