Fall Fishing is Spinnerbait Pitching Time

Thursday, September 03 2015 9:26 pm - for Bass
Spinnerbait, spinnerbait. Where for art thou, spinnerbait? Ahem, the "Bard" I ain't, but I do so long for the spinnerbait to become a top-of-mind choice for bass fishing fans once again. Sure, walk into your local tackle outlet and you'll see walls and walls of them. They must be a great bait, right? They also seem so darn easy to fish. Just cast them, reel in, and repeat until a big bass whacks it. Simple enough. Funny thing, though. Over the last many decades of tournament fishing you hear less and less about this lure. Did they become a terrible…
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The Best Baits for River Smallmouth

Tuesday, September 01 2015 2:35 pm - for Bass
When the sun bears down relentlessly, few types of fishing offer more soothing relief than casting to river smallmouth. You can use a canoe or johnboat to get into fresh, untapped stretches, but plan on wet wading at least part of the day to keep the heat at bay. A modest selection of lures will serve you well on smallmouth water throughout the country, anywhere from the Susquehanna in Pennsylvania to the Snake in Idaho. But it’s important to customize the offerings to suit the low river levels and glassy water typical of summer and early fall. Thick monofilament and…
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Scott Martin had a magical year fishing the FLW Tour in 2015. Funny thing. His magical year didn't start in January of this year. Nope. Started at the beginning of the 2014 FLW Tour season. Martin decided then to focus on becoming a consistent angler. He wanted to put himself in position to have a shot at winning the Angler of the Year (AOY) title each season. That spelled trouble for the rest of the field. Prior to that moment, the former Forrest Wood Cup champ always thought about winning at all costs and not worry about the AOY title.…
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Shady Ways to Catch Bass on a Hot Day

Monday, August 24 2015 1:00 pm - for Bass
Shade fishing is important for catching bass on hot summer days usually in July and August. And, catching big bass in the late summer is not as difficult as you might think. Bass are really no different than us when it gets hot. They're going to seek the coolest spot they can find, and sometimes that’s in deeper water or where spring fed streams run into the lake, but sometimes it’s shady areas. Troll along banks looking for shaded areas, and then hit those spots three or four times before moving on. You can cover a lot of water fishing…
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Rat Out Big Fish With a Topwater Mouse

Wednesday, August 12 2015 4:55 pm - for Bass
Casting the lure towards the vast green mat of milfoil, I cranked slowly on the handle of the baitcast reel, tensing instinctively. Somehow I just knew a strike was coming. Seconds later the mat of milfoil literally exploded as a seven pound largemouth nailed the soft lure shimmying in a v-wake across the surface. After a challenging fight, I worked the fish—and about a pound of milfoil—in close and carefully slipped the hook out of his bony white jaw. None the worse for wear, the fat bass flipped its tail disdainfully and darted back into the lake. The rat had…
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When fishing slows on your local lake because of hot weather, use these tatics to improve your chances of catching more fish: 1. Fish the Current Head to the local smallmouth river and turn over rocks to gather a bunch of hellgrammites with a small net. Run a size 4 or 6 hook under their collar, then add one or two split shots. Drift them in and around current breaks where the smallmouth hold up. 2. Fish With a Worm You can catch stream trout with minnows, crayfish, and leeches, but nothing works better than a worm. Thread a whole…
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It's getting to be that time of the year, late summer. Yep, talk of football and Mark Zona's beloved Chicago Bears predicted to be the worst team in the NFL this season. This according to USA Today. Anyway, speaking of Mark Zona, between trips to the dentist and an attorney, Zona took a few moments to share his favorite three offerings for catching bass during the late summer. Strike King Structure Jig. "My top choice for late summer is the Strike King Structure Jig," said Zona. "Use the ½-ounce model in the hard candy color with a green pumpkin Rage…
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Arizona fishing pro Josh Bertrand is never happier than when he’s staring at his graph, working a dropshot rig in water at least as deep as his Nitro boat is long. In a perfect world, he’d be looking at ‘em in 40, 50 or even 60 feet of water, because that’s when many of his peers start to get a little nervous and think about giving up. There can’t possibly be a bass that deep, can there? Of course there are bass there, but sometimes they aren’t the tournament winners. On occasion, even a deep water freak, the Elite Series…
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Summer Froggin for Bass

Friday, July 24 2015 12:41 pm - for Bass
Bass busters throughout the land love the springtime bite. When bass start getting active. Pursuing eats and getting ready to reproduce. Great fun is had by most anglers in the spring. However, many non-fanatical anglers whine about the "Dog Days" of summer. Too much heat. Fishing isn't as easy, etc. That's just fine for the rest of us who can't wait for the heat and the weed-choked areas to form on our favorite lakes. For the uniformed, it's an impenetrable mass. But for those in the know, it's time to bust big bass with frogs in the shallows while others…
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Strike King pro Keith Combs loves to fish deep water for largemouth bass. This is especially true during the summer months. The three-time Toyota Texas Bass Classic champ and Bassmaster Elite Series pro decided to take a few minutes to share his Top 3 tactics for dredging largies from the depths. Deep cranking. "Generally my first instinct is to fish crankbaits on the deeper structure," said Combs. "The easiest way to locate the fish is to find points or channel bends. These are classic structures where bass usually live. "I like to fish crankbaits fast this time of the year…
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