Bagwell’s Bass Tactics.. How Do I Get Sponsors?

  If I charged a fee every time I answered the question “how do I get sponsors?” I would probably have enough money to hang out with Bill Gates and his rich buddies. Like a lot of things related to fishing, this question has no clear cut, single sentence answer. When you start wanting to get paid by a company to go fishing, the sport takes on a whole new view.

From an angler’s perspective, sponsors are there to help with the never-ending expenses associated with competitive fishing. Whether it is in the form of free product, discounts on boats and other items or the ever-popular monthly stipend, sponsorship contracts will help reduce stress, sort of. Companies however, look at sponsorships from a whole different angle. Their main objectives are to increase brand recognition and generate additional revenue...Read here

Wiley X Eyewear, JT Bagwell and Bagwell’s Bass Tactics Unite for 2013

31/05/2013:  California based eyewear manufacture Wiley X ( has joined forces with Illinois Bass Angler and Outdoor Writer Jeremiah (JT) Bagwell and his Bagwell’s Bass Tactics column and articles.

Wiley X Eyewear will be the exclusive eyewear provider for JT Bagwell. Bagwell will be doing product reviews and other promotional activities for Wiley X Eyewear.

Wiley X ( is a top eyewear manufacture that has been in the industry for over 25 years. They produce eyewear for the military, government agencies and civilians. Their polarized sunglasses are extremely ...Read here

Bagwell’s Bass Tactics.. Pay Attention and Catch More Bass

  There have been so many times when I was out on the water and the fishing was horrible. I am talking not getting anything that even resembled a bite. Then all of the sudden I noticed something that ended up being the key to catching fish. Sometimes what you think should work, based on every fishing article you have ever read, just does not seem to be what the Bass are interested in. It is in times like this, that noticing one very important detail can make all of the difference.

Slight Temperature Variations Early one Spring I was out on a lake I grew up on. The water temperature was still in the upper 30’s. After hitting all of the textbook areas where the fish were supposed to be, given the conditions, I still hadn’t had a bite...Read here

Siebert Outdoors, JT Bagwell and Bagwell’s Bass Tactics form partnership

25/04/2013:   Missouri based custom bait maker Siebert Outdoors will be the exclusive Jig supplier for well known Bass Angler JT Bagwell and his Bagwell’s Bass Tactics brand.

Siebert Outdoors makes high quality, custom lures and is a perfect match for Jig fishing expert JT Bagwell. Siebert Outdoor’s Jigs offer phenomenal paint jobs, high grade hooks and a fantastic color selection.

Siebert Outdoors will also produce a series of Jig colors designed by JT Bagwell.

JT Bagwell has had a lot of success in Bass Tournament fishing by winning multiple tournaments, several Big Bass Awards...Read here

Throw a drop shot in their beds.

22/04/2013:   Your heart is beating so forcefully you can feel it in your throat. The adrenaline is pumping so hard that it gives you a tingling sensation through your entire body. Sweat is starting to trickle down your face. You can see the giant Bass guarding it’s bed, but can you get it to bite?

Sight fishing during the spawn can make your emotions work overtime. Just being able to see that big spawning beauty is enough to drive any sane person crazy. When nothing else seems to work, drop into bed with them.

Drop shot fishing is not a typical site fishing technique but, being typical doesn’t make you a champion. In order to rise...Read here

Rojas vs. Jones, who owns the water?

25/03/2013:   While spending a relaxing day on the couch watching all of the fishing shows I had in my DVR, I came across the Bassmaster Elite event on the Sabine River in Orange, TX.

The show and the tournament itself were pretty uneventful until they showed a little clip of Dean Rojas throwing a temper tantrum on the water because Alton Jones was fishing in his area. He claimed that Jones had not been in there the day before and proceeded to call Alton “Garbage” and said he “Wasn’t a Professional.” Of course he didn’t say it loud enough that Jones, who was twenty feet away, could actually hear it.

Both camera crews on the water that day and the marshals in the boats, all said Alton Jones did nothing wrong. Jones’ Marshal that was in his boat with him Thursday seemed to dispute Rojas’ claim based on a text he sent, that Jones later posted on his Twitter account. It was basically telling Alton to hold his head high because he, Jones, and the Man Above knew where he had fished. Jones also made another Twitter message of his own saying “I don’t even know why Rojas was mad. We’d been fishing that same bayou together...Read here

Use the internet to catch more Bass

11/03/2013   If you are reading this column, you obviously have some form of access to the internet. Whether it is on your PC, Tablet, Smartphone or Laptop, you have a ridiculous amount of Bass fishing information available at the tips of your fingers.

The first step in your online education should be to do a search for quality Bass fishing related websites. From there, see if the sites have a newsletter you can subscribe to. Read as much as you can about different tactics and techniques.

Do not be concerned that you see five, ten or even twenty different variations of doing the same technique. There is not one single correct way to do anything. Just as there are a dozen ways to fish a Senko, there is another dozen ways to fish a crankbait, a worm...Read here

E-Nation - Dive In the Deep End!

28/08/2012:   I have often wondered how some individuals become so good at their chosen sport or profession, to the point where they seem superhuman! The obvious answer is that they practice or study from an early age, applying every moment possible to perfect and practice their wares to the point where it becomes automatic in their subconsciousness. Most probably, it happens if you have” heaps” of time on your hands or had someone mentoring you from an early age.

However, if like me you don’t have that much time on your hands, I suggest you subscribe to another method in mastering the steep learning curve in a short time frame. What is it, I hear you asking me? ...Read here

E-Nation - The Psyche of the Angler

16/07/2012:   When I refer to the psyche of an angler, I am talking about the spirit, the soul or mind, and the subsequent action or reaction that occurs in any physical or social environment. So when we take an early morning start, with dawn just breaking, the water is only ever so lightly touched by wind. The colours of the surrounding water, sky, and landforms are silhouetted against the vivid, intensely coloured and changing hues of orange, green, brown, and grey.

With a tournament looming, it was time to give the boat, electronics, and batteries a check to make sure everything was in working order. The last time the boat hit the water must have been a whisper ...Read here

E-Nation - Why worry? It's an E-TEC!

29/06/2012:   Basic boat maintenance is usually something that I put off not because I find it mundane, it's just one of the jobs that gets put further down the list of priorities -- even lower than a lazy Sunday on the lounge watching motorsports and drinking beer.

With a tournament looming, it was time to give the boat, electronics, and batteries a check to make sure everything was in working order. The last time the boat hit the water must have been a whisper ...Read here

E-Nation - Adventure Fishing!

16/04/2012:   When you hear the term “Adventure Fishing”, several random thoughts come to mind almost immediately. Some imagine exotic destinations in faraway places or untouched waters teaming with a variety of huge, rare fish, while others want to take a single engine plane to a remote beach. Everyone has a different vision, and I found mine at the Hawkesbury/Nepean River.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been on a few of these more lavish trips (after scraping and saving every penny possible and gaining approval from the Minister of Finance) to the Northern Territory, here in Australia. Whilst most anglers consider these to be trips of life time, and indeed they are, my real “adventure” was a little less exotic.

My very first trip to catch Australian Bass, on a small tributary of the Hawkesbury/ Nepean River, was incredibly memorable...Read here