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How to Jig for Bluegill & More!

Posted by Walt Mattan, Chief lure designer for Custom Jigs & Spins and B-Fish-N Tackle on Aug 19th 2022

How to Jig for Bluegill & More!
“One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small and the pills your mother gives you don’t do nothing at all”...Grace Slick, The Jefferson Airplane, 1977. If you want to catch big panfish, you’ve got to think small. A number 4 hook rigged with a big nightcrawler, sitting under a bobber the size of a baseball won’t get the job done, not if you want to be a panfish machine. Think Small Jigs for Catching Bluegill Mick Thill, a man instrumental in bringing groundbreaking panfishing methods to America from England and who once beat the USA over the head with our own crude oversize A …

Bluegill, Bass, Crappie, and Catfish are on the Prowl Right Now!

Posted by Walt Matan, Chief Lure Designer, Custom Jigs & Spins and B-Fish-N Tackle on Jun 30th 2022

Bluegill, Bass, Crappie, and Catfish are on the Prowl Right Now!
Kids go fishing for one reason, to catch some fish. I guess I’m still a kid. I always thought fishing was supposed to be fun, so I really don't get it when fancy pants anglers in big shiny boats pull up, cut right in front of my path and turn their backs as if I wouldn’t notice. Sometimes, I lose my cool and yell a few obscenities. “We’re in a tournament”, they yell back. Watch out for these boys...they’re in a tournament, LOL Oh my...a tournament...I didn't know that being in a tournament was so important that a prerequisite was to wreck my fishing spot and be rude to me. …

Livescoping Walleye on AuthentX Paddletails- Plus Bonus White Bass Action on Bladebaits!

Posted by Walt Matan, Chief Lure Designer, Custom Jigs & Spins and B-Fish-N Tackle on May 25th 2022

Livescoping Walleye on AuthentX Paddletails- Plus Bonus White Bass Action on Bladebaits!
The month of May has always been a great month for walleye anglers in the Midwest. River fishing is still in full swing and lakes that had been closed for game fish spawning season will now be open. My only problem is...where do I go? I like to go where the walleye are biting. I'd rather drive an hour or more to where the bite is hot then put the boat in closer to home and have to struggle. The same goes for when I am on the water. I find myself spending more time searching than actually fishing. Sidescan, Livescope and GPS mapping has a lot to do with that as I get carried away and los …

The Best Walleye Fishing in March is in a Nearby River! Enjoy a few of my Best Walleye Techniques!

Posted by Walt Mattan, Chief lure designer for Custom Jigs & Spins and B-Fish-N Tackle on Mar 14th 2022

The Best Walleye Fishing in March is in a Nearby River! Enjoy a few of my Best Walleye Techniques!
I've enjoyed some great fishing on different rivers in March in the Midwest. Ice fishing is done and every year the fishing seems to get better! While the rest of the anglers are waiting until April, May or even June for the weather to get nice and the lakes to start producing, river rat's are catching walleyes, sauger, and other fish right now!Spring fishing for walleye When I think of river fishing in March, I think of walleye and sauger. These fish push up to the dams to prepare for spawning or are beginning to spawn. Saugers preferred spawning temperature is between 39 and 45 degrees, …

​Mix Up Your Jig Fishing for More Fish Through the Ice!

Posted by Walt Matan, Chief Lure Designer, Custom Jigs & Spins and B-Fish-N Tackle on Jan 24th 2022

​Mix Up Your Jig Fishing for More Fish Through the Ice!
Chuck Thompson (AKA the Legend) once told me that he employs 16 different jigging motions until he finds the hot one for the exact time on the lake he is ice fishing, but at any given moment, that could change. So if you are using jigging motion #4, you better be ready to switch to motion #9 or you will miss the bite window. Unfortunately, I couldn't even remember jigging motion #1. Sigh..the challenges of jig fishing! Jig fishing way back when Back when Chuck was in his prime, there were no tungsten jigs available, he relied on lead jigs and copper spoons. He believed that jigging moti …