Summer fun with Ike Berkley fishing tackle pro Mike Iaconelli is an icon in the world of professional fishing, known for his exuberant yelling even when hooking and landing fish of a somewhat diminutive stature. Of course, Iaconelli is also famous for his multiple tour-level wins, Angler of the Year title and Bassmaster Classic victory. So, what type of bass fishing does Mike like when he's not chasing bass for bucks? Think small, nearly inaccessible public waters. Yep, the stuff everybody can fish, even if you don't have a bass boat. Less pressure equals better bass fishing. "I loved fishing…
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Largemouth bass are opportunistic feeders. Preferring to lie in wait under a canopy of cover for the next meal to swim by, these fish possess heightened senses that are fine-tuned for efficiency.   Bass living in thick vegetation rely on their inner ear and lateral line to detect prey. Crank up the decibel level to entice more bites. It's All in the Ears....or Line Unlike humans, bass have two sensors for detecting acoustical disturbances (sound) – the inner ear and lateral line. These two systems work independently of each other to hear and feel particle motion and pressure changes. These…
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by Rick Clunn, as published in Volume 2, Issue 1 of NITRO Performance Fishing Boats Magazine My family and I were visiting relatives on our summer vaction in California. We were camped out at Pine Lake and everyone was climbing into my Dad's boat early that morning.  Hesitantly, my Dad looked at me and said that I would have to wait until later in the day because the boat was full of relatives. It was the first time ever that my Dad did not take me fishing with him and it broke my heart. I was trying to fight back…
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by Kevin VanDam, as published in Volume 2, Issue 1 of NITRO Performance Fishing Boats Magazine February 20th, 2011. The final day of he Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta. A dream of a day, and the finest I've ever had fishing the Classic. I was culling 5-pounders early in the day, pulling 4-6 pound fish left and right.  The guys, including me, that fished Lake Cataouatche instead of running the 4-hour round-trip to Venice had made the right choice. I had switched from a spinnerbait to a Strike King KVD Square Bill 1.5 Shallow Runner the day before, and…
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by NITRO Boats, as published in Volume 2, Issue 1 of NITRO Performance Fishing Boats Magazine From lunker largemouth to bull reds, here's a selection of out customers' favorite artificial fishing lures across the southern part of the nation. Perennial best sellers, these lures have continued to produce bigger and better fish from the Florida keys to the fertile bass lakes of east Texas. You'll also find tips and techniques to help them work for you.   Katy, TX The Fishing Lures: Bass Pro Shops XPS Lazer Eye Deep Diver Crankbaits and Zoom Super Fluke. The Target Fish: Largemouth bass,…
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by NITRO Boats, as published in Volume 2, Issue 1 of NITRO Performance Fishing Boats Magazine From the Great Lakes to the Bow River, the bounty of gamefish in the north is plentiful, and multiple fish species require many different techniques and fishing lures.  Below you'll find some of the best-selling lures from Bass Pro Shops accross the north of the United States. We've also listed a few fishing tips and techniques to make sure they produce lots of quality fish for you.   Calgary, Alberta The Fishing Lures: Rapala Countdown Minnow and Storm Wildeye Live Kickin' Minnow. The Target…
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A mistake a lot of fishermen make when flipping and pitching is dropping the bait on the outside edge of the structure or cover, and that spooks any resident bass. Instead, drop it right at the base. Most fishermen naturally don’t want to get hung up, but you have to get over that if you are going to improve your flipping and pitching skills and begin catching bass in heavy cover. Most of the time you will find that the thickest spots are holding the biggest fish, so this is where you should put your first flip or pitch. Practice…
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Focus, focus, focus. That is a constant drone many anglers claim to have, yet the results betray them with less-than-stellar finishes in tournaments. In the case of Mercury pro Luke Clausen, focus is a key to his success in the past (remember, he's won the Bassmaster Classic and the Forrest Wood Cup). However, his focus has been lacking the past couple of seasons. This year, Luke seems to have mustered the powers he's had in the past to focus on his work at hand and perhaps we will see a dramatic rise once again from the "Jedi" of bass fishing.…
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Byron Velvick has been around the block many times in the world of professional bass fishing. He's won major events out west. Produced a victory in Florida. Set a three-day weight record at a B.A.S.S. event he won on Clear Lake in California. The amiable Mercury fishing pro has also suffered through difficult seasons thanks to a variety of injuries that have been severe enough to take him out of competitive fishing for an entire season at one point. Byron is nothing if not resilient. The 2015 Elite Series campaign started off on the rough side for him. Rough as…
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A friend of mine has a theory: any time you see the word fat or calories in an advertisement for food, just substitute the word taste and you’ll know whether it’s any good. If the ad copy says “reduced calories,” you can assume it has “reduced taste,” too. This is analogous in the world of fishing to words like “stretch.” In recent years, we’ve been told that braided line has “no stretch” and fluorocarbon has “minimal stretch.” We’ve held this to be a self-evident truth that they’re better than traditional monofilament. Edwin Evers locks into a topwater bite. The stretch…
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