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Mercury Pros Ready for a Mixed Bag at Cayuga Lake

Mercury Pros Ready for a Mixed Bag at Cayuga Lake

Mercury pros Kevin VanDam and Dave Lefebre are looking forward to the variety of ways anglers can find success at Bass Pro Tour Stage Six.

Mercury Pros Ready for a Mixed Bag at Cayuga Lake

Mercury Pros Ready for a Mixed Bag at Cayuga Lake

Mercury pros Kevin VanDam and Dave Lefebre are looking forward to the variety of ways anglers can find success at Bass Pro Tour Stage Six.

Mercury Keys to Victory at Bass Pro Tour Stage Five

Mercury Keys to Victory at Bass Pro Tour Stage Five

Mercury pros Wesley Strader, Jeremy Lawyer and Luke Clausen discuss the importance of current and timing at Watts Bar.

Browning in Bally Bet AOY Mix By Fishing His Strengths

Browning in Bally Bet AOY Mix By Fishing His Strengths

Mercury pro Stephen Browning is a strong contender in the race for Angler of the Year, and he credits it to fishing in a way that works best for him.

Mercury Keys to Success at Bass Pro Tour Stage Four

Mercury Keys to Success at Bass Pro Tour Stage Four

Mercury pros Jeremy Lawyer and Andy Newcomb anticipate shallow, active bite during Stage Four of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour at Lake of the Ozarks.

Mercury Keys to Victory at REDCREST with Brent Ehrler and Jeff Sprague

Mercury Keys to Victory at REDCREST with Brent Ehrler and Jeff Sprague

Mercury pros Brent Ehrler and Jeff Sprague discuss the importance of adjusting to weather and water conditions.

Matt Lee Weighs in on Stage Three Game Plan

Lawyer’s Laws for Approaching Largemouth and Spotted Bass

Mercury pro Jeremy Lawyer shares the secret to success when approaching largemouth and spotted bass.

Edwin Evers' Five Step Process to Finding the Biggest Fish of the Year

Edwin Evers’ Five Step Process to Finding the Biggest Fish of the Year

Mercury pro Edwin Evers explains how prespawn is the best time to catch your personal best.

Matt Lee Weighs in on Stage Three Game Plan

Matt Lee Weighs in on Stage Three Game Plan

Mercury pro and Cullman, Alabama, local Matt Lee shares what he knows about his hometown fishery, Lewis Smith Lake.

Ott DeFoe Looks for the Juice During Practice for REDCREST 2022

Ott DeFoe Looks for the Juice During Practice for REDCREST 2022

Mercury pro Ott DeFoe scopes out Grand Lake in search of the ideal location during the practice session for REDCREST 2022.

Dustin Connell Reflects on his 2021 REDCREST Win

Dustin Connell Reflects on his 2021 REDCREST Win

With REDCREST 2022 on the horizon, Mercury pro Dustin Connell looks back at his REDCREST 2021 victory.

Three Mercury Pros Make Their Picks for REDCREST 2022

Three Mercury Pros Make Their Picks for REDCREST 2022

Mercury pros Tommy Biffle, Mike McClelland and Jeremy Lawyer offer their bold picks for REDCREST 2022.

Dustin Connell Found the Right Spot to Win Stage Three

Dustin Connell Found the Right Spot to Win Stage Three

Mercury pro Dustin Connell shares what went into finding that sweet spot to score the win at Stage Three of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour.

Randy Howell's Big-Fish Week to Remember

Randy Howell’s Big-Fish Week to Remember

Mercury pro Randy Howell made Bass Pro Tour history with a 12-14 during Stage One of the Bass Pro Tour. A few days later, his son Laker also set a personal record.

Roy Hawk's Confidence Boost in First Two Bass Pro Tour Events

Roy Hawk’s Confidence Boost in First Two Bass Pro Tour Events

Mercury pro Roy Hawk shares how his experiences at Stage One and Stage Two of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour helped boost his confidence.

Jeremy Lawyer's First Impressions Are Good After Successful Bass Pro Tour Debut

A Big-Fish Week to Remember for Randy Howell and son Laker

Mercury pro Randy Howell and his son Laker each bagged some big ‘uns in February.

Lake Fork's Double-Digit Bass: How Five Mercury Pros Caught 'Em

Lake Fork’s Double-Digit Bass: How Five Mercury Pros Caught ‘Em

Five Mercury Pro Team anglers discuss how they landed double-digit bass while competing at Stage Two of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour on Lake Fork.

Jeremy Lawyer's First Impressions Are Good After Successful Bass Pro Tour Debut

Mark Daniels Jr. combined past experience with current water levels in plan for Stage Two

Mercury pro Mark Daniels Jr. recalls past success on Lake Fork and discusses how lower water levels impact Stage Two of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour.

Bass Pro Tour Stage Two Preview from Two Locals

Bass Pro Tour Stage Two Preview from Two Locals

Lake Fork near Emory, Texas, is the site for Stage Two of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour. Jeff Sprague and Takahiro Omori consider it to be their home lake so they provided some insight on Lake Fork.

Jeremy Lawyer's First Impressions Are Good After Successful Bass Pro Tour Debut

Lawyer’s First Impressions are Good After First Bass Pro Tour Event

Mercury pro Jeremy Lawyer feels good about his first time competing on the Bass Pro Tour.

Bradley Roy Wins Stage One of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour

Bradley Roy Wins Stage One of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour

Mercury Pro Team member Bradley Roy kicked off the 2022 Bass Pro Tour by winning Stage One on Bussey Brake Lake in Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana.

Kevin VanDam's Advice on Buying a Used Tournament Rig

Kevin VanDam’s Advice on Buying a Used Tournament Rig

Mercury pro Kevin VanDam discusses what to look for and what to consider when buying a used tournament rig.

Mercury Keys to Victory: Grinding Out the Weather in Northern Louisiana

Mercury Keys to Victory: Grinding Out the Weather in Northern Louisiana

Mercury Pro Team members Michael Neal, Mike McClelland, Josh Bertrand and David Walker discuss what they expect for Stage One of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour.

Taking a Look at Caney Creek with Brett Hite

Taking a Look at Caney Creek with Brett Hite

Mercury pro Brett Hite scopes out Caney Creek Reservoir, the site of Stage One on the 2022 Bass Pro Tour. 

James Watson's Tips and Tricks for Buzzbaits

James Watson’s Tips and Tricks for Buzzbaits

Mercury pro James Watson shares the modifications he liked to make to buzzbait to put more fish in the boat

Ask the Anglers: Who is Your Fishing Role Model?

Ask the Anglers: Who is Your Fishing Role Model?

In this edition of Ask the Anglers, we find out who served as fishing role models for several Bass Pro Tour pros. 

Birge’s Three Rules for Breaking Down a New Fishery

Birge’s Three Rules for Breaking Down a New Fishery

Follow along as Birge shares three rules for breaking down a new body of water.

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

Kevin VanDam’s Cranking System Carried Him to Win on Chickamauga

Mercury pro Kevin VanDam took home the Stage Four win thanks to his decades of experience and perfected crankbait system.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Follow Brett Hite’s ChatterBait Backup Plan

“Stealth” approach, swim jig come into play when conditions are tough

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

DeFoe’s ‘Pattern Inside the Pattern’ on the Harris Chain Carried Him to Victory

There was way more nuance to the Mercury Pro Team member’s pattern of slinging a crankbait and a jig than meets the eye.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Finessing the Tennessee River with Cody Meyer

When, why and how light line, small baits are the way to go on Tennessee River, Chickamauga

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

MERCURY KEYS TO VICTORY: Keeping up with Changing Conditions on the Harris Chain

Team Mercury pro Randy Howell says that locating clean water and being diverse will be important keys to his success on the Harris Chain this week.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

MERCURY KEYS TO VICTORY: Deep or Shallow on Lake Chickamauga?

We caught up with Mercury pro Zack Birge for a quick update on the keys to a successful event on Lake Chickamauga.

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

MERCURY PRO TEAM TACTICS: Lake Travis is ‘Slam Full’ of Bass

Reports from Mercury Pro Team anglers indicate that there are plenty of willing bass, but finding the right size will be the biggest challenge.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

JAMES ELAM: Lake Travis Can Produce (I Have a 9-Pounder to Prove It)

James Elam writes how he’s ready to return to Lake Travis, a place he landed a 9-2 just a few years ago

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

MERCURY PRO TACTICS: Making Adjustments Will be Key at Heavy Hitters

Big bass and big money are the themes this week at General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Chris Lane’s Three Key Topwater Baits for Big ‘Uns in the Spring

Chris Lane shares his favorite topwater baits for big springtime bites. 

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

LUKE CLAUSEN: No More “Fishing to Not Lose” at Sam Rayburn

Luke Clausen relied on his instincts to contend for the championship trophy on Sam Rayburn. 

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Mark Daniels Jr. ‘Follows the Bus’ to Springtime Bass

 Mark Daniels Jr. shares his process of locating concentrations of mobile springtime bass.  

Connell’s REDCREST Winning Pattern Developed Throughout the Week

Dustin Connell started the week fishing shallow, but won REDCREST on an offshore jerkbait bite. 

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

MERCURY PRO TACTICS: “Practice” Will Continue on Day 1 at Lake Eufaula

You’ve likely heard the term “practice while I compete.” That’ll never be truer than it will this week on Lake Eufaula.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Skeet Reese’s Win at Okeechobee Made All the Sense in the World: Here’s Why

 Skeet Reese’s 27-pound day on Lake Okeechobee – and his Pro Circuit win – came on a fishery that he’s fished surprisingly little.  

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

Skeet Reese’s Tips for Wintertime A-Rig Success

“When the water is cold, they’ll crush an A-rig when they won’t hit anything else.”

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Shryock Flips Out (Literally) For Florida’s Wintertime Bite

 Fletcher Shryock shares his simple approach to wintertime Florida fishing. 

MICHAEL NEAL: We’re Seeing a Resurgence in Metal

Blade baits and tail spinners have been hot sellers at Michael Neal’s bait shop in Dayton, Tenneesee. 

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

DIY Pro: Customizing Jig Skirts with Gary Klein

As a 40-plus-year veteran of tournament bass fishing, Gary Klein has one of the deepest bags of gear tricks of any angler on tour.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Kevin VanDam: Accuracy is Everything in Skipping

 “One thing I know is that if I can get my bait into places that other people can’t, I’m going to catch more bass.”

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

Ott DeFoe’s Texas Success is No Accident

Texas is a bucket-list destination for any bass angler and MLF pro Ott DeFoe has seen a lot of success there over the years.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Ehrler’s Drop-Shot Game Got a Boost in the Most Unlikely of Places

 Brent Ehrler shares lessons learned on California’s Lake Perris that boosted his drop-shot game.

Jeff Sprague on the Versatility of a Swim Jig

In this Mercury Pro Team Know-How, Jeff Sprague details some features that make this bait a go-to, and how he likes to fish it.

Mike McClelland Explains Fall Crankbait Options

Mike McClelland explains that “fall” is actually three different mini-seasons, and explains which crankbaits he uses for each “season” of the fall bite.

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

How Watson Whacks ‘Em on Topwaters in the Fall

James Watson shares how he whacks ’em on topwater during the fall season.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

OTT DEFOE: How I Catch ‘Em During the Fall Drawdowns in East Tennessee

 Ott DeFoe dishes about how he catches them when fall hits his favorite east Tennessee reservoirs

Mike McClelland’s Fall Topwater Baits

Mike McClelland details why he turns to topwaters, why he downsizes his baits, and the four baits that he relies on most when the leaves start to turn. 

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

DAVID DUDLEY: Smaller Swimbaits, Even Crappie Jigs, Help Me Get Bit in the Fall

David Dudley explains why he downsizes his swimbaits and even reaches for crappie jigs when fall rolls around.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

EDWIN EVERS: Let’s Focus on Some Keys for Fall Transition

 Edwin Evers is gearing up for fall fishing and sharing his keys for the seasonal transition.

Skeet Reese on How to Use the VesselView Mobile App

In this Mercury Pro Team Know-How, Skeet Reese walks you through how he uses the app to make sure his motor is competition ready.t. 

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

Fletcher Shryock’s Turn Radius Tips for Tight Spots

 Fletcher Shryock details how to use trim and turn radius to your advantage without all the forwarding and reversing.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Edwin Evers Runs Upriver for Late-Summer Success

 Edwin Evers shares tips on how and where to get more bites while you’re waiting for the water temperatures to cool.

Murray on Choosing the Right Drop-Shot Weight

John Murray has been drop-shotting for nearly 20 years and knows the importance of choosing the right weight. 

1 Bait, 5 Reasons: Casey Ashley’s Favorite Creature Bait Will Get You More Bites

Casey Ashley relies on the Z Craw Jr. for multiple reasons. 

JEFF KRIET: Why a Tube Should be on Your List of Summertime Baits

Jeff Kriet breaks down why he likes to use a tube setup during the summer months.

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

Randy Howell on Prop Pitch for Hot Summers

In this Mercury Pro Team Know-How, Randy Howell offers some advice on propeller-pitch adjustments that can make some major improvements to your outboard’s responsiveness.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

John Murray’s Topwater Secrets

Anyone who knows John Murray knows he loves topwater fishing. Check out some of Murray’s topwater tips and tricks in his latest Mercury Pro Team Know-How.

EDWIN EVERS: 3-in-1 Rivers

Edwin Evers divides rivers into three key area types in his latest Angler Column.

MICHAEL NEAL: Prepping for Both Smallmouth and Largemouth

Neal gears up for six weeks of tournament fishing.

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

BRENT CHAPMAN: Northern Fisheries are My Cure for Summertime Heat

“My solution to fishing in that heat is simple: head north.” Brent Chapman shares how he beats the heat during summer.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Klein on Speed Reeling: ‘One of my Favorite Ways of Catching Fish’

“From lines in to lines out, I guarantee nobody reeled as many yards of line as I did,” said Gary Klein of his speed-reeling tactic at Heavy Hitters.

Mercury Pro Tactics: Sturgeon Bay

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

BRETT HITE: Sorting Out the “New Lake” Effect

Brett Hite is experiencing “new lake” conditions on some of his most familiar local Arizona fisheries.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

SKEET REESE: Revisiting Clear Lake and the California Delta

“It’s been a long time since I got to creep through some of my favorite California fishing haunts like Clear Lake.”

Mercury Know-How: Evers’ Keys to Choosing Crankbait Colors

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

Follow Kenney’s Keys to Locate, Catch Bass in the Grass

Kenney shares his key insights into catching bass in the grass.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

MIKE MCCLELLAND: This Season, I’m Back to the Way I Like to Fish

McClelland is off to a better start in 2020 than he was in 2019.

Mercury Know-How:
Bertrand’s Keys to Choosing the Right Swim Jig

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

Shallow Cranking is Horton’s Spring Go-To for Both Numbers and Size

Shallow crankbaits are important tools in Tim Horton’s arsenal in the spring.

Jason Christie Shares Three Things You May Not Know About Frog Fishing

Mark Daniels, Jr. Adds “Alabama Shake” to his Swim Jig Repertoire (And so Should You)

Fishing a swim jig the Alabama way can be done any time of the year.

Tips from a Smallmouth Fanatic

Springtime is primetime for smallies according to JVD.

Mercury Pro Tactics: Lake Fork

Mercury Pro Tactics: Lake Okeechobee

Here’s what some Mercury Pro Team anglers learned that will help them during Stage Two competition on Lake Okeechobee.

VanDam’s Way: Adding Power to Your Drop-Shot Approach

Kevin VanDam knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful power-fishing pro. 

Mercury Pro Tactics: Lake Eufaula

I Spy(bait) With My Little Eye: Aaron Martens’ Spybait Secrets

The spybait has gained popularity in recent years, but MLF pro Aaron Martens has several tips on fishing the Japanese-born bait.

KEITH POCHE: Here’s Why I’ve Made the Move to Aluminum for 2020

Keith Poche is heading into the 2020 Bass Pro Tour season with an aluminum advantage. Find out why the Mercury pro made the switch from fiberglass to an aluminum boat.

MARK DANIELS, JR: Learn How to Play My Kind of Video Games

MLF pro Mark Daniels, Jr. is an avid “video game” angler, using his electronics to his advantage. Through the years, he’s learned a few tricks that may help improve your video game fishing.

LUKE CLAUSEN: Trying to Get Back to Winning Ways

A lesson learned over the course of many years during Luke Clausen‘s professional career is that fishing is hard. Hear from the MLF pro about how he intends to tackle the 2020 season with a winning mindset.

Biffle Bug Crash Course with Tommy Biffle

McClelland’s Next Crankbait Class: Keep Crankin’ into Winter

According to MLF pro Mike McClelland, it’s not the calendar that determines when, where and how he fishes a crankbait, but the conditions that greet him when he shows up at the lake in December and January.

Follow Casey Ashley’s Advice for Cold-Water Success on Highland Lakes

Largemouth and spotted bass are the primary targets Casey Ashley is hunting for on highland lakes. During the winter months, bass tend to be heavier, really healthy, and not far from their summer haunts.

Drop-Shot 101 with Aaron Martens

MLF pro Aaron Martens – whether he wants to be or not – is known around the bass-fishing world for his mastery of the drop-shot technique.

Open Water and Squarebills: Howell Hints How to Hammer Fall Bass

Mercury pro Randy Howell gives his tips on how to catch fall bass. 

Mercury Strategy Moment: Upper Mississippi River

Meet the Mercury Team

Casey Ashley

Josh Bertrand

Tommy Biffle

Stephen Browning

Brent Chapman

Luke Clausen

Brandon Coulter

Mark Daniels, Jr.

Ott DeFoe

Boyd Duckett

Brent Ehrler

James Elam

Edwin Evers

Shin Fukae

Shaw Grigsby

Brett Hite

Timmy Horton

Randy Howell

Gary Klein

Jeff Kriet

Chris Lane

Jared Lintner

Aaron Martens

Mike McClelland

Andy Montgomery

John Murray

Britt Myers

Michael Neal

Skeet Reese

Mark Rose

Fred Roumbanis

Bradley Roy

Fletcher Shryock

Jeff Sprague

Johnathon VanDam

Kevin VanDam

Greg Vinson

James Watson

Dustin Connell

Dave Lefebre

Keith Poche