John Rankin

Spring Smallmouth Bass Fishing Has Arrived

A common question I hear is “when is the best time to begin fishing for smallmouth bass”? This is a loaded question in several ways because it all depends on where you are thinking of fishing. In the northern climates of the United States and Canada the water temps are still below optimal temps, with […]

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Visit Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay in April for Smallmouth Bass Action

I love fishing Lake Erie. Be it the walleye, yellow perch, or for the tremendous smallmouth bass fishing, I try to get in a few trips to this huge fishery a few times a year. Fortunately, I live a short 4 hour drive from Lake Erie and have relatives who live close to the lake, […]

 John Rankin

Maintain Fisheries with Replicas of Trophy Smallmouth Bass

Have you ever admired a huge smallmouth bass mounted on a fellow fisherman’s wall? I have, and was shocked to learn what I was looking at was not the real deal but a perfectly replicated match of the live trophy fish. The art of replicating trophy fish of all species is an art form many […]

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Smallmouth Bass Love the Clouser Minnow

Smallmouth Bass Love the Clouser Minnow

Stream fishing for bronzebacks presents a new opportunity to expand your skills as well as knowledge of smallmouth bass. One of the top baits for those who go after stream smallies is the Clouser minnow. This is one of those “go to” baits when the fish are not actively hitting more traditional baits. Read on […]

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Tips for Catching Smallmouth Bass on Soft Jerkbaits

Tips for Catching Smallmouth Bass on Soft Jerkbaits

Having trouble netting smallies consistently? This is a problem we have faced at one time or another during our evolution as a smallmouth bass fisherman, especially during these hot months of summer when the fish become a bit more selective and less responsive to our baits. Following is a bit of information for catching smallmouth […]

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Early Summer Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Early Summer Smallmouth Bass Fishing

For those who may have missed the pre-spawn and spawning time for catching smallmouth bass we still have hope for catching smallies during the early summer smallmouth bass fishing period before the full onslaught of summer. There is little doubt catching large bronzebacks becomes more difficult as the summer wears on, but if you know […]

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Brazos River Smallmouth Fishing

Brazos River Smallmouth Fishing

Texans like to say “everything is bigger in Texas” and for those fishermen fishing on the Brazos River this is certainly true concerning the size of the smallmouth bass they are catching. Recently a monster smallmouth was recently snagged on the Brazos. This smallie measured 22 inches in length and weighed in slightly over 6 […]

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Tips for Taking Better Fishing Pictures

Tips for Taking Better Fishing Pictures Photos of a great fishing trip bring back the memories years later, so today we have a few tips for taking better fishing pictures to help you capture these special moments in a clear and beautiful way. Pictures are also a great way to prove to your buddies the […]

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Tips for Catching Pre-Spawn Smallmouth Bass

Water temperatures are warming to the critical fifty five degree and up level for pre-spawn smallmouth bass to be moving, and leading the pack will be the monster smallies we covet. So what better time than now to get serious about targeting these elusive lunkers? For those who have yet to hit the water this […]

 John Rankin

Tips for Buying a Used Bass Boat

Unless you are a very experienced fisherman who has owned several bass boats and knows what to look for when purchasing a used bass boat, the following tips for buying a used bass boat will come in very handy. Many first time and boat buyers or even fishermen who have owned boats in the past […]

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