Fishing Tips from the Pros

Secrets of Professional Fishermen

The stress backstage was extreme during the weigh-in at the 2006 Bassmaster Classic, and it wasn’t because of the number of fish in each contestant’s bag. The nerves had more to do with worry that another bag may be opened: the one holding an individual fail-proof method.

” You attempt to keep stuff as secret as possible,” says Dean Rojas, who completed 12th at last year’s Classic. “Maybe it’s a color that operated in a specific situation or a particular method to cast your lure, anything to provide you an edge over the next person. That’s why you never see the older guys talking.”

Or as Pat McIntire, CEO of fishing take on manufacturer Pure Fishing, informed us, “We speak with anglers so we can develop new items, however they won’t provide complete disclosure in front of each other. Alone, one on one, that’s when the great things comes out.”

So instead of bring groups of anglers to your home, we did the next best thing. We took them aside, one by one, and got their best suggestions. Try them out the next time you struck the water, when you begin pulling fish in your boat, please do us a favor: Keep the trick to yourself.

10 Fishing Tips

1. Glue your bait
When I’m flipping in genuine heavy yard, I want to dab a little crazy glue on the hook and slide my worm up on it. It anchors the worm in location so you will not lose it. I have actually won competitions with that strategy.

Steve Kennedy, 2005 Wal-Mart FLW Scenic tour winner, Kentucky Lake

2. Reduce for larger fish
If the fish all of a sudden stop biting, however you understand they’re around, downgrade your bait and change your retrieval speed. Go from a seven-inch worm to a four-inch worm, and slow down your presentation. A lot of times you need to slow it down for the larger fish.
Eric Naig, Crestliner Boats group angler

3. Drag your line to the honey hole
For spinning deal with, spool your line off the reel and drag it about 50 backyards behind your boat on the way to your spot. Then reel it all in. You will not have any kinks or twists the rest of the day.
Larry Nixon, two-time BASS Angler of the Year

4. Load a Sharpie
I bring 25 various color Sharpie pens to personalize my crank baits. If you put a little red line where the gills would be it mimics bleeding. To imitate a perch, I’ll paint the fins orange. To simulate a shad I’ll paint a black dot behind the eye toward the tail.
Brent Ehrler, 2006 Wal-Mart FLW Trip Championship winner

5. Tune your crank baits
Cast your lure and reel it back in. Enjoy it all the way to the boat. It needs to come back directly. If it goes to the right, fine-tune the eyelet to the entrusted some needle nose pliers or vice versa if it runs to the left. An untuned lure will not present properly and will not catch fish.
Walt Ermanson, owner of Prize Charters on Lake Erie

6. When all else stops working, use a grub
I have actually used plastic grubs to capture everything from bass to perch to saltwater types when nothing else worked. It’s a subtle lure, so fish do not have to swim as quick to catch it.
Jay Kumar, CEO of

7. Handle fish with care
I attempt to not be rough handling the fish. Hold it at the bottom of the lip, and do not eliminate its slime. Fish can get illness if they do not have the slime, which protects them.
Violette Sesco, BASS’ earliest active angler (80) and a competitor on the Women’s Bassmaster Tour

8. Mimic animals
Different animals hatch in the lake, depending upon the time of the month, and that’s normally what the fish are keying on. Attempt different things– lures that simulate shad or frogs or grubs, that sort of thing. One will make certain to catch fish.
Mark Sexton, bait analyst at Berkley Fishing

9. Let your bait hit bottom
After you cast, watch your line fall limp prior to reeling it in. It means your bait’s on the bottom, in the strike zone. Then, when you’re slowly reeling it back in, lightly shake the rod with your other hand. It imitates a live worm better.
Gerald Swindel, 2004 BASS Angler of the Year

10. Find the food, discover the fish
I keep an eye out for terrific blue herons because they’re searching for the same food my fish are hunting for. When I find the herons, I understand there must be fish nearby.