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5 Best Fall Smallmouth Fishing Tactics

As a kid, we fished for largemouth bass in the summer. We’d catch the lion’s share of them around weed beds and shady docks. But every now and then I’d wake up early enough to tag along with the grownups to go smallmouth fishing. In the summer, our resident brown...


The 3 Biggest Catfish Ever Caught

Found in every continent except Antarctica, catfish rank among the most abundant fish on the planet. There are just shy of 3,000 different species, though in the U.S. anglers arguably are most interested in the blue, flathead, and channel catfish varieties. Glamourous they are not, but they get big and...


Jacob Wheeler on Life and Bass Fishing

With 10 major professional wins under his belt and tournament winnings surpassing $2.5 million, Jacob Wheeler is widely recognized as one of the top tournament bass fishermen in the world. Claiming four Bass Pro Tour wins, two Bassmaster Elite Series wins, and a Major League Fishing World Championship, Wheeler credits...


Is It OK to Eat Bass?

Today’s bass junkie is a different breed of angler. Dressed in the latest high-tech gear and operating a space-aged boat, competition drives his every move. Success is measured in pounds and ounces. All fish are released, coolers stay clean, and not a drop of blood can be found on the...


Why You Suck at Throwing a Baitcaster

After hours of catching nothing, I finally got my big break. There, just a cast away, several bass corralled a school of shad and were taking advantage of their position by blasting the bait into oblivion and gobbling up the wounded. With the wind in my face, I launched a...


The Best Postspawn Crappie Fishing Tactics

Crappie fishing is a springtime sport for most anglers, and it’s hard to argue the logic behind this association. Spring brings big numbers of hungry fish to the shallows, making for quick contact and easy pickings. Following the spawn, a lot of crappie fishermen hang up their gear, assuming warm...


16 Years of Noodling for Catfish

At one in the morning I knocked on the door of our single-bedroom apartment hard enough to wake my wife, Michelle. I needed her to unlock it. She answered with a .44 Special revolver at her side and demanded to know why I’d made such a racket in the hallway...


How to Catch Fish During a Giant Bug Hatch

Why would a fish eat a bug? I found myself asking that question the first time a buddy showed me a “Mayfly Rig.” After an unsuccessful day chasing walleyes on Lake Erie , and watching hundreds on the screen of my depth finder, I had nothing to show for my...


5 Top Lures for Summertime Bass Fishing

Summertime bass fishing is a boom or bust sport. Long periods of inactivity are interrupted by brief moments of greatness, when it seems nothing can go wrong. The reasons for this are simple. Following the springtime spawn, bass begin to group up and move offshore, where they favor subtle spots...


Best Lures for Crappie Fishing: Jigs vs. Minnows

As a kid I started out fishing the same way as just about everybody: dunking worms for panfish off the bank. A few years later, fishing trips moved to the boat, where serious crappie fishing became the family pastime. The site was Chautauqua Lake in western New York, a renowned...


Realtree Fishing Pro Dustin Connell Wins REDCREST 2021

In his very first MLF tournament, Realtree Fishing Pro Dustin Connell won the season’s biggest event – the REDCREST 2021. “We added Dustin to our Realtree Fishing Team late last year after hearing so many good things about his dedication to the sport and its growth,” said Realtree Fishing Brand...


Realtree Fishing’s Drew Gregory on His Latest Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Win

Realtree Fishing pro staffer Drew Gregory knows how to catch big bass, and he has the tournament wins and sponsorships to prove it. But you won’t find Gregory racing down the lake in a shiny new bass boat on tournament day. Instead, Gregory prefers to seek out his limit in...


The Power of a Fish

The news had been almost surreal that day. A person in town tested positive for the coronavirus, one of the first cases in the state, outside of the cities. They said he’d traveled overseas and then come back to Kentucky, where he went to church. My wife, a third-grade teacher,...


Watch Realtree Fishing's Drew Gregory Compete This Saturday, May 2

Do you enjoy bass fishing from a kayak? Then you'll love this FishUSA event. Five kayak anglers will compete on as many bodies of water. The best-of-five fish shootout will include Ken Wood, Jason Willis, Kurt Smits, Craig Dye and Realtree Fishing's pro-staffer Drew Gregory. Drew Gregory – “Basser Drew”...


Major League Fishing Pro Jacob Wheeler Dominates Lake Eufaula Event

Off to a dominating 2020 start, Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Jacob Wheeler led all anglers with a Period 3 win in the recent B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One Championship Round. Wheeler, whose sponsors include Academy Sports + Outdoors and Realtree Fishing, caught 24 hard-earned fish. The 68-pound total distanced...


ICAST 2019: Frogg Toggs in Realtree Fishing® Camo Introduced

COLUMBUS, Georgia — Frogg Toggs has combined its legendary waterproof technologies with original Realtree Fishing® patterns to create an impressive new line of apparel that will be introduced at the 2019 ICAST trade show. ICAST, the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel, will be...


ICAST 2019: New Realtree Fishing® Banded Apparel Showcased

COLUMBUS, Georgia – Banded, known for its remarkable waterfowl apparel, is branching out into the fishing world with new Realtree Fishing apparel that will be on display at the 2019 ICAST trade show July 9-12. Held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, ICAST showcases the latest innovations...


Auburn University Anglers Claim College Series Tournament Lead

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Steady rains soaked competitors today in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at St. Lawrence River ... but the foul weather hardly affected what has become a record-setting event. Logan Parks and Lucas Lindsay of Auburn (Ala.) University lead the slugfest with a two-day total of 10 bass...


Jacob Wheeler Wins Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour at Table Rock Lake

The dramatic win staged by Jacob Wheeler at the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven tournament held on Table Rock Lake was due to one thing: perseverance. The Realtree Fishing pro from Harrison, Tennessee, worked through a challenging problem that came up during the heat of battle at...


2019 CCA Florida STAR Tournament for Coastal Conservation

The CCA Florida STAR (Statewide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo) competition runs now through Sept. 2, 2019. Inshore and offshore divisions are slotted in, with redfish, speckled trout, snook, tarpon, grouper, kingfish, mahi-mahi and lionfish included. As this video shows, the STAR is a unique combination of conservation, data collection and...


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