Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Booyah Flipstah

Booyah  Flipstah Casting Simulator Game

Booyah Flipstah Casting Simulator Game

A Bass Pro Shops Exclusive! ''The Booyah Flipstah will

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Bassmaster Classic Champion The Booyah Flipstah

Casting Simulator Game combines the fun of playing

an interactive video game with a real-life simulation

of on-the-water casting. The Booyah Flipstah is a great

way to hone your flippin' and pitching skills while

having tons of fun with the entire family. You can play

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includes a foldable lake mat, four light up targets, light

up dock, two magnetic jigs, two movable stump obstacles,

LED scoreboard and wireless remote. 46'' diameter .

Features: Fun for all ages Learn to flip and pitch like the

pros Great tool for developing pinpoint casting accuracy

Foldable lake mat Four light up targets Light up dock

Two magnetic jigs Two movable stump obstacles LED

scoreboard Wireless remote

Booyah Flipstah Customer Product Reviews:

BOOYAH!!!!!!, December 30, 2008 By Hooked4Life from Birmingham, AL

"This is the best product by far that you can have to help you practice. You won't want to stop playing after you play the first time. The 3 different game plays are a lot of fun. You will see improvement very quickly with this game. The Booyah Flipstah makes flipping easier and a lot of fun. Practicing has never been this much fun. Thank you Bass Pro Shops and thank you Booyah!"

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jig n Pig

The jig & pig can be fished all year round in all depths. Spring and Fall are great times to fish them.

The jig is usually lead headed with a rubber skirt or a hair skirt. Use a jig heavy enough to stay on the bottom. The wind and/or current may force you to use a heavier jig but go as light as possible. 1/4 or 3/8 is ideal if you can stay on the bottom with it, but go to something like a half ounce if you have to.

I like a jig that sinks slowly, since I get a lot of strikes on the fall. When you use jigs with a hair skirt the hollow hairs in a buck tail jig makes it sink slower than a rubber skirted jig. Using the Big Daddy pork frog will cause the bait to sink slower also because it's so bulky. You might want to get the jig to fall faster if your not getting hits. You never know what the bass want until you try it, from one day to the next.

Plastic trailers like the Zoom Super Chunk or any of the crayfish imitations are also good, and they don't dry out. If your using a pork frog, keep it wet especially in the hot summer months of fishing otherwise, it will dry out very quickly and then it's no good. The pork frog has more movement than the plastic ones. Plastic has less movement in cold water. With all that said, I'll use pork more in the colder months over the plastic baits.

Flipping and pitching are the usual methods of fishing them, but they can also be cast or jigged.

Flipping jigs - Use heavy gauge wire hooks on something like a 7' 6" flipping rod with heavy action and up to 25 lb. test mono line with a baitcaster reel that has a medium to fast retrieve to flip or pitch a jig into thick cover (weed beds, fallen logs, rocks, etc) at pretty close quarters. You usually pull the boat within a few feet to twenty feet of these spots. Flipping jigs have a football type head. There's a skirt and a weed guard. This method is great for mid day when bass are in more cover. Watch your line for twitching and set the hook hard.

How to flip video:

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Casting jigs are designed with thinner gauge wire hooks. They are used alot by bank fishermen with spinning gear, who need to cast out to reach heavy fish-holding cover that they cannot get close enough to on foot. Some say flipping jigs are the best way to go. I disagree. I like to go in deeper water straight over the side of the boat and keep that boat just barely moving and bounce that jig just barely off the bottom. In this situation I like to use a medium-heavy rod that's about 6 feet long. I also like to cast towards shore and just barely bounce that jig back to me making sure I'm coming out over a drop off and letting that jig flutter over a drop off. You'll get alot of strikes that way.

Something to remember about how heavy you want your line. The majority of weekend fisherman don't use real heavy line. A lot of professional fisherman do though. It also depends on where you are in the United States, how heavy the bass get in the body of water your on and also the time of year, again depending where your at. If your in Wisconsin like me, the water is pretty cold in the Spring and the bass won't fight as hard. A lot of times, unless I'm going through real thick cover I'll stick with 8 or 12 lb. test.

I pick my color based on water clarity, time of day, depth, and type of food in the lake. I usually use a green for clear water shallower water and where crayfish are present. I use black/blue for stained water, when it's dark out (if I'm fishing in shallower water) or if I'm going deep where it's darker. I use white where there's shad or herring around. I will also use fire tiger or something like it when there's perch or sunfish as the main food. This color is good for stained water, thick cover, or when the fish are really active.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Spinnerbait Lures

Here is a great collection of spinnerbaits I like the selection on the page in the link and the one's on page 4 especially.

Be sure to check out the National Geographic video on the bottom!

Spinnerbait Lures :

Spinnerbaits look alot like a buzzbait except the big difference is the blade. Spinnerbaits have a different type of blade. There's also different types of spinnerbait blades. Spinnerbaits can be used right under the surface in shallow water, where the buzzbait is meant for top water only. Alot of people like spinnerbaits for shallow water but I prefer to just use a buzzbait or other top water baits. Otherwise I'll use an inline spinnerbait.

Inline spinnerbaits - are great, especially if your from the mid-west like me and come across alot of vegetation. They are more weedless. They are great for fishing in shallow water.

Types of Spinnerbait Blades / Picking size and color of spinnerbait along with the type :

Willow leaf blade spinnerbait - When the water is clear, and on sunny days I like to use chartreuse skirt, or white baits. Silver is a good option also. It's a narrower blade. This design gives off a lot of flash, very little vibration and little lift. I will use a smaller spinnerbait probably less than 1/2 ounce in clear water. Even if the water is clear at night from the moon. The willow leaf blades spin the fastest and have little lift. They are best for deeper water thats relatively clear. I will also use a larger spinnerbait. Either 1/2 ounce or 3/4 ounce. When I'm fishing deeper water, say if I'm casting to about 20 feet of water and off the backside of a weedbed I'll let it go to the bottom. My favorite way to retrieve my spinnerbait in this case would be to bounce it off the bottom untill retrieved, or reel it in pretty slow hopefully bumping any cover that might be down there. When your bouncing it off the bottom you'll often get strikes when it's falling back down. You can also go up to the spot and try bouncing it off the bottom vertical too. The bigger the blade the slower you are able to retrieve.

note : this is 3/8 ounce and this is willow and colorado pictures.

note : same thing here. 1/4 ounce.

Willow leaf Blades look like this. As you can see you can have many different colors and some different styles to the blades.. I like just a plain silver or a brass colored one.

- You can use a double bladed willow leaf for even more flash. You may want to use a smaller spinnerbait in clear water.

The Colorado Blade - has alot of vibration is wider, and has good lift. This blade is the loudest. They're good for murky water. When fishing murky water, deep where it's dark, or at night use darker lures. This is good for cloud cover too.

Indiana Blade - This spinnerbait has flash and vibration. They spin quicker than a colorado blade, making more flash. I'd use these lures when I'm concentrating more on flash. The design of the Indiana blade makes it easier to go through vegetation. They have more of a teardrop look than the rounder colorado blade.

note : the indiana blades there the one's on the bottom of the picture.

Photo credit :

Some of the books I have listed on the left are from Kevin Vandam.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Buzzbait Lures


Buzzbaits are one of the best baits for a fun catch. The bass will literally attack them out of no where. A good one for the bigger bass too.

- Very productive, especially in late spring at the end of the spawn.

- Good for fishing alot of water in a short time.

-Buzzbaits are great over weedbeds, and around alot of cover in shallows.

-Its a good idea to let your buzzbait bump into things like logs and other cover. That gets the bass more excited.

-They are also a great night time bait since the bass will be in shallow water at night and the noise of the buzzbait helps them easily find the lure.

- I suggest using this to find pools of bass and then slow down with something more discrete, so not to scare all the fish off.

- You might catch more fish if you attach a plastic shad body to the hook. To the fish it looks like a meal with all the commotion. It looks like a fish fluttering away in a panic. Thats really all they see. The blades become invisible during spinning on the top of the water.

- I use a 1/2 ounce buzzbait if the water is choppy or even a 3/4 ounce.

- A 1/4 ounce if the bass are smaller and or the water is calm.

-You might want to go to 1/2 ounce to be able to cast farther.

-I use a lighter buzzbait if I want to fish the buzzbait a little slower otherwise my lure sinks easier. It's a good idea to switch to a double bladed buzzbait for fishing slower too.

-You want to keep the rod tip high to keep the buzzbait on top.

-You want to start reeling the line in just before the buzzbait hits the water.

-Alot of people miss the fish because they try to set the hook too soon and take the buzzbait or any top water bait right out of the bass's mouth.

-So, I recommend waiting to set the hook untill after the initial strike when you feel the fish take your line. If your still having problems you can throw on a "stinger" hook behind the initial hook to increase chances of hooking the largemouth.

-Spring and fall are great for buzzbaits but in summer the best times are around dawn and dusk.

-There's different types of buzzbaits, for example.. regular buzzbaits, clackers, double bladed buzzbaits, inline buzzbaits, buzzbaits without skirts and some kind of baitfish on it instead etc...

Choosing your Buzzbait's color :

-When the water is clear or barely stained use natural baitfish colors. Natural baitfish colors are great for getting the wiser, bigger largemouth too.

-When its cloudy out or the water is dark use dark colored buzzbaits. If those aren't working try bright colors.

-It's allways good to study up on a lake a little before fishing it. Pay attention to what's offered as far as baitfish. If the bass are feeding on bluegills try using a fire tiger skirt.

-When fishing buzzbaits, you want a reel with at least a 6:1 to keep that buzzbait right on the surface.

-I like to use either a medium rod or a medium-heavy rod. You want the tip to have some give though.

-Monofilament line is my preferred line for buzzbaits because of the extra stretch it offers. Monofilament line is also a good line for top water lures all around in my book.

- Inside that link you can pick many different lb. test line strength. Theres also some other great products down at the bottom of that page that are recommended.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Crankbait Lures


Crankbait Lures :

-There are many crankbait lures and designs. They generally look like some sort of bait fish or crawfish. There are "lipless" crankbaits. They are typically more productive in weed and rock structure.
Rock Creek Lures has some great crankbaits.

-Typically crankbaits for largemouth bass should be 2-5 inches.

-Crankbaits are one of the most life-like lures you can use.

-Fall is my favorite time to use crankbaits, especially shad and crawfish crankbaits.

-The bigger the lip on the crankbait is the deeper it will dive.

-I believe it's best to use heavier line (12-14lb. test) when using shallow running crankbaits, and lighter line (I use 8lb. test) for deep-running crankbaits.

-Alot of pros will use 20-25 lb. test when fishing shallow-running crankbaits.

-One important thing is you want to make sure that crankbait is running straight. (Fish don't drink alcohol!) Its good to test after getting snagged or catching a fish.

-Don't yank on the pole when getting snagged up. You don't want to set the hook. Let the slack out and see if it comes loose. If that doesn't work If you can get behind the snag and pull it out. That works good. If thats not working try doing quick jerks upwards, making the lure bounce around rather than yanking.

-I like to pause often while retrieving the crankbait, since it produces me more strikes.

-I also find it more productive to mainly retrieve the crankbait by pulling it in with the pole and reeling in the slack on the pause.

-Shallow-running crankbaits in summer are great.

-I have particularly caught alot of bass using the Rebel Crawfish.

"Chartreuse Crawfish 2-1/2"" 3/8 Oz. Bluegill, trout and bass fishing lures - Rebel ""Big Craw"" Crawfish. The Big Craw meets the demand for larger, deeper-runners and runs at depths of up to 10 feet. 2 1/2"" 3/8oz #4hks 6.35cm 11g. The ultra-light Rebel Crawfish is undoubtedly one of the most popular fishing lures in the world. Its small life-like profile entices and catches all sizes of game fish - especially bass, trout, and panfish. The versatile family of Rebel Lures Crawfish are quite possibly the most productive series of crankbaits ever made. Deep, shallow, suspending, cast, or trolled for virtually any freshwater species there's a Rebel Crawfish that's designed to get the job done."

-Its important to remember to pick your size of crankbait according to generally how big the bait fish are in your location. Bass will often stick to one size.

-You'll want several sizes of the same crankbait and make sure you have crankbaits that run at different depths and have different colors.

-It's a good idea to have some suspending crankbaits around that will stay at one depth when you stop reeling in.

-Some people like to use a wire snap. I like to just use a swivvle snap for connecting my crankbaits to the line. They are quick for changing out crankbaits for example, if you wanted to try a different size, depth or color.

Top water Crankbaits :

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Shallow-running Crankbaits :

-Shallow diving crankbaits are either short-lipped crankbaits or lipless crankbaits.

Short-lipped crankbaits :

-Most only dive one to three feet.

-I recommend thin crankbaits with flat sides in cold water, and rounder crankbaits that wobble in warmer water.

-Some short-lipped crankbaits are long and skinny and some are short and fat.

-Short-lipped crankbaits float when stopped. They should be fished slow.

The exaggerated action of the jointed body allows a slower retrieve to trigger sluggish or finicky fish. Near neutral buoyancy, with a slight rise, provides a very natural "wounded-minnow" action.

Lipless Crankbaits :

-I like to use Rat-L-Trap lipless crankbaits.

-I recommend using lipless crankbaits in shallow water, with a fast retrieve.

-You can also let lipless crankbaits sink and fish for suspended bass.

-You can get ones that sink or float at rest. Most of them sink at rest.

-This one floats.

Much larger than the original Rat-L-Trap, this lure has a fish-calling sound and tight vibration when pulled through the water. The Super Trap is designed for large gamefish, both Fresh and saltwater.

Medium Divers or mid-water crankbaits :

-This bait dives 8-10 feet.

-medium divers go from about 5 to 12 feet deep.

Deep Diving Crankbaits :

These crankbaits can go down to 30 feet. They are most productive at 20 feet.

you can use deep diving lures for largemouth but I don't recommend it. I'd just stick to the jig & pig lures.

Thing to remember about crankbaits :

-The bigger the lip the deeper the crankbait will go.

-The lip just determines how deep the lure will go. Some float and when you reel it in, they go down to what the lip is set for.

-Some sink. The ones that sink will usually sink at a rate of one foot per second. So if you know how deep the bass are they're great.

-Some suspend, which means that they'll dive down when you retrive them but suspend at a certain depth.

-When picking your color and size of crankbait try to match what the body of water your fishing on has to offer as far as bait fish and such.

-Use natural colors in clear water and bright colors in dark water.

one more thing :

Bass Like Red!!

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