Category Archives: Tips and Techniques

Rich Lindgren on Outdoors This Week – PlayBack

I am trying to add a podcast directly into this post, so bear with me.

In case you are interested and could not find the playback info at the bottom of the original post, I decided to create a new post for you to download the file.  Follow this link & it should work –

For those that prefer MP3 file format, the following link has been added –
Should work well for iPods and other MP3 players

I would love to hear some feedback on the show or how well or not the file loaded for you if you tried to load it.

As bonus coverage, I have two more bass fishing segments from Marcia Rubin’s (a.k.a. Reel Lady) portion of the show that followed mine.  Marcia will be fishing her second season on the Women’s Bass Tour this year.
Segment 1
Segment 2

You should be able to click on any of these links or right click and ‘Save Target As’ to download the .wav file to your computer.

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Oxygenation or Aeration? Tournament Bass Survival….

Here an abstract response to an earlier article that I had posted.

As water temperature goes up, bass consume oxygen faster, and water holds less oxygen”. It takes more aeration to keep bass alive in warm temperatures.” 

In reality, fish metabolism is controlled by water temperature and [ fish metabolism] is limited by available dissolved oxygen saturation and concentration.
The above quote states that more aeration will correct a low oxygen deficits in a livewell with a limit of fish. Actually the treatment of choice for livewell hypoxia is and has always been supplemental pure oxygen administration, not more air (aeration). More aeration only supersaturated the water with nitrogen which increases hypoxic stress and may cause pop eye, gas embolism and gas bubble disease. All of which may increase acute and post release delayed mortality.
It is very common mistake (intentional or unintentional) that most writers call air oxygen and call oxygen air reinforcing confusion. Some writers may know the difference between the 2 gases, but most, obviously do not know the difference. This article presents another confusing example.
More aeration never insures safe oxygenation during live fish transport in the summer or any other time in a bass boat livewell, weigh-in holding tank or release boat haul tank.

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Free Bass Fishing Seminars!

Hey All:

The MN Bass Federation Nation is hosting Free Bass Seminars this winter prior to the start of their state meetings.  First one is this Saturday.

Here is the schedule:
December 2, 2006 at the Medina Entertainment Center
9am seminar: Scott Johnson – OutKast Tackle

January 20, 2007 at the Medina Entertainment Center
9am seminar: Mickey Goetting – Dropshot 101; Gregg Fouty – Mind of a champion

March 3, 2007 at the Medina Entertainment Center
9am seminar: Tom Borkowski – Mind of a champion; Steve Hauge – All Terrain Tackle

April 21, 2007 at the Medina Entertainment Center
9am seminar: Rich Lindgren – Boating more Bass with Tungsten; Dale Richardson – Boat Performance

Great way to fight the cold MN weather and meet some fellow bass anglers. Cya There! ;D
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Advanced Flipping Techniques

I thought it would be good to do some tips & techniques again, been mostly focused on tournament stuff.

Hey you all that love flipping, here are a few things to try to increase you hook-up ratios.

1. When in doubt, go TUNGSTEN.  Its denser and smaller, so you get better penetration on the flip and on the hook set when the fish clamps down on your weight.  Tru-Tungsten has some great designs and colors to meet all your needs.  So try some of these Buy this ProductTru-Tungsten Tungsten Sinkers

2. Try a snell knot on a heavy duty straight shank flipping hook!  If done correctly, when you slide a slip-sinker down on the hook, you will see the hook point curl up like a scorpion tail. This action causes most bass to get hooked solid in the roof of the mouth.  The snell knot works effectively when you peg a bullet sinker as well, but precautions must be taken. The most important element is how tightly you snug the weight.

If you peg the weight down so tight that it doesn’t slide up the line, the hook won’t kick, and you might as well just tie a Palomar knot on an offset hook.  It has to have room to move so when you set the hook, it slams against the weight and shoots the hook upward.  So you use a bobber stop or a Smart Peg to peg your sinker, not one of those threaded rubber toothpicks.  

For hook selection, consider Mustad Denny Bauer Flippin’ Hook or the Brand New Reaction Innovations BMF Flipping Hook.  The BMF hook is a special hook that had a completely closed hook which will make the snell knot a little easier to tie and will not let the knot slip out on the hook set.  Youvella is coming out with some great flipping hooks as well!

Buy this ProductReaction Innovations BMF Flipping Hooks

3.  Use a high quality Braided line, like Power Pro Braided Line.  Tie a Palomar or Double Palomar Knot and a dap of super glue does not hurt either.  Also camouflage your braided line with a permanent marker, the line often fades and turns white after use, so take a blue, black or green marker to your line for the first few feet.  The other option would be to go with 20-30lb flourocarbon, but I like braid better.

Hopefully you can try a few of these tips and they will help you put a few more fish in the boat.  Beware, practice the snell knot at home or on land, its not an easy knot to learn when out in the boat

If the diagrams don’t do it for you, check out this video!

Tight Lines,
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Cool Website – Discover Boating

Here is a really great website that I recently came across.  Discover Boating!  Among its many features, it allows you to look up boat ramps and accesses for just about any lake in the country as well as directions.

Hopefully you will find this helpful someday when you are scoping out a new lake.

Tight Lines,

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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!


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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.


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, 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,

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,


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….