Want dozens of thrilling strikes…want to catch lunker bass and pike all season long? It’s easy! Just look for the weedbeds, moss or lily pads on any lake or stream.
Just remember this fact:
The greatest number of bass, pike and trout in any lake or stream will hang out around the weedbeds, lily pads, moss, rocks, logs or stump-filled, brushy areas.
Fish prefer these snaggy places because minnows, crawfish, frogs, leeches, insects and small animals are found there and the cover protects them from their natural enemies.
Here also is where fish will take a lure most readily. Look for these snag infested “feeding” grounds and you’ve found choice spots to fish for Bass, Walleye, Northerns, and Trout.
Snag Proof lures allow you to get into these snaggy places with explosive results! Follow these tips for best results:
Fish the lures slowly… in most cases, the slower you fish them the better.
Twitch your rod tip frequently, even with lures such as the minnow with built-in action. This breaks up the retrieve and makes the lure behave erratically, often enticing fish strike.
Pause frequently on the retrieve. Let lure settle down, then begin retrieve again. This imitates a live animal cautiously moving through the water. Fish will often hit just at the moment you stop or start the retrieve.
If the fish misses the lure, cast right back to the spot where he struck, he’ll hit again. Same methods work along brushy shorelines and stump-filled inlets. Try it!
Cast lure on top of rocks, stumps, pads, brush or shoreline… let it fall into the water like a lizard, or small animal or bug.
Cast Past the Bass — casting directly to lone stumps, stick-ups or other structures can often startle resting bass lying near the surface. Cast your lure well beyond the structure, then use the pause/retrieve method to bring your lure right past the stick-up for better results.
When fish strikes… hold on! Lower your rod tip and wait 2 seconds, reel ‘til you feel the fish, then strike back! This gives the fish a chance to sort the lure out of the weeds, or moss that it may have grabbed along with the lure. The soft lure body completely fools the fish. They’ll run with it like live bait! Fish won’t spit it out like hard plugs.
Positive Hooking. The Double hook is exposed when the lure is hit from any angle. It won’t turn sideways or pull out like a single hook and weedguard. Keep your hooks sharpened and ready for action.
More Snag Proof Tips!
Wiggle Wog: Fish it slow, it floats! Fish it fast, it swims! Ideal for swimming over emergent weeds, around and over blow holes and through thick hydrilla. The area between the bank and floating weeds is a natural place for the Wiggle Wog. Fish will wallop it in open water too! Submerge the Wiggle Wog, squeeze out the air and let the body fill with water or add some weight to it to fish it as a fulltime, weedless swimbait. Great action guaranteed! Try it Carolina-rigged. In open water, turn the hook around so it’s under the lure rather than hugging it for even better hook ups.
Tournament Frog: Fish the heaviest cover without snags. Twitch it slowly across lilypads, milfoil, or weedbeds, use the pause, retrieve, pause, method. Hold on! When the fish strikes, lower your rod tip and count 2 seconds, then haul ‘em in! It’s the lure of the lunker!
Poppin’ Frog: Designed for open water, edges of weedbeds, and open pockets around weedbeds and lilypads. Throw it back under willows and around stick-ups. It keeps its life-like action in any situation.
Mini-Minnow: Cast into rocks, riffles and retrieve slowly. Pause to allow minnow to surface. Repeat while minnow works in and around rocks, pools and currents where trout, walleye and bass wait for food.
Deadly Worm: Cast deep down around rocks, weeds, sunken stumps and drop-offs or sandbars. Retrieve very slowly, inching it along the bottom… or lift rod tip a foot or two then allow worm to sink back down. Repeat until WHAM! — one grabs it!
Leech: For explosive surface strikes, cast onto lily pads, moss or shoreline brush. Bring along with several twitches of rod tip. At edge of moss, give an extra fast twitch or two to make the lure look like it’s escaping. Bass, pike and walleye all go for it! Solid savage strikes guaranteed.
Hawg Dawg: Great for spawning Bass. Work the “Dawg” in and around the nest.
If a lure body becomes deformed, dented, flattened, sunken-in etc. place lure body in boiling water for 30 seconds.
Add cotton, foam or pieces of plastic worm inside lure body for extra weight. Try soaking the cotton or foam with scent for a “juicier” bite!
Add bbs to the body cavity for extra weight, noise and vibration.
Carolina Rig the Frogs for a non-traditional presentation to suspended bass!