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Jerry's Tips: Catch Bigger Fish More Often, Bring in More Birds, and More...

Though fish are less likely to feed on the surface in direct sunlight, they remain attracted to the surface-breaking sounds of baitfish in distress. The next time you feel that the sun is putting fish down, try rigging a cup-faced bobber or popping cork on your line 2 feet above a deeper-running bait or lure. The chugging sound of the bobber will often entice sun-struck fish.

When calling turkeys, always place a few dead branches close around you to break up your outline. Arrange a sturdy one so that it crosses about 18 inches above your knees when you are seated. While you call, keep the gun butt against your shoulder and rest the barrel on this crossing branch. You'll already be in an approximate shooting position when a gobbler approaches.

The draw is the most effective paddle stroke a canoeist can use to avoid an oncoming obstacle. To make a powerful draw stroke, lean out over the gunwale farther than is comfortable, stab the paddle straight down into the water, and use the strong muscles of your back and shoulders to pull the craft sideways. Repeat the stroke forcefully until you've maneuvered into a safe position.

The biggest fish in a stream tend to hold in lies that offer protective shadows as well as a current pattern that funnels dissolved oxygen and drifting forage to them. There, they can feed with a minimum expenditure of energy. Whenever you catch a large stream fish, take note of the exact location where you cast. It will most likely produce good-size fish again and again.

When a distant gobbler answers your call, move silently in his direction before he starts moving toward you. Try to get within 200 yards of the bird before calling again. Gobblers are more likely to come all the way to a hunter who is inside that range. If you continue calling from a long distance, the turkey's answers will likely attract a live hen that will cut him off before he reaches you.

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