According to expert fisherman, Larry Dahlberg, in hook selection, there are three major considerations: 1. Hooking power, 2. Holding power, and 3. How the weight or shape of the hook affects the bait or lure to which it is connected.
Enter the mind of the best angler on the planet.
Aside from a few relatively rare exceptions, soft plastics are denizens of the subsurface. We Texas-, Carolina- and wacky-rig them, or fish them as add-ons to jigs or specially weighted hooks.
Unrefined as they seem, bottom bouncers work wonders, and in many cases are the best way to extract walleyes. Like any presentation, certain tricks can make a huge difference.
Knowing your knots-which ones work best in myriad fishing situations, which lines need which knots to perform up to their peak strength, and knowing how to tie each one right the first time, every time-will undoubtedly make you a better angler.
Most fishermen make a connection between weeds and fish. As well they should. North American Fisherman has been preaching the gospel of probing weedlines, inside turns and weed-fringed pockets for years.
Among all types of fishing lures, the jig is the least complicated—simply a piece of dense metal molded around a hook; no more, no less. Even its name is short and to-the-point.
I hate losing fish. I’ve hated it since I was 12 years old and lost a monster 20 feet off the rockstudded shoreline of a remote Canadian lake. It happened on day six of a weeklong family camping trip.
"It appears that there is a mysterious force that hypnotizes anglers and forms them into tight packs. Magnetically they are drawn from all parts of the lake and pulled tightly into groups or boats or icehouses." Guide, Turk Gierke, gives his pointers on resisting this pack mentality.
NAFC experts answer your questions on a variety of bait issues. Are spinnerbaits over 1 ounce overkill? Are willow cats good bait for walleyes? What's the advantage of different crankbait lips?
The crappie is sportfishing’s undisputed King of Spring. Here's where to find 'em shallow in the spawning season, and when.
NAFC staff and members have caught some big walleyes over the years—some even on video—but this trophy walleye video courtesy of PK Lures—takes top honors. The quantity and quality of fish caught during this segment is astounding. You’ve got to see it for yourself!
Sixty-seven lakes and reservoirs, in 19 states, hold specially tagged fish that could turn into cash or prizes for lucky anglers! Read on!
Use this map to key in on smallmouth bass spawning times for your geographic location.