Professional angler Whitey Outlaw
Crappie/Bream

VIDEO – How to catch crappie in thick grass beds

For many anglers, fishing for crappie is an open water game. And whether they look for deep holes or shallow water with sunken brushpiles or stumps, you’ll find many anglers watching their electronics closely for any sign of fish or submerged debris that could be hiding the fish. It’s a great way to put crappie in the boat, but it’s not the only way.

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Fishing

Danco Prodigy pliers

Whether crimping a split-shot, unhooking a fish, bending a hook back to its original shape or cutting fishing line, pliers are essential tools that no angler should be without. […]

Freshwater Fishing

To get out of a small-bream rut, go deep, go big

May is a great month for catching big bluegills, but the bite will last for the next several months. While some anglers have a knack for filling a cooler with really big bream, others can’t keep the small ones off the hook. If you seem stuck on small fish, don’t pull up anchor just yet. These tips can turn your trip around.

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Fishing

What’s that limit? Fish Rules app knows

Anglers who fish often enough have often memorized the creel limits and size minimums for the species they target most often. It’s tough to find an inshore angler in Louisiana who doesn’t know their state’s regulations on flounder, speckled trout, black drum and redfish. But what happens when they catch another fish they rarely see?

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Freshwater Fishing

Catch more catfish with this one tip

It’s not uncommon, especially during colder months, for catfish to hit baits without taking the hook in their mouths. These short strikes can be frustrating for anglers and often result in a long day of catching nothing. Capt. David Hilton had a few of those days in his years of fishing, but he found the solution for it some time ago.

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Freshwater Fishing

Find the thermocline for more crappie

With August here, the first step to catching most species of fish is to find the thermocline, which is the depth in the water column where the temperature is most comfortable and the most oxygen-rich.

That’s where the crappie will be.

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Bass Fishing

Be patient and catch more bass on topwater

The fog is lifting off the surface of the calm lake, and the sun still hasn’t peaked above the tree line. These are perfect conditions for working a topwater plug near the shore for bass. Nothing is more exciting than calling a bass up to smash a lure on the surface.

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