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What to expect at Stage Three of the Bass Pro Tour

Mercury Pro Team anglers Skeet Reese, Ott DeFoe and Randy Howell offered their take on what it will take to succeed on Dale Hollow. 

Cooper calls for fishing to your strengths rather than following trends

Cooper calls for fishing to your strengths rather than following trends

Mercury pro Justin Cooper follows a plan whenever he’s faced with a new fishery like Dale Hollow for Stage Three. 

Connell wins REDCREST by following intuition over Lay Lake history

Connell wins REDCREST by following intuition over Lay Lake history

Mercury Pro Dustin Connell won REDCREST by combining Lay Lake fishing knowledge and skill, intuition and fortitude.

Who do other MLF anglers think will win REDCREST?

Nobody knows the pros better than their peers, so as REDCREST approaches a handful of pros predict who will succeed.

Montevallo Falcon Dalton Head thriving at REDCREST

Montevallo Falcon Dalton Head thriving at REDCREST

Dalton Head’s the first college angler to compete at REDCREST and he finished the first day in second place. 

REDCREST anticipation stirs up emotions

REDCREST anticipation stirs up emotions

Mercury pro Edwin Evers — the 2019 REDCREST champion — is excited about competing for another championship trophy on Lay Lake.

Change is in the air on Lay Lake for REDCREST

Mercury pros Edwin Evers and Mark Daniels Jr. give a rundown of why flexibility will be essential for REDCREST success.

REDCREST will be a sentimental one for KVD

REDCREST will be a sentimental one for KVD

Longtime Mercury Pro Team angler Kevin VanDam reflects on his final championship event as REDCREST approaches. 

Wheeler combined SideScan, forward-facing prowess in Stage Two win

Wheeler combined SideScan, forward-facing prowess in Stage Two win

Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler added some old-fashioned know-how to his forward-facing skills in his Stage Two win. 

Pure forward-facing is not for everyone

Mercury pro Drew Gill is a major proponent of ‘Scoping, but recognizes it’s not ideal for all anglers.

Five-fish limits and every fish counts format are both enjoyable

Five-fish limits and every fish counts format are both enjoyable

Mercury pro Edwin Evers likes a five-fish limit, but something about every fish counts and live scoring appeals to his inner competitor. 

Embracing the pressure of the Bass Pro Tour

Embracing the pressure of the Bass Pro Tour

Bass Pro Tour Stage One was a learning experience for Mercury pro Grae Buck. Now he’s eager to apply what he learned at upcoming events.

Pattern inside the pattern with Stage One champion

Mercury pro Dustin Connell credited months of practice in Alabama for his win at Stage One of the 2024 Bass Pro Tour.

Change is in the air for the 2024 Bass Pro Tour

Change is in the air for the 2024 Bass Pro Tour

Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler considers 2024 to be a “great reset” as conditions, technology and more are all set to change.

Water clarity, locating groups of fish key to victory on Toledo Bend

Water clarity, locating groups of fish key to victory on Toledo Bend

Mercury pros David Walker and Grae Buck gave a rundown of what they found in practice before Stage One.

Bass Pro Tour rookies to watch in 2024

Mercury pro Michael Neal shares his thoughts on the 2024 rookies and what they’ll bring to the Bass Pro Tour.

Success is a family affair for the Joneses

Success is a family affair for the Joneses

Mercury pros Alton Jones and Alton Jones Jr. share how they have cemented their status as the “first family” of professional bass fishing, and what it’s like to compete together at the highest level.

Fletcher Shryock's rundown on the Yamamoto Yamatanuki

Fletcher Shryock’s rundown on the Yamamoto Yamatanuki

The Yamamoto Yamatanuki is already popular in Japan, and Mercury pro Fletcher Shryock believes it’s set to take off in the West.

DeFoe and Suggs weigh in on the wakebait

Mercury pros Ott DeFoe and Scott Suggs lean on a lesser-used topwater option in the fall (and beyond), the wakebait.

Brandon Coulter's 1-2 topwater punch for covering water in the fall

Brandon Coulter’s 1-2 topwater punch for covering water in the fall

Mercury pro Brandon Coulter builds his fall success around two different styles of topwater.

John Murray returns to his roots for U.S. Open

John Murray returns to his roots for U.S. Open

Mercury pro John Murray is excited to experience Lake Mohave again for the first time in several years. 

Keith Carson's thoughts on the Invitationals and more

Keith Carson’s thoughts on the Invitationals and more

Mercury pro Keith Carson joins the MLF podcast to discuss his experience on the Tackle Warehouse Invitationals, his current reading list, high school math and modern technology in bass fishing.

Alton Jones rebounds after car crash

Alton Jones rebounds after car crash

Mercury pro Alton Jones arrived at Saginaw Bay with a new boat and fresh perspective, ready to compete after a car crash that wrecked his old tournament boat.

Bait design with Mike McClelland

Mike McClelland joins us on the MLF podcast to discuss his involvement with bait design over the years. The longtime Mercury pro shares some specific characteristics of each bait, and also talk about what makes a good lure designer.

Wesley Strader dives into the details on crankbaits

Wesley Strader dives into the details on crankbaits

Mercury pro Wesley Strader sums up the importance of crankbait bills succinctly: “The bill is how you get the crankbait to run.”

Jacob Wall gives a run down on mid-strolling

Jacob Wall gives a run down on mid-strolling

Mercury pro Jacob Wall shares the newest twist on the Damiki rig: mid-strolling.

Fletcher Shryock prepares for 2024

Mercury pro Fletcher Shryock focuses on preparation and versatility as the 2024 season approaches.

Luke Clausen shares simple approach for catching cold-water smallmouth

Mercury pro Luke Clausen has developed a one-two punch that catches big smallmouth throughout the fall and winter.

Bradley Roy shares hot tips for fall fishing success

Bradley Roy shares hot tips for fall fishing success

A change in mindset is essential for getting the most out of the fall fishing experience, according to Mercury pro Bradley Roy.

Marshall Robinson answers questions about life, fishing, and more

Marshall Robinson answers questions about life, fishing, and more

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.

Mark Rose stays sharp

Mercury pro Mark Rose credits crappie fishing and confidence for his strong finish during the 2023 season.

Mark Daniels Jr. finishes strong thanks to persistence

Mercury pro Mark Daniels Jr. had a rough start to the 2023 season, but he kept at it and ultimately bounced back.

Casey Ashley’s advice for winning fall tournaments

Mercury pro Casey Ashley offers some pro tips for finding success in the fall season.

Matt Lee reflects on the 2023 Bass Pro Tour and looks ahead to 2024

Matt Lee reflects on the 2023 Bass Pro Tour and looks ahead to 2024

Mercury pro Matt Lee is taking a proactive approach to the harsh lessons learned during a rough 2023 season.

Bertrand goes plopper-style for the summer topwater

Bertrand goes plopper-style for the summer topwater

The summer heat doesn’t bother Arizona’s Mercury pro Josh Bertrand – he even has a go-to bait for the summer topwater.

Saginaw Bay: ‘I think guys are going to be surprised when they get up here’  

Mercury pro Jonathon VanDam said anglers are in for a surprise when they hit the water for Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven.

Alton Jones bringing fresh rig, perspective to Saginaw Bay following car crash

Alton Jones bringing fresh rig, perspective to Saginaw Bay following car crash

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.

Wiggins’ slick trick for homemade line-through swimbaits

Wiggins’ slick trick for homemade line-through swimbaits


A swimbait and wacky worm are hard to beat almost any time of the year according to Mercury pro Jesse Wiggins.

Wheeler wins Guntersville on bait of his own design

Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler won Stage Four using a bait of his own design, called The Freeloader.

The most important fishing tip of the year: learn how to back your boat

The most important fishing tip of the year: learn how to back your boat

Mercury pros share some tricks that will help you out at the boat ramp.

Strader dusting off the drop-shot for smallmouth as Bass Pro Tour northern swing approaches

Strader dusting off the drop-shot for smallmouth as Bass Pro Tour northern swing approaches

Mercury pro says ‘Go up north, catch you some big brownies’.

PATTERN INSIDE THE PATTERN: Wheeler’s Guntersville win started with some home-lake learnings on Lake Chickamauga

Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler’s sixth Bass Pro Tour win came after some fruitful research on his home lake.

Cayuga Lake staged for an ‘epic’ event as Bass Pro Tour heads north

Mercury pros Dustin Connell, Dakota Ebare, Zack Birge and Jacob Wheeler weigh in on what it’ll take to succeed at Stage Five.

Mercury Pro Team members share excitement ahead of Stage Four on Guntersville

Mercury Pro Team members share excitement ahead of Stage Four on Guntersville

Watch Mercury pros Randy Howell, Chris Lane and Kevin VanDam discuss the state of the vegetation and the techniques that’ll be in play.

KEVIN VANDAM: ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’

KEVIN VANDAM: ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’

May’s postspawn activity kickstarts Mercury pro Kevin VanDam’s favorite time of the year.

PATTERN INSIDE THE PATTERN: Jones’ Heavy Hitters success came through smart adjustments and perfect timing

Mercury pro Alton Jones Jr. credits cypress trees for being a big factor in his winning pattern.

Kevin VanDam eager for Heavy Hitters

Kevin VanDam eager for Heavy Hitters

Mercury pro Kevin VanDam is looking forward to working on some classic Louisiana cover at Heavy Hitters.

Dakota Ebare rides momentum into Heavy Hitters

Dakota Ebare rides momentum into Heavy Hitters

Mercury pro Dakota Ebare’s stellar start to the 2023 season has him bringing a lot of momentum into Heavy Hitters. 

Mark Davis is hyped for Heavy Hitters

Mark Davis is hyped for Heavy Hitters

Mercury pro Mark Davis has Bussey Brake on his mind as he prepares for Heavy Hitters 2023.

Keith Poche wins Stage Two

Keith Poche wins Stage Two

Mercury pro Keith Poche posted up below a dam on Cherokee Lake to claim his first tour-level win.

Bryan Thrift wins REDCREST 2023

Bryan Thrift wins REDCREST 2023

Mercury pro Bryan Thrift gives a rundown of the pattern he ran to win REDCREST.

The year is off to a great start for Mark Davis

The year is off to a great start for Mark Davis

Mercury pro Mark Davis is carrying momentum from Stage One success into REDCREST.

Practice is over, it’s REDCREST time

Mercury pro Edwin Evers is fully preparred and fired up to face the challenge ahead at REDCREST. 

Rough waters ahead for  REDCREST 2023

Rough waters ahead for REDCREST 2023

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 makes perfect in REDCREST preparations

Practice makes perfect in REDCREST preparations

Practice helped Mercury pro Dustin Connell at REDCREST in 2021, now he’s bringing that pregame plan to REDCREST 2023.

Lawyer’s bringing local knowledge to REDCREST

Mercury pro Jeremy Lawyer expects his lifetime of experience fishing Ozarks docks will translate well to Lake Norman. 

Flexibility will be a must for success at REDCREST

Flexibility will be a must for success at REDCREST

Mercury pro Kevin VanDam expects diversity to be an asset REDCREST on Lake Norman. 

Warming up for REDCREST by competing at Invitationals

Warming up for REDCREST by competing at Invitationals

Competing at the Invitationals helped Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler prepare for REDCREST.

The steam over “the beam”

Mercury pro Jacob Wheeler gives a deep dive into how forward-facing sonar impacts bass fishing. 

Trailer hooks are essential on spinnerbaits according to Shaw Grigsby

Trailer hooks are essential on spinnerbaits according to Shaw Grigsby

Mercury pro Shaw Grisby is a big believer in trailer hooks on his spinnerbaits and considers them to be essential, even in thicker cover.

Forward-facing sonar offers a window to the bass' world

Forward-facing sonar offers a window to the bass’ world

Mercury pro Kevin VanDam believes that changing and adapting to new fishing technology is the best way to grow. 

Anglers are like family on the Bass Pro Tour

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. 

Mark Rose has simple goals for success on the Bass Pro Tour

Mark Rose has simple goals for success on the Bass Pro Tour

Mercury pro Mark Rose outlines the importance of attitude and consistency during high-stakes competition.

Brandon Coulter explains the science behind crawdad colors

Brandon Coulter explains the science behind crawdad colors

Mercury pro Brandon Coulter details when and why he adds blues, oranges and dark greens to his classic reds when fishing a crankbait.

Retirement can wait for Timmy Horton

Mercury pro Timmy Horton has decided not to retire. Instead, he’s gearing up for the Bass Pro Tour.

Fine-tuning boat position around the dock with Dakota Ebare

Fine-tuning boat position around the dock with Dakota Ebare

Mercury pro Dakota Ebare explains how to use Power-Poles to increase efficiency around docks.

Kevin VanDam excited for Florida fishing and five-bass limits

Kevin VanDam excited for Florida fishing and five-bass limits

Bass Pro Tour Stage One on Kissimmee feels like a return to great traditions for Mercury pro Kevin VanDam.

Topwater baits effective all year long

Mercury pro Fred Roumbanis shows how topwater baits are effective in all seasons.

Ott DeFoe’s top three crankbait colors

Ott DeFoe’s top three crankbait colors

Mercury pro Ott DeFoe subscribes to the theory that three basic colors will carry you through a full season. 

Stephen Browning explains the need-to-know basics of gear ratios

Stephen Browning explains the need-to-know basics of gear ratios

Mercury pro Stephen Browning explains why you don’t want to overpower your bait with an incorrect gear ratio.

The Carolina rig is still in style, according to Bass Fishing Hall of Famer Mark Davis

Mercury pro Mark Davis grabbed a Top-10 finish at Sam Rayburn thanks to the good ol’ Carolina rig.

Jonathan VanDam’s Keys to Success During Northern States’ Rapid Fall Transition

Mercury pro Jonathon VanDam heads shallow as rapid fall transition happens in the North.

PATTERN INSIDE THE PATTERN: Connell Strategized, Studied His Way to Win on Mille Lacs

PATTERN INSIDE THE PATTERN: Connell Strategized, Studied His Way to Win on Mille Lacs

Mercury pro Dustin Connell’s long-term planning was key to his victory at Mille Lacs Lake. 

Kevin VanDam’s Plan for Late-Summer Largemouth in the Northern States

Kevin VanDam’s Plan for Late-Summer Largemouth in the Northern States

Both deep grass and shallow docks come into play as Mercury Pro Kevin VanDam targets summer largemouth.

ALTON JONES JR.: My Process for Breaking Down Northern Fisheries with My Electronics

Mercury pro Alton Jones Jr. breaks down how he uses his electronics to be successful in northern fisheries.

SKEET REESE: I’d Like to Put an Exclamation Point on the 2022 Season at Mille Lacs

Mercury pro Skeet Reese reflects on his past two seasons and looks to finish strong.

JOSH BERTRAND: Still Some Work to Do to End Bass Pro Tour Season on a High Note

JOSH BERTRAND: Still Some Work to Do to End Bass Pro Tour Season on a High Note

Mercury pro Josh Bertrand discusses how he is focusing on his dock fishing, and looking forward.

Alton Jones Jr. Shares his Three Best Baits for Big Texas Bass

Alton Jones Jr. Shares his Three Best Baits for Big Texas Bass

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.

Pattern Inside the Pattern

Pattern Inside the Pattern

Mercury pro Dustin Connell makes a savvy switch to smallmouth to win Stage Six

Scott Suggs Looking Forward to the Deep Grass Bite for Stage Six and Stage Seven

Scott Suggs Looking Forward to the Deep Grass Bite for Stage Six and Stage Seven

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.

Mark Davis Values the Angler of the Year Title

Mark Davis Values the Angler of the Year Title

Mercury pro Mark Davis discusses his fishing goals, trials and tribulations in a Q&A session.

Mark Daniels Jr. Encourages Good Character and Ethics

Mercury pro Mark Daniels Jr. believes that fishing is about more than just being a good fisherman.

John Murray Believes in the Versatility and Effectiveness of the Drop-Shot

Mercury pro John Murray highlights the benefits of drop-shotting. 

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.

Clabion Johns Thinks Outside the Box

Clabion Johns Thinks Outside the Box

Mercury pro Clabion Johns swears by a frog anytime water is above 50 degrees (and not just for matted vegetation).

Q&A with Alton Jones

Mercury pro Alton Jones Sr. discusses his career and trying to grow a 500-pound pumpkin.

RYAN SALZMAN: I’m Looking Forward to Fulfilling More Goals to End the 2022 Season

Mercury pro Ryan Salzman discusses the goals he had for his 2022 season.

Q&A With Chris Lane

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.

KELLY JORDON: Why I believe in the Power of the Big Squarebill

KELLY JORDON: Why I Believe in the Power of the Big Squarebill

Oversized squarebills are tools in Mercury pro Kelly Jordon’s arsenal in the summer.

Wesley Strader Says to Go Big for Sullen Postspawn Bass

Wesley Strader Says to Go Big for Sullen Postspawn Bass

Mercury pro Wesley Strader believes one of the biggest things you can do to overcome the challenge is to upsize your lures.

Pattern Inside the Pattern with Ryan Salzman

Mercury pro Ryan Salzman discusses how his dam knowledge helped him to be successful at Watts Bar.

Brandon Coulter’s Guide to Rod Length

Mercury pro Brandon Coulter shares why different rod lengths for the same technique makes a difference.

Mercury Keys to Success at Bass Pro Tour Stage Five

Mercury Keys to Success at Bass Pro Tour Stage Five

Mercury pros Wesley Strader, Jeremy Lawyer, and Luke Clausen discuss how they believe the fishing will shape up on Watts Bar lake.

MARK ROSE: “Ledge Fishing” Everywhere (Even in Your Local Pond)

MARK ROSE: “Ledge Fishing” Everywhere (Even in Your Local Pond)

Mercury pro Mark Rose will apply his hard-earned ledge-fishing truths to virtually any lake he fishes in early summer.

Edwin Evers: Tips For Coping with Increased Fishing Pressure

Mercury pro Edwin Evers discusses how increasing pressure on bass fisheries means you’ll have to make some adjustments to be successful. 

FRED ROUMBANIS: Swimbaits and Bridges Just Make Sense on a New Lake

Mercury pro Fred Roumbanis shows us why using a swimbait close to bridges is his approach to new bodies of water.

BRADLEY ROY: A Frog is the Perfect Spawn/Postspawn Bait

BRADLEY ROY: A Frog is the Perfect Spawn/Postspawn Bait

Mercury pro Bradley Roy relies on frog’s diversity as bass behavior changes heading into late spring/early summer.

So Far So Good for Bass Pro Tour Rookie Floyd as Season Enters Second Half

So Far, So Good for Bass Pro Tour Rookie Floyd as Season Enters Second Half

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.

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.

What Did You Learn From Saturday’s Sight-Fishing Clinic on Lake of the Ozarks?

What Did You Learn From Saturday’s Sight-Fishing Clinic on Lake of the Ozarks?

Mercury pros Shaw Grigsby and Brent Ehrler find success by sight-fishing the Lake of the Ozarks.

Mercury Keys to Success at Stage Four

Mercury pros Jeremy Lawyer and Andy Newcomb expect a shallow, active bite on LOZ.

CASEY ASHLEY: Some Things to Think about for Late Prespawn

CASEY ASHLEY: Some Things to Think about for Late Prespawn

Mercury pro Casey Ashley knows that time of year trumps temperature for shallow prespawn fish.

Pattern Inside the Pattern with Ott DeFoe

Pattern Inside the Pattern with Ott DeFoe

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 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.

Lawyer's Laws for Approaching Largemouth and Spotted Bass

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