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Top Picks For Bass Fishing


Finesse Fishing

Finesse fishing anglers take a more subtle approach, using smaller baits and lighter tackle. This technique is commonly used for smallmouth bass fishing. The most common forms of finesse fishing are drop shot, Ned Rig, and Damiki Rig.

  1. VMC Drop Shot Hook Paired with a VMC Cylinder Weight and Zman Trick ShotZ
  2. Zman EWG Ned Jig Paired with a Rapala Ned BLT
  3. Zman Finesse Jig Paired with a Zman Hula Stick
  4. Northland Gussy Jig Paired with a Zman Jerk Shad

Flipping Technique

Flipping is a tried and true technique for largemouth bass fishing. Anglers use bait often imitating a crawfish and flip their lure against weed lines or in pockets of weed beds. Anglers commonly use a skirted jig with a craw or just a flipping hook and craw.

  1. VMC Redline Hook Paired with VMC Flippin' Weight and Rapala Bronco Bug
  2. FT Structure Jig Paired with a NetBait B Bug
  3. Zman Flipping Jig Paired with a Zman Palmetto Bug

Jerkbait Fishing

Jerkbaits have been around for more than 40 years, they trigger a bite unlike any other bait. They are commonly used when bass are in shallow water due to the shallow nature of the bait. 

  1. Rapala Precision Xtreme Maverik
  2. Rapala Husky Jerk
  3. Rapala X Rap
  4. Smithwick Rattlin' Rogue
  5. 6th Sense

Chatterbait Fishing

Chatterbait fishing is a great way to fish for bass around docks, weeds or even in deep water for smallmouth using the Zman CFL head. The blade attached to the head of the bait cuts through weeds while making a loud vibration that attracts fish.

  1. Zman Jackhammer
  2. Zman EVO Chatterbait
  3. Terminator Shuddering Bait
  4. Zman Freedom CFL 
  5. First Gen Chatterbait


Top Picks For Walleye Fishing



Using a jig is one of the most enjoyable ways to fish for Walleye. You can use a wide array of bait on the jig, the most common are minnows, leeches, worms, and artificial lures. Letting the bait fall to the bottom and hoping it back to the boat is a great way to entice a bite.

  1. VMC Moon Eye Jig paired with a Zman Scented Jerk Shad
  2. VMC Hybrid Swimbait Jig paired with a Rapala "The Suspect"
  3. VMC Moontail Jig paired with a Berkley Flatnose Minnow
  4. Rapala Jigging Rap

Finesse Fishing

Believe it or not, using a finesse style of fishing can be extremely effective when walleye fishing. Drop shots and Ned rigs lend themselves well to Walleye as you can keep the bait in the strike zone longer.

  1. VMC Drop Shot Hook Paired with a VMC Cylinder Weight and Kalin's Tickle Worm
  2. Zman EWG Ned Paired with a Zman TRD TicklerZ


One of the most common and effective ways to catch walleye is trolling. This allows you to cover more water as opposed to jigging or finesse techniques. Boats typically move about 1.5-2 mph using deep diving lures

  1. Rapala Deep Husky Jerk
  2. Northland Rumble Stick
  3. Bandit Walleye Deep
  4. Rapala Scatter Rap Tail Dancer
  5. Walleye Nation Creations Reaper

Crawler Rigs

Using a crawler rig can be a very effective way to catch walleye all over the country. This is done by tying either an inline weight or a bottom bouncer in front of your harness to ensure bottom contact and drifting the harness around 1.25 mph near weeds, rock, or gravel.

  1. Northland RCH3 Baitfish Spinner
  2. VMC Techset Spinner Harness
  3. Walleye Nation Creations Double Trouble Harness
  4. VMC Techset Floating Spinner Harness
  5. Walleye Nation Creations Double Trouble Spin Float

Stick Baits/Jerkbaits

Casting stick baits or jerkbaits along the shore can be a great way to catch Walleye. Using a jerkbait-like retrieve where you reel in 3 feet and pause can be a great tactic for this type of bait. 

  1. Smithwick Rattlin' Rogue
  2. Bandit Walleye Shallow
  3. Rapala Husky Jerk
  4. Bomber Long A Minnow
  5. Rapala Shadow Rap


Top Picks For Pike Fishing


Crankbait/Jerkbait fishing

Crankbaits and jerkbaits are excellent when pike want a tail-kicking, wobbling, or swimming action. These baits are best used around shorelines, flats, points, or rocky bottoms. 

  1. Northland Rumble Shad
  2. Rapala BX Swimmer
  3. Rapala Husky Jerk
  4. Bomber Long A 
  5. Rapala Xrap

Swimbait Fishing

Swimbaits are a staple in all Pike enthusiast's tackle boxes. These baits work all year round when fished near shorelines, flats, rocky reefs, points and bays. Swimbaits are also a great tool when Pike are close to the bottom and not as active. 

  1. Rapala Xrap Peto
  2. Rapala "Heavy Hitter"
  3. Zman HerculeZ Swimbait 
  4. Storm 360GT Searchbait

Lipless Crankbait

Lipless Cranks work well in almost all conditions. Their loud rattle makes them particularly effective for fishing stained water, large flats and bays. Using a yo-yo-ing retrieve where you lift the bait and let it fall back down is an effective way to attract Pike. 

  1. Rapala Rippin' Rap
  2. Storm Arashi Rattling Vibe
  3. Rapala Rap-V Blade