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How Does Fishing Relieve Stress?


It’s obvious that fishing can help get you away from the daily stresses of life considering it takes a good amount of concentration and time to catch a fish.  You need to be focused and patient, which will take your mind off the nonsense going on in your life.

It Breaks the Routine

Daily life consists of working, saving money, paying bills, running errands, and looking forward to the weekend.  It can progressively take a toll on your mental and physical health. Fishing on the weekends or on a day off can break that routine and reset your mind. 

Here are some reasons why it will help the stressful life:

  • You’re with nature
  • It can be a bonding moment (friends, family)
  • Gets you away from the digital world
  • It takes focus & concentration
  • Calls for a great sleep afterwards
  • It teaches patience
  • Sense of determination followed by accomplishment

No one going out fishing should expect to be only fishing for an hour.  If you enjoy fishing or want to take it up as a hobby to get away from the world, expect it to take some extra effort out of you.

Being Near Water

Getting out on the water away from the shore is our mind tricking us that we are escaping from the material world of our stresses.  This is a good thing.  Even just being close to the water will release your mind of anxiety. It’s no wonder why we vacation to sandy beaches and warm weather. It can maybe take your whole day up, so it’s best to have cleared your schedule. But, even just a few hours can help reset your mind to think clearer and ease stress.

For all your fishing jig needs, contact Slater’s Jigs at 800-748-8711!

The Benefits of Soft Plastic Baits


If you want to make your next fishing trip a successful one, it’s important for you to choose the right jigs and baits to bring along.  Of course, this is often easier said than done. Even if you have a ton of success with one particular type of jig during a trip, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful with it when you use it the next time.

Soft plastic baits have become one of the most popular choices among anglers. There are many benefits that come along with using soft plastic baits over other jigs and baits in certain situations. Take a look at a few of those benefits below.

They come in almost every color imaginable.

One of the first things that you’ll notice when you start using soft plastic baits is that they come in a million and one different colors. Many even feature a few colors. This will really come in handy if you’re fishing in dirty or murky waters. You’ll be able to keep a closer eye on your bait while fishing. The baits will also be more attractive to fish when you get them into the water.

They’re available in many shapes and sizes.

Whether you want small soft plastic baits or soft plastic baits that are on the larger size, you won’t have any problem finding them. You can also find soft plastic baits in many different shapes. They’ll maintain their shape over time and will prove to be plenty durable, no matter how much you use them.

Their softness encourages fish to hang onto them for longer.

Soft plastic baits look and feel a lot more realistic than some other types of baits. As a result, most fishermen will tell you that fish will hang onto them for longer periods of time. This will increase your chances of bringing fish on board when you rely on soft plastic baits.

Slater’s Jigs can provide you with a couple different kinds of soft plastic baits, including WhatZit Jigs and Teaser Tail Tube Jigs. Call us at 800-748-8711 today to order some before your next fishing adventure

An Overview of Crappie Fishing


Crappie fishing has become very popular over the years. That’s due in large part to the fact that you don’t necessarily need to be the most skilled or experienced angler to pull in crappie. Unlike fishing for bass or carp that can frustrate you to no end, crappie aren’t overly aggressive and won’t put up the same kind of fight that some other species of fish will. It allows more fishermen to get in on the action and have success.

A Crappie Fishing Tradition for Many

Crappie fishing has also turned into a tradition for many people across the country because of how readily accessible it is. There are thousands of waterways filled with crappie just waiting to be caught. You do need to be a little bit gentle when fishing for crappie since it’s not uncommon for fishermen to accidentally rip hooks right through their mouths while reeling them in. It’s why some refer to crappie by the nickname “papermouth.” But full-grown crappie can get to be as big as 10 inches long, which means they’re not the smallest fish you’ll find in your local waterway.

The Best Times for Crappie Fishing

Most fishermen prefer to fish for crappie in the spring and fall. Nevertheless, in many parts of the U.S., you can fish for them year-round. When you do it, it’s a good idea to use a light line as opposed to a line that’s on the bulky side. You should also carefully consider which jigs you use when you’re chasing crappie. You don’t need the fanciest fishing gear in the world to reel crappie in, but the right jig will make the process slightly easier and allow you to enjoy fishing for crappie more.

Make Sure You Have the Right Crappie Fishing Jigs!

Are you preparing to fish for crappie soon? Slater’s Jigs has crappie fishing jigs, rods, reels, and more. Call us at 800-748-8711 today to take advantage of our large inventory of crappie fishing supplies.

How Selecting the Right Jig Can Help You Catch Bass


Do you want to start bringing in more bass during your fishing outings? The key to success might be to select the right jigs for the job. Believe it or not, simply switching up the jigs you’re using now could yield much better results and make your fishing trips a lot more fun. Here are a few of the ways in which selecting the right jig can help you catch bass.

Test out different-colored jigs.

There are a lot of fishermen who stick with the classic colors when they’re using jigs. They tend to use black and blue jigs and don’t venture very far off that path. But the truth is that you can increase the number of bass that you’re able to bring in by going with something a little brighter. Test out some of the different-colored jigs that are available to you to see what kinds of results you get with them.

Watch how much action jig trailers provide.

Many fishermen consider trailers to be the backbones of jigs. They’ll tell you that it’s important for you to pick jigs with the right trailers based on the situation. For example, it’s usually a good idea to go with jig trailers that don’t offer much action when the water you’re fishing in is on the colder side. Bass seem to flock towards these types of jigs in cooler conditions. But it’s usually a good idea to take the opposite approach when water is on the warmer side and use jig trailers that offer more action. That could increase your chances of bringing in more bass.

Keep a close eye on jigs in the water.

One of the only downsides of using jigs is that there are inevitably going to be times when bass bite on them without you feeling it. Because of this, it’s essential for you to keep a very close eye on jigs when they’re in the water, especially when you first cast them out. Otherwise, you could catch a bass almost right away and not realize it until it’s too late. By keeping your eyes peeled, you’ll be able to see a bass attack your jig so that you can get to work on reeling it in.

Jigs are something that every fisherman needs to have in their tackle box. Stock yours with jigs from Slater’s Jigs. Call us at 800-748-8711 today to order any of the jigs you see on our site.


Easy Snack Ideas for Your Next Fishing Trip


Homemade Trail Mix SnackWe all know the feeling: you’ve been out on the water for hours, with the warm sun or cold wind beating down on you and plenty of fish to catch, but you’re starting to get hungry! A fishing trip, especially for beginners, can be a tough thing to pack for at first.

Thankfully, there are plenty of snacks that you can bring along on a fishing trip that are hassle-free and delicious.

Here are a few snack ideas to keep in mind:

Simple Sandwiches

This should be an obvious one. Making a cold cut sandwich or a PB&J is the easiest thing to bring along in a plastic Ziploc bag. You can keep it simple, with turkey and cheese; make it more protein-packed, with peanut or almond butter; or go gourmet with some more toppings. Just make sure whatever you’re packing can withstand the test of time and bring a small cooler along if necessary. Don't be afraid to pack several sandwhiches because when you're out on the water, you can get hungry at any point. 

Chips and Pretzels

We love these snacks because you can easily take them anywhere and they come in a secure, sealed bag of their own. (Or get smaller, individual bags if you’re going out with the family!) Chips and pretzels are a perfect snack for being out on the water because they are filling and pack a lot of long-lasting flavor. A crunchy snack is a must but be prepared to share! 

Trail Mix and Granola Bars

Think of a fishing expedition like a hike—what would you bring out on a long walk to sustain your energy and keep you full? Probably something along the lines of trail mix, granola bars, or other protein snacks that are specifically designed to satisfy your hunger. You can even get creative and make your own trail mix to fit your taste.

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and use your next fishing trip as an opportunity to experiment with different snacks and meals.

Remember to visit Slater’s Jigs before heading out on your next trip. We are proud to be your one stop crappie fishing shop with world famous fishing poles, reels, and jigs.

Safety Tips for Winter Fishing


Man Ice Fishing in WinterMany people consider the winter to be the off-season for fishing. And while, yes, less people fish in the winter, that doesn’t mean it’s not an opportune time to hit the open water.

If you are considering fishing this winter, consider these safety tips to ensure that you avoid potential danger.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Dress Appropriately

This one is a no-brainer. If you’re going out to fish in the winter, you must keep in mind that you’ll likely be out there for hours in cold temperatures. That means that your clothing better match the occasion. Make sure you dress in layers and stay dry. The minute you let the cold in, it won’t get out which could make or break your fishing experience.

Bring Someone with You

While we understand that fishing is often enjoyed in solitude, fishing in the winter is a different story. You face different threats of cold and ice in those winter months, and so having a companion is often recommended for anyone going out regardless of experience. That way, in case anything happens, you’ll be better prepared.

Have a Life Jacket on Hand

This one is very important. A life jacket should be essential if you’re planning to fish in the winter, due to any accidents or emergencies. Even if you don’t think you could ever possibly fall into the ice-cold water, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus, it’ll keep you a little warmer too!

Don’t Push Yourself

And finally, a word of advice: know your limit. If you’re experiencing pain from the cold, or it’s getting dark out, pack up your things for the day. You don’t want to overextend yourself and enter a situation you might regret later.

If you’re planning on doing some fishing this winter, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind and enjoy yourself. Don’t forget, Slater’s Jigs is your one stop crappie fishing shop.

Impress Your Guests With This Sautéed Crappie Recipe


One of our favorite things about crappie is that it can be prepared in a number of different ways with great results. Although deep frying is probably the most common way to cook crappie, it can also be sautéed in a frying pan to create a healthy, mouth-watering meal. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this great recipe for sautéed crappie with butter sauce courtesy of the folks over at the Sporting Chef.

Start by gathering your ingredients (this recipe makes 4 servings).

  • 8 3-ounce crappie fillets, skin removed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons butter, chilled
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 lemon for fresh juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves

First, combine the flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Mix well, and then dust the fish with this flour mixture. Next, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add your fish to the skillet and brown on one side for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then, flip the fish and cook for another 2 minutes.

At this point, you can remove the fish and set it aside in your oven to keep it warm. Add the wine and lemon juice to the skillet, and stir to loosen any remaining fish bits in the pan. Reduce until there are just a few tablespoons of liquid left in the pan, and then add your basil and the rest of your chilled butter. Stir until the butter is melted, and remove from heat.

Finally, drizzle the butter sauce over your crappie fillets and serve! The Sporting Chef also suggests serving the fish with a side of avocado and tomato slices to round out the culinary experience. It’s a great-tasting meal that’s deceptively easy to make. Experiment with your own variations and let us know what you think!

Kentucky Man Pulls 50 Pound Catfish out of Floodwater


This week, a powerful storm system is sweeping across the country, bringing heavy rains, tornadoes and flooding to a number of states in the South and Midwest. While many residents in these areas are evacuating their homes and trying to save their belongings from water damage, at least one man in Kentucky is making the most of the foul weather.

In Bullitt County, Kentucky, constable Robert Watkins decided to throw on a pair of waders and do some fishing in his front yard. He and a friend rigged up a few limb lines in a nearby tree, checking in periodically for signs of activity. Soon enough, Watkins got what he was looking for—a monster catfish roaming the river’s floodwater.

Watkins estimates the catfish weighed about 55 or 60 pounds, but he didn’t get an exact measurement because the fish maxed out his 50-pound scale. Watkins released the catfish back into the water after it was caught, but not before his friend managed to get a few photos of him wrangling the enormous fish.

Perhaps the most remarkable part of the story is the fact that this catfish isn’t even the biggest one Watkins has pulled out of the Salt River in the past. Whenever the river rises, he and his friend typically find huge specimens such as this one. The largest catfish he ever caught reportedly weighed a whopping 95 pounds, but we don’t have the photographic evidence to back up this impressive fish tale.

Stay tuned for more updates from your source for jigs, reels and more—Slater’s Jig Shop.

How to Choose a New Pair of Fishing Waders


How to Choose a New Pair of Fishing WadersAre you looking for the perfect pair of waders to add to your fishing arsenal? There are a few different types of waders that will be available to you, and it’s important to choose the right ones for your unique needs. Today we’ll take a moment to compare the most common types of fishing waders, and discuss the advantages of each one.

Hip waders

If you are a casual fisherman looking for an economical pair of waders, hip waders are probably your best option. This type of wader is ideal for use in shallow streams and other small bodies of water that aren’t very deep. They will provide you with coverage up to your hips, and while they won’t offer much in terms of warmth, they will do just enough to keep you dry while fishing.

Waist high waders

If you tend to spend a lot of time fishing in streams rather than casting from the shore, a pair of waist high waders might be a better option for you than hip waders. These waders offer some valuable additional coverage, but they’re not as cumbersome as chest high waders. They will also keep you cooler in warm weather since they only cover the lower half of your body.

Chest high waders

If you fish in rivers and other larger bodies of water and want as much coverage as you can possibly get, chest high waders are going to be the best option for you. These waders are also great options for late-season anglers who continue fishing in cold weather as well. Chest high waders tend to be a little more expensive than other waders that offer less coverage, but the investment can be well worth it.

For more helpful fishing gear suggestions, check out our earlier blog entry on tools to keep in your tackle box!

Don’t Make These Cold Weather Crappie Fishing Mistakes


Some anglers may have already put their poles away for the winter, but if you really love crappie fishing, a little cold weather isn’t going to stop you. If you’re planning on doing some cold-weather crappie fishing this season, you should avoid making a few common mistakes to maximize your chances of success.

Don't Expect Quick Results

Once it starts to get cold outside, crappie metabolism slows down considerably. As a result, the fish make an effort to expend less energy. This means that you’re probably not going to catch crappie quickly in cold weather. This time of year, crappie fishing requires a little more patience than it does in the summer. If you have this in mind when going out, you're fishing trip won't be as anxious. 

Use Smaller Bait

You might think you’re doing crappie a favor by offering them large bait, but because they eat less during the winter, you’ll probably have better luck with small bait. Keep this in mind when choosing bait, and consider using either a 1/32-ounce jig or smaller-sized minnows.

If you're having trouble finding the right jigs, Slater's Jigs has all the crappie fishing accessories you need to get out during the cold weather seasons. 

Casting Your Line in Deep Water

In the wintertime, crappie will often convene in deeper waters to hide out. When they’re ready to eat, however, they’ll typically head for shallow water in the middle of the day. If you’re having trouble catching fish in the morning, try fishing in shallow waters when the water warms up in the afternoon.

Need a few new lures for your next fishing expedition? You can find everything you need right here at Slater’s Jigs. Browse our inventory online or give us a call to learn more! 


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