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Bass Fishing

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  • March 24, 2014

    Why Bass Boat Safety Procedures Must Be Automatic

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    By Dave Wolak

    Take a look at the video below. It's a scary scene recently shot by a news chopper on Claremore Lake in Oklahoma. Both anglers in that bass boat were jerked out when they hit a submerged stump. One was pulled to safety, the other was not so lucky. Though we'll never be able to say this particular scenario was entirely avoidable, it's a warning for all of us to make safety precautions more habitual. We all make mistakes, but carelessness comes out too often with super-exhilarating experiences, like driving a bass boat at high speeds.

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  • March 20, 2014

    Bass Fishing: How to Find the Hottest Bite on the Lake

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    By Don Wirth


    Photo: Eric Engbretson

    To find the hottest bass bite this month, launch the boat and motor north. “Cold northerly winds blow right across the north shore and hit with greatest severity on the lake’s opposite side,” says Tennessee bass pro David Walker. “As a result, the north side’s water temperature can be from 5 to 10 degrees warmer than elsewhere in the lake. This is a huge drawing card for bass, because in early spring, they’ll always gravitate to the warmest water they can find.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 17, 2014

    How to Catch Trophy Largemouth Bass on Trout Swimbaits

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    By Mark Hicks


    Photo illustration by David Arky

    Before bass nut Matt Peters moved from California to Georgia, he used to fish the San Diego reservoirs with big trout-­imitating swimbaits for giant largemouths that grew fat on stocked trout. As Peters started to explore new waters in Georgia, he soon discovered that many of the bass lakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains were also stocked with trout. He couldn’t help but wonder: Would trophy largemouth bass in these waters strike trout swimbaits, too?

    The answer is yes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 17, 2014

    Use A Compass To Catch More Early Spring Bass

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    By Dave Wolak

    When you’ve been cooped up all winter, it’s very easy to get on the water for that first run of these season and start pounding the first bank or piece of structure that looks good. Let me tell you, looks can be deceiving. Remember that this time of year, bass are starting to move shallow, and good shallow-water bass anglers are always hunting for those skinny areas that yield both size and numbers. The best of them have a knack of finding those spots that seems to be constantly replenishing themselves with fresh bass. Though honing this skill can take years, there is one common factor shared by their hot spots more often than not, and figuring it out simply requires a compass.

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  • March 14, 2014

    Possible World-Record Spotted Bass Caught in California

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    By Ben Romans

    Keith Bryan, owner of Powell Rods, won a team bass-fishing tournament last month on New Melones Lake in California, but even more noteworthy was the fact that one of his fish could be the new world-record spotted bass.

    A story from Bassmaster says Byran’s fish originally weighed 10.48 pounds on the tournament scale—a few ounces over the current world record set in 2001. But by the time Bryan weighed the fish on an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) certified scale, it lost some weight and only registered 9.91 pounds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Singing Big Mouth Billy Bass Thwarts Robbery

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    By Joe Cermele

    When the singing Big Mouth Billy Bass first popped up on shelves at every Wal-Mart, Target, Bass Pro, K-Mart, truck stop, and Stucky's in America, all I can remember thinking was Oh God, please don't let anyone buy me one of those. Thankfully, no one ever did. And as far as I know, the owner of Hooked On Fishing Bait & Tackle in Rochester, Minn., is the only guy who is genuinely glad someone picked him up a Billy. Watch the video and you'll see why. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    New Trout Fishing Boat: Raft or Drift?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Many of you know that my partner Tim Romano is a rowing fool. He has a handful of boats, from inflatables to an old wooden dory (drift boat) he is restoring. Tim has let me row his boats over the years. I've borrowed a number of others and I’ve had a small inflatable raft and whitewater canoe for many years now, so I feel pretty comfortable behind the oars (or with a paddle).

    Now that my son is 13 years old and taking a strong interest in rowing himself, I'm vowing to make this the year when I step up in class and get a new boat. But I am still on the fence as to what type I should get. Should I get a drift boat or a raft with a frame? Your advice would be appreciated. Here’s some baseline information to help you guide me: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    A Jig Trick Sure To Score More Ice-Out Bass

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    By Dave Wolak

    For many bass anglers, ice-off is both cause for celebration and frustration. Yes, you can launch the boat again, but now you’ve got to manipulate bass in frigid water into biting. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: location is the most important part of bass fishing. You have to be where they are first. But if there is ever a time to think more critically about lure selection, it’s just after the ice melts. Some anglers have a habit of being so gung-ho when the season starts that they fish too aggressively. What I’ve noticed is that there are baits that get a handful of bites this time of year, and a few that get consistent bites. I’m going to tell you about the one that works best for me, and how to tone down your approach to make it produce for you while the other guy is fiercely ripping a crankbait, hoping for that first big slam of the season.

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  • March 7, 2014

    Video: Until it's Warm Enough to Fish, Snowboating Will Have to Do

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    By Tim Romano

    Whew... I thought I had a case of the shack nasties!  Turns out I have nothing to complain about. The folks over at Scumliner Media and Headhunters Fly Shop in Craig, Mont., seem like they've had had a very long, cold winter indeed.

    Here's to ice thawing, insects hatching and getting out on the water soon. Have a great weekend and make sure to wear your helmet if you get out Snowboating. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 3, 2014

    Some Science On How Bass Contract And Fight "Colds"

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    By Dave Wolak

    Not long ago, I was having a conversation with my friend Jim Burris, who is not only an avid bass fisherman, but a fish biologist at Duke University Medical Center. At the time I was just getting over a cold, most likely picked up from a shopping cart handle or something. This led us to a discussion about his studies on small tropical zebrafish. His work is aimed at helping us better understand immunological responses in humans, because fish were the first to develop an adaptive immune response, and thus contain valuable clues into the development of the immune system in people. Me being me, I immediately figured out how I could use Jim’s fishy knowledge to learn something new about bass.

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  • February 27, 2014

    Thoughts on Keeping 'Secret Spots' Secret

    By Kirk Deeter

    One question I often wrestle with is whether or not to name certain places in the stories I write. After all, I'm an angler too. I appreciate solitude on a fishing stream as much as the next person, and I fully understand that you can love a place to death by writing about it in every detail.

    For example, I've written about this place, but I've never named it. Sorry, I'm not going to say where it is now. But those of you who fish in the Rocky Mountain high country know that this is one of thousands of little trout streams that look and fish the same way. It's no great discovery to chance upon a scene like this… certainly nothing an angler willing to dedicate a little hiking and map reading effort couldn't find on his own. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Bass Bait Test 2014: We Rank 10 Brand-New Bass Lures

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    By Joe Cermele


    Photo illustrations by Bill Cahill

    You walk into a tackle shop and are immediately drawn to that flashy end cap displaying a brand-new bass bait. You examine the lure through the clear plastic, read how the manufacturer says to fish it, and decide to buy it—or put it back on the rack—without knowing how it actually performs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 24, 2014

    How This Winter's Deep Freeze Can Produce Spring Bass Fishing You'll Never Forget

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    By Dave Wolak

    If you live in the northern part of the country from Minnesota across to Maine, you probably haven’t seen open water on your local lakes in many months given the harshness of this winter. I mean, even the Great Lakes are practically frozen solid. That’s a big enough deal to make the news. A question I hear often is, “what does a deep freeze like this mean for bass fishing in the spring?” The common thought is that it will push the timing of the spawning cycle way back. That could actually be the case if we have an especially cold spring. But many times, a nasty winter doesn’t have the negative effects you think it will, and in some cases it’s a blessing in disguise.

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  • February 21, 2014

    Spring Fling: Tying the Clouser Minnow

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    By T. Edward Nickens


    Photo by Gorman Studio

    I can feel it coming, like a shad senses spring freshets trickling into the sea. Scientists have a word for this seasonal compulsion: zugunruhe, an innate restlessness that grows as a migration approaches. It strikes ducks on the South American pampas, striped bass in the sounds, and fly-tiers watching the daily highs climb toward short-sleeve weather. I make my way to the basement, orienting toward spring, and clear off the fly-tying table. It's Clouser season.

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