ANGLR’s Huge Spring Update Features New Digital Gear Tracking & Six New Map Layers

The ANGLR Spring update is one of the biggest releases we’ve ever introduced.

This update is focused on three main areas:

  1. A 100% redesigned Gear area and features
  2. Six new Premium Map layers
  3. Two new Bullseye functions

We’re going deep on this one. Let’s dive in!

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Introducing ANGLR Gear

Have you been told you’re obsessive about your tackle? Do you want to log every imaginable detail about the gear you’re using? We get it. We have the same issues… and the new Gear area is built for the nerdiest tackle trackers on the water! Just in time for your spring cleaning and tackle organization!

Tackle is one of the biggest variables of success during your fishing trips. To become a better angler you need to constantly improve your instincts around when to throw what. Gear will help you uncover powerful insights around this critical skill to help you learn and improve in this area.

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ANGLR Gear is the most in-depth, comprehensive, and detailed gear tracking system on the planet. If it’s found between your hands and that next bite, you can track it in Gear. Line, reels, rods, lures, baits, and flies; we’ve got you covered.

Other new highlights:

  • New reports in the insights area of the web app
  • New details in catch screens and trip profiles
  • Change and build tackle during a trip (even without service!)
  • Attach pictures to any piece of gear for even more detailed organization
  • Drop the new “GearChange” waypoint during your trips to indicate Gear swaps

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Building and managing your gear is better than ever, so we had to make it easier than ever to indicate a gear change while recording a trip with the new “GearChange” waypoint.

You can drop this waypoint while recording a trip by tapping the waypoint icon just like our other 15 waypoints in the ANGLR app. Have a Bullseye? Just press and hold the Bullseye button for 1-2 seconds to Automatically log a GearChange during your trip. No need to touch your phone! These waypoints will behave like the other ANGLR waypoints on your trip replay and the trip timeline to help you uncover patterns and trends even more quickly and easily.

New Partnerships Massively Improve Our Tackle Database

This release incorporates new partnerships with three of the biggest online tackle retailers in the fishing industry. These partnerships will make it even easier to build tackle inside the Gear area.

Here’s a little more about how each of these partners will be improving their customers’ experience through this partnership!

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“When you combine innovative technology and our strong e-commerce selling platform at, big things happen. Our partnership is centered around the customer experience. FishUSA and ANGLR partnered with prolific names within the fishing industry to gain additional insight for what customers want.” – Doug Straub, Senior Director of Merchandising at FishUSA

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“This partnership will assist our customers by providing them unique insights and data on the effectiveness of products and how they are being used. Instead of simply providing the standard product attributes, we can add a layer of catch data to certain items, which in-turn will assist our customers in being more productive on the water.” – Patrick Gill, CEO at TackleDirect

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Our customers will now be able to log their baits from Catch Co. brands in the ANGLR app – and hopefully other ANGLR users will discover Catch Co. brands for the first time, too! Our customers can now track their success on each of our baits with the ANGLR app giving them better insight into the performance of our baits in their tackle box.” – Natalie Robinson, Strategic Manager at CatchCo

Let’s Take a Quick Tour of Gear…

We’ll start at the top, and by that we mean the top gear being used on ANGLR that greets you when you jump into the new Gear section.

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The “Popular Gear” feature is a stream of the most used and tracked Gear that the ANGLR community is using in the app. You’ll be able to quickly click “add to my gear” to add to your gear section. You can also select “shop now” to learn more or buy this bait from one of our retail partners.

At the top of your screen, you’ll find the main “My Gear” menu. Tap this to pull up the two main Gear sub-categories; Tackle and Rod Combos. These two tabs are where all of your meticulously digitally organized tackle and rod combos will live after you add them to your Gear in the app.

To build new tackle or add new rod and reel combos, just click the plus button in the top right corner. This will reveal a menu where you can tap to begin building:

  • Lures
  • Baits
  • Flies
  • Rod/Reel Combos

Start building a lure and you’ll be able to add a photo, select a category; bladebait, buzzbait, crankbait, jerkbait, jig, rip bait, soft bait, spinnerbait, spoon, spybait, swimbait, tailspin, topwater bait, umbrella rig, or underspin. Then, select a type which is tailored to the category you selected. Enter or select a brand. You can add model, brand color, primary color, secondary color, size, and notes.

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Build a bait and you’ll be able to add a photo, select a category; artificial, natural or saltwater. Then select a type that is tailored to the category you selected. You can also add length and other notes.

Build and track the flies you’re fishing with by adding a photo, enter a custom name, select a category; dry, egg, emerger, nymph, streamer, terrestrial, or wet. Add a hook size. Add any notes you’d like as well.

To begin building rod combos tap the plus sign again and select rod combos. You’ll be able to add a photo at the top. Then, enter a name for this combo. From there you’ll select the rod by category, brand, model, action/power, length, and notes. Then you’ll select a reel by type, brand, model, model #, gear ratio, and other notes. And finally, you’ll select a line for the combo by type, brand, model, color, and line test (lb). You can also add any notes you’ll like about the combo.

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All the tackle and rod combos you add to your Gear in the app can be quickly selected when you start a trip or when you drop a “GearChange” waypoint in the app or using the ANGLR Bullseye fishing tracker.

Make sure you have the whole picture of why you caught a fish and how to do it better next time by tracking your Gear!

Six New Premium Maps and Layers

The Spring release introduces six more layers of fishing intelligence in premium maps. This means there are now 14 total layers available!

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Premium maps are additional maps and overlays that you can toggle on and off while in FishMode. These additional layers of intelligence can be used while you’re planning a trip, while recording a trip, or after a trip has been recorded to review your bodies of water and waypoints to add more depth and meaning.

Finally, one fishing app that lets you do it all.

Have you ever wished for an app that could help you consolidate all of your fishing apps and websites you use to review contour, weather, wind, tide, streamflow, and other maps into one?

The new ANGLR Premium Maps finally makes this possible. It’s time to delete that packed fishing apps folder on your device and replace it with the all-in-one ANGLR app featuring Premium Maps. All of this data like; Doppler, METAR, wind, depth, contour, tide, streamflow, satellite, nautical charts, and more have never been centralized into one app before. Add this to the ANGLR logbook features and you have everything you need to plan, record, and improve your fishing in one place.

Three ways to leverage Premium Maps to help you reach your fishing goals.

  1. Planning with Premium Maps

Toggle on and off these premium map layers to bring a whole new level of depth and meaning to your waypoints. Use the contour layer to uncover a shelf pattern around your recent trip and where all your catch locations were. See how depth impact your success and much more. Premium Map layers help you plan your trips more effectively by giving your critical real-time and forecasted data around the conditions and variables that matter to you when planning a trip.

  1. On the Water with Premium Maps

While you’re on the water these additional layers of intelligence will prove to be a valuable tool set at your disposal. See some clouds moving in? Toggle on that live Doppler weather layer to checkout the system. Wind picking up? See what the wind forecast layer says to see if you need to worry. Toggle on contour while your recording a trip to see if your catch locations are showing a pattern related to depth, shelving, or other subsurface patterns.

  1. Reviewing Waypoints with Premium Maps

Toggle on waypoints and catch locations from previous trips while in FishMode view and try layering some of the premium maps and layers of these. You’ll have a whole new perspective of these spots with every layer you try. These maps and layers provide a whole new way to provide context and meaning to these waypoints and catch locations.

Here’s a quick look at the new map layers introduce in this release. The  best way to learn more about all the layers is by starting a free trial here.   

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  1. USGS Paper Contours  

    1. Digitized images of United States Geological Survey (USGS) paper topographic & contour maps.
  2. In-Shore 3D Depths
    1. 3D In-Shore Estuarine Digital Mapping from the National Ocean Service
  3. 7-Day Streamflow
    1. Hydrologic model that predicts the flow in every river over the continental United States from the National Weather Service
  4. USGS Gages
    1. Live Stream Gauges contain real-time measurements and forecasted water depth from multiple reporting agencies recording at sensors across the Continental United States
  5. 72 Hour Wind Forecast
    1. 72 Hour Forecast plays on repeat over your map.  
    2. This map displays the forecasted wind speeds over the next 72 hours across the Continental United States.
  6. NOAA Tide Stations
    1. The NOAA Tide Predictions layer provides distinct categories of wave and tide predictions from stations across the east coast.

Brand New Bullseye Functions

Bullseye is ANGLR’s optional tracking accessory that pairs with the ANGLR logbook app. While paired with ANGLR, pressing the button once will mark a catch and twice will drop an editable Bullseye waypoint.

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Two New Bullseye Functions:

  • When you press once to mark your catches the Bullseye will also automatically pull up your camera so it’s even easier to snap that #LipItLogIt photo for every catch. Less tapping on phones, more catching.  
  • Press and hold the button for three seconds and this will drop the new “GearChange” waypoint. This will help you track when you swapped gear. You can edit this immediately during the trip or after your trip when you get home.

Get the update today and try out these new features for yourself!

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  • ANGLR Bullseye
  • Line Cutterz Zipper Pull
  • FREE Lanyard

The recessed Zipper Pull blade is mounted in a redesigned cutting slot for even closer cuts. The heavy-duty ABS plastic body with textured non-slip grip provided long-lasting dependable use. It can cut braided line, monofilament, and fluorocarbon – right from your zipper.

The ANGLR Bullseye is the easiest and fastest way to mark waypoints and catches without ever pulling out your phone or tapping around on a graph. Wear, stick, or hang this small, simple, and convenient button anywhere. Click Bullseye and automatically record catch locations, editable way points, conditions and more. At the end of the day you’ll have all the information in as little or as much detail as you need.

ANGLR Experts Are Sharing Fishing Intelligence In a Brand New Way [NEW FEATURE]

So, your new fishing app has finally finished downloading. Your expectations soar as you open it up on your trusty smartphone.

Will this be the app that actually helps you catch more fish?

After exploring the features on your newest fishing app that promised you the world, you get the message…

You know the one.

It’s the discovery that the app is selling its users’ fishing locations for one sinfully low price. As soon as you start saving catches, your spots will also be added into its premium offering.

It’s your confirmation this app that was too good to be true really is too good to be true.

It’s a tragedy because mobile technology is an incredibly powerful tool that has the potential to grow and protect our sport instead of trying to prey on unsuspecting anglers.

It’s a tragedy because a corporation is lining their pockets because of your hard work and not giving you any piece of it.

It’s a tragedy because it puts prime fishing locations on precious and fragile fisheries in the crosshairs of app users who are just looking for instant gratification and are willing to pay for it with no limits or control mechanisms in place.

This story is all too common. As anglers, we believe it’s time to change it.

ANGLR Experts Are Writing a New Story

It’s time to rebuild trust in fishing apps as a tool you can securely use and rely on. It’s time for anglers to be fairly compensated for their valuable fishing intelligence.

We set out to build a fishing app that would act as a positive force in this fight and progress the sport. More specifically, we wanted to build a groundbreaking feature that would help anglers protect and offer intelligence that goes well beyond the simple notion of “spots” while maintaining complete control over their content, spots, data… their intelligence that they are trusting us to secure on our platform.

Relying on the direct guidance of our experts, we were able to build a feature that we hope can help turn the page.

We asked our community what we should call the feature and you helped us name it “Intelligence Packs.

Now, with Intelligence Packs as part of their toolset, our ANGLR Experts are re-writing this story on their terms.

Introducing ANGLR Intelligence Packs [NEW FEATURE]

ANGLR Intelligence Packs are complete breakdowns on specific waterbodies that Experts are offering to anglers through our platform. They are blueprints for finding success. Intelligence Packs contain GPS locations, detailed notes, tips, and other educational intel to help other anglers be successful. And, they’re doing it on their terms; their spots, their limits, their content, their price.

Today, the first chapters have been inked by James Elam (Four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, two-time Bassmaster Open tournament champion, 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Championships champion, and 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour Competitor) and Gene Jensen (Aka. Flukemaster, creator and manager of one of the most popular fishing channels on YouTube focused on teaching the world to fish).

The first Intelligence Packs to ever be released into the wild:

Enough from us. Let’s hear from these pioneers…

“I can’t physically go fish with every single one of my subscribers on any given lake, but this is as close to having me with them on their boat that they can get.”

– Gene Jensen

“I am constantly approached by anglers who wonder how a professional breaks down a body of water and establishes a plan for game day. ANGLR Intelligence Packs finally provide a way for people like me in the sport who fish for a living to share exactly how this looks while maintaining control over the content and truly help other anglers catch more fish.”

– James Elam

“Information is power, and when it comes to detailed fishing information, nothing comes close to intelligence packs.”

– Dave Lefebre

Why does this matter?

Why? Because there’s nothing better than seeing other people catch a fish. This is why ANGLR Experts do what they do. This is what they live for. This is what it’s all about.

Intelligence Packs are a whole new way to make these magical moments happen more often and scale it in a way that improves and grows the sport instead of damaging it.

With Intelligence Packs, these Experts are transcending the physical limits of mentorship in this great sport. This is a key connection in this industry that has been missing for generations.

Above all, we exist to help anglers constantly improve. We feel this is a meaningful new manifestation of this mission that will truly help our fellow anglers enjoy their sport and share it at a new level. Let us know in the comments what you think!

Important Questions and Honest Answers [Q&A]

At this point, we hope you have some questions. Here’s a few that we’ve already received and answered. We’ll be updating this section as we continue to usher in this new era with the fishing community.

What are ANGLR Intelligence Packs?

Intelligence Packs are exactly what they sound like, a package of intelligence. This intelligence consists of various types of waypoints that are created and organized by trusted and verified Experts within the ANGLR platform. Experts add photos, notes, patterns, baits, tips, tricks, techniques, and other instructions to append to these waypoints. When purchased these “packs” live right inside your ANGLR account where you can toggle them on as you need them for guidance and learning.

Think of packs as virtually guided trips. This is an entirely new way for expert anglers to help others learn tips and tricks that further the enjoyment of being on the water with confidence. They will act like a digital guide next to you the whole time you’re on the water.

How do Intelligence Packs work?

Experts use ANGLR to track their days on the water. They set the prices. They control the volume of packs sold and the duration it is available on ANGLR. We’re giving our Experts a platform to share fishing intelligence with other anglers who want to improve and learn on their home bodies of water or a brand new body of water! You just select the pack you’d like to purchase, log-in or register, and enter payment details.

To locate your purchased pack, you simply log-in to and click on purchased packs. From there, you can toggle on any packs you have purchased and see them in Map View! You can select any waypoint or catch to open the details and insights related to it.

Isn’t this just a new way to burn spots?

Intelligence Packs are to spot burning what iTunes was to music piracy. The goal is to decrease the abuse of spots and the erosion of their value by providing a marketplace that helps sustain their value. And, it’s not about spots. They contain various types of waypoints that are designed in a way to help anglers approach a body of water and fish a certain pattern. These packs are a controlled product by our Experts on our platform. We work with the Experts and allow them to set quantity limits and their own pricing in a way that responsibly shares this information with a limited audience. This makes sure these spots are preserved and shared on a controlled level. Contrast this with the current scenario where a fishing app takes everyone’s spots and shares them with everybody.

Do I have to use Intelligence Packs to use ANGLR?


ANGLR is completely free to:




How else is ANGLR different from other Fishing Apps?

We track your fishing trips from start to finish. 

We automate your logbook. No more manual data entry!

All of your data is private by default.

We help anglers plan, record, and improve with each and every fishing trip. This includes full reports and insights along with an entirely free web application.

Connected devices make recording your trips practically hands-free!

We are anglers helping anglers improve.

Can you guarantee that if I purchase an Intelligence pack I will catch fish?

Even if the Expert was on your boat staring down into the water at a giant largemouth waiting to eat a bait that you drop in the water, then they hand you the perfect rod and reel combo, the perfect bait, and show you the perfect technique to get that fish to bite, there’s still no guarantee that you’d get bit.

That’s why we love this sport so much.

Our Experts hope you understand that all these packs can do is provide you expert advice, data, and insights that they’ve worked hard to learn and package for you to give you the best chance possible.

Introducing ANGLR Premium Maps [Get FREE Early Access Now]

We just released eight new Premium maps in addition to our free Satellite and Topographic maps. These include maps like Live Weather Radar, NOAA Nautical Charts, and Great Lakes Contour.

How to Get Early Access to Premium Maps

  1. Download the latest version of the ANGLR app
  2. Create account or login and Go to FishMode
  3. In FishMode, tap Map Layers icon
  4. Tap premium and select the premium map package you’d like to trial.

OR Sign up from our pricing page here!

Subscribe Today and Get 30 Days to Try it Completely Free

The All-New Premium Map Overlays

Get all these brand new premium maps in the ELITE PACK which includes:

Weather Radar: Current global doppler radar

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Coastal Contours: Coastal Bathymetric contours show depths that range from 10m to 600m below the surface.

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METAR Wind Map: Hourly global wind speed, gust, and direction.

USGS Map: Combination of contours, shaded relief, woodland, and marshes.

NOAA Nautical Charts: Collection of approximately 2,100 nautical charts and inset maps.

Great Lakes Bathymetry: Floor contour and topography of the Great Lakes in meters.

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Ocean with Labels:  Ocean bathymetry, subsurface feature names, and derived depths.

Ocean Contour: X-ray ocean floor map.

Don’t Need Both Freshwater & Saltwater Maps?  No Problem.

If you don’t need everything Elite has to offer, there are separate packs specific to both freshwater and saltwater applications.  

Even More Maps In Development

We’re already adding additional maps to Premium and expanding access from mobile to MapView on your web profiles.  Upcoming additions include:

You don’t want to miss this!  Be one of the first subscribers to one of the Premium Map Pack options and get 30 days to try it free of charge.  Click here to start your trial or if you’re already an app user:

  1. Download the latest version of the ANGLR app
  2. Create account or login and Go to FishMode
  3. In FishMode, tap Map Layers icon
  4. Tap premium and select the premium map package you’d like to trial.

How the Bullseye Allows For Hands Free Fishing Trip Tracking

Fishermen love to figure out patterns. Well, maybe it’s not so much about the puzzle solving as it is about finding tricks that help you land more fish. 

Figuring out the puzzle requires collecting the pieces – the data – throughout your trips. But that’s not so easy with conventional methods. What if we told you that fishing trip tracking is easier than you’d ever imagine!

What if we told you the ANGLR Bullseye can allow for hands-free tracking of your trips, making putting the pieces together more fun – and prolific?!

Why Other Methods of Fishing Trip Tracking Fail

How many of you have started a journal at home? You know what we’re talking about. That one you planned to return to the moment you returned home from your trips. That logbook you had big plans for. The one you were going to journal every minute little detail about every single trip out on the water so that you could return to it later and discover patterns to your favorite haunts, figuring out the mastery to catching more fish, and bigger fish!

Yeah. That notebook that is still sitting on the shelf collecting dust with a few scribbles from one or two trips.

Not useful.

OK, so now how many of you anglers have tried to use a fishing app on your phone to track your trips? Much better than the old-fashioned method, right? You can click a few buttons, enter in some information manually on your phone. Touch a button on your screen when you make a cast, another time when you land a catch.

It’s way more efficient than trying to remember to write everything down when you get home. Many apps give you the ability to compare trips and data. But it’s still a bit of a PIA to snatch your phone every time you need to mark something. It can interrupt your experience on the water. Not to mention the nasty fishy film of slime left all over your investment.

So where do you go from there?

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Fishing Trip Tracking: As Hands-Free As You Can Get

Imagine if your favorite fishing app had a hands-free version. An exclusive option to pair a unique bluetooth device that allows you to easily and accurately log a mouthful of information with just a simple click of a button.

No mess. No hassle. The most powerful and effortless fishing intelligence in the world.

One weatherproof button that can easily attach anywhere, paired with your phone via bluetooth, is all you need to log waypoints that are editable, so if you want to go back later and add more details, you can! One easy-to-use button that allows you to instantly record anything you could possibly want to review later about your catch.

Aside from taking along an AI robot, it’s as hands-free as you can get!

How the Bullseye Works

The lightweight weatherproof button has a removable sticky backing to stick to anything, or clip it to your hat, your shirt, or an optional lanyard with the included apparel clip. You can attach it anywhere!

Connect it directly to your phone through the free ANGLR App and start a trip through the app.

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Click the Bullseye twice to drop a waypoint that you can later go back and edit. You can instantly record the time, date, and coordinates.

Click the Bullseye once to record your catch. That sounds simple, right? But it doesn’t just record a catch. It instantly diaries everything about that catch that you’ll want to recall later . . . . any time you want to!

Each click of the button records details about the weather:

  • Air temperature
  • Cloud coverage
  • Barometric pressure
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Moon phase

Each click of the button records details about the water right from leading national water data provider partners:

  • Water temperature
  • Gage height and flow

Not to mention the exact GPS location.

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It’s literally that easy! You can go back later and edit through your phone when you have a spare minute, adding photos, information about the tackle you used, and notes about species, weight, and length.

The Bullseye works with the ANGLR App, even when you’ve ventured out far enough to lose cell service. The app will automatically update to your online profile when you return to service. Everything remains automatically private by default, unless you choose to share your trip information with your friends.

The Bullseye’s battery is built to last for two years, so there’s absolutely no charging required! You’ll always be ready to go.

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Once You’re Home

Jump on your ANGLR profile on the website and view everything laid out neatly in front of you. You can replay the trip through the day based on time and activity, and make additional edits or add details. You have the ability to keep things private, or choose to share a link with a trusted buddy, or make it public if you desire.

Go back months or years later to discover patterns to your catches so you’ll be more successful your next trip back!

Nothing on the water is as easy as ANGLR Bullseye!

Tennessee Musky Fishing with Guide Steven Paul

The morning was still with no wind to be found. It was one of the first steamy southern mornings of spring on my home waters. When Tennessee musky fishing, paying attention to fine details is key. I maneuvered my boat around the leading edge of a shallow sand flat, quietly working my Buchertail 500 Tinsel X-mas Tree spinner, just teasing the remnants of last year’s decaying weeds.

The surface temperatures were already creeping into the high 60’s; the trees had already bloomed, and were now wearing full foliage. All of the other anglers had moved on to the classic structures, but I was there to pursue a hunch. It was then, she made her move. The Buchertail had suspended mid-flight. From past experience, both success and failures, I knew to set the hook and set it hard. From that moment, I just held on tight for the all too familiar 50-inch class head shake.

Once she was out of the net and in the boat, I realized that this Southern mama hadn’t followed the rules. From her distended belly to the eggs she left behind on my bumper board, it was obvious that she had not gotten the memo: the spawn was over. All pseudo intellectual muskie hunters had claimed this “fact” with authority in the previous weeks, but this ol’ girl was proof positive that nothing is set in stone.

Using Patterns When Tennessee Musky Fishing

Traditional patterning seems to go out the window when dealing with the fish that call these waters home; and in the words of my friend from up North, “Southern Muskies are a tad puzzling.” It’s because of moments like these that I would like to share some of my own experience in decoding what is the Southern Musky.

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Sometimes when searching for a pattern, you must lay out all of the pieces and keep the big picture in sight, it seems like only then can you find the common themes and patterns.

Using this method, I have found that first key to tackling the Southern Musky lies in understanding water temperature.

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Using Water Temperature for Tennessee Musky Fishing

One hard learned lesson is that it doesn’t always matter what your surface readings are, but what lies beneath that hints toward Musky patterns. Early, in the first long days of spring, Southern waters begin to warm quickly. Surface temperature readings of high 60’s and low 70’s are far from unusual in March and April. You may even discover that by May, surface temps have neared 80 degrees.

It is important to remember that a large number of Southern reservoirs are supplied by colder mountain waters which begin their decent in the Appalachian and Smoky Mountain chains. Lakes, such as Fontana in North Carolina and Norris in Tennessee, are known to hold monster muskies and have depths as great as 200 feet. These lakes and others supply many of the downstream Reservoirs with cold flowage year around.

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It is this variable that can make gauging the Southern Muskies “seasonal staging” a slippery slope.

For example, I give you the big girl from April that hadn’t yet spawned despite one of the warmest winters on record and my mid-January topwater trophy. These fish alone required that commonly understood patterns could just be thrown out the window once you cross into Dixieland.

Seasonal Movements are Key When Tennessee Musky Fishing

The seasonal movements and “attitudes” of muskies in Southern waterways can be far removed from your surface readings. One way to tackle this is by using an inexpensive submersible thermometer. This will help you accurately gauge the temperature at various water depths. From here, you can narrow down target depths and understand a little more about the world below the surface.

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I like to measure the temperature in 5-foot increments. This allows me to narrow my search for the “goldilocks” zone, where conditions are the most agreeable for Muskies.

Also, some Southern waterways do not stratify and there is no obvious thermocline present to dictate maximum presentation depths. And though focusing on temperature bands from the high 50’s through low 70’s are obvious targets, sometimes finding that “magical” subsurface layer which gives the musky maximum comfort to hunt can lead to an unforgettable day.

How to Locate Your Target Areas

Another helpful key to our puzzle is dissecting any waterway into manageable target areas. Classic structure and cover is easy to find down South, but it can leave even the most experienced Musky angler frustrated when you keep knocking but nobody’s home. Imagine, you must narrow down a seemingly endless field of weed edge, standing timber, rocks, breaklines, river channels, points, open water, large creek mouths, islands, humps, reefs, marinas, sand flats, fish cribs, and lay downs, which are all subjected to changing river currents.

On top of all of this, you are up against waters that frequently rise and fall with the push of a button. These are just some of the conditions and factors you face on many Southern lakes and reservoirs. And although the endless acres of endlessly changing structure seems daunting, you must remember that when facing a behemoth, you must cut it down to a manageable size.

Whether it is your first trip south or you’re lucky enough to be a native, the key to success on these waterways is dissecting it into manageable sections with varying points of interest. In Southern waters, much like the giant Canadian lakes, you can’t fish it all in one day. I have found that the best approach when choosing how to begin, is finding a section of water that has multiple classic Musky holding areas and dissecting it thoroughly and efficiently using multiple presentations.

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More often than not, anglers find that fish are holding in areas outside of our comfort zone.

This is where it becomes paramount that your build self-confidence when casting to open water and breaklines, forgoing visible cover. Selecting target structure or cover based solely on the season in Southern waterways can also be a fool’s errand, as once again these Southern Muskies are not playing by the rules.

Tactics for Tennessee Musky Fishing Success

I have found that there are several tactics that can help you find success with all of these variables at play. A successful plan of attack can be to work a piece of shallow cover, then immediately follow that with the most nearby dramatic structural change. So instead of steadily trolling along a shoreline or weed edge, focus on working in block grids that include as many fish attracting elements as possible; for instance, fish a weed edge for a period, then the open water behind it, and follow that with the closest breakline, all staying within the same block area.

This is where presentation and lure selection becomes very important. Structure and cover, water temperature, weather, and forage dictate lure selection, but it is up to you to entice triggering qualities, all the while dialing in the rate of retrieve. A huge advantage in these hunting conditions is mastering multiple retrieves with one lure, varying speed and depth, thus getting the most from your lures and eliminating guesswork and missed opportunities.

Selecting the right locations to target can be a daunting task on any body of water, but to insure down south success, you need to come prepared to fish fast and effectively along all types of structure. By following the first key in finding the “goldilocks” zone for maximum activity, now we can add to that dissecting your waterway and being prepared for constantly changing conditions. It seems like a simple solution, be where the active fish are, and find out what turns them on.

Find the Forage to Maximize Tennessee Musky Fishing Success

One of my favorite things to tell friends and guests on my boat is “go big and go home empty handed”. It seems cheesy but it helps drive home another key to the Southern musky puzzle: forage dictates bait size not the date on the calendar.

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This point holds true especially in Southern waterways as the primary Musky forage is threadfin and gizzard shad.

Yes, some shad can grow to 10 to 12 inches in length, but the primary focus should be on the snack-sized forage, 3 to 7 inches. Southern Muskies will at times form ambush packs and rush schools of shad with frenzied attacks; these Muskies are not on the “eat one large meal” diet, so more times than not a four inch crankbait will out perform a 16 ounce hunk of rubber. One of the most important elements of locating any active Musky is understanding its forage base. Knowing this and utilizing your on-board electronics to locate bait movements, is key to finding these Muskies.

Shad have seasonal movements that contradict some of our traditional Musky thinking, but sometimes it’s better to follow the food and not the dogma that has been beat into our heads. Locating and properly presenting around schools of baitfish is sometimes the only way to contact active fish in mid-summer and early fall. Once located, I tend to lean on “matching the hatch” in size, but not color. A quickly retrieved Baby Shallow Raider in Firetiger has all of the moves of a wounded shad but stands out in the sea of silver baitfish.

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Another tactic would be vertically working a Single Blade spinnerbait.

This can grab a lot of attention falling just outside the edge of a roaming school. This tactic of using downsized lure presentations doesn’t apply to only working around bait schools; smaller minnow baits seem to excel in Southern waters year round. Smaller crankbaits, slowly worked around rocks and points can be a deadly presentation. So when tackling the lakes, rivers, and reservoirs of the South, remember that bigger isn’t necessarily always better, in fact, it usually never is.

The puzzle of Musky fishing is not always an easy one to solve, but there is an overarching theme: be where the active fish are and give them what they want. Sometimes, the pieces doesn’t always come together the way we think they should. Southern waters and reservoirs test our traditional notions of Musky behavior and movements, but not in a way that’s truly foreign or mysterious. Muskies, regardless of their longitude, have the same basic needs, sometimes we just need to break out of our comfort zone to find theirs.

To book a trip with Guide, Steven Paul, give him a call or visit his website!



Digital Fishing Tackle Organization

You won’t find much about digital fishing tackle organization on the internet right now. It’s still a relatively new concept, and there aren’t very many apps or sites that offer the capability. But an online tackle box can really make all the difference to your fishing game.

What’s Wrong With the Old-Fashioned Way?

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We all can agree that being prepared for a day on the water or a week-long tournament is important because it makes us, as anglers, more efficient and confident. We need to know what rods, reels, and baits we have to choose from at any given moment. For many touring pros as well as the up-and-coming anglers, we tend to acquire massive amounts of “fishing stuff.” Whether that is baits we catch on-sale at our favorite tackle shop or a sweet deal we found on Tackle Direct for that reel we’ve been wanting, we need to know what we have.

If you are an avid angler like me, you’ve been standing in the aisles of Tackle Direct, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or Academy Sports prepping for a tournament and wondering:

“Do I have this color of craw or stick bait? How many 7.3:1 reels do I have? Do I even have a medium-­light rod for a Ned Rig?”

You question yourself and you pick up a couple packs of baits, a reel, and a rod, only to get back to your boat to find you already have four packs of the very same baits you just bought, or two extra reels that you now spent an additional $200 on. That money could have gone to lunch, ice, an entry fee, or gas for the boat.

As each year passes we acquire more and more tackle and there comes a point where we have so much that we don’t even know what we have ­anymore. We all have totes and bags full of hard baits and soft plastics, hooks, weights, line, etc., etc., etc, . . . .  

It can be overwhelming.

The Digital Fishing Tackle Organization Solution

So how can you keep it all together ­in one easy-to-get-to place, calling up your entire inventory of tackle right in the palm of your hand without having to go through several totes of gear or overspend on things you probably already have?

If you don’t already have the ANGLR App downloaded, you’re behind the times.

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Part of the ANGLR App is a feature called “Tackle.” This is where you can keep inventory of every major tool we all use on the water – rods, reels, lures, flies – and pull it all up at a moment’s notice with a touch of your screen. Utilizing the the Tackle feature within the ANGLR App allows you to have your physical tackle box right there in the palm of your hand, everywhere you go. No more standing in the aisles of a tackle shop trying to remember what you have.

Digital fishing tackle organization can definitely help you save some cash if you commit to keeping things up-to-date. Tournament entry fees have increased, so some of us have to scrape to gather enough to compete each month. Keeping your fishing tool box clean and organized can have many positive impacts on your fishing, including the potential to save money since you won’t be over-buying baits, rods, and reels anymore.

Being organized digitally can speed up your tournament prep and allow you more time to sleep, research the lake, or chop it up with your fishing buddies.

Getting digitally organized will take a little time initially as you enter your inventory into the app, but it is time well spent in my opinion. For the record, a great time to do this is right now, during the long cold months of winter. There’s not usually a whole lot of fishing going on, depending on where you are in the world, so winter is when most anglers are prepping for next year’s tournament season.

If you are wanting to step up your game as an angler I strongly encourage you to download the free ANGLR App and get started with your online digital fishing tackle organization. It also allows you to mark waypoints, record fish catches, mark structure, or pinpoint your favorite restaurant on the lake.

ANGLR’s Digital Fishing Tackle Organization Gets Even Better

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But don’t stop there. Take your fishing game to the next level by picking up the Bullseye from ANGLR. If you are into metrics like me, you can pair your ANGLR Bullseye with ANGLR Tracker to record how many casts you’ve made on any given fishing trip and compare those numbers with your buddies to see who is really the best among you, all electronically. The app enables you to choose who you share your information with, and how much of your secrets you can keep to yourself.  

The ANGLR App along with the Bullseye, the Tracker, and the Tackle feature is an all-in-one resource I believe is indispensable.­ It will make you a better angler because it will make you smarter, more efficient, and the most organized angler on and off the water.

Utilizing the ANGLR App on the water to its full extent and staying digitally organized, you can single-handedly give yourself the edge over other anglers. We all know that being more efficient on and off the water allows us to be more successful, allows more time to focus on other aspects of fishing, and allows us to actually enjoy ourselves. Spend less time pondering what’s in your tackle box, and more time enjoying the waters.

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How to Use a Fishing App to Track and Improve Your Fishing

Whether you’ve ever gotten around to starting one or not, a fishing logbook can be a hugely beneficial tool in your tackle box. You can do all the reading and research and listening you want… But at the end of the day, some of the most importantly helpful knowledge you can glean is from yourself.

Hopefully You’ve Been Keeping a Fisherman’s Log Book

You learn something every single time you’re out on the water, whether it be a new lesson, the discovery of a great fishery, or an aha moment about your favorite species habits. Sometimes it may take a little while to piece the patterns together, and other times they bite you in the nose. Having things logged in some form or another makes them easy to recall and study later on.

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Even if you could remember every single fish you caught and on what spot for the last 12 years, what about the rest of the conditions that led you to that catch? How about the wind direction, water temperature, and what bait is and isn’t working? How about where and how the fish were positioned? Can you remember all of that?! Chances are, if you’re anything like the rest of us, you can’t, so journaling all this pertinent information for later review is incredibly useful.

But at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, who really has time for all that? Fishermen like to pride themselves on their memories, but we’re no different than anyone else. When we get home from a trip out on the water, the gear needs to be cleaned and reset, the dog needs tending to, our partner wants attention, and bills have to be paid. By the time we remember to come back around to picking up our journal to log our trip, we remember the fish we caught (and lost), but not the circumstances surrounding all the catches.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some sort of gadget or gizmo that did that hard part for you?

Leave That Part to Us… Introducing the Fishing App!

There’s good news and then there’s more good news. ANGLR has created cutting edge fishing technology designed to make the task of logging your fishing journeys easier. With an app available through your Apple or Android, you can easily log all your trip information through your phone. Just download and go.


It gives you the ability to navigate through map features, review the conditions of your trip, and add to it by marking waypoints, catches, tackle you used, and photos. You can look back on that trip any time you want.

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How to Use the ANGLR Fishing App

It really couldn’t be any easier than this. Even my dad, who is not tech savvy was able to figure the ANGLR app out in a matter of five minutes after reviewing the quick tutorial available the first time you download the app. Creating your profile is a breeze: Simply choose your screen name and password and upload a profile picture if you desire.

Just in case, you’ll soon receive an email with some helpful tips to help you get started.

Open your tackle box in the app and add what’s in your repertoire. You’ll be able to choose from your inventory when you set out on a trip. It’ll be automatically logged along with the rest of your trip data. The power is in the details.

For instance, in the case of lures, you’ll be able to choose the category – “spoon,” the type – “jigging,” brand – “Bomber Lures,” and colors – “purple and speckled black,” as well as the size. It also gives you space to write additional notes about that particular lure if you choose.

You’ll have the ability to also set up your “Baits,” “Flies,” and “Rods.” The more information that you put into the app, the more you’ll get out of it later.

Once you put it into “Fish Mode,” you’ll see a map of your area. You can toggle back and forth between various mapping features. Once you hit the start button, the ANGLR app will automatically record the weather, your gps path, and water conditions for you. With a simple “click”, you can take a picture through the course of a trip. When you make a catch, click on the “Catch” button to log it. You’ll be able to input the species, specs, and any notes. The tackle you used will automatically be logged for you, based on what you put in at the beginning of your trip. So will the weather and water conditions right at the time of your catch. By dropping a pin, add custom waypoints, and the same information will also be logged for that location.


The trip log becomes a permanent part of your free profile, accessible anytime you want to look back at it. In fact, you can choose to play your trip back, following yourself across the map, seeing pictures of your catches, and watching fluctuations in weather and water. Use it to spot patterns in your habits, catches, and near misses.

You can keep your information as private as you like, or choose to share your trips and catches with your friends or publicly. Tap into your fishing community on your terms to collaborate, compare, share, and compete with your friends and followers with as much detail as you want.

Logging into your computer at home, you’re able to pull up a view of your trip and see detailed reports sprawled out in front of you. With the analytics, it allows you to uncover your patterns and high level trends, helping you to make better future decisions so you can catch more fish using your own data.

As ANGLR Expert Dave Lefebre remarked, “It’s easy, automatic, and all in one place.”

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But Wait! Our Fishing App Gets Even Easier!

How is that even possible?

In case a do-all app isn’t quite enough for you, you can pair it with the optional Tracker or Bullseye devices, making it easier than ever to log your entire trip without ever touching your phone while on the water.

The Tracker is the world’s only rod-mounted fishing tracker sensor. It pairs via bluetooth with the ANGLR App so you don’t miss a beat. It records casts, hooksets, and more automatically. Using the touch of a button, it gives you the ability to drop smart waypoints and record catches.

The Bullseye is a fishing tracker that clips to anything, allowing you to log information when you want by just pressing the button. One click records a catch, while two clicks logs a smart waypoint.

Anything that can make your life easier shouldn’t be an option, it’s a necessity. An app like ANGLR can really save you a ton of time, leaving more time for you to be out on the water!


The History of the Fishing Logbook & Fisherman’s Journal

Using some type of logging system can really help you improve your odds as a fisherman. It may not be the be-all-end-all trick to crowning you king of the water, but it can sure help!

What is a Fishing Logbook?

A fishing logbook is just what it sounds like: a journal for you to record important information about your outings. While most fishermen claim that they can remember what fish they caught, when, and on what lake (do you really?!!), the whole truth of the matter is that there’s no way you can remember every single detail about every single catch. Sure, you’re able to recount how big it was, and remember bragging to your fishing buddies on Facebook, but the finite details slip by the wayside.

But what about the barometric pressure at the point in time you leaned into your five pounder?

Moon phase?

GPS coordinates?

What about the depth you were casting to?

What bait were you using?


No? Can’t remember? Yup. That’s what we thought.

That’s what makes using a log book so advantageous. It allows you to record all of the truly important information so that weeks, months, or years later you can go back to the same spot, replicate those exact same circumstances (to the best of your ability), and have just as much success. Hopefully, it will let you notice patterns in fish movements and behavior related to conditions, time of day and year, feeding patterns, and more. It’s sort of akin to a football coach’s playbook.

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A fishing logbook allows you to write down the stories that go with your catches and misses, so you won’t forget about anything when you try to recount them to improve on your fishing.

Using a fishing logbook can just make you a better fisherman. You can use just a lined notebook, or there are a variety of commercially available angler’s logs you can easily get your hands on through many bookstores and online retailers. There are also a wide variety of ever-evolving apps that make excellent journaling entries for you.

How much information you want to log into your journal is up to you, but the more you include, the more it will help you in the future. Typical information includes:

  • Date
  • Site
  • GPS coordinates
  • Weather (wind direction and speed)
  • Temperature
  • Barometric pressure
  • Moon data
  • Water temperature
  • Water clarity
  • Tide
  • Lake level
  • What depth you fished (and caught)
  • Lure description (size, type, color, presentation)
  • How you fished
  • Description of catches (number and size)
  • Anything else that might be helpful to you down the road

Where Did the Fishing Logbook Come From?

While it seems that the story of how the fishing journal got its start, it’s clear that fishermen have been logging their data for centuries leaving behind glimpses into the stories that shaped the open waters. Marine historians are unearthing logbooks and journals from as far back as the 1600’s detailing how pairs of boats began dragging nets between them, creating the real revolution of deep sea fishing.

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Modern fisheries have only been keeping serious track of many marine populations for the past 30 to 40 years, so modern day researchers are using these old fishing journals to piece together what’s been happening to marine life. One account written in Sicily in 1153 described North Atlantic marine life as being so big that islanders built their homes and tools out of their bones.

Historically, ship skippers kept fishing logbooks for their own information. No one else read it, so they had no reason to alter the facts of their day’s catch. Fishing logbooks are now used in the commercial fishing industry to record catch data as a part of the fisheries regulations. The information is then submitted to the fishing authorities of the vessel’s flag state. That means a lot of modern commercial records have been falsified or skewed.

No one is sure when recreational anglers started keeping their own records, but it stands to reason that it is an age-old tradition, born of the desire to be able to repeat tales of conquest, as well as pattern fish for future reference.

Can it Get Any Easier to Keep a Fishing Logbook?

It sure can! Remember we mentioned fishing apps? Yup.

Apps like ANGLR give you the ability to log all of that data seamlessly with the touch of a button. You can plan your trips ahead of time by dropping waypoints, and the app to tracks your GPS path, weather and water data, and more automatically while you fish. Paired with the optional Bullseye, a click of a button can mark your waypoints and your catches, allowing you to notate your presentation right then and there, or to come back later and edit it. You’re even able to attach pictures to each location, catch, or both!

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Once you’re home, all you have to do is log in on your computer to look up reports so you can notice predictable patterns as they begin to emerge, allowing you to coordinate your fishing efforts in the future in the right locations with the right approach.

Ancient logbooks are being studied to find patterns in local populations, such as cod off the coast of New England. While you stand to gain the most from reviewing your adventures, who knows how it could help anglers in the future?


Cold Water Bass Fishing – Learning a Whole New Way to Catch Bass

If we’re not looking forward, we’re left behind.

As anglers, we’re always looking to improve upon ourselves, whether that be a new technique learning knew ways to find a pattern, or the art of learning how to play the drag when you’re fighting a giant. Sometimes, when we’ve all-but mastered one of those challenges, we feel the need to change things up a bit. We might switch things around and go after a completely different species altogether, just for the thrill of heading into new territory.

If you’re like ANGLR Expert, Taurus Lopez, you may elect to chase your favorite catch out into unfamiliar seasons. As he found out, cold water bass fishing is a whole different ball game from warm water angling. This guy’s been tournament fishing for over 15 years . . . . in warmer climates. He decided to set out this year and try something different! We convinced him to tell us all about his experience.


Meet Taurus Lopez

I’ve been fishing for as long as I could remember, I’ve always been fishing for anything that would bite a hook. I didn’t really get serious about it until I matured a little bit more and had a really good job that offered me a lot of free time. I had a void to fill and needed to keep myself out of trouble, so I started to get competitive with my fishing habit!

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Now, I’m absolutely obsessed with bass fishing. I love the challenge of it. It gets addicting trying to home in on a pattern. I got into tournament fishing in local club tournaments around 2003. My friend and I heard about a local club, so we decided to sign up and see what happened. Next thing I knew, I was buying a bass boat, we were fishing tournaments and getting our rear ends handed to us.

That really made me want to fish harder, learn more, and educate myself. That really competitive aspect of tournament fishing just pulled me in.

I just started fishing open tournaments after my regular club season was over in October. I’m normally a summertime, shallow-water bass angler, but I decided to take myself a little bit out of my realm. This year, I wanted to see what happened and challenge myself. I began fishing in deeper waters to become a more versatile angler. I entered a couple of open tournaments in October, and caught some solid fish. After seeing the quality that I could catch in the fall, I became curious about the winter bite and began fishing even deeper and slower as the colder weather blew in.

What Makes Cold Water Bass Fishing Different

It’s been a learning lesson for me, that’s how I’m taking it. When you fish cold water, the bass are deeper, than where they position to feed in the summertime. They do go deep in the summer, but they’re more active when they pull into the shallows to feed. That’s what created my love for the shallow summertime bite.

In the fall months, the fish tend to start feeding up and getting ready for the winter. They start heading deeper towards the more climate-controlled water. The water temperature is around 40℉, whereas in the summer, it’s 80°F.

I’d best describe myself as a power-fisherman. You could usually catch me beating the banks, flipping and pitching. This year, I switched it up in a few open tournaments that I wanted to fish in October. I started doing a lot of pre-fishing early in the month and got in a lot of good practice. I was really catching a lot of fish and loving the different techniques!

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In October, the water temperature was right around 60°F. Every week, the temperature would drop down at least 5°F to 10°F, depending on where I was on the water. At that point, I was really catching the fish in about 16 foot of water and the fish were still more aggressive. Because of that, I was able to throw a crankbait, the Berkeley Dredger, so I could still do a little more power-fishing while constantly searching for fish.

It just so happened that my first day out in October, the fish were literally jumping on the bait. That got me curious. I was so stoked to be catching a lot of fish, and big fish in October. In all the time I’ve been fishing, I’ve never tried it. So, then I was really gung ho to continue to fish until the ice.

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I’m really just trying to learn the deeper water, as I think it’s a harder technique for me. Everyone has their specialties: shallow water, deep water, finessing, power-fishing or some variation of the above. In the colder water, finding the fish was a little more difficult, so you have to learn to use your electronics to target and find the fish.

In the summer, they’re usually on the banks, so you could just throw almost anywhere around cover or structure in the hopes of catching the fish. In October, that was the case in the beginning, then they started to move out to that 16’ of water. In colder weather they’re more scattered. They’re schooled up, but they have a wider variety of water they could be found in.

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I have my regular fish finder, a Humminbird and have started using the ANGLR app paired with the Bullseye to search the maps to find deep water structure. When I locate fish, I log my catches and set my waypoints.  It’s working out very well. I’m able to keep the records of my outings and compare my trips to learn how the fish act in different conditions.

Sometimes, You Gotta Change Your Technique

Now that it’s November, I’m catching them in 20 to 30 foot and sometimes even 40 foot of water. In six feet, it’s much easier to get your line down there. At 40 foot, it’s more difficult and requires more patience. I started using heavier weights, but it really comes down to making myself have the patience to let my bait take the time to get down there.

As a power-fisherman, that can be difficult for me. I count down, waiting for the bait to hit the bottom. In six feet of water, I only count down to three before I start working it back. In 20 to 30 foot, I count the bait down 20 to 40 seconds. I’m still looking to improve on that, but I began using a heavier bait or jig head to get it down there a little faster.

With a 40° water temperature, they’re hugging the bottom, so you really have to use your electronics and focus on fishing vertically; jigging up and down. With a cold water bite, you really have to finesse things: get the right weight, figuring out how are they biting, learning how fast do they want it moving and if they are biting it on the fall.

Now, as the ice is beginning to set in on some pockets of the lakes I’m fishing,  I’m targeting bass on humps and points or ones that are staging on deep water structure. Every week it seems like the fish got deeper and deeper and harder to catch. I slowed down my presentation to almost dragging the bottom with just a slight snap of the rod every so often. I’m almost not even feeling the bite anymore; it’s just a subtle tic.

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Cold Water Bass Fishing: Change Your Gear Up

With barely being able to feel the bite, having the right gear really comes into play. I’m throwing a 6 to 8 pound test fluorocarbon leader tied to braid to help me get the bait down faster. The rods and reels I reach for are Diawa and Abu Garcia. I’ve also started using more of a finesse techniques as the colder weather droned on, along with using smaller baits. Black seems to be the color for me. I’m also throwing hair jigs (Outkast Seth Feider), small grubs (Yamamoto Twin Tail Hula Grubs), swim jigs (6th Sense Divine), small swimbaits (Keitech Swing Impact), spoons (Johnsons), and drop Shots (Yum Warning Shot).

Sometimes I throw a ⅜ to ½ ounce weight to get it down faster. Other times I’ve had to downsize my weight. Using the drop shots, I’d use a six inch leader to keep the bait not very far off the bottom.

Since the fish are really hugging the floor, you don’t want your bait higher up in the water column like you do in the summertime. They’re so close to the bottom right now that you can barely pick them up on the graph.

With the cold water pushing plenty of anglers off the water and onto the couch, don’t miss out on the opportunity to have the lake to yourself! Cold water bass fishing can be an absolute blast as long as you’re willing to slow down and learn from the fish! Expand on the knowledge you already know about bass fishing, and try a new technique, or like me, an entirely new season for bass fishing.