Did You Know You Can Do This With Your Lake Map?

Want to catch more fish? Understanding the map of your lake makes it a lot easier! If you’re using modern electronics there are some amazing tricks that make it even better. Today Tim shows how to highlight depth zones, adjust lake levels, and select prime fishing locations. If you’re using a traditional paper lake map this information still applies. Spend less time searching and more time catching with these quick adjustments!

Tim begins by showing the difference between base map software and aftermarket mapping chips. He goes on to assume you’re using some version of a map card in order to get accurate contour lines. Tim uses his Humminbird Solix to show a variety of structures and how they appear on the map then goes on to teach the subtle differences that will save you a ton of searching and fishing time!

If you want to become a more efficient angler you need to get comfortable reading a map of your lake. You don’t need an expensive unit and software to be a great angler, you can get by with a simple paper map, but good electronics make it much, much easier. Below is a breakdown of the unit and cards Tim was using in the video as well as a few other options he recommends at various price points.

Main Unit- Humminbird Solix 15: http://bit.ly/2Hazsej

Map Card- Humminbird Lakemaster Plus: http://bit.ly/2Dk5Erc

Other Map Cards…

-Humminbird Lakemaster: http://bit.ly/2wAZ8ZJ

-Navionics HotMaps Platinum: http://bit.ly/2ZitTiR

Other Units…

-Humminbird Helix 7: http://bit.ly/2SoFl8a

-Lowrance HDS 7 Live: http://bit.ly/2VYomMA

-Garmin Striker Plus: http://bit.ly/2skseug

Keeping your electronics screen clean is really important. The best product we’ve found to do that is Wave Away. It cleans finger prints and water spots with very little effort instead of scrubbing at the screen until your hands hurt.

Wave Away Screen Cleaner: http://bit.ly/2PhHmmC

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The 5 Best Bass Fishing Lakes In Texas

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Everything is bigger in Texas, including largemouth bass. The Lonestar state is bass crazy and for good reason, since it’s home to some of the best bass fishing lakes in the world. We put together our list of the top five bass lakes to fish in Texas right now.

A Special thank you is owed to the Texas Parks & Wildlife and their Share Lunkers program for providing such useful data and images and more importantly, thank you for promoting sustainable sport angling throughout Texas!

1) Lake Sam Rayburn

Located: 15 miles north of Jasper, Texas
Surface area: 114,500 acres
Maximum depth: 80 feet
Impounded: 1965

Lake Sam Rayburn is nestled in the ecologically rich region of southeastern Texas amid the famous Piney Woods. Immerse yourself in the true outdoors while having a legit chance at landing a new personal best from the famous Lake Sam Rayburn.

Angler: Stacy Spriggs
Weight: 13.06 pounds
Date: March 2018
Caught on a Carolina rig during a tournament
Angler: Roy Euper
Weight: 13.2 pounds
Date: March 2018
Angler: Wayman Triana
Weight: 13.05 pounds
Date: March 2017
Caught on a crankbait during a tournament.

2) Lake Allan Henry

Location: 45 miles south of Lubbock, Texas
Surface area: 2,880 acres
Maximum depth: 100 ft
Impounded: 1993

In west Texas, there sits a little sleeper lake that continually pumps out mega bass. Sitting 45 miles south of Lubbock in the desolate Brazo River Basin is Lake Allan Henry. Relatively low fishing pressure blended with an ample forage base makes this little gem a destination worth visiting.

Angler: John Vineyard
Weight: 13.34 pounds
Date: March 2017
Angler: Bruce Butler
Weight: 13.13 pounds
Date: April 2016
Angler: Nathan King
Weight: 13 pounds
Date: April 2007
Caught on a jig
Angler: Greg Hollers
Date: March 2006
Weight: 14.78 pounds
Caught while Crappie fishing

3) Lake Fork

Location: 5 miles northwest of Quitman, Texas
Surface area: 27,264 acres
Maximum depth: 70 feet
Impounded: 1980

The stomping grounds of Lake Fork Guy and a well known big bass factory, Lake Fork is no secret amongst serious Texas anglers. Just a few hours outside of Dallas, this system continues to produce big fish even with the heavy fishing pressure.

Angler:  James Quisenberry
Date: March 2010
Weight: 15.61 pounds
Angler: Michael Terrebone
Weight: 13 pounds
Date: March 2018

4) Falcon Lake

Location: 40 miles east of Laredo, Texas
Surface area: 83,654 acres
Maximum depth: 110 feet
Impounded: 1954

Straddling the US-Mexico border on the Rio Grande River is the notorious Falcon Lake. Originally built to conserve water, prevent flooding, and bring hydropower to the area, the damming of the Rio Grande also resulted in one more bonus resource: BIG, FAT BASS.

Caught by: Isaac Denson
Weight: 13.4 pounds
Date: February 2013
Angler: Gary Wingate
Weight: 14.39 pounds
Date: March 2012
Angler: Jason Brudnicki
Weight 13.36 pounds
Date: December 2011
Caught on deep diving crankbait.

5) Choke Canyon Reservoir

Location: 4 miles west of Three Rivers, Texas
Surface area: 25,670 acres
Maximum depth: 95.5 feet
Impounded: 1982

Just south of San Antonio is the Choke Canyon Reservoir – A strong panfish, bass, catfish, and alligator gar populations, it’s easy to understand why oodles of anglers are dumping their boats into Choke Canyon each weekend.

Angler: Richard Flores
Weight: 15.09 pounds
Date: February 2010
Angler: Sam Koebcke
Weight: 13.3 pounds
Date: April 2009
Angler: Carl Ames
Weight: 15.27 pounds
Date: March 2009

These are 10 Of The Nastiest Freshwater Fish On The Planet

Their teeth can tear flesh. Their strength can destroy tackle. Their dispositions can break an angler’s spirit. These are the meanest fish that swim.

BY STEVE RYAN

10. Goliath Tigerfish

Goliath Tigerfish in the Congo
Anglers after goliath tigerfish may spend three to five weeks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to hook just one or two fish.
Steve Ryan

Their 32 surgically-sharp teeth, deep body built for speed and agility, incredible leaping ability, raw strength, and top-end size pushing the 150-pound mark, make the goliath tigerfish among the meanest fish to grace planet Earth.

Where Goliath Tigerfish Live:
Found largely in the foreboding Congo River Basin of central Africa.

How Goliath Tigerfish Feed:
Goliaths are rush feeders. They use their double-hinged jaws to attack prey much larger in size. Possessing teeth capable of piercing even the toughest flesh, they are fearless hunters that reportedly snack on small crocodiles, as well as anything else that crosses their path.

Best Lures for Goliath Tigerfish:
The need to quickly cover vast areas of water to find these low-density fish, make larger, deep-diving crankbaits, such as Yo-Zuri 3D Magnum Deep Divers and Manns Stretch 30s, good options.

How Goliath Tigerfish Fight:
Goliath tigerfish have everything anglers could hope for in a sportfish—that includes lightning-fast strikes, blistering speed that will drain a reel of line in seconds, brute strength to put a strain on the best of equipment, along with crazy acrobatic ability to leave anglers in awe. For those anglers who dare to pursue goliaths in the tumultuous Democratic Republic of the Congo, trip lengths of 3 to 5 weeks are typical with the hope of hooking even just one or two goliaths.

9. Muskies

The dagger-like teeth of a muskie, slanted toward the throats, designed to grasp and puncture.
Muskies often strike lures right beside the boat, so add a figure-eight to the end of your retrieve to check for follows.

Steve Ryan

With a death chamber for a mouth, muskies inhale prey and it rarely ever comes back out. The perimeters of their jaws are lined with dagger-like teeth designed to grasp and puncture, while the tops of their mouths are covered with hundreds of needle-sharp teeth slanted back toward their throats. Their propensity to strike lures at boatside on the figure-eight gives fishing for them an added edginess.

Where Muskies Live:
Broadly distributed throughout lakes and rivers of the mid-regions of North America.

How Muskies Feed:
Muskies are both ambush and open-water rush feeders. They often grab their prey broadside prior to rotating it in their mouths and swallowing it head first.

Best Lures for Muskies:
A wide assortment of lures will draw the ire of these apex predators, including noisy Whopper Plopper topwaters, oversized double 10 Spanky bucktails, 16-ounce soft rubber Bulldawgs, and giant HeadLock trolling lures.

How Muskies Fight:
Muskies generate massive power and quick bursts of speed from their long, muscular frames. These fish put a spirited strain on even the heaviest gear used by today’s muskie hunters.

8. Black Piranha

The menacing red eyes of a black piranha caught in South America.
Black piranha fall for the vibration of lipless rattle baits or the flash of spoons, spinners and spinnerbaits, and often hunt their prey in packs.

Steve Ryan

Serrated teeth and strong jaws allow these fish to cut through flesh, ligaments, and bones with ease. Piranhas make mincemeat of fishing line, light wire leaders, and 1X hooks. Menacing red eyes and a top-end, size pushing 10-pounds make them an angler’s worst nightmare.

Where Black Piranha Live:
The Amazon, Orinoco River Basins and beyond in South America.

How Black Piranha Feed:
Feeding in packs, piranhas are the hitmen of the jungle. They focus their attacks on wounded or bloodied prey and exploit those injuries by taking large chunks of flesh off with each bite. If an open wound doesn’t exist, piranhas start by immobilizing their prey, shredding their tails and fins.

Best Lures for Black Piranha:
The vibration of lipless rattle baits and the flash of spoons, spinners, and spinnerbaits will get the attention of these ravenous fish. If the bite grows slow on these lures, a piece of cut bait on a jig will get the job done.

How Black Piranha Fight:
Imagine an angry eight-pound bluegill on steroids. Big black piranhas are drag pullers. They possess good speed and endurance and have a knack for finding and wrapping around submerged wood.

7. Arapaima

Be careful when taking your grip and grin photo. Arapaima often use their head as a weapon and can knock out any angler.

Steve Ryan

Their top-end size surpassing 400-pounds, crimson-tipped scales, prehistoric anatomy that includes a primitive lung permitting atmospheric breathing, and a head as hard as steel, make the arapaima a gnarly fish worthy of every angler’s attention.

Where Arapaima Live:
Primarily the Amazon and Essequibo River basins of South America, with ancillary populations in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.

How Arapaima Feed:
Opportunistic feeders, arapaima will both scavenge dead bait and hunt live prey weighing several pounds. Due to their ability to breath air, they can reside in lagoons with marginal oxygen levels during the dry season and then wreak havoc on oxygen-deprived prey. As they approach a bait, they quickly open their oversized mouths to suck the bait and surrounding water like a vacuum.

Best Lures for Arapaima:
Articulating swimbaits, along with glide baits and large jerk baits, are prime lure options when fished slowly on heavy tackle. Anglers have also started targeting arapaima on the fly.

How Arapaima Fight:
Due to their large body mass, these fish have the ability to pull a boat around for more than 20 minutes before tiring. They make spectacular water-spraying jumps and incredible tail-walking displays across the surface. Adding to the challenge of landing these fish, arapaima commonly use their head as a weapon at boatside in an effort to snap lines, throw hooks, break rods, and even knockout anglers.

6. Giant Snakehead

If a giant snakehead can’t bust your oversized braided line, or destroy your lure, you have a chance to catch the fish of nightmares.

Steve Ryan

The broad snake-like head and formidable teeth on giant snakeheads are the things of horror movies. Their stealth, power, and tackle-destroying nature are enough to give any angler nightmares.

Where Giant Snakeheads Live:
Rivers and reservoirs of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

How Giant Snakeheads Feed:
Explosive strikes are the hallmark of giant snakeheads. They have the ability to cut a bait in two with one bite and then circle back to eat the second half. A large percentage of giant snakeheads strike lures out of sheer aggression, rather than hunger, as they actively guard their fry balls for weeks after they are born. They are comfortable exploding through heavy vegetation to crush a frog off the surface, and equally adept at rush feeding a tilapia in open water.

Best Lures for Giant Snakeheads:
Topwater frogs, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, and deep-diving crankbaits are traditional favorites among snakehead anglers.

How Giant Snakeheads Fight:
Strength, endurance, and guile are the calling card of giant snakeheads. These fish will blast a lure on the surface out of anger and then instantly dive 15 feet, pulling maximum drag off reels. They are capable of wrapping around submerged timber in mere seconds. If they can’t bust oversized braided line, they will straighten 3X treble hooks and destroy lures.

5. Golden Dorado

Trophy-size golden dorado like this one often attack other dorado nearly half their size.

Steve Ryan

Razor-sharp teeth, powerful jaws, a mean attitude and bright golden coloration with black stripes give golden dorado their ‘river tiger’ nickname.

Where Golden Dorado Live:
Rivers of South America, with primary populations residing in the Upper Paraná River of northeast Argentina, as well as Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia.

How Golden Dorado Feed:
Dorado feed both in packs and individually. They are slashing feeders capable of maiming multiple baitfish as they charge through bait pods situated along current seams. If a bait is too big to be swallowed whole, their powerful jaws will cut it down to a more manageable size. Being cannibalistic, trophy-size dorado are known to attack other dorado nearly half their size.

Best Lures for Golden Dorado:
Large crankbaits such as Rapala Super Shad Raps and Mag 18s are among the most prolific lures for Dorado residing in fast-water tailrace settings. In smaller clear water settings, fly fishing tactics, as well as spoons, spinnerbaits and topwater, are effective for these aggressive predators.

How Golden Dorado Fight:
Dorado hit lures with a vengeance. Once they feel the sting of the hook, they go airborne—violently thrashing their head to dislodge the lure. With broad muscular frames, dorado have the strength and stamina to go 12 rounds with anglers.

4. Wolf Fish

Among the hardest fighting fish in the jungle, wolf fish often smash surface poppers with power.

Steve Ryan

There’s nothing pretty about wolf fish. They have an oversized head, a mouth full of formidable teeth, jet black eyes and an oversized tail.

Where Wolf Fish Live: Remote rivers of the northern half of South America, including portions of Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Brazil, harbor the largest populations of these sporty fish.

How Wolf Fish Feed: Wolf fish hit prey not like they want to eat it, but as if they are looking to obliterate it. Residing behind boulders in fast-water settings and resting tight to overhanging cover, they often strike quickly as objects pass within their range. Their jaw strength is formidable.

Best Lures for Wolf Fish: Surface poppers offer the most visual excitement for anglers, but a well-placed, heavy-duty spinnerbait or wake bait will get their attention.

How Wolf Fish Fight: Wolf fish are among the hardest fighting fish in the jungle. They have power and stamina in reserve.

3. Niugini Black Bass

PNG Niugini Black Bass

The first 30 seconds with a trophy Niugini black bass are as memorable as anything in fishing.

Steve Ryan

These fish have canine teeth and crushing power to rival even the toughest fish in saltwater. They routinely rank among the hardest fighting fish in freshwater for good reason.

Where Niugini Black Bass Live:
Remote clean water rivers of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

How Niugini Black Bass Feed:
These brutes are ambush feeders that routinely position themselves among submerged trees and hit baits as they are heading back into their snag-filled lairs.

Best Lures for Niugini Black Bass:
Big crankbaits fished tight to cover will get annihilated. Upgrade to XXH split rings and hooks or be ready to be owned by these fish.

How Niugini Black Bass Fight:
Savage strength is the hallmark of Niugini black bass. On an exploratory trip to untouched rivers in PNG, we had 150-pound-test braided line snapped, lures smashed in two, reel drags stripped, rods ripped from anglers’ hands, and even had an experienced, international angler brought to his knees and then dragged across the bow of the boat by one of these beasts. The first 30 seconds with a trophy Niugini black bass are as memorable as anything in fishing.

2. Alligator Gar

Alligator gar can reach more than 400-pounds, and their basic anatomy has gone unchanged since the time of dinosaurs.

Steve Ryan

A basic anatomy that has gone unchanged since the time of dinosaurs, and a top-end size of more than 400-pounds distinguish alligator gar from every other fish out there. They rank so high on the gnarly meter that anglers have started to mix alligator gar facts and mythic legends.

Where Alligator Gar Live:
The Gulf states of the U.S., as well as northern portions of Mexico with drainage to the Gulf of Mexico.

How Alligator Gar Feed:
They eat almost anything that swims, flies or scurries within their range. A quick snap of their jaws will trap a bait in their mouth. They often work to crush the bait and then move-off to swallow it later.

Best Lures for Alligator Gar:
Large Rat-L-Traps worked slowly within range of their over-sized mouth will illicit savage strikes. Heavy duty spinnerbaits with a stout trailer hook can be fished around thick cover during periods of flooding when gar venture beyond the river banks.

How Alligator Gar Fight:
Alligator gar are dirty fighters. They frequently swim into submerged trees to tangle lines and pull hooks. In open water, they use their body mass to pull around the boat and make spectacular head-thrashing leaps.



1. Payara

The two lower fangs of the payara perfectly slide into recessed holes in their top jaw—adding to their sinister look.

Steve Ryan

Two pronounced fangs exceeding two-inches in length grow from their bottom jaw and slide perfectly into recessed holes in their top jaw. They possess a sinister look and the spirit of a killer.

Where Payara Live:
Fast current areas of rivers across South America, with Venezuela and Colombia harboring some of the biggest specimens topping 30-pounds. Many anglers search the Amazon for payara and other exotic species.

How Payara Feed:
Pack hunters and slashing feeders. They impale and disorientate baits with their fangs and then come back to devour wounded prey. Strikes are lighting fast.

Best Lures for Payara:
Large colorful crankbaits, including Mag 18 Rapalas and DUO FangBait 140DR, are the best bet in strong current areas. Walk-the-dog surface lures work well in slick water areas adjacent to rapids.

How Payara Fight:
On a recent Colombia fishing trip, I saw anglers have their rod-and-reel combos yanked from their hands by quick striking payara. In a fast current, these fish are nearly unstoppable, making blistering runs both upstream and down in Class 5 rapids to gain their freedom. Their leaping ability will put most fish to shame, and their hard, bony mouths make for a landing percentage of less than 50 percent.

Warming Water Trends And How It Can Help You Find More Bass This Spring

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For fishermen in the north country, early spring can be a special time of year. Finally, after months of snow, ice, and frigid temperatures, it is time to get back in the boat and begin the chase once more. However, if you don’t know where or how to begin finding or catching bass you won’t have a productive day on the water. Follow these tips to find and catch largemouth bass this spring after a long winter.

Warm Water Is Essential

Examples of areas to look fish during the Spring.

I am sure this comes as no surprise. After ice out, largemouth will be looking for the warmest water in the fishery. However, one thing I have noticed over the years is the warmest water is not always in the northwest corner of a lake. In fact, it can be found almost anywhere on the lake depending upon multiple factors. If you are not familiar with a body of water, though, the northwest corner is your best bet as a starting point.

Dark Water Usually Warms First

Dark bottom bays often hold the warmest water.

Look for dark bottom bays. These are typically your best bet on a bright, warm, sunny day as this dark bottom will hold heat and attract bass and baitfish. Additionally, look for the smallest, shallowest, isolated bays on your fishery. The less water there is, the quicker it will warm up. Hordes of largemouth will move into these small bays as soon as the ice goes out and the sun warms them up.

It Comes Down To Timing

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Find the right water and find the right fish.

Keep in mind that not all fish in the system move up at the same time. In fact, this process, at least in the north, can be drawn out over the course of weeks. Bass will begin their general migration towards the shallows. Some will move all the way up immediately while others will stop in staging areas before going the rest of the distance.

Look for big, female largemouth bass to use these deeper water staging areas before moving in shallow to feed and spawn. Typically, the best way to find these staging areas is to locate the spawning bays and backtrack to the nearest access to deep water. Oftentimes, these areas are the points and flats directly outside of spawning bays.

Bait Selection – Keep It Simple

Lake Fork Guy prepping for an outing.

Lastly, bait selection is key this time of year. Because there are so many fish in so many different areas, you have to be ready for anything as an angler. However, when simplified, fishermen don’t need many baits to be successful in the early spring. For staging, deeper fish, an assortment of mid-depth crankbaits, rattlebaits, and heavier swim jigs are good options. This time of year, slow retrieves seem to work best. If the bass are around, they will munch whatever you throw. Throw your confidence and goto baits.

The same goes for shallow water fish. Anglers will find great success with weightless soft plastics like Texas-rigged finesse worms and senkos as well as wacky rigs. If you are fishing a large spawning bay and need to cover water, look to swimbaits or swim jigs. Bomb cast these baits as far as you can, slow roll them on the bottom and hold on for dear life.

How To Use A Fishing Net The Right Way

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There is no better way to ruin a day on the water than having a fish of a lifetime coming unpinned and swimming back to the depths from which it came. In many cases, there is little to nothing an angler can do to prevent this from happening. That is simply fishing. However, there are certain facets of the fish landing process that are controlled entirely by the angler and/or his net man. Netting a fish is one of those facets and doing it incorrectly will lead to more bad days on the water than good. Make Sure the Net is Ready

1) Make Sure the Net is Ready

There is nothing worse than you or your buddy hooking into a nice one only to realize that the net is caught in a cluster of fishing line, rod tips, treble hooks, or a host of other things NOT supposed to be in a fishing net. Make sure to have your net ready. For tournament fishermen, it is common practice to have the net laying on or near the seats, so it is up and off the floor and ready for use. The whole idea of this fishing thing is that you’re going to use it, right? Be conscious of where the net is at all times.

2) Stay Out Of The Way

Fishing Net

If you are fishing with a partner, make sure to give them enough room to fight the fish. All too often, people get excited and want to get up on the front deck or near the angler that is hooked up to see the fish only to get in the angler’s way in some fashion, causing them to lose the fish. Wait until your partner says they are ready for the net before getting too excited and entering their personal bubble.

3) Don’t Rush The Net

Fishing Net

Probably one of the worst things a net man can do is to try and rush the landing. Do not chase the fish around with the net. Let the rod and reel do the work until the fish isn’t quite as energized and is ready to be landed. Rushing this process can cause the fish to take unnecessary runs towards deep water, causing a more drawn out landing process and putting additional stress on the fish. It also gives the fish more opportunity to spit the hook.

4) Don’t Stab The Fish

Fishing Net

Don’t stab at the fish with the net either. When net men get antsy, they tend to lunge forward directly at the fish with the net instead of using a scooping motion underneath the fish. This is terrible practice. Not only could you injure the fish by accidentally hitting it with the frame of the net, but you could potentially knock the hook out of its mouth or cause the fish to run for deeper water.

5) Scoop It Up

Fishing Net

Use a scooping motion that goes down and below the fish and then bring the net upwards towards the surface. If the fish runs for deep water, they will swim directly into the net. If they decide to jump, your net is already directly below their bodies, so you have a better shot at catching them mid-air.

6) Be a Sporting Angler

Fishing Net

Once in the net, make sure he doesn’t spend all day in there if you do not intend on harvesting the fish. Get the fish out, take your pictures, and release him back to the depths. Too much time in the net can cause the fish to become overstressed and thus reduce their chance of a healthy existence after the fight. Furthermore, some nets can cause damage to the fish’s slime coating so be conscious of this when landing fish and when buying your next net.

5 Popular Ways to Protect Travel Fishing Rods

Learn how to pack and protect your travel fishing rods while taking trips to the world’s wildest destinations and fisheries.

A Review of Rod Sleeves, Socks, Tubes, and Cases

From filling up the truck to flying with your favorite fishing rods, this blog aims to cover the different methods of protection that ensure your travel rod makes the trip intact.

***Keep in mind, you should always consult the rules and regulations of your airline prior to bringing any fishing rod or equipment along for the trip.***

Whether you’re a traveling angler or a fisherman looking to getaway, use the following advice to choose the best protection plan to bring your fishing rods along with you.

1. MHX Spinning and Casting Rod Sleeves

Storage made stylish, the MHX Spinning Rod Sleeve and MHX Casting Rod Sleeve protect your rods from damage and look darn good doing it. Each sleeve is designed to protect the blank, the line guides, and the tip of the rod during storage and transportation.

Not only can you easily store and shield your MHX rods, these sleeves are also engineered with a unique material that will neither mold nor mildew. Plus, the rubberized coating on the bell end is virtually impervious to hook penetration and greatly reduces tangles during transport.

Available in lengths for 6’6″ to 7’6″ rods, the MHX rod sleeves fit a wide range of fishing rods and come in two cool color combinations, black and gold or black and green.

Pick up your MHX Rod Sleeves right here!

2. Clear Creek Cloth Rod Sock

Designed for simplicity, organization, and value, the Clear Creek Rod Sock is a popular protection method for traveling with fly rods or even spinning and casting rods.

Starting with the material, each clear creek rod sock is made of an ultra-soft microfiber suede that keeps nicks and scratches away from your travel rods. Plus, with multiple compartments perfect for securing rods from 1-piece all the way to 4-pieces, these rod socks can hold just about any travel rod you own.

Each sock also features a flap and tie closure for added protection that can be used on its own or within a rod tube, but we’ll cover more of the rod tube method in number 5 below.

Check out the Clear Creek Cloth Rod Socks now!

*Since there are so many options to fit individual customer’s needs, these rod socks are special delivery items, so please allow for extra time on shipping.*

3. St. Croix Cloth Rod Sacks

The St. Croix Cloth Rod Sack combines a super soft cloth and separate sewn in compartments for a design that makes rods easier to pack up and more importantly, protects rods from damage.

This particular rod sack is made to fit most freshwater rods as well as many saltwater rods, excluding some surf rods.

The St. Croix rod sacks provide an extra layer of protection whether you’re traveling or storing your fishing rods.

See the St. Croix Cloth Rod Sacks for yourself.

4. Travel Fishing Rod Cases and Rod Tubes

As many anglers know, there is a bit of a difference between packing up your gear for a quick outing on the local lake, and preparing your gear to travel thousands of miles to reach your fishing destination.

So the question becomes, what works better in each circumstance, a rod case or a rod tube?

The St. Croix Traveler Rod Case

The St. Croix Traveler Rod Cases feature a durable 1000 denier nylon-covered P.V.C. with foam padded ends for rod tip protection and reinforced support for the handle.

The Traveler Rod Case also features divided nylon liners to separate and protect each section of your travel rod without having to add a rod sack.

There are two options for rod cases, either the Traveler Rod Case that fits the rod alone, or the Traveler Rod and Reel Case that includes a strategically designed pocket for the reel. The rod and reel case allows you to leave the reel in place on the rod and keep everything together in the same place.

The Clear Creek Rod Tube

Compact and durable, the Clear Creek Rod Tubes are perfect for protecting your individual rods whether you’re traveling locally or across the globe.

These rod tubes include divided interior liners that prevent scratching during transportation and reinforced seams that handle any rough-and-tough action along the way. With a crush-proof core, extra padding, and scuff resistant cap, each rod tube shields your travel rod while the rugged 1000 denier nylon water-repellent outer material keeps it nice and dry.

One key difference that makes the rod tube slightly better for flights and extensive traveling is that the tube’s flip top includes lockable zipper pulls. So while rod tubes and rod cases both work to protect travel rods from damage, rod tubes go above and beyond to keep rods safely concealed.

Clear Creek Rod Tubes are available in three colors; green, navy, and burgundy, as well as multiple size variations to ensure the best fit for your travel rod.

5. Combine Travel Rod Socks with Rod Tubes

If your fishing trip is taking you the extra mile, take the same precautions with your travel fishing rods.

In this case, the extra mile means beginning with a cloth rod sock, and then sliding your travel rod and the sock together into the rod tube.

Sure this may seem extra, but when it comes to protecting the rods you love, is there such a thing as too far?

This extra layer of protection is well worth it for extensive traveling or for trips where you don’t see who’s handling your gear or more importantly, how they’re handling it to begin with.

You can find all the rod storage and protection products above exclusively at Mud Hole!

Build Your Own Destination Travel Fishing Rod

With MHX Travel Rod Kits, you can build the same high-performance quality expected from MHX, but in the multi-piece construction that makes traveling much more convenient.

After all, what good is a travel rod, if the travel rod ain’t any good in the first place?

Learn more about building travel rods in our blog: Top 3 Destination Travel Rods

The MHX Travel Series allows you to build a packable travel rod without sacrificing its superior performance once you reach the water.