"Marc" Marcantonio

Professional Bass Fisherman

Professional Tips

I've developed a longgggggg list of tips and techniques during my 35 years of tournament fishing. I'm working on selecting the BEST to put on this page.  Bear with me as this page is still in "creative development" as we fill it with tips to help you. 

  • Pro Tip: Quick Retrieve Marker Buoys
    • Time is Money.  We have all heard this phrase used in today's business market.  Certainly it applies in tournament fishing as well.  Here is a little tip that I have used for almost 25 years, ever since the invention of the cordless drill.  I call it my "Quick Retrieve Marker Buoy".
  • Pro-Tip: DropShot Storage Tip
    • The most difficult part of dropshotting is untangling your rig after running across the lake with your rod strapped down on the deck. In the year 2000 I was struck with an epiphany that solved the storage dilemma.  The solution is so simple you will wonder why you never thought of it!  
  • ProTip: Land Those Crankbait Bass!
    • Crankbait trebles hook bass almost instantly.  Unfortunately the real trick is keeping your prize attached to the trebles until safely in your livewell.  I have reduced my losses to what I consider to be minimal, and so can you.
  • Pro-Tip: Fizzing
    • The potential problem an angler needs to know how to deal with is the problem of an inflated swim bladder, which is a condition that occurs when a bass is brought to the surface from deep water.
  • Pro-Tip: Mojo Rig
    • The Mojo Rig allows delicate presentations of small soft plastics, which excel at fooling wary bass.  The shape of the weight slides easily through weeds, and rocks, and best of all it doesn't pinch and weaken your light line!
  • ProTip: Land Those Crankbait Bass!
    • Crankbait trebles hook bass almost instantly.  Unfortunately the real trick is keeping your prize attached to the trebles until safely in your livewell.  I have reduced my losses to what I consider to be minimal, and so can you. 
  • ProTip: Save those Yamamoto Bags!
    • Over the years I have tried every possible storage gizmo for my spinnerbaits.   The plastic boxes designed for blades are bulky, and always seem to get their corners and hinges broken. 
  • Pro Tip: Fighting Bass on Spinning Tackle
    • Drag systems on spinning reels are not infallible. With the increased use of the “dropshot” technique involving light line, small hooks, and spinning tackle, the biggest challenge is not in getting the strike, but in landing the bass after hookup. 

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