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FLW Outdoor’s Fishing Tip of the Week

  1. Don’t Wait Until You’re Thirsty To Take a Drink

    Jun 22, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT


    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Snapple Pro Jacob Powroznik, Prince George, Virginia No matter how good a fisherman you are, during the hottest part of summer you need to make sure you stay hydrated when you’re out on the water. I’ve been in lots of tournaments where guys have really gotten zapped and…

  2. Wiggling or Wobbling?

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT


    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Castrol Pro Mike Surman, Boca Raton, Florida I don’t know why it is exactly, but I’ve proved to my satisfaction that fish will very definitely change preferences as far as the action of a crankbait goes. For some reason, it seems that the colder the water, the tighter…

  3. When Braid Is Best

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    FLW-Dave Lefebre2

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pennsylvania I don’t use braided line a whole lot because most of the time fluorocarbon fits my fishing style and approach. Still, there are times when braid works better than anything, such as when you’re fishing grass – milfoil, hydrilla, coontail…

  4. Keep Those High-Dollar Rods Under Wraps

    May 25, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    FLW-Ray Scheide

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Scotch Brand Tape Pro Ray Scheide, Dover, Arkansas The new high-modulus specialty rods available now are very sensitive and really great, but there is a tradeoff. They’re not as tough as previous models and they can be compromised if you get a nick in the blank. Considering how…

  5. Closer To Home Is Usually Better

    May 18, 2012, 3:40 AM EDT

    Jim Moynagh

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week M&M’s Pro Jim Moynagh, Carver, Minnesota Some guys like to run a long way to get away from the pack of other fishermen. Other guys have to run a long way because that’s their only shot at finding fish. To me it’s better to start looking for fish…

  6. Good Practice Strategies Can Pay Off in Tournaments

    May 14, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT


    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week National Guard Pro Brett Hite, Phoenix, Arizona When I’m practicing for an upcoming tournament, there are a couple of important things I take into account. For one, there’s the body of water I’m fishing. Is it a Lake Guntersville, or a Beaver Lake? If I figure it’s going…

  7. Keep Your Mind Free of Clutter

    May 4, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Mind Free

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Rayovac Pro Jason Christie, Park Hill, Oklahoma A lot of guys underestimate or discount the mental game involved in bass fishing. When you’re fishing in a tournament, or practicing for one, you don’t want any distractions or anything on your mind except figuring out the bass. Before you…

  8. Seek Out the Shadiest Docks

    Apr 27, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT


    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Chevy Pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, North Carolina One of the best places to fish for postspawn bass is under docks that are near where they spawned. These fish will stick around for a while unless the bottom falls out of the lake. Of course, bass aren’t under every…

  9. An Easy Way To Keep Rust at Bay

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    FLW-Wes Strader

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Walmart Pro Wes Strader, Spring City, Tennessee Those toolbox liners that absorb moisture so that tools won’t rust will also keep fish hooks from rusting, which is why I use them in my tackle boxes. I’ll cut out a piece to cover the whole lid of a Plano…

  10. Lining Up Your Lures

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

    FLW-David Dudley

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Castrol Pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Virginia When I choose line for fishing soft plastics, light jigs or shaky heads, I don’t worry about whether the fish can see it. My main concern is how the line will make the lure fall in the water. For instance, if I…

  11. Painter’s Tape Is a Good Rod Bundler

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:22 AM EDT

    FLW-Scott Suggs2

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Folgers Pro Scott Suggs, Bryant, Arkansas I always have a bundle of spare rods with me in case I break one or two during a tournament. I’ve found that the best way to keep them from getting beat up and banged around is to use some 3M Painter’s…

  12. Upsize Trebles for Surer Hooksets

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    FLW-Terry Bolton

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week OFF! Pro Terry Bolton, Paducah, Kentucky When I’m fishing crankbaits and the fish seem to be just slapping at the lure and missing the hooks, I’ll upsize the back treble from, say, a No. 6 to a No. 4. A lot of times fish are sluggish in the…

  13. Take Plenty of Rods and Reels Along

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    FLW-Chad Grigsby

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Goodwill Pro Chad Grigsby, Maple Grove, Minnesota In spring it’s always a good idea to plan on covering water and throwing a lot of different lures until you find the two or three that work better than others. I keep about 10 rigs on my front deck, with…

  14. Don’t Wait Too Late To Respool

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    FLW-Jacob Wheeler

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week 2011 All-American Champion Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Indiana I fish docks and shoreline cover a lot when I’m practicing for a tournament. On the last day of practice I’ll put on fresh line because the old stuff has gotten nicked and abraded. But I don’t wait until the night…

  15. Get To Know a Lake Before You Fish It

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    FLW-Jimmy Houston

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Chevy Pro Jimmy Houston, Cookson, Oklahoma A lot of fishermen make the mistake of applying a good technique or pattern that works on their home lake to every lake. It’s a waste of time in most cases. Lakes have a lot of similarities, but they also have a…

  16. Take the Lures You’re Likely To Need

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    FLW-Jason Christie

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Rayovac Pro Jason Christie, Park Hill, Oklahoma A fisherman should work out the tackle management system that makes sense to him. By this time of year I’ve gone through my boat and replenished everything I think I might need anywhere the tournament trail goes. Otherwise, I take each…

  17. Lighten Up on Creature Baits

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    FLW-Darrel Robertson blog

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Castrol Pro Darrel Robertson, Jay, Oklahoma Last year I won six tournament checks with a Gene Larew Biffle Bug that I fished in shallow cover. I really like that bait because every little leg and tail on it seems to be moving all the time when it’s in…

  18. Slow Is the Way to Go for Spring Jerkbaiting

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    FLW-Justin Lucas

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week National Guard Pro Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Alabama In early spring when the water is still cold – say, in the mid to high 40s – I never want my jerkbait floating on top. It needs to be suspending or even sinking a little. First of all, I fish…

  19. Adding a Treble Hook to a Swimbait

    Feb 10, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    FLW-Jay Yelas

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Chevy Pro Jay Yelas, Corvallis, Oregon Sometimes fish will hit at a swimbait as it goes by, but not get the hook inside their mouths because of the angle of their approach. When that happens consistently, I’ll add a Size 2 treble hook to the bait and let…

  20. Easy As One, Two, Three

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    FLW-Shin Fukea

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Cheez-It Pro Shinichi Fukae, Palestine, Texas During much of the year, bass fishermen have many choices to make when it comes to where to fish and which lures to use. In spring, when the weather is warmer and bass are spawning or preparing to spawn, the choices are…

  21. When Fit Is More Important Than Fashion

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

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    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week EverStart Pro Randall Tharp, Gardendale, Alabama Good fishing glasses are always important, but especially in early spring when bass are bedding or cruising the shallows. Distortion-free, polarized glasses will let you see fish, but also will help remove any doubt that what you’re looking at really isn’t a…

  22. Fishing Frogs Fast

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:52 AM EDT

    FLW-Andy Morgan

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Evinrude Pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tennessee Buzzing a frog has been a great springtime technique for me, especially when the weather is just starting to get consistently warm and that first batch of spawners moves up into super-shallow water. I Texas-rig a Zoom Horny Toad on a 5/0…

  23. Drop-Shotting in the Dead of Winter

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    FLW-Clifford Perch

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Ranger Pro Clifford Pirch, Payson, Arizona Winter is one of my favorite times to drop-shot because the fish tend to stack up in certain places and stay there. Of course, it’s very critical that you pinpoint the locations where fish are holding. When I get to a deep,…

  24. A Couple of Alabama Rig Casting Tricks

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

    FLW-Scott Suggs

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Folgers Pro Scott Suggs, Bryant, Arkansas A lot of people are still in the experimental stage with the Alabama Rig, including me. There have been all kinds of variations that have come out since the original one, and I’ve tried a good many of them. One of my…

  25. Follow the Clues To Big Bass

    Dec 29, 2011, 7:40 AM EDT

    FLW-Mike Surman

    FLW Pro Fishing Tip of the Week Castrol Pro Mike Surman, Boca Raton, Florida It won’t be long before bass start moving toward the shallows and staging for the spawn. This is the time of the year when the most big bass are available to an angler because there are only a relatively few places…