How to spool a spinning reel: Compact Guide

The one thing that fishing enthusiast usually finds a challenge is how to spool a spinning reel. You would expect directions on how to do that on every box of fishing line, but unfortunately that not the case. Other than that, most guides I have come across on the internet and different TV show are more confusing that educational. That’s why I have taken upon myself to give you few tips on how to spool a spinning reel correctly. I have scoured all over the internet, talked to different experienced anglers and added my experience in between. So, the forthcoming information is not confusing at all; I have made very simple and very short.

How to spool a spinning reel: Steps Guide

Let get into it, but before that, you will need the following:

  • You will need a fishing line.
  • Scissor or basically something to cut or trim the line ends.
  • Screwdriver or a pencil (A screwdriver is better to allow the spool to spin)
  • Spinning reel of course.
  • 20 to 30 minutes of your time.

Also keep in mind that, the line capacity may not be the same from one reel to another. You will find the line size noted on the front of the reel itself, but all in all, match the line capacity to the reel itself otherwise, you will trouble fishing. Another last thing to note, when putting the line on the reel, the line should come off the package counterclockwise, because it basically goes on the reel clockwise and the opposite is also true.

Step 1: Open the bail

The bail is the little wire arm on the side of the reel that flips up and down. With the bail open, lay your fishing rod and the reel on any flat surface. This is probably one of the necessary steps many anglers usually avoid, but it’s important because if the bail isn’t open at the beginning, there is no way you will be able to turn the spool.

Step 2:Tie the knot correctly to your spinning reel

The second step is to determine how you will tie the line on the reel. You can use either arbor knot or uni-knot. Through trial and errors, many anglers including I have found the arbor knot to be more efficient, so for the purpose of this article let’s focus on how to tie the line using arbor knot. If you would like to know more about the uni-knot, this YouTube video from Fishinglivebait might be of help

Before you begin a tying process, remember that the line coming off the spool should be in the same direction as that of the reel. Start by running the end of the line through the rod and wrap the tag end around the spool, at least twice. Then have an over-hand knot at the end tag, and as the mainline comes onto the reel spool wrap the knot around it, but ensure that the overhead knot has to rest just above the first knot that you tied, so slide it a little bit down.

Check one of the YouTube video from Great Core Adventures that can help to do that.

Remember to trim the end tag using the scissors, but ensure that there a quarter inch of the line remaining above the previous knot. If you are using a small line, use an electrical tape to secure it to the reel.

Step 3: Begin reeling the line

Turn the handle slowly with your cranking hand. If you need to add tension, pass the line between your fingers on you casting hand, or if the reel is mounted to the rod you can raise the rod slightly. Place the filler spool and let the line spool off it to the reel. If you have an assistant with you, it will be great because they can supply more tension to the line by putting pressure on the spool. Either way, ensure that the line spool doesn’t flip over or as previously noted make sure it comes in the right direction.

Note: this is an imperative step that can prevent the line twist. If you fail to apply pressure, or you retrieve the line loosely, there will be a lot of line loops that leads to twist among other problems. Placing a pencil on the line spool can work, but at times it can create even more twists, so try other methods.​

Step 4: Check for twists after cranking for a while.

If you applied the right thumb pressure, you shouldn’t have problems with twists, but it’s also important that you let the line slack. If there is a twist, your line will begin to unspool from the reel spool; this means you will have to start the process all over again.

Step 5: Continue filling the reel until its quarter an inch from the rim.

If your reel doesn’t have a mark showing when the reel is filled, although many usually do, ensure its within quarter an inch of its rim. You can have a 1/8th inch of space depending on your preferences, but whatever you do, ensure that you leave enough room such that you can rub your finger on the line. Don’t let is flush or go over the rim of the reel. If you overfill it, the line will absorb water which can cause a backlash whenever you cast.

When you are finished filling, cut the line and if you can put a rubber band on the reel spool, this way the line will remain in place.

And that’s it, pretty simple; you have successfully spooled your fishing line on your spinning reel. Something you need to keep in mind, though; there are those lines that have memory, like monofilament and fluorocarbon, so it’s important that you spool the reel-label side up, but for braided lines, you don’t need to do that, but it’s a good thing regardless.​


Have you enjoyed the tutorial? Well, I hope you have; I have tried to keep everything simple so that everyone can understand. I am a professional angler, despite the fact that spinning reel is easy to use I always had a problem with properly spooling the line to the reel and if you ask anyone else out there they will probably have their idea which is good if the ideas work. Anyway, keep an open mind, and get to know what works best for you.

One last thing, don’t apply the steps mentioned above for trolling or baitcasting, this tutorial is purely meant on how to spool a spinning reel nothing more. We will have a separate tutorial for other reels. If you have your ideas, Kindly feel free to share with us in the comment section below and kindly share the tutorial with other anglers, that is, if you liked it.

Bass fishing for beginners: Master the Skills

Bass fishing for beginners can seem a little bit overwhelming. Picking the equipment can be challenging, but mastering the technique can be even harder. Knowing these few simple tips can save you a lot of time and hassle. Knowing the basics will also make your time on the water a better and more productive learning experience.

Bass Fishing Techniques for Beginners

1. Learn Bass Patterns

Patterns rule These fish. The world around them heavily influences them. You need to memorize their reaction to outside influences such as weather, temperature, and the structures of the lake.​

Bass do well in moderate temperatures, around 68-78 degrees. They like to stay in heavy cover. Knowing these two things alone will help tremendously.

You can now search for heavy cover where the bass might be. Look for grasses or fallen trees. These are typically bass hot spots.If it is a warm day, you can assume that the bass will be deeper in the water to avoid the heat.

2. Learn to Use All Your Baits

So you’ve stocked your tackle box with all the recommended jigs, crankbaits, and spinners now what? You need to learn how to use all of your baits, and when the best time is to use them.

There are many different types of crankbaits. Some swim deep; some swim shallow. If you can guess how deep the bass will be, you can choose the proper crankbait accordingly.Jigs usually take the longest to learn because they are very versatile, and there is a large variety.

Master these baits because they are the best ones to use to fish heavy cover. Using jigs for bass can lead to very good fishing.​ here you can find more about the bass lures

3. Search for Perfect Bass Holes

A topographical map can help you to find great bass spots. Look for deep structures where the bass might be. When you find these structures, fish all around them until you find a great hole. Bass typically only inhabit a small area of a structure where there are ample food and cover for them.Many different artificial baits on the market are designed to catch this fish.

More money time and effort is spent concerning this species than any other fish on the planet. It is important that the beginning fisherman understands each of the tools at his or her disposal and use them properly.First, let’s start out by discussing equipment.

For Largemouth Bass I recommend using a medium action graphite rod for beginners. As you become more skilled, you will be able to define situations where a more specialized rod will improve your chances of success. For most situations though a medium action graphite rod is the ticket to success.

An open faced spinning reel with at least one hundred yards of eight to ten pound test line is a good place to start. Fluorocarbon line is your best choice because it is close to invisible in water and will make up for many mistakes a beginner will make the presentation of bait. Monofilament line would be your next best choice. You lose a bit of stealth with this line but gain in strength and stretchability. Read her about the Spinning Reels

A well-stocked tackle box is surely a good place to start when fishing for bass. It is important however to know when and where to use each piece of equipment you own. I recall watching a move a long time ago when Jim Brown picked up a fancy rifle and said that the only person who could miss with the rifle is the one who has enough money to buy it. The point is that the best equipment in the world is useless in the hands of an unskilled user. I found good article about the fishing tackle boxes

Largemouth Bass can often be defined as either active or passive. When they are active, they will move at fast speeds to feed or defend its surroundings. As you can guess, they are most easy to catch when they are active but even when active you will not catch them while using the improper approach.

This is learned primarily through experience. Typically Largemouth Bass are active in the spring and fall and normally inactive during the hot summer months. This is not always the case, though. The activity level of this species can change from day to day and even hour to hour. Read useful techniques for catching big bass

When Largemouth Bass are active, they are best caught using fast moving lures. Spinnerbaits work best in shallower water and water with light to moderate weed growth. You should switch to an inline spinner when fishing water that is of medium depth.

Largemouth Bass no a doubt is the most endeavored after game fish in Florida. It is the main target of the majority of anglers. Many of these lure busting monsters in the 10 to 12-pound range are taken every year in local waters.

Some other types of freshwater fish that are also worthy of catching are the brown bullhead, along with the catfish. These fish are very fun to fight, not only are they very fun to fight they can make a great meal at the dinner table also. But when it comes to overall popularity, the bass still takes the crown of freshwater fishing.

All you need is a pole and some bait to catch yourself some dinner when freshwater fishing. But if you are going for bass you will have to test the waters; you will have to test and try out different lures, as you will need different lures for different water conditions.

There are many techniques and types of tackle available to practice the sport of bass fishing. For a beginner, it is advised to gather some more basic tools to get started. Some suggestions point towards acquiring a 10-pound line, suitable for the average sizes and weights of this species.

If you are fishing for bass for the first time, then artificial bait would be my recommendation. Unless you know what you are doing, you will have a better chance at landing a bass using a lure. One of the more popular lures for catching bass is the Spinnerbait lure, which is used by professionals and beginners.

For water, that is deeper than six to eight feet your best bet in a crankbait. Each of these lures is designed to be retrieved rapidly. When retrieved slowly their action is compromised and with it their effectiveness.

5 Top Rated Summer’s Best Bass Lures

This the season for catching bass, and to do so, you will need the best bass lures to keep your bite strong even in the dog days of summer. With warmer weather brings more lukewarm water, which is when bass is less active and will look for water elsewhere. This will usually be water between 50 and 70 degrees. It is in your best interest to choose bass lures based on the time of the season. You should choose a lure that is better at targeting bass in different conditions. That is why we are here to help you find the summer’s best bass lures.

Early Summer Bait

There is a world of difference between the early summer, mid-summer, and end of summer. Early summer will be your ideal time to fish, because fish will be more likely to be out during those months with less heat. Normally 60 to 70 degrees is the temperature you will most likely find them in.

During these times, you will find some bass traveling and others staying in a solitary spot. Additionally, you will find that the early summer brings rain, which causes water levels to increase. During those times, you will often find bass by dock walls. Choosing the right kind of bait during these months is also of utter importance. You can learn more and about some of the best baits for this time of the year with this user-friendly video.

Time of the Bass

If you cannot get to fishing in the early summer or if you have not quite gotten your fill once mid-summer comes along, you can always fish between dusk and nine am, when low light makes the water cooler and calmer. In fact, that time of day is good to fish really any time of the summer.

That does not mean you should count late afternoons out, though. Towards the end of the summer, the sun will get lower which will create excellent conditions for topwater lures. These primetime’s range from five pm to sundown.

Frogging, Skipping, and Punching​

There are a number of techniques to use that can help you catch your bass. Frogging is a popular option where you entice bass by hiding under surface weeds. See how to do just that here.

Another technique is to skip plastic worms. This will lure the bass to you so long as you are accurate with how you move your bait along.​

Finally, punching is a great technique where you can make the bait break the surface weeds and sink to the bottom, luring the fish in once again.​

This Summer’s Best Bass Lures Picks for You​

#1 Rebel Lures Crickhopper Fishing Lure

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  • This product floats like a real grasshopper or cricket. That means that it is likely to fool a bass into thinking that it is actually their next meal.
  • It can be jerked so that the movements seem lifelike to bass who will them be more likely to latch onto the bait.
  • This lure is lightweight, which makes it easy to reel, even when there is a bass on it


  • The colors can sometimes be bland on these. This will mean that it will not attract fish as one would hope sometimes. Although that is not always an issue.
  • This is a small lure so that it will work best in ponds or small rivers, not lakes or the ocean.

#2 Booyah Bait Company Poppin’ Pad Crasher Fishing Lure

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  • This product creates lifelike swimming actions in the water so bass will think it is a fish actually swimming.
  • The lure is light, making reeling in your bass simpler.T
  • The popping action is quite realistic meaning it will attract more bass.
  • It moves well through lily pads.


  • This is very similar to some other products that it is cheaper then, meaning that the quality is not as good as some of the products one may compare it to.
  • The popping sound it makes leaves a lot to be desired.

#3 Hisea Double Tail Grub Soft Plastic Fishing Lures Artificial Baits Bass Swimbaits

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  • The gummy texture reminiscent of real bass food attracts bass.
  • These lures wiggle, which makes bass think they are real fish and become more attracted to them.
  • There is a realistic look to these lures that allow then to resemble real fish.
  • They are easily retrieved.
  • They scoop and make a buzzing sound, which will attract a bass who thinks it is a real fish.


  • The rubber is a but flimsy and may not fool some fish.

#4 Booyah Pad Crasher

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  • These are softer than most lures and allow for more hook-ups as a result.
  • This is a wonderful value. The price is great for this quality.
  • This product is very realistic looking and will catch more fish as a result of its lifelike features.
  • The hooks are extremely sharp for catching the bass more quickly.It can hold eight to ten pounds; now that’s a large bass!
  • These lures can actually catch all freshwater gain, not just bass.


  • There are none!

#5 Sougayilang Dive Artificial Minnow Bait Plastic Hard Fishing Lures

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  • These have 3D fish eyes that make them more realistic.
  • The hooks are made of top quality metal that is sharp, which is great for catching your bass more easily.
  • They have laser lines to make them more attractive to the fish.
  • They are a great price and value for the type of lures these are.
  • The colors and details are impressive enough to fool even the wisest of fish.


  • There are none!

And the Winner is…

This was a close match, but we have to give it to the Booyah Pad Crasher. This lure is one of the most highly rated in the business and with all its fantastic features from realistic looks to supported weight, it is no wonder why so many fishermen love it.

Also, it can be used virtually any time of the summer: early, mid, or late.

You can use various techniques from frogging to skipping to punching with this lure, and they will continue all work, because of this products’ ability to lift such heavy fish despite its lightweight properties. When you fish with the right lure this summer and the right techniques, you can be sure to go home with a bucket full of fish.

Best Crankbait Rods: 5 Specific Recommendations

There’s a big difference between baitcasting and crankbait rods that is necessary to understand. For one, crankbait rods are specifically meant to dive deeper, reach greater distances, and accommodate bigger lures. Using a standard bait rod might serve you well in certain situations, but if you want the big fish, then crankbaits is the best option for you.

More important than the size of the fish is the weight your rod can handle. Crankbait Rods are designed to withstand at least 10-12 pounds of pressure on a test line and flex more fluidly throughout the rod while allowing for a slow, but controlled reel-in of a lured catch.

Furthermore, Crainkbaiting requires flexibility in the tip and strength in the shaft for the best cast and reel.While the market seems flooded with good choices, some stand out more clearly than others Let’s take a closer look at choosing and using Crankbait Rods, as well as reviewing the best rods available on the market today.

How to Choose the Best Crankbait Rods

There are several aspects to a Crankbait Rod that will help you choose the one right for you. The features of these rods include gear ratio, line recovery rate, and torque. Starting with the gear ratio, you’ll want to choose something with a 5 or 6 to 1 ratio, meaning the spool will revolve 5-6 times for every one turn of the reel handle. Since that narrows down your rods significantly, you next want to choose a rod with the line recovery rate of 19 to 23 inches per crank.

This is a rapid reel rate and, thus, requires a unique torque too. You’ll want more torque to make cranking the handle easier when accommodating increased line recovery rates and gear ratios. Perhaps it should be mentioned that you need to know what features work best for you as what works for another person may not exactly work for you.

How Crankbait Rods Differ

The variance between Crankbait Rods really comes down to the following features: flex, load, and drag. A Crankbait Rod must be flexible for you to feel the fine nuances of movement in a lake or ocean. It must also have the ability to easily set your hook by having a great load when the hook strikes the bait.

The less effort, the better the Crankbait Rod. Finally, consider that your line must drag in the water with a smooth movement towards the boat. Crankbait Rods have a quick reel ratio for that reason.You can learn more about Fishing Rod Characteristics from such sites as BassResource.

Tips on Using Crankbait Rods

Novice anglers miss the concept that attention to detail in Crankbait fishing is important. It is not a simple bait, hook, and reel. This type of fishing will challenge you to fine-tune your rod angle and height about the water. You’ll also need to master the art of side swinging to deeply set your hook into your catch.

Furthermore, crankbaits means pulling not snatching. To pull rather than snatch, you must hone the skill of patience, allowing the bass or other similar fish time to grab the bait. Finally, take the play time slow. Don’t yank your fish into the boat or sail across the waters with it.


List of Crankbait Fishing Rods


Okuma Fishing Tackle TCS-C-701M Casting Rods​

Wright and McGill Skeet Reese S-Glass Crank Bait Rod

Lew’s Fishing David Fritts Perfect Crankbait Speed Stick Series Rod

Ardent Denny Brauer Crankbait Fishing Rod

Quantum Fishing Kevin Vandam KVD Cranking RodArdent Denny

#1 Quantum Fishing Kevin Vandam KVD Cranking Rod

Designed by professional angler Kevin VanDam, the Quantum Cranking Rod has medium heavy power and offers moderate action. This 7-foot rod can handle 10-20 pounds on the line. It is an excellent all-around rod for the average fisher.


  • Blended material for “backbone and sensitivity.”
  • Built to throw longer distances
  • Good for bottom or topwater fishing
  • Deep hook set that penetrates well
  • Very lightweight so no hand or wrist fatigue


  • Works best with bait larger than 3 inches
  • Lower gear ratio than average

#2 Ardent Denny Brauer Crankbait Fishing Rod

The Ardent Crankbait Fishing Rod was developed by Denny Brauer, a Hall of Famer. It offers medium heavy power with fast action. Accommodating a 3/8 to 1 ¼ ounce lure, this 7’6” pole maintains a solid 12-25 pounds of line pressure. This rod is meant for the performance conscious crankbait fisher.


  • Split cork grips for high performance
  • Designer has won awards and entered Hall of Fame
  • Good for any angler of varying strength and skill
  • Has backbone and sensitive tip for crank and jerk
  • Eliminates hang ups with slower action


  • Eyes have smaller holes than standard crankbait rods
  • Has a finger grip like used with spinning reels

#3 Lew’s Fishing David Fritts Perfect Crankbait Speed Stick Series Rod

Lewis Crankbait Fishing Rods

Lew’s Perfect Crankbait Speed Stick is designed by David Fritts, a top crankbait Fisher in his own right. It offers both Medium Heavy and Heavy power with moderate taper and accommodates a range of lure weights. His series offers the variety necessary to meet any type of fishing need.


  • Guides are stainless steel for rugged construction
  • Accommodates crankbait hooks of all sizesLine flow is smooth and easy due to aluminum oxide inserts
  • Appropriate amount of flex to prevent solid play
  • Perfect blend of glass and graphite to make it durable and lightweight


  • Mixed with fiberglass material
  • Not specialized, but rather comprehensive

#4 Wright and McGill Skeet Reese S-Glass Crank Bait Rod

Skeet Reese, champion of the 2009 Bassmaster, designed the Wright and McGill S-Glass Crank Bait Rod. It offers medium heavy power and fast action while accepting lures that are 3/8 to 1 ¼ ounces. This rod is not only sensitive but very robust making it excellent for the more advanced Fisher.


  • Geared for all types of fishers
  • Reliable construction making it strong and durable
  • Designed to assist in weight reduction
  • Split handle distributes weight and improves balance
  • Cast effortlessly with flexible tip


  • Made of less traditional construction material

#5 Okuma Fishing Tackle TCS-C-701M Casting Rods​

The Okuma Technique Specific Rods are unique in that they are designed for tournament level fishing. The rod length ranges from 6’9” to 7’11” with varying degrees of action and taper. This rod offers unique features for fishers looking for specific benefits in rod.


  • Carbon construction for most lightweight feel
  • Capable of using a braided line
  • Excellent casting accuracy
  • Sensitive to every bump and tap on the lure
  • Contains no fiberglass material


  • More product than needed for most applications
  • Designed for specific tournament applications
  • Not useful to the novice or hobby angler

Wright and McGill Trumps All

The Wright and Mc-Gill Skeet Reese S-Glass Crank Bait Rod is certainly a winner in our series of reviews of Crankbait Rods, and the reasons are clear for this. While it doesn’t have an award-winning designer to back it up, it is known for its versatility with all types of fishers. Its design is sound and reviews show that, for the price, it is surprising how high in quality the product can tout.

With a feature not spoken of in other rods, this rod offers great weight balance making it easier to handle the slow play of hook and reel. This could also explain the reason for its durability as it comes off as one of the strongest. Its rod action is the perfect blend of sensitivity in the tip and flexibility in the shaft, making for smooth play. Since any novice or serious fisher can benefit from this rod, it becomes the most versatile of the list.

Bass Fishing Tips for a Better Catch

Bass fishing tips and tricks are really necessary for us to be a champion in the most celebrated fishing game of the world. Bass fishing had originated in the United States in the middle of the 19th century with the development of angling tools for fishing and with its growing popularity, it has now transformed into the most sought after fishing game.

Modern bass fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry today. And why wouldn’t you want to be a part of this game? I am here to guide you with the most prolific bass fishing tips and tactics that would make you a master of the sport.

What if you are a novice? Well, it doesn’t matter if you are a novice or an expert fisherman. I can assure that the tips I am to provide are beneficial to all anglers alike. Bass fishing might not be easy unless you have all the tricks in your bag.

Bass, unlike most other fishes, have a sixth sense that helps them to defend against different kinds of aquatic threats. This sense is also called the “lateral line” and is made possible by a row of pores that are filled with water and sensitive nerve endings.

These pores enable a bass to pick up extremely low underwater vibrations and subtle movements in the water around them and to interpret their meaning. As a matter of fact, the lateral line makes a bass so sensitive that it can still find food and survive even if blinded by an eye injury. Bass can also learn from their mistakes.

If a bass slips your hook or escapes your clutch, will take a note of the incident and make sure that it avoids similar baits in the future. That also makes a bass the smartest among all game fish. Hence, before I get directly into bass fishing tips and tactics to outsmart the bass, it is always important to know a bit more about the fish.

Additional Information and Facts About Bass

When we think about bass, the first image that comes to our mind is the largemouth bass. However, bass in general consists of several other types of this fish species, including the Choctaw bass, Guadalupe bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, etc.

The Largemouth bass is the most popular among all bass species and most sought after by fishermen. Moreover, largemouth bass is most difficult to catch. In fact, the bigger catches are actually younger fish. Hence, the fishing tips for bass on this web page are mostly generalized towards largemouth bass.

The largemouth bass is apex predators, and they feed on other fishes, insects, frogs and snakes. A largemouth bass can live up to 16 years, and they weigh 22 lbs in average. The largest one that was ever caught was 22.3 lbs in Lake Biwa, Japan. That’s enough facts about largemouth bass. Now let us get into the details on how to catch a bass effortlessly. So, here we go.

Bass Fishing Tips and Tactics

Some of the best tricks for fishing a bass are mentioned below. You can surely try them out and observe the remarkable results. Let’s check them out.

1. Bass fishing is best during the Pre-Spawn season

The pre-spawn starts in Spring when the temperature of water gets between 55 to 65 degrees. At this time, both male and female bass move to the shallow areas, looking for food and the best place for shelter. Fishermen actually wait for this season for bass fishing because they can locate a bass right from shore.

2. It’s important to Study the Habits of Bass

A sound knowledge of the behavior of a bass will definitely give you a better catch since the living pattern of the fish largely depends on the weather and its environment. A bass cannot adjust its eyes to sunlight. Hence, you will always have a better chance when it’s cloudy or early morning. Moreover, the bass is more attracted towards red. So its always better to use a red line and a red lure.

3. Know the Right Time to of the Day to fish​

As mentioned earlier, a bass cannot adjust its eyes to sunlight. It will never receive your bait when its too sunny. So, the best time to fish is the first few hours of the early morning or an hour before sunset. You can even go out for bass fishing in the afternoon provided it is a cloudy day, or the water is muddy.

4. Examine the Water body from a Map

Every water body has to bot its own map. At least you have it on the internet. Study the map well and identify the key locations where you have the highest chance of catching a bass. Look out for fish cribs or sunken structure that bass might use for shelter. It’s also a good idea to carry the map for reference.

5. Never move your Eyes from the Line

Bass are very smart and can easily escape your catch if you are inattentive. It’s always important to keep a close look at the line. Try to examine the line right above the lure as often you can. Often it might get frayed while coming into contact with rocks, gravel, branches, stumps, etc. So pay a close look because a largemouth bass is difficult to catch and you might regret losing a big one.​

6. The size of the Lure in Immaterial

The size of the lure has nothing to do with how big a bass you catch. A large lure can even catch a small bass. It is always a safer option to use a small lure. Instead, you can always opt for some red colored baits to catch bass more easily since they are attracted towards red.

7. Always go for Live Baits

Although most anglers dislike live baits, a live bait can always make the difference especially when lures aren’t performing well. Red worms and crayfish are good alternatives to artificial baits. Small frogs and crabs can also be an excellent option if you can avail them.​

8. Some Additional Tips

Florida largemouth bass grows faster. So, bass fishing in Florida will always give better results. At the same time while bass fishing, it’s also important to have the quality fishing equipment. Just an attractive bait is not sufficient. Use a strong line and a robust fishing rod with a good grip.

That’s all you need to know about bass fishing tips and tactics. I am sure it will work out well for you. Go out for bass fishing, use these tips and enjoy your catch. Thank you!

3 Things You Should Know About right Bass fishing rod

Bash fishing, to begin with, is both a leisure and game-fish activity most popular in North America. Whether you have an interest in bass fishing a leisure activity in the weekend of taking part in a game-fish tournament, it is crucial for you to get the best bass fishing rods.

Game-fish is something that several people enjoy partaking thus as a regular bass fisherman will share some insights on choosing the right bass fishing rod. Bass is the type of fish considered to be easy to catch compared to other species. What is bass fishing without the right bass fishing rod?

Uses of a right bass fishing rod

For people who are new to bass fishing, choosing a right bass fishing rod can be quite a challenge, but that should not be of any discourage. Before heading into much detail, fishing rod serves several purposed when it comes to fishing. For one, it is used to lure the bass by throwing the bait to a farther distance to without startling them by being too close. Once the bass fish bites on the bait, the fishing rod will help you to transmit it out of the water.

On a bass fishing rod, there is a hollow graphite mainly known as blank. This is the part that has the most controls in the senses the titanium or ceramic inserts acting as the metallic guides are coiled around the blank at a given interval.

Every rod is unique on its own but mostly made from Ethylene-vinyl acetate. Getting to choose from casting, graphite and spinning can be very confusing leave alone the actions and lengths that each model may have.

Types of bass fishing rods

Casting rods

Bass fishing rods just like any other models of equipment differ depending on light and heavy duty. Casting rods are best known for handling massive lures and heavy lines. As a matter of fact, most of my bass fishing rods have the casting equipment conducting for techniques such as deep cranking, to-water slop, flipping, and spinner-baiting.

Using the casting rods may appear difficult in the beginning, but once you have learned how to use them, you will see how comfortable and easy they are to handle. To the high-level extent, if you have the techniques mentioned then you should own a casting rod.

Spinning rods

Most of the time, bass fishing is handled by casting rod but in some situations, there has to be a specific spinning rod. It all narrows down to bass fishing techniques inclusive of under rock skipping tubes, micro-cranks, and shaky heads will need a spinning rod. In other words, spinning rods are slightly the opposite of casting rods because they handle light lines. They are suitable for small baits.

Things to consider when choosing right bass fishing rod

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#1. Luring choice

As already stated, the type of luring whether heavy or light is what has to guide when picking a bass fishing rod. On my part, I know that I mainly involve in heavy lines, and big lures hence will need casting rods. Having the two options in mind (casting and spinning), there are some of the things you must take into consideration namely length, action and power (Cork, “Length, Power, and Action: How to Select the Right Fishing Rod”).

Your fishing rod should have the correct combination of these factors to allow you to have longer and more accurate casts in your luring techniques. Casting rods are heavy power because they lure big bass. This is to say that they are powerful you will have total control of the pressure you as angler apply for it to bend.

#2. Materials used

Bass fishing rods available in many stores are modeled using graphite which is known to give the angler an advantage since they are light in weight. Its sensitivity is high as an outcome of its light weight which will be great on your side as you will be able to feel the strikes in the water.

Graphite rods are extremely advantages in harsh weather conditions fishermen face. Other bass fishing rods are made out of fiberglass and graphite to create composite rods. They also showcase some of the features that pure graphite has such as sensitivity and lightness. The added advantage with composite rods is the durability.

#3. Length

The length of the bass fishing rod is something that has been debated especially within anglers’ community. My opinion is that the length is heavily dependent on the anglers’ ability to use the rod. The claim is that is anglers are provided with an option of having a bass fishing road of up to 9 foot.

They would accept it since they have more lines that would allow a good swing. Apparently, it is argued that longer rods enable the anglers to have a better control on the bass. However, I would advise you to have a bash fishing rod of 7 foot because I have tried it and it can cast large baits.

Different sizes of bass fish rods

For beginners, I would advise you to consider bass fishing rods that are medium action as they are suitable considering they are flexible with good backbone for casting your lures. If you have the lure of 1/8-ounce, then you should have a fishing rod that is light at the tip. Nonetheless, best qualities for a bass fishing rod are sensitive, light and range between 6 and 7 foot; made of fiberglass with a tip of medium action.

Bass fishing is an outdoor activity that a family can take part in during leisure time. Alternatively, some people do as part of game-fish an activity very popular in the North. The thing that both parties whether an expert or a beginner must have in mind is choosing the right bass fishing rod.

Some of the key points that you as an interested party in bass fishing should look into are your techniques of luring, materials and length. A combination of these three will ensure that you end up with the best choice of which preferably light, sensitive and 6-7 foot.

How To Take The Advantage Of Night Bass Fishing

Consider the skills needed to catch the infamous bass and imagine applying those talents in the dark of night. Careful concentration is key. Night Bass fishing is a growing sport, There are a few skills that can help bring more success to your outing.

Fishing is an age-old sport stemming from the necessity to gain food items in past cultures. Today it is often done for entertainment. However, many individuals still eat their catch. Bass fishing is a specialized version of the sport, and its executors take it quite seriously.

Why Bass Fishing at Night?

Bass fishing becomes more productive in the night hours during times of temperature change. Extreme heat is definitely discouraging to the bass. It drives them to cooler areas of the water source during the day and makes them less active. The general comfort of the temperature is also a beneficial aspect of fishing in the night hours.

The Right Equipment

Professional grade equipment will add ease to your endeavors. Heavier lures are the key to understanding when to respond to your line at night. During the day you may watch the water and notice movement. You need equipment that will help you succeed with the limited access to sight.

A heavier lure will give you more of a chance to feel when the bass is pulling on your line. Some standard options include rubber jigs and hair jigs in the 3/8-inch size. These are to be merged with pork rind. Wobblers and poppers are also widely used in night bass fishing.​

Black lights are often combined with the fluorescent colored fishing line to create a visible reference point. Pay attention to the action you get when using this method, however. There is a possibility that the black light may deter the bass from the area in some instances.


Any water sport comes with risks. However, night bass fishing can be more dangerous than daytime activities if not prepared for properly. The lights on your boat need to have a thorough inspection before an evening excursion. Lights on boats often go for long periods of time without use.

Therefore, maintenance may be required for optimal performance. Stock your tool compartment with at least two flashlights, as well. Life jackets are a must at all times, however, at night you could go undetected in the water for longer periods of time after an accident.

If you can get to your intended location from a closer launch site, go ahead and move the boat during the daylight hours. Track your route so you are aware of any debris or obstacles in the water. Moonlight trips are great due to the natural light. Bass also seem to be out feeding more profusely during a full moon.

Equipment that can be used to attract attention in case of emergency should also be on your boat at all times. Flares and whistles are best for gaining assistance in a time of need. Your first aid kit should contain enough items to maintain an ill or injured person until help can be hailed or you can return to shore.

Odd Sensations

It can be a bit disorienting to travel out in the boat at night. Even familiar daytime routes will seem different to you at first. You will need to get used to gauging your surroundings by using all of your senses, not just sight. For instance, when you catch a bass at night, the changing patterns of the water surface will be much less noticeable.

You will need to depend on more on the tug of the line. This feeling can be amplified by using the aforementioned heavier lure. It may help to practice using your sense of feel and hearing more during a routine day trip.

Even just riding on the boat at night can feel differently. Make sure to have proper tracking devices in case you get lost. A compass is best to have in case your other devices fail. Proper compass use can also be practiced during the daytime.

Seasonal Concerns

Night fishing is not always the best way to catch bass. Springtime is often best for daytime fishing. Summer is the time when temperatures rise significantly and make the night fishing more productive. Bedding areas will be close to the shore area in the Spring and possibly further out in the summer. You can increase your chances of a successful catch by searching for bedding spots during the day. Record your coordinates for easy navigations in the dark.

There are two different places to look for the bass in the shallow water.

  • Females will tend to be more sedentary as they stay close to the bedding area.
  • The males will venture out further into the waters to look for food.

Locating Bedding Areas

Spawning season for bass elicits a giddiness in fishermen everywhere. Once the water temperature reaches the mid 50’s to 60’s, you can begin to look for nesting areas in the water. It is important to remember the basics of necessity when searching for these beds. Protection from the elements is key to survival. You will need to think what the basic needs of life are. Bass make their nests in areas that protect against the natural elements.

The hardness of the ground is an essential part of keeping the eggs in the right environment. A softer ground will often end up dissipating and covering the eggs, leaving them smothered and without viability. You can look in coves and other closed of areas, as well as near docks. Protective housing areas can be natural or man-made.

Sunlight must granted access to the spawning site, as well. There must, however, be proper sunlight deliverance for the event to carry on properly. Full sunlight and full shade are both imperfect options. You should take a look in areas that offer a variety sun and shade, for best results.

Are you ready to try -out Night Bass fishing trip now?

With these tips, you should be ready to go out on the water with confidence in your preparation for the adventure. Continuous practice can help you to get better at the night fishing craft. Take yourself out on the water and enjoy bringing home the next day’s dinner. Once you understand how the bass spawn you can assess the body of water and plan your trip. Share this article to your friends, Comments are welcome.

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5 Sure-Fire Fishfinder Reviews Explained

Finding the best Fish Finder can sometimes be quite a task; this is probably the reason you found yourself here. As a fisherman or a fisherwoman, you have probably bought various types of fish finders in the past, but they never performed to your satisfaction. This is the right place for you; the article offers well-researched fishfinder reviews that may just end your pursuit for the best one.

What to Consider When Choosing a Fish Finder?

You have probably found yourself in a difficult situation when trying to choose a fish finder that best suits your needs. Here are some of the factors that you can consider when selecting a Fish Finder that suits your needs.


The transducer is the primary component of the fish locator, and it works by sending sound waves into the water and acquiring the details of objects located in the water. The most important feature when choosing a transducer is the cone angle.

The bigger the degree on the cone the more the coverage of the underwater. However, wider beams lose strength quickly and therefore cannot go as deep as the narrow cone. Fortunately, both capabilities can be found in the dual beam or multiple beam type of transducers.

Display size, resolution, and color

Displays with more pixels are clearer and more expensive. A bigger screen size will similarly provide a better and more unobstructed view that will enable you to differentiate the data. Additionally, colored displays provide more details, easier viewing of underwater and enhanced usability in bright light but black and white screens are cheaper.


The power of the Fish Finder is also an important feature to consider when choosing one. A fish finder with more watts is more efficient, exhibit better speed when displaying readings and is suited for deep waters.


The amount of detail displayed on the screen is usually determined by the frequency of the transducer. Therefore a higher rate will provide you more information than a lower frequency.


Depending on your needs, you may go for a self-contained portable fish finder or a fixed one that needs to be attached to the boat.

Inclusivity of the Package

Some Fish Finders have an inbuilt GPS while others don’t have. You should, therefore, check whether the Fish Finder you want to buy has an inbuilt GPS or not. A GPS is vital in calculating your exact position and an important feature of fishing as well. Therefore it is more convenient, economical and space saving to have it in one unit.

5 Best Fishfinders Reviews

Lowrance Elite – 7X

This is one of the best-rated fish finders on Amazon. It features the current technology, and the output is clear and detailed. The combination of the CHIRP (Compressed High-Intensity Radar Pulse) technology, WiFi connectivity, touch screen, side imaging, down imaging and the user-friendly interface makes it one of the best fish finders in a market.

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  • It has a seven-inch widescreen with excellent resolution, contrast, and brightness that can enable you to view details in sunlight and even at a wide angle.
  • The back light of its keypad and screen can be regulated to enhance viewing and usability during the day and at night.
  • The sounder of this fish finder has an RMS power of 250 watts and 83/200 kHz frequency.
  • The characteristic 455/800 KHz frequency of the Down scan sonar provides high definition information of the things underneath the water and the structure of the bottom as well.
  • This frequency provides a deeper imaging and wider coverage.
  • The advanced Down Scan Imaging exhibited by Lowrance provides a photographic kind of viewing of information such as the predator fish, bait-fish and the bottom structure.
  • It comes with the power cable and transducersIt comes with the power cable and transducers
  • It also supports 31 languages and has a unit support meter that can allow you to change settings to metric.


  • The chart plotter and GPS are not included.

Garmin Echo 100

Garmin Echo 100 is also one of the best-rated fish finders on Amazon. It is one of the fish finders that offer a broad range of features at the considerably low price. It features innovative technology of tracking the target and obtaining the information of the objects being tracked such as the fish and the bottom structure.

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  • It has single beam sonar with RMS power of 100 watts and 200 KHz frequency that can enable you to monitor up to depth 600 feet underwater.
  • It is a small unit and therefore well suited for small crafts.
  • It also has a backlight, and it can show temperatures.
  • It comes with transducers, mounting brackets, and hardware.
  • It cost less than $200 thus can be afforded by many fishermen and women.


  • It has monochrome Display

Raymarine Dragonfly Fish Finder

Raymarine Dragonfly is the highest rated Fish Finder on Amazon; probably because it’s a new product and has been rated by fewer people. It has features that would otherwise be found in more expensive units. The new models in the market would cost you around $600.

Raymarine Dragonfly Fishfinder features the latest technology of fish finders called CHIRP that works by transmitting a signal that sweeps systematically upwards in a given range of frequency. With this technology the fish finder provides high-resolution photographic kind of imagery that enhances viewing of details.

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  • The 5.7 inches display is wide enough to facilitate reading of underwater information, and the 1600 nits provide clear view even in bright sunlight
  • The digital sonar engine is powerful enough to display the down vision and the sonar images simultaneously.
  • This unit also comprises an internal GPS that is characterized by fast-acquisition technology.
  • It comes with transom mount transducer and a quick release swivel bracket that quickens and eases installation of the fish finder.
  • It has the latest version of Naviotics+, and it comes with the American maps for easy navigation.


  • It cannot be linked with other small units mounted on the console.
  • It is considerably expensivev

Garmin Echo 551DV

The Garmin Echo 551DV is my favorite type of fish finder because of its excellent capabilities and small price. It is one of the latest and more innovative units in the Garmin series of fish finders. It offers a big bright display and great fishing sonar.

It features 5 inches large display with the capability of zooming vertical and horizontally as well as the capability of splitting the screen to enhance viewing of down image and broadband sonar side by side.

Editor’s Rating


  • The power of the transducer is 500 watts, and it permits the wave to go up to 2300 feet deep. The dual beam transducer uses both a single frequency of 77/200 KHZ and a dual frequency of 50/200 KHz.
  • It utilizes technology that provides a photographic kind of imagery that enhances viewing of fish and the structure beneath the boat.
  • Other characteristic features include audio alarm, waterproof, transom mount, quick release tilt swivel and low-profile trolling motor transducer.
  • It cost around $400 and can, therefore, be afforded by many people.


  • The transducer is mounted to the casement of the boat marginally below the waterline thus you have to haul the boat out of the water to install it.

Lowrance Elite – 5X HDI

Lowrence Elite Fishfinder

Lowrence Elite Fishfinder

Lowrance Elite – 5X HDI enjoys an excellent rating for its features. It has a user-friendly interface, a hybrid dual imaging sounder, and a bright five-inch colored display.

Editor’s Rating


  • This fish finder has a power of 250 watts and a frequency of 50 KHz that can provide readings of objects underwater up to 1000 feet.
  • It combines traditional down scan imaging, broadband sounder and the current HDI technology that gives high-resolution imagery.
  • It also features an innovative signal processing technology that eases the use of the model.
  • The advanced technology exhibited by the unit allows automatic adjustment of the readings apparently to show the bottom structure and the fish as well as splitting the display up to three viewing panels.


  • It is slightly expensive.


Having gone through the factors to consider when choosing a Fish Finder and the reviews of the five types of Fish Finders, I would select Garmin Echo 551DV as the best fish finder. It has a clear 5 inches large screen that enables viewing of more details and can be vertically and horizontally zoomed to differentiate objects beneath.

The display can also be split to view the down image and the broadband sonar side by side. The considerably powerful 500watt dual beam transducer with a frequency of 77/200 KHz and dual frequency of 50/200 KHz can permit the wave to go up to 2300 feet and still provide a wider view of the underwater objects and structure.

It makes use of advanced technology that provides photographic kind of imagery to enhance viewing of fish and the structure underneath the boat. It is also a waterproof unit, and it includes other features such as audio alarm, transom mount, quick release tilt swivel and low-profile trolling motor transducer.

All these features and technology involved are offered at a price under $400. In my opinion, this product has taken care of almost all the considerations including your pocket as a fisherman or woman.

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5 Incredibly Useful Best Baitcasting Reel For Bass Fishing

Baitcasting reels have completely undergone the revolution with an advancement of technology. Currently, superior reels are assembled every-other-day at the market, leaving you in a spoilt for choice as you pick the best baitcasting reel. However, for those who enjoy fishing as their hobby, choosing the ultimate baitcasting depends on where the fishing will be carried.

Whether in a river, water dam, at the ocean, and even a professional fisher can admit that a perfect selection of casting reel is supreme. Baitcasting is just like any other product that has preferred brands than the other. Although this depends on what you’re looking for, either with a sleek design, comfort or even, it’s extraordinary performance. But all in all, there is always the right casting reel that can fit your requirements. Also, the cost of each bait varies accommodating amateur and professional fishermen.

But with so many options available in the market each linked with innovative features, you get utterly overwhelmed, and most probably you get confused to make a choice. To end the confusion, this article will closely focus on the best and highest rated casting reels.

Things to Look when Selecting the Best Baitcasting Reel

Before you get the nitty-gritty details, you need to know what to look for a new Baitcasting reel. Although it seems to be a complicated thing, once you familiarize yourself with the specs, you’ll manage to select which lure is appropriate to you.

Gear Ratio

The gear ratio depicts on how many times you will need to turn the spool in one revolution. So, for you to make more lines in each round, you’ll need to have higher gear ratio. Here are some standard gear ratios 7:1:1, 6:4:1 and 5:3:1.

High gear ratios such as 7:1:1, are ideal for taking up the slack and henceforth burning a bait straight back to the boat. Also, it is the best choice, if you like fishing top water toads and frogs. They also work well with plastics and pitching jigs, so you’re guaranteed to take-up slack instantly and drive back home in good hookset.

6:4:1, is an all-around bait. This means you can use fishing and bait technique of any kind, such as worms, top water, jigs, and slight cracking. It has an excellent performance.

For slow gear ratio, such as 5:3:1, are ideal for baits that pull hard, such as deep diving crank baits, slow rolling spinner baits, and swim baits. It’s a nice choice for moving and flipping fish out of cover.

Spool size

Deeper/ bigger spool are advantageous if you truly like fishing using stiff, thick line such as 20lb fluorocarbon. Also, smaller shallow spools are considered to be the best for pitching and flipping since they’re applicable for short lines.

Tension system and brakes

They both controls the line, tension knob acts at the beginning while a brake act at the ending of your cast. Also, brakes help when casting while it’s windy. A good braking and tension system is the one that can make long casts along with a lure weights.

Bearings and materials

Look for a quality stainless steel or ceramic ball bearings. This is true, as the more the bearings the smoother the retrieval and the cast. Light weighted reel made of magnesium and aluminum can be the best choice as they are robust and durable.

Top 5 Best Baitcasting Reels

# 1 Abu Garcia Black Max Low Profile Reel

Abu Garcia Black Max makes an excellent line of the affordable reels, especially for the casual anglers. It’s ergonomic, durable and has been machined with an aluminum spool that can support even an enormous weight.

Also, it’s featured with a 4+1 bearing system, a graphic frame, Mag-Trax braking system, and a power disk of a drag system. Besides, it has Mag Trax braking system which optimizes the performance of the cast.

  • Weight: 6.4 Oz
  • Bearing: 4+1
  • Gear Ratio: 6.4:1
  • Retrieve Rate: 26″ | 66cm

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#2 Abu Garcia Pro Max Low Profile Baitcasting Reel

If you’re professional or a novice fisher and want a baitcasting that is right handed, fast and low profile, look no further than Abu Garcia Pro Max. It has a high-speed (7:1:1) gear ratio that picks about 31 inches of the fishing line in a turn.

Also, it measures 145 mono spool capacity; this is so impressive for any angler. It is characterized by one-piece graphite frame, lightweight, rust resistant, and is durable to offer a long time professional results.

  • Weight: 12 Oz
  • Gear Ratios: 7.1:1
  • Bearing: 4+1
  • Retrieve Rate: 29″| 74cm

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#3 Piscifun Tuned Magnetic System Baitcasting Reel

Talking of the best Baitcasting Reel in 2015, this model of Piscifun emerged the 2nd best. It has a high-speed with 6:3:1 gear ratio that makes it innovative, a side plate that can be easily released and a brass gear.

Also, it is made of high-strength rust proof, nylon glass fiber, which makes it perfect for saltwater fishing. Some of the other peculiarities that make this item unique are its high line capacity of 100 yards, its ergonomic design, and the strength.

  • Weight: 7.37 Oz
  • Gear Ratios: 6.3:1
  • Bearing: 4+1
  • Retrieve Rate: 25mm| 190cm

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#4 Quantum Fishing Smoke PT 9BB Fishing Reel

PT 9BB is a right-and-left-hand retrieve Baitcasting model that works incredibly smoothly and is made of an impressive line of 105-yards. It has a continuous innovative anti-reverse and a ceramic drag system.

This all-round abettor makes it affordable. Also, it includes an adjustable ACS braking system for accurate fishing. All these components are working and sturdy fixed, making the item last for the decades of years.

  • Weight: 6.2 Oz
  • Gear Ratios: 7.0:1
  • Bearing: 8+1
  • Retrieve Rate: 28″ | 67cm

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#5 Shimano Stradic CI4+ Baitcasting Reels

Utilizing the innovative material for CI4+, the new Stradic CI4+ baitcasting delivers the ultimate choice in lightweight reel. It’s designed for braided, monofilament lines and fluorocarbon techniques. Also, it’s ideal for a wide array of finesse applications. This is an upgraded model of the original CI4 series; it’s 250% stronger and does not contain any metal hence impervious to rust.

Its X-Ship gearing doubles the cranking power of up to 20%, both in brackish and salt-water. Also, its brand-new Magnumlite Rotor eases up the handle turn for optimum balance and accurate control on retrieves. Whenever you’re fishing a small Texas rig or Shakey-head, this Shimano Stadic CI4+ has got you covered.

  • Weight: 6.0 Oz
  • Gear Ratios: 6.0:1
  • Bearing: 6+1
  • Retrieve Rate: 29″ | 76cm

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There you’ve it, the best Baitcasting reel in the market. So, while stepping into fishing reel store aisle may still be like walking into an unending black hole, but at least you may narrow your hunt to what you need – a reliable Baitcasting that will render seasons of enjoyment. Probably, this article will help you in buying the next reel. Share this article and comments are welcome.

How to Catch 10 pounder Bass with Lunker Frog

The Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog is the most lifelike frog currently available in the. The Lunker Frog replicates an adult frog and has swimming thighs that extend throughout the access and withdraw to the stop. At rest, the Lunker Frog is 2.5 inches and will extend up to 4.5-inches about the obtain. The Lunker Frog behaves just like a living frog might inside the water.

At rest, the human body of the Lunker frog falls down just a little into the water completely replicating the action of the frog/bullfrog. This results in larger hook-up proportions. The Lunker Frog features top quality elements, an excellent comfortable hollow-body construction, and a weedless design.

This is an incredible bait, and I only use it catches everything I use a pro max reel and power pro 65ib and Duckett Terex 7ft medium heavy fast action

Look at th great catch vidoe uploaded by BamaBass, Really bad ass video that’s why I love Topwater.