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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When you are born with a pedigree in the world of bass fishing like  Eagle Claw Trokar pro Scott Martin was, ya know bass fishing legend Roland Martin's son, it is expected that fishing is in your blood. Okay, he was brought up around fishing in Clewiston, Florida on a little fishing pond known as Lake Okeechobee, etc., etc. Most fishing fans know the backstory. Anyway, one would think all that Martin needs to get ready to fish is water and a fishing rod in hand. That is sort of correct. If you add competition to the mix, well then,…
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and such is the case of fish popularity.  Walleyes for example are held in snob regard across the upper Midwest.  Trout purists hold down the west and everyone south of Des Moines Iowa is obsessed with bass.  Easy as an angler to get caught up with that tide and chase after the most popular girl in the class. Across the Midwest, there are however some incredible fishing opportunities that often fly under the radar.  Overlooked species that provide an extremely high quality fishing experience for what is often trophy caliber fish.  In…
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Mercury pro Greg Hackney is not only the reigning Bassmaster Angler of the Year (AOY), he's also one of the best jig fisherman on tour. In particular, Hackney loves the swim jig. You can't walk by his boat without seeing a jig ready for a little action, no matter where he is chasing bass. Hackney took a little time to share his swim jig wisdom before he heads off to his next Bassmaster Elite Series tournament. The simple approach is preferred by Hackney. "I love fishing with swim jigs because they are so effective," said Hackney. "The basic approach is…
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Bass Pro Shops Pro Ish Monroe Is On Fish

Wednesday, April 01 2015 4:02 pm - for Bass
Ish Monroe had a down year in 2014 failing to make the championships in either the FLW Tour or Bassmaster Elite Series. Prior to the 2014 season, and the start of the 2015 bass fishing tournament season, Monroe was known for his Ish's Poppin' Phattie frog, his ability to cash checks and win tour-level events from time-to-time and much more. Of course, he is now slightly infamous for his attempts at grappling in a boat and taking a dive into the water with another competitor earlier this year.   Ah well, fortunately his tenure in sports entertainment was brief and…
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As far as Ott DeFoe knows, his eyesight is as good as that of anyone else on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Just a few months shy of his 30th birthday, he doesn’t wear glasses, doesn’t need ‘em, and still figures that he’s got a while to go until he has to travel with a set. He also thinks he’s a pretty good sight fisherman. Maybe not the best on tour, but he said he’s “been fishing in areas around other guys and caught fish that they didn’t.” Humbly, he said that he’s “at least average,” but makes up for any…
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Tips for Catching White Bass

Sunday, March 22 2015 7:00 am - for Bass
When water temperatures reach the low 50s, whites start moving upstream, out of the lakes and reservoirs, until they reach a dam or other obstacle that blocks their travel. Here the white bass stack up and continually gorge themselves, waiting for the magic 55-degree mark to complete their spawn. One of America’s most popular gamefish is the white bass. The most exciting time to fish for them is during their annual spring spawning run up streams and rivers. Here's a handy guide from the Texas Parks and Wildlife department that shows you how to tell the difference between a white…
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Mercury pro JT Kenney is known as an expert when fishing for bass in the shallows. He used that knowledge to take home a win and a check for $125,000 at a recent FLW Tour event on Lake Toho in Florida. Inquiring minds want to know what Kenney’s shallow water secrets are. Probably nothing more than a flipping stick, heavy braid and a giant punch weight, right? Well, um, no. “I’m known as a guy who just pitches and flips in the shallows,” said Kenney. “I do love using my Halo rods for that, but there is a lot more…
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Largemouth and smallmouth bass love wobbler style lures and you should, too. The fishing lure’s wobbling action causes powerful surface strikes that will shake you to the bone. Fishing wobblers such as jitterbugs, crazy crawlers and others are made so they wiggle across the surface when steadily retrieved. The constant motion allows fish to follow the bait in low light conditions. Fish a wobbler like you would a crankbait by reeling it straight in toward you and letting the bait do all the work. Run it close to any good bass-holding cover and be ready. It’s hard to beat the…
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If you want to catch bass fishing windy days in early spring, find windy banks. Many times, you’ll find that these areas hold the warmest available water on the lake you’re fishing. Baitfish will usually be found there, and of course, bass are going to be there too. A great way to eliminate water is to run a windy bank using your graph or depthfinder to see whether baitfish are congregated there. If so, you can expect to duplicate that pattern on similar areas the rest of the day. You also should use a surface temperature gauge to find the…
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