Springtime is almost here for bass fishermen around the country. Many of you have probably spent countless hours organizing your bass boat and getting all the tackle back in some logical order. When it’s too cold for that, there are plenty of bass fishing websites for fishing fans. From major bass tournament coverage to bass tips and tricks to buying the latest tackle and bass boat accessories, the online community is a huge resource for bass fishermen.
Many bass tournament professionals have said that the younger generation of tournament anglers has a much smaller learning curve. There is so much information online that you can now be learning about bass fishing without ever leaving the couch. Twenty five years ago that wasn’t the case. Other than talking to your fishing buddies and reading a magazine or two, time on the water was about the only way to learn to be a better fishermen. While time on the water is still by far the most beneficial, busy weekend warriors can’t get to their favorite lakes four times a week.
Here is what we consider the ten best fishing websites for learning about tackle and bass boats, getting national tournament coverage, and finding out about the latest bass fishing equipment.
UltimateBass.com has a wide array of bass fishing articles about every subject imaginable. Owner Mike Cork keeps the site updated frequently. There is also a fairly popular bass fishing and bass boat forum section on this site. One really neat thing he has done is the creation of private forums for bass clubs. This allows local bass clubs to have a private place to communicate in a forum type environment. Some bass clubs have their own websites with private forums but if they don’t, this is a great option.
Flwoutdoors.com is the online presence of Fishing League Worldwide, most notably a professional bass fishing tour but also having semi-pro and smaller regional tournaments as well. Among others, their main sponsors are Walmart and Ranger Bass Boats. Those are some big names and they have some of the biggest tournaments in the country. FLW has making moves in the social media and online coverage and we look for them to continue to be in the upper echelon of bass tournament organizations.
Bassmaster is the second of the two national tournament organizations. They are likely more well-known than FLW is and are the home to the most famous tournament professionals. The original Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society was created in 1968 by Ray Scott. They’ve changed owners a few times over the years but still maintain the rank of the biggest fishing tournament there is, the Bassmaster Classic.
Bassboatcentral is the largest internet forum for bass boats online. There is a wealth of information here archived in their forums. Virtually any question about bass boats you could ask has been answered here. Need to know the best prop for your 2005 Ranger Z21? Bet the answer is there somewhere. If you can’t fin’d the answers to your questions, the people that participate on the forum are typically helpful.
Wired2fish is a relative newcomer to bass fishing websites and tournament coverage. They have a huge number of fishing tactic articles and videos and much of it is top notch. With multiple articles and content updated dailey, you can really spend a lot of time here reading and watching their videos. Wired2fish also has an inexpensive premium paid subscription with additional content.
Tacklewarehouse has to be the largest volume online only bass fishing tackle store on the internet. Headquartered in San Luis Obispo, CA, they have a great selection of pretty much everything out there a bass fisherman could want, and have the tendency to get the newest products in before anyone else. When fishermen talk about ordering tackle online, they are usually doing it here. Tacklewarehouse made popular the Free Shipping Over $50 mark that has caused most other online tackle stores to follow suit. If you need that last minute bait for a tournament, check out their overnight shipping as well.
LandBigFish is another online tackle supplier and the sleeper pick in this list. They aren’t particular to bass tackle like many others. While they aren’t discussed nearly as often as Tackle Warehouse and their website isn’t as well laid out, they have an enormous selection of tackle and great prices to boot. They have colors of tackle here that you won’t find anywhere else!
BassResource.com is an established fishing information site started way back in 1996, another one of those do everything sites. There is a wealth of fishing articles here and it is updated frequently. They have a lot of blog authors writing content. Check out their Fishing Techniques articles for some really good reading.
TackleTour.com is an online reviewer of fishing rods, reels, and tackle. They review all the new products. While they don’t typically badmouth new products too much, they do cover them completely and have great pictures. Check out their online forums for tackle enthusiasts, you can really get into the tackle scene there.
Bassfan.com is probably the most progressive bass fishing tournament coverage site out there right now. They cover all the big national events and do it well. There is a new article every weekday, making it a site to check out often. Their Dock Talk section can have some very interesting up to the minute information. Bassfan World Rankings shows who they believe are the top professional fishermen based on some mathematical magic of their tournament performances. While they might be the most well-known now, the others are nipping at their heels so they might not be up there forever.
There you have it, all these sites contain more bass fishing and bass boat knowledge than you could ever digest. Don’t sit in front of the computer all day though, get out there and catch some bass!