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Bass Fishing

The Japanese Way: Using Techniques From Across the Pacific on U.S. Summer Bass Lakes

It’s a fine summer Saturday, and all week you’ve been looking forward to...
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20 Secrets To Help You Catch Fish All Summer Long

These 20 fishing secrets will help you catch trout, bass, bluegills, cats, walleyes, and...
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  • April 18, 2014

    3 Killer Frog Rigs for Big Bass

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    By Ben Duchesney


    Photo by Travis Rathbone

    Frog baits can lose their potency over time if you keep throwing that same pattern over and over. Rather than look for the next great frog, I started tweaking my favorite patterns to re-up their hog-fooling capabilities—and I’m not the only one doing this. My frog tweak, plus two from pro anglers Jamie Pistilli and Jonathon VanDam, will turn the heads of the biggest, most pressured bass in the lake. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    How To Learn From Those Rare Days When It Seems Bass Will Hit Anything

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    By Dave Wolak

    In the video below, you’ll see a man catch a big ’ol bass on a hot dog chunk and a Barbie rod. It sort of proves the point that no matter how technical and complex we make bass fishing, there are those scenarios where it seems bass will eat anything that hits the water. During those rare opportunities to catch loads of big bass in short order, the average guy is simply going to try to catch as many as possible until the window closes. But when I’m treated to an all out frenzy of fish, I use it as a learning tool that helps me greatly on those more common slow days.

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  • April 10, 2014

    Gyotaku: The Most Ancient Form of Taxidermy

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    By Tim Romano

    The image you see here is a sockeye salmon "fish rubbing" done by my friend Scott Wells. The process is called Gyotaku, pronounced ghe … yo … tah … koo.

    "Gyotaku is the ancient art of fish rubbings. Fish rubbings are a very accurate way of recording the species and size of a catch, much better than hero shots along with their inevitable ‘hidden elbows,’” Wells said. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    How to Catch Monster Bass on Your Hometown Waters

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    By Will Brantley, Joe Cermele, Mark Modoski, and Ross Robertson


    Photo by Bill Buckley

    There must have been two dozen ponds and strip-mine lakes within a 5-mile radius of my folks' place when I was a kid. Back in those days, my buddies and I guessed weights on a lot of big bass. Our biggest ever was 24 inches long (we always had a tape measure), and we figured she was 9 pounds. I've fished top bass lakes in Texas and Mexico since then and have never caught a bass any larger. It makes me think twice about traveling for bass.

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  • April 7, 2014

    Book Review: '25 Best Most Versatile Flies' by Al Ritt

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    By Kirk Deeter

    For years, I have been advocating that it's better to fish fewer fly patterns in different ways, than it is to feel like you have to buy 1,000 different flies to match every possible scenario you'll encounter on a river, lake or saltwater flat.  

    There's nothing wrong with a deep roster in your fly boxes, and it's satisfying--even comforting--to have a full arsenal of different patterns for different places and seasons.  But let's face it: some patterns are designed to catch fish and some are designed to catch anglers.  I'd rather dial in on a couple dozen versatile patterns and master their many uses than feel like I have to go digging and switching every time a different bug falls out of the sky. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    How Many Times Have You Caught The Same Bass In The Same Spot?

    By Dave Wolak

    I was in Jackson Hole, WY, not long ago and ended up having a long conversation with guide who fishes the Snake River. He’s a really busy guy in the spring, and knowing that he fishes the same stretches day in and day out, I asked if his clients ever catch the same trout multiple times a week. It didn't take him long to answer, "Yup, I could even call my client's shots every once in a while," he said. I can't even count the number of times I've caught the same bass, and when you’re talking about a big, educated fish, it can have the power to infect your brain lure you back over and over.

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  • April 1, 2014

    Opt For White Or Chartreuse Plastics When Fishing Bass Beds

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    By Joe Cermele

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    While hunting for bass beds in the clear waters of Arizona's Lake Pleasant just a few weeks ago, guide Dale Merry of The Hook Up Outfitters surprised me by tying all the rods up with white or chartreuse plastics. Being not as well-versed in fishing bedded bass as I probably should be, I asked why he liked these colors. His answer made a lot of sense. Check out the short video to find out why these hues are his spring-time go-tos.

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  • April 1, 2014

    Surfboard and Boat Innovator Hobart 'Hobie' Alter Dies at 80

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    By Ben Romans

    Surfboard pioneer and founder of the Hobie fishing company, Hobart “Hobie” Alter, passed away at his Palm Desert, California home on March 29. He was 80 years old.

    The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie spent most of his youth in the garage of his family’s Laguna Beach summer home where he combined his two loves — wood working and water — crafting handmade 9-foot balsawood surfboards for his friends. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 31, 2014

    On Low-Down, Dirty, Bass Tourney Cheaters

    By Dave Wolak

    A few weeks ago while fishing a bass tournament on California's El Capitan Reservoir, a competitor dredged up the contraption in the photo below. Per this story on SDFish.com, some folks believe it's a lure retriever. Others, however, think that the heavy weights on one end, nylon rope on the other, and addition of stringer clips points to it being a device meant to keep fish alive and hidden until tourney day. Honestly, I'm never shocked by the lengths people will go just to make a few bucks in a weekend tournament. What's even more depressing is that I don't think I've ever fished a tournament where someone wasn't accused of doing something illegal, or at least something against the rules. These claims are not always directed at the winner, nor are they always true, but the perpetual mentality is that there's always someone doing something shady.  

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  • March 28, 2014

    Slide Show: Arizona Bass and an Epic Day of Carp Fishing

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    By Tim Romano

    A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being invited out to the Arizona desert with my good friend and fishing editor at Field & Stream, Joe Cermele.  We went out to shoot the opening episode of the 2014 season of Hook Shots. As usual, going anywhere with Cermele is a gas and this trip did not disappoint.

    While the weather somewhat stymied us on bass, we did have one of the most outrageous days of carp fishing I've ever had. We also stumbled onto one of the strangest little cities out in the desert named Quartzite. Which made for some pretty good photography. It had very little to do with fishing, but was well worth the couple hour stop. I'll let the photos do the talking...  Enjoy the photos from the trip and make sure to watch the full episode here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 28, 2014

    Small-Stream Smallies: How to Catch Monster Bass

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    By Will Brantley, Joe Cermele, Mark Modoski, and Ross Robertson


    Photo by Brent Humphreys

    In spring and summer, there's nothing I love more than wading for smallmouths. Sure, there are plenty of big, well-known bodies of bass water close to home, but I find more challenge (and reward) in hunting for hogs in the local streams. Spend a day casting an in-line spinner or drifting worms, though, and you may assume a 12-incher is a real prize. In some of these bodies of water, it might be, but if you're willing to explore and put in a little time, you could earn a bigger bronzeback than you ever thought lived in the local "crick."

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  • March 28, 2014

    Diving with Tarpon Can Make You a Better Fly Angler

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    By Kirk Deeter

    I am on a family vacation on the island of Bonaire. It’s part of the "ABC islands” (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) in the Caribbean, just off the coast of Venezuela. While I have been doing some bonefishing — which I will write about later on (there are some really big bonefish here, the flats are very interesting, and I caught eight fish the other day, between breakfast and lunch) — much of my time, however, has been spent under the surface of the sea. Bonaire is one of the best do-it-yourself shore diving destinations in the world. You literally just pick up your tanks and go. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2014

    New Hook Shots: Arizona Desert Madness

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    By Joe Cermele

    I swear it feels like I just tucked the cameras away for a long winter nap, and on the road I go again. In an effort to thwart this winter that continues to keep anti-depressant sales at an all-time high here in the Northeast, fellow F&S blogger Tim Romano and I dusted off our flip flops and booked a flight to sunny Arizona. The plan was to cash in on a moon phase that would provide some of the best sight-fishing for bass on Lake Havasu I was told I'd ever see...but plans change. Before we knew it, we spiraled into a week of hooking drag-screaming goldfish, consorting with nude book store owners, perusing endless bins of cheap cold medication, battling wills with very upset largemouths, and fishing the land of technicolor dream carp. One way or another, it's always a good time. Special shout out to the boys at The Hook Up Outfitters in Phoenix for helping turn this dream into a weirder dream. Enjoy the show.

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  • March 25, 2014

    Better Bait: How to Keep Crayfish Alive For Weeks

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    By Joe Cermele

    Crayfish are one of my favorite live baits for smallmouth bass in late spring and throughout summer. Rather than catch them as needed, I like to keep a few dozen on hand for impromptu floats down the river or short trips to a local stream. Unlike some other live baits, crayfish are very easy to keep and don't require a large fish tank with a filtration system. If you've got a drill and a large rectangular plastic storage container with a lid (the kind you might store sweaters in), you can keep crayfish for weeks in the garage or basement. [ Read Full Post ]

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