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Bass Fishing

  • September 17, 2013

    Smallmouth Secrets: How the Moon Affects September Bass

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    By Joe Cermele

    Illustration by Ryan Kirby

    Many rivers on the east and west coasts experience spring runs of migratory baitfish, namely shad and herring. By September, the fry from the spring spawn are big enough to begin schooling and making their way back downstream. This can pose a problem for smallmouth anglers; if there’s too much bait in the river, the bass can become tough to turn on lures during the day. But after dark, the bass begin bingeing on the abundant bait—especially during the September full moon phase. Here’s how to catch them.

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  • September 16, 2013

    Why You Should Factor In Bottom Content When Choosing Soft Plastics

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    By Dave Wolak

    As with any other lure, I’d be willing to bet that the main criteria you use when choosing a soft plastic is color and action. It makes sense, but how often do you factor in bottom content when rifling through your box for something rubber? You don’t need me to tell you that the different types of bottom a bass angler encounters varies from hard as a rock (literally) to as soft as bowl of pudding. Then you have to throw variables like density, consistency, and aquatic vegetation into the mix. 

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  • September 9, 2013

    Pistol-Grip Rods: Obsolete Or Still Worthy Of A Spot On The Boat?

    By Dave Wolak

    Does anyone ever use pistol-grip casting rods anymore? Once in a while at the lake I'll see an old-timer flicking a spinnerbait around with a 5'9" pistol-grip—you know Hank Parker style. I remember when these rods were the craze among bass fishermen. Call me nutty, but I think pistol grips will always have a time and a place, namely in tight quarters when short casting around boat docks or scattered shallow wood. But those times and places are becoming fewer and fewer with the advent of lighter, longer rods with split-grip handles integrated into the blanks.

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  • September 6, 2013

    A Plane Crashed In My Bass Pond

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    By Tim Romano

    If you're having a hard time figuring out what's going on in the image above, that is an airplane.  In my local bass lake. Completely submerged in about 15 feet of water. A Cessna 182 to be precise.  Last weekend I was en-route for a little largemouth and carp action on the fly when I received an excited phone call from my brother, who's a pilot. He told me he had just heard that a plane had gone in the lake we fish. Granted, this lake is at the end of our local general aviation runway, but still...

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  • August 26, 2013

    Spool Up Right to Avoid Tangles When The Bass Action's Hot

    By Dave Wolak

    In case you haven’t noticed, there are more line choices on tackle shop shelves than ever before. A few things many modern lines—including mono, braid, and fluoro—have in common is that they have much less memory, are constructed more uniformly, and because of their ingredients and precision manufacturing process, their new-age coatings protect them from damage and provide slickness which helps them last longer than the stuff you bought 20 years ago. Combine that with the precision motion, finite adjustment capabilities, and high-end components of today’s reels, and the likelihood of tangling on the cast drops off a good amount.

    Unfortunately, all of that technology can’t spare you from the occasional bird’s nest. It happens to all of us, but there are ways beyond buying fancy line and reels to minimize those unwanted tangles that always seems to happen when the action is hot first thing in the morning or in the last 20 minutes of daylight.

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  • August 20, 2013

    Now Is The Time To Spoon-Feed Big Bass

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    By Dave Wolak

    Dropping a heavy metal spoon directly below the boat is a perfectly acceptable technique for jigging up saltwater species or perhaps Great Lakes trout, salmon, and walleye. It might seem like such a simplistic method of catching fish doesn’t have a place in today’s high-tech, fast-paced world of bass fishing, right? Truth is, that’s just not the case. You can’t argue with the effectiveness of a spoon; heck, they even include them in survival kits. Believe it or not, I have seen quite a re-emergence of spoon use in the modern-day bass fishing arena, but just like any other lure, you have to understand where and when to put them into play.

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  • August 12, 2013

    The Bass-Baseball Connection: Would You Be Scouted For The Majors?

    By Dave Wolak

    Baseball is often called America's favorite pastime, and being a big fan of pro and college ball, I don’t necessarily disagree. But I’m going to go ahead and say bass fishing may hold down a close second, and the two are kind of similar. Both baseball and bass fishing are long, drawn-out games that can seem boring to lay people. Maybe they'll watch the action-packed moments that make the highlight reels. If you're intimately involved in either sport, however, you may be more impressed with the skill or decision-making that lead to a quick snippet in a highlight reel. In baseball, a great overall player is measured by the 5 predominant tools he possesses, which include hitting for average, hitting for power, overall speed on the bases, fielding prowess, and arm strength when throwing. In bass fishing, I have never really seen 5 performance tools laid out, so here’s what I came up with based on my experience and “scouting” other great anglers. What are your strengths, and where do you need improvement?

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  • August 7, 2013

    Fishing App Review: Perfect Your Casting Rhythm with FlyCaster

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    By Tim Romano

    I've seen and tried several fly fishing apps on my phone just because they exist and seem like a fun thing to do for a few minutes. Most of them revolve around catching fish, and honestly aren't very good. A new app called FlyCaster wants help you get your casting rhythm down instead of catching fish. After a few days of playing with it, I have to say it's pretty damn accurate — and fun.

    The app lets you hone casts on famous rivers like the Madison River, Klamath River, and Yellow Breeches Creek with three different rod setups: 3-weight, 5-weight, and 8-weight.
     
    You can fish up to three spots on each river. You can practice casting strokes with the metronome beat on the 10 o’ clock to 2 o’ clock marks with a chime that signifies when you nail a perfect stroke. The better the cast, the bigger the fish.

    More importantly, you can also check casting biomechanics while you fish. Or review your stroke synch rates for the month and year, change rods any time, and choose either right-hand or left-hand rod setups. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 5, 2013

    Twin Brothers Start Program to Trade Games for Fishing Gear

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    By Tim Romano

    Strolling the isles of the Outdoor Retailer trade show last week, I stopped to see the good folks at the Orvis booth and say hello. Almost immediately I was introduced to two young brothers around 15 or 16 years old named A.J. and Jace Garcia. They were in the booth talking to people, playing with gear and generally just having a good time. Turns out AJ and Jace are twin brothers that fish, hunt, and love being outdoors. They love it so much they started a program called Twin Territory at local sports shows and around their state home state of Utah to try to get kids off the couch and into the outdoors any way they can. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 5, 2013

    A "Grown Up" Approach To Wading For Small-Stream Bass

    By Dave Wolak

    When you tell someone you’re a bass pro, they automatically think of you flying across a big lake somewhere on a fast boat. Granted, that might be how I primarily bass fish these days, but I never forget where I started. I grew up in Pennsylvania, and if you asked mini me where I was headed on an average summer day, the answer would have been the Susquehanna River, Delaware River or one of their tributaries. I loved wading in old swim trunks, carrying one spinning rod and fanny pack holding a few key lures. It was simplistic and effective summer bass fishing, and I still do it today whenever I get the chance. Now I live in NC, and many of the rivers and streams around here are plentiful with largemouth. Or I can head west to the mountains where more smallmouths take up river residence.

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  • August 1, 2013

    Quick Look: Switch Sunglasses Magnetic Interchange Lens System

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Tim Romano and I are cruising around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show in Salt Lake City at the moment. This show is unreal—everything "outdoors" is under one roof, from hiking boots to stand-up paddle boards to backpacks to fishing gear.  We, of course, are locked on fly-fishing products, and there is definitely more fly-fishing flavor at this year's event than there has been before. I'm trying to uncover some products that may be a bit out of the mainstream fly shop but no less worthy for the typical angler/consumer. My first contender comes in the form of an eyeglass company called Switch. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 31, 2013

    Working On The (Summer) Night Moves

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    By Joe Cermele

    While I can't speak for the rest of the country, here in the Northeast we're being treated to a delightful summer cool-down. The humidity has dropped out, the temps aren't climbing much above 80, and we haven't been plagued by rain. That means the local rivers are looking good, and the lack of heat has kicked on the local smallie action. That's terrific, because one of my favorite things to do this time of year is float the Delaware for bass in the dark. You don't always hammer them, but for whatever reason, I think a topwater smash you only hear is a bit more exciting than one you see at noon.

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  • July 29, 2013

    Five Tips for Catching Bass on the Fly

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    By Tim Romano


    The fish above was caught last week in upstate New York on Raquette Lake inside the 6.1 million acre Adirondack Park. I spent the better part of two weeks up there with my family on vacation and absolutely hammered both largemouths and smallies on spinning and fly gear. While I had the chance to fish for rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, and brook trout, I concentrated my efforts on both large and smallmouth bass as that seemed the right thing to do this time of year up there. Plus it's a hell of a lot of fun. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 29, 2013

    Striper Angler Sues IGFA Because He Missed Out On $1M Mustad Prize

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    By Ben Romans

    Rodney Ply, seen here with his 68-pound striper, is suing the IGFA.

    Last week, Rodney Ply of Diamond City, Arkansas, filed a lawsuit against the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) over its rejection of his 68-pound striped bass.  

    Ply caught the fish on February 18, 2012 on a homemade spinnerbait, but after reviewing his submission, the IGFA denied his entry claiming the lure was a spreader bar, a lure that emulates a school of fish, which is illegal under the agency’s rules.  

    The proverbial salt in the wound is Ply pre-registered for Mustad’s Hook A Million Contest—a competition promoted by the company that offered a $1 million prize to anyone that could catch a new, certified, world record fish in one of 13 categories. Without the IGFA’s blessing, Ply couldn’t enter his catch in the contest. Ultimately, Guy Yocom’s record tuna won the jackpot. [ Read Full Post ]

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