8 of the Best Smallmouth Bass Lures and When to Use Them

The aggressiveness of the smallmouth bass makes them an exciting species to target. But, like many things, fish behaviors change with the seasons, temperatures and weather and so do their feeding habits. So, in order to make consistent catches throughout the year, it’s crucial to choose fishing lures based on those same patterns. For a new angler, this can be daunting and sometimes discouraging. The fishing industry has so many lures and baits to choose from, each promising to be… Read More »

Shark Surf Fishing: Nature’s Perfect Predator Beach Thrill

Guest Post by Dena Standley — I can’t talk about surf fishing for sharks without telling the story of my very first surf-fishing experience.  I had grown up fishing in the lakes of East Texas, as was a rite of passage for any kid who grew up within a driving distance of Lake Sam Rayburn and Lake Livingston.  As adults, my husband and I had fallen in love with spending as much of the summer as possible at Crystal Beach… Read More »

Rod Expert Builds One-of-a-Kind Custom Bass Rod for Friend

Guest Post by Tim Carter —  This particular build I’m going to discuss is for a friend of mine out of Virginia. He is an active-duty sailor and close to having his first baby – and a custom-built rod. Let’s hope he gets to use it within the first year. His only requirement was, “JUST MAKE IT A CUSTOM BASS ROD!”. His target species is bass and his choice of application design is for a spinning rod for use fishing… Read More »

Surf Fishing Redfish: Tackle and Tactics for Success

Guest Post by Dena Standley — There is a special kind of magic in surf fishing for redfish. This fish has many names depending on what part of the country you are in, and the size of the fish. They are technically known as red drums, but along the gulf coast where surf fishing is most popular, they are usually called redfish or just reds. Bull reds are any redfish longer than 27 inches.  It takes a lot of work,… Read More »

Surf Fishing Cart Buyer’s Guide and Editor’s Top Picks

Surf fishing is a fantastic way to relax, spend time alone or with friends and family, enjoy the great outdoors and have a terrific time while doing it. Those who take the hobby seriously also know that it can be a huge inconvenience trying to get your gear to your favorite spot on the beach or pier. It can require several trips back and forth to the vehicle just to get the basics for a day of enjoying fishing on… Read More »

Best Trolling Motor Batteries: Ultimate Guide and Top Picks

A trolling motor is an invaluable piece of equipment for anglers using a boat, yet the best trolling motors are only as good as the batteries used to power them! With a good trolling motor battery, you get to use the motor for longer and can even use it to power other on-board electrics. The right battery will last for many years, so it’s certainly worth investing in a quality battery to enhance your trolling motor and time fishing on… Read More »

Surf Magic: Fishing for Bull Redfish on the Texas Gulf Coast

Guest Post by Dena Standley — My favorite spot for fishing is in the Crystal Beach area of the Bolivar Peninsula, just a ferry ride across the bay from Galveston. It is one of the few beaches left that allows you to drive onto the beach, making it easy to get all your gear set up for a day of fishing bliss.  We spend a large part of each summer here, and saltwater fishing is always fascinating because despite what… Read More »