A Hawg Trough Ready for Any CPR Tourney

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Anyone planning on fishing small boat tournaments is likely to learn most use “Catch, Photo, Release” a.k.a. CPR as the preferred fish registration method. Bass tournament events based on CPR takes fish conservation to the next level since the bass is quickly released to the water with far less stress than traditional live release events.

Fishing Online Hawg Trough

As I learned more about CPR events and noticed many target small boat anglers, I decided to get re-involved with CPR bass tournaments this season. The more I looked at different tournament trails, the more I learned a specific type of measuring board was often required; Hagen’s Hawg Trough.

It’s easy to understand why the Hawg Trough was selected but there are two deficiencies in the original design that needs to be addressed before use in most events. These two deficiencies are remedied in an enhanced Hawg Trough model offered by one online vendor as described in this short video:

Yes, anyone can make the adjustments with a couple of simple tweaks but why bother when a “ready to go” enhanced Hawg Trough is available from the folks at Fishing Online?

Until next time…

Tight lines and many gunwale crossings 🙂



How To Select the Right Hard Bait for Any Season

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With the myriad of bass lures on the market today, it’s sometimes a wonder that any weekend  bass angler can make the proper bait selection when hitting the water.

Even if narrowing the field down to just hard-bodied baits like topwaters, crankbaits, minnow baits, etc., the variations are almost endless!

Though this video focuses on Lucky Craft lures, take a moment and listen to how their touring pro-staff anglers approach bass lure selection under a variety of conditions and environmental situations …

Definitely worth watching, getting out the pencil and paper then taking a few notes!

I hope you enjoyed it!

Selecting The Right Soft Plastic Lure Color

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yamamotocolorsIt doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned or newbie bass angler, selecting the right soft plastic lure colors is often a difficult task.  When you consider the variety of colors lure manufacturer’s offer, it’s no wonder we sometimes feel perplexed.  This is definitely the case for the new bass angler, especially one trying to build their tackle assortment for the first time …

After coming across this video from Yamamoto Custom Baits (YCB), it seemed a great way to introduce all of us to a fairly simple approach to soft plastic lure color selection.

For those of you unfamiliar with Yamamoto Custom Baits, they develop a fantastic array of baits for the bass fisherman (as well as other species) in a wide variety of color options (definitely a need for the system).

During the video, Jerry Butler of YCB introduces the system by referring to specific color choices available for their soft plastic lures. Rather than focusing in the YCB Color number, note the terms he uses to describe the color if trying to apply the system to another companies color options.

Enjoy the video …

Tight lines and full livewells forever!

Carolina Rig Basics for Deep Water Bass

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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!

Wacky Worm Fishing for Bass

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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 Continue reading