Hiya folks, I want to talk today about hook shapes. When would you use a normal J-shape hook versus, say, an extra-wide gap? A lot of folks think you choose your hooks based on the fish that you’re fishing for. That’s not the case at all. You actually base your hook on the soft plastic […]
Back in the day, before you got in your boat, you spoke to the locals to get an idea of where to go—what’s working, what’s not, etc. And that’s what you’d get: an idea. Well, folks? The times, they are a-changin’! With today’s technology, those ideas become reality. We’re talking about down-scan and side-scan multi-beam […]
One of the least glamorous yet most important facets of fishing equipment is terminal tackle. This is gear that’s attached to the end of a fishing line including hooks, sinkers, leaders, snaps, swivels, split rings, clevises, and the list goes on. For the most part, this area of tackle is the least expensive. However, an […]
What is drag? How does it work? And why is it important? Simply put, drag systems are a mechanical means of applying variable pressure to the line spool or drive mechanism which creates friction. This works on the principle of multiple discs rubbing together face-to-face. One set of disks is attached to the side of […]
Before you buy any fishing rod there are some basic facts you must know like what and where you’re fishing. This will determine one of the most important features of the rod you choose: its action. The action of a rod has several determinants. First and most important is the taper; from butt to tip, the […]
May’s HotSpot is primarily a Channel Cat spot but it’s been known to produce more than its share of Walleye. It’s located on the Grand River right in front of Fishmaster Ultimate Charter’s bait & tackle store. Steve Hardcastle and our own Pete Bowman just finished shooting a Catfish show for the new season and Pete was blown away with the quality of fishing. For this hotspot, you can either fish from shore or from a boat (Steve has a launch right there). Simply cast out a piece of Sucker or dead bait and wait. If you need to get some cat gear, Steves store is well stocked. This is a great spot for the family.