Fred’s Buzzbait Approach

The buzzbait is seen as one of the best ways to catch giant bass. There is something about the action it creates on the surface that is like a magnet to bass. They work around a variety of cover and excel during the warmer months, but Fred Roumbanis has learned that...

Fred Roumbanis on Drop-Shotting with the Victory Tail

  One of the greatest things about the drop-shot rig is that it works with nearly any soft plastic bait on the market. Anglers can have success with everything from finesse worms to soft stickbaits and small swimbaits. You name it; you can drop-shot it. Knowing which...

Fishing the Madness Japan Balam 300: Part 1

This is part one of a two-part article about the Madness Japan Balam 300 swimbait as told by lure designer and big fish expert Satan Shimada. We will discuss the origins of the bait, gear required, where to fish it, and “Balaming” also known as the 8 Trap Method...

Zappu Product Overview – Part Two

This is part two of a two-part series on Zappu terminal tackle and how to use the products. Zappu is a Japanese brand that has become a leader in terminal tackle. They offer a wide range of products designed to customize the look and actions of your lures. We recently...

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Zappu Product Overview – Part One

This is part one of a two-part series on Zappu terminal tackle and how to use the products. Zappu is a Japanese brand that has become a leader in terminal tackle. They offer a wide range of products designed to customize the look and actions of your lures. We recently...

Meet The Boom Boom Family

The Boom Boom line of swimbaits continues to evolve with three different versions available, multiple size options, and a growing list of colors. At first glance, the swimbaits may appear to look similar, but they all have their subtleties in how they swim, and each...

How Butch Brown Fishes the Thumper Tail

The thought of swimbait fishing can be intimidating to some anglers. The big baits require upsized gear and a different approach to fish them correctly, but maybe it doesn’t have to be that way. Noted big bass hunter Butch Brown is one of the best in the world with a...

Shaking a Spoon

The spoon is one of the oldest types of lures, and they have been catching just about every different species for generations. Bassmaster Elite Series pro Paul Mueller is an avid multi-species angler and uses spoons for just most of what he chases, including bass. The...

Freestyling For Big Bass

There are hundreds of ways to catch a bass, and that is part of what makes bass fishing great. Techniques are continually evolving as bass anglers discover new ways to fool their favorite fish. One technique you may not have heard of is called “freestyling,” a...

The Boom Boom in Action

Butch Brown’s Thumper Tail

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