Category Archives: Tips and Techniques

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…

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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


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
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