Category Archives: Tips and Techniques

Make your Outdoors Dollars go Farther

Cruising some other outdoors Blogs and I came across some good info on saving money at the pump – see article.

Basically you just click on this LINK, which takes you to an MSN website where you can just enter your zip code and get all the gas stations in that area.  In Lakeville, MN where I live, there was a $0.26 range between 28 stations.  That is a lot of money when you are filling up an SUV & a Boat.  My tow vehicle takes about 20 gallons and my boat takes 40 gallons.  So lets say I pour 45 gallons between them…..  at $0.20 savings per gallon…  that would be a cool $9.00 in my pocket   It gives prices for premium & diesel as well. 

Hope this helps you all save a few bucks so you can buy more fishing lures!

Rich
www.richlindgren.com
basstournament.blogspot.com

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Make Your Own Chatterbaits!

Rad Lures inability to meet its demand has caused several companies to come out with similar baits (i.e. Venom Rattle Shakes, Fishin Magician Voo-Doos  & Gambler Swim Blades).  At the same time, fishermen have always been a bit of a resourceful bunch, so many anglers have been toying with making chatter-type-baits on their own.  I have talked to several guys that have been able to get their hands on one and they have been cutting tracing patterns onto various thin metal sheets and then cutting them out with tin snips.  I talked to one fellow federation member who cut blades out of a soup can.  He said he got excellent vibration plus it was shiny on one side and dull on the other.  And some guys with machine background have made their own dies for cutting out high runs of blades.

Now Venom lures is helping us help ourselves by producing a Venom Rattle Shake Kit.  It is a 27 piece kit with several blades, decals, snaps, rings & trailer all for only $7.99.  You just take these components and slap them on any old skirted jig you have and you are all set.  If you do not want to spend the money, then just get your tin snaps out and give it a whirl.

Rich
www.richlindgren.com
basstournament.blogspot.com


Buy Bass Tackle Online with a Twist

If you find yourself looking for hard to find baits on line and not having much luck or do not like the high price tags on some of your favorite Japanese baits, its time to try eBay.   There are a bunch of chatterbaits listed in auctions right now.  Lucky Craft, Jackall, Daiwa and more!

You can find your favorite discontinued baits, fishing lines, reels & gear all in one place.  I have bought several Lucky Craft Sammys & Pointers , Daiwa TD Vibrations and other expensive baits for up to 50% off of retail prices.  I have a buddy who loves the old fluorescent green Trilene line, but they do not make it anymore.  He was able to find several bulk spools for pennies on the dollar on eBay

My greatest eBay finds have been some unique Shimano Scorpion reels from Japan.  They are ultra high quality, plus they have a uniqueness that is something cool that the rest of your fishing buddies will envy.

It must be noted, that not everything lure or reel for sale will be a great discount, you need to bid smartly and keep at it, eventually you will find a few gems that slip through the cracks.  While this can be challenging and time consuming, it can add to the thrill, its kind of like hunting for cool baits online.   So go to eBay.com, give it a whirl, all you need is an email to get started and it costs nothing unless you win.  Its also a good way to turn some of your old fishing stuff into cash so that you can buy more new stuff.
Bid, Buy or Sell on eBay!

Good Hunting,
Rich
www.richlindgren.com
basstournament.blogspot.com


Monofilament vs. Fluorocarbon vs. Braided Lines… How does one choose?

My Blogging has been pretty focused on tournament news and hot baits, thought I go with something a little more practical.
Choosing the Right Fishing Line.

 Times are changing and it seems like you are at a serious disadvantage if you still use one fishing line for everything you do.  For years I would just switch from brand or weight of monofilament to another.  Now there are 3 main stays when it comes to choosing fishing line and none of them are the answer for every situation or technique.  I am going to breakdown why I choose Mono, Braid and Fluorocarbon and for what situations.

 

Braided Line (Super Lines) – This is a fairly broad category in itself.  There are many types and brands of braided lines, and the all have there differences and advantages/disadvantages.  For the most part, I am not a big fan of braided line, it just feels uncomfortable for me and its probably mostly a confidence thing.  I think it stems form the fact that I like to feel a fish when I fish soft plastics, I do not set on the first tap.  Thus when I lift to feel or weigh the fish with my rod tip, braid has no stretch, so the fish feels me faster and I feel more fish drop my bait.  I mainly use braid for slop fishing (frogs& spoons etc.) and heavy flipping.  So far I like Power Pro Braided Line and P-Line Spectrex IV Braided Line for my super line fishing. There are many anglers that use braid for just about everything, I am not one of them.  One thing braid does, is increases sensitivity.  It’s a great option for newer anglers; it helps them feel bites and contours.  It also makes up for bad hook sets and less then average rods.

 

Monofilament & Copolymers – This was my mainstay when I first started fishing.  I used Silver Thread AN40 for everything; it was a very good line.  I still use mono for many things.  I like a heavy mono for some flop and heavy cover situations.  I like the feel and the way it loads up, almost like a bungee cord when you set into a big fish.  For the most part, I use a ton of Cajun Red Line line, its red, tough as nails and very affordable.  I have recently purchased some Gamma Copolymer Line & fluoro lines, I anxious to spool them up and test them out.  Heavy mono is what I use for most of my dock fishing.  I pair 20lb Cajun Line with a 7ft baitcasting rod.  The heavy line and baitcasting rod give me a lot of power to horse fish out from under docks & piers.  It also seems to help me skip,  that stiffer heavier line almost pushed the bait back under the dock, lighter lines tend to sink into the water quicker and reduce distance on skipping for me.  Mono is a must for topwaters as well, it floats so it helps the action.  I also you some mono for jerkbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits based on how the depth I am fishing.  If I shallow cranking, I will likely use mono because I feel it helps the bait rebound of cover and structure.  If I am fishing these baits where more depth is desired, I probably will go with Fluorocarbon.

 

Fluorocarbon I have only been using fluorocarbon based fishing lines for a little over a year and I find myself using them more and more.  I started out with P-Line Floroclear Line, which is a copolymer line coated in fluorocarbon.  I really liked this line in 10lb & 12lb, for crankbaits & jerkbaits.  I feel like I get a little more depth to the sinking properties and I get a better feel from my baits.  The low stretch also gives better action to my Husky Jerks & Pointers.  It has been good for spinnerbaits, lipless cranks and other deep water applications.  I tried using it in heavier sizes for fishing around cover and I started to break off on hook sets.  I never have problems with Cajun line in the same situations.  I think by going with a true quality fluorocarbon like Gamma Edge may solve these problems.  I also really like fluorocarbon for finesse fishing with jig worms, Shakey Heads , mojo rigs and drop shotting.

 

I hope this helps you make better decisions when you are faced with ever expanding option of the fishing line wall at your local sporting goods stores.

Tight Lines,
Rich
www.richlindgren.com
basstournament.blogspot.com

 

Waking Up to a New Technique

“Wake Baits” were making some waves at Beaver Lake.  Wake baits are essentially floating jerkbaits reeled very slowly on the surface to create a wake. Several pros tapped into technique last week, including Craig Powers of Rockwood, Tenn., who has been nominated by his peers as the undisputed king of wake-baiting on the FLW Tour.

Powers finished third in the Wal-Mart Open by waking Bomber Long A’s (15A) along Beaver Lake’s surface to bring curious spotted and largemouth bass up for an investigatory chomp. 

Powers said. “It’s basically a topwater technique but instead of using a walker or popper, I use a Long A and reel it as slow as possible so it bulges the surface and creates a wake. At certain times it will out fish other topwaters 10 to 1 and last week at Beaver was one of those times.”

Other pros employing the technique successfully at the Wal-Mart Open included Koby Kreiger (8th), Shad Schenck (12th) and Wesley Strader (22nd). In fact, Strader used the exact same technique to finish 4th at the Lake Lanier Series in March.

Powers uses a standard floating Bomber Long A for the unique technique. He throws it on a 7-foot medium-light spinning rod spooled with 10-pound test monofilament, noting that the density of fluorocarbon is too heavy, which hinders the action of the bait.

In terms of color, Powers prefers a plain white or bone colored Long A . He’ll even take stock factory colors and scrape the paint off them to reveal more white.

“The windows for catching them good are very small and fragile because so many conditions have to come together to make it right and rarely do all those conditions stay pinned together for that long before something changes. But when it gets right, the number of fish you can catch on it is stupid.

These seems like a great technique, I have heard of guys doing something similar for smallmouths with Rapala Original Floating Minnows .  I am guessing you need relatively calm water, but they seem to be pretty mum on the ideal conditions.  Maybe this will be the new Chatterbait….

Rich
www.richlindgren.com
basstournament.blogspot.com


Trailer Hooks: Are you being stubborn or foolish?

If you are fishing and there is anything on the line, you should have a trailer hook on your buzzbaits and spinnerbaits.  It is more important with buzzbaits, spinnerbaits are a little more situational.   Whether its bragging rights with your fishing buddy, a tournament or you are on a lake that has big fish potential, there are very few instances that trailer hooks are not a good idea. 

I have found very few instances that the cover did not allow me to use a trailer hook, when rigged correctly, they cause very few problems.  About the only time I do not fish a trailer hook, is when I am prefishing for a tournament.  In those instances its better to just see the fish and not hook it, saving it for the tournament.  In some cases, if you use a red hook or feather hook, you can actually increase the appeal of the bait with your trailer hooks.  Even when the bass are really getting on the your buzzbait and getting the main hook, the trailer hook is a nice insurance policy as you winch your fish out of the cover.

If you do not believe me, how about this.  Secret Weapon Lures sells Spinnerbaits Buzzbaits; they feel it is imprtant enough that they include a sharp Mustad trailer hook in the package with every Buzzbait.

I love fishing, but I really love catching fish!  So take the time, put the trailer hook on and start landing more fish!

Rather be fishing…
Rich
www.richlindgren.com


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A Co-Angler’s Secret Weapon

A Co-Angler’s Secret Weapon

 

If you fish a lot of tournaments as a co-angler, you are probably always looking for ways to get an edge on your competition.  Especially when top prize for the co-angler in some of these tournaments is a new boat!

 

Whether you are in a draw style tournament or you sign up as a co-angler, fishing as a non-boater can be a very challenging situation.  Among the many challenges, probably the biggest challenge what tackle should pack?  You cannot bring everything, because there is not room and its bad non-boater etiquette to clutter up the boat and it can make for a difficult fishing day for both anglers.  Sometimes your partner will clue you in on what you will be doing or what he/she may be catching them on, but often times partner’s are protective of their patterns and will not tell you anything until after you are on the water for take-off.  If even if you are well informed, everyone knows things change on the lake on a day to day basis.

 

How many times have you been out on the water as a non-boater and found yourself needing something you decided not to bring so you could save space?  There is one thing I found that can tip the tackle scales in your favor.  What if I told you, it is possible to carry nearly every spinnerbait combination possible in a tackle box that is equal to medium sized hook box?  You would say, yeah right!  Well its true, thanks to the innovation of Secret Weapon Lures.  They have developed a unique spinnerbait system that allows you to carry a handful of spinnerbait heads, extra skirts and wide array of blades all in one small box.  You can make blade and skirt changes in just seconds as water conditions dictate.  And on top of all that, these spinnerbaits flat out catch bass.  They have a true running head design and that creates a spinnerbait that never rolls and it even slow rolls great.  Check out these great baits at www.secretweaponlures.com

 

So now that you can fit all your favorite spinnerbaits in a small box, just think of all the other stuff you can fit in your tackle bag….. Find your Secret Weapon Starter Kits and ProPacks here!

 

Tight Lines,

Rich Lindgren

www.richlindgren.com
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