Smallmouth Smackdown Part V:  The Beast, Lake Simcoe

Smallmouth Smackdown Part V: The Beast, Lake Simcoe

One quick internet search and you’ll see that the heart of the debate for years has been which body of water reigns supreme in the smallmouth fishing world: is it Simcoe, or is it Erie? And to be honest with you, that’s really the driving force behind the summer series. I wanted to see for myself which was the top dog. Continue reading Smallmouth Smackdown Part V: The Beast, Lake Simcoe

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Urban Fishing:  3 HOT tips for city smallies!

Urban Fishing: 3 HOT tips for city smallies!

If there’s one thing that’s true about smallmouth, it’s that they LOVE current. While many metropolitan areas might not be located near some of the powerhouse smallmouth factories you hear about all the time like Erie, Ontario, Pickwick, or St. Claire, most of them are near some sort of tributary/river system that hold big smallmouth. These fish might not match up in size to their cousins in the Great Lakes, but battling these fish in heavy current will demand focus and determination. Hooking a 4 pounder in the Susquehanna River is no exception. Hold on tight, and enjoy the ride!
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GIANT smallmouth and largemouth bass video footage!

GIANT smallmouth and largemouth bass video footage!

This is a short video of footage I’ve compiled over the last two years. From Douglas Lake, TN to Lake Champlain and everywhere in between. Some of the footage is old, some is new, but it’s all still incredible for me to see again. Sometimes I have to pinch myself, it’s hard to believe how lucky I am. Some of the footage was shot by Russ Scalf and Phillip Elgie Media, some was shot by me, and some was taken from my feature segment on The Weather Channel. Next year is going to be even better, trust me! Continue reading GIANT smallmouth and largemouth bass video footage!

An inside look at #ItsRainingGear 2015

An inside look at #ItsRainingGear 2015

#ItsRainingGear (IRG) is back and by now I’m sure you’ve seen a little bit about it, but maybe you’re wondering how it started or what all these prizes are about. So to begin with, IRG originated in 2014 during discussions with the marketing team at Stormr. We wanted to give away some product but they thought it would be really cool if I could bring together some of the great companies that had supported me that year to deliver a MASSIVE giveaway to one lucky winner, and it was packed with some pretty cool stuff. This year we decided to do it again and we got some really incredible support. Eastern Mountain Sports is probably the biggest addition to the group, being one of the largest outdoor retailers in the United States. G2 Gemini, Navionics, Vexilar, and Elite Tungsten are all back again and are joined this year by Lazer Trokar, Wright McGill, Yo-Zuri, Slop Frog Baits, Montauk Tackle Company, and one of-if not THE-premiere smallmouth guide in Upstate NY Bill Lortz of NY Northcountry Bassin. It’s a HUGE package of prizes worth over $2,500 that’ll arrive to one lucky winner before the 2015 Holiday Season. So what’s inside? Continue reading An inside look at #ItsRainingGear 2015

Why you should Carolina Rig for Giant Smallies!

Why you should Carolina Rig for Giant Smallies!

A couple years ago I wrote an article that included a tip from a friend of mine about using a Carolina Rig to target deep smallies in summer. What I’ve found since then is that are a variety of presentations you can use to catch big smallmouth with a Carolina Rig, and the fall is no exception. When you think of fall fishing you think reaction baits, fish gorging themselves and generally being rather easy to catch. But sometimes fishing can be really tough, and that’s when these presentations can be really key to landing those GIANT smallmouth bass that people dream about! Continue reading Why you should Carolina Rig for Giant Smallies!

3 Tips for Chenango River Smallmouth Bass!

3 Tips for Chenango River Smallmouth Bass!

I grew up fishing the Chenango River in Upstate NY, and I just took a quick trip down it on October 11th. Now granted, I had just gotten back from having spent two days at Lake Ontario, so I wasn’t expecting to have my mind blown. But I did catch about 40 smallies, and it took me a minute to figure them out but once I did I could catch them at will! So here are three tips that will hopefully help you do the same! Continue reading 3 Tips for Chenango River Smallmouth Bass!