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Robert and Robin McFarlane is a husband and wife team with 40 years combined fishing experience and knowledge specializing in largemouth bass on our great South Texas Lakes...



July 29, 2017

It takes a lot of practice to learn how to manuever your boat motor at low speeds especially when you are around a large group of boats. If you’re fishing a tournament with the sound of 100+ boats, things can quickly turn into a game of confusion and “bumper” boats if you’re not paying attention.

So, if you’re in a tight spot, there’s nothing wrong with using your trolling motor. Using your trolling motor is much better than possibly scraping the bow of your boat or someone else’s, all while trying to manuver your boat at an idle speed along with possibly doing damage to someone’s motor cowling.

March 27, 2017

Our boats cost a lot of money and there is absolutely no sense in being careless and damaging someone’s boat.  It might just be harmless, but remember to always be very respectful and to ask permission before you tie up to someone’s boat because there’s no more room at the boat dock.

Also, don’t walk across someone else’s boat without permission. Chances are you will accidentally step on that boat’s rods and reels and either bend or break them.

March 10, 2017

The majority of marinas have multiple boat ramp lanes, but generally no type of dividers between them. In reality they look like one massive wide ramp.  When you arrive at the boat ramp, if it is busy, don’t hog the ramp and go down the middle.  It causes a back log and slows down the ramp traffic.

Back your boat on the farthest side of the ramp so other folks have the room to  launch next to you as well.  You don’t take up three or four spaces when parking your vehicle in a parking lot, so why would you take up three or four lanes to back your boat down?

March 3, 2017

When launching your boat, either with help or alone, make sure you take care of business (launching your boat) and not stand around to chit chat with others. This is not an ideal time to sit on the boat ramp and talk when you should be launching your boat.  If you are talking and not launching, you are slowing down traffic, taking up a boat lane, and more than likely making someone mad, who is waiting to launch.

A portion of fishing is about fellowship and camaraderie, so there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the time with others who fish; it’s just not on the boat ramp.

February 20, 2017

If you launch before sunup, your navigational lights should be on before ever hitting the water.

Boat ramps can be extremely busy, especially when tournaments are launching. If you decide to launch your boat without lights, you’re endangering yourself along with those around you. Chances are when you launch, you can see all of the boats that are on the water who have their lights on, but they won’t be able to see you if you don’t have yours in.

February 13, 2017

Ever tried to back a boat trailer while someone had their headlights glaring right into your mirrors?  When this happens, it’s almost impossible to back. Just as soon as you put your truck in reverse, make sure you shut your headlights off, so anyone backing can see their boat/trailer.  I consider this a major problem and can create a hold up on the boat ramp at times.

February 5, 2017

There are a lot of things to check and re-check before launching your boat. Waiting until you’re in the middle of a long line at a busy boat ramp IS NOT the time to break your boat down.

When you pull into the parking lot, move to the side and let others go ahead and launch their boats. At this time, put your plug in, take off your straps and motor toter, put your lights in, etc., in order to avoid back logging the launch line. Once you are finished, get in line to launch.

Not only does this drastically help the flow of traffic, but it also ensures that everything is done properly and safely because you are not rushing.

February 1, 2017

Do you know your fishing regulations for the lake you are fishing.  For example: the minimum length and the possession number for the species of fish you are fishing for in order to be legal?  What type of fishing license is required?  Is there a boat permit fee?  Is there off limit areas that you should not be in? These are all things that you need to know when fishing a lake.  So, before heading out, make sure you are familiar with that lake and it’s requirements.

January 16, 2017

Fishing is a process, and the better your technique the more confident you’ll be which will help to catch fish.

November 20, 2016

Always carry a pair of side cutters (dykes) with you in your boat.  There are many different things that can happen while on the water that may cause you to need them.  ie; cutters are an asset, especially when a hook becomes embedded and you need to cut the hook in half in order to remove it, if possible.

November 1, 2016

All the fishing tips in the world won’t matter if you don’t understand their meaning. So take the time and learn the terminology for fishing.

October 19, 2016

Dress warm in the winter. It is best to wear more clothes that are thin, layered on top of each other, rather than fewer, that are thicker.

August 7, 2016

If you’re going to be in and around the water, it would be wise to know how to swim. There are numerous and even local organizations, such as the American Red Cross, etc., that offers lessons for all ages.  Just check around to see what classes are offered in your area.  You don’t have to be a perfect swimmer, but at least knowing how will offer you a better chance of survival.

July 27, 2016

Do you know the difference between pitching and flipping?

These two techniques are similar but can be confusing when it comes down to knowing how to do each of these two techniques. The key to having successful pitching and flipping is to practice.  Use a 6-1/2′ to 7-1/2′ medium heavy or heavy action rod, paired with a plastic bait or a jig. When practicimg, you can use a plug.

Pitching is actually the easiest of the two techniques and is not considered to be as precise as flipping.

So, let’s get started. You need to let out enough line so that it’s even with the reel, and keep your reel open.  Reel open means you have the button on your bait caster pressed. Place your thumb on the spool.  Now, lower your rod tip towards the water and with your free hand, grab hold of your bait, extending the line to add tension to your line.  In one motion let go of your bait (lure) while swinging your rod tip up. As the bait swings toward your target, remove your thumb from the reel spool. This is where practice comes in, as you need to get the timing down of  the swinging of your bait.  If this technique is done right, your bait will”slingshot” towards your target. Be  sure to engage the reel as soon as the bait lands so that you will be able to set the hook, without getting a backlash when you get that bite.

Learning to flip will take more practice. But once you get comfortable with this technique, you can optimize your presentation, hitting your target more precisely than with the pitching technique. So, for flipping, let out between 10′ to 15′ of line, then engage your reel.  Take your line located between the reel and the first eye on the rod, and pull the line to the side, by extending your arm.  Now raise your rod by using a pendulum motion, and swinging your bait to  your target,  all while feeding the line through your hand.  Once you hit your target, remember to tighten up the remaining slack.

July 20, 2016

It is always a good idea that someone else in your boat knows how to run it, or at least know who to call for help in case there’s an emergency.

July 16, 2016 

White vinegar will kill mold, just apply with a spray bottle.

July 9, 2016

If you are near or on the water, alot of times you will be even closer to bugs, especially mosquitoes and gnat’s. Don’t forget the insect repellent to keep all those pesky insects away. Your day will be much more enjoyable without them.

July 1, 2016

A  crankbait is all about a reaction strike from a bass, so presentation is important to using this bait correctly. 

A crankbait can be a favorite for many anglers, because it can be used to cover a lot of water and at various depths.

All crankbaits can be worked around cover, like rocks, lay downs, stumps, or trees.  You can also use a crankbait along the sides of a weedbed, but don’t overlook working it around a drop-off and/or a rocky point with plenty of cover.

The more you get to know and become comfortable with the feel as your crankbait swims through the water and bumps into the different types of cover, the better you will become at catching bass with these baits.

There are many ways to work a crankbait.  You can catch those bass’ attention by reeling either slow or quick, then stopping and allowing the crankbait to slowly rise or “back up”.  Reel again and make another stop, all while working your crankbait back to the boat.

By doing this, you get the attention of a bass and their curiosity usually takes over and they won’t pass up a chance to hit your crankbait.

June 25, 2016

Before you cast that first line, make sure you have a general idea about what is going on at the lake that you plan on fishing.  It does not hurt to do research on the internet, call folks who you know frequent that lake, or even stop by the local tackle stores around the lake.   Not only can you find out what baits are working, but you can also find out the best rigs to use, lake levels, or maybe even a spot that is good to fish.

June 18, 2016

The holy grail of bass fishing is during the largemouth pre-spawn. The pre-spawn starts in spring around the time when the water temperature gets between 55 to 65 degrees. This is when both male and female bass move to the shallows, start aggressively feeding and looking for the best place to build their nest. Fisherman during this period can actually locate bass right from shore, that’s how close they get. This is the best time to get a trophy bass.  But remember to catch and release all female bass so they can complete their spawn and continue the cycle of life for future bass and angling.

June 8, 2016

Every so often it’s a good idea to examine the line right above the lure you’re using. It’s common for it to get frayed due to it coming into contact with rocks, gravel, branches, stumps, etc. Nothing is worse than losing a monster bass due to your line breaking.

June 2, 2016

Every body of water has a map available online from either state or local resources. This is a great way to identify different depths, drop-offs, and variations on the bottom in the water. It’s also a good way to find out if there are any types of structures that bass might use for shelter. It’s a good idea to take a map with you so you can use it as a reference point or to mark areas of success or failure. This is great to for especially during prefish of a tournament.

May 26, 2016

Knowing the habits of bass are crucial for catching them. Types of weather will dictate where bass may or may not be. When the sun is out and shinning bright bass look for shelter (shade). When it’s cloudy out and there is little or no sun bass come out of their protective shelter. This means when it’s sunny out you’ll want to fish near areas where bass might go for shelter, so keep your lure or live bait close to possible areas that bass might use for shelter (trees, docks, rock, etc).

May 19, 2016

With markers, you can add a number of realistic baitfish patterns to your soft-plastic baits. Over time, the colors will “bleed” into the bait, giving them a different appearance.

April 17, 2015

Always think about safety when out on the water.  If you like to take your 4 legged companion out with you for a day of fishing, like we do, have a lifejacket available for them in the boat or have them wear a lifejacket during the day.  Especially in rough water.

April 16, 2015

Most pet stores sell lifejackets for dogs and just like for humans, make sure their lifejacket fits them as well.

April 8, 2015

When storing your rods in the rod compartment, back your drag off.  This will help to avoid having extra tension on your reels when not in use.

April 1, 2015

When fishing plastics, fish slow.  If you think you are fishing slow, chances are, you’re not. Slow down even more.

March 23, 2015

When charging your batteries or storing your boat, unplug your trolling motor.  It helps to keep a charge from going through the trolling motor plug.


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