Mercury pro Wesley Strader sums up the importance of crankbait bills succinctly: “The bill is how you get the crankbait to run.”
Mercury pro Jacob Wall shares the newest twist on the Damiki rig: mid-strolling.
Mercury pro Fletcher Shryock focuses on preparation and versatility as the 2024 season approaches.
Mercury pro Luke Clausen has developed a one-two punch that catches big smallmouth throughout the fall and winter.
A change in mindset is essential for getting the most out of the fall fishing experience, according to Mercury pro Bradley Roy.
Mercury pro’s rising star and 2024 rookie on the Bass Pro Tour, Marshall Robinson, is eager to begin competing along with his dad, Marty Robinson.
Mercury pro Mark Rose credits crappie fishing and confidence for his strong finish during the 2023 season.
Mercury pro Mark Daniels Jr. had a rough start to the 2023 season, but he kept at it and ultimately bounced back.
Mercury pro Casey Ashley offers some pro tips for finding success in the fall season.
Mercury pro Matt Lee is taking a proactive approach to the harsh lessons learned during a rough 2023 season.
The summer heat doesn’t bother Arizona’s Mercury pro Josh Bertrand – he even has a go-to bait for the summer topwater.
Mercury pro Jonathon VanDam said anglers are in for a surprise when they hit the water for Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven.
After a car crash last month left his truck and boat totaled, Mercury pro Alton Jones said he and his wife, Jimmye Sue, are doing as well as can be expected.
A swimbait and wacky worm are hard to beat almost any time of the year according to Mercury pro Jesse Wiggins.
Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler won Stage Four using a bait of his own design, called The Freeloader.
Mercury pros share some tricks that will help you out at the boat ramp.
Mercury pro says ‘Go up north, catch you some big brownies’.
Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler’s sixth Bass Pro Tour win came after some fruitful research on his home lake.
Mercury pros Dustin Connell, Dakota Ebare, Zack Birge and Jacob Wheeler weigh in on what it’ll take to succeed at Stage Five.
Watch Mercury pros Randy Howell, Chris Lane and Kevin VanDam discuss the state of the vegetation and the techniques that’ll be in play.
May’s postspawn activity kickstarts Mercury pro Kevin VanDam’s favorite time of the year.
Mercury pro Alton Jones Jr. credits cypress trees for being a big factor in his winning pattern.
Mercury pro Kevin VanDam is looking forward to working on some classic Louisiana cover at Heavy Hitters.
Mercury pro Dakota Ebare’s stellar start to the 2023 season has him bringing a lot of momentum into Heavy Hitters.
Mercury pro Mark Davis has Bussey Brake on his mind as he prepares for Heavy Hitters 2023.
Mercury pro Keith Poche posted up below a dam on Cherokee Lake to claim his first tour-level win.
Mercury pro Bryan Thrift gives a rundown of the pattern he ran to win REDCREST.
Mercury pro Mark Davis is carrying momentum from Stage One success into REDCREST.
Mercury pro Edwin Evers is fully preparred and fired up to face the challenge ahead at REDCREST.
Mercury Pro Team anglers Chris Lane and Alton Jones Jr. discuss what it’ll take to win with a storm brewing and Lake Norman’s bass in various stages.
Practice helped Mercury pro Dustin Connell at REDCREST in 2021, now he’s bringing that pregame plan to REDCREST 2023.
Mercury pro Jeremy Lawyer expects his lifetime of experience fishing Ozarks docks will translate well to Lake Norman.
Mercury pro Kevin VanDam expects diversity to be an asset REDCREST on Lake Norman.
Competing at the Invitationals helped Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler prepare for REDCREST.
Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler gives a deep dive into how forward-facing sonar impacts bass fishing.
Mercury pro Shaw Grisby is a big believer in trailer hooks on his spinnerbaits and considers them to be essential, even in thicker cover.
Mercury pro Kevin VanDam believes that changing and adapting to new fishing technology is the best way to grow.
Although they’re trying to beat each other, guys like Russ Lane and Michael Neal are part of Mercury pro Timmy Horton’s fishing family.
Mercury pro Mark Rose outlines the importance of attitude and consistency during high-stakes competition.
Mercury pro Brandon Coulter details when and why he adds blues, oranges and dark greens to his classic reds when fishing a crankbait.
Mercury pro Timmy Horton has decided not to retire. Instead, he’s gearing up for the Bass Pro Tour.
Mercury pro Dakota Ebare explains how to use Power-Poles to increase efficiency around docks.
Bass Pro Tour Stage One on Kissimmee feels like a return to great traditions for Mercury pro Kevin VanDam.
Mercury pro Fred Roumbanis shows how topwater baits are effective in all seasons.
Mercury pro Ott DeFoe subscribes to the theory that three basic colors will carry you through a full season.
Mercury pro Stephen Browning explains why you don’t want to overpower your bait with an incorrect gear ratio.
Mercury pro Mark Davis grabbed a Top-10 finish at Sam Rayburn thanks to the good ol’ Carolina rig.
Mercury pro Jonathon VanDam heads shallow as rapid fall transition happens in the North.
Mercury pro Dustin Connell’s long-term planning was key to his victory at Mille Lacs Lake.
Both deep grass and shallow docks come into play as Mercury Pro Kevin VanDam targets summer largemouth.
Mercury pro Alton Jones Jr. breaks down how he uses his electronics to be successful in northern fisheries.
Mercury pro Skeet Reese reflects on his past two seasons and looks to finish strong.
Mercury pro Josh Bertrand discusses how he is focusing on his dock fishing, and looking forward.
Watch as Mercury Pro Team angler Alton Jones Jr. gives a rundown of the baits he believes are best suited for bagging the big ‘uns on his home turf in the Lone Star State.
Mercury pro Dustin Connell makes a savvy switch to smallmouth to win Stage Six
Mercury pro Scott Suggs explains why he loves fishing heavy grass in deep water, and how this will factor into the final two events of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour.
Mercury pro Mark Davis discusses his fishing goals, trials and tribulations in a Q&A session.
Mercury pro Mark Daniels Jr. believes that fishing is about more than just being a good fisherman.
Mercury pro John Murray highlights the benefits of drop-shotting.
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 pro Clabion Johns swears by a frog anytime water is above 50 degrees (and not just for matted vegetation).
Mercury pro Alton Jones Sr. discusses his career and trying to grow a 500-pound pumpkin.
Mercury pro Ryan Salzman discusses the goals he had for his 2022 season.
Mercury pro Chris Lane has won more than $2.2 million in competitive bass fishing in his 19-year career, but the 2022 season is shaping up to be one of his best.
Oversized squarebills are tools in Mercury pro Kelly Jordon’s arsenal in the summer.
Mercury pro Wesley Strader believes one of the biggest things you can do to overcome the challenge is to upsize your lures.
Mercury pro Ryan Salzman discusses how his dam knowledge helped him to be successful at Watts Bar.
Mercury pro Brandon Coulter shares why different rod lengths for the same technique makes a difference.
Mercury pros Wesley Strader, Jeremy Lawyer, and Luke Clausen discuss how they believe the fishing will shape up on Watts Bar lake.
Mercury pro Mark Rose will apply his hard-earned ledge-fishing truths to virtually any lake he fishes in early summer.
Mercury pro Edwin Evers discusses how increasing pressure on bass fisheries means you’ll have to make some adjustments to be successful.
Mercury pro Fred Roumbanis shows us why using a swimbait close to bridges is his approach to new bodies of water.
Mercury pro Bradley Roy relies on frog’s diversity as bass behavior changes heading into late spring/early summer.
Bass Pro Tour rookie and Mercury pro Cole Floyd enters the final three tournaments of the season in good shape to qualify for REDCREST IV.
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 pros Shaw Grigsby and Brent Ehrler find success by sight-fishing the Lake of the Ozarks.
Mercury pros Jeremy Lawyer and Andy Newcomb expect a shallow, active bite on LOZ.
Mercury pro Casey Ashley knows that time of year trumps temperature for shallow prespawn fish.
Mercury pro Ott DeFoe’s previous Texas experience paid off in Heavy Hitters win. Read how he approached Lake Palestine. and why it was successful.
Mercury pros Brent Ehrler and Jeff Sprague discuss the importance of adjusting to weather and water conditions.
Mercury pro Jeremy Lawyer shares the secret to success when approaching largemouth and spotted bass.
Mercury pro Edwin Evers explains how prespawn is the best time to catch your personal best.
Mercury pro and Cullman, Alabama, local Matt Lee shares what he knows about his hometown fishery, Lewis Smith Lake.
Mercury pro Ott DeFoe scopes out Grand Lake in search of the ideal location during the practice session for REDCREST 2022.
With REDCREST 2022 on the horizon, Mercury pro Dustin Connell looks back at his REDCREST 2021 victory.
Mercury pros Tommy Biffle, Mike McClelland and Jeremy Lawyer offer their bold picks for REDCREST 2022.
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.
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.
Mercury pro Roy Hawk shares how his experiences at Stage One and Stage Two of the 2022 Bass Pro Tour helped boost his confidence.
Mercury pro Randy Howell and his son Laker each bagged some big ‘uns in February.
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.
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.
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.
Mercury pro Jeremy Lawyer feels good about his first time competing on the 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.
Mercury pro Kevin VanDam discusses what to look for and what to consider when buying a used tournament rig.
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.
Mercury pro Brett Hite scopes out Caney Creek Reservoir, the site of Stage One on the 2022 Bass Pro Tour.
Mercury pro James Watson shares the modifications he liked to make to buzzbait to put more fish in the boat
In this edition of Ask the Anglers, we find out who served as fishing role models for several Bass Pro Tour pros.
Follow along as Birge shares three rules for breaking down a new body of water.
Mercury pro Kevin VanDam took home the Stage Four win thanks to his decades of experience and perfected crankbait system.
“Stealth” approach, swim jig come into play when conditions are tough
There was way more nuance to the Mercury Pro Team member’s pattern of slinging a crankbait and a jig than meets the eye.
When, why and how light line, small baits are the way to go on Tennessee River, Chickamauga
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.
We caught up with Mercury pro Zack Birge for a quick update on the keys to a successful event on Lake Chickamauga.
Reports from Mercury Pro Team anglers indicate that there are plenty of willing bass, but finding the right size will be the biggest challenge.
James Elam writes how he’s ready to return to Lake Travis, a place he landed a 9-2 just a few years ago
Big bass and big money are the themes this week at General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Chris Lane shares his favorite topwater baits for big springtime bites.
Luke Clausen relied on his instincts to contend for the championship trophy on Sam Rayburn.
Mark Daniels Jr. shares his process of locating concentrations of mobile springtime bass.
Dustin Connell started the week fishing shallow, but won REDCREST on an offshore jerkbait bite.
You’ve likely heard the term “practice while I compete.” That’ll never be truer than it will this week on Lake Eufaula.
Skeet Reese’s 27-pound day on Lake Okeechobee – and his Pro Circuit win – came on a fishery that he’s fished surprisingly little.
“When the water is cold, they’ll crush an A-rig when they won’t hit anything else.”
Fletcher Shryock shares his simple approach to wintertime Florida fishing.
Blade baits and tail spinners have been hot sellers at Michael Neal’s bait shop in Dayton, Tenneesee.
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.
“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.”
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.
Brent Ehrler shares lessons learned on California’s Lake Perris that boosted his drop-shot game.
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 that “fall” is actually three different mini-seasons, and explains which crankbaits he uses for each “season” of the fall bite.
James Watson shares how he whacks ’em on topwater during the fall season.
Ott DeFoe dishes about how he catches them when fall hits his favorite east Tennessee reservoirs
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.
David Dudley explains why he downsizes his swimbaits and even reaches for crappie jigs when fall rolls around.
Edwin Evers is gearing up for fall fishing and sharing his keys for the seasonal transition.
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.
Fletcher Shryock details how to use trim and turn radius to your advantage without all the forwarding and reversing.
Edwin Evers shares tips on how and where to get more bites while you’re waiting for the water temperatures to cool.
John Murray has been drop-shotting for nearly 20 years and knows the importance of choosing the right weight.
Casey Ashley relies on the Z Craw Jr. for multiple reasons.
Jeff Kriet breaks down why he likes to use a tube setup during the summer months.
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.
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 divides rivers into three key area types in his latest Angler Column.
Neal gears up for six weeks of tournament fishing.
“My solution to fishing in that heat is simple: head north.” Brent Chapman shares how he beats the heat during summer.
“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.
Brett Hite is experiencing “new lake” conditions on some of his most familiar local Arizona fisheries.
“It’s been a long time since I got to creep through some of my favorite California fishing haunts like Clear Lake.”
Kenney shares his key insights into catching bass in the grass.
McClelland is off to a better start in 2020 than he was in 2019.
Shallow crankbaits are important tools in Tim Horton’s arsenal in the spring.
Fishing a swim jig the Alabama way can be done any time of the year.
Springtime is primetime for smallies according to JVD.
Here’s what some Mercury Pro Team anglers learned that will help them during Stage Two competition on Lake Okeechobee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mercury pro Randy Howell gives his tips on how to catch fall bass.