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Season: 2017

Episode 1101 - Currents & Vegetation

Ott Defoe is fishing currents near a nuclear power-plant, on Fishing in Five. Ish Monroe finds Florida's vegetation holding large Florida strain bass. Mark Zona lets us in on how to pick reel speeds and ratios, In the Zone.

Episode 1102 - Spawn Plastics & Tricked-Out Crankbaits

On Fishing in Five, Chris Lane on his favorite ways to catch spawning bass. Rick Clunn customizes his crankbait lures in a way that makes them act like jerkbaits-In-Depth. Mark Zona describes the importance of boat control, In the Zone.

Episode 1103 - Submerged Grass & Favorite Spawn Baits

On Fishing in Five, Tim Horton shows where invisible grass lines hold bass on invisible grassy edges. Davy Hite has three baits for fishing during the spawn, In Depth. Mark Zona describes when to use braided line, In the Zone.

Episode 1104 - One Lure, Two Tactics & Approaching Currents

Randy Howell uses one lure for two different tactics, in Fishing in Five. Ott Defoe Ott is near the Canadian border on the Niagara River finding topwater targets in the middle of the day, on In Depth. Then, In the Zone with Mark Zona.

Episode 1105 - California Topwater & Community Holes

Ish Monroe shows why Central California's Clear Lake is primed for topwater largemouth, on Fishing in Five. Tim Horton finds that highly pressured fish in community holes can still be caught, In Depth. Then, Mark Zona is In the Zone with Jig Types.

Episode 1106 - Basic Worm Rig & Fall Bass

On Fishing in Five, Ott DeFoe explains how the use of the basic worm rig is still one of the most effective bass lures. Kevin VanDam teaches how he finds bass in the fall by narrowing and refining his search, In Depth. Mark Zona goes In the Zone: Speeding Up Crankbaits.

Episode 1107 - Two Kinds of Topwater Lures & Prespawn Chatterbaits

Edwin Evers shows two types of topwater lure and why he uses them, on Fishing in Five. Ish Monroe goes In Depth on chatterbaits and jigs. And Mark Zone takes us, In the Zone.

Episode 1108 - Maribou Jigs & Schooling Bass

Fishin in Five has Ott DeFoe using maribou jigs for exciting smallmouth bass action. Kevin VanDam has a two pronged approach for schooling bass, In Depth. In the Zone features Mark Zona.

Episode 1109 - Slow Rolling & Over-Harvest to Catch and Release

On Fishing in Five, Kevin VanDam is out of the woods and into the timber while he slow-rolls a spinnerbait. Chris Lane has spawning fish that are being over harvested by those not practicing catch & release. Mark Zona goes In the Zone.

Episode 1110 - Offshore Structure & Mid-Depth Crankbaits

Davy Hite develops a methodical approach for finding offshore structure, on Fishing in Five. Randy Howell breaks out the mid-depth crankbaits and shows all about this forgotten technique. Mark Zona goes In the Zone

Episode 1111 - Coming or Going & Giant Swimbaits

On Fishing in Five, Rick Clunn explains how to tell if the fish are coming or going toward area which are used for spawning beds. Edwin Evers goes In Depth on his use of giant swimbaits; belly hooked or top hooked. In the Zone with Mark Zona.

Episode 1112 - Basic Worm Rig & Fall Bass

On Fishing in Five, Ott DeFoe explains how the use of the basic worm rig is still one of the most effective bass lures.  Kevin VanDam teaches how he finds bass in the fall by narrowing and refining his search, In Depth. Mark Zona, In the Zone.

Season: 2016

Episode 1001 - Finesse, Crankbaits, Rod Selection

Stacey King teaches us about wintertime finesse bites. In Depth: Kevin Van Dam shows us how to use crankbaits like depth finders, working deep then shallow to understand submerged structure. Tim Horton shows us which rods work best with each bass fishing technique.

Episode 1002 - Lipless Crainkbaits, Big Lures, Line Twist

Ott DeFoe shows us when to use lipless crankbaits. Tim Horton reveals what is trending all over the country - Big Lures. Edwin Evers teaches us how to remove line twist out of spincast rods & reels.

Episode 1003 - Davy's Favs, Tight Lining, PFDs

Davy Hite reveals his 3 Favorite soft plastic lures. Ott DeFoe teaches his finesse technique he calls "tight lining", the most finesse technique possible. Ish Monroe shows why a self-inflating PFD is a a great safety addition to your boat.

Episode 1004 - Dep Grass, CA Delta, Skipping lures

Edwin Evers fishes deep, submerged grass-lines with a drop-shot rig. Ish Monroe takes us to the California Delta for big bass, flipping & topwater. Randy Howell gives you detailed instructions on how to skip lures up under the far reaches of boat docks.

Episode 1005 - Jerkbaits, Trout Lakes, Hook Selection

Kevin VanDam shows us stained, shallow water in Florida is not the typical place to throw a jerkbait but KVD knows that bass everywhere will hammer jerkbaits under the right circumstances. Rick Clunn How to fish lakes stocked with trout and bass. Chris Lane teaches us which hooks to use with various soft-plastic lures.

Episode 1006 - Senko, Edwin's Favs, Crankbaits

Randy Howell 3 Keys to fishing a Senko plastic worm. Edwin Evers reveals his favorite 3 lures just before the spawn. Kevin VanDam reveals there is a time and place for noisy crankbaits and also a time and place for silent one. Learn the best conditions for both.

Episode 1007 - Chris Lane, Fall Shallows, small crankbaits

Chris Lane shows us how he uses stick baits in Alabama. Edwin Evers shows us fish after fish in shallow water fishing in the Fall. KVD has learned the best way to coax finicky bass into biting is to offer an irresistible bite size morsel, a small soft plastic jerkbait is what does the trick.

Episode 1008 - Chatterbait, Frogs, Jerkbaits

Kevin VanDam shows how tuning a chatterbait will make it more productive. Chris Lane shows us the soft-plastic frogs he uses for big bass. Rick Clunn Shows us why there is a difference between floating and sinking jerk baits.

Episode 1009 - Chris's Favs, Crankbait Depths, Lure Shapes

Chris Lane reveals his top five all-time favorite lures. Davy Hite shows us three different crankbaits for three different depths of water. Ott DeFoe shows us why soft plastic need to be shaped differently during different seasons of the year.

Episode 1010 - Topwater, Blue-Back Herring, Dams

Davy Hite shows us how he uses 3 topwater lures differently. How the introduction of Blue Backed Herring have changed bass lakes throughout the country. Rick Clunn How to fish below dams and creeks with heavy current.

Episode 1011 - Docks, Deep Lipless lures, Rod and reel combos

Rick Clunn teaches how he approaches docks from different angles to maximize his fish strikes. KVD shows us an unusual way to fish a lipless crankbait and fishes deeper water and offshore structure in the relatively shallow lakes. Davy hite shows us which rod & reel combos are good for beginners and new tournament anglers.

Season: 2015

Episode 901: Top Five, Jig Heads & Boat Ramps

Host Tim Horton; Longtime pro bass angler Stacey King breaks down his all-time top five lures and teaches how to use each one – in Fishing in Five. Then, Tim Horton brings a brand new lure technique to the table, a jig head paired with a 10 inch worm, BIG FISH action you can’t miss. And in Bass School 101, learn how Ott DeFoe cashes in on often overlooked bass habitat – boat ramps.

Episode 902: Zone, Vibration & Windy Conditions

Host Kevin VanDam; Some water holds fish that won’t bite one particular lure. Ott DeFoe shows us how to switch between three different lures, in the same zone of water, to make bass BITE! Then, Brian Snowden goes In-Depth to teach us how he uses a bass’s senses against itself with lures that create a lot of vibration to drive bass wild. And, Tim Horton hands out some important information to know when you are fishing in windy conditions – that’s in Bass School 101.

Episode 903: Maps, Spawning Fish & Smallmouth Lures

Host Tim Horton; Give Stacey King just five minutes and he’ll show you how important paper maps are as a time-tested bass catching resource – in Fishing in Five. Then, Ott Defoe fishes during the spawn. He takes advantage of a bass’s aggressive nature with swim baits, then pulls a “switcharoo” to catch ‘em with a finesse lure. You gotta see how he pulls this off! – In Depth. And, Brian Snowden takes us up to New York and shows us his three favorite lures for catching big smallmouth – in Bass School 101.

Episode 904: Muddy Conditions, Boat Docks & Casting

Host Kevin VanDam; Muddy conditions can be favorable for catching bass, but when it comes to knowing how and what to use to catch fish, that can’t see a lure, makes Rick Clunn an expert-that’s Fishing in Five. Then, Edwin Evers takes us In Depth on boat docks and teaches us why these structures sometimes hold bass in just inches of water. And, sometimes it’s not just what lure you fish or where you fish it, it is how you present the bait to the fish on your cast. Ott DeFoe teaches us about casting accuracy – in Bass School 101.

Episode 905: Winter/Spring, Fluke Rig & Boat Features

Host Tim Horton; Finding fish after a long cold winter can be tough. They are moving closer and closer to where they will spawn. Rick Clunn teaches us about where these fish can be found during this “in-between” time – on Fishing in Five. Then, why fish one fluke when you can fish TWO? Edwin Evers breaks down his twin fluke rig as we go – In Depth. And, you may own a boat, but is equipped with all the right features? Tim Horton shows us what he adds to his bass boat to make it a tournament winning machine – in Bass School 101.

Episode 906: Flippin Grass, Shallow Top Water & Dog Walk

Host Edwin Evers; Tim Horton heads north to show us how effective flipping the grass can be from Florida to New York. Learn all about it – in Fishing in Five. Then, seven-time angler of the year Kevin VanDam shows us his shallow top water patterns that work when bass are following schools of shad – on In Depth. And, perfecting the top water technique of “walking the dog”… Edwin Evers teaches us not only how to work the lure, but reveals his special loop knot that makes it work like magic – on Bass School 101.

Episode 907: Worms, Grubs & Trailers

Host Ott DeFoe; Fishing a worm is one of the most simple ways to catch bass. But knowing the difference between the lure hitting against rocks on the bottom and a bass picking up the lure in its mouth can be a little tricky. Stacey King lets us in on all his secrets of feeling the fish – in Fishing in Five. Then, the basic grub has long been successfully fished by anglers young and old alike. But the advancement of using multiple swim jigs & grubs together on one rig has forged a formidable weapon not to be overlooked. Learn why this rig catches BIG fish – on In Depth. And, Kevin VanDam explains why he uses several different trailers on jigs to make them more appealing to bass – on Bass School 101.

Episode 908: Points, Square bills & Young Anglers Pt. 1

Host Tim Horton; Edwin Evers teachs us how important lake shore bank points are when it comes to finding fish. Then, Kevin VanDam breaks out the giant square bill crank baits to find BIG bass schooling up shad as we go In Depth. And, Rick Clunn starts his two part series on getting young anglers started in the sport of bass fishing. If some day you want to “go pro” you can’t miss – Bass School 101.

Episode 909: Small Squares, Grass & Young Anglers Pt. 2

Host Edwin Evers; Shallow stained water can hold more bass than you think. Kevin VanDam fishes the skinniest of waters with small square bill crank baits to reel ‘em in – on Fishing in Five. Then, water that has patches of isolated grass can be just the habitat to hold bass after bass. Brian Snowden shows us why he focuses on these areas with a swim bait as he takes us – In Depth. And, in part 2 of his series getting young anglers involved in the sport of bass fishing, Rick Clunn shows you how to develop your basic skills and not get caught up in technology – on Bass School 101.

Episode 910: Frogs, Stacey King 60 yrs. & Side Scan Sonar

Host Ott DeFoe; At the right time of year frog lures can be a great way to catch bass. Brian Snowden shows us in five minutes where to use a frog and why they are so deadly effective –in Fishing in Five. Then, a lifetime of fishing that has spanned 60 years, Stacey King recalls why his fishing life has been so rewarding, the lessons he has learned and why he loves the sport of bass fishing so much – In Depth. And, with the advancement of sonar technology, side-scan sonar means you do not need to be a submariner to see what is underwater. Kevin VanDam teaches us how to interpret what you see with side-scan technology – on Bass School 101.

Episode 911: Clear Water, Spinner baits & Lake Transitions

Host Edwin Evers; In clear water, natural life-like baits are King! Stacey King shows us his tactics for fishing clear water. Tips that clearly make a difference – on Fishing in Five. Then, slow rolling spinner baits through tree tops is one way Kevin VanDam became seven-time angler of the year. KVD breaks down how he does it – on In Depth. And, finding lake transition areas can be key to finding bass. Edwin Evers takes us to school – in Bass School 101.

Episode 912: Points, Square bills & Young Anglers Pt. 1

Host Tim Horton; Edwin Evers teachs us how important lake shore bank points are when it comes to finding fish. Then, Kevin VanDam breaks out the giant square bill crank baits to find BIG bass schooling up shad as we go In Depth. And, Rick Clunn starts his two part series on getting young anglers started in the sport of bass fishing. If some day you want to “go pro” you can’t miss – Bass School 101.

Episode 913: Small Squares, Grass & Young Anglers Pt. 2

Host Edwin Evers; Shallow stained water can hold more bass than you think. Kevin VanDam fishes the skinniest of waters with small square bill crank baits to reel ‘em in – on Fishing in Five. Then, water that has patches of isolated grass can be just the habitat to hold bass after bass. Brian Snowden shows us why he focuses on these areas with a swim bait as he takes us – In Depth. And, in part 2 of his series getting young anglers involved in the sport of bass fishing, Rick Clunn shows you how to develop your basic skills and not get caught up in technology – on Bass School 101.

Season: 2014

Episode 1

Host – Ott DeFoe
Fishing in Five – Kevin VanDam, blind pitching pegged weights in shallow channels
In Depth – Ott DeFoe, fishing the cold weather months with an umbrella rig
Bass School 101 – Stacey King, organizing fishing line and protection from environmental factors

Episode 2

Host – Kevin VanDam
Fishing in Five – Ott DeFoe, understanding how to effectively navigate and fish on a river system
In Depth – Brian Snowden, fishing the prespawn with baitfish patterns, specialized lure customization
Bass School 101 – Edwin Evers, learn to get the most out of your boat batteries, care and maintenance

Episode 3

Host – Tim Horton
Fishing in Five – Kevin VanDam, fishing shallow with swim baits in post spawn conditions
In Depth – Rick Clunn, choosing the right power baits for any given day
Bass School 101 – Brian Snowden, rigging tube lures in an unconventional way to trigger more strikes

Episode 4

Host – Edwin Evers
Fishing in Five – Edwin Evers, simple & easy finesse rigs using mojo style and sliding weights
In Depth – Kevin VanDam, top water strikes you see, entice bass to strike on the water’s surface
Bass School 101 – Stacey King, learn the importance of prepping spinning reels with braided line

Episode 5

Host – Ott DeFoe
Fishing in Five – Edwin Evers, tournament winning ways of swimming a grub for prespawn action
In Depth – Rick Clunn, details and intricacies of fishing for bass in canals that connect to natural lakes
Bass School 101 – Kevin VanDam, situations & when to use various line types mono, flouro & braid

Episode 6

Host – Tim Horton
Fishing in Five – Rick Clunn, how to establish a pattern without using high tech gadgetry
In Depth – Kevin VanDam, secrets of the seven-time angler of the year, jerk baits with lifelike action
Bass School 101 – Ott DeFoe, teaches how to he approaches a new lake, one he has never fished before

Episode 7

Host – Kevin VanDam
Fishing in Five – Kevin VanDam, teaches a technique that reveals two styles of movement in one cast
In Depth – Edwin Evers, best ways to approach fishing giant mats of lily pads, top water action
Bass School 101 – Tim Horton, learn how to choose the right style of crank bait for various depths

Episode 8

Host – Stacey King
Fishing in Five – Tim Horton, fishing deep in summertime months for large bass with large swim baits
In Depth – Kevin VanDam, establishing seasonal patterns and ripping crank baits on shallow grass
Bass School 101 – Rick Clunn, replacing your standard crank bait hooks with ultra-sharp rock proof hooks

Episode 9

Host – Edwin Evers
Fishing in Five – Rick Clunn, fishing the fall top water season using wake baits that skim the surface
In Depth – Stacey King, using big worms for bigger bass four ways to rig large plastics
Bass School 101 – Kevin VanDam, how to choose the right bait cast reel for different lure types

Episode 10

Host – Stacey King
Fishing in Five – Brian Snowden, proven techniques on suspended bass in hardwood timber
In Depth – Edwin Evers, ways of targeting fish relating to rocks & structure in the fall
Bass School 101 – Kevin VanDam, how to choose the right jerk bait colors for different conditions

Episode 11

Host – Edwin Evers
Fishing in Five – Stacey King, learn how simple tube lures can work best when nothing else will
In Depth – Tim Horton, effectively manage fishing in flooded conditions, current and fish behavior
Bass School 101 – Edwin Evers, learn a quick and easy way to replace a broken guide on your rod

Season: 2013

Dock Patterns, Deep Crankbaits for Prespawn, Incoming Weather

Brian Snowden is going to show us how deadly crankbaits are when it comes to catching prespawn bass. What to use and where to catch ‘em coming up on In-Depth. Then, six-time angler of the year Kevin VanDam looks at an incoming weather pattern that carries the possibility of severe weather. How to avoid danger in Bass School 101. But, first Ott DeFoe brings us the keys to establishing a productive dock-pattern…in today’s Fishin' in Five.

Jerkbaits in Grasses, Soil Types, Clothing for Sun Exposure

Tim Horton is going to tell you why bass choose certain areas of the lake over another as he looks at how bass relate to different soil types, he'll break it all down for you In-Depth. Then, Rick Clunn returns to the program and breaks out his words of wisdom in this week's Bass School 101. But, first 6 time Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam whips out the jerkbaits on fish that are holding tight to cover... it's this week's Fishin' in Five.

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