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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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  • June 19, 2013

    Hook Shots Countdown: Best Episodes From The Past 5 Seasons

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    By Joe Cermele

    Five years ago, the “Hook Shots” video series started partly as an experiment, and partly as a joke. When Santa left a video camera under my tree in 2008, I asked editor-in-chief Anthony Licata if I could start a fishing show on the F&S website. “Go for it,” he said. Thing was, I had no formal video shooting or editing training. All I knew was that I wanted to create a show that strayed far from the boring fish-after-fish model seen too frequently on TV and capture the good, bad, and ugly sides of ever trip I put on camera. Throw in a dash of punk music and “Hook Shots” was born. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 17, 2013

    Don't Go Overboard With Bass Fishing Electronics

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    By Dave Wolak

    Have you ever been on the lake and seen that guy driving a bass boat with so many electronics it looks like the space shuttle cockpit? In one extreme case I literally saw 5 full-size units fired up on a guy's boat, and all he was doing was casting a spinnerbait down the bank. Don’t misunderstand, I’m all for new technology, but I often question whether or not the anglers that jump on the latest electronics actually know how to use them. People ask for my advice on electronics fairly often, and here’s what I tell them: Take one good unit (or maybe just one feature of that unit, such as side-imaging), learn it thoroughly, and mesh it into your fishing repertoire. Once you’ve mastered that unit or feature and figured out how to use it to catch more fish, then move on to another feature or second unit. People also ask me about the electronics set-up on my boat. Well, here’s how it breaks down.

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  • June 13, 2013

    A Long-Lost Photo of George Perry and His World Record Bass?

    By Ben Romans

    On a June day in 1932, George W. Perry was fishing the waters of Georgia’s Montgomery Lake with friend Jack Page when he caught a legendary bass—a 22 pound, 4 ounce largemouth that has maintained an 81-year reign as the world-record. Compounding both the mythic status of the man and the fish is the fact that no definitive photo of the two together were known to exist—until now.
     
    Last week, a photo of Perry holding a large bass was emailed to Augusta Chronicle outdoor writer Bill Baab from a man claiming to be a descendant of Jack Page. It landed in Baab’s inbox with a simple message, “Happy Anniversary.”
     
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  • June 10, 2013

    Why I Think Nets Should Be Allowed in Bass Tournaments

    By Dave Wolak

    A while back a reader asked why pro bass anglers don’t use nets in tournaments. To many, a net may seem the safest and surest way to get a money fish in the boat. But the use of nets is actually a huge debate, with many anglers and tournament directors split on the decision.

    It comes down to categorizing the argument three ways: what’s best for the bass, for the angler, and for the excitement. Personally, I am for the use of nets in tournaments and recreational bass fishing. That’s because I believe proper care of the fish is of the utmost importance, and quite honestly, fish care can be lacking at times without the use of nets. So these are my “pro net” answers to the three facets of the argument.

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  • June 3, 2013

    Choose Wisely: Mice Vs. Frogs For Topwater Bass

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    By Dave Wolak

    It wasn't that long ago when frog and mouse topwaters were “niche” baits used only in certain situations at certain times. But these days, frogs and mice (which continue to grow in popularity) are employed almost year-round in some areas, and anglers have found new ways to present them. They also cast them to a lot more structure types than just pads, mats, and grass. While it might be easy to say a frog lure and mouse lure are so similar, one isn’t better than the other, there are subtle differences, and understanding when to go with an amphibian, and when to tie on a rodent can really help you cash in on the hot topwater bite this time of year.

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  • May 31, 2013

    Bass Fishing: Four Flipping Rods for Under $50

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    By Mark Hicks

    Top-end specialty rods commonly fetch $100 or more. But you can get a hardworking bass stick for half that.

    If you’ve balked at buying a flipping stick because it’s too technique-specific to justify the expense, it’s time to reconsider. We found four flipping rods that perform far better than their price tags might suggest. They may be the biggest bargains in bass fishing.

    All four are 7-1⁄2 feet long and have a parabolic action, which is what you want for flipping. And the grip configuration on most lets you touch the blank with your fingers for increased sensitivity. Don’t let their extending handles put you off. Pricier models have one-piece blanks, but these are plenty sturdy for fighting big fish, and they shorten the rod a foot or so for easier transport. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 29, 2013

    Debunked: Photo of Nova Scotia "World Record" Striper is a Fake

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    If this photo found its way to your inbox or Facebook page, don't freak out and start sending it to everyone you know. It's a fake.

    We talked to the photographer today and found out that the angler in the shot is a graphic designer seeing how far he can take a world record striper hoax.

    Greg Myerson, breath a sigh of relief. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 29, 2013

    20 Secrets To Help You Catch Fish All Summer Long

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    These 20 fishing secrets will help you catch trout, bass, bluegills, cats, walleyes, and more—and have the time of your life—all season long.

    1. Catch Smallies With Salty Flies

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  • May 22, 2013

    Reader Tip: Cooking Fish Cheeks, Collars, and Other Parts

    By David Draper

    A Wild Chef reader and frequent Food Fight Friday contributor sent in a few photos that, let’s just say it, looked less than appetizing. However, while they might not have been the best photos, both dishes sounded delicious and—more importantly—illustrated the point that there’s a lot more to eat on most fish then just the fillets. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 20, 2013

    Don't Let Memorial Day Crowds Stop You From Bass Fishing

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    By Dave Wolak

    Hey, are you planning on bass fishing next weekend? If you answered yes, then get ready for a day filled with some combination of the following: Wake-jumping jet skiers and water skiers. Nine guys, three cases of beer, and one life jacket piled into a jon boat that’s getting pulled over by the Water Sheriff. Some guy with the steering cable seemingly stuck in a right turn doing high-speed donuts by the ramp. Or my personal favorite; the music-blasting, mega-wake-making speedboat that comes standard with nine air bags, a retractable water balloon launcher, and the optional Rally Fun Pack. But I don’t let any of that stop me from getting on the lake. This is going to sound crazy, but because I fish heavily pressured waters a lot, I actually like when there are plenty of pleasure boats cruising around. If you can remember these three simple rules, you can use the traffic to help you score plenty of bass despite the army of holiday yahoos that are likely to plague your favorite lake next weekend.

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  • May 20, 2013

    15 Great Lures and Flies for Summer Fishing

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    By Will Brantley, Joe Cermele, Kirk Deeter, Mark Hicks, and Don Wirth

    We reached out to 15 of the country’s top guides and pros—you know, the guys who get paid to reel in largemouths, smallmouths, trout, crappie, cats, walleyes, striped bass, and more—and asked them about what they rely on most to catch big fish come summer. Here are their answers. You’d better clear room in your tackle box. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 17, 2013

    Why Hockey Players Are Great Fly Anglers

    By Kirk Deeter

    I've been fortunate enough to have fished with many professional athletes in recent years. You'd be surprised by how many actually gravitate to fly fishing as a release from the rigors of playing sports under bright lights for a living.

    I'll be honest though—some are way better than others when they put on waders, and I think that has to do with the dynamics of their professions. Golfers, for example, are usually really good fly anglers. After all, one could argue that fly fishing and golf are kindred pastimes, both born in Scotland centuries ago. It's all about planning the next move, and adapting to the current situation. The way the wheels spin in golfers' and anglers' minds are very similar, so it's not surprising to know that Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, Nick Price, and Davis Love III (among many others) are all avid anglers. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 13, 2013

    My Favorite Approach (And Favorite Lures) For Big May Bass

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    By Dave Wolak

    Whether you're a Western angler chunkin' big swimbaits for ultra-fat, trout eating bass, or a Northern guy that loves to sling jerkbaits for bronzebacks, it's on like Donkey Kong in May, and some my most successful outings this time of year revolve around a fishing approach I like to call “stay high and fly.” In May, most bass are in some stage of the spawn, but regardless of the particular stage in a given area, the one thing that ties bass together across the country is that they’re shallow. To be clear, that doesn't just mean in shallow areas of the lake, but also shallow in the water column. One reason for this is that warmer May surface temps bring forage high, but another big reason is protection of fry. If you see a ball of bass fry flickering around the surface, you can count on momma lurking within striking distance. So the "stay high" part of the equation means stick to baits that work well in the shallows and the upper tier of the water column. Next comes the "flying" part.

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  • May 8, 2013

    Bass In A Mud Hole: Ok, What's Going On Here?

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    By Joe Cermele

    I bumped into this short video over on Break.com. It's simply titled "How to Fish, FL Style." So take a look at tell me what's going on here, because I can't figure it out. Perhaps some of you from Florida partake in this FL-style fishing. Did this bass get trapped on a spawning bed when the lake level suddenly dropped? Also, If anyone can tell me why so many people that shoot videos with iPhones don't have the wherewithal to turn the phone horizontally while doing so, I'd be grateful, because it drives me mad. 

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