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 […]

 John Rankin

[Video] Smallmouth Bass Hit Spinnerbaits Doing a Slow Roll

With winter holding on for many of us in the northern climates of America the opportunities for fishing are limited. Lakes, streams, and even our favorite smallmouth bass rivers are frozen over and this means playing the waiting game until a spring thaw occurs. Ice fishing is always an option but is a whole other […]

 John Rankin

[video] Many Great Spinnerbaits for Smallmouth Bass

Have you been guilty of thinking a spinnerbait that catches largemouth bass will work on smallmouths as well? If so, don’t feel bad as many fishermen believe this. The problem with this way of thinking is we are fishing for two separate species of fish. Just because both are classed as “bass” does not mean […]

 Christopher Smith

Cold Front Smallies In Fall

The scenario: You plan a fishing trip months in advance. You pay your deposit to the fishing guide and take a few days off of work. You start watching the forecast as the trip gets closer and closer. Stable temperatures, chance of rain in the next few days. Five days before your trip, the forecast […]


Tried And True or Something New? Avoid Tough Bite Syndrome

Guest article by friend of everything-smallmouth, John Kaschak Every bass angler knows when the leaves start to fall its prime time for smallmouth bass. Tried and True As a tournament angler I notice a lot of people sticking with what they know may work, or what the current ‘trend’ is, and this means jerkbaits/spinners for […]

 Christopher Smith

Smallmouth Bass Fishing In Clear Water

Some smallmouth bass anglers think that fishing for bronzebacks in clear water is difficult. After all, when the water is clear, isn’t it hard to fool the bass into eating artificial baits? When you fish for smallmouth bass in clear water you have to be willing to vary your strategies if you plan to be […]

 Christopher Smith

Spring Smallmouth River Fishing Tips

Ahh, spring…a time of renewal and some kick butt smallmouth bass fishing! We thought it would be great time to lay out some spring smallmouth fishing tips to help you catch a personal best smallie this year. Spring Smallmouth River Fishing Tips After a winter of low activity, smallmouth bass in rivers tend to become […]

 Christopher Smith

Hook Up With Trailer Hooks: This Ain’t No Smallmouth Trailer Trash Talk

Spinnerbaits are FUN. That’s a no-brainer. Feel a strike and not hooking up with the bronzeback that bit it?  That’s No fun! How can you increase your odds of landing smallmouth bass on spinnerbaits? Add a trailer hook. Bass Pros and expert anglers such as Kevin Van Dam and Larry Nixon swear by them and you should […]

 Christopher Smith

Spinnerbaits, Buzzbaits: Grubs, Swimbaits and Skirtless, Oh My

Most people keep their spinnerbaits and buzzbaits stock and put on different color skirts.  Who’s to say that they need a skirt at all? After all, casting a skirtless buzz bait leads to less backlashes in windy weather and sometimes bass may want a different profile. Wired2fish recently did a great article on this.  Check […]

 Christopher Smith

Blades Of Glory: Understanding Spinnerbait Blades

Most smallmouth bass fishermen love catching fish on spinnerbaits.  There is nothing like the way smallies slam the bait.  My question to you is, do you just pick a spinnerbait that looks good or do you understand spinnerbait blades and why one type might be good in a situation over another? Understanding spinnerbait blades Some […]