How To Fishing

How To Fishing

I’ve had a lot of folks ask about “How To” use various types of lures, so I’m starting a “How To Fishing” series.

Man holding bass

Big ‘un!

I will offer tips and advice on techniques to catch big bass. Or at least to catch SOME bass!

These won’t be limited to my own experience, though whenever I’m able to add my own personal perspective on each technique.

So often, it will be the top bass fishing professionals, or other trusted experts I’ve discovered, who offer the advice. And other times, it will be me, your very own Smiling BassHole, doing the honors with my, er, maybe “wisdom”?

This page will offer links to the posts with the information. Whenever possible, I will include opportunities for the reader to purchase the products being discussed. But should you see something and want to know more about it, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m always happy to answer questions!

I’ll also include categories. If some posts cover more than one topic (such as spinnerbaits AND plastic worms), I’ll include the post in all appropriate categories.

Come back and visit this page often, as I’ll be adding links to posts as they are created, and you can keep on learning!

Thanks for visiting, and I hope these tips help you improve your bass catching!

Plastic Worms (& other “Creature Baits”)

Fishing “Slop” and Punching Through Vegetation

How to fishing


Here’s a post about “punching through slop” and other vegetation using a pegged Texas rigged worm. Complete with videos on how to fish the pegged worm, and how to peg the weight.

How To Use Plastic Worms

A whole slew of videos to show you how to rig, fish, and catch bass with plastic worms. Videos show: Texas Rig, Carolina Rig, Wacky Worm Rig, Drop Shotting, Flipping & Pitching, and more!

Carolina & Texas Rigs

Vicious Bass CR34 Carolina Rig

Pre-Set C-Rig

Learn the difference between these 2 rigs, when to use which, and how to rig both!


Willow Blade Spinnerbait


Pulling a spinnerbait through vegetation (weeds)

This post describes fishing with tandem willow blade spinnerbaits. I caught bass, AND a dock!

Topwater Lures

Weed Demon, Wiggle Wog, Lunkerhunt Frog, Koppers Frog, Buzzbait

Learn about 5 (out of 10) of my favorite topwater lures, all providing links to buy them!

PopR, Jitterbug, Torpedo, Zara Spook, Rapala Floater

The other 5 (out of 10) of my favorites. Complete with purchase links as well as a few videos to show you how to fish them!

Lipless Crankbaits

DSC02923Red Eye Shad

Another of my favorite lures! Complete with KVD (Kevin Van Dam) instructional video.

Red Eye Shad

Yup. More about the Red Eye Shad. Which I love.


Pig & Jig

Learn about this great lure, which I’ve yet to catch a bass on! (And now lead-head jigs are banned here in New Hampshire, so until I can replace them, I’m jig-less!)

Fishing Knots

Trilene, Improved Clinch, Palomar, San Diego Jam, Duncan Loop

5 great fishing knots, complete with instructional videos.


15 thoughts on “How To Fishing

  1. Kevin

    Roger, thank you for creating this website on bass fishing. I’ve found it extremely informative. My family and I have been living outside the US for the last decade and have just returned and moved to Illinois where there are a plethora of lakes and fishing opportunities.

    We rented a boat and went out to one of the major lakes here this weekend. I bought a bass fishing kit for my six year old son, but I’ll be darned if I could remember as much as I needed to in order to catch anything. I wish I would have run into your site a little sooner. I have it book marked now.

    Please keep up the great work!

    All the best, Kevin

    1. Richie

      Wow, there is a lot of information about fishing I never really knew was out there. I have gone fishing with my parents many times, but they usually have everything in their tackle box. I will definitely forward this to them, and I am sure they will be very interested. Thank you for the great work you are doing here.


      1. Roger Ford Post author

        Thanks Ritchie!

        Yes, the great thing about fishing is there is always more to learn about fishing. And don’t worry, if you SHOULD learn all there is to know, they are discovering new information and inventing new lures and techniques while I’m writing back to you, so there will still be more to learn! And finally, there are all the things you need to UN-learn!

        So you always have an opportunity to grow.

        Tight lines!

        Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  2. elias

    Hi, this website and this page will be put right in my bookmarks, because fishing is something I’ve been wanting to learn for like, a couple years now. It sparked an interest in me because I just love waters, love the sea and lakes, and it even made me think of buying a kayak! by the way if you have time or the expertise on that topic, maybe you could write about it and let me know. I will surely get back to this in the near future to learn more on fishing. Thanks!

    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Elias!

      I’m glad to help out!

      I won’t say that I’m an expert on buying a kayak, but I did write a post on fishing kayaks.

      My number 1 recommendation, if you can afford it, would be the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak. It’s an awesome craft. Rather than paddle, you pedal! There’s a video showing a “tug of war” between the designer (a 40ish fellow) in a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler vs an Olympic kayaker: the Hobie Mirage won! You should definitely check out their Mirage Drive video (which is in the post).

      Otherwise, make sure the kayak is designed for fishing. Decide if you prefer SOK (sit-on-top) or SIK (sit-inside). I believe SIK is better for for fishing, as it puts you up higher.

      Let me know which kayak you end up with, why, and how you like it!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  3. Sam

    Another great post from a great fisherman. This helped a lot, I am looking forward to more of your posts since I am trying to sharpen my fishing skills. Thank you very much.

    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Sam!

      I certainly wouldn’t call myself a “great” fisherman. But certainly an enthusiastic one!

      And I do strive to keep improving, and since the beginning of this season I’ve finally caught bass on lures I never had before, so my skills DO seem to be growing!

      Since you are trying to sharpen your own skills, remember you can always ask me specific questions and I’ll do what I can to answer them for you!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  4. Matt

    Hey Roger, I absolutely love your writing! You bring a lot of personality into your writing many other blogs don’t. I really enjoy your website and your writing sucks me in. That being said as a guy who has only gone fishing once and caught nothing I look forward to learning a lot with you 🙂

    Just curious though – How long have you been fishing for?

    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Matt!

      I love that you say my writing sucks. (You In.) Couldn’t resist, as a recovering standup comic an clown college graduate.

      I started fishing when I was a kid. Maybe 9 or 10. Made my own fishing rod using a discarded bamboo pole, cup holders (for guides), and an old rusty reel my brother threw in the trash. Caught my first fish on the first fishing trip, once I figured out the reason the bobber keep sinking was a fish was eating the berry I was using as bait.

      I fished for the next 9 years, then went off to college and points beyond. I didn’t resume fishing until the 1990’s, and I’ve been a BassHole ever since!

      Not catching fish on a trip happens to everyone. Go a few dozen times, and see if your luck doesn’t improve!

      Thanks for the kind words about my writing.

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  5. Eric Estrella

    Hi Roger Ford

    Excellent Article! The information and tips and even techniques, are very simple, easy to follow and easy to apply as well in actual fishing. I just want to share this, I’m using real worm as my bait to fishing. I found live bait really interesting. Did you try it before Roger? Thanks for sharing!


    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Eric!

      I certainly HAVE used real worms to fish! In fact, when I first got back into fishing, I wasn’t catching any fish with the lures I was using, so I rented a videotape (that’s how old I am!) about catching fish. It was by a professional guide, who advised using live worms or bait to increase success. So I used worms for the first year or so when I got back into fishing.

      But then I switched to rubber worms, and later fly fishing (I’m back to rubber now!), so haven’t used bait in about 15 years or more.

      I hope you’re enjoying fishing with whatever you do choose to use!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  6. Alva Taylor

    I enjoyed the blog posts. In fact, people are looking for this kind of writing. To learn more about fishing there is no alternative.

    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thank you, Alva! I will be adding more in the near future, now that winter has gripped my home and the water is covered in ice!

      Tight lines!
      Roger, The Smiling BassHole


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