Braided fishing line has become incredibly popular over recent years due to its strength to diameter, sensitivity, abrasion resistance, and its lack of memory which usually causes other lines to twist and can frustrate any angler. Although this super line has made its way to the top of every anglers list of preferred fishing lines, it can be quite pricey compared to other fishing line choices. The average angler only casts 30 to 50 yards on a good cast, so most of the line spooled up never hits the water. I used to change out my whole spool of line once...
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The fishing reel is the catalyst that handles most of the workload during a day of fishing, so taking good care of it is very important. Fisherman can be very hard on their equipment and after a few fishing trips with that new fishing reel, it tends to get neglected. No matter your level of experience, the components of a fishing reel such as gears, brakes, and bearings will naturally suffer from wear and tear over time depending on use and care. Some of the largest contributors that will speed up or destroy these vital components of your fishing reel...
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Every year, new lures are introduced to the market and new fishing techniques are discovered. Although some are trends that come and go, every so often there is a new technique that really changes the game. A few years back the Ned Rig was discovered, and it has developed into one of the hottest finesse techniques used by anglers today. The Ned Rig especially excels when fishing for smallmouth bass, as anything bite size is easy pickins for these usually aggressive brownbacks. The Ned Rig is also a great technique for cold water situations when bass are less active,...
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By Ron Johnson, Professional Angler  Over the years, we’ve seen countless fishing lures hit the market, but there are few that have stood the test of time like the Spinnerbait has. The Spinnerbait has been one of the best bass catching lures for decades, and spring is the perfect time to tie one on the line. The allure of a Spinnerbait is its vibration and flash, along with a profile that appears as baitfish. Here in Arizona, the Gizzard Shad and Threadfin Shad are one of the primary food sources for bass and other predators. Since Shad prefer the...
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By Ron Johnson, Professional Angler Deciding on what fishing reel to use is just as important as selecting your fishing rod. In a recent blog, Ron discussed fishing rod types, length, and action to help you choose the right type for your style of fishing. Fishing Reels are also a critical component when pairing with your fishing rod, so we will discuss how to choose the best one for you. Fishing reels exist in both left- or right-hand retrieve styles and are basic to advanced depending on your skill level. All fishing reels will vary in price, and much of...
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