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One way or another, through experience, you acquire a certain technique in fishing. The technique you learned over time is the one you master and become an expert with. Today’s guest shares the most versatile finesse technique, drop shot for bass fishing. He is none other than Ty Adams Jr.

Ty is a full-time musician and a bass fisherman. In this interview, he unravels the mystery of drop shot for bass fishing.

Got Hooked Catching Bass

Ty grew up in Virginia near a lake but he wasn’t catching fish in his early years. In fact, he started catching fish at the age of 34. At first, he caught trout and catfish. After catching bass, he didn’t want to catch any other species of fish ever again.

Ty is hooked on catching bass. He catches them anywhere, anytime, with anything. Ty picks a baitcaster, goes to the bank, makes a couple of casts, catches a good fish, takes pictures, and puts them back. He literally tries to squeeze a 15 minutes fishing session in anywhere he can.

Drop Shot for Bass Fishing

The drop shot is a popular concept in fishing across the world. There are different ways to do it. Ty uses drop shot when he wants a guarantee to catch bass. Anglers look at drop shot as a finesse technique to pull out when the day is tough. The drop shot is a setup composed of a line with a hook, a leader, and a weight at the end of the leader.

When throwing the cast, he uses a 6lb to 10lb light line. Most people throw fluorocarbon. At first, Ty started using an open hook, and not until last year, he started using a Texas rig. He caught more fish with this setup than any other bait in his life.

One of the basic techniques of the drop shot is to tweak the bait as necessary. Meanwhile, for the rest of it, stick with what other anglers are saying that works. Ty’s go-to baits are Zoom Finesse or a Strike King Z-Too.

Palomar Knot

He also mentions using the Palomar knot to tie the hook. He takes the same end of the Palomar knot and goes back through the hook. That’s how he puts the weight on. The Palomar knot is a versatile and useful knot.

You have to know how to throw the drop shot if you want to be good at these. You have to know the basics. Check out this episode to get all the details.

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Ice fishing is a different experience and pleasure in open water. It’s not for the cold of feet or faint of heart. Today’s guest is Alec Krakofsky and he got hooked on ice fishing.
 

Embarking Into Ice Fishing

 
Alec was born and raised in Wisconsin where ice fishing is a common thing to do. He has been fishing with his grandfather and father since he was a child. He brings with him his portable Shanny.
 
Ice fishing can be as simple and as complex as you want it to be. If you’re planning to go ice fishing, you need something to drill a hole with into the ice. You also need a rod and a bucket. You can pull out fish if you’re in the right spot at the right time.
 

Tip-up Fishing

 
Aside from jigging, another method he uses is tip-up fishing. Tip-up fishing is a method of fishing that allows anglers to set-up bait lines below the ice. There’s a mechanic action of each that flips up a flag, which means a fish has taken the bait.
 
A tip-up is a simple device. It’s essentially a board with a reel attached that’s set below the ice and can unreel if the bait is taken. Alec runs a split shot on the fishing line, using a treble hook, and shiner attached. Then, he keeps an eye on the flags. When there’s a movement, he rushes to the hole. Lastly, the hook is set-up when pulling in the fish.
 

Gear to Bring During Ice Fishing

 
Alec brings different gear depending on how much ice there is. Usually, he brings a Spud Bar, ice picks, and float suit. It is helpful to have a map when ice fishing, too. Fishfinders help you if you’re on fish or to see how deep you are.
 
You have to take the weather conditions into account. It’s best to wear winter clothes, wool socks, and to have cleats on boots. As much as possible, stay dry. Don’t forget to charge your fishing gear. Alec’s favorite fishing gear is the Helix 7 fishfinder. He uses it everywhere. Alec loves it because he can use it on the ice, and also on his boat or Kayak.
 
When going out there, you have to think of safety first. Whack the ice a couple of times using a spud bar. Remember that dark clear ice is better than thin and clear ice. Make sure to check if the ice you’re standing on is thick enough.
 
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Many of us want to get out in the wilderness but few have the opportunity to actually do it. In today’s episode, we have Brandon Heimericks. We talked about his experience with Canoe Fishing. He reminds us to do what our heart desires and to do it as soon as we can.
 

Introducing Canoe Fishing

Brandon is a Major in the United States Army and a Blackhawk pilot. He grew up catching fish like most everyone else. Then, his wrestling coach invited him over to fish in a canoe along with a group of college students, that’s when it all began.
 
At first, his learning curve was steep and was miserable. But in all that misery, one day he caught much fish, got hooked up, and wanted to go back and catch fish again.
 

Into the Wilderness

What inspired Brandon to go all the way up into the wilderness instead of staying home and catching fish near him? In his words;
 
1. He is competitive and is always up for a challenge.
 
2. You can catch the biggest fish you’ve ever seen and have absolutely no clue how you did it.
 
3. It is easier than fishing at home. Brandon mentioned his typical fishing trips are easy fishing. The lack of pressure and other anglers at the lakes he travels to are almost non-existent.
 

Canoe Fishing for Beginners

If ever crossed your mind to try Canoe fishing for one day, you have to have the right type of watercraft. You also have to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Do you have a fire source, tent, and campsite? The most basic gear is often overlooked but is most significant.
 
There’s unimaginable beauty behind canoe fishing. The unencumbered wildlife, animals, stillness, and stars in the sky are unforgettable. It makes all the preparation and the journey worth it.
 
Did you bring all your gear? Unfortunately, you cant bring every piece of gear you own on a trip like this. Every pound adds up and gear is heavy. Brandon normally brings a few tackle boxes and a small assortment of tools. His buddies like to tease him that he prefers to use a regular 5-gallon bucket to haul his gear and tools in.
 

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Do you remember the first fishing gear you ever purchased? If you don’t have fishing gear yet, do you know what to buy? Admit it, we’ve all been in a tackle shop and get overwhelmed by tons and tons of gear. Well, today’s guest is Jay Ball and we are talking about Abu Garcia Black Max Combo. He’s been using it for 5 years now, Jay reminds us to pick and stick to fishing gear that lasts for years.

 
Jay Ball has an Instagram page where he shares his maple syrup and fishing hobby. Go check him out. 
 

Maple Syrup Maker

 
Jay has been catching fish for almost his whole life. He grew up in Michigan, where he established his fishing skills. After that, he moved to Virginia and experienced saltwater fishing.
 
Aside from his love of fishing, he is also a maple syrup maker. February to April is maple syrup season. During these months, he documents the way he makes maple syrup.
 
He buys equipment, taps the trees, boils, and bottles it. When Jay is not making maple syrup, he dives deep into bass fishing. You won’t find that variety anywhere else!

Abu Garcia Black Max Combo

Jay has come a long way in the fishing industry. He’s won tournaments and became sponsored as a walleye fisherman. On weekdays he catches bass, and on weekends he catches walleye.
 
Jay has 18 different baitcasters. Even now, he still uses his all-time favorite combo, the Abu Garcia Black Max Combo. He purchased it about 5 years ago for less than $100. The price still falls under $100. Jay loves the black and red color of the combo.
 
Aside from the color, he recommends using the Abu Garcia Black Max combo because of the following:
 
1. Budget-friendly
2. Medium-heavy decent fast action tip
3. Versatililty
4. Durability
 
 
Jay uses a 12-pound line with his Abu Garcia Black Max Combo. Jay also uses 6th Sense swim jigs and Z-man baits.
 

Slowing Down

 
Jay emphasizes slowing down. Before, he used to just cast, reel, and repeat. But, he finally changed his ways. He learned through watching videos on Youtube, following people on Instagram, and reading articles.
 
Slowing down is an important skill to have. I say skill because it takes effort and discipline, it isn’t easy. Jay also advises going back to basics and keeping everything as simple as possible.

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Micro fishing is a different area of fishing that you
probably never explored and never heard of. The world of Species Hunting goes by many names. You can call it Species Hunting, Species Fishing, or Lifelist Fishing. Today’s guest is Luke Ovgard and we are talking about Micro Fishing.
 
 
Luke is a practiced Micro fisher. He’s also a teacher and writer. He shares stories about fishing in newspapers, magazines, and his blog. Luke writes for people who don’t fish, who don’t fish that often, or engaging people back into the sport.

Micro-Species Hunter

So what is Micro Fishing?
 
Micro fishing is the newest development in fishing that started in Japan more than 30 years ago. To really drive it home, a full-grown bluegill is too large for micro fishing. Think about half that size.
 
Luke grew up fishing for trout for 20 years until he got tired of doing the same exact type of fishing. He wanted to try something different. His love for Pokémon’s “Gotta catch ’em all” message turned him on to the idea of a Species Hunter.
 
The idea of Species Hunting is that every fish out there is waiting for you to go out and catch it. Luke learned the whole concept through reading and learning about the growing sport. He tries to catch any and every species of fish he can, from tiny little shiners to sharks and sturgeon.
 
Luke is a teacher by profession. Luckily, whenever his work demands him to go to different countries, he also catches fish. He blazed trails from 13 different countries all across the globe. Luke’s travel perks helped him in his Species Quest.

How To Start Species Hunting

 
Species Hunting may be unfamiliar for most people but it isn’t complicated at all. Before getting into the sport you need the following:
 
1. Fishing license
 
2. Fishing gear(we’ll get to it in a second)
 
3. Talk to a local biologist and ask what fish live in a watershed (optional)
 
You can start with your local waters and see what you can catch. There’s no limit to how much variety you can have when you’re fishing for everything that swims.
 
 

Gear To Use In Micro Fishing

 
The most basic micro fishing setup is whatever rod you’re using or even a simple stick. You also need a line, roughly about 3 feet.
 
Then, create a fly loop at the end of the tippet. Next is to tie a pre-snelled Tenkara hook. Luke prefers these pre-snelled since they are so tiny and hard to do yourself. You can check out the Gamakatsu micro hooks as well.
 
Finally, put a small split shot in front of the hook and a tiny piece of bait. A headlamp is also helpful, especially during the night.
Now you just need to get it in from of some fish. Turn your eyes away from the big largemouth and into shallow water.
 
Tidepools, eddies, shallow banks, these are all great spots to test your luck. If you can get the bait right in front of the fish, chances are you can hook them.
With no pressure on these fish like your bass and trout, these tiny fish make for easy and exciting catches.
 
 
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Have you lost your favorite lure? How about wanting to buy it again and discovering that you can no longer find it anywhere? That’s what today’s guest experienced that pushed him to make his own wooden lures. Today’s guest is Brandon Tatum and we are talking about wooden lures.
 
His mission is to make his own lures so that when he loses one, he can make another. There is so much thought and detail in making wooden lures. From carving the wood, designing, painting, and choosing a color scheme. Making wooden lures is an enjoyable craft and hobby to do. If you’re a parent, it’s a cool project to do with your kids to get them involved.
 

Beginning Making Wooden Lures

 
Brandon has been making his own wooden lures for 2 years now. It was through the Youtube channel of Marling Baits that helped him create his own lures. He practiced making them and followed the step-by-step process.
 
In the beginning, Brandon bought a kit that comes with wire and other pieces. He mixed and matched it, and attached it to a standard spoon. He made a Mepps Syclops with a treble hook and a replica of a Cajun Sleigh that has red stripes.
 

Getting The Hang Of Making Wooden Lures

 
The first wooden lures he made were little perch and grasshopper popper, then he made jerkbaits. Brandon transitioned to a whole new level of making his own lures. All throughout making lures, he learned a lot. He discovered using epoxy for keeping the colors and crafting wires. He became better at adding details like dents in the nose, using a lexan for the lips. He uses a dragonfly glaze for sparkling color and spraying the scales. Over time, he refined these methods.
 

The Process Of Making Wooden Lures

 
In making wooden lures, you need to have a single block of wood and some tools. There are many different types of wood that have different buoyancies and densities. The trick here is to choose a wood that won’t break apart. Next, put them together by inserting and gluing the wire, or boring the wire through the body.
 
You have to look at the side profile, top view, corners, and edges of the wood. Not only that, the length, shape, size, and angle are also very important. Lastly, you have to weigh your lures in order for them to sit properly in the water.
Will they float? Maybe they will sink? Or maybe they will suspend in the water column. These are all important details depending on the type of lure you want to make.
 
There are so many directions in making wooden lures. You have to understand the process. The more you do it, the more it gives you an understanding of what you can make, what’s easy, and what’s not.
 
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Do you have a fishing partner? A fishing partner is your best friend for life. As the saying goes, “Couples who fish together, stay together.” In this episode, we have the Angler Duo – Rhia and Justin. They have an Instagram page where they post their fishing adventures, product reviews, and a variety of stuff. We are talking about the Space Monkey lure.

Beginning Catching Fish

Justin started catching fish when his family went to visit their grandparents. He caught fish at a local pond with the old reliable bobbers and worms. He lived right across a body of water so fishing was easy and frequent. While Rhia grew up with her grandfather teaching her how to catch fish.

Angler Duo

Justin and Rhia started exchanging messages. They asked each other about the type of species they catch. It was “fish at first sight” when they first met. Their love story started with their love for fishing and everything clicked. They share the same passion and also share it with everybody else who has the same passion.
 
 
Rhia and Justin catch all different shapes, sizes, and species of trout. Whether it’s brook trout, brown trout, or rainbow trout. Rhia loves to marvel at the colors and patterns of trout.
 

Space Monkey

 
The Space Monkey is a rage tail lure made by Strike King. It has a frog-like look to it and an incredible action that mimics different prey. The Space Monkey can be Texas rigged, Carolina rigged, or even used as a jig trailer.
 
The Space Monkey is a versatile lure, you can use it in different ways. If they use it as a weedless setup, they pair it with 4/0 Gamakatsu Hook.
Another of Justin’s favorite is combining the Space Monley with a Shaky Head hook. This combination makes the lure that much more vibrant and moves well through the water.

 

Maybe you want to jig the Space Monkey. Snip off the tip of the head, thread it on a jig. Go weedless or not. If you want to drag the bottom, this would be a great combination.

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Fishing is therapy, but it’s not for crying. On this episode, we have Noel Garcia and we are talking about Saltwater Fishing. Noel’s been all over the world catching fish and currently runs a fishing apparel company.
 
Check out Noel’s clothing line. Dead Fish Hook comes with great value, promo packages, and free goodies. He personally packs and talks to everyone on social media.
 

Beginning Saltwater Fishing

 
Noel was born in Cuba, moved to Spain, and settled in Miami. He started saltwater fishing and moved to different kinds of fishing.
 
Noel has even been alligator hunting. It was one of his best fishing experiences. You can cook it a million different ways with all kinds of great flavors. He claims gators taste like chicken. Whether cooking in French style or Mexican style, give it a little flair.
 

Clothing Line

 
Noel has an entire clothing line dedicated to fishing apparel. It all started in his favorite town, Cedar Key Florida. It is a small little island town that holds a Pirate Festival. He started going there with his kids every year and realized that he couldn’t find a good fishing shirt for the kids.
 
That’s when he and his kids decided to design for clothing just for fun. Noel was a tattooist and a body piercer for 30 years. Designing is his forte. Afterward, one thing led to another. He and his kids decided to name it “Dead Fish Hook” and one month later, the shirts arrived in their home.
 
Noel’s clothing line did really well. It was personal and authentic. Due to COVID-19, his business closed and restarted again. That’s why he doesn’t keep a high price on the gear. He gives back to others by donating shirts to a foundation that helps and teaches kids to go fishing.
 

Saltwater Fishing Tips

 
He recommends using stronger fishing line and strong hooks. If you’re going to catch big fish, you need big gear. Noel says that pretty much every freshwater technique translates to saltwater.
If you’re unsure and want to get a good feel for saltwater, go with a reputable guide. They can help mentor and guide you.
 
Saltwater fishing will destroy more gear. Most freshwater gear isn’t made to stand up to salt. If you’re taking your inland gear to the coast, clean it well! Do not let it sit, you will regret it.
 
 
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In catching fish, it doesn’t matter what you’re throwing. If you have confidence in the bait, you will catch fish with it. We hear it over and over again in the podcast. For this episode, we have Zach Maddox and we are talking about spoons. Spoons are a no finesse lure. It is simple and weedless. Don’t forget… He reminds us to have fun and enjoy catching fish.
 
Zach is active on his Instagram page and posts his fishing adventures, plus some of his posts are hilarious. He is also a tournament angler. Go check him out.
 

Growing Up Using Spoons

 
As a kid, Zach learned how to catch fish by rigging shrimp under a cork. He lives in a small town in Florida near a freshwater lake. His dad was an outdoorsman and transferred that love to Zach. On the weekends, his family bonds through fishing or hunting.
 
Zach considered himself lucky since his family loves to catch fish. Zach grew up learning about fishing and learning about using spoons. Not only that, but he also learned about respect for the environment and conservation.
 

Saltwater Fishing

 
Zach is passionate about saltwater fishing. He likes the mystery, not knowing what he’ll get. Unlike freshwater fishing where you know what species you are going to get, saltwater fishing surprises you. He usually catches flounder, pufferfish, stingray, cobia, or redfish in saltwater. Zach loves those vicious creatures.
 

Spoons

 
Zach has been a big fan of throwing spoons ever since he was young. Spoons have a scaley pattern that flutters through water and reflects light. He loves the Aquadream Weedless Spoons. He usually pairs his spoons with a swivel. Swivels keep spoons from tangling and winding up the fishing lines.
Zach describes his spoons as “search bait.” He will use a spoon to seek out fish and potentially switch to another rig. Zach employs no fancy technique on spoons. Simply put – throw it out, and reel it back. Get a steady retrieve rate and let it do the work. You can pause it and let it sit or sink, then steady retrieve. He doesn’t normally finesse these lures, no walking, jerking, or anything fancy. Throw it out, and reel it back.
 
Scent is also important in attracting fish. Zach puts scent gel on his spoons. Colors depend on the weather and what kind of bait to use. Gold is great for bright, clear days.
 

Rod Selection

 
Zach uses a medium-light rod. He throws two different spoons depending on water depth. Most of the time, he throws ¼ oz and ⅜ oz for deeper water. 
 
You can apply the perfect technique, but if you throw it out there on the wrong rod, it can go sideways. You also have to choose the right lure for the right rod.
 
 
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Did you ever feel like giving up and never fishing again? Did you ever ask yourself why you love fishing? If the answer is yes, so has today’s guest. Tom Van Atta and I are talking about bank fishing for musky.  He runs his Instagram page and documents his fishing adventures.
 
Musky may look big and bad but they’re not the biggest, meanest fish out there. They can be sensitive especially in times when the water gets warm. Bank fishing for musky allows you to be an expert at one spot. 
 

Growing Up Catching Musky

Tom started catching fish when his neighbor got him into it. He began panfishing, bass fishing, and trout fishing. After a while, he found musky, and ever since then, he hasn’t looked back. There’s something about bank fishing for musky that’s different and exciting. Those fish know right when he’s about to give up.  They’ll show up and remind him why he’s catching them. It makes it all worth it.
 
Tom mostly practices catch and release fishing. He is a graphic designer so he can tailor his schedule to when he wants to fish. Lucky him!
 

Basics Of Bank Fishing For Musky

Some of the best places to fish for musky are the places people aren’t talking about. Tom says you don’t have to go to big famous lakes. All you have to do is open google maps and research. Check out your local fish and game information for your state and see what you can find. Many states have great resources, seriously, don’t skip this step.
 
After finding spots, always have a plan.
  • When do you hook the fish?
  • Where am I going to go with that fish?
  • How am I going to get a hold of that fish?
  • What gear do I need?
 
These are some basic questions that are important and often overlooked.
 

Gear To Bring During Bank Fishing For Musky

Tom suggests packing light. You don’t have to take the whole shed with you to go bank fishing. He suggests bringing a foldable net. Moreover, having roll-up storage to keep the tools so that they won’t scatter everywhere.
 
Tom also carries a single Plano box filled with lures. Also, long pliers, cutters, and tripod to complete the set-up. Have all these and you’re good to go.
 

Be Ready To Get Wet

 
Whenever you catch a fish, it is more comfortable if you’re in the water with it. The fish’s best interest is important. If you drag your fish on the land, the clock’s ticking. 
If you take the hooks out in the water, you can take your time. Keep this in mind, we are all stewards and need to preserve our environment.
 
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