Boat Positioning for Cranking Bluffs

Boat Positioning for Cranking Bluffs

As bass start to leave their deep water summertime haunts on lakes around the country, their trek to shallower fall feeding spots is a gradual one. They want to keep their secure access to deep water, but they’re pulled in the opposite direction by their conflicting...
Float With the Flit Into Fall

Float With the Flit Into Fall

  When Ima first released the Flit 120 Floating, many anglers assumed that it was not much different than its predecessors, a tool aimed largely at cold-weather conditions and the pre-spawn. Those who learned to use its buoyancy to their advantage, however, have...
Burning the Square Bill for Smallies

Burning the Square Bill for Smallies

Bill Lowen can slow down and fish a Carolina Rig, drag a tube, or jiggle a dropshot, but given the choice he’d rather keep moving…FAST. While he’s willing to pick apart a defined area, running and gunning come naturally to him, and when fish are aggressive he’s in his...
Stay Shallow and Swim a Jig for Smallmouths

Stay Shallow and Swim a Jig for Smallmouths

The two major bass tours typically end their seasons on northern waters where the smallmouth grow big and mean, but are usually in relatively deep water. As a result, the dominant patterns usually involve dropshotting or dragging a tube, or perhaps slinging a deep...
Summertime Victories

Summertime Victories

The Victory Tail soft plastic is a relatively new addition to the Optimum Baits lineup, but Michael Murphy says that it’s a lure that draws from the past and looks to the future. It can be rigged on just about any terminal tackle that you already use for plastics, and...
Sticking to it in the Summer

Sticking to it in the Summer

For those anglers who still haven’t dared to throw the Ima Big Stik because it looks too imposing, California guide Randy Pringle has one thing to say: Get over it. Pringle, who had a heavy hand in the bait’s design, said that while he uses this topwater when he needs...