FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Tips & Techniques Tips and Techniques

with Andrew Upshaw

05/12/2014


Waylaying Shoreline Bass in the Postspawn
Postspawn is one of my favorite times of the year, mainly because bass are active and aggressive. I like the fact that I can catch them on some of my favorite lures: soft stickbaits and buzzbaits.

04/23/2014

Chad Grigsby


Colorizing a Crankbait
One of my most important fishing tools isn’t found in the sporting goods department at Walmart; it’s in the crafts department. That’s where I find the Sharpie waterproof marker kits that I like to have with me when I’m fishing crankbaits. I keep my crankbait colors pretty basic – natural shad or chartreuse for the most part – but if I see bass chasing bluegills, or have one I caught spit up a bluegill, I’ll use a Sharpie to color the crankbait up a little to look more like a bluegill.

04/16/2014

Mark Rose


To Fish, Everything Old is New Again
One thing I definitely believe is that a lot of out-of-production lures will catch fish just as well as they ever did. Nowadays too many fishermen are caught up with what’s new rather than what works – and a lot of those old baits still work.

04/10/2014

Scott Suggs


Alabama pro Steve Kennedy taught fans and fishermen at the Walmart FLW Tour stop at Sam Rayburn presented by Chevy something that another generation of anglers learned a long time ago: the Snagless Sally can catch bass.

04/04/2014

Colin Moore


Cast and Move With a Shaky Head
What I do differently now, though, is make more casts and drag the shaky head a lot less. I’m covering a lot more water and looking for those fish that aren’t real aggressive, but might go for a shaky head if it drops in right by them.

04/02/2014

David Dudley


Matching Jigs, Trailers and Line To Water Conditions
When I’m fishing a jig, about all I ever throw is a ½-ounce War Eagle. There are times when a lighter or heavier jig works better, though. For instance, I might go to a 3/8-ounce War Eagle Heavy Finesse if I’m fishing in extremely shallow water, or when the water is very clear, or when the bass just seem to want a small mouthful.

03/26/2014

Andy Morgan


How to tackle rising and falling water in spring
Sitting outside a small cove on the first morning of practice for the 2009 Walmart FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake, the 3M Scotch Tape and Peltor Brands pro from Dover, Ark., tried to peer to the back of the cove. Had the water been at a normal level, his line of sight would have been clear. Instead, it was blocked by a “logjam” of junk collected between flooded buck brush.

03/25/2013

Sean Ostruszka


Grass key to southern bass action during colder months
Aquatic weed beds that last through mild winters on bass Meccas like Kentucky Lake, Toledo Bend, Amistad, Okeechobee and tidal waters like the Potomac River offer strategic cover, warmth and feeding opportunities.

01/08/2013

David A. Brown


Understanding the when, where and why
If you’ve ever picked ice from your rod guides, if you’ve ever pried Vienna sausages from juice that was more solid than liquid, if you’ve ever ignored the warning on a package of hand warmers and put them in creative places for fear you might lose life or limb, then you’ve probably spent a cold day or two in a bass boat.

01/01/2013

Shaye Baker


Multiple looks, multiple tactics keep football-head jigs productive year round
NFL playoffs are just around the corner. But flash forward a few weeks from now and football fans may be feeling a bit of a letdown while sweeping up after those Super Bowl parties. However, unlike their gridiron counterparts, bass anglers know that their football – specifically, the football head jig – will remain a relevant part of their lives year-round.

12/27/2012

David A. Brown


Cool weather drives heavy bass feeding, creates stellar angling opportunities
For planning purposes, a handful of FLW competitors helped share a rundown of their fall favorites in an effort to help anglers navigate this tricky season.

11/08/2012

David A. Brown


When the bite turns tough, turn to your tried-and-true baits
When daylight’s fading, or tournament time’s expiring, fishermen desperate for a bite often fall back to a handful of tried-and-true baits in which their confidence rests. It may be some old-time favorites or a lake-specific selection. In any case, the proverbial “panic box” can be the make-it-or-break-it element when anglers struggle.

01/24/2012

David A. Brown


Tips and tactics to improve efficiency and effectiveness of underwater rigging
When bass play hard to get – either with deep inhabitance or bad attitudes – the drop-shot proves its merit as a bona fide tough-bite negotiator. This effective finesse tactic consistently appeals to green and brown fish coast-to-coast, but a handful of tips for tweaking your rig and perfecting your presentation will make a significant difference in your productivity.

12/16/2011

David A. Brown


Of all the equipment on a bass boat, none is called into service more frequently than the batteries. Take away the boat’s power cells, or the ability to recharge them, and fishing performance is sure to suffer. Simply put, batteries provide the juice that brings a bass boat to life.

11/14/2011

Matt Williams


Lew Childre is a name that resonates with anglers, especially those who remember the great Speed Stick rods and Speed Spool reels that the late Alabama fishing tackle maven designed and sold back in the ’70s. The brand name is now under new ownership and represented by a wide assortment of rods and reels.

11/03/2011

Colin Moore


Fast-forward a few decades to modern sinkers that reflect as much innovation as any other item in your boat. Their quick-change capabilities and snag-defying shapes are the result of an evolution in design fueled by the needs of modern anglers who apply specialized techniques.

09/07/2011

Ross Robertson


Although swimbaits have not revolutionized the walleye world as they have the bass scene, their situational effectiveness can’t be ignored. Paddle-tail swimbaits like the new Berkley Gulp! Alive! Ripple Mullet are great alternatives to live bait when small fish in fish-factory fisheries annihilate your rigs or when you are targeting bigger bites. Whether jigged in deep water, popped out of weeds or trolled over structure, this swimbait should increase your average catch size.

07/26/2011


The trend in soft baits has shifted heavily toward biodegradable products such as Trigger X, Berkley Gulp! and Big Bite Biobait. These soft baits have a couple of things in common: They work, and they smell bad. The Liqua-Bait Locker System is a great way to organize and store soft baits at home or in the boat.

06/08/2011

Ross Robertson


Making the most of those blustery days of fishing
We’ve all heard that angling axiom: “Wind is your friend.” A truth, no doubt; but just like human interaction, this relationship depends on understanding habits, playing up the positives and navigating – sometimes creatively – the negatives.

04/25/2011

David A. Brown


Wicked looking it is; pretty it is not. This thick and meaty soft plastic is built to wake up the fat girls.

04/18/2011

Matt Williams


You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but sometimes you can liven up its bark a little. That’s what Heddon accomplished with the One Knocker Spook.

03/21/2011

Matt Williams


Gear up for second half heroics
If we compared the southern spawning season to a football game, mid-March finds two quarters of play completed. But while the first part of the season has been stellar by most accounts, the second half of the spawn promises some highlight reel moments as well.

03/10/2011

David A. Brown


Almost every angler has purchased a Fishing Hot Spots map at one time or another, especially before heading to a new fishery. With all their in-depth insights and waypoints, the maps are simple to understand and valuable to someone who’s unfamiliar with a particular body of water. Now, anglers can take that same information, throw out the hassles associated with wrestling with a paper map and multiply it by more than 4,000.

01/27/2011

Steve Miller


At first glance, I figured the micro guides on the Duckett Fishing Micro Magic rod – especially the one closest to the reel – would hinder casting distance by not allowing free movement of the line. After I took the rod out on the water, however, I found the opposite to be true.

01/27/2011

Steve Miller