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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Some anglers destroy the fish on topwaters, some manage only a few, fishing the same waters with the same lures. Why might this be? Fishing a topwater bait is a lot like Dancing with the Stars. You have to have all the right moves to be successful. The zig-zag action that drives fish crazy takes the right lure, rod, line and leader, not to mention a "10" in technique.  1. Choose a lure that's easy to walk. Most look like a tapered cigar. The Heddon Spook was one of the first and it's still great, but now there are many…
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  You could spend hours trying to narrow down what crankbaits are most important for putting fish in the boat. Crankbaits are available in all styles and shapes, making narrowing down the options a tough choice when stocking the tackle box. Here are six proven styles that will cover all the bases — and put fish in the boat. Wake Bait A wake bait is a shad-profiled bait with an angled and short square bill. It is the design of this bill that keeps the lure on top; creating a wake and a seductive side-to-side retrieve. An excellent choice for…
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3 Places to Throw Jerkbaits for Fall Largemouth

Wednesday, November 12 2014 10:30 am - for Bass
Jerkbaits are a great go-to lure for fall fishing. Just remember, largemouth are often sluggish in cold water, so be conservative with your retrieves. Anglers can have a lot of fun throwing jerkbaits for largemouth in the fall. The method covers water and hauls in big buckets. Here are three great places to toss these erratic hard baits for bass this fall. Green weeds near deep water In the North Country where I live, many largemouth leave weedy, shallow bays and shorelines, and move to deeper water as temperatures cool. Healthy green weeds near deep water are prime resting spots…
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Ish needs to fish When the 2014 pro-bass season was about to start, there were several big-name anglers signed up to fish both the Bassmaster Elite Series and the FLW Tour. The list included Brett Hite (who won an event in each league), Randall Tharp (qualified for both championships), Greg Hackney (won on both tours and took home the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title), Jason Christie (won an Elite event), and Casey Ashley (won an FLW event), Steve Kennedy and Ish Monroe among others. Out of those who've been listed, only one stands out, but not for success. That…
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Bass are considered warm-water species, which means that most family’s favorite time to head to the lake (summer) is also when the bass bite is best. Temperature change, and how fish react to the mercury climbing or dipping, is important knowledge for fishermen. Knowing how fish react to their environment and throughout the various seasons can help hone your approach and improve your catch rates. Cold- and Warm-Water Fish All species of freshwater fish are cold blooded. Unable to maintain their body temperature at a constant level, as humans and other warm-blooded animals do, their internal temperature and functions are…
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